Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Might I suggest cleaning up our act be less from avoiding climate catastrophe and more for something prosaic, like the way one is (Hopefully) disinclined to commit flatulence in an enclosed space. The reason being, lest some large entity...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    What might prove difficult about personality uploads is how we present different aspects of ourselves depending on relationships and circumstance, all variations on a theme, but each one a problem to solve. Early adopters are liable to be boring....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    At least for energy, there are arguments besides "It's good for the planet", like a potentially healthier domestic economy and independence from the restraints of petroleum based energy. A good thing to, because if a sensible energy policy is...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    One of my believer friends is working on an essay on the non-existence of Hell and believes in universal reconciliation. Leads me to think, yes, I could see that, while I'd differ on what happens with any so far...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    That brings to my mind one of the nastiest things about contemporary conservatism, intolerance. Intolerance in the presence of many fundamentalist sects promises no shortage of dark entertainment in the future....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I usually don't have trouble seeing two wheeled vehicles from a car, I think because I've put miles on them myself. The "I didn't see it" may stem more from a deficiency of empathy than anything else....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The spam is suggestive, perhaps rUK could forge a deal with India, might have to accept being a junior partner, given the recent silliness......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There were a few 260STs built before Atari decided they were too limited, still, more than the STbook (With a trackpad-like object, first, I think.). In many ways, the Atari ST was like an ultimate Commodore 64, the Amiga...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Missesota? There are B-2s based west of Sedalia, Missouri....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Don't know specific details, but I'd guess "broken" implies accelerated wear on wheel bearings, suspension, tires and clutch plates from the weight of the gear, not actually breaking in two, as has happened to the occasional unibody vehicle exposed...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Synthopiates might also feature in a de-regulated "Grim Meathook future", as an essential part of "The taste you can't forget" (Swiped from a vague recollection of an early 80s thriller.)....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Brings up an angle I think the "Petro forever!" types are using, households on a paycheck to paycheck economy are not going to be in a position to invest much in infrastructure, if one wishes to delay a technological...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Consider adding James Kwak's "Economism, bad economics and the rise of inequality" to that list, I consider it relevant because it describes the beginnings of the fork of economics that reactionaries use as a blunt instrument on anything that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Agreed, I can sometimes find something worthwhile and when it's too cryptic, I can scroll past, which I'd suggest to those suffering an allergic reaction to the entity....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Revolution when decent folk with constructive ideas are available is one thing, when dead-eyed sociopaths are waiting to rebuild,,, you shouldn't wish for it....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Just saw that a copy is waiting for me at the local library*, looking forwards to it, as soon as I finish James Kwak's "Economism". *I know it's not as good for you as it would be if I...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    On that Schwinn 26" wheel, the original "Balloon tire" was their innovation and they patented it, their competitors made a slightly smaller 26" wheel to evade the patent. A Schwinn tire would be labeled "26X2 1/8", while the now...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    It gets better, int he United States, transportation, HVAC and appliances that are more efficient are desirable, and carbon consumption will be reduced, as the upgrades become financially possible. What better way of maintaining the thirst of the west...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Think I'm largely in agreement, though there's enough inertia working we're not stopping what's on the way, but de-carbonizing as much of the energy infrastructure as possible would be a valuable gift to our descendants, if any. The challenge...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Is there a hope of finding someone with a gas burning version that wishes they'd checked the diesel box?...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Unit construction and indépendant suspension aren't the end of the world... Wouldn't an engine transplant approach the price of a similarly antiquated Land Rover that already had a gasoline engine? You're looking at not only the engine, but also...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Wasn't specifically thinking of cars (Mine is 11 years old), more like pilot ignition forced air heating, but, now you mention it. really old stuff like carburretor equipped gasoline cars, or older diesels that roll coal by design....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Think about how economic insecurity in the working class prolongs the use of older, wasteful, if not outright toxic technology. So, do the .001% get that much mileage from the contrast, or have they found a way to tap...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    True, the true believers will also be convinced that the Obama administration was liberal, so that's been tried, mostly, not in their lifetime, but, beliefs. Concerning climate doubters, the time between a carbon reduction and a perceptible climate improvement...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    And they'll choose all the wrong answers, again, it won't work, again and they'll blame some straw man or other, again. No alternative will be permitted until the wheels incontrovertibly come off....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Niven & Pournelle have already been there (Footfall), and a smallish cometary impact (Lucifer's Hammer). Both good lurid fun, but devoid of tentacles....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    The presence of super volcanos in Antarctica is demonstrated by an eruption that clears off the ice cap in hours, excitement ensues... briefly....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I don't believe that you could be satisfied, and we would disagree on what constituted reasonable....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Corvids may dispute that leadership....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Space based solar has the potential to obsolete most carbon based power generation, but it can't happen large scale until we have an off-planet industrial base, and power is transmitted by a microwave link, which might annoy a person that...
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