Dave

Dave

  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Charlie, This is a rather thoughtful article on Bitcoin. http://www.digitopoly.org/2013/12/24/time-for-a-little-bitcoin-discussion/ I'd be interested in your comments on it....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I can't think of anything particularly old I slept in, but for old buildings I have been in, the answer is 4573 years. As I child, I visited the great pyramids of Egypt, and at that stage you were allowed...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    I vaguely remember from a blog discussion--might have even been this one--a article about the arc of loyalty in empires. (The Roman empire being a good example.) A tribe starts off with intense loyalty of both the leadership to the...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    I think most of the wage stagnation and unemployment of the uncredentialed (I do not think of these people as unskilled) is due to the free trade set up we have. The uncredentialed must compete worldwide, which leads to a...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Charlie, don't be surprised if the SciFi channel contacts you. You have come up with a perfectly good outline for their Saturday Night movie. Having produced such august works as Mansquito and Sharktopus, yours looks to be a perfect fit....
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    The basic answer to your revised question is simple. Evolution never maximizes anything except reproductive fitness, so organisms are a balance of traits. Grey matter is energetically intensive, so increased mental capacity comes at a cost. There would have, in...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    I'm dubious of your thesis. It fails to address the reproductive advantages of intelligence in a social setting. Once you have language, you become much more effective at manipulating other members of your tribe to provide you with resources and...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    Our solution to this problem is to have our answering machine permanently on. Close friends get your cell number. To everyone else, we politely apologize that we are out and if you need to contact us call our cell number...
  • Commented on 2512
    While higher ocean levels are a good bet because once the Greenland ice cap starts melting (and it has), it is impossible to reverse short inducing a full scale ice age in the Northern Hemisphere. I don't think there will...
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