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  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    the anatomy of ladies (bone layout) means they throw and run a bit differently that the men. Now add to that that most don't play baseball (or football) while growing up and then you get really bad throwing motions unless...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Over the centuries, we have built significant resistance to influenza, partly because everyone has had it and partly because of selection pressure. I'm not convinced that influenza is less deadly than COVID 19 to a population that has not been...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I've been doing a style of qi gong which has the 70% rule as fundamental-- while you're learning, only do 70% of what you can, and much less than that if you're sick or injured. When running, I try very...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I was actually replying to that specific question. I probably should have added that roughly 0.3-0.5% test positive, and the vast majority being tested are not displaying any symptoms....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    In this situation, if there's a common coronavirus mutant that rarely causes detectable illness and never puts people in the hospital, it's going to be hard to spot. Worse, going looking for it will be hard: how do you justify...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Second up, due out on September 28th in both the US and UK, is Invisible Sun, the last book in the Empire Games trilogy (and the last novel in the Merchant Princes setting). That little tidbit brought a smile to...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    And yes, I was explicitly thinking of sie/Sie as an analog. The Germans have the courtesy of capitalizing one of the two to make the intent clear. And Sie is formal language for 2nd person singular, so the analogy is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Thank you for the correction! Regarding grammatical gender of nouns, I suspect it is hard to determine the historical truth of baked in sexism of grammatical gender on the simple grounds that they (as far as I know) predate the...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    How about just dropping the vowel at the end and just say "latin"? It has the advantage of also being pronounceable. As I remember Spanish, it is perfectly fine to say "una buen casa" instead of "una casa buena", though...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    They will fail to take power, and they will fail to stop Biden taking the presidency. But make no mistake. This is a major team-building moment for the US fascists, hardening their core. They are spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    It takes more paperwork to certify the power-cable to a medical device, than it does to certify the software in it. No, it does not. EN62304 comes with significant requirements on "the paperwork" for software running on a medical device,...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    This is a reality TV spoof by Dead Gentlemen Productions, and it would probably be really tricky to run, especially the second time around. But the idea is fun! Execution can be seen here, if interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvw0czLWrU4&list=PLYr8WAAV5TCWkePkWwMIRzEZo6g-hz_NZ House Rulez Nothing...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The folks running Iran are pretty committed to being moral actors by their own standards, and they're equally aware that they don't want to convince the US population as a whole to attack them. In the event that the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Adding to the "fun", the US imperial foreign policy has for a very, very long time been partially based on the enemy being unable to strike at US soil. But in the era of Internet of Things, critical infrastructure can...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    In addition, Iran is under serious constraints (dealing with the USA) *and* knows that public support for a war is near zero. Assuming that it is the Iranian public (and not the US public) that you are referring to, I...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    There's no hurry. I would tend to disagree: When a rival officially murders a high ranking member of your government, you have to respond within a shortish time frame. If you seem to let it slide, you make your government...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Only after about 1100 .... & they appear to be about to relax/repea that, soon..... [ Incidentally the wiki article on this subject is wall-to-wall bollocks ] Can you suggest a good source for that? The wiki article just states...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Individual human dynasties generally seem to last three generations, although there's a long tail. Imperial traditions can last a very long time, so long as people use the tradition to justify their rule. That's how you get China and Ancient...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    One thing that baffles me when looking at British politics from the outside is how anti-collaborative it is. The ruling party is used to forming a majority government and getting its way. This "my way or the highway" attitude is...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Let's ignore the detail that solar power prevents the land from being used for agriculture In Germany they are investigating farming on lands with solar panels elevated 5 meters above ground level. According to https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/16073/Agrophotovoltaics-Solar-Farms-that-Produce-Food-and-Electricity.aspx they managed 80% of the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    This is your scheduled daily reminder that in Scotland, in the depths of winter, the sun is visible for no more than six hours a day (and here in Edinburgh—in the south—it never gets more than 13 degrees above the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Air conditioning demand correlates with sunlight, so there's that: but in the UK in particular demand for heat correlates with the hours of darkness in winter. There is a way to alleviate that. It hinges on noting that people generally...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Supose Denamrk has a centre-right guvmint, which then has an internal takeover by the , erm , further right. OK? Their "legitimate" leader then asks Margarethe for a temororay dissolution or suspension of the Storting (?) for a couple of...
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