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  • Commented on Test Case
    I'm pretty sure fault and criminal responsibility are 2 different things. A child or someone in the middle of a severe psychotic episode doing something that would normally be a criminal offense may lack any culpability or criminal responsibility for...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Sorry, left off the end of a line in the second paragraph. If it can't legally drive on the roads on it's own then all the crap with phone apps seems superfluous since you can't guarantee signal and presumably you'd...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Can we request that this not end up getting turned into another boring trolly problem. The world does not need yet another inane "but what if the car has the choice of sacrificing a baby inside the car for 5...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: the oxfam papers claims. I've grown to not trust oxfams papers. I'm starting to think of how they do their math as "oxfam accounting" There tends to be a lot of tricks in their wording and methods. They'll also...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Those are some mighty mighty broad brushes you're using there. It's like the claim that there's only N stories in the world where N is small... if you simplify it to the level where the story description is "bad thing...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re:target and pregnancy. That story appears to be a myth based on a hypothetical: https://www.kdnuggets.com/2014/05/target-predict-teen-pregnancy-inside-story.html Where a journalist was proposing a scenario that never actually happened. Also another example for the pile re: social media optimizing for emotion. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/12/17/the-toxoplasma-of-rage/ "So...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Where "high enough fidelity" is arbitrarily high I could argue that it will take a fairly long time to reach the point of being totally undetectable. Not because of it being impossible to detect tampering but because everything is at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Individual producers may be in trouble but when you see a sector that's unprofitable because competition is so fierce with countless outfits.... I'm not sure that it's a sign the industry in general is failing. Almost the opposite. If people...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Even if 50% of the population went for something like that it's inherently a self limiting problem. Similar to a large fraction of the population signing up as shakers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakers A generation or 2 later the people most vulnerable to...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Currently if you look at [class of product] on some site a few times you'll start seeing ads popping up for it around the place. One fairly obvious and fairly trivial application of the same idea might see algorithms picking...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There's a lot of crypto-currency madness right now. A few years back when bitcoin suddenly exploded I was hanging out at a local hackspace on the open night when some young women visiting started asked if there was anyone who...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    To be fair: the £100 version I carry around with less cores ram and about half as much storage can pull off most of the same tricks. Some of top models I'm pretty sure experience a certain amount of vanity-pricing...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    @gasdive Also, here's a graph for PV output, notice that it's from Cali which is a better case than scotland. Notice the dropoff coming up to 6PM. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/images/2014.11.19/main.png...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    COMMENT DELETED. Keep it civil....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The linked graph was for demand over the year, look at the dark green line and it does show you that peak demand is in winter with demand almost at it's lowest around about july. Daily patterns also matter. Solar...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I think it's important to inject some real numbers here. Scottish peak electricity demand is in winter, to be more exact it's in winter around about 5 or 6 in the evening when people get home from work. During summer...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Sorry, I forgot to specify the issues. A. The problem isn't that the scam is actually counterproductive, simply unproductive, it helps but it's like sending water to doubt affected farmer in test tubes. And it's an unproductive approach to preventing...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    What scam would I run if I was going to run one and trying to make some cash off of efforts to deal with climate change? I'd probably go with something that's not entirely a scam but which is merely...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I think this may be leaving out elements that are contradictory to the narrative. For russia the best thing would be for the US to tightly restrict drilling within it's own territory. They're selling oil and gas. reducing the supply...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I think you make a very good point and that may be why I get that feeling from so many Xpunk stories. many of the things that niggle at me tend to take a form similar to "you can do...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I get that the spider thing is an iconic image from WWW but I don't think I tick any other boxes from that film with that description... I don't remember most of the film. Did Abraham Lincoln get a steam...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I agree though I didn't name the 0.9c figure. at 0.01c it's about a kiloton worth of energy from a 1kg object. Any absurd velocity works. Even merely orbital or interplanetary speeds are enough to drop a crowbar through most...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I wasn't intending to describe Wild Wild West, I was just sort of describing the most steampunk hero and villain I could think of. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-06-15/news/ct-lockport-steampunk-tl-s-0619-20140615_1_lockport-gallery-norton-building-art-series...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    ""punk" equals, *must* equal, a focus on the underdog, the dissempowered etc." So, to be clear, they took the position that a story about Abraham Lincoln getting a steam powered cannon arm and charging off to fight a villain with...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Sure, but if you're flying around in your interstellar space ship anyway.... @M Harold Page If you asked a few dozen geeks for creative problem solving methods I think they could suggest a few things nastier than rocks... I'm aware...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Betcha they could do something equally crazy, *especially* if they have no velocity. :-D...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    This may sound odd but I think a major aspect of the X-punk genres is that the economies aren't too well thought out and both the heroes and villains need to have ignored things like an evil overlord who lacks...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I was not aware of that statement. While it looks like it's non-binding, a statement from a party member not the leadership but it does make it much less likely they'd oppose Scotland. Thanks for that....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Actually it's looking like the 8th is likely to get repealed. paddypower is offering 1/4 that the vote will remove it. Nitpick: the ECHR ruled that Ireland had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to provide an...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    On a Comedy note: I came across one workaround/hack for Scotland to re-enter the EU faster. Scotland votes out, immediately declares war on Ireland then immediately surrenders conditional on being annexed by ireland. Of course it's ridiculous and wouldn't work...
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