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  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The neuroscientists in the local vicinity are strongly encouraged to name the rats and mice on which they experiment, with the explicit goal that they will care about the wellbeing of those rats and mice. (Right up until, you know,...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    The Prius has been in production for 25 years. What has been happening to all of those batteries? There have been over 5 million of the cars cumulatively sold world wide as of a year ago. Priuses used NiMH...
  • Commented on WTF
    I just got my winter bill, for an all electric 3 bedroom house with a pool (and the pool draws about 5 kWh per day) my partner working from home (3 monitors and two computers), 4 air filters running...
  • Commented on WTF
    I keep my house at 15-16 in the winter (unless I'm ill, in which case I'll warm it up to 18-20) Shudder I grew up in a house like that. Truly, utterly, miserable experience during winter. I have no...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Meanwhile, in Norway. I work on the site of St Olav's Hospital in Trondheim - about 150m along the street from the Akuttmottak (English: Accidents and Emergencies, American: Emergency room), which has a helicopter pad on the roof. The local...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Not nobody, although it should probably be talked about more. One point of reference I can offer off the top of my head is a Swedish company, Northvolt. https://northvolt.com/recycling/ Judging by the salary they're paying a relative, it's very much...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Ignoring both charging at home/work This, I think is an assumption that renders pretty much the entire remainder of your point moot. You cannot ignore this kind of "background" charging, because it radically affects how often an EV needs...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    And I'll fire up a new blog discussion when my morale recovers enough to see the funny side of this shit sandwich Truss and Kwarteng have handed us So, about 2026, then? Just to add to your depression, I've...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Paragraphs. Dear god, split into paragraphs. That's completely unreadable as is. The rest of my advice may not be so helpful, because it starts with "and skip the Twitter thing", so I won't waste your time with anything further....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I've been told "You aren't a proper cyclist!" I can't speak to what advocacy groups may have been involved, but having cycled in the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the UK suffers from the problem captured excellently by Humon...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Request: your keyboard has keys for both capital letters, and full stops. Your posts would be a lot more readable if you made use of those keys, please. > i would have said nato training ukrainian troops was the west...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Constitution" merely means the set of guiding principles around how a polity operates. Off the top of my head, some of the most critical documents that make up the UK consitution include: Bill of Rights 1689 Parliament Acts 1911 and...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    You're probably aware already, but UPSes, especially cheap ones, tend to have short lives and silent, unmarked deaths. If you're actually relying on them, mark a regular test schedule on the calendar and stick to it, religiously. (In the lab,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    For more or less similar reasons it also tends to fail as a ferry for people travelling just as themselves without vehicles, so they use planes instead (see for instance Charlie's reasoning on this exact point further up the page;...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I think the RR SMR proposal is just a gambit to keep their nuclear reactor capability in being between runs of nuclear-powered submarines -- AIUI there's nothing in sight due for commissioning after the Dreadnought class, and manufacturing capabilities as...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    St Olav's hospital in Trondheim has a similar, albeit slightly less severe issue. The standard air ambulance in these parts is, off the top of my head, a Eurocopter EC135 - common for emergency services in most of Europe, I...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I like Python a lot - although that may be because it was my first programming language, and thus everything else is, mentally, referenced to how it differs from Python. The only quibble I can offer about Python is that...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Sign me up as in favour of MarkDown. It's my standard format for writing notes and simple documentation for myself, although I tend to get complaints about recieving notes in .txt or .md format instead of .docx. The one problem...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Extending the bridge discussion, there is a semi interesting case study going on in Norway right now. The E6 is the main north-south link in the country, and a surprisingly large number of critical bridges along it were inherited from...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Hate to break it to you, but 5mW is not going to be very effective: it's a bog-standard laser pointer/cat toy. I'll put my laser safety officer hat on and wade in here. Firstly, 5mW is not a toy, or...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Given the defensive strategy that the Forerunners adopted - scorched-earth destruction of boundaries leading to Hive-dominated versions - a branching tree model seems to be more likely - given any two destinations n hops apart, there is only one route...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    At such distance, the bomb explodes and somehow that energy is focused into a laser, pointed at an Alien target? How does that work? I'd assume most of the energy has to be wasted. Pretty much the same way that...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    It's been a long wait, but most definitely worth it....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Has anyone tried the fast iteration approach to nuclear power? I don't think so. ... Hanford, Mayak, Sellafield, La Hague ... All of those were absolutely built and operated under a "get us the bomb, and get it by yesterday"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I would hazard a guess that most British-English speakers can translate American-English easily enough - it's so overwhelmingly dominant on the internet that one has little choice. What I tend to notice more than the word translations is variances in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The main point of confusion for me in the Laundry series is over the Black Pharoah vs the Sleeper in the Pyramid. In the Fuller Memorandum, as far as I can recall, Iris (as high priestess of the local Black...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Just out of curiosity, which "Durham"? There are several of them in the U.S. (I was born & raised in one of them) and I'm pretty sure Canada has at least one. I'm guessing the original in the U.K., but...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Chiming in on the heatpump issue - I moved from Durham (cold, damp) to Trondheim (cold, damp), and this past winter has involved temperatures down a a minimum of -27°C in January (the entire month averaged below -18°C), and an...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Those of us with such tool sets think it is just plain wonderful that we get to buy twice as many sockets, wrenches, drill bits, etc... as the rest of the world to work on mechanical things. Oh, trust me,...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Regarding your comments on conspiracy theorism - could this not now be more believably used in a style similar to the unreliable narrator? The protagonist goes going about their perfectly ordinary life, and the major plot point half way through...
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