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  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    More of a computer-vision hack, but - "Meet the Artist Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Cars" https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwba5/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    > 4. How many of the gains in agriculture in our world could have been achieved without industrialization? Bear in mind, modern big-ag converts fossil calories into food, by starting with gas and oil, Mining minerals and ores, making tractors,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    It's interesting how NAC might bootstrap a computing industry; as above, maybe going straight for massive parallelism and functional languages. But there's a warm-body-pipeline problem to bootstrap, and an enormous set of automation low-hanging-fruit - so in our timeline, we...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    > cribbing the constitutional system from Iran Didn't the iranians model their state on the UK ? - the head of state is also head of state religion, etc....
  • Commented on Excuses
    > lycra louts Aka: middleaged men in lycra - MAMILs...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    > title 'king' Lol Reminds me of a USian pension corp with a several-dozen-long title-list (archbishop, marchioness, .. !).. And a dutch corp where 'von Bosch' != 'Von Bosch'.. And a US corp with staff 'non-discrimination code' (asian, caucasian, *cough*...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Larry Fink's Aladdin - Apple's largest shareholder etc https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21591164-getting-15-trillion-assets-single-risk-management-system-huge-achievement - This is a single system managing a large chunk of global wealth. They mention monte-carlo analysis but not much else. What's coming next - machine learning on hardware-neurons; TrueNorth and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    > the baroque arsenal I came to a similar conclusion to her. Augustine's laws[1] "Law Number XVI: In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. This aircraft will have to be shared by the Air...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    > forest .. as old as the oldest tree standing We can do much better than that, pollen from lakebed cores: http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/forest/htmls/an_nelson.html...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    > > salt > stupid How so ? Salt heat storage is just a variation on the electrically-warmed-heap-o-bricks ('storage heater' hereabouts) trope, v. Common in older pre-mains-gaspipe buildings. Another trick is to use heat pumps to source thermal energy from...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    > withdraw Yep, no tv here, pretty much stopped following news, ditched fbook newsy things for nature/history/art, better fot it...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The grauniad 2010 article refers to Hermon's actions in 1979. The next year, 2011, we get this : https://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0524/301471-bombings/ "Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that the information supplied by the British government on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings is all...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    There are still old shops in germany with 'kolonialwaren' (colonial goods) on their signs...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Insulation ? Passivhaus ? There are likely several options available, even with a worst-case preserved-architecture concrete horror. Even on zero budget, skip-dive some cardboard to glue to the walls and cielings, and dig out the thick woolies. Granted, damp is...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    > > I get the impression that it has rubbed off onto us > ...what on earth are you on about? The UK has cheerfully used indiscriminate collective punishment for centuries. Can confirm; my grandfather was RIC in Co. Clare...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Don't forget gdp includes services fees and patent licensing etc. I daresay it would be different to rank by person-hours-worked, or tons-of-raw-materials-mined (tormm), or torrm*dollars_per_ton_on_spot_market, or market value of goods+services supplied across borders, etc, etc. Or even just GNP. The...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Sorry for your loss. I've been meaning to re-read since my own dad's demise: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50615.The_Invention_of_Solitude...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    whilst i'm not-at-all sure how scots (gaelic) maps to irish (gaeilge), my instinct as a person raised in a west irish gaeltacht (gailge-speaking area) would be that máire (MOY-ra) is the proper name, and 'VOY-ra' would be the (?) nominative...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    > cultural macroevolution Pretty thin. If you piled up climate data, human population density/distribution, resource quality and quantity, social structures, kinship/political systems, as well as theological varieties, over millenia, you might begin to glimpse how environment and history shapes...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    > algae This guy grows marine phytoplankton in 1 L of saltwater + 1 tsp houseplant food. Looks fun http://www.melevsreef.com/node/1614...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Article 50 ( #4 will surprise you ) 1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. 2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Code: VAGILE[TM] Official Designation: Rapid Thaumaturgical Systems Development Methodology Description: Verifiable Arcanae Generate/Implement-Lambda Elucidation This Exciting! New! methodology consigns all the baffling, frustrating, hesitant and overly-cautious development cycles of yesteryear to the dustbin, enabling a bright new start to your...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    Hm the french don't mention l{e|a} traducteu{r|se} http://www.amazon.fr/Accelerando-Charles-Stross/dp/2371190179/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431563393&sr=1-1&keywords=charles+stross...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    > translations but Heyne have, like, german market rights, is it ? ......
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    re translations. Mein freundin very much enjoyed 'halting state' auf deutsch ('du bist tot') (translator Kiausch), but I was disheartened to read poor reviews of the german translations of 'the atrocity archives', suggesting translator Barth didn't really take to the...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    > (aliens going from star to star, unsustainably) This was the plot of Moffitt's 1977 "The Jupiter Theft"...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    >> ... laser powered inertial confinement fusion, which we certainly had in the late 80s. > I get the impression that the mid-80s was still a time of (unrealistic) confidence in the process; the Nova laser at LLNL was built...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    > I have to admit I have no idea why somebody would build self-replicating Von Neumann machines. well obviously to protect and serve our mighty freedom-loving holy empire's essential hypernational security, so Siptoc Sitizens can freely roam forever more and...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    but .. surely it'd be 'waxing venus' and 'bleaching uranus'...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    to take this further: you could inject a bunch of unicode chars into the ebook that injected shellcode into the censorbot to get it to do some differently interesting things....
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