Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Sitrep
    “Reality-distortion field.” I’ve got a new explanation for the last few years: a secret codicil of Steve Job’s will left his RDF to Donald Trump....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Sigh. US presidents sign treaties and take them to Congress for final approval. Sometimes they get it, sometimes they don’t. When they don’t, people from parliamentary systems don’t understand what happened. “The US” didn’t “renege,” the rest of the world...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Why bother?...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Stone is less likely to get melted down and cast into something else....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    “Is climate change denial (or lack of concern) mainstream opinion in Russia?” From what I’ve heard of Russian winters maybe they think it sounds like a good idea?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    “it is something wrong with entirety of your government. ... He is the best clown in his troupe of clowns, he works for the audience in much more close manner than any politician would. The wishes of audience are random,...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Much as I love your work please take all the time you need, then all the time you want, then a bit more....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    “Being exposed to new and uncomfortable ideas and modes of expression is a good thing more often than not. ” Agreed. It’s when it gets repetitive that I break out the block....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    >What's the minimum global population that can support a chip foundry? Are you talking a modern 7nm node fab? That takes about 6 billion. Or are you talking 1970s style 3-micron feature size, suitable for making 8086s for 1st generation...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    That article should have a shout-out for the Dutch. Consider Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft. That’s right, his family name starts with an apostrophe. Which is why in his town phone book he’s listed under “H”....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The nice thing about the CANDU’s online fuel swap capability is that they don’t have periodic refueling shutdowns like light-water-moderated reactors do....
  • Commented on Test Case
    The attempt to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston went rather differently. The majority of Bostonians said “No thanks” pretty emphaticly....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Yuck. Makes Roman blood sports seem clean and humane by comparison. And now I consider that, in his varied career, the one thing Trump truly excelled at was running a reality TV show.......
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I like the image of Queen Liz as an old-school MOO enthusiast....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Merde. “even horizon” => “event horizon.”...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Your 2010 limit for the techno-thriller date had me thinking: Is the present-day techno-thriller genre now circling the surrealistic even horizon that just swallowed near-future SF? Soon it will even be impossible to write a current-day literary slice-of-life with character-having-an-epiphany...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My favorite mixed unit is the barn-megaparsec (3.086 cubic cm)....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “Self-driving cars. In the US, that would be a game changer for parents with children, who no longer have to drive them everywhere.” More autonomy for children/teenagers. More autonomy for the old & disabled. Many fewer traffic stops (tense interactions...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “The human race would sacrifice any/all other holdings to preserve our basic ability to eat, breathe, drink, etc.“ You’re more optimistic about humanity’s wisdom than I am. I would hope we’d make that choice, but I’m not convinced we will....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “taking a prevalent trope and then either turning it on it's head, or having it run straight into the band saw.” Didn’t someone do that with “Orphan girl discovers she’s a princess?”...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    From what you write I suspect you’d enjoy the work of (sometime contributed here) Joan Slonczewski. I’d recommend starting with “Door Into Ocean.”...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    The following feels odd: “...headless robots shaped like German shepherd dogs with gun muzzles for heads.”...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    If I read that blog post correctly you’re saying it would be possible for someone with sufficient resources to create an experiment that would put a (ever-improving with multiple replications) p-value on all single-world interpretations. It’s just going to be...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “Is it even a meaningful question?” That’s what I’m trying to figure out. If QM “interpretations” are unfalsifiable by any conceivable experiment then it’s a category error to refer to them as being “right” or “wrong” and there’s no point...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “And if (horror of horrors) it turns out the Copenhagen Interpretation is physically correct and many worlds is not.” Is there any conceivable experiment that could prove such a result? It doesn’t have to to be a benchtop experiment -...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “we do frown upon enslavement“ You must have missed previous discussions here about the US private for-profit prison system....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “I'd discard it like a shot if I didn't have to do it to stay alive.” Wow. Whereas if someone uploads me into a simulation that doesn’t have curry and sushi and ice cream, I’ll ask them to switch me...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    She(?)'s back! Happy new year, assuming we make it that far....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    8 or 10+. If Pluto, why not Eris? (Or whacky whirling Haumea?)...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Pluto's a dwarf planet ... but the dwarf in question is Thorin Oakenshield....
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