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  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    “They're the size of a small local grocery store, not a supermarket (even a dwarf one).” Let’s not start a fight that will bring in the International Astronomical Union....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I hadn’t heard that WF had tried UK adventures. They’re not here on Vancouver island (at least, not in my area) but we have tiny local chain called Naked Naturals that has a flavour of the idea. Of course, they...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    When we lived in Silicon Valley we found much the same thing - people complaining about “whole paycheque foods” but in fact we spent less money and ate better by shopping there for almost everything. Not cornflakes, or OJ, or...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    You should name any moderately sophisticated machine. After all, they get more sophisticated as time goes by and may well become actually smart in your lifetime. If you learn the habit of being nice they will remember. And you want...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Several people have, as has been reported in this very blog, worked that out, including one of the other founders of Tesla. Redwood Materials was started by JB Straubel. A somewhat different problem for many of them has been a...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    For anyone that hasn’t seen it yet, the recent Netflix series of Sandman included a bonus story “Drea of a thousand cats” that pretty much explains this....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Would super-intelligent cats make a mess of the world? Of course not; they’d push everything off the edge of the world and leave a nice tidy blank field....
  • Commented on WTF
    Page loads in about 1.5-2 secs for me. Very rural location in the rainforest on a pacific island, but with 1.5Gb fibre....
  • Commented on WTF
    As I believe Charlie has pointed out, capitalism is all about paperclip counting. Just ask Bob Howard....
  • Commented on WTF
    “Beyond not positing an afterlife, “ Retirement. Only accessible to True Believers. “Capitalism doesn't posit any form for "soul" or "spirit." Your credit score... “It doesn't recommend rituals, designate a priest or priestess-hood, address the creation of the world or...
  • Commented on WTF
    I’ve concluded that the short version is that religions are political parties that claim divine authority. And then look around at how many political parties appear to be religions......
  • Commented on WTF
    You can make very good straightedges with three bits of wood and a bunch of screws. You screw in the, err, screws in reasonably closely to the same places for each bit of wood. Then you match a pair by...
  • Commented on WTF
    I enjoyed some of the 1632 stories well enough but my favourite time slip tales would have to be John Birmingham’s stories of the carrier battle-group that dropped into the battle at Midway. And re: 1037 I hope to never...
  • Commented on WTF
    Right. We live on an uninsulated aluminium boat on a liquid hydrogen lake with Mach 6 hyper-freezing winds tearing through the open windows. In the summer we turn on the coolers to stop from getting above 1kelvin. And it’s uphill...
  • Commented on WTF
    Damn good stories, those. Zoom (etc) are pretty good bilocation equivalents to my mind. And I really thought it was going to be Dissolution Summer this year. Up here in The Great White North I wear insulated trousers most of...
  • Commented on WTF
    Also, as it happens, from the Grauniad - “Lord Cruddas” (no more appropriate name was ever seen) complaining that the Tories have become a left wing party. I guess you won’t have much difficulty working out where his politics lie....
  • Commented on WTF
    It’s pretty common in this part of Canada (Vancouver & Vancouver island) too. Shops and commercial offices on the street level, flats above. If you actually want to live in town for some reason, it is entirely doable. Personally, no...
  • Commented on WTF
    And finally for this morning, paraphrasing from a Guardian article, Kwareng admits “we didn’t think of the consequences “, which seems like it should be a career ending move. Most definitely a WTF....
  • Commented on WTF
    “Reducing energy consumption is. ” Not entirely correct - it’s not the energy it’s the environmental damage caused in its production and possibly, usage. If you produce energy without creating pollution then there is no problem. Starting a new coal...
  • Commented on WTF
    “any more than we currently can remake old lithium batteries into new ones, or old solar cells into new ones.” Nonsense not supported by facts, with supporting evidence presented several times in the past on this very blog....
  • Commented on WTF
    Yup. That’s the show....
  • Commented on WTF
    A good point. We got ‘The Capture’ on big-river prime, but it it was a BBC or maybe ITV show so likely available on quite a few systems. The first series is mostly a somewhat alive young DI discovering how...
  • Commented on WTF
    So what somebody needs to do next is a DeepFake Johson to present the answers in suitable blather-mode. (Why, yes, we did just watch the second series of 'The Capture'; excellent tech-thriller, recommended)...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    “And it's no surprise it's horrendously noisy -- maximum takeoff weight is about 15 tonnes!” That’s a lot of air to beat into submission. Fortunately, helicopters are so ugly the Earth rejects them, which slightly reduces the effort required....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    That appears to be the Trombé Wall and related concepts.i don’t think people use the technique much these days, with emphasis on proper insulation, well designed for the local environment windows (it varies), sensible heating choices (not coal in open...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    It has to be driven by a Physics professor for it to work correctly......
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I’m pretty sure nobody involved in car auto drive is writing anything even vaguely like “at a 4-way stop in California do this, if in Turin do that”. It’s a pattern matching thing much more abstract. I used to live...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Then perhaps one might consider a Wuling convertible or an Ora FunkyCat? Both of which are recently reviewed on FullyCharged (https://www.youtube.com/fullychargedshow/videos)...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    We got a colour TV in ‘69 to see the Apollo mission coverage. Great big 25” screen it was, must have weighed as much as a small car. We squeezed 3 classes of kids in on one occasion (so back...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Similar but 6 years older. BBC1 & BBC2 & ITV were it until midway through my post-grad. Channel 4 started off with magnificent “Praying Mantis” drama. Wonder if it’s available anywhere? BBC2 was the first to do colour - actual...
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