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  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Here is my opinion on the good and the bad The good 1. East Asia has urbanized and industrialized. The fact that China can handle its internal refugees on its own is refreshing. 2. China doesn't care about environmental orthodoxy....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    ""Conscript armies useless"? Really? So, all the drafted troops in, say, the US Civil War, and WWI, and WWII, and Korea, and 'Nam, were useless?" Oops. I thought I had included "in modern times". Thanks for jumping down my throat...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I know that in times of mass warfare combat deaths exceed suicides. However, in today's non-conscript US army suicides exceed combat deaths. So I'm not sure you can really point the finger at Russia. This brings up an interesting question,...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Actually, I think Putin realizes that conscript armies are useless as armies. However, they have other uses 1. It removes younger Russians from family environments that might shelter them from propaganda. 2. Young men who spend two years away from...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I disagree that the Second Great Awakening had great influence on the South. To my knowledge, it was primarily a Northeastern, Midwestern, and Appalachian movement. If you look at the new religious denominations which arose in the 1830's, most were...
  • Commented on On hold
    This is a very good article, which should help people understand the conditions people within Latin America are fleeing from. In a way, some of these countries are practically warzones https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/26/latin-america-murder-crisis-violence-homicide-report...
  • Commented on On hold
    I must disagree. The US mythology contains several components, that's only one. The US mythology is that no one institution should be sovereign above any other. "No taxation without representation" was an attack upon Parliament's ability to tax the colonies...
  • Commented on On hold
    When talking about agriculture and civilizations, you're completely neglecting the sea. In the case of human civilizations, you may not need agriculture as we know it? In the Pacific Northwest, fishing was so plentiful that the population grew to densities...
  • Commented on On hold
    I don't know which thread to put this, but here goes. 1. Finland is discontinuing its basic income experiment http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-to-end-basic-income-experiment-2018-4 2. Russia might be exiting the commercial launch business https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/04/russia-appears-to-have-surrendered-to-spacex-in-the-global-launch-market/ 3. Japan's renewable push is encountering some resistance https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/japans-renewable-energy-puzzle-solar-push-threatens-environment...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Here is the thing, my scenario doesn't violate physics. Let's say you use 5 Joules of solar energy to extract 4 Joules of Keragen. That gives you an EROI of 0.8. Yes it wastes 1 Joule of energy, but it...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Frank, let me ask you a question. Say you find a source of oil with an EROI of 0.8, but the energy to extract it comes from solar power. How would you account for that?...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Speaking of abandoning outer suburbs, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/upshot/the-population-slowdown-in-the-outer-suburbs-of-the-east-and-midwest.html...
  • Commented on Test Case
    A few things 1. What is this LIDAR you speak of? Elon Musk thinks that LIDAR is a distraction, and doesn't include it at all. https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/07/elon-musks-self-driving-strategy-still-doesnt-include-lidar/ 2. When LIDAR and cameras disagree, which one has the final say currently? Which...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    This brings up an interesting question: globally, what is more popular? Apartments or houses? In other words, are Americans or Europeans the minority in this regard? Let's exclude the 45% that don't live in urban areas for this....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Just a quibble: the sense of paranoia isn't limited to just Putin; it's ingrained in the entire population. Putin isn't helping, but it would still be there regardless of who ran the country https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/15/russia-spy-poisoning-salisbury-moscow...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Thanks for the prompt answer Frank "enough solar to power 76,000 homes in San Diego city, out of 1.2 million homes in the county...So somewhere in the neighborhood of " 6%. Since half the population of San Diego County is...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Hi Frank, Thanks for the report. I'm not criticizing your work here but I do have a few questions 1. What percentage of overall homes in the county have solar roofs? What percentage of homes in rich neighborhoods have them?...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I know that the decline has nothing to do with guns, but expect Trump's base to flood the airwaves that it was their boycott which hurt Dick's Sporting Goods. It's interesting that Dick's is the last brick-and-mortar "sports chain" which...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    In other news, UK carbon emissions are now at their 1890s level http://www.businessinsider.com/uk-carbon-dioxide-emissions-lowest-since-1890-2018-3...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Actually, there might be something to it left, assuming that the white working class stays with the Republicans? 1. The white working class still controls enough states to be a force in the Senate, where only 18 percent of Americans...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Question: What do you guys think of the weapons Putin just announced?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I won't speak about Crete, but with the Incas, that statement is true but somewhat misleading 1. Latin America didn't reach its pre-Columbian population (by some estimates) until the mid-20th century. I don't know enough to say for certain that...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Here's something completely out of left field: apparently US universities are competing who can launch a suborbital unmanned rocket (basically a sounding rocket). https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/the-race-to-space-heats-up-on-college-campuses/...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "- No solar sail can ever work, because the electric charge would blow up the sail." That would be a surprise to the IKAROS spacecraft https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKAROS...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Here's an article updating us on the state of an unsexy component of automating cars: up-to-date mapping. This article chronicles the approaches to ensuring that Google loses its current lead in accurate maps https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-02-21/nobody-wants-to-let-google-win-the-war-for-maps-all-over-again...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Just for comparison, around 16% of US population have a smart speaker. I think that this is a more significant number https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/39-million-americans-now-own-a-smart-speaker-report-claims/ This is the newest mass-market device since the tablet. I wonder how many years will it take for...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Interesting statistics, thanks. I'm actually surprised that 51 percent of the US population owns a tablet. I seem to remember reading that tablet sales were declining. I wonder what changed that? As for the broadband percentage, about 75 percent of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Allow me to nitpick: Well, according to Statistica, 95 percent of UK households had a mobile phone in 2015-2016 https://www.statista.com/statistics/289167/mobile-phone-penetration-in-the-uk/ That is the same percentage of people under 35 who own smartphones. However, only about 88% of those between 35...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    So far, techies who criticize Bitcoin have tended to shy away from criticizing blockchain. Charlie pointed out that Bitcoin is loved by the alt-right. Could the alt-right love blockchain? It seems the AfD co-leader does https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/23/blockchain-reshape-world-far-right-ahead-crypto-technology...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    That's not actually true. There have been approx 108 billion Homo Sapiens on Earth http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleHaveEverLivedonEarth.aspx...
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