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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    On asteroid deflection: If you have enough time and the ability to match speeds with it, the best thing is to use a gravity tractor to divert it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_tractor On originalists: I think the point of originalism is to provide...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    OGH: "Yeah well, the opening verse would I think get it pigeonholed for paedophilia these days ..." Maybe, but the reference to underage is to the age of majority not the age of consent. I don't think they are advocating...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Pigeon at 378: That's the first thing I thought of! OGH at 380: I thought it was supposed to be creepy? It's a dystopian tale, surely? I could see Moorcock's influence, I thought. A tale from a decadent and melancholic...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I think your criticisms are rather dubious. Firstly, I assumed that processing was implicit in what I was saying. This is a sci fi blog. Also I mentioned integrating ground built components. Secondly, I can't imagine how you think I...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I had a thought on ship construction whilst reading this. It was to 3d print the gross structure of the ship in orbit from metal obtained from asteroids. A common problem with 3d printing is the bonding together of layers...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Large amounts of money have their own climate cost too: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/could-googles-carbon-emissions-have-effectively-doubled-overnight...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Greg, while it seems Idaho is going fascist, I think that is just a means to gain power by the people behind it. I agree with others that it is to gain control of more climate secure territory. I think...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Idaho seems to be leading in the race to become the elite neo-feudalist hideaway at the moment: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/far-right-idaho_n_628277e2e4b0c84db7282bd6 Even going to legalise private militias! Most of these people are useful idiots or con artists but the people with money are...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "We have to ask which other pre-written opinions are floating around, waiting for the right chance" Yes, there are alot I am sure. This has been planned for decades, it has the Federalist Society's fingerprints all over it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalist_Society I...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    On the subject of marsh cultivation, surely people should be looking at salt marshes! On a related note, carbon capture by marine algae: https://newatlas.com/environment/brilliant-planet-algae-carbon-sequestration/ As for Putin, I believe I said something similar to that article on here a while...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Interestingly this: https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/news/resource/2020/05/green-fly-ash-could-be-a-viable-alternative-in-development That you linked is very similar to an idea of mine I shared on here recently. The glass and particularly the future project they talk about using a polymer. I'm glad somebody who can actually do something...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    About Putin's motivation, I had a thought the other day, I have no idea if there is any truth to it. But what if his plan is to cut Russia off from the West? The West is doing most of...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Catherine (if I may): "Only the insane have strength enough to prosper, only those who prosper truly judge what is sane". You don't give people enough credit, they know more than you think. The quote above is from Warhammer 40k,...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I don't think it would have a problem with dark energy, dark energy/the cosmological constant/this theory would all be the same thing....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Very interesting article, thanks. "Everything is connected", it seems we are getting closer to this, it would be no surprise! I have never been a fan of supersymetry, and it can't be particles all the way down so it makes...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I thought I would add my thoughts on NATO/ the EU being to blame for the invasion of Ukraine as people still seem to be banging that gong. This is about control, that was what Russia not wanting the expansion...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    The shelling in Ukraine appears to be a rerun of what happened in Georgia. The South Ossetian separatists shelled Georgia, the Georgians responded and the Russians used that as their casus belli. They were already positioned in South Ossetia unbeknownst...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Whitroth #2288: Just do some googling, you don't know what you're talking about....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Whitroth #2279: Yes a moral issue, as you say in your own comment. You are treating people saying neanderthals were cannibals as a moral failing on their part. It is based on evidence. Based on that evidence there are two...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    EC #2273: It quite possibly is a bad model, we can't tell from the article. I would say though that a population that cannibalises its in group neighbours will probably lose out in competition to an incoming competitor as it...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    EC #2250: It's a poor article, I think the author maybe didn't understand what the researchers were saying. It certainly fails to explain the research properly. Whitroth #2256: See above, I think that is from the writer. Cannibalism is common...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    My latest thinking on Russia is that it should be looked at in connection to China, though this could be seen as double the paranoia! Firstly this could be seen as a test run of the west's reaction to a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The latest theory on neanderthal extinction I have come across is maladaptive cannibalism: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/how-think-neandertal/202112/the-role-cannibalism-in-the-extinction-the-neandertals This may at least have played a part....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    To throw something else into the mix, this is about the connection between language and tool use: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2297259-using-tools-helps-you-understand-language-and-vice-versa/ To sum up, the experiment showed tool use and language can reinforce each other. Your "decentralized constellation of expert systems" is the...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I thought this would be of interest: https://youtu.be/NIl1XmEDdVY A working gauss rifle, this is their website: https://arcflashlabs.com/ Interesting to see how this goes....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Paul@1987: ""Failure of the imagination", "pilot error" and so on are all ways of explaining failure by blaming the human doing the job. Its not that these explanations are wrong in some epistemological sense, its that they don't help anyone...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Just thought I'd drop this link here, a 2d polymer that is strong, light and impermeable: https://news.mit.edu/2022/polymer-lightweight-material-2d-0202 Very interesting. Lots of applications obviously....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    That does not constitute proof, correlation is not causation and all that. Clearly there is a problem, though not a universal one. As you have a background in systems it looks like a systems problem to you, this is not...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You are retailing a lot of theories as fact. Is there any actual proof they are true? You said: "The old steam shovel companies were destroyed by new industrial methods coming in from left field, not because they produced bad...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I have to say that I think the article you linked to is a load of neo-liberal nonsense akin to "the end of history". The counter examples include Japan, South Korea, which is even on their list, neither of which...
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