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  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    DavidL@394 wrote "the special effects haven't aged well" Not everything Lynch filmed is coherent, but much of it's memorable, occasionally unforgettable. My mental highlights of the '80s Dune movie include the spice guild rep threatening the emperor with "do you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Jbs@882 says, "I don't think anyone has come up with an efficient way of doing it yet." A quick shopping list, for kids with summer jobs at dairy farms to start experimenting: One box Hefty brand ten count trash...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Heteromeles wrote: "When you can explain to me how to distinguish between, say, which part of the methane in your tank was very recently synthesized from air and which methane was extracted from a source that would have otherwise...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Damian@353 writes: "telepresence is mainstream and physical office location stopped meaning anything serious early 2020." Sure would be great if that were true. Then space for tens of millions of office workers in NYC, SF, LA, Boston and Chicago...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Graham@167 wrote, "sources agreeing that "on the ropes" originated in boxing." Michael Crichton wrote a semi-historically based account of a sensational Victorian era crime, "The Great Train Robbery" in which he filled a lot of pages with research he'd...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Jbs@785 writes: "And I believe that's achievable without the government having to take ownership of the "means of production". Government should do no more than needs doing while at the same time ensuring that those things ARE done." Biden's administration...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Any thoughts on Newewsome's tax rebate? i wonder if the surplus came more from unexpected covid windfalls to California internet businesses, or if possibly it points more toward higher capital gains taxation as a ready cure for state government red...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Paul@1039 writes: "The problem with our current economy is that too much money is getting syphoned off to sit in stockpiles owned by the very wealthy, leaving less for ordinary people to spend, which causes deflation. Central banks try...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    A highschool English teacher once said somebody's comments weren't germane to the discussion and had to explain that germane meant "related". She went on to claim it was the origin of the word "Germans" because Anglo Saxon settlers in...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Ancient Hebrews must have been a confident bunch. If a promise to pull out had really been any kind of effective contraception at all, then sex would have been much more freely available for centuries. Think of the behavioral, psychological,...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @234 says, "The authors estimated the energy consumption of the entire bitcoin network at 113.89 terawatts per hour - 99% of which comes from operating mining machines. To contrast, Cambridge's Centre for Alternative Finance estimated bitcoin's energy consumption at 128...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    H@1313 wrote: “developers are trying to off-load the risk and responsibility onto the state and federal government, so they can continue to profit by putting people in harm's way. And that's your taxes raised and services cut to pay for...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Bad link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queueing_theory...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    “flow rate of actual arrivals doesn't have too many spikes of exceeding their capacity to handle it in real time.” Wikipedia Sounds like a job for queuing theory, the kind of analysis that predicts a line backing up to infinity...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    That movie inspired the Fallout series of video games, replete with vault settlements and glowing radioactive zombies....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    “top of my chest tightens up, and the base of my throat aches” I’ll take that as a heads up advisory, thanks for the tip. Will watch for your comments about fiction publishing, and any additional health info you may...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    A former boss used to say, “Opinions are like a55ho1e5, everybody’s got one.” Certainly true in my case, I do have an opinion on most topics. Here are mine from 2017 on LBJ and Gilligan’s Island, which might now qualify...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    EC@58 wrote: “Events like Kristalnacht are, regrettably, not rare, but this was not like that, not at all. A better historian than me make be able to think of another example like this one, but I can't.” Mao’s incitement of...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    DavidL@527 writes: “If Russia drops back a bit but they all move forward, they are happy.” Sounds remarkably like our own oligarchs, not that they’re exclusive categories. Unclear to me if there’d be more Americans who own big chunks of...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Msb@766 says: "And if you notice that the non-Christian ingredients of the American Religion mentioned above are rather congruent with the core tenets of the Republican Party in general and Trumpism in particular, it's really no surprise who its adherents...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Bill Arnold @460 writes: " de-deuterated water might be an opportunity for a high-end niche product for the gullible. " That would sell. For about six months, then it'll turn up at 90% off, next to the copper colored frypans,...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    Pigeon@420 writes: "There are doubtless cases where differences in the chemistry of the product can be detected if you're specifically looking for them under laboratory conditions, but AFAIK there are no known instances of such differences being significant in...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    @265says: "not sure, Satan's fork whether it's linked to Poseidon's fishing spear." It's conjecture of the handwavium variety, but does seem like something the early church was good at. Tasked with converting pagans, they'd co-opt the existing mythology and revise...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    H@202says: "The nice thing about Hinduism is that if you're designing magic and/or spiritual or religious systems from basic principles for a story, there's likely to be an analog in Hinduism already, with a well worked-out philosophy that you...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @1026: "A hamburger stand run by the undead; Wight Castle." I had lunch there once, never again. Nothing fresh, everything just had kind of a dead taste to it. Of course the franchise outlet in Barrow Alaska is known...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @949 said: "don't have another relative close enough I feel like visiting. I no longer have anywhere to take the backup disks." Maybe a bank safety deposit box is large enough to contain your essential backups. Don't know if...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    @824 says:"The document does say about the bad stuff encryption facilitates, "This includes responding to the most serious illegal content and activity on its platform, including child sexual exploitation and abuse, violent crime, terrorist propaganda and attack planning; and safeguarding...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    O.G.H.@724says: "point-to-point over any reasonable distance at such low cost that we can use them instead of doorways within our own homes" "Portal" won video-game of the year a while back exploring a related topic. It involved a gun shaped...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "1141: Yes, but it's a pot you need to trap a shoggoth in. If you try and trap it in a sink it'll just extrude itself out again through the plughole." A mother was washing her shoggoth one night The...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    @1048 says : "People are stupid, generally, whatever the gender." Agree, and I include myself in this fair and genuinely objective assessment, because human brains didn't evolve to handle civilized life. Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel in 2002 for showing...
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