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  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I wonder what your opinion on this tool is? https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/19/adobes-project-sonicscape-lets-vr-film-editors-see-sound/...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since we're talking about improvements to agriculture, I'll just leave this article here https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/giving-agriculture-a-global-do-over-could-feed-nearly-a-billion-more-people/...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I don't mean to spam, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts or updates to these previous posts? http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/08/a-storm-of-stories---and-what-.html http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/06/hugh-hancock-here-again-charli.html...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    With cheap labor, I could also see large waterworks that take advantage of the Great Lakes. I doubt NAWAPA is doable without industrialization, but a less ambitious project is probably doable? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Water_and_Power_Alliance...
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    Where did I say anything about a China not in TL2 or 3 colonizing the Americas? - My understanding is that TL3's history is the same as ours up until the Seven Years War? However, the invention of railroads and...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    In our world, India's population growth is slowing. In addition, inefficiencies in public infrastructure and plain old corruption are limiting agricultural mechanization. That said, the rural population is growing faster than cities can expand to absorb them. This can be...
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    For the same reason we kept domesticated animals before industrialization. However, fish farming also includes algae farming. Also, don't forget filter feeders such as crawfish...
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    Let me move around to analyzing TL2. That TL looks deceptively like ours. However, that is only because the future "is not evenly distributed". I don't know how the TLS are structured in Charlie's book, but I'm surprised they never...
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    Oops, I meant the California alt-water system...
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    Here are my thoughts 1. Mormons: You place too much emphasis on them. They were instrumental in our timeline, but that was more of a coincidence. Here's an alternative: - The alt-Louis and Clark discover that the Pacific Northwest (PNW)...
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    Thanks Charlie. I don't remember if I mentioned it before on this thread, but in our timeline, Latin America didn't reach its pre-Columbian population until the 20th century. There is little evidence that I've seen which states that the Americas...
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    I'm going to return to the original topic here. What is the climate of Timeline 3. The reason I'm asking is because a Brazil that's at carrying capacity is a Brazil that's cut down the Amazon Rainforest. Otherwise it would...
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    You're right that someone from 1997 looking at today's code would understand it, but the reverse isn't necessarily true. I will exclude query languages since I never used them in the early 2000's, and mainly focus on Java and Matlab....
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    Note that in my opinion, it sounds too good to be true, but who knows?...
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    Let's hope this Chinese spaceplane isn't vaporware. https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/chinas-secretive-spaceplane-may-launch-in-2020/...
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    Does what you say hold true if we still follow the 80/20 rule? In other words, electrify only 80 percent of the US's transportation and leave the remaining 20 percent petroleum-powered? How much of the infrastructure would we have to...
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    And the reason I'm adding that war to the list is because I'm not sure whether Israel intended to annex parts of Lebanon similar to the way they annexed Gaza, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights, or would have...
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    Sorry, I should have been clearer. I was referring to the war between Lebanon and Israel. I didn't even know about the war you mentioned. Thanks for the link....
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    I was thinking more about Algeria and Lebanon (more of an edge case as a decolonization war). There were political reasons for those wars ending, but I doubt they would have ended the way they did if the casualties hadn't...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    China is also investing in nuclear power. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_China...
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    It's been a while since I read the book, so I may get some of the details wrong/have forgotten them. If I remember correctly, the commonwealth controls basically North + South America while the French Empire controls Eurasia? My question...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Thanks David and Greg for letting me know those tricks In news that might have slipped under the radar, looks like China wants to build its own California in the majority-Muslim province on Xinjiang. http://www.businessinsider.com/china-wants-to-build-1000-km-water-pipe-to-turn-desert-into-oasis-2017-10...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    http://www.businessinsider.com/middle-class-income-us-state-2017-9 Sorry about that...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Here's a better link. You can click each state and see the income range for what is considered middle class in each state....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I was reading about Trump's new tax plan when I came across this interesting statistic: "America's middle-class ranges from $35,000 to $122,500 in annual income, according to The Post's calculation..." Since the Washington Post is paywalled, I don't know how...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Changing topics, it seems that China is causing a donkey population crash. It seems that the population of donkeys in China has fallen from 11 million to 3 million in the past decade. According to Wikipedia, this is similar to...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Today we've got some good news: the US economy grew 3 percent last quarter. This means https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/27/us-economy-grows-third-quarter What's more interesting is that the states which benefited so far economically are Trump-voting states https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-10-24/good-times-come-to-trump-leaning-states Good luck convincing them that the improvements...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    It also depends on how the Republican Party is structured in that other universe. Do they have a Steve Bannon and alt-right insurgency? If they do, then it massively strengthens his hand. Likewise, it strengthens their own conspiracy theories (such...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Oops. The way I wrote that gives the impression that there was a significant Russian population in the Mongolian desert. I know there wasn't. I should have proofread that....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Really, how so? Are the mountains in Australia majority Aborigine these days? I did mess up in putting Chile as a temperate state when it probably should be mountain. Likewise, I should have put Argentina in the mountain category as...
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