Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    germans: ok, so our country is called Deutschland the french: got it. the country of Allemagne germans: ...no? that doesn't even sound like it the english: oh no, we got it, it's Germany germans: not even close the polish: it's...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Iron Man’s armor would look a lot less cool with great big snowshoes....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Well this will reduce interest in one of Bitcoin’s major use cases: US seizes $2.3 million Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware attackers https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/us-seizes-2-3-million-colonial-pipeline-paid-to-ransomware-attackers/...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I like to tell them “No thanks, we’re satisfied with our current provider.”...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A friend of mine used to describe himself as a militant agnostic: “I don’t know whether God exists, AND YOU DON’T EITHER!”...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “people who enjoy religion like to burn people who disagree with them alive, behead them, hang them, torture them and so on “ As noted in #1428 atheists of the Marxist variety have done just as bad. As noted in...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Volume in barn-mega parsecs. (~3cc)...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I don't know that hemp in any form can take the place of kevlar or aramid for anti-meteor defense on the outside of a spacesuit or spacecraft. Don’t know about hemp, but oak has been used for ablative reentry shields....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    FTL could be a 2-meter cage of chicken wire equipped with magic. STL with magic-tech hibernation might have a payload section not much bigger than the passengers, but without magic physics the associated radiation shielding and engines are going to...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I don’t expect starships to land, but rather stay in orbit and tender/shuttle to the surface. Repair in space is in some ways easier than repair in the ocean: unlike seawater vacuum isn’t corrosive and doesn’t apply large forces to...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Of course that’s already somewhat the case but he cranks it up to eleven....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Part of the world building in Peter Watts’ “Blindsight” is computers doing things that are critically important, incomprehensible/inexplicable to humans, and not always reliable....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Some of our Senators make Jar-Jar Binks look quite the statesman....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    “ The other 80% are all life peers by appointment, comprising a mixture of retired eminent politicians (it keeps them from coming back to annoy their successors in the Commons) and domain-specific experts, such as law professors, retired senior civil...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    It is within living memory that farmland was valued for its steady state food output and forest for its steady state pulp wood output. In this same era mortgages were valued for their expected payments and perceived risk of default...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Sounds like an “EU First” sort of policy. “The Brexshiteers are already all over this one.” To which the obvious answer is “Too bad we didn’t stay in!”...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Going back to the OP I expect the mayor and their most trusted aides will open the emergency planning files, dig around a while, then say “Implement emergency plan 17A, variant 2.”...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Gene Wolfe?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Given sea level rise I don’t see the point of spending anything on Miami infrastructure rather than just milking the cash cow until you have to abandon it....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Your family is right....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Horrible design! “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Is instinctive these days, and it’s hard to concentrate on reading the manual when someone’s shooting at you....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “Many of the political corruption [pardon] cases seem to be people who pleaded to one count of lying to the FBI to get out from under more serious charges ...” Is it legal for the FBI going ahead with prosecuting...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Knock knock. Who’s there? OJ. OJ who? OK, you’re on the jury!...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Secret Service normally tries to follow all local laws ...” So what happens if a cop saunters up with an arrest warrant and a pair of handcuffs?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I suspect you’re misremembering, and it was “eighty” vs. “quartre-vingts” (four twenties)....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’d like to see him met by DC police with an arrest warrant on behalf of NY for tax evasion....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ And intentionally let it slide.” Make that “And were ordered to let it slide by their top-level boss.” On January 20th that boss changes....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’ve observed (from the outside) that chronic pain tends to use up a lot of energy and brain space leaving little for anything else. And age often brings chronic pain. (See Charlie @ 621.)...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Whatever their reasons for voting as they do, they remain in practice a party of treason. Plus I wonder how safe Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez are feeling right now....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Impeachment passed. 10 Republicans voted for, 197 against. So, 95% of the Republican Party is still more loyal to Trump than to the US Constitution....
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