danieldwilliam

danieldwilliam

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I wonder if Corbyn can whip his own MP's to vote for a general election. I think the driver behind this is probably in part the risk of the election expenses scandal costing the Tories their majority. I wonder if...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Yeah - I see how "It was somewhere within a 100 clicks of here, some time ago, probably" would be less than helpful. Thanks...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The overall effort might be the same regardless of "cost" but cost reflects the relative scarcity of the inputs and by extension the other uses they could be put to which seems like a relevant factor?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Would the detection accuracy be enough that one could narrow down a search area sufficiently to go and find the sub using more conventional means?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The bubble in the carbon bubble is the valuation of the oil and gas and coal mining companies. Most of their financial value are the future sales price of reserves of hydrocarbons that are not scheduled to be extracted for...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    This is entirely true. The comparison with the UK wholesale market was more as a reference point to a mature, reasonably liberal and open energy market. I'm not suggesting that because solar PV is being sold at $30/ MWH in...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The cheapest solar PV industrial project to date sold its power output for about $29.90 per MWH for an 800 MW expansion to an existing solar PV array in Dubai. For comparison purposes day ahead baseload in the UK was...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The main reason I don't think this scenario is going to come about is that there are a lot of people opposed to it at both a macro and a micro level. I think your scenario downplays the scope and...
  • Commented on Don't blow your top!
    I visited Crater Lake whilst on holiday in Oregon with my then girlfriend, now wife, oh, ten years ago. Perhaps one of the most exciting landscapes I've ever visited. Genuinely breath-taking. Ever since I've wanted to live on the edge...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I am wondering about Quakers in Space. For long term allocation of resources, tasks and risk I think a society that has a strong ideological committment to dialogue and deliberation democracy, egalitarianism, deep, slow thinking, and tries to balance eudaemonic...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I think there is also something about the vulnerability of space habitats (space stations or early Mars colonies) to the violent action of a disgruntled and alienated minority. On Earth we can run societies with relatively large numbers of dissatisfied...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I had not forgotten Iron Sunrise. There are a couple of other examples I've come across too. I think one in a Mike Cobley book....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Thinking about the culture question from a Marxist point of view i.e. that things like political, social, legal and cultural structures are secondary to and subservient to the technology needed to operate the means of production then I'm not sure...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I think the main thrust of the OP is undoubtely correct. The leadership of the USA in the world over the coming centuries will be relatively less and the leaderhip of white men in the USA will be relatively...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I think there is something about the audience that Cameron is speaking to here. He’s perhaps not talking to the public in general, or technically aware floating voters or liberals who are worried about personal privacy. I wonder if he...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    As part of my accountancy finals I had to do an extended and examinable case study. The topic in my year was the clothing industry. There is credible competition to the Chinese manufacturing of clothes from countries closer to Europe...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    What other technically feasible but flawed "solutions" to world or personal problems are out there?...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Thinking about the question in @407. "What would be an example of something that would to lead to cultural estrangement without said change being a restriction of a commonly accepted freedom?" Here's my stab. Assume that house prices in the...
  • Commented on Leading question
    With my optimistic hat on my predictions for 2034 are… Following the multiply-hung Parliament of 2015 and the subsequent coalition and confidence and supply arrangements the current constitutional crisis is resolved with a combination of Home Rule for Scotland, some...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'll let them fight it out over who gets to eat my immortal soul and which one of them gets to retro-actively erase the other one from the multiverse....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'll live. Or not. It's not like I'm dealing with Roko's Basilisk....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Scepticism about libertarian politics. Scepticism about US-ian politics. That the rest of the world is not the same as the US. Energy technology a bit. 20th Century History Spying, espionage and cyber-security. What Exactly Is Money? The Effect of Amazon...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I’m sceptical that anything will come of the promises of significantly more devolution for Scotland. More sceptical about the promise that devolution will come to England. I’m still waiting for Lords Reform and have been since 1912. However, however, however,...
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