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  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    "Which is, IMO the big problem with short-haul hypeloop - you will spend a lot more time packing people in and out of the projectiles than you do actually hyping them." The model (at least in the original proposal) is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Minor aside: "steam engine time" A variation of the idea that you don't get railways until its time for railways. But this idea fails when looking at Briton itself. Around 80-100 years before the first practical railway lines, there was...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "...spread of the historical viruses... {death, destruction, cats and dogs living together}" Not how immunity and common viruses works. If anything on the plane isn't killing the passengers (and us in 2017), then it won't kill the locals in 2037....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "VHF radio is so 1950s" Yes, these systems are incredibly conservative. And that's why they won't go anywhere in the next couple of decades. During an emergency, it's typical to fail-back technologically when you experience communications failures. The modern shiny...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
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  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Me: "This limits you to targets that are perpendicular to a line between the telescopes. An arc perpendicular to Neptune's orbit, slowly sweeping around the sky once every 165 years." That wasn't very clear. I meant "a arc-of-observation perpendicular to...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Glaurung (#170): "NRO would love to be able to launch bigger spy sats, but how much bigger? Make the lens too much larger and you're just taking very sharp pictures of atmospheric haze, with no further progress being possible toward...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Charles H (#69): "OK, how about this: A pair of, say, Neptune orbit observatories a third of an orbit apart, each with a 5 mile mirror." [Aside: This limits you to targets that are perpendicular to a line between the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    paws4thot (#)8: "I'm not sure either way about the plausibility of 0-g coitus; [...] it occurs to me that, ah, maintaining penetration is going to require the participants to be tied together around their pelvic girdles and/or thighs." Charlie Stross...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Don't get the repeated suggestions that Musk is pulling a bait'n'switch for his "real" plan. Whether SPS, or asteroid mining, or just pulling a Space Trump to milk gullible investors. Musk is a child of Bob Zubrin's obsession. He believes...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Pigeon, It's often counter-intuitive. Saw a local science program recently that was following up on the "nanospheres" scare (nanospheres or nanoparticles being put into everything and ending up bioaccumulating in wildlife.) Apparently it turns out that bioaccumulation of nanoparticles is...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    "People already fuck vastly more often than they sprog, after all, the difference being accounted for by artificial methods to reduce fertility. All they'd have to do to compensate would be to use those methods less. (Which leads me to...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    I wasn't complaining. I was intrigued. (Likewise, Greg (#185), was that empty <a> link meant as a gag?)...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    "in order to stop customer dissatisfaction figures falling" They needed to resort to dark physics to prevent improving customer satisfaction? The backstory for that got me more than the gerbils....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Daniel Duffy: "Or maybe we are immune to extinction because we have already passed the Great Filter" dpb (#90): "Does that mean I am immune to death because I successfully crossed the road last week?" Yes, if averaged out over...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Thomas Jørgensen (#115), "an extinction plague If technology delivers that kind of capability unto the script kiddies of the world, however, I think we're done for." As others have said, there are always survivors. But I'd go further. The kind...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    "where do you draw the line between consciousness and unconscious life" The question treats the science and technology of the simulation as if it simply exists without background. If they have the ability to similate all that is suggested, then...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    "When talking about the workplace effects of VR, most people are imagining the typical office in ____ industry. Instead, let's ask the question: how would VR be implemented in your field?" I stuck with existing IT-centric applications, because most fields...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    To avoid derailing: So what are the visual/physical metaphors that would suit VR work environments? Obviously oversized faux touch-displays. But beyond that. I could see paint/design/modelling software turning the on-screen metaphors back into their original physical counterparts, but retaining the...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    "To be fair a bog standard WIMP interface embedded in 3D space would be one of the first applications as it allows you to immediately bring existing productivity apps in rather than reinvent them all." I know. I was just...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    "the retard who decides to stop in the middle of the flow and look at their phone. And another I saw today, in the middle of crowded stairs at the railways station (walking down) who suddenly stops dead with a...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    April_D @20: "have windows hanging in mid-air all around me. Put the stuff I only sometimes need to reference behind me. Have my main work space be a cinema-sized screen a few dozen meters away. Sitting in an ergonomic chair"...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Hugh, Re: "computer vision syndrome" You need to get a more up-to-date optician. VR ain't gonna help. The "close-work causes near-sightedness" myth has been debunked for years. And more debunked each time a new large-scale study is done in a...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    "But here's the thing, I can't figure out why the AIs are populating their little worlds with copies of brainscanned people from the 21st century. But I still don't know why the resurrects are created at all." Perhaps to stop...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    t'article: "It is profitable to ship crude break-bulk cargo like timber or foodstuffs between star systems because starships are cheap and easy to repair and operate" OTOH, it's kind of insane that we ship saw-logs from, for example, North America...
  • Commented on Burnout, creativity, and the tyranny of production schedules
    I've had the crappy-job burnout, but I would imagine there's a big guilt factor to burning out from doing the thing you love, the thing you quit the crappy office job to do. You'd imagine people saying, "How can you...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    What if memory became rare. In a pre-literate society, a group with above-average memory gains power by selling its services to, and eventually replacing the ruling class. They horde their ability, cross-breeding from amongst the most gifted of their children,...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    If the no-writing rule were imposed on us, we'd try to rule-lawyer our way around it. Just as many commenters have. "Do pictures count?" "Knots on a rope?" But that only seems interesting as a puzzle to be solved. [Even...
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