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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles: One twist on this is the idea that one doesn't eat one's totem. Sorry, forgot to mention: a lot of the societies you refer to did exactly that. We can admire how many pre-industrial societies managed their farms, but...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles @ 851 [in reply to my question about "what replaces capitalism?"] So the obvious and very unsarcastic answer to what to replace capitalism with is to reverse it: instead of land and resources belonging to you, you belong to...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles @ 828 (which I read again): Dismantle the wealth management industry and put its clients out of business by alienating them from their resources and systems. This is code for doing away with all the billionaires and kleptocrats. Fully...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Poul-Henning Kamp: It's a bypass! You've got to build bypasses! Its funny you should mention this, because it turns out Mr Prosser was right. You do have to build bypasses. Bypasses prevent the emergence of "stroads". A stroad is a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Me @ 848: You [Pigeon] and EC keep saying "Capitalism bad" EC @ 849: Because it's a straw man of your own invention. [...] We need proper regulation, and enforcement of that regulation. EC: I owe you an apology. I...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    [Money is] OK for the small-scale, grounded, everyday purpose of tokens for playing swapsies to avoid getting stuck due to not having anything the other person wants to swap. But the moment you start considering there's anything "real" about...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You are clearly half a century out of date. The futures market is essentially ALL about millisecond trading, nowadays Yes, so are all financial markets. This is a problem, but its orthogonal to the one I originally raised, which is...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    EC: In particular, the millisecond trading is of no practical use in managing risks Who said anything about millisecond trading? Certainly not me. I was talking about hedging liabilities over months, not milliseconds. I'm aware of high speed trading: like...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Any organisation has such problems because they naturally arise through human failings. To claim to solve the problem by reorganising things around principles that explicitly regard those failings as virtues and are set up to encourage them is a meaning...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Pigeon @ 820: Instead of one thing with the purpose of supplying electricity we now have loads of things with the purpose of making as much money for their own bit as they can and bugger all the rest. Because...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    gasdive @ 685: After all, you don't get famous for killing a dragon if any old bloke can off a dozen with some oversize cutlery. The Worldbuilding Stack Exchange has some questions about dragon/modern crossovers. This one was particularly interesting...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Damn, forgot the link to the old British Rail Motorail service) with a map....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On the Motorail idea, I think the fundamental problem is the Business Case. If you want to set up such a service, you are competing against a number of alternatives: Drive there yourself. Take the train, then hire a car....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Dave Moore @ 480: The US government won't let Boeing die. It will feed them various "development" contracts to keep them going [but limited by WTO law and the EU/Airbus]. Sounds like its heading down the British Leyland route. British...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I think he means the Mesial Temporal Lobe, AKA the Medial Temporal Lobe. Its the bit of the brain that integrates sensory perceptions and interfaces to memory, both read and write. Temporal lobe epilepsy can include weird perceptions and memories...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On the quantum tunnelling behaviour of certain macro objects: The Glitch in the Matrix subreddit exists for the discussion of this phenomenon. See also Veet Voojagig's theory on this....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    It's so "manly men" have something to carry their tactical diapers in. Back when my son was a baby my wife and I used to refer to "biohazards" and "containment failure"....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    This guy [Beau Brummel] revolutionized men's fashion from about 1790 to 1820. Fans of Black Adder III may recall the Prince Regent repeatedly talking about trousers as important fashion accessories. To our ears it sounds funny and vaguely closet-gay, but...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    What if the side effects turn out to be long term but serious, like after 20 years consumption you become psychotic? To answer my own question: imagine an entire generation of psychotic ex-middle-managers. How would you know?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Charlie @ 417: ISRIB is not a licensed drug ... Use for general age-related cognitive decline will probably come last, once the side-effects and constraints are well-understood. Which could make life interesting if a black or grey market develops. There...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    David Moore @ 403: Boeing plans around maximizing the next quarter's profits. Airbus plans around keeping its pool of engineers with steady employment on new projects, so it can keep up its level of expertise. I remember this coming up...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    From a system engineering point of view, if EVs don't work for a use-case, the solution is not necessarily to enhance EVs until they do. (In SE we call that kind of thinking "solutioneering"). What we should do is identify...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    mdive @ 319: it is noticeable that they aren't actually submitting the letters to remove [BoJo] I heard a passing mention from someone on the BBC this morning that the number of those letters is starting to build up....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On charging points, this turned up in my local feed: https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/dozens-electric-vehicle-ports-costing-6464331.amp A local council is installing electric car charging points at £5k each. Presumably if these started being installed in thousands rather than dozens the price would drop....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Elderly Cynic @ 248: but the sheeple won't accept we need a political change. It might help if there was a clear vision of the alternative you want us sheeple to vote and/or agitate for. "Not like this" isn't much...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the Server Room (closet, underdesk) this happens. ("This" being the "Nothing like this will be built again" post on the front page of Hacker News)....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    [Me] On fusion: I don't know what to think about Helion. The idea is that two bolts of plasma are accelerated towards each other, fusion happens in the middle, and the energy is then extracted via reverse EMF from...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Musk was born to a Canadian mother and South African father, and raised in Pretoria, South Africa." Well, I figure if Demolition Man can get away with it, I should be able to as well....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Removal of citizenship dates from 1914; it was part of a bunch of laws introduced in response to a widespread panic about German citizens living in the UK after WW1 started....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Somewhere between "predictable" and "who ordered THAT?!" would be: Elon Musk Becomes President In January 2025, shortly after Donald Trump's victory in the 2024 election, Elon Musk founded his "Forward America" party, bringing a new meaning to the term "machine...
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