Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You are unfair to graham crackers. A good graham cracker is quite tasty. You do, however, need to ensure that they are dry, and this is a bit difficult, as they readily absorb water from the air....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There's a couple of problems here. Both "egalitarianism" and "meritocracy" depend on a definition of what you value. A meritocracy without that is impossible, and and egalitarianism without that is intolerable. When you're designing a system, how do you weigh...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Isn't that one of the 'models'? That we can't understand it, but we can compute it. (This was described as the "shut up and calculate" interpretation at the seminar I went to at Perimeter Institute a few years ago.) That's...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You can't produce evidence that the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics is wrong without also invalidating all the other interpretations, because they all predict the same measurable results. That's what the "interpretation" part of the name means....
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    Re: But when you hear "quantum physics", duck and cover. It's usually a preface to the view that there are NO RULES, that physics says "any woo can happen". The horrible thing is that whild it doesn't mean there are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re: The right is less scrupulous than the left. I think you've misidentified the problem. Rather: "Those wielding power are less scrupulous than those not wielding power." This is partially for the perfectly sensible reason that they are less in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Something is, indeed, going on here. It's the run up to "the technological singularity". Robots are taking some people's jobs. Other jobs are being redesigned and deskilled or automated. Lots of people feel insecure. And finance is so complicated that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I think you need to read Adam Smith. Popular imagery of his ideas tend to leave out the details of the reasoning. He deserves that statue. Of course, he was wrong in places, but so was Newton, and is economic...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Perhaps, but *I*, a native-born US citizen, always think of the wig....
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    For me: Workstation is the computer that I work on. It handles email and web browsing as well as programs running multiple processes in Python or Go. Multiple as in "gee, wouldn't 64 be an improvement, even though it's nowhere...
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    Certainly the Celts invaded Ireland from Spain, and fought the natives until they were all dead. (The natives were given the part of the land below the surface, and became the "people of he hills".) You wouldn't doubt Taliesin would...
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    If that's the room temperature superconductor I read about, it requires pressures enough to break a diamond anvil to be formed. The article didn't say how quickly it fell apart if you reduced the pressure. (Think about pressures at the...
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    That kind of thing pretty much kills any "self-sufficient" claims. That's got to be the most impressively barefaced non sequitur in this thread so far! Erg... It kills the idea that they *are* self-sufficient, but emphasizes that they don't benefit...
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    I no longer live near a Frys, and most people don't. System76 sells systems by mail, so they're available nearly anywhere. (Also, it's been decades since I could drive, which also limits my choices.) That said, if money is more...
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    Not true that "anyone could build a box". I couldn't these days (no space AND out of practice). OTOH, various vendors will sell you a decent box for a few thousand. For example: https://system76.com/desktops/thelio-major-r1/configure Getting an AMD processor is more...
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    I, personally, don't think that there's any necessary racism inherent in blackface. People like to dress up as someone different, and people like to see others dressed up as someone different. The problem is that dark is associated with the...
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    While I do believe that we are present (in an appropriate sense) in all instances of the EWG multiverse at this time slice, I don't think improbability is the explanation. This is a PART of the run up to "the...
  • 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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