Poul-Henning Kamp

Poul-Henning Kamp

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    "But I have no reason to rule out foul play - at any point in the sequence, from setting the stuff off all the way back to having it stored there in the first place." This explosion has a lot...
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    "Makes one wonder what the company's insurance carrier would think about such questionable decision making..." They take it so seriously, that they have told republicans that they will withhold donations unless a law is passed which makes companies no liable....
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    "We need a term for these people." how about "Capitalism's hostages" ? People who got all their news only from FaceBook bubbles and Ultracapitalist's propaganda vehicles for years and years literally suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, where they now defend their...
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    "I've seen several headlines that birth rates are falling." What did you expect when parents are forced to stay home with their kids 24*7 ?...
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    "That is a bit unfair, Cobol, Lisp, and Fortran have evolved far more from their 1960s origins than Algol did" Algol is a very special case in the universe of programming languages, because it got the role of "lingua franka"...
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    "Getting it down to Earth levels, as you point out, implies Earth sized shields," I have good news, and I have bad news for you. The good news is that it only implies atmosphere thickness shields, which saves you about...
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    "the initial uses of the fixed-program digital computers were cryptanalysis, and of modern (stored program) ones was mathematical tables." It's not like the world were lacking for tables of logarithms or trignometric functions in the 1940'ies. The "mathematical tables" of...
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    "Computers were specifically initially developed to solve mathematical (Codebreaking) problems or other mathematical ( Physics/Chemical modelling ) problems, specific examples being the Allied use of codebraking &/or in the Manhattan Project." Amateur Data Archaeologist Hat: It really depends what you...
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    "Actually, Turing Machines can't exist in this reality. Turing Machines require an infinitely long tape and no errors in processing." Not quite. The *universal* turing machine *may potentially* require *unlimited* tape to emulate a specific other turing machine, but it's...
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    "Ah, nope, Assange is one of those "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" types, so, so very much smarter than any and every body else that anything he is told that doesn't fit his preconceived ideas is obviously wrong." That he is too....
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    "On the other hand, would you take a VIC-20 to the Moon?" Heck yeah! Imagine what it would sell for afterwards ? :-) Seriously: The NMOS process MOS technology used is pretty robust against radiation, and the VIC20 was in...
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    "- Kamala Harris as VP" My money is currently on the Mayor of Atlanta for VP. How many senators he will poach will depend entirely on the election result in the senate, he will not risk loosing a majority by...
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    " if Assange is 10% as smart as he claims to be, he knew exactly who he was getting those emails from." Assange is the proto-incel, he absolutely hates women he cannot fuck at will. Between Trumpolinos "grab them by...
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    "Now in 2020 we know we have a candidate in El Cheeto Grande who: " ... 40% of respondents still support when polsters ask. The problem is not the candidates or the elected, the problem is the brainwashed population....
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    "Drop the central circular sail overboard, and use it to focus the reflected laser light back on the remaining annular sail. (Small sail keeps on accelerating and is lost, but the retroflector main sail slows the ship down.)" ehhh... I...
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    @Heteromeles/1851: You forgot a link to how the four computers failed: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/1005928.1005929 @timrowledge/1853: We had the same experience with an Olivetti M24 in the European Parliament: Through the window we could see it occupying a 1-cell closed office space. Explanation...
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    "I'm fairly convinced that thermal issues are the main problem with long term use of current integrated circuits." No, thermal issues is just a matter of cost. Electro-migration is a much bigger issue, and likely to be the limiting issue,...
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    "In this proposal, flight time is ~22 years." That is no age for hardware, although it rules out technologies such as thermo-electric power generation. One very big unknown is how a traditional "slow neutron" nuclear reactor reacts to the interstellar...
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    "How does one get out of this?" I thought that the facist state unleashing violence against its own peaceful protesters had answered that question already ? Do you seriously see any scenario where the November elections pivots USA back to...
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    What keeps surprising me, is how apt the metaphor about the frog being slowly boiled alive applies to USA these days. Shouldn't it have been torches and pitchforks already back when toddlers were being put in concentration camps ? What's...
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    There's nothing "dry" about this....
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    "The problem now is that previously, Iran thought it was possible to negotiate with the USA; now the comforting illusion has been replaced by the certainty that the ability to engage in nuclear retaliation is the only guarantee of safety."...
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    "FYI, for those who don't understand why southern governors particularly, such as him of Georgia, and the governors of states like AZ are deliberately making things worse and keeping science out it" Actually, there are simpler and more plausible theories:...
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    "Biggest surprise was that DT's account hadn't been hacked as well." If they're just scammers out to make a quick buck, having Twitler promise to give money away would sound deeply suspect to even the densest potential victim....
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    "Take a look at the first graph on the Gallup site below: 'current satisfaction with the position of the US in the world' is higher now than in the Kennedy era among US respondents (53% vs. 43%)." I don't think...
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    "If you have UHC & the load is evenly spread, then emergency care "comes out in the wash" That is how we do it here & basically, across the whole of Europe ..." I would go even further: If you...
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    "Are there any existing experiments that could be expanded upon or somehow built onto that could provide the power and resolution to conduct such an experiment? I'm specifically thinking of mega projects like CERN." As a general rule, CERN is...
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    "However, a more important point is that answering that question definitively" Yes, but the problem with tunneling things very short distances FTL, is that measuring if it is FTL becomes for all practical purposes impossible. It takes only three picoseconds...
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    "You (and perhaps others) have confused quantum entanglement with quantum tunnelling. There is some evidence that the latter DOES allow information to be transmitted faster than light, but it is not conclusive." And more importantly: Wouldn't move the information very...
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    "Indeed - the USA simply does not have a "Health System" of any sort at all, [...]" One of my first thoughts about Covid19 was "USA is going to be the control group in this medical test."...
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