Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “closer to excessively applied law enforcement“ American style law enforcement, anyway....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN ... turns out (20 years later) to be a really useful metaphor for anthropogenic climate change” Except that, however misguided or downright horrific their responses, the Laundryverse governments are at least taking the problem seriously....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Wouldn’t the conditions that break large-scale agriculture be hard on small-scale/gardening too?...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    >gift box of upscale candies that is infested with angry kraits That’s even better than Crunchy Frog & Spring Surprise!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    That’s a tough nut to crack: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/23/464129029/donald-trump-i-could-shoot-somebodyand-i-wouldnt-lose-any-voters But the fact that they’re trying indicates that they are working from a model of the US that distinguishes between Trump, various types of his supporters, and the rest of the country....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    China’s approach to the trade war Trump started indicates they do: they’ve been systematically making moves that apply pain to industries in states that went Trump. Is there any reason to assume Iran’s political class is less competent?...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “Bob, after his Escape from Puroland, would not enjoy reading it as much as you will.” Has that been published yet an I missed it?...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    You forgot sports teams....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “Most planets that humans can settle on are going to be less predictable than Earth ever was,” Including Earth, going forwards....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Inca logistics included systematic agronomy research: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/moray “Studies have shown that many of the terraces contain soil that must have been imported from other parts of the region. The temperature at the top of the pits varies from that at...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “the needles from my last four 80 foot and taller pines don't help in growing ANYTHING but more pines” Sounds like it’s successfully suppressing the growth of anything the town or HOA could object to with close to zero maintenance...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    religious history of the USA seems to be based on persecuting "Other" religious groupings...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The big difference between Churchill’s bombings & Corbyn meeting with the PIRA is that one was supporting terrorism by his nation, and the other was supporting terrorism against his nation. I can see how potential targets of PIRA actions might...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I’ve seen ITAR requirements mindlessly flowed down until there’s a “No Foreign/Keep filed when not in use” stamp on the source control document for a MIL-SPEC washer. (For those who don’t know, MIL-SPECs are freely available for download at dla.mil.)...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Thanks for that last link. I’ve seen such on a much smaller scale. If humanity still has a mechanized civilization in a hundred years, “industrial archeology” will be a recognized and respected profession....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “I'd also expect nation2 to have, or rapidly acquire, a pretty good idea who nation1 was by means that have nothing to do with computer nerds performing a trace on the attack. It might not "stand up in court" or...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    That there’s no correlation between doctor visits and weather doesn’t disprove pre-rain twinges, it merely places upper bounds on intensity and duration amounting to “not worth going to the doctor over.” Given that this study was done in the USA...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In the unlikely event a Boris Johnson administration asks the EU for another extension, how likely would they be to get one?...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “internal diversity can be incredibly valuable, but there can be real ethical issues with allowing them to not use best in class solutions.” One reason that diversity is valuable is because the solution the “borg” settled on isn’t necessarily best-in-class....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “governments provide an external environment within which the much smaller rules-based corporations can exist.” And when the larger corporations grow larger than the smaller governments you get tax havens. I suspect that’s just the beginning, and a whole bunch more...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “we incorporate features of our present society into the systems we build (good and bad features both), and those systems serve to entrench and perpetuate those features.” Very true of transportation infrastructure....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    “character in a satire whatever“ Here in the US if you want reporting that fact-checks instead of just taking quotes from “both sides,” and that compares what a politician is saying today to what they said last year, you’re most...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    “Harbler: an amalgam of Harga and Dibbler.” That didn’t help much....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “Rather depressingly, I suspect that the answer is to start preparing for global weather events.” Well, we have to do that anyway, don’t we?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The difference is they used to feel the need to try and hide it. Now it’s “Yeah, I asked the Chinese government to dig up dirt on the Bidens. So what?” And a big chunk of the electorate seems to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “the USA can and will interfere in everyone else's elections, but nobody else can even express an opinion about American elections...” You’re a bit out of date. As of 2016, foreign interference is permissible so long as it benefits the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Underpants stealing spy belongs in the next thread: https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2019/10/creative-writing-challenge.html#comments-open The script writers aren’t even trying anymore....
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Another very 2019 story: Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope's Click to Pray eRosary app. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/10/18/vatican_erosary_insecure/...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    “The Treasury has “paused” production of a new 50p coin commemorating Brexit on 31 October after it became clear that the UK is unlikely to leave the EU on time.” It took until Friday to figure that out? https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/25/production-of-brexit-50p-coin-paused-amid-departure-uncertainty...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The year is 2192. The British Prime Minister visits Brussels to ask for an extension of the Brexit deadline. No one remembers where this tradition originated, but every year it attracts many tourists from all over the world. https://mobile.twitter.com/julianpopov/status/1185664196178042880...
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