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  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    >This simply wouldn't work in a country where there's a properly functioning judiciary and an air gap between the public sector and the corporate sector No. But apparently the UK gives "70% tax relief" on decommissioning oil rigs. (It's mentioned...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    >Also worth noting that a fair amount of gadgetry these days runs on DC internally, and requires (another layer of loss-inducing) switch-mode power supplies to give them the 12v or 5v (or whatever) that they really want. I was about...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm no expert on China. Or economics. But can't both be true? Can't they can have stimulated demand, reduced the cost of production, and still have companies about to go bust? Don't first movers end up with expensive processes that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    >So what will keep solar from dominating the future energy market? The cost of storing peak energy production for later use when the wind stops blow and the sun isn't shining. I'll be interested to hear what you have to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Oops, I hit submit instead of preview. The cite for Bannon being a Leninist is Victor Sebestyen's article in El Graun....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    >And the best way to make something inevitable is to assume that it is. And he does see it as inevitable. He's a self-confessed Lenninst who believes in the "Fourth Turning" and want to destroy everything. His comments about China...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    You've not dealt with the risk of a major war -- especially a confrontation in the south China sea. I've lost the link, but Bannon was saying the latter was inevitable....
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Okay, I got the wrong end of the stick. Sorry. Another quick of the British education system. I can see why it makes sense for those on active duty or moving about a lot. I still feel a certain queasiness...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    >"That said, I'd suggest that my era of my school had an interesting generation of teachers; many were coming up to retirement, and had fought in WW2 as young men. They had seen some of the worst of man, and...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Geneνieve tried the whole homework lark on us. As a player, I didn't feel it worked. (I was supposed to be doing the drawing. I drew about one character -- worst. commission. EVAARRR! And I'm not sure anybody else did...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Okay, enlighten me: who else has used the Invisible College? The trouble with Black Opera is that (a) my Dad has my copy and (b) I'm the singer in the family; my sisters are the scum in the orchestra pit....
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Wells failed to foresee the Eloi running the machines themselves....
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    I remember a great article in Dragon about the usefulness of clichés in RPGs. When role-playing, you can't spend two pages on a flashback, filling in a character's backstory. So if there is a ranger who hides out in the...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Actually, reflecting on it now, I realise how fantastic it was to be part of a busy community of role-players. I was GMing and playing in multiple games. And if you wanted to experiment, there were players around. It's not...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Now, you've confused me. All the Martin stuff happens in the first series. But fitting things into the chronology and the hanging plot is definitely another of the Amber problems. Anyway, I wasn't meaning to impugn you; I was just...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    *cough* I hadn't read the Merlin series when I started GMing. So the courts were very much left to my co-GM. *cough* The second campaign was set in the Courts, which was a necessity as we'd destroyed Amber. That game...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Yeah, it did kinda become an obsession that helped wreck my degree. Thanks. :P But I do love Amber. And I love Myst because of its Amberness. And I love Vampire Diaries because it's Amberish (no parallel worlds but superhuman...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    After Genevieve left, I took over co-GMing and we treated the elder Amberites much as you suggest -- because they are a pain. And even as a GM, I hate recreating other people's characters: that's acting; I'm a role-player, I...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    I think you may well have taught me Amber at Uni......
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Probably better put than my entire rant!...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    >Luckily most of the walls hereabouts are also rotating around the same center of mass as I am -- the core of the Earth -- so this is a non-issue in practical terms. But they could be rotating about a...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Um, Whitroth's intuition is fine. Wikipedia says the LEO orbital velocity is 7.8km/s so a 1g piece of debris has a measly 30kJ. But your velocity is effectively R_earth*\omega, where \omega is the rotation rate of the Earth, which the...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    An orbit becomes unoccupiable if a satellite can't occupy it for years without being hit by debris. However a rocket launching through it will only occupy it for minutes. So it will be possible to launch through LEO long after...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    >Secondly: in a given orbit, there's only a tiny velocity difference (or they'd be in a different orbit. The danger would be previously used orbits, and intersecting orbits. I admit that was my first thought. But "intersecting" includes "prograde meets...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    Yeah, scaling is easy. Just add more devs! If handling N transactions requires O(N^p) infrastructure, p > 1, then you're in trouble....
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    We seem to be on the same page. I just think there's a lot of hassle in explicitly linking and the casual user won't bother....
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    >Apple app store which reviews all apps submitted and won't allow cracked stuff This would be the same process that spotted all those apps compromised by XCodeGhost? Take a phonegapped app, break it open, change the name and fiddle with...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    What, no Walt Disney?...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    I agree; you debate every purchase rather than paying the bill when it turns up. But that analysis breaks down when the market fragments. If I have to buy a subscription to Netflix, Amazon, Sky, BT, Virgin and a telly...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    >- Pirated/cracked apps are nothing and easy to defeat if anyone bothered to waste engineering cycles on them... Really? Really?! I've made int 21h calls through a revectored int 3 but ultimately the crackers always win. I could make it...
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