Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Mobile Space Colonies: Keep going indefinitely is the idea. And start well before there's a good reason. (Politics or religion will do for a bad reason. So will economics, if you can swing it.) Now I'm not saying that all...
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    Sort of. Forget the possibility of a rescue mission. Light speed delays will necessarily make that impossible. What I'm doing is considering "humanity" to be those descended from currently alive people. ALL those descended. And I'm assuming that as long...
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    IIUC you can't pile the logs into those deep coal mines that have stopped being used because the shafts have often collapsed. And the ones that haven't collapsed are unsafe....
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    Somehow I don't seem to be communicating. The kinds of disaster I'm thinking of humanity escaping via mobile space colonies include, e.g., a nearby supernova, a forming black hole with an axis pointed at our solar system. Etc. These things...
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    Public libraries that routinely keep physical books must also routinely weed their collections, as t A point, but the several public libraries near where I was living recently purged huge parts of their collection not because there were wrong or...
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    I not only disagree, I don't understand where you're coming from. This is a teleological fallacy. There's no destined end-point for life; Yes. So? Firstly, no species can survive in total isolation; we're inherently part of the biosphere we Yes....
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    Villages in India have a different installation problem than the installation in the US, and even in the US installation is a lot cheaper if you don't need a rooftop installation. As a result I don't think you can use...
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    Some of the PR for modular reactors is quite nice. Passive cooling is a real bonus, as is unattended operation. The problem is, given all the prior lies I'm not sure how much to believe. The "prior to 2015" generation...
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    I don't know about everywhere, but in the SF Bay Area the cost of installed solar panels didn't exactly fall with the cost of the panels. Most of the cost, even 15 years ago, was installation. Then there's various interconnect...
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    I prefer: Turn the trees into archival grade paper and print books. Subsidize public libraries that actually hold onto books again, and charge them heavily if they "discard them"....
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    For me the real, as opposed to incentivizing, purpose of nuclear energy is that without it space habitats can't be made mobile. And I believe that mobile space habitats are essential to the long term survival of humanity. Controlled fusion...
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    Re: headwaters Tibet is fairly large, and you'd want to build on somewhere rocky rather than icy anyway, so there should be plenty of places remote from river headwaters. But perhaps Mongolia would be a better choice....
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    re: Shutting down an already-operating nuke is totally counter productive. This is one of those yes/no statements. There are cases and cases and they aren't all the same. Some nuclear plants are being run above their rated capacity and beyond...
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    If on Oct. 19 Johnson resigns rather than ask for an extension, what happens then? IIUC the selection of a new Prime Minister takes some amount of time, but is it less than two weeks? How long would it take...
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    Well, Elizabeth Warren appears totally anti-nuclear power. This is reasonable when applied to the current generation of plants, but more modern designs seem to make that unreasonable....
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    Ada may have used long years by default, but the entry forms were often two digit years, and you needed to ensure that the form would be interpreted correctly. My programs used the date format yyyy/mm/dd internally (when they used...
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    "Did the Singularity happen?" It's in process. Expect it to continue to accelerate until (my guess) 2035, possibly a bit later, unless governments go totally whacko and start a civilization ending war. As for what will happen after "(my guess)...
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    The next few countries in the list of UK peacekeepers... 4 . India 6,178 ... 6 . Pakistan 5,062 A force of 50/50 India and Pakistan troops would be really interesting peacekeeping right now! Every October I read Zelazney's...
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    Off-topic: it makes me sad that we can keep things out of the public eye by putting them on our blogs. That's not really off-topic. Part of the problem is information overload. Nobody can keep track of most of what's...
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    There is an explanation of what's going on, though not a very convincing one. There's reasonable, though hardly conclusive, evidence that Trump is somehow under Putin's thumb. What if he's also got his hand in British politics? Of course, it...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    "Trump is basically Emperor Nero with the brakes off" is unfair to Trump. Not that he deserves fairness, but Nero was worse. I suppose you could claim that Trump is more worse than the average US citizen than Nero was...
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    I'd hope we have 2 and 3 swapped, but I have little evidence for my preferred order and give... IIUC, the terms of the EU membership (1) would require border controls on imported goods. So 3, keeping the Good Friday...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Among the people that I know well enough to have an informed opinion about, the ones that don't vote don't vote because NONE of the candidates appeal to them. Or a few because they don't trust any of the candidates...
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    I would argue that universal should mean universal. If someone is vegetative, then you need to care for them and try to find a use. (Medical tests? Patient for trainee doctors and nurses?) OTOH, I would also argue that it...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Well, you did say "part of the problem", so OK. We can't eliminate work. Not yet. However if a job can be automated, it's often cheaper to automate it (or part of it). But some of the kinds that we...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Thanks for that reference. OTOH, I was talking about use in speech. I don't think I've ever *read* "I could care less" meaning "I couldn't care less", except as an example or quotation. This is part of what I meant...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    re: Wrong: "I could care less" is standard American idiom, equivalent to "I couldn't care less" in the UK. Both of which just sound wrong to someone who grew up with the other version. I disagree. To me "I couldn't...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I think you are grossly overoptimistic. A large number of people who are bored out of their minds will find something "interesting" to do, but it won't necessarily be socially beneficial. Some will be, but it's so much easier to...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    IIUC, the archaeologists think that people first got into sustained resource competition around beds of shellfish. You could argue, I suppose, that they weren't people yet, but there's no reason to assume that kind of competition ever went away. FWIW,...
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    An interesting point is that under law as written, if not as interpreted, any corporation that "conspires to break the law" should be prosecutable under the RICO statues, with ALL it's wealth confiscated BEFORE it gets around to trying to...
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