Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on Dead plots
    “And this applies to Central and South America as well” If you subtract out the word “European” this applies equally well to the entire world . This is basically a summary of how the world has operated from the Neolithic...
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    Global Positioning is another one of those areas where things have improved significantly in the last three years Most notably, modern systems leverage three Global Positioning constellations not just the american GPS systems This increases the odds of getting the...
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    “ For the benefit of our readers in the 3rd-world rip-off shithole that the USA seems to have become .....” People who live in Boris Johnson’s house should not throw stones 😀...
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    OneWeb which is bankrupt and being sold for parts?...
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    I don’t agree with you I think Charlie’s original statement is spot on You can’t write a near future scifi about the US or Europe without assuming cellphone and internet access or providing some disabling reason - Everyone Today has...
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    “ To give another example, when I do non-profit Zoom meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, I have to shut off my phone and get my wife to shut off hers, just to keep the connection. Now we live in...
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    Hard to say. The beta is still well well below the target speeds, so there are probably two competing trends, saturation of users vs saturation of satellites + software optimization...
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    There are basically two virtual divides today One is about connectivity, the elderly vs everyone else, I think Elderly Cynic well represents that viewpoint. Where basically a combination of habit, physical disability, paranoia, resistance to change, inability to learn new...
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    “ Sat phones? Ha! Rare. Expense is a big part of it, and I can assure you that unless you're a government entity or a guide/outfitter escorting clients, you're unlikely to be carrying one. Radio repeaters are what I think...
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    Charlies original statement (which you jumped all over) had jack shit to do with anyone zooming anything. That was a tangent you brought to the conversation His original statement was "Indeed, the only way I can see to write a...
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    You don’t really need starlink to stay connected when outside of cell range their are plenty of affordable gadgets that will do the job This is the one I use for texting when off the grid https://www.somewearlabs.com/ Though startlink will...
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    96% of the US owns a cellphone and the ones that don’t are old So Charlie’s statement is correct and no checking of privelage is required 81% own a smartphone https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/ Somewhere between 88% and 93.7% of the US has...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    “ I think sometimes he forgets to allow for the limitations of film making in critiquing the logistics & tactics shown in the film.” He mentions that quite a lot actually...
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    The helms deep one is even better IMO. It’s also pretty amazing how immensely good Tolkien was at getting all the details right, and what a good grasp he had on things strategic (from his ww1 days and his historical...
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    Loved that book The article I linked estimates that as a best case scenario (frequent remounts, no need to carry supplies for either man or horse) at around 60 mikes / day The real key is the remounts without those...
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    It’s important to bear in mind that a single road can only move so many troops at a time before becoming jammed They often did get jammed with broken down wagons and whatnot Extremely good analysis here https://acoup.blog/2019/10/06/new-acquisitions-how-fast-do-armies-move/ Also if...
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    Walking that kind of distance over consecutive days carrying a pack is not a trivial thing though. While our bodies are certainly capable of it, even most relatively in shape western humans would need to work up to it One...
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    It’s worth calling out extremely negative effects all this is having on the Orange Ones poll numbers and re election chances While it is a long time till November, it’s not looking good for the Cheeto...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The game you run does depend a lot on the players and what they want to get out of it and how skilled in their craft they are You just need to know what kind of game you are in...
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    What do RPG’s do for people ? One common benefit is escapism. That will drive people toward Scifi, thought probably more of the “Fading Suns” variety then “Traveller” , something rooted in comfortable past institutions the way Fading Suns Isen...
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    “The point isn't what a smartphone can do, because you are right that they can do almost everything most people want to do almost all of the time, but whether 80% of people can do with ONLY a smartphone” What...
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    “ stealing our "Ninth Gate" jokes” A highly highly underappreciated movie...
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    Another factor you aren’t taking into account is ancient civilizations also “wasted” a lot of food too, in the sense that there was a large difference between the potential of a harvest food vs food that actually turned into calories...
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    Your original statement was “For one, you want to instantly increase farm production between 10% and 20%? No problem: send in gleaners, human beings who pick of the large percentage of the crop that the machines miss, damage or nearly...
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    You do realize the link that you posted doesn’t support your initial statement right? That is actually refutes it The cognitive dissonance, it burns.......
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    Here is my source for Amish being primarily dairy farmers https://amishamerica.com/what-foods-and-crops-do-amish-farmers-produce/ Yes they grow corn, to feed cows. Your link does not anywhere quote any statistic about what percent of good crops are wasted by modern combine harvesting. It’s a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    “Let's talk about this. For one, you want to instantly increase farm production between 10% and 20%? No problem: send in gleaners, human beings who pick of the large percentage of the crop that the machines miss, damage or nearly...
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    Sorry forgot the link https://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2016/06/changes-yields-acres-prices-cereal-grains.html...
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    Here is some data on the increase of cereal group yields since 1950 Note that corn has increased by a factor of x3 If it was true that native methods were comparable to modern yields it is impossible to imagine...
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    “ But it is NOT the case that 'modern' farming is all that more efficient in the use of land - what it is, is a hell of a lot more efficient in terms of people. Two examples here:” Just...
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