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Elladan

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    surely you must be able to get in to be able to change the SIM card, if nothing else? The sim card slides in via a little tray that pops out of the side of the phone using a special...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ... anyway, to get a bit back on topic, the current situation is one where even organizing a peaceful resistance against a fascist regime is going to be essentially impossible. You can't meaningfully operate a resistance when every single interaction...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's unfortunately the case that essentially every computer component these days has layer upon layer of un-auditable firmware, microcontrollers, and the like. Usually these devices won't even accept software updates from the user any more (they're locked with the manufacturer's...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    >> most phones don't let you change the battery > Really? They generally don't have removable back covers any more. You can change the battery, but you need to pry open glued-together bits of the case to get at it,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Note that if you have your phone on you, Google can track your location from your phone's GPS and tag photos you take with other cameras based on that (it's possible to turn this off). 2003-2010 would be too early...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The thing about "growth" as an idea is that people assume it means "more cars and airplanes and so forth" when it really means "more useful goods and services." You can have economic growth because someone learned how to give...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Oh, I've reckoned this carbon offset stuff is a political con from the word go. It always seemed like a con to me too... But just to continue it: how far can you go with it? Let's see... if you...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The big reason we don't see massive protection of old growth forests for carbon sequestration apparently is that it's not clear who "owns" the carbon sequestered by a tree that's already standing. If you look at carbon offset groups, they...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Go look up the latest NRA advert: their side know the score. I just came here to post it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtGOQFf9VCE I mean, speaking of crying fire in a crowded theater. Seriously, that's the USA right there....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Next year, I believe, lots of sitting GOP senators have midterm elections. If Trump is considered an electoral liability [...] It's exactly the opposite: 25 (including independents) of the seats are Democrats vs. 8 Republicans. In addition, about 8 of...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    This point has been made before, but it seems useful to point it out again occasionally: impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. Trump can be impeached at any time for (essentially) any reason. By the same token,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Come on now, in the States it's really not a problem to perform marriages. Not a priestess / minister / time lord? No problem! We've got that covered, ordination while you wait. Are you a Jedi Knight? 100% fully legitimate...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The relevant [1] metric is Performance Per Watt. When you're dealing with an individual computer, this relates to things like how fancy the graphics are on your phone etc. but when dealing with a datacenter, there are thousands (or even...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I know next to nothing about farming: I was just an attempting to shake the tree a bit because I knew people here (like you!) do. So, I can't form an opinion on whether JLM's specific claims are correct or...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Back on topic, did we cover what societal or lifestyle norms will be in 30 years? Tolerant or intolerant of Alternative lifestyles? I don't think it's been discussed directly. Freedom issues can change in terms of official policy, acceptance, and...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I always love the cognitive biases in these sorts of polls. We'll have AI-surgeons in 40-ish years but AI-AI research is so rarefied it'll be close to 100, and twice as long as everything else humans do? How long before...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    AI is a horrible and misleading word in this and many other contexts. The problem with AI as a term is that it's like "physics" or "biology" in scope. It's a catch-all term that refers to a whole field of...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Are you having fun trying to wind me up?" I'm really not. You seemed unhappy: I offered some perspective. It's meant in good faith. That said: "I have now, finally, learnt not to react to "her" with corresponding insults" Really?...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Rather than let OP's vision of the future disappear under the usual topics, let me change the subject slightly: "Green cities of vertical farms" Green roofs are great in various ways, but what about this whole vertical farm idea? I'll...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    You know, far be it from me to play peacemaker (I mean, I'm barely more than a lurker here and we've never met), but have you considered, you know, just turning the other cheek as it were where a certain...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Another note re: OP's predictions: A number of people have questioned whether a fractured internet with firewalls etc. is plausible, primarily for technical reasons. It's a pretty common piece of Internet lore that censorship is impossible. "The internet treats censorship...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Think about it. No space effort. No Mars mission. No base on the Moon. World population drops below two billion, with everyone slouching towards OZ(Utopia). God help us. The Kessler Syndrome is a serious problem, but largely misunderstood. The thing...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    It seems silly to focus on killing techniques given all the more important subjects, but hey. Jean-Léon Moore in 118 is absolutely right: 3D printing (and homemade weaponry in general) is not going to be much of a factor in...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The thing about all this talk about about secure languages, proof-based design strategies, and the like is that they're ignoring the societal reasons why these sorts of security catastrophes happen. I mean, let's step back for a moment and look...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    By the way, in case anyone wants a TL;DR history of ULA, here's a super brief and possibly wrong version: Boeing and Lockmart had been building giant space rockets since the days of the ancients, but since the failure of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    #1 United Launch Alliance is 2006. ULA is a weird combination of Boeing and Lockmart created due to the combination of industrial espionage and the bizarre way military contractors work. Before ULA, the two companies ostensibly competed for launch contracts....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    DC is under presidential or congressional control depending on the issue. I think you misunderstand me, or we're just talking past each other. D.C. local government has a limited amount of power as Congress allows, but my point was that...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The US hasn't formally declared war since WWII, has certainly been conducting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen... In the context of "Treason" the law actually refers to "enemies" so presumably Daesh would qualify and Scotland would not....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    DC banned death sentences... FYI: DC city rules are just municipal code and have no relevance to Federal law in the district. There's actually a lot of antagonism between DC residents and the US government, so the city often makes...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    What protects elites from being charged with high treason? Aside from the obvious point that they're elites and hence are essentially immune from receiving a parking ticket much less a capital felony, treason is essentially unheard of under US law....
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