Greg Tingey

Greg Tingey

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    No/Yes You are (partially) correct - BUT ... sooner or later, it will/must fall over under its own weight. Simply automating/computing (etc) the operations "merely" pushes the collapse-point down the road, but it's still there, & consequentially, when ( NOT...
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    NICE - but I'm afraid you will have to explain further - I couldn't read the vital black-background thought bubble...
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    .... of hominin dispersion along coastlines and to islands like Flores makes suspect that messing around with boats goes way back in our ancestry. Aquatic Ape Theory, anybody? *cough*...
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    There is no other way to get irreversibility. Rubbish Second Law of Thermodynamics. Once it's done, you can't go back ........
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    I think you missed the point. I'm not disagreeing, incidentally, with any of the points you have raised.. But, for surveillance to work, you have to pay people to watch the collected data - & that's the bit that falls...
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    Given that Geckoes climb completely smooth surfaces & can walk across dry ceilings ... because their feet use the Weak Atomic/ or Van der Vaals' (?) Force to do so. ( See HERE ) Then maybe, just maybe your suggestion(s)...
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    Did I use the word "communist" in relation to the current Chinese guvmint? I did not. OTOH the similarity to the Stasi in spending vast amounts of time & money covering & "suppressing" a revolt that may not have been...
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    Very worrying, in more ways than one. The sheer stupidity of the CHinese & other governements is astounding. One: the repression is so ubiquitous that it invites/provokes resistance, where none existed before ... And this is an old lesson that...
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    From that talk/paper: what exactly does a computational process have to do to qualify as “conscious”? Yeah, that could be the really important question, couldn't it? I note that he appears to agree with Evrerett & I Banks about the...
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    You've just reminded me of a very important paper by the late B Mandelbrot: "How long is the coastline of Britain?" Where he first publicly introduced the idea of "fracticality" to coin a word, & the "impossibility" of making truly...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Similar-to-almost-identical-use of the plant. Phormium tenax has fibres running the length of its very large-&-long leaves that can be easily processed to make fibre & ropes, just like Linum usitatissimum Simples....
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    Assuming division only when an active observation is made is metaphysical woo of the sort that Greg Tingey rails against in other contexts. A re-statement of an old psycho/philo-sophical problem, in other words: "Does a tree falling in an...
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    Well MY COPY has just arrived (signed) from Transreal, so I might be missing for a day or so .......
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    I hate to rain on the parade, but ... That reads just like christian mystical/meditation bullshit. Got any experimental external evidence, rather than subjective "experiences"?...
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    Pan narrans in fact....
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    This is driving me nuts ( Never mind one C Stross ) ... my copy hasn't arrived yet!...
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    The Big Bang is/was detectable ( Penzias/Wilson etc, etc ) .... I suggest you try again....
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    In which case, where is the Luminiferous Aether? "BigSkyFairy is undetectable" is no different to "the LAE is undetectable", is it?...
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    Actaully ... it is testable/falsifyable. Consider that our detection methods & systems have been getting better & better over time & each time they do, the $BigSkyFairy retreats a n other step, & always "just out of sight". Also, from...
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    I've never read anyone talk about the Singularity as if it has something to do with computational complexity, ..., which when mashed together turn into some newfangled form of the Christian rapture. Excepting Vernor Vinge, I assume? ( Though he...
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    "Carillion" in the UK has just fallen over, because of the usual aggregation of incompetence, aggogance, greed & political dogma....
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    Last comment in your set needs modification. "Sorry, we are Unseen University & we don't have the resources & you appear to be an Out ofCheese Error"" ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Seriously, the size/complication issues render the simulation argument a load of bollocks....
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    And, even with a "stable" climate, there's enough change to move the styles & types of agriculture or reversal to Hunt/gathering in our own timeline. See "The Long Summer" & the accounts of lush/ semi-desert growth in parts of what...
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    the quantum trousers of the cosmos Oh dear .... Some people have obviously never encountered "Professor Prune & the electric Time-Trousers" as epitimoised in ISIRTA on BBC, these many & long years ago. (!)...
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    Not so - not really. In the all-too-frequent case where we find "diplomats" exerting slavery upon theor erm, non-employees, we can, actually only do what is allowed ... Because of the Vienna Convention, they are "diplomats" - so, when a...
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    Water - well lots of Ice - on Mars See also K S Robinson?...
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    I find the simultaneous running of sub-threads on the Many-Wolrds/Copenhagen/Other QM interpretations & the discussion of Psychological/Psychiatric illness very "interesting". Particularly as we know that Sigmund was a Fraud. And caused untold harm to physically-ill people for well over half...
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    Actually a re-play of the timeline nomenclature would be very helpful at this point? ( Maybe ) ?...
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    But - what we need to worry about is when the cats really work out what we are doing & about ... [ The current resident tom-kitton is doing some new ways of winding his humans up, recently & showing...
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    SO ... if FTL is possible, but only over very large distances, then .... You can't get to Alpha Centauri, but you can get to the Large Magellanic Cloud? Or you CAN get to Alpha-C, but only by jumping out-&-back?...
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