Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Elderly Cynic notes: "Your example wouldn't help, because it would have correctly classified the trees as non-tank - what made it a Russian tank was the presence of trees." No, what made it a Russian tank was the fact that...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    On a related note: https://www.thelocal.de/20210305/intern-at-german-prison-faces-hefty-bill-after-sending-photo-of-master-key-to-friends/...
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    Oops... substitute (1) = binary 1 = true for (!) in the previous comment. I didn't mean to imply "not"....
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    I suspect we're going to need a lot more (and a lot more sophisticated) use of "supervised classification". Short version: That's the term used in remote sensing to describe when humans "supervise" the classification performed by a computer algorithm to...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Battery life data points: The 11-year-old main battery on our 2008 Prius hybrid was still working at full or near-full potential when we sold it. That is, the battery had not yet begun to degrade sufficiently to affect the fuel...
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    whitroth noted: "They don't pay their employees a good wage. Even more fun with "profit extraction" when employees are over in the third world." Minor correction: the people who assemble Apple products aren't Apple employees; they're employees of a manufacturer...
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    Speaking of renewable energy, a promising data point: https://earther.gizmodo.com/great-britain-set-a-wind-energy-milestone-1845961853...
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    Graydon noted: "It's difficult to find really large examples, because really large examples are subject to financialisation." Not really. The union I belonged to (PSAC, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Service_Alliance_of_Canada) had 200K members. Our sister union, PIPSC had ca. 60K members. Neither was "financialized",...
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    re. unions: My one experience with being a union member was 7 years in the federal government, including several as co-chairman of the workplace safety committee at a research institute. My take was that the people who actually gave a...
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    Concerning electric vehicles, a data point from Montreal (Quebec): My wife and I live in west suburban Montreal, about 20 km from the periurbs. We have a Prius Prime hybrid, which gets us a little better than 40 km on...
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    Thanks for the explanation Nojay. In response to one point: "Since a 'thorium' reactor is in reality a U-233 fission reactor I fail to see how it would have less waste isotopes from fission than a regular PWR or similar...
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    Charlie noted: "You can have safe civil nuclear power or cheap civil nuclear power: it's not obvious that you can have both." Honest question: There's been talk about thorium-fueled reactors for decades, with the nominal benefits being that thorium is...
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    JBS wondered: "Oh yes, the mythical "pee tape". How much leverage do you think that provides after "grab 'em by the pussy". If it exists, it might provide significant leverage. One thing Trump hates more than anything else is seeming...
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    Re. "self-pardoning": Seems unlikely to survive SCOTUS. I'm not a fan of most of their members, but they've already rejected Trump initiatives that they considered to be a threat to the rule of law or just ill-considered*. I won't claim...
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    whitroth observed: "Next you're going to tell me that no one should be allowed to make up an acronym first, and decide what it means after. And you're going to say they can't be drinking or smoking while doing it."...
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    SFReader: Agreed in principle, but relying on insurance math kinda fails the ethic test, don't you think?...
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    mdive noted: "Quantum Teleportation - way too far out of my knowledge to judge." Ditto, but with one quibble: it's not teleportation. Whatever the denotation of the word (the strict etymological meaning), connotation (how words are actually used) outweighs denotation...
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    Robert Prior: "What about requiring a public declaration that Covid is real, and serious, before they get to jump the line ahead of front line medical workers? Because if it's a fake crisis and not that serious a disease, surely...
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    Thanks for the explanations of the Belgian situation. Not sure how well it relates to the American model, though. The Belgians are a civilized people (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix_in_Belgium), particularly when it comes to their customs for frying potatoes. *G*...
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    Robert Prior noted: "In the case of Rubio and Graham, I see it more as two chaps who have insisted the boat is not sinking and there is not a hole in the hull, who refused to do any kind...
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    Sorry, Greg, but I didn't grok "ask the Belgians". Details?...
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    Although it would be deeply satisfying to see Trump et al. convicted of crimes against humanity, that's unlikely to happen. Criminal negligence causing death is more likely to succeed, but it's still going to be messy and long. I'm holding...
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    Robert Prior raised the problem of whether politicians should be prioritized for vaccination. It's an interesting issue because elected representatives set a nation's course, while senior bureaucrats are (in practice) the ones who actually keep the country running by implementing...
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    Graydon noted: "Herd immunity" is "hasn't got the disease, it's not circulating, it is locally extirpated because it's got nowhere to live". Maybe in the veterinary context, but in the human context and other contexts, it's defined as follows: "Herd...
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    Graydon noted: "The available mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are not known to reduce spread." Fair enough. It seems *likely* that vaccination will reduce the spread, on the logic that less-severe symptoms means a lower viral load due to the immune...
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    Graydon noted: "Herd immunity cannot be achieved without vaccination." Yes, but only if you revise that as "achieved ethically". If enough people die, then by definition, only resistant individuals survive. At some point, the odds of transmission from the remaining...
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    Graydon, thanks for the details of the response times. Either the local news media didn't mention the second dose for the Moderna vaccine, or I outright missed it. Your suggestion of 60 days makes sense given the data you provided....
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    Followup for Graydon: Upon reflection, I wonder if you were referring to the Pfizer vaccine specifically. I know that requires a second vaccination after a few weeks have elapsed to acquire full effectiveness. The Moderna vaccine doesn't seem to require...
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    Graydon wrote: "It takes ~60 days for the mRNA vaccines to build to full immunity" Can you provide a reference to support that statement? Makes sense, but I did a quick Google and didn't find anything. I'd like an authoritative...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Oops... that should say "rather than a corpse"....
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