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Paul

  • Commented on What happens now?
    Bill Arnold @ 1614: "Cēterum cēnseō factiōnem Rēpūblicānam dēlendam esse īgnī ferrōque" I've been studying Latin, so: "Furthermore I consider that the Republican Party must be destroyed by fire and iron". Or more idiomatically "wiped from the face of the...
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    As a follow-up to gasdive's post @736 on dive safety, here is a bit more on safety engineering. The basic idea of safety engineering is to look at the system and ask, in a carefully structured and systematic way "What...
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    Can someone explain why Musk wants to go to Mars first rather than the Moon?...
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    Well, if all else fails: https://relaycomputer.co.uk/...
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    On souls and twins. This piqued my interest, so I did a bit of looking around on some theological websites. Here is a brief summary. On the Protestant side they don't seem to think too hard about this. God can...
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    On self-sufficiency: Someone mentioned the cargo rocket with supplies of microchips. Yes, you aren't kidding. I suspect that if an alien civilisation were to take a look at Earth they would consider the output of Intel and TSMC to be...
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    On Phobos and orbital towers: Phobos' orbit is inclined 1.1 degrees from Mars equator, with an average radius of 9375 km. That means it orbits in a band of 180km above and below the equator where any orbital tower would...
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    ilya187 @ 312: [rebreathers that kill people] What. The. Fuck? It was over ten years ago, but IIRC the speaker said that there were no standards that sport rebreathers had to comply with, so various manufacturers around the world were...
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    I once heard an absolutely terrifying talk by a manufacturer of rebreathers for professional divers, talking about some of his competitors who made stuff for the sport diver market (so take with a large pinch of salt, but still). My...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1358: [the student "loan" system's] primary effect (and possibly primary purpose) is to create a generation of long-term debtors [...] because debtors with dependents can't say "sod off" to abusive employers - i.e. they are wage slaves....
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    How is the politics going to work on this colony? I've seen a bunch of comments about how the government in this colony has total knowledge and control of everything that happens. But with hundreds of thousands of people, possibly...
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    Looking at this from a wider point of view, I've always thought that lunar or planetary colonisation is going to go like this: 1. Send robots. 2. Robots build mines, refinaries and factories. 3. Factories build more robots. 4. More...
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    [...] jerry-building an emergency vaccine factory from equipment/expertise/parts on hand [...] Why would this be a problem? We already know that there are a lot of biotech wizards in the population because of the number of critical biotech processes...
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    On student loans/taxes: Various people up-thread have noted that "student loan" schemes are actually more like student taxes; you only have to pay a fraction of your income above a threshold, you can't dissolve them in bankruptcy, most people will...
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    It seems the snowflakes who stormed the Capitol think it isn't fair that the law applies to them. Now we've had the sweepstake about "where will Trump be on inauguration day?", perhaps next we should have "how many pardons will...
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    The NRA has filed for bankruptcy. Its currently on the Grauniad's US Politics Live page. The NRA says this is a tactical move to get out from a NY state lawsuit and relocate to Texas, but the Grauniad is saying...
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    Chris Blanchard @ 912: It seems to me this was a fairly well organised coup attempt, and that Trump was very unlucky it didn’t succeed. Naah. This is just stringing a bunch of speculation and cherry-picked facts into a conspiracy...
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    arrbee @ 758: For 30 years one of the Conservatives' most important principles was that failing industries should be allowed to die. Then came the financial crisis and they realised that actually pushing many billions of taxpayer's money into the...
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    Also "story points": I take it you are aware of function points? Unfortunately they don't work. The page you link to on story points describes similar issues. The basic problem is that system functionality is akin to the Length of...
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    I think what you are looking for is Kolmogorov complexity, aka "algorithmic complexity". Its the length of the shortest program that can output the specified text. There is no algorithm that can determine Kolmogorov complexity because any such program would...
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    On gendered pronouns: In the Vorkosikan novels by Lois Bujold there is an ethnic group of hemaphrodites on Beta Colony. Betans have opted to use the word "it" as a personal pronoun for these people, as in "It told me...
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    Good point. So why do millionaires carry on working? And what does that do to the goal of maximising utility? Perhaps Late-For-Dinner whitroth's suggestion of taxing millionaires out of existence isn't so crazy after all....
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    According to this answer in SE.Law, its perfectly legal to use information obtained by a criminal in the investigation of a third party. So long as law enforcement did not compel the hackers to hack the data and the data...
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    According to this 70TB of Parler messages and private data has been hacked/leaked by "security researchers". Vice is also carrying the story. Pass me the popcorn!...
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    On efficiency in capitalism: Economists are basically utilitarian: the objective of each individual in the economy is assumed to be to maximise their individual "utility"; the pleasure and satisfaction they get out of life. This was what the "life, liberty...
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    Because it forces them to make a clear statement on where they stand. Nancy Pelosi must really be enjoying her job right now; heads she wins, tails the Republicans lose....
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    On "latinx" and Spanish Pretty much every existing language has major issues with sexism because they all evolved when sexist assumptions were baked in to everyday thinking. English and Spanish are not exceptions, and for that matter neither is German....
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    Heteromeles @ 262: Hate speech is not covered by free speech, any more than conspiracies, libel, slander, or other criminal acts are. Laws around the world on this differ, but in the USA "hate speech" is very much protected by...
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    I've just been rereading the Freefall webcomic. A surprisingly relevant discussion about ethics and US racial history between a couple of AIs starts here http://tangent128.name/depot/toys/freefall/freefall-flytable.html#1379 I think people here would enjoy it....
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    On Parler carrying ads for porn sites: I suspect its a marriage of desperation. On one hand mainstream sites who want to be "family friendly" won't carry adverts for porn, so porn sites have to advertise where they can. And...
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