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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Weird test. I couldn't walk anywhere wearing hard hat, not even in my youth. Neither could anyone else I worked with. Which is why things like wet bells were invented....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    "Dinkum" fell out of use, even by old people by the 80's. "Cobber", I've never heard used except for humorous effect, even by old rural people, and I'm 56....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    This is how modern Chinese works in China. (Ignoring simplified for a moment) The spoken languages are all different, but the written are all the same. Back in the 80's if I had difficulty communicating with a street vendor, they'd...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The Maretian. A fanfic based loosely on The Martian. First contact novel, but it's intelligent equines from another dimension. A very weird dimension. https://www.fimfiction.net/story/396744/1/the-maretian/sol-6...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Re Slipsticks: I was given my first sliderules at the same time I was given my first abacus. As far as I can recall, after much difficult fumbling (I was young enough that manual dexterity was still developing) I could...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Thanks for that link. I thought I was getting further left as I aged, but I didn't know if it was the general drift rightward or something in me. At minus 8.63 left, which is near the left edge and...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Russia just doesn't know how to negotiate with the USA. Australia has it worked out. Do exactly as they say. Copy their every position no matter how absurd. Send supporting troops to every conflict they get themselves embroiled in. In...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "robots need a completely pristine, well-ordered and predictable environment" The mining industry is going gangbusters for robots right now. Robots to drill holes (that humans drop explosives into). Robot diggers, truck loaders, dump trucks, crushers, trains and bulk ore loaders....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Thanks. I thought it was OGH, but my memory is pretty shot. I think the advantage of public vacuuming is of course 'hair & fibre' so beloved of tv police drama (I don't know if it's used IRL). H&F would...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I'm pretty sure I read a near future police procedural (maybe even one written by OGH) where one of the characters does a bit of vacuuming on the bus (Which seemed a bit of an odd thing to do on...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I also saw a paper where they trained a NN to identify dogs vs wolves. Something previously considered near impossible. Turned out that the distinguishing feature of wolves was that they stood around in snow, while dogs stood around in...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Saying 'we should' or even 'we've started' (occasionally even, 'we've completed') and then simply not doing anything is hardly a republican only trick. My local council uses it all the time for not building or maintaining cycling infrastructure....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Using the rental car analogy, there is a large chunk of the renting population who would refuse to put air in the tyres. Despite the low cost, low effort, and the fact that they'd be the one who benefits from...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    That attitude is *remarkably* common. One of my jobs was giving energy advice for an electricity utility. I couldn't count the number of customers to whom I suggested insulation, heat pumps or switching to controlled load supply for hot water....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Sometimes I wish we had upvoting....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    "Not going to be great on a starship unless it's the sort that has a gravity-shaped inhabitable area orbiting a fusion reactor" (Spoiler for 'Known Space' series) Which of course was the solution used by the Puppeteers. They used reactionless...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Depends how you define "many" https://nsscds.org/awards/ This is just the members of one of the three US cave diving bodies who have bothered to apply for the awards for 100, 500 and 1000 completed dives. I've got about 500 hours,...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Minor point... Cave diving isn't terribly dangerous. My Australian CDAA registration number that I got in the 80's is well into the thousands, and we seem to average about one fatality per decade. There's about 5-10 fatalities per year world...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Frozen anything won't work. Humans are slightly radioactive. We're constantly being slightly damaged, and constantly doing running repairs. Freezing humans doesn't stop the radioactivity but it does stop the repair process. Freeze a human for a century or so and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I probably do sound like a troll, but he's still better than I expected. I really thought that by now he'd have either, closed all borders, started another shooting war with Mexico, started a nuclear war with someone else, declared...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The upper Floridian aquifer is basically all interconnected. There are springs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic that connect the aquifer to the sea. It would be like building thousands of railway tunnels under the dikes....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I didn't know that Dutch dikes are built on sand, but I've also not spent hundreds of hours swimming around in sand. (This isn't me, but it is Florida) http://www.danintranet.org/storymedia/5968.jpg...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Tone is hard in this medium. Still, it's utterly impossible to put a dike around Florida no matter how much money you throw at it. The rock is riddled with interconnected cavities. It's old coral reef that's been above and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think Trump has been surprisingly competent. So your friends aren't unique. Still, I thought his level of responsibility would be lower than Ferris Bueller on his day off. The fact that there's been nothing equivalent to crashing the borrowed...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Dikes don't work in Florida. The ground is porous and the tide will flow under any dike....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Probably everyone should take that seriously. Despite some AI professionals here commenting that writing AI software is somehow special, and quite unlike other tasks that can be automated away (which is exactly what every profession seems to be saying about...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Speaking of Dark State. This morning my Google Android phone alerted me to the fact that "Charles Stross has released a new book 'Dark State' today". I've never told it I was going to buy that book the day it...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    " achieved by grabbing attacker’s front legs and separating them sideways until it released its jaws in pain, but before they broke." Remarkable restraint. I've been attacked by dogs a few times, and defended my dogs from attack a couple...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Yes, probably talking about it is a good thing. I realise that I'm actually using Charlie's blog as a discussion group. After all the discussion of electric cars, WWII battleship strategy, trains and bagpipes, it sort of felt natural. I...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "maliciously and falsely reporting tax avoidance with the intention to cause a time-consuming tax audit" - I'm sure those do happen, but I can find no record of someone being prosecuted for so doing" Funny you should mention that... There...
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