Poul-Henning Kamp

Poul-Henning Kamp

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    »That's the fight you're advocating for.« No, that's the only other fight you can imagine, because you, as almost all other USAnians, have been brainwashed to think that those are the only two alternatives. The attitude you express on these...
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    Thanks for confirming my analysis, even if you did not intend to. Have you already forgotten how upset the D's apparatnicks were, that their annointed rich old white woman had her rightful election stolen by some young firebrand who had...
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    »Oh please, stop parroting. I'm active in the democratic party. We fight.« Only in the same sense that any Country Club Tennis Association fights: For the fun of it and to while away the hours. Look at the D's lineup:...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    »The only way to get this changed in order to guarantee all women full human rights esp. wrt to their own bodies/health is via legislation.« No. This is the kind of shit you have to nail down in your countrys...
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    I really hope enough women in USA has read Lysistrate to make it long sex-less summer. Proposed slogan: "No Rights for me ? No Sex for you!" And future historians can start using the headline "Summer of No Love"...
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    »the USA is now heading straight into fascism« No, no, no, you're misunderstanding! The Council of Guardians are simply defending The One True Text from the heresy of progress!...
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    »Its WAY worse over there.« Compounded by the fact that the opposition party is owned by, conntrolled by, and run by, a bunch of rich old people, who mentally still live in "the good old days", and who are in...
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    »One of the more bizarre problems one can encounter in building underground railway stations is when they insist on keeping trying to float to the surface.« The Opera house in Copenhagen is built on an (old) artificial island in the...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    »Sweden seems to have disproportionately many boreholes. Does anyone know why?« Many separate reasons. It's mostly a case of "Most of sweden had shallow bedrock, if you want to know something, you drill a hole." But there are some notable...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    In Denmark (- Bornholm) bedrock is at least 50 meters and often several hundred meters down, so that is not a relevant concept in building. When we started building our house seven years ago, I learned that the applicable technical...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    According to the very comprehensive book "Calendrical Calculations" religion seems to have had a much bigger influence on calendar design than agriculture. My personal experience also is that planting or sowing crops happen when soil temperature and humidity are suitable,...
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    »Just like all those countries who refused to give up the Julian calendar, despite the Gregorian calendar being more accurate.« A calendar is primarily a convention enabling people to communicate about events in the past or future. Tying your calendar...
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    »Looking forward to whatever publicity occurs around that negative leap second, when it happens. « Dont wait up :-) Currently we have no credible models for when the next leap second will be needed, much less its sign. But dont...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Let us just say that it came as a surprise to a LOT of geophysical people that green-house gasses would have measurable effects on earth rotation parameters, so a lot of them are still in the "really?!" or even "I...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    IERS's Bulletin A (https://www.iers.org/IERS/EN/DataProducts/EarthOrientationData/eop.html) delivers pretty compelling evidence that our greenhouse-gas pollution has changed earth rotation parameters enough to put the sign of the next leap-second into doubt. If your destination multiverse happened to go electric instead of fossil, there...
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    »IIRC, beryllium dust problems are kind of unsubtle, and I'm not sure how long it would take for those to become noticed by susceptible people.« When Asimov wrote that story, beryllium oxide was a relatively new material in electronics and...
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    »Foo think humans are just adorable,« Or maybe we are just very useful as canaries in their coalmines ? As long as there are still humans on the planet, something else is not there (yet) ?...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    »Note that vast majority of tradable goods will not need a life-support system, food, radiation protection or even pressurized compartments, which makes their transport enormously cheaper than transport of people.« First, "tradable goods" is not the relevant category, "Goods needed...
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    »Speaking of which, do tankless (aka "on demand") water heaters have any advantages or disadvantages over the traditional tanked variety as far as grid-scale energy/power considerations go?« Depends on how much hot water you use. For a regular household, a...
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    »One trope I remember from the Sci-Fi of my youth is that many colonists would NOT be volunteers; that authoritarian governments would use them as dumping grounds for "undesirables".« In other words, New-Australia....
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    »I got to wondering why none seem to exist in the US.« There are entire towns in Florida where almost everybody drives one-person small (electrical!) cars. For reasons which will confuse the shit out of future archaeologists, they call these...
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    »still isn't very much per capita.« ...where the footnote is that more than quarter of those people were too mentally deranged to use masks during a pandemic ? Not a good argument....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I agree that the monarchy should be abolished, because it is fundamentally against all principles of basic human rights, that any person be born into servitude, even if the job is gilded. But there is something to be said for...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    »While they get pissy« You dont realize how close, yet how far you were there... Normally you have to really be an idiot to provoke an elk in the nordic countries: They are shy and very good at not being...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    »That's because you're looking for logic where none exists.« There's actually a very simple logic that more than explains the police behaviour: "No need to get killed for a bunch of brown kids."...
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    »Li-S batteries would be around 3 times the energy density of current lithium ion batteries, less prone to fire, and would not require rare elements like cobalt. « Let's see about that once they work, shall we ? Lithion-Ion batteries...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    »The bottom lines are not too encouraging« 34 years ago, almost to the date a researcher who had then spent his whole career on fusion energy said to me, almost as an aside "... and then we get to the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Step 1: Learn more about bears." I'll just add that polar bears differ from brown bears in two important ways: A) They eat almost exclusively meat and B) They are almost always hungry....
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    The thing about guns is that they are only the deadly visible decoration on the iceberg of toxic white masculinity which prevents progress in USA. I doubt "a few decades" will be enough. Just waiting for the crypto-bros to die...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    »This is not a vote-changing issue.« Mostly because the victims are practically always "those people" rather than "my people" to the people who would have to change their vote. Like most of USA's ailments, chronic racism is the foundation mass-shotings...
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