Poul-Henning Kamp

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    »Except here in Scotland a couple of years ago it was made illegal to install water heaters that would go above 38°C in homes« Isn't that almost the perfect temperature for Legionella growth ?! Here in Denmark the heater/tank has...
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    »Turns out their answers improve when they are encouraged« This should not be surprising: Large Language Models do not truck in facts but in language. You should think of LLMs as "method actors" specializing in language on demand, so that...
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    »(Modern cell phone towers may also be able to roughly determine direction, but I don't know that). « G4 base stations know where the handset is to approximately 40m CEP. G5 reduces that to 20m CEP, in urban environments it...
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    »So the wife depended for money on whatever the husband gave to her.« One of the arguments raised, by a well respected economist, against the concept of measuring "Gross National Products" was that "GNP would drop whenever a man married...
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    »But it's not a big deal. First he'll secure a bond by mortgaging a couple of properties.« Nobody is going to offer a mortgage to Trump until they see accurate statements, verified by the independent overseer appointed by the court....
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    »there inside the White House will be an oligarch's paradise for dirty deals done quick-quick-quick « …again....
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    »how long can they still stall before any actual payment has to be made?« As I understand it, if he does not want to pay before he appeals, he must provide some form of 3rd party economic guarantee, that payment...
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    »The problem with punishing certain behaviours is always…« That's /one/ problem with it. The other problem is that the functioning of our civilization seems critically depend on some skills only found in people /very/ far from "the normal", no matter...
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    »Is breaking sailboats enough of a crime, or should someone just be sent out to reason with them?« … or their union :-) (Hat tip to Scalzi)...
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    »people we’d call psychopaths or sociopaths were not allowed to survive if they threatened the survival of others.« Now that we have 70 years experience with UN's Universal Human Rights, I think we have sufficient data to see, that there...
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    »The war could be over tomorrow if HAMAS just released ALL of the hostages (including the ones they've already murdered) and promised not to do it again.« Dream on. The government of apartheid-state Israel has evidently decided to implement their...
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    »This is what particularly gets me about Aragorn going into battle with a mended sword...« I always assumed that somewhere behind the scenes one of Elrond's minions went Siegfried on it, including the enhanced symphony orchestra & singing at the...
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    »it's teleoperator-piloted drones« Interesting idea. Phobos orbit is 7½h-ish and at just 10km altitude, so that is probably the most workable: You would get about 3 hours connectivity with reasonable latency each orbit, so a workday would probably be two...
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    »Electronics on deep space craft are routinely hardened -- consider Juno, which repeatedly flies through Jupiter's radiation belts, as an example.« Juno is probably not the best reference for a Mars mission, because it faces the insane radiation environment near...
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    »You are very much overestimating the amount of radiation on Earth-Mars journey.« Those are not my estimates, they are from people who actually know something about it, and who have done the math using current scientific knowledge about the interplanetary...
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    »3) The crew is rotated out every 4 years, a new crew arrives every 2 years, so plenty of time to transfer knowledge.« You overlook that with current spaceship/rocket technology, the crew is likely to arrive at Mars either already...
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    »a HUGE problem with the US legal system« Another similarly HUGE problem is "The American Rule" that each party pays their own lawyer, no matter what the outcome might be. This is why rich assholes sue people who annoy them...
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    »I like where it notes that one of the reasons they removed it from the field was that they didn't want a sergeant to start a nuclear war« One of Colin Powell's first deployments was guarding a 280mm nuclear howitzer...
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    »The Davy Crockett & the SADM used the same "device"(the W54), just in slightly different delivery packages.« A good source & good read about the deployment of this stuff see: https://3ad.com/history/cold.war/nuclear.index.htm The most chilling quote is on this page: https://3ad.com/history/cold.war/nuclear.pages/nuke.vets.pages/edp.briefing.htm...
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    »A completely secret-free society[…]« Can I interest you in an article I wrote some time ago: "Surveillance too cheap to meter": https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2022/7/262077-surveillance-too-cheap-to-meter/fulltext...
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    »(1) What are the odds they would still be functional after 50 years in storage with no maintenance? (Low, I'm guessing.)« They are probably not up to spec anymore, possibly even far from spec, but they will almost guaranteed get...
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    »is Dilbert Stark physically and medically fit enough to fly to Mars in the first place?« You seem to be laboring under the misconception that the same rules apply to rich and poor people ? Poor people will have to...
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    »here's my next Netflix pitch: "Mars Simulator"« NASA got there first: https://www.nasa.gov/humans-in-space/chapea/...
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    »In order for your scheme to work« The proper threshold is not "to work" but "to bet your life on." »connectors that were electrically USB-C but were dust-resistant« USB-C are differential pairs running at several GHz frequencies, the contacts have...
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    »used waveguides for microwaves to provide high-capacity interference-free comms.« If you want to read about one of the craziest technological projects /ever/, read about "WT4" in the Bell Systems Technical Journal (on archive.org). Tl;dr: Run 2" silvered wave-guides across USA...
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    »I agree that if packing for Mars you wouldn't take any normal plug-socket data/charge cables« It's actually an interesting question what you can and should bring. The dust on Mars has a lot of iron in it, enough that it...
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    »As we're past 300... how is the Fairphone?« I have a FP4 with the /e/OS "de-googled" Android. For what it's worth, I dont hate it, and that's pretty high praise coming from me....
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    »The "you can't push me around because I can kill us both".« But that only works if you are actually willing to push the button, and since nobody is in a hurry to do that with a suicide-weapon, it is...
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    »The point to remember is that the last time an entire nuclear weapons system was tested from launch to detonation was August 1945.« Wrong. A significant fraction of the more than 1000 atmospheric tests were actual tests of deployed weapons,...
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    »My guess is 5,000+ effectives ON BOTH SIDES« And for reference, several studies have found that a "limited nuclear exchange in a regional war" (by which they mean India&Pakistan) is plenty to send the planet into nuclear winter. One of...
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