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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Who ordered that?" There has been a 30% increase in Type 1 Diabetes since 2017 - and nobody knows why. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a nearly 30% increase in type 1...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Who ordered that?" - Deaths from Covid-19 among the unvaccinated result in a loss of the voting base of far right parties in both Europe and America leading to closes losses for the far right in future elections....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My sad-faced prediction is that lithium battery recycling will be made a developing-world problem Exactly. It will be politically impossible to build al of the necessary hazwaste facilities here in the US (or EU). We Will simply ship dead...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    http://digital.distributedenergy.com/articles/vehicle-to-grid Utilizing EV Batteries for Energy Storage – the Easy Part and the Hard Part EV batteries can be used to buffer a renewable power system in one of two ways. The first is to use discarded EV batteries. Normally...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    We're now up to about 20% of 10-year-hence developments being utterly unpredictable, leaving us with 55-60% in the "here today" and 20-25% in the "not here yet, but clearly on the horizon" baskets. Where does the Thwaites glacier in...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Elon Musk's line is that weight-for-weight, a dead LiIon battery contains at least 20x as much lithium per unit mass as the best ore deposits, so recycling dead batteries makes good economic sense. Possible, but the proper comparison is...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    General comment on short term predictions. There's a passage in Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises in which a character named Mike is asked how he went bankrupt. “Two ways,” he answers. “Gradually, then suddenly.” Or as Professor Albert...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Volkswagen won't cover repairs or replacement of my engine and gearbox, but I'm not about to replace either of those after 15 years. You would if your drive train experienced a 30% reduction in performance. right now you cannot...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    total environmental cost of disposal for ICE engines and components, and the oil/fluids/gasoline involved POL products are easily filtered and reused and/or are already part of the 1/6 million tons of hazwaste dispose every year. Engine parts are scrap...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You might want to look at Musk's Battery Day presentation on Youtube. Nobody makes money selling printers. You make money selling ink. Musk isn't selling Teslas. He's selling batteries....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Bit of problem with going full EV for personal transport. There are almost 287 million registered cars in the US in 2020. Suppose you replace them all with Teslas. The battery of a tesla weighs about 1,200 lbs - or...
  • Commented on Omicron
    So is it correct to say that, if compared to delta, omicron is 5x as infectious and 1/5th as fatal, then the same number of people die from omicron as for delta?...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Google now rates this site as "Not Secure" - a side effect of the hacking?...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Completely off topic (unless "outrage" is considered more broadly), but I believe Mr. Stross predicted this: https://roborder.eu/ Here https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2019/12/artificial-intelligence-threat.html Professor Noel Sharkey of Sheffield University went public yesterday with a plea for decision algorithms that impact peoples' lives — from...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Speaking of lasers (and I can't believe nobody has done this yet): Charlie Stross: Do you expect me to talk? Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Stross, I expect you to die! That's Stross, Charles Stross BTW are there any industrial lasers...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    https://www.longisland70skid.com/polaris-nuclear-submarine/ Forget the whoopie cushions and x-ray glasses. This was the kind of thing you spotted in a comic book, then fantasized about undersea adventures for days on end. A submarine for $6.98? What a steal! The Polaris Nuclear Submarine...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    So powerful lasers, x-ray glasses, sea monkeys, hypno coins .... they're all fake! https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/30420/11-shameless-comic-book-ads-cost-us-our-allowance-money I'm shocked And bitterly disappointed. I really wanted my own Polaris nuclear sub. P.S. I actually spent a $1.98 of my paper route money (big bucks...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Fleeing across the Danube, the Goths begged the Romans to let them in and provide sanctuary. Rome obliged and promptly began to enslave them and their children. Peoples from the Third World suffering the cutting edge of climate change are...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Beer was the driver of the shift to agriculture....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Over 1500 years ago, war and drought (climate change) triggered the mass movement of the Huns and Goths out of central Asia into northern Europe. This triggered further movement of Germanic peoples south and west over the Danube and Rhine...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    This will cheer you all up, "Why Everything Will Collapse" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsA3PK8bQd8...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Whether its Brexit in the UK, Evergrande in China, shortages of everything and people quitting their jobs in the US - the center is not holding. Some rough beast is slouching towards Bethlehem. Four rough beasts - or horsemen -...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I'm picturing the same with timelines - they decay rapidly (you put that here, no, there, decay to there) in very small time periods, unless there are large energies involved. That makes perfect sense. Though there is a near...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Now that we are past 300 comments: WTF is going on in Britain? No petrol, no milk, grocery stores empty, fruit rotting in the field, and natgas prices climbing 40% in one day. Is this just a localized effect of...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    OK, here's a thought. If you have an infinite number of TLs, then anything is possible - including other works of SF? If you can have Cthulhu-Lovecraftian crossovers why not Capt. Kirk? How about a TL after the failed Martian...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I don't understand why you all were wasting your time talking about nuclear war when there are many far more likely fates awaiting us: Future pandemics originating in factory farms or habitats we destroyed Habitat destruction and the collapse of...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "There has always been a tendency towards mysticism, conspiracy theory, and new age twaddle among Nazis." Ever read "Morning of the Magicians" by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier?...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Your scenario sounds like Asimov's Foundation. BTW, the trailer for the Apple+ mini-series looks awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCtQ70knyeo So should we establish a real life "Foundation" preserving knowledge like the seed bank on the island of Svalbard? I'd suggest actual physical location(s)...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I wonder if Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" (which reviewers are calling a masterpiece) will be a blatant or subtle metaphor for global warming, environmentalism, green revolution and resource extraction that makes only an elite few rich....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    May not necessarily be high tech. The State of Indiana (mostly flat as a pancake with a high water table) was mostly swampy until the settlers arrives and laid down drainage tiles for their farms....
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