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Messages - jax

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DnD Central / Re: I Feel Old…
I think most of us are older than Emacs, though when I first used it had been around forever. Now that I looked it up, it had only been around about six years. TeX was still new, fresh, and exciting.

Both fortunately, long, long, long behind me.  
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Besides, by inauguration day 2029 Obama would be 68 years old. To paraphrase Borat, he would be too young for you.
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That was, I assume, for the 2008 election, not the 2028 one.

There is a loophole, either big or medium-sized, in the 22nd amendment. Obama cannot run for president a third time, but he may probably run for vice-president. There is some debate about that, but as he's probably a supreme court justice by then, he could get a favourable ruling. Assume that, after their re-election in 2028, president Ocasio-Cortez and VP Omar both resign. Then the presidency, by the line of succession, will go to the speaker of the House, which happens to be Barack Obama.

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Hobbies & Entertainment / Re: Food
Dumplings and Delicacies, a retrospective.
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DnD Central / Re: Drone Technology
Flying pricks, even... 

https://youtu.be/J8fFVOoqepc?t=180
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Awesome.

My bag was full of that "awesome" rubbishing word.

I note you like a lot of folk here in Gt Britain have got brained by Yanks. The 'awesome' word and we tend to use the words they use here routinely which I find a groan.
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Better yet, RJ: No more human priests! AI is the way to go. What's the worst that could happen? :)

(I remember an old SciFi short-short where the world's most advance computer was built. The first question put to it was "Is there a God?" The machine promptly replied "There is now!")

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Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.  He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe -- ninety-six billion planets -- into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies. Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions.

Then after a moment's silence he said, "Now, Dwar Ev." Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets.  Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel. Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath.

"The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn."
"Thank you," said Dwar Reyn. "It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer."
He turned to face the machine. "Is there a God?"
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay. "Yes, now there is a God."
Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch. A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.
--Fredric Brown, Answer
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DnD Central / Re: Drone Technology
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I was buying milk and mozzarella, both with an expiration date at or after the 2020 US presidential election (counting and quarreling not included).

That is a signal the 2028 US presidential campaign is about to begin. So here we are. 
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Then again the French-Senegalese Mignonnes triggered days of bespoke outrage in the US. That's what happens when you get so big as to draw attention to yourself.

Netflix now worth more than ExxonMobil

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Hard to get good help nowadays.

New Orleans archbishop: Priest's desecration of altar 'demonic'

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The Archbishop of New Orleans said Friday that a priest's filming of a pornographic videotape atop a church's altar was demonic, and that the priest will never again serve in Catholic ministry.
Fr. Travis Clark's "obscene behavior was deplorable," Aymond said in a statement released by the Archdiocese Oct. 9.
"His desecration of the altar in Church was demonic. I am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow," Aymond said.


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I haven't seen Tenet yet, and wouldn't watch it on cinema anyway. Cinemas don't appeal to me, and neiither do the vast majority of movies around.

I liked the cinema concept I saw in Beijing. Instead of the regular multiplex with maybe a dozen or half-dozen screens playing a dozen or half-dozen current movies of marginal interest, it had a number of VIP-like rooms with a varying number of comfortable chairs (range 2-12), and you could pick from a couple hundred movies, mostly old (and, I suspect, unpaid for) with a home cinema setup.
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Another thing to note, countries that we thought of as "young" when we were, but since had a rapid demographic transition, will actually have a higher median age in a few years from now. Bangladesh, for instance, would be an older people's home than Sweden, because the Bangladeshi "bump" will grow older, while Sweden's population structure will stay fairly straight as above.
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DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
In principle leading a transport tube through water should be a lot cheaper than digging it through rock. In practice it is not, at least not yet.
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DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
Boris bridging the gap.

An Irish Sea bridge would be just another Boris Johnson folly

If you let the Chinese invest in it, it will be great fun.




And a new thread on the topic.
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We covered this 10 years ago.



An Ireland-Britain link got almost as many votes as an Ireland-US link. 

Of these, the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link is the one likely to begin construction by 2025.


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No, that is the tax authorities. You could say they perform a similar divine role, knowing who is good, bad, or in arrears, where they live (or if they live) and who they are in family with. 
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Well, you could reasonably say that being poor is a comorbidity with Covid-19, or at least a risk factor.  Being rich and powerful is an advantage here too.

Question is if this will change the administration policy on the disease, and their current wilful high-risk strategy.


Trump admin. overrules CDC director on extending ban on cruises

Assuming a mild or asymptomatic disease, this would be a reasonable course correction. Maximise the sympathy, improving their reelection chances, and minimise the death toll at the same time. 

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DnD Central / Re: Maps-Maps-Maps! ?
Estonia has a good operatic performer this year (Russian singer). And the song is in Italian. No gay or romantic dancing. No other fooling around. It cannot place anywhere high, but good enough it got to the finals.

There is a tradition for opera in Eurovision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxFXfg3HYuE
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DnD Central / Re: Maps-Maps-Maps! ?
MapPorn: Positions on the status of Western Sahara - Red supports Morocco claims, Green have diplomatic relations or recognize SADR, Cyan recognize self determination of Sahrawi people but not SADR, Grey no opinion


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DnD Central / Re: The world in 2030
leaving the more important goals hidden from view.

Which are?
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DnD Central / Re: The world in 2030
Goals are goals, not predictions. ;)
Well, yeah, pardon my French. What's the other word for loudly hyped utterly failed goals?


So the only utterly failed goals from the first set are 1B (employment actually went down from 2000 to 2015), and 7A/7B (failed to fully protect nature).

For the rest a significant improvement, but the set goal wasn't reached.

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DnD Central / Re: The world in 2030
Goals are supposed to be hard. If they are too easy they are pointless. If they are impossible they are also pointless. For the first set of goals (MDG in 2015), I think it is interesting not only if they were achieved, but how well they were (not) achieved, as they were numberical targets. 100% or above is success, 99% or below is failure.


TargetSuccess rate in 2015; 100% is reached goal
Target 1A: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day168%
Target 1B: Achieve Decent Employment for Women, Men, and Young People-5%
Target 1C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger90%
Target 2A: By 2015, all children can complete a full course of Primary education/primary schooling, girls and boys24%
Target 3A: Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015success
Target 4A: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate78%
Target 5A: Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio60%
Target 5B: Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health (pregnant women)26%
Target 5B: Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health (married women)20%
Target 6A: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS40%
Target 6B: Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it43%
Target 6C: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases (malaria)168%
Target 6C: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases (tubercolosis)121%
Target 7A: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs; reverse loss of environmental resourcespartial failure
Target 7B: Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of losspartial failure
Target 7C: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water125%
Target 7C: Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to basic sanitation61%
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DnD Central / Re: The world in 2030
This was the outcome of the first round, the Millennium Development Goals, set for 2015 in the year 2000: