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  • Commented on The internet of decay
    >>OK, so here's your exam question from Database Design 101: I assume you are aware of this: Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    UK should talk with Israel, I'm sure they can sell some Jericho III missiles......
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Bangladesh is on the opposite side of the globe from USA. If any country is going to prevent Bangladeshi refugees from moving across the border, it's India. Would they? I don't know. I don't see how American drones would need...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    >>>Seriously: what is a STAR WARS novel, or a STAR TREK novel, if it isn't official approved fanfic (with a pay cheque attached)? If it's official and/or canonical, it's usually not called fanfic. Aliens move is not a fanfic of...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    ...Solution? Global ban on ad-supported social media. Instead, micropayment architecture funded via ISP subscriptions.... ...Since we can't do that, the obvious solution is to pull the net, like the roads, into the public realm.... ...The even more obvious solution is...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    >>> The problem is morons who believe everything they read, and the solution is education. While I agree with you, this is like saying "the solution to hunger is food". Yes. But how?...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Here is a somewhat optimistic trend (taken from here and here. See more here): If the trend continues, at some point the whole edifice built on the concept of selling eyeballs will implode. It will be a sight to behold,...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>(That's somewhere between 10 and 100 Jupiter masses of blazingly hot neutronium, which isn't quite massive enough to remain gravitationally bound, so it decays to protons, electrons, and neutrinos with a half-life on the order of 10 minutes. The only...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>>But the catch is they can only generate one wormhole between two volumes of space at a time ... within a radius of at least a billion light years. And it takes measurable time (single to double digit milliseconds to...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >> The Ekumen comparison isn't so good, because Charlies universe clearly lacks a unifying philosophy, and is also hundreds or thousands of times bigger. THe Ekumen, whilstl clearly suffering from a certain amount of centralisation etc, was not as gangster...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>>and make that two-thirds of a million years of every dipshit with a political ideology or religion and a CRISPR editing kit trying to invent their own version of New Soviet Man 1. I hope there are going to be...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>> faithless electors are a well-known and well-documented feature of the system Faithless electors in USA are like the Queen in UK. They have power as long as they never exercise it. The first time faithless electors determine the outcome...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>I'm hoping (though not holding my breath) that the Electors will do their actual duty and vote for the actual election winner. No, this would make everything worse. You really can't assume that Clinton would have won if USA elections...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We are working on it......
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>This contrasts very sharply with some Jews I know, who voted for Trump precisely because of his view on Muslims. (They like Le Pen too.) There are two lessons that were learned from the Holocaust. The first lesson is widely...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I gotta say, your shtick is really getting old. It's Charlie's pet lunatic, on his/her fourth nickname already. *Waves at Catina Diamond*...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>Let's just say the case: Whales vrs Humanity...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    You are still crying wolf....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>I was in Tel Aviv last month, talking to locals. >>>The atmosphere there with regard to the Knesset and the current Israeli government is about what you'd expect in New York with respect to the incoming Trump administration in DC;...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>and the big lesson places like China and Singapore is that you can have a working modern capitalist system without democracy. I'm not sure about that. Working modern capitalist system need fair competition between businesses. This requires the Rule of...
  • Commented on The Day After
    >>>Some of the models they use to create these "probabilities" actually run many thousands of simulations, which are your alternate worlds. No, they are just models. There is no way to know if they are correct, because you can't replicate...
  • Commented on The Day After
    >>>Remember when Nate Silver gave Donald Trump less than 25 percent chance of getting in? What was the probability of Brexit winning before it won? Nobody knows (and perhaps cannot in principle know) the probability of events that only happen...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    >>>I'm dancing around landmines here, but if we're talking about this cultural link purely in terms of the energetic cost of infection, then isn't pregnancy, in energetic terms only a similar cultural stress? I think this is a wrong comparison....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    >>(ignoring the democracy-ignoring, riot-inspiring approach of just not honoring the referendum results) Can't the opposition just make it a part of their agenda during the next elections? It will be democratic enough, then....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    >>May I point out that bombing Cthulhu didn't exactly end well in A Colder War? I doubt anything would put much of a dent in Ol' Bat Wings. Cthulhu, as per Lovecraft, is somewhat vulnerable to being rammed by steamboats....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Charlie, have you see the last news from Stratolaunch? Three Pegasus-XL at once is just a decoy, of course. Roc is the kind of awesome plane you wanna use to bomb Cthulhu during CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    >>>Why use steel balls (a ball bearing is an assembly of such balls in between races) when you can use sand? Cheaper, lighter, more particles, and no point even thinking of magnetic sweeping methods. Mass matters. Heavier objects deliver more...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Hmm, interesting question I need to ask on a techie mailing list I'm on: NERVA used water, I believe. Once it got moving fast enough, I wonder if you could scoop space debris, dust, and gas and use that as...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Yes, and for that the ball bearings need to be in the same orbit as the satellite (just moving in the opposite direction)....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    >>500 tonne payload of small ball bearings deployed in retrograde orbit Won't do as much damage as you think they will. All the ball bearings will move in roughly the same orbit. You could destroy all the GSO satellites, for...
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