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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I'm Australian. We're the Saudi Arabia of coal. My small home state, Victoria, has an 800 year supply of dirty brown coal. That's just the known reserves; there's almost certainly a lot more, but nobody's bothered doing any exploration since...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    We won't run out of coal and oil. Not until we've cooked the planet....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Given that I average about 3 dumbarse typos per post, this is unfair, but: @OP. . . hepatic (sic) enabled VR . . . EEEeewww. That really is a dystopian future....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    First, someone has to earn enough money to pay (through their taxes) for people who aren't working To quote Mitt Romney (something I try not to do): "Corporations [staffed largely by robots] are people too my friend". OK, carry that...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    our cultural productions might be one of our few remaining viable exports. You're probably right, but for SFnal purposes it's interesting to consider: What if you're wrong? Bollywood, J-pop and K-pop are vastly popular throughout Asia and beyond. What if...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I should have noted that internal migration, just like international migration can have cross-pollinating positive outcomes as well. The movement of African Americans North during the early 20th century was driven by Jim Crow laws, but many of those migrants...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re. Conventional war, the obvious point to make is that there is a an advantage in being a nation with (a) massive manufacturing capacity and (b) massive population for cannon fodder. Ie., China. Or, possibly, proxy or client states of...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Re. Climate refugee migration, don't forget that even internal migration within a country's borders can have major social, political, economic and environmental effects. The Indonesian government has been encouraging the poor of over-populated Java to migrate to remote parts of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Point taken. More broadly, the chance of catastrophic mismanagement in a crisis was always an obvious Trumpian risk. But, I'm not sure that an ideologically deluded Pence (or Ryan) would be much better. And if Pence can present himself as...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just heard on BBC world: . . . swirling accusations of so-called pee tapes . . . Heh. Fricken 2017....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'm guessing criminal charges from Flynn all the way up, including Pence, to the Orange One, and in the next month or so. I hope you're right, but it will almost certainly take longer. A Special Counsel has 60 days...
  • 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...
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