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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Bitcoin uses a ludicrous amount of power. That's by design. The whole point of most blockchain designs is that whoever can waste the most power has control, and insofar as they're useful it's because the cost of gaining control exceeds...
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    My SF system is half the size of yours and my best day in January was 3.4 kWh www.pvoutput.org is a fascinating resource, full of people sending minute-by-minute records of their system performance to the world. FWIW our roof is...
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    SARS in Toronto. Government saved $150,000 by cutting health monitoring unit, economic cost to city at least $2,000,000,000. In Victoria, Australia the government cut money from early childhood services in order to fund a private prison. That one sticks in...
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    if you do your job right and prevent an epidemic you can't prove that it would have happened. That problem is way more general: preventing a problem is in general unprovable, and people are not wired to appreciate it....
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    Thankfully the government will force the electricity company to buy your solar electricity at a lot more than the market rate And when they stop doing that... it turns out not to make any difference. Unless you consider an extra...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    With a cost for 4 to 5 Billion Credits for a single use weapon that only works against much lower tech I don’t think this is a viable weapon Thanks for running the numbers. I admit to not ever doing...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Thanks. Sorry, got caught by the "timeout and discard your reply" feature again, so my longer reply is gone. Short version: remote non-physical manipulators (force fields, whatever) plus nanotech makes remote DNA editing possible. Either for "genetically engineer this adult"...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Actually, do archaeologists deliberately leave parts of sites untouched so that someone can come back later with better tools and techniques to extract more information? I've never really thought about it, but it seems like an obvious thing to do....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Even archaeologists ... lesser technologies ... partly because the materials are often non-durable and there are no records. What interests me about the edges of archaeology is the esoteric physics stuff that pushes the boundaries of credibility when it comes...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Cast the passwall spell straight down into granite. Cast a cylindrical wall of force inside it. Walk away. It so happens that the passwall runs out first. What do you think happened when it ran out? We can't reason about...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    recent space-curmudgeon That's different from oldsters in general, though. The Culture is a good example of space opera featuring really ancient people that never seem to get old and crotchety. The Jaran series is another, albeit it mostly focuses on...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    With a 6G drive at constant acceleration that's over a third the speed of light when your fuel runs out, completely ignoring relativity. I'd say high-speed kinetic energy planet killers are well within Traveller capabilities. Any time you have...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    There isn't even a law that says "thou shalt not supply drinking water with more than 10μg/l Pb..." Creeping socialism, that would be, big government sticking its big regulations into the affairs of the little people. It is far more...
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    One curious effect is that people can get started in politics at a very low level, e.g. the local "school board". Anglonesia and I think also the UK and other countries do this via local government - councils and shires...
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    Are any ONSHORE wind farms being currently built in the UK? I read yesterday that all subsidies for onshore farms were eliminated last year Might be more useful to ask whether any applications have been made for builds after the...
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    Certainly I've been in areas free from artificial illumination; I just reckon it never gets properly dark as long as you're under the sky. I suspect you have better night vision than most, even most men. I consistently have better...
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    I see that some places have anti-light-trespass ordinances/laws We desperately need those here. Some fucstane deliberately put of a floodlight to drive some tawny frogmouths away from the nest they were building. When I went to talk to them they...
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    The death rates from lung/respiratory causes should be significantly higher in London & Manchester & Birmingham (say) compared to medium-sized country towns & open rural areas. Has anyone really looked at this? Yes, but there are a fucton of confounding...
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    I never use a torch for walking at night. I want to see all my surroundings How does that work? Have you never been anywhere without significant light pollution (especially light reflecting off the air pollution above a city). In...
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    the distance at which the pollution levels don't show any statistical increase of a disease. Assuming a linear trend that tells us that assuming the pollution is at 1/4 strength at 150m (i.e. Well under the legal limits for most...
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    Guy Verhofstadt in The Guardian, in case anyone hasn't seen it or the dozens of other similar pieces. Leaving the European Union means the EU agencies based in the UK will be relocated. I expect this will be approved by...
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    when I think about how much trouble was caused by the Mau Mau "Generals" (who had probably been sergeants for colonial troops in WWII) I vote they start with Fiji, who export more mercenaries and UN peacekeepers than just about...
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    Short-radius nutrient cycles are just begging for parasites, yes. Which is why you need good treatment rather than just dumping the honey wagon on the field. We run our composting toilet bins through a summer to get them reasonably hot...
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    Save the dolphins! Abolish free bus passes for pensioners! Mandatory dressage lessons in schools! Bring back the guillotine! We also have the problem of candidates who don't understand the job they're applying for. Although it would be kind of cool...
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    The Conversation had an article on the unregulated "crop probiotics" stuff that is starting to appear that is somewhat relevant. The human side I follow somewhat in the hope that I can fix various food sensitivities that I have developed...
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    Ok, march for science time. Feels kinda like when I got to Australia and discovered that they had an anti-nuclear movement... "oooo kaaay, do you have one against slavery too? What about for women being allowed to vote?". Do we...
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    I presume wind generators work differently to airscrews in this respect then? After all, you see airscrews with as many as 8 blades these days. Yep, because no-one tries to pretend that a 6MW (10,000HP), 40% efficient airscrew that works...
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    Our electoral system is incredibly stupid, and I do not want media coverage allocated on the same basis. ... Percentage of the vote is much more reasonable, and that says that UKIP should get about 40% of the coverage that...
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    I came up with this image in another forum and I think it's worth repeating: May seems likely to tell the UK that the hard Brexit will be a glorious victory for the mighty British Empire as her lieutenants bravely...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Treaty of Waitangi - success or failure? It was largely ignored by the winners for quite some time, the war petered out slowly, but 100 years later it's acknowledged as a very important foundation for the country. The Maori Land...
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