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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    They're a big-enough company to have divisions that are great, and divisions that are not-so-great....
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    I'm specifically talking about homes with graywater systems, not anything else. (See the comment by Heteromeles above for more.)...
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    The intelligent thing to do is have a single sink which is not plumbed to the gray-water system and is only used for the dirtiest jobs....
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    The sad thing is that given the increasing disconnect from reality currently shown by both Democratic and Republican governments I have no clue about whether OGH is joking about the Church of Latter Day Saints* or the Church of Scientology....
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    I'm sure we'd keep the method for contractions and possessives even if we didn't keep the spellings: yur/yu're still translates on a one-to-one basis. For any remaining, such as to, too, and two, I suspect that the correct translation can...
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    There's perfect one-to-one translation in one direction, but not in the other... Perfecting English is not something I care much about, but the fact that you can do perfect translation from phonetic English to "old" English and not the other...
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    Raising sex bots, starting in childhood, requires worse than sadism. I'm not going to say any more; everyone will figure it out in time, I'm sure, if they haven't already....
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    Follow the conversation backwards a little. What I'm arguing with is ECs' assertion that it would be difficult for older people despite our powerful computational tools. Otherwise I don't care....
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    It's not something you can do in isolation. We'd have to start teaching the kids fully-phonetic spelling when they started school. Anything with a chip which displayed text would have some kind of configuration software which would allow the user...
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    Code switching from "old spelling" for us fogies, to fully phonetic spelling (for new readers) is something computers should be able to do really, really easily....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Lots of stuff by C.J. Cherryh, Neptune's Brood and Saturn's Children, plenty of short fiction, the two recent books by Ruthanna Emrys... I could check my library if it wasn't in boxes. I've also recently been confronting the problem of...
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    Where do you get the 18th century? Anyone after the early Greeks would understand a single panel with a picture of a dog with the word "dog" printed underneath. Also, consider something important; there's no need to understand how to...
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    The first person who came to my mind was Diane Duane, but Pratchett works too....
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    I did cheat to the point of having the receiving civilization already be literate... I should probably send that one out and see if someone will publish it....
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    I wrote a story about this 3-4 years back and the conclusion I came to was that the language would have to be taught pictorially. Numbers would be easy of course, as would most nouns. it would be difficult to...
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    In the story I wrote about this I used a tiny pipe connected to a reservoir of pitch to measure deep time. (The temperature inside deep-enough cave shouldn't vary much.)...
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    I was thinking either the Great Lakes region or the Colorado Rockies; someplace not too far from a hospital....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "...really durable copies of the last good climate model we make, showing the most accurate regional climate maps we can create for the next 100,000 years, or however long it takes to get back to 350 ppm. There's value in...
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    My initial response to this was "Christ, I've been posting here for more than a decade!" (I stopped using my real name about the time Trump got elected.)...
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    Definitely agreed. We did go all-LED in our light-bulbs, as best we could in a rental house. Now if I could just get the missus to turn down the thermostat......
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    So maybe attach a bunch of solar panels? It generates/beams electricity until it gets too low in altitude, then it turns off the tether and sucks down some sunlight, raising it's orbit?...
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    This is why we need a massive roll-out of both renewables (to quickly reduce our emissions by 30% or 40% or even 50% if we're very lucky and ingenious) and nuclear (to then reduce our emissions by 100% before 2040...
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    Sorry. Meant the Long Now project....
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    You'd definitely have to include language lessons. Hopefully someone at Rosetta project has done that....
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    I was thinking something like stainless steel....
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    If I understand you correctly, the Danes are looking to answer questions like, "Should we be planning to run our coal plant between May 1st and 7th?" or "What is our expected output between December 14th and December 21st?"...
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    I think what you're missing is that the Danes didn't need to specifics. They needed to know what the wind would be like, as a total amount, in the first week of May (or whenever.) Averaging their existing records on...
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    "Piggy people in space," maybe...
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    Yes and no. On one hand, yay for fast, innovative design, on the other hand, meltdowns are expensive and messy. On the gripping hand, this late in the game, if you can't mass-produce them they're not going to help....
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    Hey Charlie, did you see this? It ties in rather directly to your ideas about "Libertarian paradises in space." https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/sep/07/disastrous-voyage-satoshi-cryptocurrency-cruise-ship-seassteading...
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