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    New chew toy for the bored physicists in the crowd: https://www.quantamagazine.org/physicists-trace-the-rise-in-entropy-to-quantum-information-20220526/ The basic idea is recasting entropy as based on quantum entanglement. As I (non-physicist) understand it, particles tend to get entangled with their environment, about why we can't know...
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    This from Ars Technica is entirely unrelated to anything currently being discussed here at the moment. It is, however, utterly bizarre and horrible. But who can honestly say they don't want to read about a renegade nurse? Gosh thanks. It...
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    You can say "there is no Singularity", but this is the kind of thing I expect during the approach. As change starts happening more quickly, more people become afraid of it, and start hankering for "the good old days", even...
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    *Heteromeles: as a species we will not be rendered extinct by anything short of "Venus Switchover"... civilization in some form will endure... One key point: it's worth differentiating between human species, human culture, and civilization. Civilization is a particular subset...
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    Generally agreed. I was mainly doing my best to be super-diplomatic because Heteromeles and I had a nasty fight some months back, and I didn't want to discuss things uncalmly. And I appreciat the point about rhetoric versus facts made...
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    It just consumes most of its own production domestically because it built an industrial manufacturing capacity mostly before they struck oil. (As the UK did with coal.) The newer petrostates that sell it abroad for cash and import luxury goods...
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    A couple of points: First, I don't agree with the Confederacy then or now. And I especially don't agree with the people who drummed up political support for secession around "Black Lincoln's" (their term for him) election. Second, I'm not...
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    The other problem with the "treasonous slaveowner's rebellion," well, multiple problems. The big one is that "all men are created equal" was not part of US law at the time of the Civil War. It was in the Declaration of...
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    So far as publishing and other disruptions go, I haven't had Covid, and since I'm pretty anti-social to begin with, I was theoretically less impacted than most. But I suffered too, and I don't think it was just PD. And...
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    RE: Sycamores. "Sycamore" is a weird term. Originally, it meant a kind of fig (how it's used in the Bible and AFAIK in the eastern mediterranean). It also means plane trees, whose fruits are balls of seeds, not keys. They're...
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    I think you missed the point of layering. The preocess is: 1) You bundle soil, peat moss or whatever around the stem 2) You wait until it develops roots in the soil 3) you then cut the stem and plant...
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    Agreed to all that. I'd just add that, if by hard work and great good luck we transition to 100% renewables, struggles over blocking solar panels and wind turbines will be steady sources of income for lawyers and designers. As...
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    Incipient tree, <1m height, trying to grow up through a crack in concrete and not doing very well, currently shedding this year's leaves and developing green buds for next year. I intend to chop it off at the base, cut...
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    Over here, it's generally assumed whoever was behind and could see what was happening was at fault, and the onus is on them to show why it wasn't. People seem to twist the "failure to yield" and "right of way"...
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    Agreed, that developing the technology is straightforward, also with 482 that a lot of it is integration, more than invention. Aside from the political battles, which are fairly huge, I see three places we need better innovation: Retrofitting. The innovation...
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    Klamath Falls is building a water pump storage facility. Great news, Jean! I hope the changing climate keeps those lakes full enough....
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    Incidentally, Ars Technica posted an article, "The Road to Low-Carbon Concrete" two days ago (https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/11/the-road-to-low-carbon-concrete/). More generally with Smil's and other analyses (including my old ones), the biggest problem appears to be learned helplessness. This is the induced feeling that...
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    The two comments I have about transmen are: Gender reassignment surgery may come after the mastectomies or never happen at all. We get so focused on what's going on with transmen above the waist that we ignore that any changes...
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    The fire issue with lithium batteries in vehicles isn't a chemical oxidation issue, it's the stored electrochemical energy that wants to be free when shit goes wrong, like the dead shorts caused by the battery pack folding in half in...
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    I think you're mistaking the destination for the path. I agree that smaller, lighter, and slower is a good destination, but we've got to get there from the Juggernauts we currently have. Since we're talking about Juggernauts, I'll introduce another...
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    Charging home from car? Well, right now I'm about to get two Powerwalls (26 kWh) for about the same cost* as a top-line Chevy Bolt (65 kWh). And my wife uses less than a quarter charge per day commuting. The...
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    My point about racks was that if you're going to lift solids Pigeon is right, use rocks. Rocks and an existing mountain. Ideally with an existing system for moving rocks up and down, but that's easy enough to build. Although...
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    Meanwhile even the UK has some suitable sites, and I've heard occasional rumors that the USA has both rocks and mountains... in the same place! Problem is, all the good dam sites, and a lot of bad ones, were built...
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    Well, you can always mount a funicular in an open pit mine, if the terrain on top is flat enough. And you don't have to worry about pumping it dry regularly. And other things. Maybe the mining waste is heavy...
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    Fungi are closer to animals than plants. It's confused, but that is now generally agreed. It's been "generally agreed" for over 20 years. The problem with fungi is that the anglophone world tends to be rabidly mycophobic, so any advances...
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    The whole hydrostorage thing really feels like it's confusing 'impossible' with 'not economical under current conditions' I can see three problems with it. General shortage of suitable sites. This is actually a problem with hydropower itself. Amazon and Congo Rivers...
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    Um, I'm a botanist who worked with plants and fungi, so that is very definitely not what I meant or wrote. Plants run mazes. Fungi run mazes too. Plants run mazes differently than do fungi, slime molds, mice, or wall-following...
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    Going off-topic on the issue of decision fatigue, I recently learned how fungi run mazes, and I'm jealous. Yes, fungi, not slime molds. Running mazes. Turns out plants run mazes too. Anyway, when a fungus grows a hypha into an...
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    One possible interpretation is that they had a lot of people very obviously having meetings and making Very Important Decisions. Keeping those people present and engaged was important. Meanwhile semi-autonomous subgroups did things. As we've both noted, their decision-making process...
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    What is "Otpor!"? As it happens, "otpor" is a Russian word which means "backlash" or "counterattack" -- generally, violent response to something. Otpor is the movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in a completely nonviolent fashion, then installed a...
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