Nick K

Nick K

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "Yes, of course, agents of countries we are waging war on might try to stick their finger in, but I don't see them as being important. They have been blamed for many things in my lifetime, from colonial unrest onwards,...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "The point about quantum mechanics is not that it has intractable problems but that ALL useful ones are intractable. - even how transistors work, really?" transistors, diodes, lasers, SQUIDs, superconductivity, fission, fusion, chemical bonds...
  • Commented on WTF
    "For citrus they're going to need to source it from a locale where it doesn't freeze every winter. That's not Germany. Spain, and possibly Italy, is probably their closest source. (Not sure about southern France.)" they grow lemons in Genoa....
  • Commented on WTF
    "Radioactive decay doesn't produce neutrinos AFAIK, it's fission that does it and you only really get that from nuclear reactors" Beta decay produces neutrinos. And in the case where electrons are emitted, anti-neutrinos Im very dubious that neutrinos pose any...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "So would I invest in Twitter right now? Probably not. Even if I knew how, I wouldn't even short it, because it's a political football whose stock price won't reflect reality until 2025 (after the next round of elections), bankruptcy,...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "As I noted above, Musk does not seem to change his behaviour to match circumstance all that much. He just repeats the same startup playbook: take in lots of debt, demand insane hours from the engineers, over-promise on deadlines, take...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "[On the Salami Swindle of taking all the fractions of a penny] That could well actually be the case though. [..] " "No, not a chance. I'm 99% sure the whole thing is just urban legend anyway, and there is...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "As blockchain technologies have evolved to enable ever-faster digital payments, the need for speed continues to drive both technological innovation and mainstream adoption of new digital assets. Yes, that was published recently - "11/9/2022" in American, the 9th of November."...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "You can still buy incandescent bulbs? They're almost extinct on this side of the Atlantic." I'm concerned for my Lava Lamp...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Not deep ocean, but story aboard a container ship https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Dreams...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    [communists are bad] "Contra-example, perhaps ... J B Tito?" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goli_Otok...
  • Commented on I can't even
    TAOCP Volume 4b is available (only Kindle so far) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0BHZL3XKP...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "I've just poked around their website and eventually, buried deep in the FAQ, I discovered explicit confirmation that no, I can't use them because they make the same infuriating demands for bollocks I haven't got as all the rest of...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "...there were objections like you can't pay cash." you're in the UK and can't find any non-cash means of making payment. I'm just curious, why? Are you an undischarged bankrupt or something? I have a UK bank account and a...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "[large towns] have large solar farms you drive past on the highway (I've seen them myself), and building more is something literally everyone is doing." But not for long! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/oct/10/ministers-hope-to-ban-solar-projects-from-most-english-farms...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "[kwarteng] has written a book about gold https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/may/12/war-gold-500-year-history-study-money-society-kwarteng-review which didn't win any prizes https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/oct/02/liz-truss-and-kwasi-kwartengs-foolish-dash-for-growth-is-a-non-starter" fun quote from the article "Kwarteng might not know how to stabilise a financial system that floats on credit, but he certainly understands the forces and...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "And... ok, in the US, at least, a lot of fishermen who have boats also have radar, for finding fish. I believe you're thinking about sonar, as radar doesn't work underwater." Hunt Fish with Radar: https://www.raymarine.com/view/index-id=12042.html (it actually looks for...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "Melting iron for casting or for processing into steel takes about a megawatt of heat energy per tonne of iron [...]" "megawatt" isn't a measure of energy...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    "[...] what can be done to reboot Russia?" I was going to say Russia has gobs of natural resources and a well educated population. But then you said "[...]and breakdown of most education after the Soviet Union's collapse" so "oh...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    "The Spinning Jenny dates back to the mid 1700's, and IIRC was originally water powered (or perhaps that was just in New England)." I grew up near this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cromford_Mill So water power was important in England too. Allegedly Arkwright chose...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    ie. Switzerland has a system where a group of people take it in turn to be leader...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Switzerland operates a similar system, I believe...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    No he was kind enough to give me the number. Virgin Media inherited a diverse network and I was apparently on an obscure corner of it. The phone number got me to someone who was plainly not trained on customer...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "You discovered the Shiboleet code: https://xkcd.com/806/" I actually had support at my ISP say "well, I'm not familiar with this part of the system, but I have this phone number I'm not supposed to give out..."...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    This might be opening a bit of a can of worms. There is a case in Britain where doctors are arguing that a patient (a child) is brain dead and that they wish to turn off life support. The parents...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    >>"Think of it as evolution in action" >Where is this quote from? Oath of Fealty? why yes. Set in an archology of course...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    arcologies are fun in theory but the surveillance/control options which would be possible and might be necessary could be offputting "Think of it as evolution in action"...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Russia and the Ukraine. Which were one country for how many hundreds of years?" In 1975 I travelled to the Ukraine (ie. Soviet times). The Ukrainian Intourist guides were quite clear the Ukraine was not Russia. Hell, didn't Ukraine have...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Agree - also Ukraine's greater interest in joining NATO is consistent with changes in its imports/exports trade partnerships. https://oec.world/en/profile/bilateral-country/ukr/partner/rus?redirect=true 'During the last 24 years the exports of Ukraine to Russia have decreased at an annualized rate of 2.64%, from $5.65B...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    on the uselessness of pain scales I've had the problem calling an ambulance "is the patient conscious?" "err...". My problem is I don't think "conscious" is a binary thing, I think it's a grey scale. So if 11 is playing...
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