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  • Commented on Excuses
    From how the people I know have aged, 'middle-aged' seems significantly more flexible than just calendar decades. A couple people in their sixties are active enough physically and mentally to keep up with most mid-forties people, whereas some others in...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Sadly, not really on any body with an atmosphere. Orbital speed is very, very fast, and decelerating in space is just as energy-sapping as accelerating in the first place. The closest we can get to decelerating for free is hitting...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I don't think "Trump and Pence both being impeached" would have an appreciable effect. Anyone finding themselves suddenly in the hot seat (not to mention the rest of Congress) will be quite eager for some good, unite-us-all, news....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    My experience with Fedora of late (the last decade or so) hasn't been terribly unstable. Until I started ***ing with the graphics drivers, but that's on me! Mind, be careful you don't wind up on the testing branch, cuz there...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    People are really bad at keeping an accurate record of how bad the past was in their heads. The really great things get even greater, the really bad things get even worse, and everything else fades into a muddle. And...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    As a particularly interesting version of olden money, take a look at Rai stones. They aren't moved during transactions, just the consensus on who owns them....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    If you can stand history via Youtube, there's another take you might find interesting: Extra History's The History of Paper Money....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I can't imagine having a rational discussion about global warming with Eric "that looks like FORTRAN to me" Raymond. I thought that was the joke......
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Anything in particular that we should be going to W3Schools for? Definitely a good resource, but I missed its relevance. Related, I misread ECMWF as ECMA more times than I should admit....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    the cheapest thing most people ever come in contact with = Air? Linkie or hint, please? This applicator might be out of most people's pocketbooks (depending on the state of your country's armed forces), and its fuel consumption will definitely...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    That's a problem that's been on people's minds for a while now. A couple years ago (I think? Anyhow, it's been a while) I came across an article on genetically engineering bacteria to produce a particular plastic. I can't find...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Arg. I meant to hit preview and missed. The first school was supposed to be striked out, but <del&rt; doesn't appear to do it....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    ...kids from expensive private schools. They have the same problem: athletics/extracurriculars are privileged over academics*. That depends on the school interplay between the school-wide culture and individual subcultures. My high school worked hard to counter that with all of the...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Sorry, but this stuff is basic. Talk about weapons and tanks, sure. But please." Isn't peat somewhat acidic? Anyhow, weapons and tanks are simple things of metal, modelled and simulated in games and stories. Even rocketry is fairly straightforward compared...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "BTW, to me it seems as though what the AI would be doing here is mostly a bunch/series of nested regressions (like SEM). Is that the secret to AI, or am I missing something?" I don't have a good grasp...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Computers, yes. Software? Not so much. As others have noted, AI software often reaches its conclusions for reasons that can't be explained and that its inventors don't remotely understand." Slight correction: the old tendency is where the inventors and few...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I believe the more prevalent generic term for what you call the "Black Bloc" is Antifa. Very few in number, but way more attention-grabby than the rest of us. Wired did a run down not too long ago (I can't...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    W.R.T. reliable enough rain: How much of the unreliability is total/season, and how much is the same amount getting clumped into worse storms separated by longer dry spells? Tankage can't help when total throughput is too low, but can cover...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "...not unless you think that Russia isn't a "big player"." Sorry, my mistake. I wasn't aware of those. Thanks!...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "I have a suspicion that the big-gun tank will go extinct. closely followed by attack helicopters" You should pay more attention to Israel's developments. Specifically: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Fist_(countermeasure) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_(countermeasure) Say what you want about their politics/humanitarian, they've been developing weapons in directions...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "It's worth noting that heavy* crossbows cannot be cocked by hand (unless you're Conan.) They require a specially geared crank or a pulley system which means that reload times really, really suck." The gearing/block-and-tackle is what I meant by clockwork....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "The Nukes won't launch. If you think Stuxnet was kinky, whelp.... hacking ancient COBOL machines is easy. Blame all those Airmen playing games on their phones." Remember the most important rule of military planning: treat your stuff pessimistically and their...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "2050: You're counting on your Satellite networks to still exist and your undersea cables to be intact. This is... somewhat naive.[1] [1] None of you are even going near the MRI / EM stuff. Ooooops. That's a mistake. Big, Huuuuge,...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Computer people are so fond of the "Put crap in, get crap out" meme, well." We do like that one a lot. Of course, it assumes that the process is sound, otherwise it becomes "Put anything in, get crap out"....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "Crossbows and conventional small longbows (shortbows?)" Quick run down in modern terms: Bow is the generic. Note: these required specialist training. Longbow is the long-range, anti-armour variant exclusively used by specialists trained from childhood. Shortbow is the carbine variant, used...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That first one's getting a lot better. More and more AAA publisher's are either paying for porting or building cross-platform from the start. Art wise, there's always Blender and GIMP, with the very well known trade-offs there....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Keep in mind, we're talking about large scale events. Things will move slowly, until they gather a critical mass and really pick up steam. I wouldn't describe the article I linked as the end of the carbon bubble, merely the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To me, this post shouts about mixing divine cybermancy and White Wolf....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It looks like we might be seeing a chink in the carbon bubble: https://www.wired.com/2017/05/boring-old-pension-funds-might-curb-global-warming/...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    No, I forgot that I was switching from very glib to less glib. Sorry about that. I lost the thread of my own comments....
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