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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    rather a shortage of engineers willing to work for half the pay of the average cop This is increasingly a problem across a whole range of occupations, including police. More than a few problems can be traced to policies of...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    One way around this is to write on a ruddy great big stone Australians may have beaten you to this idea, with their habit of writing on every bloody thing they can find then coming back 50,000 years later to...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Australia, which have extremely variable climates) didn't go in for productivity I don't know about California, but Australia is also known for the "vanishing colony" problem. Europeans (and possibly others) would arrive, set up, do well for a few...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    (BTW, while I know little of Australian aborigines, I am a bit suspicious of the claim you imply that they're all one "culture". Wikipedia tells me the continent had 300 different languages in 28 language groups.) Then wikipedia is overstating...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The author speculated that there may be different regional varieties and (human) genetic effects. That seems very likely to me. I would not be even slightly surprised to hear that there are reef fish, for example, that are toxic to...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    genetically engineering arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi I can see how that would be useful, but geez, any idea of keeping control over it sounds far-fetched. Spores are itty bitty teeny weeny things and quite robust. OTOH, while the potential for screwing...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    "but it's safe to eat" :) Yeah, exactly that. WTF did they decide to make it herbicide-tolerant in the first place? And it's a(nother) perfect example of the whole problem with GMO's in the first place. It presumably has some...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    OK, you were talking about cultural spread of information rather than movement/development of crops? Also, "cole crops" was a whole new term to me, I've only heard brassica as the generic before. I read a(nother) interesting article the other day...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    California, where the "primitive" Indians never figured out agriculture, despite being exposed to corn along the Colorado River and Camass lily cultivation in the redwoods. Isn't corn one of the most mutilated staple food crops we have? Primitive wheat is...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    & changed the landscape, not necessarily for the better You preferred the ice age? Or maybe you think the Australians were responsible for the global warming that lifted sea levels 50-odd metres within recorded history (last ~15-20ky)? After all, they're...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The !Kung example isn't isolated. Pre-1788 Australia enjoyed abundance and significantly less labour-intensive food production than the European standards of the time I thought that was common knowledge, as well as common sense? We have a name for groups that...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    There are a bunch of people on YouTube demonstrating that it's a lot of work - the keyword seems to be "primitive". You just have to remember that it's ad revenue and donations that keep them alive, what you're seeing...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Also, note that passes might not exist - it's plausible that without ongoing vulcanism the incessant wind will give you radial valleys and destroy any circumferential ones. But on human timescales a dam across such a valley is straightforward. Without...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    why not load the starship with the transportable version of windmills Because they're big? The bits that go into a big, efficient wind turbine require delicate fabrication and are themselves necessarily big. Leaving you the problem of getting 50m long,...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I'd guess the big moving things that kill fragile meatsacks are the traffic and the dangerous toxins are in the bars Yeah, I'd switch to "all cities" and the toxins are what happens when you burn petrochemicals in the open...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    they're also really frigging expensive Nickel is a commodity and it's not especially cheap now. But mostly it's sheer volume of production. There's like one company in Russia that makes NiFe batteries and they're for very specific markets where efficiency...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    huge banks of lithium batteries You've ruled out small electric motor vehicles and that's about it. Some early cellhones used lead-acid batteries before NiCd/NiMH became common, and for large stationary batteries even nickel-iron work quite well. The reason we don't...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    why not trench instead of tunnel? The problems appear to have been solved on a small scale, from earth-roof/arable-roof houses to cliffside towns (and those go back quite a way). I suspect population density is the problem, but since no-one...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    that's roughly the Scottish Health budget (about £13 billion, exchange rates...) - nationalised healthcare for a country of five million people. Alternatively, it's a rough order of magnitude for the cost of providing full healthcare for the city of...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Not that we've given up on language testing... The Australian government is considering yet another English language test for migrants. The rationale for the proposal is the prospect “Australia will be home to one million people who do not speak...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    smuggling a charger that fits a British 13A socket You think prisoners are taking their phones out to the rec room and plugging them in to charge? More likely they wedge a couple of paper clips into the light socket...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The Australian "language dictation test" was notorious for being an explicit tool for discrimination. At first this was to be in any European language, but was later changed to include any language (of the examiner's choice). You might think that...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't think the acronym LASER appeared in my post. I'm open to correction on that though....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    what does the acronym ATM stand for, as you're using it? Well, if it's an ATM machine that'll be automatic teller machine, but if it's ATM mode it'll be the aysnc mode, but if you're a 1970's hipster it'll be...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm a biologist, and a chemist I talked to about literature lately lately seconded my feelings, so having a background in science and humanities compared to only having a background in either humanities or sciences (in German, a "Fachidiot") might...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Oh, thanks for those links BTW. I didn't realise gaming was such a hot topic with the medical research bods....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I hadn't seen that before, it's gold! FWIW I get quite a lot of "is that a bit of kiwi in your accent", because unless I'm whining about something apparently I don't sound fully^H^H^H properly Australian. ("fully" is one of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Doth the gentleman protest too much?" Or is something else going on? I get the impression that there are a lot of older white men who are affronted that they might have the law applied to them. In general,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    in my experience the right wing uses "immigrant" as code for "not white" Very much that in Australia. To the extent that people genuinely say "go back where you came from" to Aboriginal people, or "speak English, not foreign" to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    IF he can pardon himself, he can pardon himself for any crimes he "might" have committed, without actually admitting he'd committed any crimes I presume that's only past tense - he can't pardon himself for crimes he hasn't committed yet?...
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