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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Moz, First, your link to the Olsen Paradox just takes us back here. I take it you mean This. Then, even if people are ready to do the right thing, there is still a lot of room for disagreement about...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "We don't even know the model(s) it uses. Penrose claims (without evidence) that there is no such limit - I simply don't know." Penrose is an ardent Platonist (see The Emperor's New Mind) and his claim is based on the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And I should have added that pencil and paper, and other gadgetry, mostly serve to overcome the limits and vagaries of human memory, without changing the fundamental nature of the problems that can be solved. JHomes....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Heteromeles @1943 If you would wish to disappear down this particular warren, then essential reading is Consciousness Explained by Daniel C Dennett. Any response I might give would consist largely of quotations from and references to this work. Be warned...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    That's not the first serious mis-step by Lees-Galloway, and arguably not the worst (look up Karel Sroubek). It may be the one that meant Ardern could sack him, and even her many enemies would have to concede that she was...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    " a 70mph speed limit, and rapidly approaching a roundabout." You had me boggling at that, never mind the signs. JHomes...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Yes, well, Peters and the Brexit campaign have both been aimed at people pining for the "Good" Old Days, so they should find plenty in common. My dislike of Peters was sharpened by his demonstration, when for a little while...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    SFreader, etc, My understanding is that such forms of quantum entanglement that have been shown to happen (demonstrations of violations of Bell's Inequality) rely on the parties comparing notes via Slower Than Light means after the fact, and so cannot...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Pigeon, Pse read, carefully, Chris Blanchard's post above. Read it multiple times if you need to, to make sure you are not internally eliding bits that you might not like. It explains exactly why you are not getting through, and...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "And I'd like 10 quid from everyone who thinks that Puritans are into banning alcohol like they were observant Muslims or Mormons." AIUI, the Puritans were, by and large, drunkards, gamblers, wenchers and adulterers (and sometimes actual rapists). There would...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Moz, Moz, Moz... If you're not in the office, how can the boss breathe down your neck (regardless of Social Distancing) to check that, even if what you're doing is utterly useless, it's company related useless. That's what matters. JHomes...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "It is, however, the setting for Julian May's Saga of Pliocene Exile, and rather underused as an exotic exoplanet setting. Poul Anderson also used it as a setting for one of his time patrol stories, IIRC." Also for The Gandalara...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    How will Mars be governed? It will be governed in whatever manner the paymasters back on Earth require, for reasons explained by OGH some time ago. TLDR there may be research bases on Mars, but nothing that could ever be...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Eh? I use OpenStreetMap and I've never had to sign in. They do, quite reasonably, want you to sign in to edit anything, but as you can't do that at all in Google Maps, that's not an issue. JHomes...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    How lovely to be living in Wellington (Aotearoa), where the ambulance service is run by a charitable trust, the Wellington Free Ambulance, financed largely by donations. This does include significant amounts from corporates and wealthy donors burnishing their image, and...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I think they're not so much yelling at you, as at the people who consider people like you to be the only use case worth catering to, and you are just the vector for their righteous anger. You say "You...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Contact tracing. One idea that's been noised around in these here parts is a dedicated Covid-19 tracing card, about the same form factor as a credit card. Bluetooth enabled, but no longer distance links or GPS. All it does is...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    You could have a mole of moles, come to that, if you had a big enough field for them to dig in. Or a big enough ocean to build them in. JHomes...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    It's not even as if they confer any useful property on the things. That roll-ups keep going out is a positive advantage - To you, perhaps, but not to the manufacturer, who can sell more if you keep burning (ahem)...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The three secrets to using the current Gnome are keyboard shortcuts, keyboard shortcuts, and keyboard shortcuts. Of course, if you hate keyboard shortcuts, this is not much help (Disclaimer; I like 'em). J Homes...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Some of the Perry Rhodan stories have been translated into English. I read a few back in the mid-1970s. I must say I was not much impressed by them (and I don't think it was the quality of the translation),...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charlie, This may seem trivial compared to the rest of it, but, if you do manage to make it out here for CoNZealand, do remember to come to Wellington, not Christchurch. I'm not expecting that Aotearoa is going to be...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Or was that was Jack in Halting State? Yes, Jack. JHomes...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    have we not determined that it is that twin, and not the one who stayed on earth, who went close to the speed of light? Some of us are saying, not merely that we have not determined it, but that...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Wrong. I can tell who went close to the speed of light, because one is a lot older than the other. No you can't tell that. You can tell which one had to turn round and come back. No matter...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    1. Are you arguing that, for velocities significantly under, say, 10% of the speed of light, that we still can't view the universe as Newtonian? That's a good enough approximation for most purposes. 2. One goes out, then turns round...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm not sure that I have a good enough understanding of the acceleration proposal to frame a coherent reply. My lay notion is that the ongoing acceleration will outpace the twin, who will therefore remain in an observable part of...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    What frame of reference are the twins in when the one in the relativistic starship returns home, All of them, of course. There is no frame from which it is impossible to observe the twins (very difficult, maybe). If the...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    for all practical purposes, they are in the *same* frame of reference. Not if they are moving away from, or toward, each other. That's pretty much the definition of an inertial frame of reference. If you're moving with respect to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Relativity is not broken. It's still true, *in* our space-time. You forgot to add "as long as nothing that happens outside has any (detectable) effects inside." As soon as your message that you have sent outside comes back inside so...
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