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  • Commented on What happens now?
    Jack has belatedly realised that recent events are existential threats for Twitter. I strongly hope this is too little, too late....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Some other thoughts: - Over the course of '21, Sterling will probably fall against the € and USD by a fraction with a small denominator, like 4 or 3. This will worsen inflation as the price of items in the...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Such a project would require money, which means obvious potential for graft, so of course Libertarians are doing it; they're already selling spaces on an old liner they've renamed the MS Satoshi to the usual gang of enthusiasts and second-order...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Heteromeles says: "Anyway, scrap the idea of greenhouses feeding cities. I spent years doing my PhD in greenhouses and I've got a hobby greenhouse out back right now. They're resource intensive, fiddly, and therefore expensive. Basil, marijuana, and hydroponic lettuce...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I think molten salt technology is fairly well understood. The Oak Ridge Experimental Molten Salt Reactor of 1964 ran without problems, and it was concluded that it was a viable technology. Just switching the thing off and walking away for...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    What are you missing? You're missing the bigger picture. I get it. I used to be anti-Musk. I still dislike what is reported of his personal behaviour. But I have reviewed what he has achieved, and decided to ignore his...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Has anyone read Servigne and Stevens's book How Everything Can Collapse? I'm watching the pennies and don't want to buy it if it doesn't have valuable things to say. Some of the reviews I have read suggest it does; others...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I should say, impossible for any one thing save global thermonuclear war....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There are no panaceas--for a global civilisation with a highly diversified economy and culture, it's impossible for any one thing to have much effect all by itself--but I think Starlink is an interesting hydraulic compressor that could ramp up pressures...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    There will always be people with Opposition Reflex. Let 'em have a few winter blackouts. They'll come round....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Heteromeles @ 966 I'll stop you right there, and ask that you consider the five factors: --Water --Food --Power and power distribution --Oil --Geoengineering To which we must add a sixth, communication. Starlink opens up all sorts of possibilities in...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Random thought on the US electiion system arising while looking at the NYT's interactive results graphic: - The Senate Problem disappears if/when 100,000 coastie families (left coast, upper right coast) move to each of Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Utah...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The molten salt pilot projects that I'm aware of have all been abandoned. I don't know why (I haven't bothered to find out), but I imagine that the "theory versus practice" test came down heavily on the side of practice....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    When life hands you lemons its time to make lemonade. And when life hands you shit? I know, I know. Time to make artificial tanning lotion and sell it to reality TV narcissists....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    On using Zoom or other video calling software: use a wired connection. Wi-Fi 6 goes some of the way to ameliorating the problems with Wi-Fi by implementing a TDMA algorithm, but almost no-one has Wi-Fi 6 yet. If you're video-calling,...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    > Have a plot possibility: Meds are better and cheaper outside the US. Smuggling! Been done: Dallas Buyers Club. A dramatization of reality. For one example....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    On Y2K: - Talk about the size of ints totally misses the point. Nothing important used C-like languages. A *lot* of big bank internal systems and interbank settlement systems were, and probably still are, running COBOL code that originated in...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    a neurotic terror of 5G radiation, ... I've been joking about this with my wife for a while now. "Don't go on social media, or you'll catch 5G!" OK, now back to absorbing the serious message, which from skimming...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    So, when does the 1922 Committee meet?...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Justin: Ihave never said Biden couldn't win, just that he's making it unnecessarily difficult for himself. Deities know, the US could use some substance at the top, instead of the current Punch-and-Judy show. It seems that the D Establishment is...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    And that is the DNC problem - the view that the candidate who earned the position should get it rather than the candidate who can win (not that I am saying that Bernie could have beat Trump, but it was...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Charlie: Which is very much like the USA .. racist billionaires, unacceptable minorities ... You spotted it. My brother spent a decade or so in East Asia, years each in Japan, Viet Nam, and China. One day after returning, apropos...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    A couple of noteworthy pieces elsewhere today. One in nymag points out the Biden is going to have to do much better than he is doing in the swing states, because people who say 'Democrat' when polled mostly live in...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Re: writing software and its discontents. And riffing on the title of this post: - These days, looking at the prospect of Word and its ilk, I more and more find myself thinking "I can't be having with that, at...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    NZ has just moved to "level 2". Retail, cafes, restaurants open from Thursday 15th - restos with groups limited to 10 people and 2 hours max per group. Pubs and schools, Thursday week. Gyms, etc., back open this week too....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    On the previous thread there was a discussion about long-distance HVDC lines. Apparently they run about USD1M per km (2007 dollars) over land. There's nothing unsolved about laying either undersea HVDC cables or or long ditance cables, so it's just...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Here's a piece in the NYT saying part of what I was trying to say a couple of weeks back: - How Pandemics End In the end, everyone just goes "meh, I'm tired of this". (Or in the non-US idiom,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    For many years my wife had a Sharp flip-phone. She'd still have it if it hadn't gone through the washing machine on the 'heavy duty' cycle. Has anyone here tested their IP67 rated iPhone on that all-too-common scenario?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Interesting piece on Risks We Are Ignoring on Politico. Starts off pretty humdrum, but picks up as it goes, with the usual caveat that the United States is All of The World. Those white supremacist f****ers - ought to be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Very nice, thoughtful comment, Heteromeles. But also boding rather a large bode for the future.* The next con-man might not be as lazy and incapable of both grasping abstract concepts and hiring, managing and motivating staff as this one is....
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