Poul-Henning Kamp

Poul-Henning Kamp

  • Commented on Sitrep
    To frame it differently: was "The Atrocity Archive" (no 's') at 76,000 words twice as satisfying as "The Concrete Jungle" (30,000 words)? That is pretty unanswerable for us who read them one after the other because they were in the...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    They even say that drug development follows Eroom's Law, the inverse of Moore's Law--discovery is getting harder, not easier. And why wouldn't it ? The basic "theory" of drug development is that we just need to find the small-ish molecule...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    THIS is the Sweden / Norway border This is not quite a straightforward a comparison as you might imagine. For all practical purposes, the SE/NO border is an internal EU border, Norway is a "-light" member of EU for this...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Corbyn & Momentum are full-on hard Brexiteers Are they now ? As far as I can tell from over the North Sea, Corbyn's strategy is to sit very still and await a full blown national emergency being handed to him...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    for some reason we don't yet have lots of wave and tidal power turbines around our coast. The "some reason" is endurance: Waves bash things to pieces and they're good and fast about it....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    This will lead to an extension according to 50.3 The crucial word in ยง50.3 is "unanimously". That will be a tough row to hoe for UK without loosing both the Marbles and the Rock....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I do not think the E.U. wants to see the total collapse of the UK(or just England) as such unrest is not easily quarantined and can spread to neighbouring countries. No, of course EU does not want not want UK...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Problem is the next door neighbor, and traditional sparring-partner, also have nukes. UK attacking Norway or Denmark is probably not a good idea either, so that leaves Iceland, or depending on the state of the UK armed forces, the Faeroyar...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Don't get your hopes for "never mind" resolution up. A lot of hard-core EU people, both inside the machinery and in the political layers in the member countries don't much care how UK leaves, but they are adamant, as Charlie...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Where do you see Scotland in this ? Rapid independence, then (re)join EU ? Indyref2 even before march 30 even, to create legal fiction of never leaving EU ? Is Irish reunification a realistic possibility if the grass is suddenly...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Say what you will, but if even just 10% of the Russia-connection claims, never mind rumours and innuendo, is true, the former head of KGB must walk around with a perpetual grin so wide he only fits sideways through doors....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm pretty much in agreement with Charlie about the endpoint, the current state of the climate can hardly give any other result. But I don't think Charlies vision is going to be very relevant. Killing people by the millions or...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    That, unfortunately, is not how TLS/SSL is being sold, and more importantly, that is not what the TLS/SSL proponents really care about. If the people pushing TLS/SSL so hard were actually interested in improving the overall general level of security,...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Uhm, not really. Any moderately competent nation state-level actor can get hold of a SSL cert for any domain name they are for. If you think the CA-bal is trustworthy, it's only because you have not ever looked at your...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    In theory TLS/SSL conceals what you look at, in practice it conceals close to nothing. First, DNS lookups are being montitored and it's not a big deal to maintain a FQDN->IP map in real time, even today. Second, no sites...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'd like to direct your attention to a very scary detail in the US: Right now there are strong forces hell-bent on getting corporations the constitutional right to refuse to provide certain kinds of health-care to their employees, because it...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I noticed the arrival of the bitcoin spam about a month ago too. Historically spam-mail about some topic seems to start once the smarter players conclude that the end-game has started and they need to offload their holdings to non-smart...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    With respect to ridiculous ways to propel spacecraft, the one I like best is the "alphabet(a) drive": Place a sheet thin sheet of heavy metal laminated with a sheet of a strong alpha or beta particle emitter isotope at the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I think OGH's question in #2 is the crux of the matter: What is the meaning of a border ? Benedict Anderssons classic "Imagined Communities" offers one answer: A border circumscribes a shared mental model. Given the means and costs...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Nothing in the public record indicates that the purpose of SDI/Starwars was economic warfare. One of the better sources to intent is probably Colin Powell, who writes a fair bit about SDI in relation to the arms reduction negotiations in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think the determining factor is how many trips around the coastline hurricanes are going to take. In the new climate, where the jet-stream (more) often gets stuck in wavenumber-6 configuration, the chances of a hurricane bouncing off and maybe...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The thing that really worries me about this particular trouser-leg, is that it sets USA up for something even more horrible than Trump in the next round. With a republican party where the young vote is pseudoquasicryptofacistoids, from gamergate to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Imagine you wanted to drop a nuclear bomb on top of Malaysia, but your design was a big and bulky 1st generation design. What better way to *not* be attacked on the way in, than to dress up your repurposed...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've been evacuated from a plane full of drunk german businessmen. Lessons learned: 1. Never wrestle the cabin crew. 2. Don't be drunk on planes....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    You are spot on with the origin of the "crying fire in a crowded theater" expression: It is the quintessential SCOTUS example that there are limitations to the 1st amendment. The metaphor is the brainchild of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.,...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Another couple trivial measure: Do not install "flameretardent" insulation, it only works in still air where the combustion products prevent oxygensupply to the flame. If there is a draft or chimney-effect, it burns just fine. If you move the windows...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I think the bigger picture here is that the traditional workers parties, Labour in UK, Social Democrats in most of Europe and so on, have drifted seriously right during the last 20 years. If you had shown Blair to a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Total surveillance of everyone?" I'm going to say that is a given, but I would phrase it differently: "Spaceship-like living conditions" For there to be a relevant 2117 in the first place, a number of human behaviours and technologies will...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Usually a border inside a union becomes sort of culturally depolarized and smeared out, for instance the Denmark/Germany border. Is that also the case for the Scotland/England border ? If so, and if Westminster tries to scuttle indyref2, an interesting...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    For nuclear weapons & systems the first one is the expensive one (See also: F-35), so I don't think UK adding four more to the pool shifts the cost equation as such. However, it wouldn't be unlikely that USA forced...
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