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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    If COVID only spreads through aerosolized droplets in the air,and not off surfaces, why do I need hand sanitizer to sterilize my hands after I touch the surfaces that the droplets landed on, because it doesn't spread from surfaces, right?...
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    If the president were to try to order elections delayed, it would result in a legal challenge. Its likely the supreme court would weight in fast and knock it down. But if that didnt happen, its most likely that many...
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    People keep saying "when" or "until" herd immunity develops. But thats by no means certain. Its "if" herd immunity develops and there is some evidence that immunity may be short lived. One would hope that if you had it once...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    It occurs to me that one thing that our host got totally wrong in one of his novels was that everyone in America forgetting the president exists would beba BAD thing.... ;-)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Perhaps "Boris clung to power" should read "Boris clung to life"......
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "Nothing to do with AI - simple market realities. Pandemic shuts down world, suddenly no need for all the oil slushing through the system - but there is still a cost to storing that oil. Now add in the wall...
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    It should be noted, the jet fuel wasnt what actually caused the heat. It just ignited the fire but burned of relatively fast. It was the office co tents that kept burning....
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    I watched the towers come down live from the BBC website from a PC in the electronics lab at the university i was attending. (The us websites were unreachable)It wasnt surprising at all.I saw something blow out the side. I...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The NSA is probably the entity be hi d Bitcoin. Think about whether the public narrative of bit coin makes any sense. Some person on the internet that has a distrust of government and the banking system creates a crypto...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Another way to make alcohol is to thermal crack longer chain hydrocarbons into ethylene, then add a hydroxide across the double bond. If you were careful to clean up the ethylene you should get a very clean product....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    No, I dont believe what im about to discuss for a moment,but to play devils advocate (pun intended) perhaps your tiny mortal mind is having trouble wrapping its head around exactly what and how the world was intelligently designed. Imagine...
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    I used to agree that the 2nd amendment was only about militias. Give heard people ask smugly "what part of to keep and bear arms isnt clear",as if there were no rational.answer. I would always respond "the part about a...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    But radio IS how we do SETI. We may do it differently some time in the future, and at that point we may find ET under every rock. But if my supposition is correct, then its why we dont find...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Elon Musks vision of colonizing Mars is totally consistent with most distopian future visions of what its like to live on Mars,when you take into account that there's no way Elon Musk would not set him self up as the...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I suspect that the reason we dont see any aliens is that interstellar space travel is impractical combined with there being only a brief window in which we leak enough radio signals to be detectable. Notice how we are going...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I see new rules and uncontrolled access to roleplaying materials be a major national.security risk. Consider a half dozen 14 year olds role playing based on rules created by someone with nefarious intent. They go through various motions turning the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The vaccines that are starting trials right now are actually very scary. Dont get me wrong, they are based on brilliant science that has amazing potential, but just for vaccines but other treatments too. They are based on mRNA. (messenger...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Flour could be an issue. Try a local bakery. Many,at least around here will sell you done flour and yeast. Yeast however is no necessary. Google up "sour dough starter". Essentially, you make some flour paste and leave it in...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The ships doctor will see you now.... https://images.app.goo.gl/RzcimFCZno2fEZ8T9 I do see this potentially shifting the calculous in selecting where to register a ship. You have ships owned companies in larger powerful western nations who don't want to let ships filled...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Yea, as a whole, we are screwed. Dr Fauci said yesterday that every state should be shut down. Yet virus deniers have made it a political issue. While the arguments that its leftist hoax to make the current administration look...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    But its a little different over here. While "non essential business" are closed in many places here, there is an argument over whether gun stores are "essential" in these times of crisis, owning a handgun for self defense having been...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    "and we do not generally deal with them using shotguns and baseball bats even if they're so contagious that contact might kill us." With the possible exception over here in the USA of Bubba and Zeek, who are terrified that...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    OMG Somebody stop him. If he keeps trying to publish this thing, the new gig economy is going to be guys in plague masks with wheelbarrows calling out "bring out your dead!" (Uber Black kinda gets a brand makeover I...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    What really scares me are the computer systems used to design integrated circuits. It is known that humans do a far better job of laying out circuits than the automated layout tools. However a device with 20 billion transistors is...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    One small glimmer of light. In the United States, the opposition party (The Democratic Party) took control of the House of Representatives, gaining oversight powers over the executive branch (they can issue subpoenas) and requiring by bipartisan compromise to pass...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I don't see collision avoidance as an issue. They love to have collisions as a plot element in movies, but space is pretty much empty so there's a good chance you'd never come anywhere near another object, unless it was...
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