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  • 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....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Mind you, this is near the bottom of the list of things to resolve the NK problem, but way above actually dropping boots or ordnance on NK....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    No: "Rein in your neighbor before they force our hand into doing something both of us (US and China, here) will regret." If NK throws something with a boom at Japan, what do you expect will happen?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    We're their largest trading partner by far, even after companies have started abandoning them for cheaper labour. Even without any responses on our part, that will undo a lot of the benefits of their accomplishments, while leaving them with the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    All you gotta do is replace the recipient: An ultimatum to China. You have a month to peacefully dismantle the North Korean government and merge the Koreas. If you don't, get ready for Fallout 3 LARP happening outside your border....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I hope *nix advocates can get some more traction following this. After all, even in the case of certified-at-that-specific-patch-level, updates are a lot more granular. The unpatched-Windows-$unsupported is a lot more targets than any Red Hat $unsupported or Ubuntu $unsupported,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Hostile Takeover features a relativistic triple-tap. IIRC, it went about how you described, with the first one carving a tunnel through the atmosphere, a middle one to take down the target's shields, and then the final one to leave a...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    For comparing and contrasting, there's the term "Rocketpunk", as claimed here: http://www.rocketpunk-manifesto.com/2007/04/on-rocketpunk.html The author of that blog, Rick Robinson, focuses a bit more on hard science fiction, with the sort of exhaustive breadth that would probably appeal to Elderly Cynic....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Sorry about that; I looked at the first screen on the Economist before its paywall kicked in, and missed the relevant page in the pdf. The SQUID does look interesting; especially with this thread's timeline in mind. Not likely to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Sub detection via magnetic fields is very old news. Look up the fortifications put in place at Scapa Flow during World War 1. We've been in an arms race of getting better magnetic sensors and better demagnetizing our boats and...
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