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jrootham

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Concur; Wikipedia gives the area of Metro Toronto as 5_900km^2 (and some change) in 2011CE. I can't parse that number. I can't even come up with an interpretation that makes sense, unless there is an extra 0, 590km^2 is close....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Of course the piping is the limit. My point is that there is effectively an infinite supply for the pipes in a very large city (Toronto may be atypical, we have Lake Ontario for supply, which really is effectively infinite)....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I am dumb, that should be "folk"....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Is it just me or are there an unexpectedly large number of Canadian flok music references on this blog?...
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    Ah, I have figured out the confusion arising from my overly terse first comment. You (and others) seem to understand that as "going to the fire and putting it all out", I actually meant a large fire department can decide...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Just Google Paradise California before and after. This is a Wikipedia level argument, so not entirely reliable. Paradise was a town of 26,000, that's not urban. There is a claim in this thread that rain will douse a wildfire. A...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Most of the homes which burn during wildfire season are in the suburbs, but good luck evacuating a dense city center with minimal car ownership from a rapidly approaching wildfire. It's not entirely clear to me how long a wildfire...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Pretty much the only period of time the population of the world has decreased that much was during the Black Death Except for the Americas post 1492. Massive uncertainty, but the high end is like 95%, so a large dent...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Nailing Assange for trying to crack a password is kind of like nailing Al Capone on tax evasion. True, but not quite the point. I don't trust any of the reporting on KGB/FSB-Wikileaks connections (pro or con). There are just...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Wikileaks is a good idea, as evidenced by the number of secure drop boxes that now exist. Assange and Wikileaks had weaknesses. When they got hit with extraordinary pressure they broke. That laundry list is straight out of the fever...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    First they came for the Communists and I did not complain because I was not a Communist. Assange is personally a shit, and Wikileaks is fucked, but he is getting tossed in jail for committing journalism, not for pretending to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Fundamentally money at that scale is macroeconomics and there are some arguments about it :). One of the key points is that a government that borrows in its own currency cannot go bankrupt, although it can suffer from inflation....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Well, there was a large transfer of organizations from Montreal to Toronto but I don't think you have the causation correct. What you are describing is in significant measure federalist spin. It was a long process that started many years...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    More vacation time, for everyone. This is the mechanism for paying people not to work that doesn't trigger the freeloader response....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Is there an online rate graph? I looked and couldn't find one....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Come to think of it, you don't have to violate privacy. Walk the post code and ask "are you Name?"...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    If you are serious about bots you need to audit. Name and postal code and a bit of work and ignoring privacy violations should get you an identifiable persons. How many you would need to do is a function of...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Got me on that one. I was wishing for emoji when I read that....
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    I am thinking you rather lack credibility on the political front here....
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    I like oysters. However, de gustibus non est disputandum. Another win for oysters is they sequester carbon in their shells....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I do have one small local question. Is GT a Common and Garden Red Baiter, or a Spotted or Herbaceous one?...
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    Apologies if this is a hijacking of the blog. If OGH decides this is out of line I will bow my head and quietly slink away. I have been looking at the Labour party antisemitism row from across the pond...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I did a straight up search and got Non hoc semper erit liminis aut aquae caelestis patiens latus - ‘This side will not always be patient of rain and waiting on the threshold.’ From Kipling apparently....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The one I followed is known as Focus Fusion. Very much a shoestring operation. For a while they had a website describing their progress, which was mostly what the current engineering challenge was and what they were doing about it....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Given the energy density of hydrocarbon fuels and the lack of energy density of anything else I have to figure we are going to need to build a synthetic fuel industry. Carbon from air CO2 and hydrogen from water. To...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Radical transparency for thee but not for me....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Excuse me. Joe Shuster was from Toronto. Just up the street from me, as it happens. When Superman first appeared, Superman's alter ego Clark Kent worked for the Daily Star newspaper, named by Shuster after the Toronto Daily Star, his...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    ""Traditional" tribal chieftainship? I'm not sure there is such a thing" There certainly is in Canada, in British Columbia in particular because most of it is not subject to treaties. "In Wet’suwet’en country, the law is the ancient feast system,...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    It seems unlikely the pile on top of you would be more than 3 or 4 high. I can believe 20 in the pile up but most would be spread down the street....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Bikes run at lower speeds, so you get more crashes but less damage. A lot of people fall off bikes, very few die in consequence (absent being run over by a motor vehicle)....
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