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Poul-Henning Kamp

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Ohh, don't get me wrong, it's a Big Deal. My point was actually that it is probably a bigger deal than most people realize, success or failure. My question was precisely along that line: Considering how emotionally unstable USA is...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I am trying to decide if I think that the launch of two US gov't employees on top of a lightly tested privately built rocket on wednesday is going to be important or not. In case of success, it will...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "I could equally wonder why the EU won't take the extra step of washing poultry with chlorinated water." Because: https://xkcd.com/463/...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "despite the fact that we knew that the key to weather forecasting was satellites and not supercomputers. The latter were another strategic capability we had handed over to the USA :-(" UK never had a relevant or credible "strategic capability"...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "Back in 1971, we knew that satellites were strategically essential for weather forecasting (especially critical to the UK), even ignoring telecommunications." In 1971 weather-forecasting was already on rails to become a pan-european colaboration, as a direct result of the 1962...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "An "atomic hand grenade" is impossible with any isotopes we're able to produce a critical mass of." First: Ted Taylor's limit pertains only to U235 and Pu239 and any mixture thereof. But second: It is not really about isotopes anyway....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "the correct response to a pandemic always looks like an overreaction. " May I (highly) recommend this piece by Bent Flyvbjerg about "regression to the tail": https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/regression-tail-how-mitigate-pandemics-climate-change-bent/...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "I wonder if the first rule of nuclear weapons club is, if you use them aggressively, everybody else in nuclear weapons club is going to glass carpet you?" It has been theorized that there could be very unique situations where...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Did anybody but me find the Trump "answer" to a question about Mothers Day worrying ? Instead of saying something sensible, he started a long ramble about all the meetings he would have with the military at Camp David over...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    "I remember using a Basic dialect in the mid-70s where a RETURN n statement returned control to the statement n lines before or after the line following the matching CALL statement. Always seemed a tad counter-intuitive to me." This was...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I would like to live in the timeline where Beethoven inexplicably lived long enough to witness the invention of the electric guitar and exclaimed: That's the instrument I wrote string-quartets 127-135 for! I once heard four young germans pull 133...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    In Denmark we are also slowly allowing more and more things, but not the things the neoliberalist commerciocrats want, so they're throwing daily hissy fits. It will be interesting to see if the "You cannot prove this is harmful" argument...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Since we are now past the 1k comment line... There is no way in hell the Canadian government can not have a contingency plan for when the 2nd amendment nutters in USA finally tear their remaining fragile connection to reality...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "I am pretty sure that one virus CAN do it," That is actually not something the science is settled on. When a virus gains access to the interior of a cell, it dumps it's guts into the cell, so to...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I think an interesting dynamic is going to be the tension between the countries which have covid19 under control and those who do not. The fact that for all relevant measures, China is in the "have" and USA is in...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    If you have not yet, you should read: http://2020commission.com/...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Curtis LeMay did not know about Nuclear Winter when he was playing cow-boy with nukes, so no matter how horrible a person he was, he is excused on that one point. Nuclear Winter was studied all the way from the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    No, they are not relevant, because none of those buttons can ever be pressed by any sane person under any circumstances. Some US president-elects have been pretty gung-ho about nukes and then never *ever* mentioned them again, after the first...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Those numbers are entirely without relevance. Around 40-80 nuclear detonations in short order, and nuclear winter kicks in and kills 90-99% of homo sapiens. No credible nuclear war scenario, not even a "limited exchange between India and Pakistan", will fail...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Isn't this where the "buy your own island" thing comes from ? Not that I think that will work either: The most competent estimates I have seen say that this virus will most likely be with us until northern summer...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "what can you do to strengthen whatever cell walls are at greatest risk?" There's nothing of that sort anyone can do. The "horns" of the Virus looks like a particular protein, another particular protein on the surface of some of...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "Plan for a month. We don't actually know for sure all the COVID-19 variants fit into the two week window." That's a nice idea, but it only works if everybody you encounter once you re-emerge from your cocoon did precisely...
  • Commented on A serious question
    "So light matters" (For "light" read "radiation of some kind" with the footnote that all particles are waves when out of office.) The full moon is characterized by the Earth being almost sandwiched between the Moon and the Sun, so...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "You just need enough lead harvested from sunken pre-1945 U-boat batteries to protect the memory banks from cosmic rays, right?" Not even close. The problem is not the particles you can stop with heavy metals, the problem is the ones...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "But out beyond Jupiter you've got multiple orders of magnitude more elbow room in all three spatial dimensions." You dont actually need to go that far, and the need to bring a nuclear reactor to drive the home beacon is...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    You would almost certain not want what we're being handed as "cutting edge" on any kind of space-ship. Semiconductors are already using so small feature-sizes that five years ago they could statistically show more single-bit upsets in the top half...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "So I'm thinking in terms of 3-6 50 metre segmented reflectors in an interferometry arrangement with a length of 10-100km, somewhere nice and cold." You forgot: "and heavy" If you build a structure that size in zero-G, you'll have a...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    "but if we'd started 50 years ago," This is a subject I've dived very deep into, and I think you underestimate how tangled up in military and political dogmatism the so-called "civilian" nuclear power have been, from day one. 50...
  • 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...
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