JHomes

JHomes

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "So what does Earth make and ship to... somewhere? ... to make the whole endeavour financially viable?" Whatever it is, it makes enough to pay for whatever it is that Earth gets in from said somewhere. As long as Mars...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "You can forget about those artificial wombs," I don't really want to argue with that. I just included them to cover all the bases, lest someone ask "What about..." JHomes...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Your option d will, I think, turn out to be some legalese and spin wrapped around my option c. The EULA means nothing unless enforced, and enforcement turns into option c unless the revolt succeeds and it is option b....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    'I suspect reproductive rules would be rigidly enforced by the State. Every woman might have one child fathered by their selected mate, but must also have two or more additional children "fathered" by randomly selected sperm donors ... "Quiverfull" without...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Nothofagus, as far as I know, is evergreen, and that's what dominated Antarctica." According to my wife, whose academic speciality this is, some of the current ones are indeed deciduous, and some of the leaf fossils from Antarctica show venation...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I heard it as: When an eel bites your toe, and he won't let it go......
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I am not interested in concentration camps" I would be more interested in dilution camps, where they are surrounded by people who know what is wrong with their ideas, and let them know it, while they have little or no...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Whangaroa becomes Akaroa in the SI." According to a piece on the Stuff news website this very morning (NZ time), no it doesn't. Early geographers didn't properly hear the soft "wh" at the start of a lot of placenames, and...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "You are quite deliberately looking for a fight to participate in empty virtue signalling & do you know: I'm not going to play!" If this means that you are going to stop your wild mis-interpretations of what I've said, then...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Oh dear You completely/totally/utterly missed the point about TWO SEPARATE questions, didn't you? And the comment that this is tied to census data?" I did NOT miss the point. I did not quote the second question, because I was not...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "How about TWO SEPARATE definite identifiers? 1: What is your chromosome count? ( 16 possible answers IIRC ) [ Can't find the reference, now! ]" No! Chromosome count is usually correlated with physical sex and gender identity, and when it...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Pigeon 'They're a solution to "I don't have infinite money".' They're not a solution to anything if you can't get them up and running, and herein lies a problem. Nobody is going to build the infrastructure to support swappable batteries...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Might I suggest there is another factor here? It appears that to many self-identified Christian voters, a candidate's not being (the right kind of) Christian is a deal-breaker. A non-Christian will not get their votes, no matter what policies and...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "I think you're missing the point: non-profits can demonstrably be corrupted the same way churches can. Thus, there's little to be gained by turning churches into non-profits." It does eliminate the church get-out-of-jail-free card that churches have enjoyed in far...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    As someone who actually does remember the Beatles, I feel I should ask if there is any connection with Imp and Eve's family? JHomes....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Most very old recipes are aides-memoires. You have done this before, under supervision, but now you are on your own you want something to remind you that you need nutmeg, and it goes in at this point. If you still...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Airbags. The one "advantage" that airbags have over seatbelts, provided only that they are standard equipment included in the base price so you cannot see that you are paying through the nose for them, is that you can completely ignore...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Wiki says that when possible the Royal Navy and British Railways just shipped engines back to the manufacturer for repair." Last time Greg posted about Deltics I mentioned them to my stepson, who has been running diesel workshops for earthmoving...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Funny you should mention solar power sats. This gives me an excuse to mention the other global climate issue related to our energy sources. The one most people forget. Waste heat. All the energy we use ends up as waste...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If I might highlight a couple of other issues with the risks of nuclear, meaning at present fission. We (humanity in general) do not really have a good handle on how to think about events which are very unlikely, but...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    'I think we overestimate the contribution of "hunting" to the diet of our ancestors in general, and it's totally overblown to suggest that a modest increase in the efficiency of a ranged weapon would have a significant impact on available...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Antistone, May I chime in, and I hope not make matters worse? It is not entirely clear to me which of two distinct questions you are asking. a. How do I, as a member of one faction, assure myself that...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Heteromeles, your link is borked. JHomes...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    OTOH, your aunt should have been happy that, back when I were a lad, Majoribanks St were definitely "March-banks". Not so much in these degenerate days. JHomes...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    ' it seemed like a neat idea to borrow from Roger Penrose, whose utterly batshit book "Consciousness Explained" postulated that (a) mathematics is rather more than a convenient abstraction and that (b) human consciousness is emergent' Excuse me while I...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Pigeon@1027 That's been around in one form or another for a long time. I've heard it as a joke, as one verse of a somewhat satiric comic song, and even a Sir Pterry short story (with of course enough added...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    And other replies to: 'Most "American" literature does not use idioms.' I suspect that what is actually happening is that a lot of "American" literature uses the same idioms that David L uses, so that they whiz past without his...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    "we can accept that Bob is Angleton 2.0, Angleton 1.0 has been over-written," Let us assume that the Eater of Souls is singular. Then if Bob is now the Eater of Souls, Angleton is not. We are told in The...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    "I can't remember!" Emma McDougal. There have been several suggestions for retcons, of which the simplest is the recycling of a cover name. My own idea involves the one really competent HR person in a department full of chair polishers,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Start of the Kessler cascade tonight?" It appears not. This time. JHomes....
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