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  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "OK, boomer" is what you say after being hit by a submarine....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    You need to put these mirrors quite low anyway to for maximize death-beamness, and they will have high area/mass ratio, so debris will re-enter fast....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    No, Musk's title will be The Elon of Mars, with Earth merely a province of his interplanetary empire....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I know, I know. I was trying to fuel Charlie's dislike of Elon and inspire in him a terrifying dystopic vision of a brutal orbital death-beam-based solar dictatorship....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >SpaceX won't be doing a solar power satellite project unless Elon's views on the subject have changed a great deal from 2012, when he expressed them thus: "You'd have to convert photon to electron to photon back to electron. What's...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >"BTW, the biggest problem with a nuclear-heavy future is that this would require the nuclear weapons powers to tolerate the building of a vast number of nuclear reactors." But these are exactly the countries who are supposed to be losers...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Also, can someone explain why the poor sunless western states doomed to wither under the overcast Siberian sky can't just build more fission reactors?...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >You can, but why would you when there's plenty of dry land? Sea water eats equipment. You want your solar panels as close as possible to reduce transmission losses....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >There must be a temptation to accelerate climate change, set up automated pv farms in newly uninhabitable lands and try to have it both ways. You can have automated floating pv farms on the surface of the ocean....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Or maybe SpaceX's next project after Starship and Starlink will be a constellation of huge solar power satellites. And if it can double as a weapon of mass immolation, DoD will sponsor it, too. Just imagine, thousands of enormous shining...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    >>>"unicorns and female virgins" relationship involved consuming them And this is why unicorns went extinct. Virgins ate them all....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    We live in an age where individuals almost never get to make a significant difference. As opposed to which age?...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    >The Numenoreans had a technology at least as good as that of the 1960's .... Um. Only in earlier versions of Numenor. Tolkien had the idea of "Atlantis with lost technology" but down-scaled it later. More likely, Numenor just had...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Look, regardless of what you think of Elon Musk as a person, they very thing he tries to achieve, namely cheap space travel, will preclude him from being an Emperor of Mars. Other companies and states will copy SpaceX technology...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Anyone trying to settle Bir Tawil is going to be @#$%^ in the #$^ by Egypt and Sudan simultaneously in a rare display of international solidarity....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    All right, let’s develop this from first principles. D&D is played for escapism, for the sense of agency, and for novelty. In a world where magic is real, the novelty side is diminished, although not entirely, as there are many...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    There is an interesting science paper from Uri Alon's lab on the possible strategy of gradual exit from lockdown without a second spike: Adaptive cyclic exit strategies from lockdown to suppress COVID-19 and allow economic activity It's still pretty rough......
  • Commented on A serious question
    Re: question 2. You have to decide how close to a full moon a werewolf must be to trigger the transformation. Because otherwise, well, there are billions of moons in the universe, so the sky is filled with fool moons...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    A Slush Pile of Infinite Awfulness Ten aspiring male writers must simultaneously: 1. Attempt to sell their first novel to a group of ten female literary agents. 2. Attempt to win the hearts of the aforementioned literary agents....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    >That's not going to work when one delegation have access to rocks and the other has nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The delegation doesn't have access to weapons....
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    New Middle East: Mission Impossible Ten contestants must pitch Peace Deal proposals to a delegation of angry Israelis and Palestinians. Winner is the one who ends with the least amount of bruises after the inevitable beating they receive from the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You are contradicting yourself here. USA may not be able (willing, to be correct - of course they are technically able) to occupy Iran completely, but it is 100% able to destroy it as a state, and keep it this...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I wonder how many times one must have been dropped on their head as a baby to fail to notice that sometimes words and phrases mean something different from their constituent parts. Like spotted dick. Or democracy....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    >>>PV power is not only cheaper than new-build coal plant, it's on a curve to be cheaper than existing coal-fired power stations within 2-5 years (pessimistically). Except you can't store enough of it, so even if it was free you'd...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Invest 90% of your money into developing a sensible tokamak fusion reactor with modern magnets, as proposed by the MIT. Just buy out Commonwealth Fusion Systems and supercharge it. Try to get Elon Musk involved, to maximize recruitment of talent...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I use Scrivener 1.9.7 on Linux with WINE, works great. Justr curious, what Scriv 3 has that 1.9 doesn't?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    >No, wait, you're going to invade the Persian Empire? Pull the other one, it's got bells on. Or you could just invade the parts that have oil and set a puppet state there, destroy the infrastructure of all the other...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    >The term you are looking for is intersectionality (originally, intersectional feminism, but it spread out a bit). I always wonder - why is a fancy "-ity" term required for something which is so self-evident?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Badly, except for the Groke. She'd be right at home. Oh, the Moomins have quite a share of weird and creepy stuff, which could fit into a Lovecraftian universe with some adjustments. For example, the entire Moominland Midwinter, where Moomin...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Cthulhu approves r'lyeherendums....
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