Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I’d say that “paranoia about a big malevolent superpower suppressing rivals is …” wise to direct at the rising superpower in addition to the falling one....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I like the term “gravitational confinement fusion.”...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    That Kennedy is still an idiot - now he’s at an anti-vax rally in Washington State (where they’re having having a measles outbreak.) https://gizmodo.com/hmm-this-anti-vaccination-rally-amid-a-major-measles-o-1832492290...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    “It's amazing what utterly bizarre shit people used to get themselves in a froth over.” Never forget: In a hundred years people will say the same about our most passionate debates....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    “One thing I really cannot stand...” Never visit Japan....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    In Lovecraft the “Deep Ones” are BLUE HADES interbreeding with the people of Innsmouth. I forget where DEEP SEVEN turned up in his work or what he called them....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Given the depth of the underlying phenomena it sounds more like DEEP SEVEN than BLUE HADES activity....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “In particular, the whole primary apparatus was originally conceived as a democratizing revision on the old party system, where the party leadership picked candidates in what were believed to be smokey back rooms filled with mendacious elite politicos. By putting...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Good news: The pushback against Elsevier’s evil empire is spreading. It’s not just small Scandinavian ISPs anymore, it’s the Max Planck Institute and the University of California system....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “Even at 4 persons per "car" how are you going to handle...” Four times as well as we currently do with one person per car....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Either way, if you want (or have been told by Congress that you must have) certain attributes, knowing for sure that you’re getting them costs money....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    ‘"Hammer, wieldy" ... something you can buy in any decent hardware store.’ Has your hardware store version undergone MIL-STD-810 testing to prove that if you leave it in a shed in a Greenland winter and then hit something with it...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Around here if you put a propane tank in your house the fire marshal’s gonna have a little chat with you, and you need to take a test and buy a license before you’re allowed to install gas appliances. We...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “Across the room from the flaming hoverboard, the blinds were already melting.” A battery with enough energy to run a riding toy could easily have set a house on fire. I find the idea of a battery with enough energy...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Mechanically simpler version of the “turbulent” idea(*): https://www.vortexhydroenergy.com/technology/how-it-works/ What’s nice about these is that they skim off a small fraction of the kinetic energy of a river that would otherwise go to noise and heat while leaving their surroundings much...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/12/26/hoverboard-explosion-mashpee-mother-badly-burned-fire/ “Mashpee Mother Badly Burned After Hoverboard Explosion” Li ion battery malfunction involving house-shaking explosion, flames, nearby objects set on fire, and third-degree burns....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “China can't invade the US (nukes), but we've got notionally antithetical political systems (democracy and communism).” China’s got billionaires, stock markets, tech startups and real estate bubbles. Some communists. There’s a bit of a difference in that their cyber-panopticon social...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Not just saving money, but getting a better class of legislators. On the average they will be average people, rather than the sociopaths the current US & UK political systems select for....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I liked the Dungeonmaster. I hope we see more of his backstory, perhaps in shorter works....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “Conservative MP Damian Collins ... despatched a Parliamentary serjeant at arms to Kramer's hotel and dragged him before Parliament....” Well at least one Tory has done something useful this year....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Washington’s on the East Coast, so yes coming in from the East. But I have a problem with the “due”: Transatlantic flights usually follow a great circle route and come in from the northeast....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Bugger, html fail. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangajin...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    “my brain sees the patterns of pinyin letters” My admittedly limited experience with Japanese says ditch the romanizations ASAP and try to learn to read it the way native speakers do. I wonder if there’s anything like the awesome Mangajin...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    “some problems are better solved by ad hoc evolved solutions (organismal intelligence) than they are by machines” A lot of current AI (neural nets, genetic algorithms) look to me like machines being used to find ad-hoc evolved solutions....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Combine such optimization with a five billion sacrifice and you’ve got a powerful spell....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    “There was a mention in one of the books that simply killing everyone would make things worse” Surely by the time of the novels that’s the case. But there must have been a time when the human population was small...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    “DEEP 7 doesn't care what's happening on the surface“ If so that’s unwise of them. As we have seen elsewhere, swarming monkeys having a CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN” can result in anything from the destruction of the Moon to the destruction...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    “Well, BLUE HADES presumably got through their own version of Case Nightmare Green, as did the dwellers in the mantle” Not necessarily. If they are individually far more intelligent than humans they might be able to build a culture capable...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    “these people aren't capable of conceiving of a world beyond their shadow game bullshit. Well, the shadow games aren't working anymore. The shadow games are going to get the world destroyed.” Sounds a lot like the plots of the Merchant...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My problem is with the “warrior” part. It implies treating fellow citizens you disagree with as enemies....
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