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  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    They've just built a bike shed at my local train station; it doesn't have any bike paths leading to it....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Yeah, on further thought it would be more complicated; the revised, non-tweet-sized version: Search planes and craft find their GPS glitching, and the search is quickly called off (and classified) when various searchers inexplicably miss hours or days of time......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    One way to avoid a military response would be for the plane to never be off radar... just moving very very slowly? Or maybe the 20 years was spent sitting on the tarmac waiting for lemon-scented paper napkins....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The EU neither needs to stall (the UK is transparently quite capable of stalling ourselves at this point), nor does it have any desire to do so. All the wavering and uncertainty is bad for everyone; they'd like to know...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The worst outcome is a series of very large constittuional crises - up to and including a resumption of terrorism in Ireland and a complete failure of the Brexit talks. I would think that the EU strategy would be to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    2.) Car manufacturers will standardize on a particular battery size and an infrastructure which will allow batteries to be changed in charging stations by semi-skilled labor (in other words, the same people who currently pump your gas and check your...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    It does better than google at finding actual bike routes, except that it also includes as options routes along things like Parramatta Road and Rookwood Road (two/three lanes each way with centre divider) as preferred bicycle routes (those were options...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Sadly, even when I go into settings and say "public transport, bike, walk" as my travel options it can't do mixed mode journeys. There's no "ride to the train station", in other words. I find TripGo plans reasonable mixed-mode journeys....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I consider the trend of allowing people to use any kind of device with a screen while driving is misguided Especially high-information-density ones like maps. Most of them can be switched to a mode where the map is hidden, which...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Interesting ... so humanity's quest for the stars could be done in by components that don't handle numbers the same way. Given the length of such a mission, piddly rounding errors would only grow larger over time. Ooops - wrong...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Things that can detect some types of bad, or at least dubious, code do exist, though they aren't perfect (and can't be). However, this requires willingness to spend the time and money setting one up, learning to use it, and...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The other limitations (membership of only one "family" at a time / time delays when switching between families) [...] So; just invite everyone into a big family. Simple, common scenario: a child with shared custody between two parents, who divorced...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Cars will almost certainly be the first examples of this : Self driving cars don't actually need very much of their computational innards to be exposed to the internet at all -Map updates, and traffic reports at most, and even...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    trying to control The Donald is not a long term success strategy Possibly Ivanka is having some long-term success with this? It's hard to tell whether it's her work, of course, but plausibly she has so far got the East...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    BTW, the Chernobyl incident wasn't an accident. It wasn't even intentional sabotage; it was an officially sanctioned, and extremely stupid, experiment. OGH knows that....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    One possible... well, not solution, but next stage, would be if someone with the imagination takes over FB and starts tweaking the newsfeed to push an agenda. Not by heavy-handed censorship, but by subtle nudges; that would be almost undetectable...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'd go so far as to say that Pence read "The Handmaid's Tale" and decided it was a utopia, not a dystopia. "The Handmaid's Tale — Now in Production, Coming 2017" (from a tweet)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'm not sure there's a global conspiracy. What kind of conspiracy? The cartoon kind, with strict hierarchies, a shadowy Grand Council, smoke-filled rooms? Or the kind where people know each other, hang out together, shoot the breeze? That will serve...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I would suspect that there will be both taxi and private self-driving cars. The taxis will be cheaper (even more so on multiple hire) and more flexible. Private cars will be the minor luxury of having nice upholstery and not...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Current trend is towards "autopilot" -- lane following, adaptive cruise control, automatic collision-avoidance braking, and so on -- so the driver can sit back and relax. Rather an unwise trend, as far as I can tell; Google has that right,...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Right. And similar for SNN, I assume. Good in principle, highly inconvenient in practice....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Well, I was thinking of a short hop to Ireland for the preclearance......
  • Commented on The Day After
    I have to get past US Immigration via a port of entry first. Do you have any idea what they can do to foreigners they don't like the smell of? Go preclearance, if possible? Sadly rather difficult from my usual...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    ...just as thoroughly as self-driving vehicles are going to disrupt logistics... NOT going to happen. "Self-driving vehicles" are a n other morph of "let's kill the railways" using personal pods, that's been doing the failing rounds since at least 1970...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    The problem with that argument is that it assumes that if you didn't have a cleaner you would be taking time off work to do the cleaning yourself. Well, ultimately you are, aren't you... People do trade time for money...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    In that context, using immigration to tackle the problem is just creating another Ponzi scheme. It's not so bad, though, because the last cohort of countries to face this problem can solve it by borrowing some robots from the Japanese,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Re post 15: the amount of labor to turn it into terraces would be stunning? Here's a suggestion: use the giant trucks and shovels used for strip mining to turn them into terraces. I mean, it the US, at least...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    - An opportunity to change the way things are came along with the Brexit vote. No guns or bloodshed required. - What makes you think no guns or bloodshed are required? Brexit hasn't happened yet. Hasn't happened yet and there's...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Let's do the south-facing ones first....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    the democracy-ignoring, riot-inspiring approach of just not honoring the referendum There is always the time-honoured option of delaying things until it's somebody else's problem and/or forgotten, which would be less riot-inspiring but prolong the uncertainty... Doesn't sound like they're going...
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