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Barry

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    (re: jacks) "I wish I had one just to pull things out of the ground. They were great for fence posts or small woody plants/trees." Try a swedish windlass (two crossed sticks or bars, winding the main rope around the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Really? Why is that? The last time we had a sudden and dramatic collapse in population (the Black Death) it freed up the labour market, created upwardly mobile peasants, upwardly mobile merchants, and ultimately the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Really think that folks will not want to emigrate to a newly-opened colony? No parking problems, you can live where (like Dan'l Boone) you can't see the smoke from your neighbor's chimney?" This was covered in our good host's post...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Mine out Mercury to create a Dyson swarm (a better use for Elon's Boring company instead of going to Mars)" By the time that we have that sort of large scale, high-tech and even higher-energy civilization, any problem that we...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "I watched the trailer for Edge of Tomorrow, that someone posted a link to. Um, wearing little to no clothes under the metal armor? A visor that falls off when he hits the ground?" I think that the point was...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "He almost certainly didn't have black neighbours or really know any African-Americans, until he joined the Navy -- and possibly not even then." Not even then. He was an officer, and blacks would have been a very, very small majority...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "But to get out of the 1929 deflation, nothing worked, even the new deal was not really enough. " Actually, the New Deal was working great, as graphs of the time will show. What blew it was that they decided...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The mention of pumped power storage above reminds me yet again how well we have concealed the Future Inland Sea Empire from you thirsty unfortunates in the rest of the USA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludington_Pumped_Storage_Power_Plant . Built in 1973. As for the US,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "You're talking "off the grid". That works, if you care to live like that... or at least until the land you're living on becomes of importance to the Powers That Be." Or to people who have themselves been pushed, or...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "Instead of crossing a Berlin Wall to freedom on the other side, you simply find freedom in living an obscure, simple life off by yourself and not interacting with the powers that be." The problem is that bad societies tend...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    " In other words, the problem isn't necessarily demand but supply (of sufficient interested candidates)." That's not an excuse....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "And about 10% of murderers contest their guilt instead of accepting it and getting out of jail." Let's see...... You were wrongfully convicted of murder. You will spend the rest of your life in prison. Unless you sign a false...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "For those applications, the thought is that there isn't a lot of data out there to train anything this complex. Perhaps transformers are revolutionizing that field as well?" For speech to text, what I have heard is that close caption...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "I suspect we're going to need a lot more (and a lot more sophisticated) use of "supervised classification". Short version: That's the term used in remote sensing to describe when humans "supervise" the classification performed by a computer algorithm to...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Oh, in terms of hospital system failures: When I was hired (as a statistician), we reviewed emergency procedures. Under 'blackout' I said that I'd probably just go home. My boss said that I'd more likely go to the main hospital,...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "Oh, most definitely a good idea. It was somewhat amusing as we dealt with 3 nurses in the room in 4 hours and there was lots of scanning and beeping just to be sent home. " I used to work...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "From the article: "The warrant portrayed Mr. Peterson, the only armed guard on campus, as an officer with a wealth of active shooter training" There's 'a wealth of training' and 'being *well* trained'....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    (quoting another?) "The M-16 had a left hand firing adapter that deflected the ejected cartridges so they flipped over the top & off to the shooter's left. You can buy left-handed AR-15s." Ah, the memories. I'm a lefty, and when...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    "And get the English to pay for it… :-/" Make sure that you update your finances; the world has changed a bit since then: 'OK, here's our payment: 1 (I) dungheap, fresh. 1 (I) copper cauldron 5 (V) sheep 7...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I expect that any future representation by lawyers will come with very large retainers UP FRONT." IANAL, but I wouldn't even touch him then, because the (criminal) origin of the money would be a problem. I think that it comes...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    IMHO, Trump's biggest problem in taking exile would be that most places would not let him land, since they just hired a crew to pain new runway lines or something. If he fled to Russia, he'd be Putin's prisoner, but...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "One of the things democratically elected politicians routinely do all the time is meet with visiting constituents. Given that a bunch of constituents had come to town for a political rally, glad-handing a few of the more prominent ones is...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    " They are in the middle of a civil war, *now*. " I diasagree. The Trump/Maga/Fascist wing *won*. The decent conservative faction can at best make speeches. Note that after a mob stormed the Capitol building, the majority of House...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    In addition, it's not just white protestants, but also right-wing Catholics; many of whom would love a Francoist government....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I think it's time to actually look at the people who decided to opt for violence on an individual basis and find out what sent them over the edge because if we don't understand this, we're not helping the situation...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "A number of White House staffers and political appointees resigned in the past 48 hours. You might have missed it, but one of them was Elaine Chao Secretary for Transportation." I disagree - if they've resigned, they are not available...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Charlie: "Are the Trumpists going to split and form a new party? Or are the Republicans going to split, many of them deserting to the Democrat coalition, and leave the rump party to the neo-Nazis? Or something else?" There is...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The vote counting in the US Capitol building has been stopped; the police are evacuating people. A large Trump MAGA mob have taken over at least part of the building. It might have been faked, but there was a photo...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "Essentially then - never ending brexit. AAaaaaaaargh!" The UK is a large (by EU standards) country 20 miles from the EU, with longstanding major trading relationships. This means that neither party can get away with ignoring the other (without consequences)....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "I notice that a US Republican congressman-elect has just died from Covid. I've also seen that the number of Republican office holders who have had Covid is three times the number of Democrats. Assuming this continues, in a few years...
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