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  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Attempted extortion by biological agent (1979), might be interesting to the readership: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/extortionists-used-personal-ads-in-5m-ransom-demand-over-foot-and-mouth-disease-1.4584576...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Warm beer? Because I want to taste it....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Okay, but who cares if the city grows at a steady rate? Why is that desirable? Or have I misunderstood?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Of course, I could add the link to the article. D'oh... https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24933271-000-kate-crawford-interview-how-ai-is-exploiting-people-and-the-planet/...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    If anyone has access (either to the online article or via hardcopy), there is a relevant interview with Kate Crawford in this week's New Scientist magazine. She is generally in agreement with OGH, I think. IIRC, Crawford is a player...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    More like Azathoth, I'd guess. IIRC a "congeries of iridescent bubbles" is a phrase HPL uses. That sounds as if it might be describing "sub-haloes"....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Or perhaps Lt. Gorman was considered the most expendable of the available lieutenants by at least those of TPTB who clearly understood the potential lethality of the threat....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Um. I take the point, but that seems unwise, for reasons of justice; because you're making the lawyer's career progression depend on *losing* a case....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I have that corpuscles-in-retina effect as well, often as a result of coughing. I think it tends to correlate with dehydration, for me....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Not wanting to make light of this, but that sounds like a good fit for "being haunted", or perhaps "cursed"....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Rewiring: Whem my sister went off to college in Portsmouth, in the early 80s (1981, I think), she moved into a student hall of residence. There were 12 rooms to a floor. She was the only one of the twelve...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Parakeets: In this county (Dorset) there is a small resident population (maybe3 15 birds, with no evidence of breeding in 2019) around the village of Studland, and occasional wandering birds. That's it. The residents have been there for many years...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    So far as I can se the proposed tunnel from Stranraer to Larne is a political sop to those Tory backbenchers who are still interested in the Union and to the DUP. The price and timescale make that quite clear....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Per Dale Allen at 692 above (to whom I wish good luck), I hope Texans and their neighbours have remembered that melting snow can produce floods....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Agree. Racial slurs are generally short and punchy. This is very specific and not a term which trips off the tongue....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Good to see you :)...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    :lightbulb: I think I may have missed the single greatest selling-point of the proposed currency. Let me summarise: The Musk-coin will be used to trade in Martian real-estate. This real-estate does not exist before Musk-coins are a thing, for...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    That's Mr Musk's problem, and the basic assumption of the whole thread....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    That's a useful explanation for me, thanks....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    How much hemp can a hempbuck buck?...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    A bit of a diversion, but of interest to many of us. Seems a waste of perfectly decent An-2 to me, but tactically it's very elegant. https://thebulletin.org/2021/02/the-next-frontier-in-drone-warfare-a-soviet-era-crop-duster/...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Best wishes to you....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Sure. But Mr Musk's colony is independent, at least in name. And, seriously: You're going to war, on Earth, for the sake of Mars? Not impossible, of course, but I do think there will be a lot of pushback....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    JBS and Troutwaxer, re enforcing the Outer Space Treaty: If it's too expensive to do (depending on your calculation of "expensive"), then the actual legality is not really relevant. That was the point. Yes you can build hab-killing missiles cheaply....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    (As a banking innocent) I assume that the Martian central bank can buy land priced in Elons? That would be a way to stimulate the economy at need....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Enforcing that legality might be tricky, though....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Indeed. I expect there will be a lot of "supervise the young adults" in short bursts (an hour or so at a time, perhaps) - experience is valuable. But for those who can't manage that, there doesn't seem to be...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Well, damn. Here I've been thinking "Okay, is that to do with badgers, or honey, or what..." (mostly when I was half asleep), and there it was on the Wikipedia. Never occurred to me to look....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I'm going with the strategic deception, personally. The idea that USN built working prototypes, the existence of which is proved *only* by an email chain, doesn't discourage that belief at all....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    I'm left-handed with a mouse (I broke my right collarbone). The mouse stays in the right-handed config....
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