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  • Commented on Generation Z
    At £30,000 a year per person, a single parent with Alzheimer's may linger for 2-3 years in a nursing home, in which case you can kiss goodbye to your inheritance from that £250,000 family home: Instead of being owned by...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Your problem is not inertia, it's gravity. Different problems, same mass (or two different masses with precisely the same value for a large number of decimals) It's atmosphere, actually....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    This will not happen in the current political regime, because it is political suicide. Raising interest rates to remove dead wood will hurt in the short term, and the next government will reap the benefits. Well, yeah. That's the big...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Not quite. There are plenty of wealthy townships just outside the incorporated city of Detroit. And it is these scofflaws who've avoided paying their share of taxes for years who are the proximate cause of Detroit's woes. The money is...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    This sounds like the background in Sterling's Distraction, with bits of Heavy Weather thrown in. So, vast swaths of hi-tech poor dotted by enclaves of hyper-privilege. The poor will be left to fend for themselves; the elites chief governing concern...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I think the seeds of the solution are stated in the post -- what really needs to happen is for that big cohort of Baby Boomers to finally die off or otherwise pass over the reins of control. That may...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    3 out of 4 are fine, but what the hell is an architectural novel? I see know one's mention Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness yet. It's a short read. And Jack London, Clark Ashton Smith and assorted other fantasy writers...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I've got a more reputable cite somewhere in my bookmarks (I really should name what I save more descriptively), but this wiki page on peak uranium says there's quite a bit of the green gold in reserve. Notice how much...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think I've seen that one as EROEI (energy return on energy invested.) Anyway, fusion's a red herring; fission is perfectly okay and there's plenty of fissile material distributed around the world to last for, well, several centuries at a...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    My interest is more than gee-whiz or investory-savvy, btw. Perhaps if there were better batteries my country wouldn't feel the need for so much force projection, said projection having considerable financial and social costs....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    This is the sort of release that's been handed out for fifty years . . . at least. As already been noted, better batteries have been 'just around the corner' for a looong time. It's a tough problem, maybe not...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Thanks . . . but do you have something a little more technical? I'm fairly well up on the general facts, but that's not going to tell me what battery company to invest in....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Btw, since I don't follow this stuff the way I ought to, does anyone have any half-way decent links to progress in the fine art of battery making? Something a little less gee-whiz that the 'Discovery' tier of magazine reportage?...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    To reduce inflated housing values yet keep a city alive and livable you'd need some sort of control over the turn-over rate, i.e., a maximum % of housing units of type could be sold within a particular calendar/fiscal year, otherwise...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Assume a total switch to electric vehicles, and a total switch to solar cells for generation, in the UK -- unlikely, I know -- and we'd have 20 million cars on the road, 95% of them parked (and presumably plugged...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The USA is actually rather crap at switching to renewables. The country I live in is on course for 100% renewable energy by 2020; up from 40.3% from renewables in 2012, growing at 22% per annum. If you can make...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    This is probably an example of Vimes Theory of Boots. This is also why in my neck of the woods, though it's well known that underground utility lines save money and pay for themselves in just ten years (AGW's a...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The current setup reminds me of nothing so much as the Dumarest Saga. Or Charlie's colonial model for that matter: the 0.1% who own and rule maintaining their grip over the bottom 90% via the merciless and brutal use of...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Everyone knows what needs to be done. But very powerful people don't want to do this (in fact, they view the current situation as favoring them), so what needs to be done . . . isn't. Notice, btw, that the...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Americans are all too isolated in our own homes ignoring our neighbors to organize any kind of collective action; all our major political movements are media creations backed by plutocrats. Imho, the decline of labor's bargaining power for a slice...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    We need a guaranteed basic income scheme. We need it now. Otherwise the wheels are going to fall off, and the results will be extraordinarily ugly. Ugly for whom? That's the big question. Right now it seems that it won't...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Please read my comment number 61 immediately above and adjacent to your comment 62....
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Even if they aren't the radical performers some posters here think they would be, 'neural interface' technology is still worth developing, btw. Think about people who suffer some degree of paralysis, for example, or are deaf, or blind....
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Shrug. Between all the cites I've found on line and your personal (and entirely subjective) impressions, I'll take the cites. You're free to do otherwise, of course, but that's what I'm going with. I'll say it again: it sounds like...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Some idle googling gives me literally tons and tons of anecdotes about people who 'think faster than they talk' but then: This is true, as I often have huge explanations to drop on people, and it's usually when I'm under...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Sorry, Dirk, but, you can't. In fact, that was probably just about the worst example you could think of. Bear in mind, contra to what paws4thot posted (I'm guessing he doesn't have any proof for his earlier statements, but doesn't...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    What?!?! I can't even get a clarification of the guidelines without said clarification being deleted?!?! Well, it's your ball....
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Eh? Why do you think I'm posting in anger? I'm not. Could you please do me the courtesy of pointing out the relevant passages and why you think they indicate anger? Because personally, I think I've been very good about...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    What the hell are you on about? I'm getting a hostile vibe here rather than the words of someone who really wants to talk. Let's rewind the tape here to see what you said: A plug-in interface that lets me...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Huh? This makes no sense. I think my point went about 50,000 feet over your head. Now, I type much faster than you apparently, but let's stipulate speech instead of typing (even though there is a tremendous amount of processing...
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