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  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    ghastly coalition of Jeff Bezos, Exon-Mobil, BP, and Aramco It's worth keeping an eye on the newcomers: Rocket Lab and/or Relativity might surpass Sue Origin. The latter has been having morale problems for a rather long time, and the latest...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I do get annoyed at people who, after I've given them information, ask for it again, as if they are robots who can only follow a script. Quite often they are being forced to act as if they're a robot....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    First mistake: letting Britain and France get away with the Sykes-Picot treaty circa 1918-19 I don't think the US could stop Britain and France from doing that. Certainly not the US of the 1910s and 20s. Internationally, it was still...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    (What's really implausible is spam in a can on a battlefield dominated by combat drones, but I digress.) Who controls the drones and from where? It'll be a long time before people are comfortable letting computers control weapons with a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    More seriously, combat engineers could used powered suits better than most infantry. Currently the research appears to be more focused on logistics people; exoskeletoned stevedores can load and unload vehicles faster and with less damage to their bodies than either...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    But, would we be able to tell the difference, anyway? I mean, they are both entirely content-free ... What is GPT-2? Taking those in order: SOMN's posts have a characteristic structure and relate in some way to either the topic...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Yeah - having learnt the hard way in '14-18 - we did that as well the 2nd time around. I heavily suspected that would be the case, but decided to not get into it given my lack of knowledge on...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    True, except that the breakdown of the US Army in 1941-45 was 39% volunteers, 61% draftees. Apparently this ratio was more or less reversed in Vietnam, with volunteers being the majority. One of the things that makes this analysis complicated...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    NFT ?? Uh? It stands for New Formation of Technoshit, where people wrapped an old idea ("I'll sell you London Bridge") in new technospeak. It has two uses: fleecing rubes and laundering money. P.S. I still can't get my head...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    apology to the international astronomical community whose night skies you just vandalized with Starlink If you think Starlink's been bad, just wait for Kuiper and OneWeb! That said, Musk is the most likely of the three to both want to...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's a LOT more than a count! It's used for government social planning (and, yes, there is still some, even in the UK) and a huge range of statistical purposes. By calling it a count, I was trying to call...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    But, for official record-keeping purposes, the former is important 1. Is theoretical permanence worth inaccuracy? 2. For a census, how important is it, actually? We aren't talking a government database built to ensure the person identifying themself as Greg Tingey...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    My possible bad There are IIRC 16 possibilities - so it's a list - but it's also a count, because it's usually "two" ( XX / XY ) but it can also be "Three" or sometimes "Four" can't it? (...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Saw this link on a news site - weird in a Suarez 'Daemon' sense. I'm unfamiliar with the site below and have zero understanding of how bitcoin actually works, i.e., thought bitcoin was untrackable in addition to being uncrackable. Both...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    So - I put two separate questions, neither of which is sufficient on its own, & you deliberately ignore one of them? You are quite deliberately looking for a fight to participate in empty virtue signalling & do you know:...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    You completely/totally/utterly missed the point about TWO SEPARATE questions, didn't you? And the comment that this is tied to census data? Every census question needs to be examined from the competing perspectives of what do the designers want to learn...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Y'all are no fun. I was having fun. I learned some things. (Among other things, there were fewer things designated M50 than I expected. After all, the profusion of M1s, M2s, M3s, and M4s is somewhat legendary.) While it was...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    There's an M-2 .50 cal machine gun and an M-60 machine gun, but I've never heard of a M-50 machine gun. Going off of Wikipedia, there are 6 weapon systems designated M50 (and a gas mask): M50 joint service general...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The "Tourniquets, 4 Pack Emergency Outdoor Tourniquet First Aid Tactical Life Saving ..." is a much better choice. The way things are going I'd much rather have them. Flexi-cuffs are USELESS for stopping bleeding. If I recall correctly, you have...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    My experience as an undergrad in the early 10s was a mandatory ethics course for every engineering major plus computer science. Very much driving home "The rules are written in blood; try not to be the reason for a new...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    A couple weeks ago Nicholas Moran (a military historian specializing in armored vehicles) remarked on the current status of the research in a Q&A (Relevant bit is part of the opening remarks in the first minute). Apparently the big concern...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    A bullet. A row of cast type, or other metallic congealment of similar size. A small ballast weight. A punch, as in "ow". A non-dissipative component whose function is to alter the natural frequency of a system so that its...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The M52 is either a Tractor Truck or Self-Propelled-Howitzer. As a partially-educated guess, my bet is that JBS was referring to the truck....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I doubt it - I'm an ex-physicist ( But also an engineer ) Sorry, I was referencing a joke at the expense of theoretical physicists and forgot the qualifier: Spherical Cows....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I already did the costings at the 100,000,000 level. I'm sorry, I must've misread. I thought you were stating that that was the current cost. There's the marginal cost of producing panels, but that's raw materials (mostly sand, bauxite and...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Solar sats could be a net negative instead of a positive - if we also moved power usage up with them. For example, if we start sourcing metals from asteroids and the like, smelting them in space powered by solar...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Solar is now ~0.1 dollars per watt Where are you finding that figure? A quick search suggests that in the US, prices range from $1.30/W to $4.15/W, depending on both the source and the insolation of the installation location. Efficient...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I didn't notice a huge increase in speed on the actual rack-mounted servers that I installed last year, before I retired, that had SSDs for /. And my primary system is my workstation, which runs all the time (it *is*...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Nojay @ 503: The obsession with supersizing-in-space continues to both amuse and confuse me. ... Why the 1960's-era "everything must go up in one stack!" dream continues to dominate the planning and designs for manned spaceflight outside LEO I don't...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    JBS @ 340: So, shut the whole government down for a month while everyone traipses off to DC for the Kennedy Center Honors? So, I haven't heard of the Kennedy Center Honors, so I had to look it up. It's...
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