• Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Regarding the Elizabeth cliffhanger in Empire Games, I'm still a bit confused about it (having read the previous thread). Charlie previously stated that the US did not know who Elizabeth was, but it seems strange then that Paulie would ask...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My condolences on Hugh's passing, he always seemed to me to be hard at work living in the future; bittersweet thoughts on Starman starting his long trip. Regarding world-building, I feel a strong disconnect from most SF given the current...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    In fact, doing a bit of math (might not be super wise at this time of the day), using an estimated 12e9 Mhashes/s as the current network hashrate, combined with the highest ASIC estimate I could find (10,000 MHashes/s/Watt for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Regarding the electricity usage estimates for the Bitcoin network, I can't find what hardware is assumed to be running it. This is roughly the efficiency that I've seen by hardware generation, in Megahashes/Joule: CPUs: 0.1 GPUs (AMD): 2 FPGAs: 20...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I'm very very excited about the Concorde flight. That gun has been sitting in the mantelpiece for a long long time (first novel?)...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Re: "All the casual talk of single devices that use energy at a rate comparable to the entire capacity of the UK's electricity grid fair gives me the willies, and the idea of firing them off often enough to make...
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