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  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The pools of water are short term storage for when the waste still has s lot of short half life isotopes that are generating a lot of heat. After they mostly go away the fuel comes out of the water...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Somewhat off topic but tangentially related, Google has finally stopped paying lip service to not being evil....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Silly human. If you want hell you will have to invent and build it yourself. Thanks for letting us know where to find the fun people. Maybe they will be worth talking to....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    We burned Cthulhu....
  • Commented on On hold
    I have seen some research that suggests that road traffic accidents correlate strongly with low level corruption. People drive better when they know they can't just slip the traffic cop a few notes to forget that they were speeding....
  • Commented on On hold
    Believers in that kind of predestination never seem to realise that it absolves them of any obligation to behave. On blinkers, I haven't played around with life for decades so I will believe you :)...
  • Commented on On hold
    It may sound like religious bullshit but is sadly true once you have a logical system capable of encoding arithmetic. It's uncontroversial these days. Essentially the incompleteness theorem gives you a choice - your mathematical system is incomplete or it...
  • Commented on On hold
    They do, but I was responding to what I took to be a suggestion that this was a brain breaking problem rather than an annoyance. One thing that is interesting is that as far as I know there are no...
  • Commented on On hold
    You seem to be missing my actual argument. The point is not that human brains are superior to computers at all. You appear to be arguing that because in principle brains can be mathematically modelled there are limitations to what...
  • Commented on On hold
    Misread that slightly. The incompleteness theorem applies to formal systems. Things that have axioms and inference rules are its domain of applicability. The underlying maths describing the physics that runs the world will contain truths we can never prove, but...
  • Commented on On hold
    That doesn't necessarily follow. You can simuate lots of things that aren't themselves capable of being computers. I don't believe that brain simulation is particularly close or even likely to be practical but so far I haven't seen anything that...
  • Commented on On hold
    My view is that the human brain is not subject to being broken by such things because it is not a turing machine. This isn't the same as saying that it is magically superior and can't be emulated because reasons....
  • Commented on On hold
    Of course people who go to Waitrose are scum. Classy northerners go to Booths! :)...
  • Commented on On hold
    This prediction will be proved wrong if we can figure out how to feed 10 billion people on a rapidly changing planet I do not think your hypothesis would be falsified in this case. All it would demonstrate is that...
  • Commented on On hold
    In a series like this there was always going to be Cthulhu....
  • Commented on On hold
    I make my own leather by tanning thin slices of spam. [[ said spam now removed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on On hold
    Case Nightmare Green = Cthulhu hosts a dinner party....
  • Commented on On hold
    Everyone knows Cthulhu doesn't exist......
  • Commented on Test Case
    I do most of my flying from an airport in the provinces, where there is relatively little in the way of visible security. All the usual checks of course, and I'm sure there are plenty of armed police who could...
  • Commented on Test Case
    A disreputable language for disreputable countries....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I await a diatribe explaining that the English language is in the wrong....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Why do you assume stupid has to involve antisocial behaviour? Never really my thing. Ill advised solo ascents of collapsing shale cliffs on the other hand......
  • Commented on Test Case
    IIRC googles tests suggest it takes about 10 seconds for an average human to regain control of an automomous vehicle. This makes the whole idea of a human overseer who will take over in emergencies a bit of a non...
  • Commented on Test Case
    That's pretty special. I saw one forget about the existence of a 20 mile section of the A3 once but it was about 10 years old so we just put it down to flash memory bit rot....
  • Commented on Test Case
    The word "Bristol" explains everything for 3. Messing around with road layouts and one way systems is something of a local obsession in those parts. Satnav maps become obsolete within minutes....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I, and most of my peer idiots only performed idiotic stunts likely to kill ourselves. Not to detract from our hormone driven idiocy, but even as teenagers we knew that stunts like dropping bricks on cars were crossing a line....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I expect that knowing when to ignore instructions from the satnav is more important. There have been far too many stories of people turning down the dirt track with "unsutitable for motor vehicles" and "danger! cliff edge!" signs because the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    So given that the military hates towers, which severely limits updraft towers and wind, what is their likely reaction to vortex engines? Would they tolerate them as they don't screw up the radar or treat them as an unacceptable hazard...
  • Commented on Test Case
    When I lived in the north of england snow wasn't a big deal. People saw it several times a year and knew how to drive in it. Living in the south is very different. Getting on the road in snow...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Rarely is an understatement. I have never heard of it being enforced once. Presumably it's one of the things they add to the charge sheet if a driver manages to run someone over or cause a pileup....
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