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  • Commented on Omicron
    Oh sure, there's real advantages to being a slow trend follower, by the time you discover a thing, it's far enough down in the product life cycle that it's either free or freely available. More for me! Which makes me...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Pilot moondog@202 recommends www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php What a great series! Regional library sharing website lists a dozen of these collections published by Tor. Kaja Foglio's scripts blend sword and sorcery, steampunk and alternate 19 th century Euro history to captivating effect, and...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    @985 writes: They're on both ends of the runway, and the Marines are okay with that, because, just as with the cemetery at the takeoff end, fewer people complain if a Marine plane crashes into endangered species (or gravestones) than...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Paul@808 asks "What if it turns out that some crucial components for some crucial subsystems can only be supplied by factories in the US which are unable to operate because they have no power? " Neal Stephenson's latest, "Termination Shock",...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Mr.Tim@446 asks: “Wild ass theory: what if dark matter is actually made from the souls of things that lived?” Combining particle physics with spiritualist woo sounds familiar, I think we’ve seen this movie before…. “Don’t let the energy streams cross!”...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    https://alsi.sdp.sirsi.net/client/enUS/FondulacPLD/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSDILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:1726653/$N?...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Could that mean the Ghost Particle really is a (gasp!) ghost particle........
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    For me that would be any dream upsetting enough to stop me falling back to sleep for ten minutes. Worst nightmare of my life happened when I got home from work tired and hungry, ate a take-out Whopper with cheese...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Rocketpjs@363writes, "organized religion is a scourge." Best explanation i've read yet for why telepathy, ghosts, astrology and consciousness after death or out of body aren't possible is Sean Carroll's "The Big Picture". He writes how it is that once the...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    “ So, you're talking about Kim Stanley Robinson's NYC 2140?” I should have guessed a target obvious as New York sea level rise would have already had someone do the heavy lifting as far as considering all the implications. Library...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    "taking over farmland for suburban sprawl" Good point. All the more incentive for me to ponder intermediate required transition steps enabling New Venice City to emerge from present day New York. Like infrastructure development. Must be a way to make...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    西京 H@72 writes: The "established explicitly as a capital" list may well include Constantinople and Alexandria. And Tenochtitlan, Cuzco, Angkor, probably a few others... They existed as settlements prior to their selection for political importance, but the name Beijing means...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I've gotten two thirds through and am flummoxed by the part where Rita jaunts to TL3 after the coup, trying to get at Miriam's office in the government center. Descriptions of the overturned file cabinets, barricaded desks and pictures hanging...
  • 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 bags,...
  • 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 have...
  • 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 would...
  • 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 done...
  • 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 to...
  • 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 Britain...
  • 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...
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