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  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    That’s correct, not allowed to sell electrons to the USA, in the sense that it wasn’t economical to build new infrastructure to generate and move more electrons. It’s likely that reliable “green” electrons will get a better price, so it’s...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Hydro‑Québec has realised that their hydro electric power dams are also storage devices. Before, they just had surplus power (Bitcoin mining opportunities:-). With wind power, they have even more reliable power, green power, which they may now be able to...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Actually blockchain cryptocurrency does have a border based on the speed of light. Bitcoin has a 10 minute block cycle time. Light travel time from Earth to Mars varies from 3 to 22 minutes, depending on orbital positions. You need...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    That’s ship sized magnetic shielding which has such high energy density. Larger fields don’t need to be so strong since they have more time to move incoming particles aside. But if you have 10’s of kilometres of space for coils,...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Funny you should mention PaperClip 64; I’ve been archiving some Commodore 64 floppies and extracting things like my 1985 essay on the future of work and leisure for anthropology class. YouTube and cat videos sort of predicted for 2020! Along...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yes, lots of multiple forms. 4 digit years are one special case I had to do. First decade is read as X-thousand and Y (like the film two-thousand and one), then the rest of the century is century and decade...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Funny you should mention that. I recently finished “RealCount” a weekend project (that took a month) to expand scripts for voice actors into readable words. So $85.20 becomes “Eighty-five dollars and twenty cents”. As you may suspect, they’re paid by...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Or the difference in translation lengths could be due to not having time to edit the text down to a shorter version. Famous quote about that apparently originally from Blaise Pascal: Mes Révérends Pères, mes Lettres n'avaient pas accoutumé de...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    With Kolmogorov complexity, the universe could be represented relatively simply as the initial big bang conditions with physics being the instruction set. Assuming it is deterministic (probably not), you could compute the state (with rather a lot of expense) of...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Funny you should suggest logarithmic linking of money to happiness (doubling money only increments happiness). I started with a logarithmic scale in my Story Points Ethical Calculus, but decided it wasn't quite a good enough fit. In #488 Damian talks...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Speaking of balloon based, how about tying one with a string to a quad-copter? With careful flying (always towing the balloon, not pushing it in front) it can be positioned upwind of the area you want to photograph, then glide...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Rogers here in Canada has a 30 day time limit, reset every time you put a few dollars (minimum $10) into the pay-as-you-go mobile phone account. They also charge $0.50 per minute for talk. If you don't add more money...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Huh, that exercise in wishful computation makes my Story Points Ethical Calculus look practical. In #StoryPointsEC, you lossily (implies a target audience) compress the story of the Universe and see how big it is. Rather than maximising paperclips, you try...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    2dot, just in case you missed it, see "Public appearances in a time of pandemic" #1269 with my tip on having the iPad remember where you were reading, avoiding the scrolling....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    My iPad anti-scrolling technique is to use the date stamp link at the top of every message. Besides linking to the discussion page, it specifies a particular comment, and most web browsers will scroll to that comment when they finish...
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