Greg vP

Greg vP

  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    On MBAs, my impression is that the qualification provides a good if superficial overview of all the disciplines needed to operate a modern business, of which there are quite a few. Its main failings are that a little knowledge is...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Re: Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Most people seem to be blind to the military implications of the Falcon 9, but I don't think Chinese staff officers are. This is a rocket that has done more launches this year than everyone...
  • Commented on I can't even
    1374: antibiotic resistance I remember my mum (who was a biochemist) telling me that before the sulfa drugs (i.e., in the '10s and '20s) they used silver-based antimicrobials. From a quick web search it seems resistance to "colloidal" silver is...
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    Greg @ 1367: TB in NZ We still vaccinate AFAIK. The worrisome reservoir is not Pacific Islands, but 1) South and Central Asia, and 2) the feral Australian possum, common rat, and mustelid (stoat, weasel) populations, which interact with cows...
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    1328: Most admins would specify their PCs to have "Wake-on-LAN" enabled in the "BIOS" for overnight updates. Your shut-down PC is probably still using a quarter of a watt or so, possibly more, unles you pull the plug. Also energy...
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    Charlie @ 1014, big picture/geopolitics: (Not all dictatorships are oil kleptocracies. China is authoritarian and a dictatorship -- at present -- and the Party hierachy are wealthy, but their wealth isn't based on energy concentration. China has always been wealthy,...
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    I hear a lot from commenters unaccustomed to EVs that charging stations are "inconvenient" because not "ubiquitous and widely accessible" -- but the obvious question is: How do they know? Thus, how do you know? In my home town, which...
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    John @914: It all makes sense if you believe, as I do, that the Tory Party (and 55 Tufton Street) have adopted 1840s England as their goal. Dark, dank, dirty, dilapidated, crowded, disease-ridden tenements overstuffed with ragged, malnourished, and hypothermic...
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    I agree, John. The current situation corresponds to the time with ICE cars when owners bought tins of gasoline from the general store and stored them in their stables/garage. Ten thousand or so battswap stations (in the UK),that you drive...
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    Yeah, the Leaf batteries have way exceeded expectations, despite having a universally derided pack design that "should" cause the batteries to cook themselves. And lithium batteries are much more durable than nickel-metal hydride, according to Wikipedia. We shall see. BTW...
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    A couple of weeks ago the economic historian Adam Tooze revived the term "polycrisis" to label the situation in Pakistan. A polycrisis is lots of crises all at the same time. In Pakistan's case: bitter divisions in its political class...
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    Duffy @851: But even the best li-ion battery wears out over time and stops taking a charge. This creates its own hazwaste disposal/recycling headaches, which nobody seems to be factoring into the overall cost of the transition to EVs. This...
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    Must be nice to have public transport to shake your fist at....
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    Thanks to all for comments on EV charging. You have yet again confirmed the old internet adage, "the best way to find something out is to confidently assert something wrong in a forum thread". Thanks again. Damian @832 et seq.:...
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    [i]There will never be a similar ubiquity of charging stations. (Talking about the UK). There are 20888 charging locations with 57613 connectors in the UK, not counting the electricity supply that virtually everyone has in their home. There are 8378...
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    what kind of PM Nigel Molesworth would be. The goriller of 3b sure had imagination, as any fule kno. Shurely better than the present incumbent. Please check out Nerine Skinner on YouTube, if you can stand watching (short) videos....
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    But there was also some real stuff happening. A lot of engineering work has been done and is being done, and handling mass quantities of hydrogen seems less daft than it did a couple of decades ago.* Maybe. There...
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    Is this a reasonable write up of the status of UK politics just now? It misses out some critical stuff -- the rise of regional nationalisms within the UK (including English nationalism, which wraps itself in the union flag...
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    Spawning another topic, any thoughts about the Crimean Bridge kaboom? What happened, whodunnit, what the sequelae are likely to be? What happened: Embarrassment to Putin; plausible deniability. Whodunnit:- Chechen separatists. Sibir separatists. One or other of the Azerbaijanis or Armenians....
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    Re: kerosene, hand-wavium Charlie is right. Kerosene is the most energy-dense fuel we have. It's also incredibly safe and easy to handle for something so energetic, it has undemanding storage requirements (room temperature, thin-walled containers) and it is tolerant of...
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    Re biofuels:- Fortunately we won't have to put up with them for much longer: they are zombies, dead but still walking. The paper in Joule by Way, Ives, Mealy and Farmer ("Empirically grounded technology forecasts and the energy transition") is...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Of course. I was being facetious. Amateur astronomy will have to change, though, and there may be opportunities as well as threats....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Yes and I wonder if the blocking effect of the arrays would actually act as a sunshade. You can't beam out more energy than you put in so it may even have a cooling effect. I'd guess we want a...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    At $20 there are lots of fun things that suddenly start to look feasible. Putting your own private 8 inch or 12 inch space telescope into orbit will actually be cheaper than buying the hardware. (OK, Kessler cascade still an...
  • 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...
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