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  • 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...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Troutwaxer @ 220: The other big legal improvement I'd make is to outlaw private schools. You want to see public schools improve? You want to see an end to ignorance? Make a Senator's kids attend! I don't think you need...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    To add to the conversation on invasive plants, I only recently learned that tumbleweed isn't native to the Americas. It has such a presence in our cultural memory of "The Wild West", but it wasn't over here, then. CGP Grey...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The other problem is sharpening the tip. That's easy! Make it out of something self-sharpening instead, like uranium. Implementation left as an exercise for the reader. :-)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    How are you getting the H2? This determines everything from how expensive it is to how "clean" it is, both from a lifecycle emissions perspective and how much impurities are included. Over here it came up recently with the revelations...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Arg. I forgot that newlines end the italics tag and misclicked the preview button. Everything from "Right." to "Both photographs and descriptions of an area can be surprisingly misleading as to how passable it is compared with inspecting it yourself."...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Right. I don't know so much about WW2; it's 1 that is my particular interest. What I'm thinking about being a target is that the encumbrance slows you down, makes it harder for you to rapidly take cover, and makes...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Give that motor car some armor and make the Gatling Gun 20mm caliber & you have a steam-punk light tank. Make it a 75mm caliber and add a T&E mechanism, you've got steam-punk self propelled artillery. To me that's starting...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Would the US have come in, later, to protect France from the USSR, or the US' interests in the South Pacific... or would the UK and France have asked them to help protect *their* interests in India and Southeast Asia?...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    And "training as a pair" is absolutely fuck-all use if/when you have to do it for real on j random criminal/insane mugger/assaulter/rapist. (My experience with martial arts is primarily Aikido, which is related to the Judo that Martin referred to.)...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Remember that Nazi Germany was also running low on pilots, for a similar reason. (Don't forget the Poles)...
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