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Kardashev

  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    "I once had a several-decades-long collection of Analog magazines" Previously Astounding. I think that Astounding and a few other pulps had a considerable influence on the culture of the 20th Century, present readership included. It would be nice to have...
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    WRT Latin translation, it occurs to me that there's a long history of post-Classical Latin, namely Ecclesiastical Latin. Training your AI on that might be interesting, though not, I suspect, very useful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesiastical_Latin...
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    'I've also co-located with..." So y'all are bosons (integer spin) rather than fermions (half-integral). Interesting......
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    how well chatty AI does as an intelligence analyst About story-writing: At least at the level of non-tactical intelligence, telling a good story that the consumer will read and absorb is a huge part of the analytical art of...
  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    I'm guessing that In-Q-Tel and similar researchy intelligence organizations are putting a lot of money into finding out how well chatty AI does as an intelligence analyst. Feed it tons of all sorts of intelligence from open source, supper-classified sources,...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "There was conversation in the US that the first aid packages were in essence back filling former Soviet block countries with Nata/US munitions and arms as they shipped their Soviet/Russian standard things to Ukraine." Yes, that's also on the list...
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    "Flight tracking news for ADS-B Exchange." Well, dang. I hope the new owners keep up the "what we see is what you get" model, but a certain amount of paranoia is appropriate. Anyway, to go back a few threads, I've...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "I was referring to the claim that Russia want to recreate the Russian empire; as far as I can see, there is not a scrap of evidence for it." Real question: What would constitute such evidence?...
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    "From a cursory glance at the literature it seems that Cs-137 sources are low-emission and used in things like non-invasive fluid flow measurements rather than X-raying welds" Yes, I was mistaken in assuming radiography. From the Wikipedia article on Cs-137,...
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    "The report is very coy on what the lost source actually is but with a reported half-life of around 30 years I'd think it was Sr-90." The story in the NYT this morning says it's Cs-137. I assume for gamma...
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    "RE: Whole Foods" Yes, I don't Wholly Hate on Whole Foods. We shop now and then at the local one and the nearby(*) Trader Joes and find that, with a bit of prudence, they can give good value for the...
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    "The 'this comment from XX' part of the 'YY replied to this comment from XX' is a HTTP link. You can click that to see the comment that is being replied to." Thank you, that's very helpful....
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    About Finland and NATO: https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/nordic-nato-membership-sweden-turkey-spat-means-finland-might-take-unilateral-route-a-24fa8c22-d8d4-4b61-9c1d-220f98ceedfc Sweden-Turkey Spat Means Finland Might Take Unilateral Route By Anna-Sophie Schneider 24.01.2023, 16.40 Uhr After a right-wing extremist burned a copy of the Koran in Stockholm over the weekend, Ankara is even less likely to...
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    "It already does, in its href." Please forgive my cluelessness in such matters, but how does one view the href?...
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    A slightly technical question, maybe a request or gentle suggestion: There are many posts in the blog with the header "X replied to this comment from Y" where Y is a prolific poster and the antecedent comment isn't obvious. Sometimes,...
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    Quite off-topic, but interesting and possibly useful for alt-history/near- OTL stories: https://alert5.com/2023/01/20/f-15-global-strike-eagle/...
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    "Puerto Rico should hold a referendum on statehood" Been there, done that a few times. The current sentiment seems to be for statehood, the previously favorite status-quo commonwealth losing ground and independence continuing to be way in the minority. There's...
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    "We'd probably have been better off with separate systems for civilian & military missions. " It kind of wound up that way, with Titan IV being used mostly by the military....
  • Commented on WTF
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/how-kevin-mccarthy-got-votes-speaker-haunt-rcna64720 [Right Wing Representatives] Perry and Roy declined to divulge details [of the Speakership deal], but two sources with knowledge of the situation told NBC News that the Freedom Caucus was demanding three seats on the powerful Rules Committee, which...
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    "Life is a system for copying information into the future" — Graydon Saunders That's part of it, but along the way life seems to have increased information as it copied its way into the future. Slowly, imperfectly, painfully, the increase...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    "American English, not proper English" What about the King James Version of the Good Book(tm)? Stealing from Bart Ehrman's blog today, Almug Algum Charashim Chode Cracknels Gat Habergeon Hosen Kab Ligure Neesed Nusings Ouches ring-straked sycamyne trow wimples etc....
  • Commented on WTF
    "Another legitimate Line-of-David male?" So David was ca. 1000-ish BCE and Jesus was 4-ish BCE. I wonder how they kept track of the lineage. Lotta ancestors there....
  • Commented on WTF
    "Well I've watched Connections, so it would be 1 How to make movable type, 2 Double entry bookkeeping, 3 How to drain mines, 4 The recipe for gunpowder and 5 How to make a telescope. " I'd go with 1...
  • Commented on WTF
    "creative solution to some completely unrelated problem "pop up out of nowhere," that "nowhere" it popped out of is what the Taoists are talking about" So taking a shower or taking a walk? Doing something that was relaxing and undemanding...
  • Commented on WTF
    "The hard parts are keeping the ribbon stable" "Ribbon" sounds like continuous production, which I imagine is the way it's been done in the modern era. Whaddabout batch production: heat up a container of lead (or tin or whatever), pour...
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    "His device was big — a metre on the diagonal" My father made a Fresnel firing device for making faienced brass medallions back when -- IIRC the lens was rectangular, maybe 30x40 cm. It did a good job of melting...
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    "Bush, W to be specific, was an incompetent idiot, run by Darth Cheney. He had no clues, " I'm going to put in a very small defense of GWB by way of agreeing that what you say is absolutely true...
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    After mentioning acrylic in connection with Fresnel lenses, I wondered how feasible it would be for the Grantville folks to make PMMA-based Plexiglass and the like. My ignorance of chemistry is broad and deep, but does anyone here know about...
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    "Dumb question: do you need any special type of glass to make fresnel lenses?" No. In fact, the ones I've been acquainted with since the 1950s have been made of plastic, acrylic I'd suppose. Almost any transparent glass would suffice....
  • Commented on WTF
    "They used to. A well stocked public library was a point of pride in the community." Some such, I'm happy to say, still exist. I read through ERB and many others here a while back: https://www.bisbeeaz.gov/2155/Copper-Queen-Library Bisbee was very much...
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