Michel2Bec

Michel2Bec

  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Michel2Bec: I unpublished your comment because there's a new topic for that." too bad, but I certainly get the reason, this will be a 2000+ comments subject. Is there any way for me to recover the text ? (probably not,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Programing Languages - There is no "best language" for all functions." : YES! Generally complexity cannot be removed, it can only be moved around to a place where it is less annoying (with the exception of libraries, if the "angle/opinion"...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I have trouble believing it, with the curent composition of the supreme court....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Other anti-vaxxers are like those who voted for le Pen throughout the French Caribbean" This is the reason I think we are doomed. These islands are between 95% and 99% black (with, because they are island, a lot of people...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    A highly entertaining book. I have been raised, some 45+ years ago, in 3rd world countries (as a very privilieged child of expats). I have no doubt that our past smelled like shit. And that women took more than their...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    "who has tumbled into 1816, and is totally at sea in Regency polite society ..." seeing this and your tweet about splinters in toilet paper, I just happened to finish a book yesterday : "Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    "Not eligible for a Hugo, alas." I would be deeply worried if a scientific paper was eligible for fiction, unless you want to get a "retraction watch" award....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    @409 Nojay, Poul-Henning Kamp : "Those 200 texans only noteworthy because they beat rush-hour. More people die on a daily basis at EU's and USA's southern borders, because of climate change." French journalists have an horrible expression for this :...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "(it would be pretty stupid to put such a dangerous facility in the downtown of a major population center)." Like this P4 here for instance ? https://www.google.fr/maps/place/21+Av.+Tony+Garnier,+69007+Lyon/@45.7279749,4.8226894,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47f4ea2ae86d3f97:0xe4977b1506ec7664!8m2!3d45.7279712!4d4.8248834 Context : https://www.laboratoirep4-jeanmerieux.inserm.fr/ https://www.lyon.fr/lieu/centres-de-recherche/laboratoire-p4 It is like 300m from the Rhône, one of...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "2- DOGMA trumps DISCOVERY" I think you are missing the status angle. Refusing the vaccine has become a tribal marker for a number of right leaning people, especially in the USA. People (and especially men) are ready to die to...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "but because we need to be prepared to counter (defend against) anything the OTHER GUYS " And the difference between this defensive research and (civilian) research against, say Ebola is ? I was speaking of offensive bioweapons. They are Doomsdays...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "The bioweapon hypothesis has two key weaknesses, to my mind, leaving aside the actual genetics of the pathogen in question." Besides almost all the military reasons for not using chemical weapons by modern armies apply to biologic weapons, even more...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    " It's the Politicos, posturing & lying, even ( particularlry? ) idiots like BoZo who have had the bug...." With no discernible change in cognitive capacities ? ;)...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @Damian, @Paul : we are small tribe (~100-200 individuals) hierarchical apes. Our brain hes not been selected for solving large scale problems. It did not have to either, the past 200.000 years have been mostly hunter gatherers with 10000 years...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    560 "#555, #557 - You don't understand why public transport is not seen as a replacement for the car. I have to go to a specific hospital 3 times a week for haemodialysis. By hospital taxi this takes about 40...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I wasn't very clear, i guess. I was speaking of the 0.1% because they are trend setters for the 1%. And people are ready to go to insane lengths to be in the "in" group. The current batch on "in"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    " But cynicism and "the voice of reason" and all that other BS is just so comfortable, isn't it? " Well, I'd say it is less cynicism than reading history. We are, as a species, good at rationalization away unpleasant...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "I'll have to re-read the entire series before I try to write the last book. That'll take me at least a month ..." All the multi book series I have ever read have inconsistencies or big plot holes. It's unavoidable,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "I'm just fantasizing about how much fun it would be for the many hated world leaders in all fields to suddenly and inconveniently develop burgeoning consciences (live on camera. Possibly preaching, even.), just because they couldn't keep their zippers closed."...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    quotation : "“What makes me think that? I think the evidence is all around us, birds sit on power lines, we believe they’re charging on power lines, we believe that bird poop on cars is liquid tracking apparatus.”" I'm in...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have read when I was younger pretty much all I could of Cordwainer Smith. I loved it but he is clearly a writer of these times, the 50s & 60s, where intellectuals and Hollywood would grant psychiatrist and other...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    There is also the indo-pakistany change of border guard. Here : https://youtu.be/izO02t7KfCE...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Ah, America, where someone can write Barbarians at the Gate as a Wall Street expose, and people on Wall Street take it as an instruction book, not a warning..." Out host is fond of saying that irony died with the...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "A Solution looking for a Problem" " Like a shark suspended in formaldehyde, it has value only if we believe it does. " https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-21/bitcoin-is-more-modern-art-or-religion-than-money (but honestly this can be said of any monetary instrument, because the root of any monetary...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Paul Krugman, on bitcoin again, he is not a fan : "Technobabble, Libertarian Derp and Bitcoin" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/20/opinion/cryptocurrency-bitcoin.html...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I freely admit than I'm less than impartial when crypto is the subject....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Well it has changed sometime last year, where you tend to get the paywall if you are not using NoScript, porn mode or Firefox "reading mode". And to get the graphs linked in the column to work, you need Javascript...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Krugman opinion on Bitcoin : "a fresh infestation of monetary cockroaches" (can be read in anonymous browser mode) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/opinion/cryptocurrency-inflation.html...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Charlie @100 (Greg @96) : Yes, and we sort of have working recipes how to get out of excessive inflation. But to get out of the 1929 deflation, nothing worked, even the new deal was not really enough. We needed...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @Ederly Cynic When money is no more a store of value, you should get rid of it as fast as possible for anything else that has value. It's called hyperinflation....
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