Chrisj

Chrisj

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    If you switch to mostly bikes for (non-goods, non-public) transport, making sufficient artificial rubber from renewable sources becomes a much smaller problem, though. Also, "enough to make artificial rubber for bicycle tires" is orders of magnitude smaller than our current...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    And yes, I meant the Minoans rather than Myceneans. (They both begin with "M", and they're all dead. At least I didn't get them confused with the Mercians or something :)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I agree, but (again) the request I was answering was for the least significant item that could produce major changes in history, and I don't think giving someone a fully equipped forge counts :) Doing a 1632, but to 1632BC...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Quoth JBS@696: I'm pretty sure that by the time the Roman Republic had established control over central Italia that the Iron Age was well established. Who said anything about Rome? I was thinking of giving mainsprings to the Mycenaeans sometime...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    what's the weirdest, least significant thing a time-traveler could bring with them that would completely upend history? Stirrups have already been mentioned. Another possibility would be a modern spring - you should be able to make a decent mainspring with...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yeah, I gave that one a quick scan and mostly ignored it, but since I know there are at least a few other regulars here who play (one or more of) the relevant game(s) I thought that response might amuse...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Seagull, in passing, commented on a proverb about "which Master you serve". My personal preference is Mr Cards, as the only one I'm sure has my best interests at heart. Failing that, Apples and Wines are perhaps the least...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Re wildfires in the USA, a friend elsewhere speculates that some of the right-wing misinformation might come from people with scanners "discovering" that the authorities are getting regular updates about fire locations and sizes from BLM[1]. This, to the ignorant...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    A couple of years later[1], Steve Jackson produced a game based on a twisted combination of that event and Illuminati, called "Hacker". The game itself is pretty meh, but the rulebook is a delight, full of little sidebars saying things...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Founding a company entails getting a bunch of (generally off-the-shelf) legal documents and paying a couple of registration fees. No invention involved. And the first company to sell software independent of hardware was the Computer Usage Company, before Bill Gates...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Re OGH's observation that "We live in an age where the low-hanging fruit have been plucked, so in the absence of new fields opening up, it takes teamwork to hold a whole stack of ladders up to the remaining fertile...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "X" in homeopath mumbojumbo means "dilute by a factor of ten". So a "1X" arnica cream is 10% active ingredient, which is pretty strong; 1% creams are quite a bit more common, in which case Heteromeles would have meant a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Re: 'Externally-caused birth defects are primarily caused by events in early pregnancy, ...' True. And because some are very serious, most OB/GYNs do regular non-invasive check-ups e.g., ultrasound to monitor fetal development. So it may be possible to obtain some...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Quoth Greg, re Bozo the "PM" For instance, he's been Mayor of London, he knows perfectly well that "driverless trains" are a non-starter for the Tube, yet he suddenly pops up with this repeated lie & apparently expects to geta...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    To drift back for a moment to the original topic, evidence continues to arrive that Covid-19 can cause terrifying (and potentially permanent) brain/neurological problems weeks or months after infection, and often in patients who had no respiratory symptoms. (First link...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Er, is that actually 120 feet in six seconds? Or in sixty? 120 feet in six seconds is 20ft/sec, or 6m/s. That's about 12mph; perfectly possible over short distances for an able-bodied human in good condition. (Yes, even if they're...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm currently too tired to go through it thoroughly, but it starts with an assumed mortality rate of 0.9% (tell that to the Italians) and then says that they think the true mortality rate "could be up to 5-10 times...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    A couple of side-notes that no-one else seems to have covered yet: One (absurd) factor I suspect is adding to Trump's push for an early "reopening" is that there is one big USian company experiencing a massive surge in orders,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    True dat. I should probably have said "misguided and monumentally stupid (but what else is new, with quitlings?) attempts to impose martial law despite not having more than about 1/10th the number of enforcers required". I do occasionally worry about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Cool, dark, dry places, if at all possible. Remember to get at least a couple of days worth of bottled water, too, in case of supply interruptions. (Or suitable purification gear, if you live close enough to a river, large...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Why would you wait until October to stockpile? Stockpile now, because prices are only going to rise, and supplies will only run shorter, as time goes on. Also, the more people stockpile earlier, the lower the stress - both on...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not convinced of that. While (allegedly) around 1/4 of the population is currently stockpiling, that leaves a lot of people who aren't but who might panic buy in the last couple of days before a crash exit. So while...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm somewhat alarmed by the number of people who think that the UK can resolve brexit-related import problems by just adopting really lax customs habits. There's a massive hole in that view, because every lorry that enters the UK needs...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    If someone told you that you HAD to name a stuffed toy tiger, what would it be called?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    gone straight to firing off A50 without thought for what comes next, There was absolutely nothing coincidenta about the timing of May's A50 notification. Like much else to do with Brexit, it relates to the absolute need of the UK...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Least scary possibility is that the hacker alters an okayed doc (story) just as it sent to the printers. This actually offers you a potential way not only to bankrupt publishers and authors pretty much at will, but also to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    You can also mix them together for variation; for example: Satoshi Nakamoto is a resistance agent from the future, sent back to convince the alt-reich that the Jewish banking conspiracy they talk about is actually real. The goal is to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I see that Steam have declared they're no longer accepting bitcoin, because the value fluctuates too much and the transaction fees are too high. It seems likely that other non-blackmarket retailers who allow bitcoin for purchases will follow suit, for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Charlie has probably already seen this, but it might be as new to others here as it was to me: "Blockchain-based competitor to Wikipedia proposed". Given that one of their arguments is that Wikipedia is too interested in covering history...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The fact that "Billionaire announces plan to launch car into space" isn't even in the top five most implausible stories of the week shows just how lazy the writing for the 2017 season of "Human race" has become....
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