András Salamon

András Salamon

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Regarding ecological analysis of systems, this seems to be all the rage in the social sciences over the last several years. Even economists are now perhaps going to join in the fun: https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/kate-raworth/seven-ways-to-think-like-21st-century-economist (puff piece for book, still worth reading)....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    But what does Commander Brown do if the enemy is not led by one of the Markov family members? It might even be necessary to look beyond what General Gauss advises, to Weibull or Cauchy....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    ThatPoppy is either creepy, or funny, or hillarious, or dumb, depending on your frame of mind. (Maybe hillarious; is that a deliberate reference to HRC?) Perhaps the deathtronica undertow or the affectless delivery have achieved their hypnotic effect, or I've...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The article on neurobiological bases of altuism was rather odd. Although nominally interdisciplinary, it seems to predicate a strict biological view of the world, so misses an obvious possible mechanism that could explain many of the "puzzling" cases: what if...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Your story provides a nice dose of optimism. In this scenario, would the female patients receive smaller fee rebates than the males?...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The limitation of schadenfreude is that there needs to be some schade to begin with. Alas, many oil-rich countries are also near the equator, and several are investing heavily in low-cost, high-output solar electricity generation. I would not be surprised...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The recent tone taken by this instantiation of your multi-faceted identity reminds me of this: http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/a-solution-for-global-warming Good luck, I hope you get the recognition that you seem to be angling for. As far as I can tell, these posts are...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I repeat: all narratives are lies, but some lies are useful. It is easy to spin stories out of almost any collection of facts, especially if one casts the net as widely as you do. How are your stories, half-told...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Do you really think the term "working class" is likely to remain a useful component of the political landscape? Or that a labour theory of value will be a narrative with much predictive power if current trends in automation continue?...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Ta, will digest these in my own (slow) time. Emergent models don't say much to me, other than: this black box behaves like that one. Being an extreme reductionist, as most mathematicians are, I prefer looking for simple models instead,...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    As someone with more than a passing interest in such things, I was intrigued by your statement you've no idea what they actually love though, just generalized awareness. Do you have a clean model of what the current generation of...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    We've explicitly stated that unless you provide novel information (via links etc, weaved stuff) then you're basically destabilizing a balance Why do you privilege links or "weaving" over intratextual novelty? As far as I can tell from reading the comments...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    If one accepts the dictum that all narratives are lies, but some lies are useful, then the obvious question is: how is this narrative useful, other than providing struts to build a work of SF? The study reported that the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    That one looks sure to pop up in interrogation facilities across the world: 4x100W incandescents on any side, plus backsplash from the other side; sounds nasty. Or maybe soon to partner CCTV cameras wherever protesters are likely to congregate. Actually,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The right link seems to be http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/energy-and-climate-change-committee/ where the submissions I've looked at essentially state that EEA membership is something that is necessary for UK industry not to fall off a cliff. If this is making its way past the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    LEDs are now up to 100W+ equivalent output, although the big name brands are not yet selling them so I'd wait another year. In the meantime, this 14W one seems to be about 1500 lumens so probably a bit less...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I don't wholly share your enthusiasm for Zef, which seems to have been specifically constructed to hack the music industry and to target a specific cultural niche. Generally more interesting to me are the kinds of cultural activity that arise...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    You restate the truism that home assistance is hard to automate. Good home care is indeed hard to automate. However, if the past history of automation is any guide, then what we are going to see is good-enough automation. What's...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I think the reason for the IMR being in Chapter Two is that Banks by this stage had a dedicated following, and so he was prepared to play with reader expectations. He could set up the book so that casual...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    The names that immediately spring to mind are Karen Blixen, Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, and Jan Smuts on the one hand, and Eugene Chen, Ibn Battuta, and Joseph Conrad on the other. (There are also many people currently living who potter...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    <snark>There is no need to keep adding finagle factors when the construction of your standard model begins with an infinite dimensional Hilbert space...</snark>...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    There seems to be a consensus that these are associated nyms, yes. But why suppose that CD was the first? After all, the classic pattern of nym use is to establish multiple different personas, so that their later interactions can...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Why do you think Catina Diamond was the first handle used by Catherine Taylor (aka Hadil Benu) on this blog?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Restating OGH@35 in more emphatic terms: the critical path in any "let's travel to the stars" scenario is building a civilisation that can remain stable enough for the tech to remain operational for the time required to achieve target velocity,...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Do you mean the list of FTL topics at TV Tropes?...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    It is notable that this level of recycling seems normal again; a recent article claims that two thirds of steel produced in the USA is now from recycled materials. This is up from 15% in 1970, from similar totals....
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Thanks for the succinct summary of the state of publishing from your perspective. One quick quibble: Wikipedia claims that Lagardère no longer has aerospace interests, do you have a pointer if this is incorrect? (Arnaud Lagardère seems to have refocused...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Care to elaborate on your claim that prospect theory is evil? Or is this just a passing reference to its implicit exhortation to flip signs to invoke either loss aversion or risk seeking as appropriate (aka nudge)? Also, thanks for...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Most likely would at least buy and try to read anything with your name on it. However, you already did the steampunk (sans velociraptors) in the Miriamverse, before rightly deciding it was an unstable equilibrium that called out for a...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    One nightmare scenario for the philosophical underpinnings of the Enlightenment would be the discovery of entities that are provably superhuman, because it totally wrecks the foundational assumption that the lives of different citizens are of equal value How do you...
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