Unholyguy

Unholyguy

  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Regarding compute resources required, I think that’s a none issue. It’s hard to imagine the calculations described to be much of a load, you aren’t talking about automous driving or anything. Nothing much happening in the middle of interstellar space,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Being able to block a user is probably the single best add to human communication the internet has delivered I’ve only used that feature three times (once here, twice on Facebook) but even the existence of it is such a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I have no idea what caused the Bronze Age collapse, I was postulating that the collapse accelerated iron adoption not that iron adoption caused it With regards to the Spainish conquest of Aztec and Incas (and it’s probsbly a mistake...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Actually there were some ancient processes that made quite good steel but it was more or less rare. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wootz_steel At some point iron production got to be equivalent to bronze, and then better, but the interesting thing is that the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Your confusing two different numbers there Frank The sling number you quote is a “furthest distance traveled” while the arrow number is longest accurate shot (I.e. they hit the target) Furthest distance traveled for arrows is 500m http://m.worldrecordacademy.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.worldrecordacademy.com%2Fsports%2Flongest_bow_and_arrow_shot_world_record_set_by_Zak_Crawford_101831.htm&utm_referrer=#2679 The reason...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    More then two ways to work iron for sure the India had its own methods like wootz It’s not entirely true to say cast iron is useless for weapons though it works ok for arrow heads and spear points, though...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Bronze has always been rare and in high demand, the eastern land masses just made it work marginally better because they had far more advanced trade routes (mostly do to geography). Even in the old world it was always scarce...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A casual American view of the whole Brexit thing is that in general the European people seem to want the economic integration but not the full political one. And that they are figuring out you can’t really have one without...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    If you actually think macuahuitl are non lethal you should try getting hit with one They are actually one of the best sidearm style weapons available given the metallurgy available The method of warfare was non lethal mostly because the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    David I’m telling you don’t engage, especially on anything that you are an expert in. Her knowledge on most things is superficial and she draws the strangest conclusions from what little she does understand but you won’t ever get her...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yeah davidshipley, Agee with Greg she is mid likely clinically insane, a lot of us just filter her, generally bad to respond and give her the attention she craves She sure does a bang up job of chasing off the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Turns out the right wing better understood the weapons, battlefield and had prepared the terrain ahead of time . And then surprise surprise they won And they managed to do it all under a democrat president and a mixed congress...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The Republican Party had zero to do with bringing us Trump, at least in the sense that they in no way wanted that outcome . Though you can argue their politics brought him as an unintended side effect We went...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Almost everyone I know just uses Google docs these days My company also runs entirely off it Seems perfectly adequate for most casual use cases With regards to why US progressives keep shitting themselves there seems to be some kind...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    WW2 was an artifact of its technological time. It is highly unlikely we will ever go back to killing each other in such inefficient ways If you mean “casualty levels approximating WW2” then I doubt it in 10 years but...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Currently the ride sharing companies take something like 25% of the fare and the rest goes to the driver Of course the driver has to pay for car and fuel as well, so it all comes down to how much...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I think autonomous cars have a good chance of taking a large dent out of private car ownership is the US at least provided they come in at a reasonable price point In the US Personal car utilization rates are...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Martin your wrong about the finger on the trigger thing, every training I’ve ever heard, seen or taken part in has always trained against that Reason being safety on, round chambered, empty mag, all that jazz is stuff you THINK...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Things get a lot less congested at least in the US if you don’t have to use half the city streets for parking. Which will happen if we can kill off personal car ownership in cities The point is it...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I think once self driving cars firmly land and things like parking lots become a non issue the transportation design choices inside a city really boil down to how much do we want to support point to point protocols vs...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Pretty much everything they thought about EROI turned out to be wrong I agree by the way that the true cost of “subsidies” is in the avoidance of cleanup for the environmental damage. That has been estimated at 6.5% of...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    With regards to government subsidies The US pays (using high estimates) around 20.5 billion in direct subsidies to the fossil fuel industry per year I’ve seen nothing that this has increased marketadly since shale oil became a thing. Most of...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    It’s alsk kinda funny to point out that EROI on coal actually seems to be significantly increasing ......
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    So explain to me how the price of something is not related to the production cost? Who then is paying the difference on the price of a gallon of crude ? A conspiracy? Given that the demand is certainly not...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Nope that wasn’t at all what they predicted. They predicted “peak oil” I.e maximized and then declining production coupled with insane prices It’s what the word means...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The hair shirt analogy is so accurate Look kids no matter what historical era tickles your weird little heart, be it medival or dark age or hunter gatherer or Aztec empire or Regency (always liked me some Jane Austin personally)...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Did we not learn anything from the whole Peak Oil fiasco? As the market price of an energy commodity increases there is a high probability of developing new, more economical extraction techniques With regards to stuffing everyone in cities, not...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Yeah I saw that KSR article too, pretty funny coincidence...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I don’t think you would have to remove people as much as rethink agriculture if you wanted to reforest NA Urban areas are still small by land area and rural people can live in forests It would also help to...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I think KSR was actually lichen covering trees now that I remember If you haven’t read those you really would enjoy them. They have been summarized as a “green earth” release which is a lot shorter and more readable...
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