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  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Does it even make sense to think of these people as billionaires in the sense that they have access to that much wealth? They don't. Here is a fun take on this question: https://medium.com/@squarelyrooted/on-becoming-a-trillionaire-in-2022-962791d31a1...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I have long been in favor of confiscatory taxes on income over a certain amount. Personally, I prefer wealth taxes. The problem with both, of course, is that when you provide billionaires with an incentive for hiding (or legally shielding)...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Tossing a grenade through the door is always easier than building a house. Stephen Jay Gould spun this thought out into an entire essay....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Seems like the argument you make lays out their utility - they are paths for inflicting extreme damage on a state. Putin would also be an example. While OGH is obviously correct to say that "Putin's catastrophic adventure in Ukraine...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "Squeecore" -- had to look that one up. If DLD is squeecore with Lovecraftian features, could we call /Escape from Yokailand/ tweecore with Lovecraftian features?...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Presumably they are attesting that you are you, and have voted yourself rather than hand your ballot to someone else to do it for you. Nope. There are no instructions to the witness to verify the identity of the voter....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    And dislike is growing. True or not, a lot of Canadians blame Trump and the Republicans for our increasing political polarization leading to thinks like the recent convoys and border blockades. (The fact that there were so many Trump 2024...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    There was a pro-Ukrainian demonstration in my mid-sized Canadian city today. People with Ukrainian flags, sunflowers, etc. Indeed, we have had pro-Ukraine demonstrations here in Waterloo. Don't know if that's the mid-sized city you're referring to -- probably not....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I think people were fans of Bret Devereaux/acoup here. He wrote a thing: https://acoup.blog/2022/02/25/miscellanea-understanding-the-war-in-ukraine/ That was great! Thanks....
  • Commented on Coming soon: Escape from Yokai Land!
    Pre-ordered n months ago, where n >> 1....
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    "Turgid" is putting it kindly. Part of the problem - in the social sciences, at least - is that reviewers often seem to treat clear and accessible writing as a sign of incompetence/low quality. In fact, among my publications is...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    I would be deeply worried if a scientific paper was eligible for fiction, unless you want to get a "retraction watch" award. That occurred to me, too. However, the paper is mostly about numerical simulations of a mathematical model of...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    So: what, if anything, have you published in 2021? A Keller-Segel model for C elegans L1 aggregation Not eligible for a Hugo, alas....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    @370: All that's really required is to know what freeway you're already on and maybe which direction you're traveling. If you're paying that much attention a traffic report will help. @373: All you really need to know is whether the...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    All that's really required is to know what freeway you're already on and maybe which direction you're traveling. If you're paying that much attention a traffic report will help. How? I'm not seeing it. What use will I make of...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    if you're ever stuck in LA (perhaps seeing your movie rights agent about a project?), figure out how to tune your rental's radio to AM 1070 and just leave it on when you're on the freeway. It will help. Permit...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Especially in LA OK, I've identified your problem. You drive in LA....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    This will cheer you all up, "Why Everything Will Collapse" "Florida is gone!" Finally, a bright side....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    As for this ‘radio’ thing - do people actually still do that? I don’t think the radio bit in my 12 y.o. car has ever been used. I pretty much only listen to podcasts when driving. I use my radio,...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    When men were men and postal workers, delivered mail. "...and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Then came Trump. And it turns out 1/3 of more of my relatives and over 1/2 of my friends from high school and such turned out to be true Trumpers. And any politician or person or even close relative than...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I never cared enough to sign up for facebook and later when I realized what a cesspool it was becoming I actively resisted having an account. You know, I've had a FB account for years, and I am, TBH, a...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Because Brexit is utopian it can never fail, it can only be failed. Libertarianism is like this. I've noticed that whenever some attempted libertarian project fails (which they virtually all do), the libertarians are quick to explain that it failed...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Just saw a job ad for a Latin teacher. Ad specified that successful applicant must be a native speaker of the language. Good luck with that. Doesn't actually require time travel. It merely requires growing up in a home where...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Facebook's direction is been driven by its algorithms, and the company has no real idea of what they (he algorithms) are doing. Something like this reportedly happened with Intel. It was a case we studied in biz school. Intel was...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    And why can't I set as a default that if I hit the home icon, it's always in most recent order Because FB doesn't want anyone to use "Most Recent". They want to control what they show you and in...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Billy Summers For reason, I have never been able to enjoy Stephen King's books. I know that he is a universally praised author, and he's admired by many of my favorite authors. But somehow his books always make me feel...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    In my lab we kept some old equipment around specifically because it lacked the annoying safety interlocks in newer machines. I particularly remember one little swinging bucket centrifuge that I got decades of use out of. I used to open...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I think that people who say, "Move fast and break things." always operate on the never-confessed assumption that sane adults are going to come along later and clean up the mess. It works for children, after all!...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Systems without PLR (looking at you, USA) are deeply broken. "Systems are deeply broken" -- it's our national motto!...
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