Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I don't understand the logic around inverters. Pretty much any power generation is going to need to be converted to AC so you pay that overhead independent of means of generation Whether solar over takes other forms of energy generation...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Charlie I think you got it mostly right, however I would suspect Trump and Co are more isolationist and less interested in overseas military adventures then you portray. I actually think the entire plan is to avoid being drawn in...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I think Luke nails it, it isn't so much the ads model as the self amplifying echo chamber based on organic amplification Facebook and Twitter could have been flat subscription models and brexit and trump would have still happened Unless...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I guess it's important to clarify are we talking "stupid at the time" or "stupid to resurrect now" Stupid to resurrect now is absolute a given except in matters of sport "stupid at the time" is a relative and complicated...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Not really. Duels between champions to define the outcome of a battle is not stupid. Even judicial duels were not stupid. Where it becomes stupid is where it stops serving societal goals and starts serving individual egos...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Like most things to do with swords you need to be careful about generalization "Dueling" has meant a lot of different things over the years, with varying purposes and lethalities Judicial duels, duels of honor, single combat between champions in...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I always think of entertainment in cost per /hour I hate chess (even though i'm not bad at it) because I teaches bad habits. Complete information (no fog of war) symmetrical forces , only one opponent , no random chance...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Actually you might know more about screen time the the the American Academy of Pediatrics because they just changed their mind on everything http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/10/21/498550475/american-academy-of-pediatrics-lifts-no-screens-under-2-rule In generally I am a "moderation in all things" parent but I've found positive reinforcement and...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I'm 46 and I figure I exceeded my parents ability to cope with reality around age 18 So I've never really had the impostor syndrome thing. I've also always been madly nonconformist and rebellious and gloried in that Look at...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "Food production will move east, food prices will skyrocket around the world, and that will likely be the driver for political instability in all the places that used to depend on Ogallala wheat and California rice to make ends meet....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I don't think Russia is shooting for super power status as much as regional power. Unfortunately there is already a regional power in the area (the EU) and the superpower is next door in Iraq. Russia has no chance against...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    CD, California is already mostly pretty inhospitable to anything that isn't well adapted to desert life. It's mostly desert now: There is also plenty of evidence that megadroughts are almost more the norm then not over the past few thousands...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Numbers. You just aren't good at them There is not a single expert or paper out there that is predicting anything other then "farming is fucked". The paper you linked does not say "California is gone". If you want to...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    "California is toast, done, gone" Not really. California agriculture possibly, at least the way it currently exists but you only need 3% of current water supplies to supply the actual people. It's also not s good idea to treat climate...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    The two things you get out of a mars colony that you don't get from say colonizing Antarctica 1: you are forced to build your own self sufficient ecosystem. One that is simple enough to be well understood and directly...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    solar parasol maybe? help with climate change. sub orbital passenger travel? point to point on the earth surface in 45 minutes...
  • Commented on Evolver
    It's not "humans will change the genome " it's humans ARE changing the genome https://www.google.com/amp/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/first-3-parent-dna-baby-born-rare-disease/?client=safari...
  • Commented on Evolver
    There s not compelling evidence that I have seen for pre home sapiens doing anything other then cultivating fire, the general theories seem to be that sapiens were the first to master the art of making fire While it's true...
  • Commented on Evolver
    you are missing the larger point on the fire making thing, H A bow drill is a tool for concentrating force to produce friction Any species with enough brains to really nail simple tools could get to fire eventually Being...
  • Commented on Evolver
    firemaking is not at all hard and gets easier if the oxygen content goes up Even without the right respiratory stuff, bellows are not hard to make My guess is the key requite is good manipulators (thumbs of their equivalent)...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Stephenson uses this a lot, Snowcrash, SevenEves, Diamond age...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Pharoh Akhenten, tried to start monotheism up early https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhenaten Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, US revolutionary war general, took part in the french revolution, turned down an offer to become dictator, enemy of Napoleon Bonaparte, has half the US...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    noise cancelling headphones, especially for open plan offices not only do they work wonders at cancelling noise, they are a strong "leave me the fuck alone" visual cue...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    You need to connect the panels to an inverter not directly into the house. Generally it goes panel -> charge controller -> inverter. Labor and inspections are a big part of the expense...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Cthulhu. He will just wait him out. The emperor is still not eternal......
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    The article linked postulates http://www.bradford-delong.com/2016/07/the-gunpowder-empire-scenario-incomplete-draft.html "suppose that the British Industrial Revolution required British commitment to its fiscal-military state followed by the victories at sea that wound up funneling the globe's mercantile profits into the island, and so raising wages. "...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Three points Frank: overgeneralizing what is going to happen as a result of climate change based on what has currently happened is bad. Everything could change and change again before things settle into a new steady state Using California agriculture...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    I'm not sure what you mean by "cities use 20% of the water ag does ". In general ag in California uses? California's population uses around 10% of water available Also the agricultural situation in California itself is an anomaly...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    For most lead acid batteries you need to perform regular maintenance on them (adding water etc) to keep them running. Large banks of them can also be pretty dangerous. This doesn't work for me so I paid a premium for...
  • Commented on Don't blow your top!
    You know Charlie is lucky he missed an unseasonable snowfall by only a day or two. Those roads are no joke when it's snowing...
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