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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The reason that most people suspect Iran is behind the Saudi drone has nothing to do with the engine, it has to do with the precision of the strike. The type of software that could allow this level of precision...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I'm sorry for your loss Charlie...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    To change the subject a bit. We've seen reports of N Korean missile tests. Most of these stories were presented in the context of diplomacy vis-a-vis Trump. However, the stories leave something out: how good are NK missiles? Where have...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Often times, the noise issue isn't due to cubicles vs open office plans. The problem is that the pink noise speakers don't work. From the Guardian, "f you do manage to block the sounds of the city, there’s the risk...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    In the spirit of AMA, Charlie, do you think that there are any positive applications of deepfakes? By positive, I don't mean creating fake videos of political leaders for propaganda purposes...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    My Indian colleagues are worried about the drought, but for a different reason. Southern India is one of the few areas where Modi made few inroads in the last election. If this drought discredits the opposition, then it can help...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The fact that there's no commercial satellite bus greater than about 7 tons hasn't actually stopped the Falcon Heavy from getting commercial contracts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falcon_Heavy As you notice, all its commercial contracts are slated for GEO. The main customer for the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The its in that conversation was referring to the Falcon 9. The Heavy can lift more mass to GEO than any operational launch system....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Here are my opinions on the space thread 1. When it comes to the demand for Starship in the civilian and (to some extent) military sector, we can use the popularity of the Falcon Heavy as a proxy. a. When...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Normally I wouldn’t use Fox News as a source, but this interview with Steve Hilton. Here’s what David Cameron and Danny Alexander have been doing since they left office: " The U.K. treasury secretary cravenly backing china's Belt and Road...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Here's a question: how long until the Straits of Hormuz cease being strategically important? 1. Saudi Arabia can build oil export terminals in Jeddah on the Red Sea. Kuwait and the UAE will also be allowed to use those pipelines,...
  • Commented on Story time!
    If it was a war for the regime's survival, Iran would drag NATO in at the very least. A small reminder that Iran's capabilities are not limited to the middle East. Their long range missiles can hit NATO bases in...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I think that you guys are missing an important element: Trump already has his "short victorious war". It's the war with China. This isn't a normal trade war, it's a Thucydides War. The last 2 such wars were the Seven...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    "The problem is, people mostly live in densely populated urban areas today (the screaming exception is in North America), and climate change and the end of the oil economy is going to tend to militate against suburban living." I disagree...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The New York Times is right wing? That would be news to Trump. Glad that I finished my lunch before reading that....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    The critical infrastructure can be moved? Who says NYC will have 8.4 million people? What population numbers do you think that I am using? Can vaporettos not handle traffic from a much smaller population? The better question is: can existing...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I do agree that Miami would be a shadow of its its former self. Most of the housing is suburban; that won't survive. My prediction for 2100: Miami will have a population of up to 1 million for these reasons...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I think border controls will keep a significant portion of the human population in those zones. Miami is probablya better place tobe than most of Florida. I think that Miami can survive as a tax haven, or a smuggler's den,...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Miami can deal with the water issue via rainwater collection and floating desalination. The city population is likely to be in the low millions, so it shouldn't be an issue. When it comes to NYC, I am not sure of...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    "Bear in mind that it's probably newly built since 2019. 80% of humanity lives within 200km of the sea; ocean levels are rising and extreme weather events are getting worse, so our cities will over time recede inland from the...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Here are some thoughts about the fall of the Roman Empire and the Saxon invasions 1. You can make an argument that the Eastern Roman Empire fell in WWI, not 1453. You can make good arguments that the Ottoman Empire...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    "Um, nope. "Mexicans invading California"? And here, I thought it was the other way around, since they were there first...." That's not really true for California (or Texas). When people use that saying, they're mostly referring to New Mexico. Short...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    There is an inequality-adjusted HDI, but it's not broken down by region https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_inequality-adjusted_HDI HDI gives a much more accurate picture of a country than GDP/GRP PPP per capita. Income inequality influences the latter far more than the former. I also...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    This may be the wrong thread, but I have a question about Scotland. Below is a list of UK regions by HDI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_regions_of_the_United_Kingdom_by_Human_Development_Index While Scotland's HDI is good internationally and within the EU (it's values are on par with France's),...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Oops, forgot to put the Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Hemings#Hemingses_in_Paris...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Interesting story about Sally Hemmings: "Under French law, both Sally and James could have petitioned for their freedom, as the 1791 revolutionary constitution in France abolished slavery in principle.[32] Hemings had the legal right to remain in France as a...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    "I've frequently thought that if we really don't want immigrants that the place to put our money is into Mexico. We should work hard to make it into a first world country (easier said than done) and let them absorb...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Charlie, I know you don't mean to, but please stop saying that Mexico and Iran have the same population size. It just looks like you don't know what you're talking about. Mexico has 1.5 times as many people as Iran...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "Russian oil production is going to drop from 11.0 million barrels per day to 0.4 per day by 2025 " I don't see 0.4 in the article, I see 10.4 million barrels a day "By 2025, the Permian Basin would...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    As an aside, even Liaoning province is declining in population, from 43.9 in 2012 to 43.8 in 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaoning That province has several economically important cities on its coasts. That was a surprise for me to find out....
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