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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    “ Recreational air travel is the easy issue to clamp down on, just in terms of not killing anyone who has to vacation closer to home. That's all. For everybody who just saw red, that's actually the point, about distinguishing...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "People (def not me) who do motocross or trail riding (powered dirt bikes) have been through many generations of protection. " I think Bikes go 60kph, that's like a fall from height X is misleading. Armouring for bike accidents is...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    “ The 747 and A380s are in a weird position just now. No more are going to be built and some that are not all that old being scraped as the secondary market makes it more worthwhile to set them...
  • Commented on Omicron
    " The key was that the programmers wrote the code and documentation, AND did the support! " This is, quite literally, illegal for big financial systems in large companies listed on the US stock market. I'm not kidding. It's the...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "so all cases might be pointless" It might. In NZ we're doing it as part of our contact tracing, and associated attempts to get people with Covid to isolate and stop the spread. Most people who get Covid are easily...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "I haven't heard anything about 'Omicron' reaching North Carolina yet" Would you know? Serious question. Here in New Zealand I believe we're still genome-sequencing all positive Covid cases, so we know exactly what's here and if you get Covid they'll...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I don’t disagree about moral hazard. But I think you are taking what I said about subprime mortgages out of context. The book review I comment I was responding to was about algorithms and financial maths and AI and how...
  • Commented on Outage report
    "https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/review-weapons-of-math-destruction/" I find this review problematic. Because the one solid example it gives that I actually have a lot of first-hand knowledge about is bollocks. "subprime mortgages are a perfect example of a WMD. Most of the people buying, selling,...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "So - a Slaveocracy right from the start, yes? Which supports my hypothesis/conviction that the revolt of 1776 was about keeping the slaves ( With a side-order of genocide against the "Indians" ) Unsurprisingly large numbers of USA-ians go off...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    ". Then you have the various Dukes and Earls who own much of the UK's most valuable real estate and protect their holdings with the distinctly feudal practice of leasehold," Leasehold is not uncommon here in the Pacific, where it's...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    “ A secondary theme in the original Merchant Princes series is that modernity is a state of mind (that can be acquired by education).” I love this about the series. A welcome challenge to the many SF stories in which...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    third star on the right and all that. Navigation warning: second star to the right. Then straight on ‘til morning....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Or did you just type 'equivalents of' where you meant 'punchers of?' Because that one happened in 2020, yeah... Nope. If you've spent your life saying that you can't trust the establishment, that the mainstream doesn't get it, and that...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    “ All of this rests on one huge assumption: that Spacex's new launch system will actually work out and be as cheap as advertised” Nothing else Musk has done ever was. He’s a master publicist and master fund-raiser of venture...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    But it doesn't really need to cross the blood/brain barrier to fuck up your brain: it disrupts epithelial linings including those of blood vessels, including the mesh of capilliaries which provide perfusion to the brain. Lots of microvascular accidents...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    “ If you actually read what he said properly, he was not in favour of unbridled capitalism” I find Adam Smith a bit hard to read. He’s a professor of philosophy writing a philosophical work, and those bits are clear....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    There is a really weird conflation in comments here of “population growth” and “economic growth”. The reason your standard of living is better than a feudal serf is that we managed to decouple economic growth from population growth. Our economies...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The USA is NOT a democracy, right now & it's receding I get the hyperbole, but I don't think it's helpful. The USA is much more of a democracy now than it was before the civil rights movement in the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Missing in discussion of Heinlein's "Roman" future state where only those who've done military service get to vote is one that the US constitution would be very happy with. That's not a co-incidence. This is very much a USA that...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    “ The wobble is what-is-about-to-become.” So true. Happens to the best of us, love. You hit middle age and no matter how much you exercise the pounds just start to pack on....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "I'll quote some more Graeber" Why? He's awful. Every time Graeber writes about something that I actually know about, he gets it wrong. Really wrong: his writing is full of factual errors, logical mistakes, and pure innumeracy. I don't know...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Re: Pigeon & EC’s discussion on whether cycling is more of a replacement for walking or driving: I’m now a typical inner-suburb commuter. At rush hour my work is 45 mins walk from my house, 15 mins bike, and a...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    bitcoin's energy consumption is only half of the traditional banking system's 263.72 terawatts per hour That's the most damning statistic about bitcoin energy consumption that I've seen yet. Because the traditional banking system is the main admin system that...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “ 2. Apparently the Great Leap Forward didn't cause a population decline” Yes, but look at the Chinese demographic pyramid. Those born in the Great Leap Forward would now be 58 to 62 years. You can see the gap there...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Unit 731 That’s surprisingly awful. And I thought I was no longer surprised by horrific war crimes. MacArthur ruling that none of the criminals responsible would be tried so long as they helped wth the USA’s biological weapons programme...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    My 2 cents: we all have different disgust thresholds. Up to the threshold we'll enjoy or consume the art, metaphorically holding our noses or making excuses for the creator ("he's a horrible person, but the art ..."). But then they...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The US has become bizarrely used to the idea that wars they fight involve very little sacrifice. The last war with significant US civilian casualties was the Civil War. Since WW2 the US has fought only much, much smaller nations....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "What do you do when a democratically elected government or PM or President is an autocratic Traitor? Ask an Australian about their governor-general's "reserved powers". Firing a government when needed it good - one of the leader of the opposition's...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Regards Red Skull: One of the things that killed the KKK’s support was Superman. Back when he fought crime, not just supervillains, the popular Superman radio show started having episodes where he fought against the criminal white-hooded racist menace. They...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Hours of the day are social constructs. That there are 24 is because of Babylonian religious beliefs. That they remain the same length despite days getting longer and shorter is a social choice (and 2,000 years ago people chose differently)....
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