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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "They stay at least 500 miles out in the Indian Ocean You DON’T KNOW WHERE IT IS" This is the 21st century and Iran have their own photographic satellites....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Re: '... the simplest way for the rest of the world to deal with this mess is to stop funding Trump and the Republicans.' Please take a look at the US federal budget. Depending on how deep you dig, upwards...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Not only republican presidents, everybody have been doing it since Reagan got shot, for instance Al Gore was Clintons best life insurance. Obama may or may not have broken the pattern, but Mike Pence is certainly only there for Trumps...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    How Iran retaliates, depends on the message they want to send and to whom. If they still want to play ball with EU and China, they go after the stupid guy personally, possibly taking out one of his relatives. If...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    For a large number of reasons, I cannot follow your Himmler-analogy. A better analogy would be the assassination of a above-government-level official strutting around in a disputed territory. Something like an Austro-Hungarian Archduke parading through Sarajevo in the years before...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    @340: It is not a democracy if they can rig the election in the first place....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Most, not all, but most, of the singularity predictions I have read, fiction or supposedly serious, all suffer from the same "thiefs assume everybody steals" attitude, where they assume the runaway-(A)I behaves incredibly human with respect to both desires and...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Another example of neural network distraction: Somebody tried to train a neural network to identify skin cancer, and ended up with a neural network which almost perfectly identified rulers graduated in millimeters...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    One experiment I would like to see performed under competent scientific circumstances: Do dowsers also detect places where a trench has been dug but nothing buried in it. It would also be interesting to find out if they can detect...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @718: I dont understand why he has not already been charged with criminally negligent manslaugter. ... Just like the Koch Brother(s), oil company executives and other climate criminals should be....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @435: Absolutely, Coffee was very much a luxury for the elite at the time, but dont forget that the so-called Enlightenment was entirely about the elite gentry. Women and poor people not so much....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The key to the spread of distilled spirits was the invention/availability of reliable and precise temperature measurement mechanisms so that your customers did not go blind from drinking methanol....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @352: "imagine if an an alternate timeline version of coffee really was a brain superfood that triggered scientific enlightenment" I'm pretty sure I read a smashing funny short SF story about that: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/fiction/coffee.html...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @347: You are very much wrong then, throughout northern Europe distilled spirits were drunk pretty much the way way vodka still is in rural Russia. Distillation starts as an alcymists thing in the 1500s and then it basically just accelerates...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @315: Many people do not appreciate that the so-called enlightenment period coincided with the widespread replacement of hard liquor by coffee. Several notable contemporary people have commented extensively on this, including Mozart and Ludvig Holberg. It is quite plausible that...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    In the middle of the 1980ies there was a minor revolution called "under color removal" in CMYK printing, and that is probably why there is confusion about the meaning of the 'K'. Before "UCR" became widespread, RGB parts would come...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    As someone who has served time fiddling the handles of a four-colour press, I can tell you that there is no need to pick such exotic examples. Printing pictures of brown leather shoes so the color matches reality is nigh...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    @567: "Traction Units" is the neologism the railroad industry came up with because not all of them are locomotives any more. Even though they have sensibly stuck a motor on (every other) axle these days (lack of) friction is still...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Right after Loma Prieta there were an article in SFC which attributed both the wide gauge and low height of the BART to earth quake protection....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I think calling the idea "high speed train" is one of the bigger blunders in technological salesmanship. Yes, they reach high speed, but that is an emergent property of their defining characteristic: "low friction requirement train". There really only is...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The math on battery powered trains is really interesting, in particular for regional and branch lines, because you only need to hang overhead wires over the length of the platforms, while at the same time being able to use the...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "20th century indicators of a "healthy" economy are already obsolete" One of the interesting shifts here is that all of the "indicators" are obsolete, from the BNP over the US-census to the annual "${scandinavian_country} is the happiest in the world"...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "NOT ACCEPTABLE - just more fascism" I'm sure it would be perfectly acceptable and pleasant for Charlies posited centobillionaire. The fact that the rest of us wouldn't like it much is besides the point for this game....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "putting a lot of people out of work" is such a protestant way of thinking. The question is not if they work or not, the question is if the can have a decent or better quality of life. Work used...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The energy balance actually has the right sign and it is documented to work, we have found charcoal from stone age bonfires. The crucial thing is that the Co2 released is not fossil, so as long as you bury more...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    If you want to sequester carbon for real, what you do is pyrolyse wood to charcoal and then bury the charcoal where the sun does not shine. The off-gas can be burned in a gas-turbine to produce electricity and the...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I think you are missing an important bit of nuance there... As long as the proffered "solutions" makes 99% of peoples lives worse, while retaining the lavish luxury for the 1%'ers, yes, that will not fly in any democracy. And...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Nice one Charlie: "Where does one throw the money, to solve the problem of extreme inequality ?" :-) Long term survival requires treating the planet as the single-point-of-failure inter-generational space ship it is. There is not going to be any...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I can only recommend you read the book......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The book I mentioned, "The Evolution of God", gives a very credible explanation for Pauls importance. He was a tent-maker for rich travellers. Being part of his cult meant that he would give you letters of introduction to co-cultists along...
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