Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    “ An intelligent media” Assassinate some Murdochs?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I’d call that an extremely successful defense on Vietnam’s part....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I would assume the USA has all adjacent timelines under drone surveillance. Timeline one, known to have had world-walkers, would get extra attention....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Lens grinding: Never mind microscopes and telescopes. Simple eyeglasses add decades to the working life of expensively-trained scholars....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Cooked on an electric stove, I hope!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Once we’re decarburized the electric stove is clearly better. But at the present time it depends where your electricity comes from....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Another reason for keeping a gas stove: Your electricity comes from a gas powered plants so it’s more efficient to turn gas directly into heat than run it through a 50% efficient heat engine to turn it into electricity, then...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    If you’ve got a windmill or solar farm producing excess electricity, turning it into hydrogen is something you can do with it right now, using commercially available equipment. Long term I think it makes more sense to develop equipment to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Though I, like you, am unable to make sense of SotMN’s posts, it seems that Bill Arnold somehow can. Given that he finds meaning there it’s pretty pointless to repeatedly ask him not to interact. If anything doing so just...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    They can still cheat with Plan 1 by using a coal plant to make hydrogen....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    How to power an airliner, post-fossil-fuel: Plan 1: Windmill makes electricity. Take water from atmosphere. Use electricity to turn into hydrogen and oxygen. Release the oxygen into the air. Put the hydrogen in the airplane. Airplane mixes hydrogen with air...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    “ As for the deep ones, I'm not sure how explicit I made it (or in which book) but there were some indications that they were withdrawing from Earth's oceans completely, by means unspecified.” Will they leave a note saying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    To me the right time to ditch that thing is “as soon as possible,” and that’s when she did....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Also https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570547.001.0001/acprof-9780198570547 Experimental Techniques for Low-Temperature Measurements: Cryostat Design, Material Properties and Superconductor Critical-Current Testing Jack Ekin...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    https://trc.nist.gov/cryogenics/materials/materialproperties.htm...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    germans: ok, so our country is called Deutschland the french: got it. the country of Allemagne germans: ...no? that doesn't even sound like it the english: oh no, we got it, it's Germany germans: not even close the polish: it's...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Iron Man’s armor would look a lot less cool with great big snowshoes....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Well this will reduce interest in one of Bitcoin’s major use cases: US seizes $2.3 million Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware attackers https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/us-seizes-2-3-million-colonial-pipeline-paid-to-ransomware-attackers/...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I like to tell them “No thanks, we’re satisfied with our current provider.”...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A friend of mine used to describe himself as a militant agnostic: “I don’t know whether God exists, AND YOU DON’T EITHER!”...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “people who enjoy religion like to burn people who disagree with them alive, behead them, hang them, torture them and so on “ As noted in #1428 atheists of the Marxist variety have done just as bad. As noted in...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Volume in barn-mega parsecs. (~3cc)...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I don't know that hemp in any form can take the place of kevlar or aramid for anti-meteor defense on the outside of a spacesuit or spacecraft. Don’t know about hemp, but oak has been used for ablative reentry shields....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    FTL could be a 2-meter cage of chicken wire equipped with magic. STL with magic-tech hibernation might have a payload section not much bigger than the passengers, but without magic physics the associated radiation shielding and engines are going to...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I don’t expect starships to land, but rather stay in orbit and tender/shuttle to the surface. Repair in space is in some ways easier than repair in the ocean: unlike seawater vacuum isn’t corrosive and doesn’t apply large forces to...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Of course that’s already somewhat the case but he cranks it up to eleven....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Part of the world building in Peter Watts’ “Blindsight” is computers doing things that are critically important, incomprehensible/inexplicable to humans, and not always reliable....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Some of our Senators make Jar-Jar Binks look quite the statesman....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    “ The other 80% are all life peers by appointment, comprising a mixture of retired eminent politicians (it keeps them from coming back to annoy their successors in the Commons) and domain-specific experts, such as law professors, retired senior civil...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    It is within living memory that farmland was valued for its steady state food output and forest for its steady state pulp wood output. In this same era mortgages were valued for their expected payments and perceived risk of default...
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