Paul

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    Me @ 686: Meanwhile glass and silicon can be made from desert sand. So it's not a competition for the same resource. I should check my assumptions at the door. Glass-making requires high-purity silica sand (98% SiO2). Desert sand doesn't...
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    One possible source of electricity: floating wind turbines. This article in The Economist describes the latest developments: Offshore wind farms with foundations in the seabed are now part of the energy mix in several places. In the past four years...
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    Heteromeles @ 629: Now if you want amusement, couple worries about sand shortages (For concrete manufacture) with reports of glass batteries being the next hotness. Setting concrete against batteries really would be interesting politically. The two are not comparable. Building...
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    Heteromeles @ 464: The big one: Because it allows fossil fuel extractors to cheat by infiltrating stuff out of the ground with stuff from the air, Actually you can measure the ratio of atmospheric to fossil carbon in such a...
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    On the broader issue of ethnic identities, as far as I can see the best definition is that an ethnic identity is what a bunch of people self-identify as. So yes, "British" is an ethnic identity. (I avoid the term...
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    Re Arabs: can I dip a toe into this minefield? There is such a thing as Arab Identity, which I interpret to mean that many people self-identify as Arabs, and hence "Arab" is a bona-fide ethnic group, amongst other things....
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    Oh please! Are we also going to haul out the whole "communism is a religion" trope? No. Just no. I had thought that "God-King" was understood as sarcasm here (see the previous threads about Elon Musk as God-King of Mars)....
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    Simon Farnsworth @ 818: At least in theory, you could run "basic banking" on the model of the UK's NS&I; I'm assuming that you're replying to my explanation of why a state-owned bank is a bad idea. Yes, but that...
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    Blast, there is a story idea in here... Its one of the major themes in the Merchant Princes series after the revolution in New Britain....
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    whitroth @ 772: Which got me thinking: why do we need private or commercial banks? Why not a national bank for *everything*? I mean, in the US, bank accounts. From an economic point of view the job of a bank...
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    Troutwaxer @ 762: Are you really making the argument that "local god-king owns the land" is the same as "Soviet-style communism?" Well, when your God-King was named Stalin or Mao, that was pretty much the case. Even when the God-King...
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    Pigeon @ 718: As for the "anti-semitism" bit I am aware that the "official" definition has been hijacked to conflate criticism of the state of Israel with opposition to people of Jewish descent, There is legitimate criticism of the state...
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    Troutwaxer @ 714: Before you can discuss socialism, I think you need to define your terms. What is "Socialism?" I rather thought I had. I said I was talking about Socialism Classic, which calls for the means of production to...
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    Charlie @ 705: Corbyn was much closer to the authentic grass-roots socialism the party rank and file wanted, but nobody in the establishment could tolerate that ... The Labour leadership ditched 1970s-style cloth-cap socialism because ever since Margaret Thatcher those...
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    In the original post Charlie wrote: November 2016: Donald Trump won the US presidential election, and by mid-2017 things were clearly running off the rails. The grip of the Beige Dictatorship on UK-US politics had been broken and the radical...
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    Try this one: https://www.soto-mayor.com/index.php/blog/item/3-dearest-creature-a-tricky-pronunciation-poem...
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    An ex-colleague of mine had a couple of cuddly toys on his desk at work. One was another of the Elder Gods (I can't recall which), and the other was a Treponema Pallidum....
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    Back on the Bitcoin front, Malaysian police have destroyed 1069 Bitcoin mining rigs. https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kv739/police-destroy-1069-bitcoin-miners-with-big-ass-steamroller-in-malaysia Meanwhile others are moving to Kazakhstan, where electricity generated by fossil fuel is still cheap. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-57811959...
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    According to the Twitter thread, the axle counting is a safety measure: axles are counted in and counted out, and as long as the net axle count /= 0 you know the section of track is occupied. If a broken...
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    I've worked in safety-critical software, though not on railways. It's not as simple as saying "data driven". Yes, updating a data file is a lot faster than writing code, but the update still needs to go through the full QA...
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    Heteromeles @ 334: In the US at least, the most likely negative outcomes for owning a gun are: ... That is an interesting suggestion. I've posted a question over on the Politics Stack Exchange site. We'll see if anyone has...
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    JBS @ 263 (quoting Leaving Portland): Protests are not riots, and riots are not protests. Protests are constitutionally protected activities vital to any functioning liberal democracy. Riots are violent crimes punishable by imprisonment. Activists, journalists, and politicians alike have a...
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    They Won. Holy Fuck how are you posting still and not understanding this. Are we talking about the Italian football team here?...
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    people who are deeply addicted to power, and whose superpower is a lack of conscience, empathy, and compassion, who suddenly develop all these and be crippled by these amazing gifts, because they have no idea what to do with them...
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    worse yet, those characters will appear in our world, spontaneously Retconning our Reality. Where do you think Donald Trump came from?...
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    Charlie @ 135: Plot point: they don't supply oxygen. [...] This is why they're only used for short periods of isolation. Unless someone has been watching Apollo 13, or has the bright idea of getting a rebreather set. What happens...
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    Me @ 109: I've sometimes wondered about making a software tool for fiction writers. Thanks to everyone who responded. Lots of useful info. The fact that there are already programs that do stuff similar to this is actually a positive:...
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    Michel2Bec @ 59: All the multi book series I have ever read have inconsistencies or big plot holes. It's unavoidable, and I guess rereading one's prose is also probably a big chore. In my experience, reading my own text for...
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    And I think it's enjoyable when you can attend a collage game in person. I had to smile at the mental image of the spectators crowded around the players, the whistle blowing, the frantic application of glue; scissors flying as...
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    whitroth @ 1208: ou could be one of the folks attending a rally of a group that's claiming that all birds in the US were actually killed by the US government, and replaced with drones. Thanks to a VPN I...
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