Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I don't know if the nuclear family was pushed before WWI, but it was pushed after WWII, and the reason was to facilitate organizations moving jobs at will. It may have resulted in people buying more things, but that was...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Sorry, but global warming *does* provoke an ice-age. The problem is time-scale. The mechanism is roughly this (warning: I'm no expert in the field): I global warming -> Oceanic warming & rising sea levels -> ?? (Could be a chain...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Highest effective minimum wage in history? The US? Today? Not hardly. When you measure something like that you can't use dollars, you need some complex value that includes the cost to rent an apartment and the cost of a dozen...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I'm assuming that the dominant factors will be AI(see the end) and Virtual Reality. The real driver will be virtual reality, in some form. That assumes they solve the nausea problem. What this means depends on the details. If it's...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yeah, but Cheatolini iL Douchebag ain't a career civil servant. The important question here is "How many border-enforcement officers took him up on his offer?" Answer: (AFAIK) Zero! That answer is clearly an underestimate, as published reports show that there...
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    I doubt that they'll allow Assange to make bail. Justice doesn't have anything to do with this arrest. I don't have any opinion as to whether he's technically guilty of the "computer hacking" charge, but that's clearly not why they...
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    During a severe crash one should expect the population to dip below the sustainable levels. See records of snowshoe rabbits and, I think, fox pelts from the Hudson Bay Company. Of course the crash of a civilization would be worse...
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    It's a good thing the UK doesn't have an extensive system of private radios that would allow someone to coordinate a flash mob to attack a target, isn't it? Cell phones don't count. They're centrally controlled, and relatively easy to...
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    ...divisions of the support for the various sides are more about who you think is more terrible than who you really like. Or even mildly dislike. And do you think that's an accident? In the US when I do an...
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    Sorry, but governments predate government currency by quite a substantial amount. There's a strong question as to whether currency without a government is possible, but there's an existence proof that government without currency is (well, was) possible. (The bookkeeping is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If I understand Celtic tradition, the contents of the wicker man were usually prisoners of war. Which makes a bit of sense, even if it is unpleasant. It was the Carthaginians who made burnt offerings of the children of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well, the EU have already told May that to get an extension she needs to produce a plausible story about what the extended time is going to be used for. They could just repeat that. With the current government/parliament I...
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    If you want to use ocean flow as a power source, you don't need a dam, just use the Straits of Magellan. (I'm not sure there's anywhere else that would work quite as well, but the Bering Strait might work.)...
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    You need to do more than just block it partially, though partially has lots of degrees, but the thing is you need to be pumping it out continually to maintain the proper salinity, as well as letting a certain amount...
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    Volcanoes have multiple effects on warming. Over the short term they cool things off, but over the long term they warm things up. (They emit LOTS of CO2 and Methane.) Still, people tend to remember them for the short term...
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    If someone were seriously undertaking this project, the underwater construction would be done by 3-d printers of an advanced design. (They've got to be able to place the re-bar as well as inject the cement, and that's not an ideal...
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    Actually, if I understand the mechanics properly, the Mediterranean is cooled by the inflowing ocean currents which come from deeper water. I was under no illusions that I was proposing a minor engineering problem, just one that keeps popping up...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    No. Time is a valid argument as to why it's a non-workable idea, but the big argument against it is politics. You need to keep the political entities at both ends of the Mediterranean Sea united in agreement for at...
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    I've read the other replies, and they make sense, but not quite the sense you think. I never thought of this as a way of generating power, but rather as a way of maintaining the current sea level by expending...
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    Well, I'm pretty liberal in my use of agriculture as a descriptive. I'll accept pretty much anything intentionally intended to do something that would lead to fostering plant growth. Even so, there are arguments to be made that certain primitive...
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    This would be a power sink, not a power source. You'd need to pump out the Mediterranean to keep the levels even with historic levels. And there's the question of salinity. How much water flows into the Mediterranean? How much...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It would take centuries to turn the Mediterranean sea into a "Great Salt Lake", much less a "Dead Sea". And there's the question of how much fresh water flows into it every year, so it would probably need to be...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    There probably *is* a solution to keeping the glaciers from melting...but it wouldn't be easy or cheap. I'm thinking of a sun shade (tent? awning?) above them coated with titanium dioxide, and kept clean. Now since this is above glaciers...
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    I don't think that humans significantly modified the ecosystem pre-agriculture. For one thing, there weren't very many of them. (Yeah, even then they were destructive way beyond what their numbers implied...but their numbers were SMALL.)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think about the Mediterranean too...but not in quite the same way. I keep wondering whether it would be possible to (re-)dam the straits of Gibraltar and replace the Suez Canal with a sea wall. You'd need an area-wide league...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    ...iving near power plants. The only one where people who actually lived near them liked them more than those who didn't was wind turbines. That's absurd. The only possible reason it could be true is that most installations of solar...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Japan isn't actually one of the most racist societies on the planet, it's merely the most racist of those economically powerful. There are societies where one group is trying to violently exterminate the other. For some reason they tend to...
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    Well, this isn't commenting about media usage, but trust was contrasted to cartel when I was studying them in history (*not* law). A cartel was a horizontal monopoly, wereas a trust was a vertical monopoly. Sort of as if Apple...
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    FWIW the half-life of methane in the atmosphere is on the order of 5 years. It degrades to CO2. Which hangs around a LONG time. Methane is a stronger greenhouse gas, but I believe that summed over time most of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    OK, we're well past 600, so... The current Brexit mess would make sense if back in the mind of the lady in charge was the thought: "What's the use of granting myself King Henry powers if I never get a...
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