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  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    "At this point, it might be that causality is the weakest of the three" Yeah. In any event, the March of Science(TM) pretty obviously has a long way to go and that many surprising realizations will be realized. Perhaps getting...
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    On FTL and causality and time travel and things like that: Without claiming to read OGH's mind, I think he had things pretty much right in Singularity Sky. As long as you stay within a suitably bounded set of inertial...
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    " restricted FTL is possible without breaching causality" I don't think anybody disputes that....
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    "There is no allowed Lorentz transform that exchanges the forward and backward directions of time. " Hence, going back to threads past, "SR, FTL, Causality -- pick two"....
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    "Fruit flies like a banana" They also like red wine. Pesky little things do suicide dives into the glass....
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    "Despite all of the bullshit, nobody really knows why human brains expanded the way they did, whether and how much cognition has changed since they did (or even in historical times), or whether we are in an even remotely stable...
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    "it's useful but not sufficient, and the real job is orders of magnitude harder." Just to be slightly cheerful, while the real job is going to take many decades to centuries to get through, it appears that we're on a...
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    If I might use the > 300 rule, I was delighted to see this: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02696-z Colour me better: fixing figures for colour blindness Having the typical north-west European male red-green color deficiency, I've been driven to distraction on a zillion...
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    "German words and sentences" In the linguistic pickiness department, there's one case in which an ~American uses the plural form of a verb with a collective noun. That's kind of a שִׁבֹּ֜לֶת / סִבֹּ֗לֶת thing that distinguishes British from American...
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    "A jaunting mouse would be a terrifying pest problem!" If the mouse needed a particular knotwork pattern to jaunt, be sure that all instances and records of that pattern are irretrievably destroyed. IIRC, the knots can be generated from some...
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    "there are semi-submersible ships designed to transport other ships or oil drilling platforms" E.g., the Mighty Servants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Servant_1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Servant_2...
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    "I try and point out they are building a mini Atlanta but they don't get it." I suspect that I may understand the significance of that, but may not and others from farther away probably won't. Please explain about mini...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Yeah, well, if this is their Rapture (tm), it's taking ridiculously long. I thought it was supposed to be *ping* they're outta here." Yes, but the Greek word Paul used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 was a form of ἁρπάζω, which...
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    "From a purely SFF angle, I find the USSF fascinating because they're actually working out the problems of how to deal with violence and coercion on this latest human frontier." I trust that some of them are asking the question,...
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    For those interested in the pre-history of the US' KH-11/KENNEN reconnaissance satellites, the NRO has just released a large infodump: https://www.nro.gov/FOIA/Major-NRO-Programs-and-Projects/EOI-Documents/ It might also be useful as a source for authors who would like to know what real top secret...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    A new resource on CO2 emissions by year, fuel type and country/region: https://ourworldindata.org/emissions-by-fuel...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Canadians can still fly into America, but not drive. Which is, effectively, a barrier against poorer travellers. Given that most Canadian visitors to America drive there..." A good many cars and RVs belonging to "Winter Texans" seen in the state...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Also, among many similar, https://jobs.saic.com/search/ts-sci-with-poly/jobs/in/chantilly-las-cruces (I like to check the ts/sci jobs in Las Cruces now and then.)...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "an advert for TS/Sci staff" https://www.clearancejobs.com/jobs/intel...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "security clearances are said to be easier for members of the LDS Church to acquire." Relatedly, legend has it that Catholics tend to have an unusually hard time with the polygraph because guilt and original sin and suchlike were instilled...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "* Supposedly ex Mormon-missionaries are heavily recruited by the CIA." Well, yes. Americans in general are not famous for getting out into the world, learning languages, living among and persuasively conversing with other peoples. If you're the CIA and wanting...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "DHS has been infiltrated by, in order of hilarity: the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Church of Scientology" Ahem. To my reasonably direct knowledge, the LDS and Scientologists were already deliberately infiltrating the US national security apparatus in the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "does carrying the torpedo-launched variant Tomahawk eat into the bow magazine's torpedo capacity?" The Tomahawk and Mk-48 torpedo are quite close in dimensions and weight, so I imagine it would be essentially a one-for-one trade-off. Other torpedoes are possible, but...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    >> US attack (aka hunter-killer) submarines haven't carried nuclear weapons since 1991. Sorry, I should have provided a reference. https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/pniglance...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Of possible interest and/or relevance: https://www.faa.gov/space/stakeholder_engagement/spacex_starship/...
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    "Though, nuclear powered submarines without nuclear weapons are rather pointless, don't you think?" US attack (aka hunter-killer) submarines haven't carried nuclear weapons since 1991. True, they could be re-equipped with them in short order or even, I suppose, covertly....
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    "Waok up. Got dserd. Had bfsekrat. Skpoe wif Etgares thi" Brings back memories. I bought the book while stuck in LHR because of weather in the US and, having sat around there for too long and finally in the air,...
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    "So like Robert, my Canadian experience is that 'sum' and 'some' in 'fearsome' are pronounced the same way" Me too, from the western US. "Sum" and "some" are the same. I have a vague sense that southern US might drawl...
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    "Lens-making might be worth teaching." I think that might be an important step. Use found glass or natural clear quartz or made glass (need to explain how to do that) to make simple lenses. Then show how to put them...
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    "A friend of mine occasionally did aluminum sand casting." Also a pesticide: https://www.theverge.com/2013/12/13/5207824/anthill-art-molten-aluminum...
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