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  • Commented on I can't even
    ...there is almost certainly still a rump of realists and they can be expected to be horrified by what's going on. It is possible that they'll try to regain control and be forced out, ... That's essentially what happened to...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I got a 6s because of the form factor - don't want a BigPhone I recently upgraded from a 5S to a 12Mini. The problem for me was that, if you're not running the latest OS, a lot of app...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Canada's plans for dealing with the death of the Queen are, it appears, a big secret. Ottawa has rebuffed the Star's requests for information....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Remember, she (although in a distinct legal persona) was also head of state of Canada. Her death is the top news on the website of the Toronto Star....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    The basics are very important. Ha! Not too long ago I got to explain twos complement arithmetic to one of my office-mates. It's frankly a little surprising to me how often, even in these days, it can become relevant to...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    IMHO we send way too many people to college here in the US. For my construction sites I cannot find (even pre-covid) enough masons, cement pourers, pipe fitters, geosynthetic installers, electricians, auto/truck/equipment mechanics, etc. Covid made it worse. None of...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    going back for a first degree in an entirely unrelated field I had greater aptitude for. Well, that's pretty much what I did. My previous degrees were in an unrelated field -- biochemistry. That is no more closely related to...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I returned to university (something I wouldn't be able to do today) About that -- I returned to university in 2015 and graduated in 2020 with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. So it's not yet impossible for a person to...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The usual mechanism for linking brains to the rest of the body for moods is supposed to be hormones — I’m not sure whether it is that simple. It certainly is not. At a minimum you need the autonomic nervous...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I have in mind that there was spoof article in the style of a neuroscience experiment, but looking at a transistor radio (or computer?). Can you help with a link? Sorry, doesn't ring a bell. Or are you asking for...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The gut-brain axis plus microbiome - both concepts have become accepted as the way humans operate and most likely are necessary for human survival. One thing I liked about Stephenson's /Fall, or Dodge in Hell/ (which remains, at this date,...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Re: The Fractal Prince - I still couldn't work out what was actually happening - I have all three books & am still "confused". I read all three because OGH stated on this blog that they presented a realistic SF...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    *It is either the best or second best (fruit fly researchers sometimes make the claim) UNDERDSTOOD animal....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Here is what makes me extremely skeptical about the way upload is usually understood in SF. For 31 years of my life I worked on the neuroscience of behavior in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The normal Ce hermaphrodite has 302...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    If you were to write this, I would definitely read it. Even pay good money for it....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    When you say, "we follow the UK succession law", do you mean, "our law is exactly the same as the UK law", or "our law is 'do whatever the UK does'"? Because those are entirely different if the UK changes...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    *I understand that the Queen of CANADA is legally an entirely separate entity from the Queen of England......
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I understand that the Queen of England is legally an entirely separate entity from the Queen of England. Yet everyone here seems to be assuming that, when QEIIR heads off into the great beyond, Charles becomes King of Canada. Why...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I think Alberta already considers itself Texas North Taxes North, but without the mass murders. That is an important qualification....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    What if Quebec finally goes its own way, Albert becomes a US state or other scenario for Canadian dissolution? No Canadian province would seriously consider joining those wackos to the south. As for Quebec, my impression is that they are...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    P.S. Having watch my share of Masterpiece Theater over the years I always assumed you Brits were more civil, polished and polite than us Yanks. How shocked I was to learn that I was wrong. I have sometimes had in...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I've seen some discussion of severing Canada from the Crown. (Short version of most of what I've read: "Yeah, it's the right thing to do. But honestly, it would be SUCH a pain in the ass, and would make so...
  • 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....
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