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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "I contend that it is. Without a growing population you won't have colonization. You might have exploratory outposts, but they won't prosper without a (self sustaining) growing population." Would a resort town on the Moon count as an exploratory outpost,...
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    You're right, the station is in Patagonia, my mistake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espacio_Lejano_Station...
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    "They also, strangely have a base in Argentina, though not naval. It is apparently a space and intelligence base." The space part of that base is part of China's Deep Space Network. There are questions as to whether the base...
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    I don't think that Manchin is blocking things due to blackmail, and I don't think his arm can be twisted 1. Manchin comes from a VERY red state. Furthermore, this is the state with the coal miner culture. Wyoming produces...
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    Since the topic has shifted to Vietnam, I'd like to offer a perspective from one of my former teachers. He was a Vietnam vet. It's been decades, so I don't remember it completely. I'll try to reconstruct it below "In...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I should check my links: https://www.economist.com/business/2021/05/13/spacex-a-tesla-for-the-skies...
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    * Added costs which means Musk charges more for them, closer to the $80 million end of the range....
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    The article I got that from is here, but it's behind a paywall https://towardsdatascience.com/gpt-3-scared-you-meet-wu-dao-2-0-a-monster-of-1-75-trillion-parameters-832cd83db484 Here's my understanding of the situation. Musk was selling the reused boosters at a discount to encourage their adoption. I don't know their internal cost structure,...
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    Also, look up this new ML model https://towardsdatascience.com/gpt-3-scared-you-meet-wu-dao-2-0-a-monster-of-1-75-trillion-parameters-832cd83db484...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "Falcon Heavy is suffering from the same syndrome, it was going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, payload customers were queued up to take advantage of the 50-tonne throw-weight and... crickets." To be fair, I don't think that...
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    Two nitpicks to this analysis 1. The STS promised 50 flights a year, which gives a launch of about once every 7 days. 2. The Economist has confirmed that SpaceX charges $50 million for reused boosters. This is why last...
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    Looks like coding is starting to resemble a spell book even more. Microsoft is beginning to use NLP transformers to transform natural language into code. This sounds very basic now, but who knows? https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/25/microsoft-uses-gpt-3-to-let-you-code-in-natural-language/...
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    I've been off a while. Here's some space news 1. This article is talking about the fact that new satellite operators and startups are using cloud infrastructure to plan and execute missions. This practically indicates that space tech is undergoing...
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    Newer vehicles (emphasis on newer) also have rear-facing cameras. The problem fundamentally is that windshield + mirrors + rear-facing camera + whatever else the driver is doing create information overload. 90% of drivers can deal with it, but a minority...
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    "It's unclear what value Christian religion provides to many people in many cases. It's frustrating to listen to a sermon that sounds basically like a sales pitch for an insurance policy: pay us regularly, and we'll make sure your soul...
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    This is an important point because the assumption of Evangelical Christians since the Bush Administration has been that Latino Immigrants will keep the US as a highly religious nation. I can't find the study right now, but I remember reading...
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    "Although 70% of Americans consider themselves as belonging to a religion, only 47% belong to a congregation. 30% do not consider themselves as belonging to a religion, of whom over 70% consider themselves not religious (around 35% of the US...
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    Good news on the semiconductor race: https://www.verdict.co.uk/tsmc-trumps-ibms-2nm-chip-tech-hyperbole-with-1nm-claim/ 1. TSMC has made progress on the 1 nm chip. This sounds more like a successful prototype than a finished model, but at least it's out of the "we can only demonstrate it...
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    Back on topic, I came across this interesting article about the energy usage of Bitcoin mining: "The authors estimated the energy consumption of the entire bitcoin network at 113.89 terawatts per hour - 99% of which comes from operating mining...
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    You're right, my mistake....
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    They released the latest Chinese census. 1. According to the Chinese government, the difference between the projected and census total population is due to an under count in Guangdong. That's the province which contains Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and the rest of...
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    A few new developments in the world of space news 1. The Economist finally confirms the following rumor about SpaceX: SpaceX charges $62 million for a new rocket, and $50 million for a reused rocket. That rumor has been around...
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    Your proposal to ban cryptocurrency might run into 2 problems, 1 big 1 little. 1. China. I don't know the extent to which the new Chinese currency is a cryptocurrency, but any ban would have to have an exemption for...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "After some research, it takes delta_V = 1.87 km/s to take off from the Moon's surface to lunar orbit. New Shepard's delta_V is 3.36 km/s." I meant to add to that the following: "I wonder if New Shepard could get...
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    IBM unveiled the first 2 nm chip! Looks like they're back in the race https://www.reuters.com/technology/ibm-unveils-2-nanometer-chip-technology-faster-computing-2021-05-06/...
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    @1353 After some research, it takes delta_V = 1.87 km/s to take off from the Moon's surface to lunar orbit. New Shepard's delta_V is 3.36 km/s. http://www.astronautix.com/n/newshepard.html https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/29861/how-easy-is-it-to-take-off-from-the-moon You're correct on the rest. @1349 I'm not against the idea of...
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    Blue Origin is going to launch humans this July 20 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/06/jeff-bezoss-blue-origin-plans-space-sightseeing-jaunt-for-july I just had a conversation with a friend who was wondering if it would be faster to modify New Shepard as a human lunar lander and use Starship separately...
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    There's a Wikipedia article on this. I'll quote the occurrence part, since it's short "Research published in 2016 indicated that one in 50 British fathers is unknowingly raising a child who is the biological child of another man, and that...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A friend recently pointed me to this article about the future half of the 21st century https://razib.substack.com/p/our-three-body-problem Here are a few interesting quotes "In my daily life, I spend a lot of time up to my eyeballs in direct-to-consumer (DTC)...
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    Wow! China expects the first population decline in 2020 since 1949. This wasn't expected to happen until 2030. This probably explains why the government purged feminist accounts off their social media. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/china-to-report-first-population-decline-since-1949-despite-relaxing-one-child-policy A few points 1. South Korea also had...
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