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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Just replace all our concrete structures with diamond bricks... What's not to like? How would you demolish it? Serious problem, in the long term. Now I want to read a story about this - indestructible buildings accumulating over the centuries,...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    "Trump is nothing if not an egomaniac," I get the Make America Great Again appeal of spaaaace. But this would require Trump to act now for something that wouldn't pay off until 2019, and get congress on board for it...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    --We've got methane locked up in the Arctic (and probably the Antarctic) in both soils and subsurface sediments. Someone more expert may correct me. But I think not Antarctic, much, at least not this century. Arctic: "shallow ocean with thin...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The mistake they made was in not screening for ASD and finding alternative activities for the aspie kids that would motivate them to learn the same skills, rather than de-motivating them I think you are dangerously wrong. You don't need...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Indeed. From the abstract: "limiting warming to 1.5 °C is not yet a geophysical impossibility, but is likely to require delivery on strengthened pledges for 2030 followed by challengingly deep and rapid mitigation" The paper basically says if we all...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "So what is this - hysterical crap dictating that any physical contact with a child, even accidental, is incontrovertible ground for instantly lynching the toucher for paedophilia/child abuse?" Partly that, partly that humans assign more blame for doing something than...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "What is this community's take on the possibilities of Quantum Computers? In terms of the topic of the thread, the potential for Machine Learning in conjunction with them seems relevent." I cannot speak for others. Me, I reject the Kurzwiel...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "I am tempted to change my legal name again" What? You've got sick of having a legal name of: '; while 1 = 1 begin drop table ( select top 1 name from systables ) end; I guess it is...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    But it is America. So another question: why has the KKK not been sued into bankruptcy by parents of murdered black youths? Answer: mostly they have. Their assets - a few halls and lodges - were sued from under them...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just a reminder: We're talking about parenting just as an example here. I gave it as an example of a social situation in which is getting more and more awkward to not carry a mobile phone, and partake in the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Ths School is deliberately using Arsebook? ARRRGGGHH! You feel my pain. To be fair, it's not "the school" as an educational entity using Facebook but "the school's Shakespeare society" and "the school's ultimate frisbee club" and etc individual teachers organising...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Yeah... and I think you're missing the still bigger picture." I think one of us is. "You're following your kids all the time, The neighborhood is checking on you regularly. You're on call, 24x7. Think about that." No shit! That's...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    See my previous comments. Think of however the school, scouts, coaches, other parents, etc used to communicate with you. All of it. Everything from every groups your kids were ever part of. And the preschool (if you used one). Now...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Being a parent without a mobile would be a complete pain for my kids." It wasn't for me when I was a kid, nor was it for any of the other kids. Stuff like you mention happened, but the world...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    someone like Pigeon or Greg who avoids using mobile phones is quickly becoming the sort of anachronistic gadfly that automatically attracts suspicion That's easier for some than others. Being a parent without a mobile would be a complete pain for...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Knowledge of past atrocities should be a reason to stop committing atrocities, rather than saying "that's history" and continuing to commit new ones. "Wer redet heute noch von der Vernichtung der Armenier?" (Who speaks these days of the annihilation of...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    An interesting theme of Brin's book on privacy back in 1998 was how US privacy laws (and debates) were about stopping the govt from collecting an sharing information about you inappropriately. In the rest of the world, privacy laws were...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    David Brin saw much of this coming. In hindsight, his 1998 book "The Transparent Society" is highly prophetic. In particular the notion that privacy, as we have known it, is a transient social attribute. From 6000 to 600 years ago...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "The point is that economists have been saying for some time that the likelihood of a recession is increasing" Seems you can find an economist who says just about anything. But most economists don't see much likelihood of a recession...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's not about "abandoning the coasts". Nor is it about storms. It's about the coast being somewhere else. These currently-coastal properties aren't going to be "coastal". They're going to be "in the ocean"....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "I think we may be looking at a US recession here. " Natural disasters can, but don't usually. Because there's a natural Keynesian stimulus, which is that the govt spends money on rebuild, and meanwhile insurance companies take their invested...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "Actually I'm more surprised any of our parents lived to have us." In 1870 Massachusetts 28% of children didn't live to 20. Enteric diseases (salmonella, etc) killed about half of them. I expect everyone in my kid's class in school...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    " I've heard people express similar opinions, like, they bought in a flood zone to have a river view, they should wear the flood risk too. Now consider the cigarette smokers. No-one can now say they don't know the risks...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Been watching the Christchurch earthquake rebuild here in New Zealand. Lots to say about that. Let's pick one: What about suburbs in the wrong place? In Chch the govt red-stickered the houses and bought out the owners, voluntarily, at pre-quake...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    So, the world's going to hell. And it's Trump and Brexit. Or is it? Really? Culturally, over a 10-year or 20-year period I don't think things are getting worse. I make no doubts that the Alt-right are bastards. But back...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    You could bring the whole of London... Please, no. I agree. But it is time to stop. Please let us not move the thread to a point where the intelligent, imaginative, scientifically educated (and only slightly socially maladjusted) denizens...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Dropping back to the alleged topic of this thread... Maybe this is the best of all possible worlds. Trump: Electing a manifestly incompetent rightist with neo-fascist tendencies now, before neo-fascism gains more power and sympathy, may be the best thing...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "Globally, the preconditions for a recurrence still exist." Yes, and no. Market Risk management for derivatives trading is my business. The GFC really did cause reforms, in theory. But in the end it's mostly about whether regulators have the balls...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "the stock markets have been going up despite the moron in the OO" Sort of. But sort of not. The S&P index in USD is up about 9% since the start of the year. But the value of the US...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    "This year's crisis of Brexit/Trump marks a very visible point of inflexion in the downward curve of influence exerted by the anglophone planetary empire. " Not sure we disagree all that much. What do one means by point of inflexion....
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