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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    In Australia, the Turnbull govt (!) has just announced a big investment in pumped hydro for energy storage, mostly using existing dams and hydro power stations in the Snowy mountains and Tasmania. Some background: The modern Green movement in Oz...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Also, I assume May is motivated in part by a desire to consolidate her own leadership. She didn't depose Cameron, and most of her rivals self-destructed or knifed one another (Gove/Boris), but leaders who didn't come to power by way...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I assume May is sufficiently sane to understand that Brexit will be a shambles, and that going to an election in 2020 in the immediate aftermath will be . . .unpleasant. And sufficiently delusional to imagine that the crisis-enabled imposition...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I'm voting SNP anyway, because — even though I'm a member of the Scottish Green Party — I'm in a parliamentary constituency which (a) has a sitting SNP MP, and (b) the came-second candidate is a Tory. There are many...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    OP: So here's a projection: by 2117, there's going to be a marked decline in the diversity of ideological and social systems in which we live, brought about by faster communications and the forced spread of the most aggressive societies....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Without wanting to get into a definition debate around the point at which culture shades into sub-culture, two groups can have a shared understanding of concepts yet very different ethnographicly defining ways of living, ideology, kinship structures, taboos etc....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Can’t Cut Corners On A Sphere might suit Eurostar . . ....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I know it was named after an Admiral, but I've always thought HMS Hood (sunk by the Bismarck) had a Banksian, street thuggish name. ----------- Charlie @2: Nothing says "Disney" like hot ovipositor sex. ----------- Turnerss @48 Alright, I'll bite....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I assume that any dashcam compilation is going to skew to weird, stupid, spectacular WTF content. And single vehicle bike fatalities likely aren't going to leave anyone to upload footage. But yeah, motorbike riders do self select for macho risk...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Personally, I'd love to see a modern, electric version of the Lean Machine. The Piaggio MP3 leaning 3-wheel scooter is modestly commercially successful, and comes in a hybrid version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_MP3 Other manufacturers have pinched the leaning suspension design, including 4...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I may speak sarcastically about "Melbourne safety black" Hey! My People!...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I was surprised recently when the car I was in was overtaken by an electric bicycle which must have been doing 60kph+ uphill. A bit of googling showed that the bike had a 3kw motor, completely illegal for on-road use...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Also, the population at large is 50% "no religion"; Catholics make up a minority (16%) of the total, and dropped 20% over the decade prior to the last census. Most of what I know about Scottish Catholic/Protestant rivalry comes from...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Australia is not in Asia; it's on a completely different plate! Yes, Ok. And currently undergoing Zealandia-exit....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Turnerss @6 -- Nitpick: Abbott knighted Prince Philip, not Charles, which was even more absurdly redundant, as Philip already rejoices in scores of titles, including Ethiopia's Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Queen of Sheba. You...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    (intent of the user errors) I misread that as internet of the user errors. . ....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Imagine how demoralizing it would be for a soldier on a future urban battlefield if every espresso machine and tickle-me-elmo he sees tells him he's going to die. By name. (Which reminds me of Michael Marshall Smith's roving bands of...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm always surprised that hellhole beseiged warzones in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere have functioning mobile phone systems, but it's rumoured to be such a good source of intel for the US, Assad etc that no one wants to shut it...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Also, some existing gas guzzler muscle cars have sound systems to replicate the big-block V8 sound of yore I've seen single purpose, dedicated aftermarket car sound systems which mimic the sound of a turbo pop-off valve on gear changes. Apparently...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    More broadly, the knowledge or belief that there's a little bit of intelligence in all the things around us strongly resembles animist belief systems. William Gibson was playing with that idea with the voodoo stuff in his Sprawl novels....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Push a person to psychosis through randomly disturbing their sleep by flickering devices on and off during the night. Over history, the character of the delusions of the mentally ill shift with the culture of the day. Religious delusions give...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    What are the unanticipated downsides of the decay of the internet of things, combined with poor security practices and developers going bust and leaving infrastructure in place as abandonware? You probably know I've got a vivid imagination by now—what haven't...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    1. Just yesterday, I started wondering what Murdoch has on Comey. Remember the big scandal five+ years ago, with News of the World going under, and bribery of Scotland Yard? They started an investigation here, under the Foreign Corrupt Practices...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I think the belief that there are "responsible adults" in Trump's cabinet who will talk sense into him is highly speculative and not supported by the evidence to date. During the transition I assumed that Pence, Priebus and the Republican...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Without comment:...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Russia could just take the approach they took with Khodorkovsky, the Yukos oligarch. File a bunch of (cough) trumped up charges against John Doe (Ivan Doe?), owner of 19% of Rosneft. Then when John Doe doesn't come forward to defend...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Ahem. If the buyer is the Ranting Orange Shitgibbon, then the Rosneft sale serves a very useful purpose for the Kremlin insofar as it gives the ROS a really strong incentive not to go to war with Russia. (Not to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Charlie, a guy in New Zealand was building a home brew pulsejet powered, GPS guided cruise missile in 2003. Astonishingly, the police and government weren't keen. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/05/1054700308768.html Those of you interested in drones, (and Air Force targeting policies, automated AI...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    D'oh. Meant carbon bubble, not climate bubble @202. (Climate bubble being a term used by denialists)....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Leninism was codified as a set of revolutionary tactics and ideals in the 1920s. It was precisely the fact that revolution was thought difficult or impossible in societies amenable to incremental reform which led to the fear and loathing of...
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