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    "Just did a bit of checking, and meteorite speeds are 1x to 7x escape velocity. " Yeah. Earth's orbital speed around the sun is ~30 kps and so solar escape velocity at Earth's distance from the sun is 42 kps....
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    Asteroid deflection: What you want to do is to deflect it, not blow it apart. Hopefully, it will be detected in time to do that. How to deflect it seems to be best done by ablative blow-off of the surface...
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    Not exactly military, but... https://gcaptain.com/russian-superyacht-san-diego Russian Superyacht Docks In San Diego Flying American Flag By K. Oanh Ha (Bloomberg) June 28, 2022 After a stopover in Hawaii, the $325 million superyacht that’s tied to Russian billionaire Suleiman Kerimov and that...
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    Turkey I think that this was mostly a matter of horse-trading and quid-pro-quoing between Turkey and Sweden. Also, Turkey may be seeing which way the wind is blowing and deciding that remaining a good NATO partner is the best...
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    "If someone questions whether general natural intelligence exists, what to make of the pursuit of general AI, and questions about whether we have it yet or not?" I have the uneasy feeling that those may be significant questions. Perhaps the...
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    "whether these questions still make sense if you deliberately divorce them from a Christian context by trying to frame them in other belief systems that don't posit that humans have a soul that other organisms lack or have less of."...
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    On what makes for smart brains: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4685590/ Neuronal factors determining high intelligence Ursula Dicke and Gerhard Roth Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2016 Jan 5; 371(1685) Abstract Many attempts have been made to correlate degrees of both...
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    "birds have more neurons/gram than we do, and the smaller avian/dinosauaran neurons seem to work just as well as bigger mammalian neurons do." Yes, but does neuron density correlate with what we might call for the sake of brevity "intelligence"?...
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    "My suspicion, on a gram-for-gram basis, is that birds have much better brains than we do" A problem with making such assessments is that we currently have very, very, very limited understanding of how brains work or, for that matter,...
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    154 & 155: Yes, beryllium has a number of interesting properties aside from being a good neutron reflector. Back in one of the earlier waves of enthusiasm for space-based laser weapons (1980s IIRC), it was the material of choice for...
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    "most uses were MilSpec/NatSec and/or classified" Beryllium is a great neutron reflector......
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    "More seriously, if an advanced chatbot starts claiming to be self-aware, what do you do? How do you tell if it's parroting, or understands what it is saying in some way? " I am extremely non-expert in such matters, but...
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    "John Varley wrote Steel Beach and the rest of the (damned fine) Eight Worlds series. " Definitely worth a read -- I was impressed by them at the time. Start at the beginning, with Ophiuchi Hotline....
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    " is radioactive decay entirely acausal" I suppose it depends on what you mean by "entirely". Leaving aside the cases where nuclear decay is clearly triggered by external forces, how would nuclear chaos leading to alpha or beta decay or...
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    "So maybe CRINOS?" Getting there. Needs to be short, memorable, preferably associable with a known word. RINO is perfect for its purpose. CRINO reminds me of Crinoids, which would be good if they were better known. https://www.bgs.ac.uk/discovering-geology/fossils-and-geological-time/crinoids/...
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    "Christian-derived word for expelling a member of a congregation is excommunication, the action of moving that person's status from Us to Them." Not just Christian. See Cherem/חרם: https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/nas/cherem.html In earlier times, such change of status was likely to involve getting...
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    "Never trust the confident generalist. You want to be specialist in something. " I agree, somewhat. My model is that you should be a specialist in something, just so that you know what being a specialist is like and requires....
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    "XINO" works, drawing on the long tradition of letting Latin X stand in for Greek Χ." Not bad. You could give X the kh pronunciation of chi, KHINO. That would be distinctive and, AFAIK, not be likely to have any...
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    "Of course it would be used by two people facing each other talking about each other. But aside from that ." No lo comprendo. Expliquelo, por favor....
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    "religion is whatever one does religiously" Since we're doing this, Yaweh have mercy upon us, I'll note an observation from my past existence, which was spent for 25ish years in the US national security apparatus: Secrecy is a religious obligation...
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    "I recently saw a lovely way of referring to such people: CHINOs. Christians In Name Only.*" Clever and something like it is needed, but it wouldn't fly in most of the Americas. "Chino" is Spanish for "Chinese", both as a...
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    "Relatively little stuff has been returned from outside the belts" There are a lot of meteors composed of elements up through at least iron that have been exposed to the radiation environment within six AU from the sun for the...
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    On tankless water heaters, here's a sample, with specs, of ones sold in the US by Lowe's (a big-box home improvement chain). https://www.lowes.com/pl/Tankless-electric-water-heaters-Water-heaters-Plumbing/4294859097...
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    Krugman has a piece making major use of OGH's perspective on large off-planet economies/populations. Can't give a direct link because it's in the NYT, but google "Elon Musk, Mars and the Modern Economy"...
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    "The big problem with tankless is that the current pull is at time of use, and that might actually matter, because most people use most of the water (showers, dishwashing, laundry) at night." Good point. So perhaps another reason to...
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    "The idea was they would cut off the water heater in the afternoon when there was peak demand for A/C." Speaking of which, do tankless (aka "on demand") water heaters have any advantages or disadvantages over the traditional tanked variety...
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    > In San Antonio, TX about ten years ago we got a "smart" thermostat from the power company... Still there, it seems. https://www.cpsenergy.com/en/my-home/savenow/efficiency-programs/smart-thermostat.html Through a Smart Thermostat, you agree to allow us to make adjustments to your thermostat during “conservation...
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    "Here in NC the power company will pay you $25 or $50 one time to allow them to put a cutoff on your whole house AC. If you go with it they might turn off your AC for up to...
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    "I'm sorry, but ERCOT in TX has been telling the populace to suck it up for years." No, it's just been pretending that everything was going po-normal'nu. The events of February 2021 may or may not have changed that....
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    "It's not the batteries, it's not the nuclear, it's not the wind and solar and wood-pellets and hamsters on wheels, it's ENERGY." Yes, but it's also the POWER. True, E = &int P dt, but there's important detail hidden in...
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