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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
Geezus, emoji fail. IDK if happy was what I meant to portray.  :whistle:
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We can imagine a far-flung future, in the throng of ...
Third time.
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The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Since you all are into Wikipedia horses, I checked to see if it was possible to constrain the wikipedia random generator to horses, and sure it is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Horses

Here is first catch

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Yes, you couldn't possibly return this "mountain peak" (Google's words, not mine) of 75 m above sea level.
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A little horse history.

Horse history seems to be a highly mobile field, so don't get carried away.

The second half largely covered the Yamnaya and the Indo-European languages.

Oh, and while this Nova documentary, First Horse Warriors, is from 2019 and thus positively ancient in the history of horses, it tells a similar story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I74S96TMMLM
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The Lounge / Re: Random horse
I've been reading (parts of) the French Wikipedia article of the day now for two or possibly more years. There's an astonishing amount of horses among those.

You mean that there is a CNRS cabal behind both modern horse genealogy and French Wikipedia? I could well imagine that.
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The Lounge / Re: Random horse
Oh, and while this Nova documentary, First Horse Warriors, is from 2019 and thus positively ancient in the history of horses, it tells a similar story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I74S96TMMLM
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Just like in the good old dot bust days. Goal is not to actually make a usable product, but to attract investor capital. It's a scam, but legit.

https://twitter.com/joinmastodon/status/1451038281173504001
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The Lounge / Re: Random horse
 Not really random, but very topical to horsedom.

Origin of domestic horses finally established



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This strategy paid off: although Eurasia was once populated by genetically distinct horse populations, a dramatic change had occurred between 2000 and 2200 BC. A genetic profile, previously confined to the Pontic steppes (North Caucasus)3, began to spread beyond its native region, replacing all the wild horse populations from the Atlantic to Mongolia within a few centuries.

This is quite fascinating because of the time and the place. The Kurgan hypothesis has been victorious the last couple decades, merging a Yamnaya culture (archeological findings), a language group (Indo-European), and genetic mapping into a fairly coherent picture. And domestication of horses (not yet horseriding, but wagons) has been the hypothesized driver that spread these Ukrainians (more or less) over wide parts of Eurasia.

And the place fits perfectly, but time not so much. 4200 ya is at least a millennium after the Proto-Indo-European speaking tribes started emigrating from Ukraine (or thereabout).

Now, all tame horses today can trace their roots back to these Caucasian horses, but they were not the first domesticated horses. The same team had earlier established that Botai horses, tamed more than 5500 ya, were not the ancestors of today's tame horses. But they were the ancestors of Przewalski's horses, previously assumed to be original wild horses, but that would be feral horses instead.

The research is EU funded by the slightly confusingly named Pegasus project (because of another Pegasus project)
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Lucy on the way... 




(picture of an artist)
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Hard to tell what Zhurong and Perseverance will be up now that Mars is on the opposite side of the Sun.

But for "money dumped in vast amounts for space" we can look forward to the James Webb space telescope (JWST) launch in December. Even assuming it survives the launch, the 10 gigabuck telescope will have a limited shelf life, and there will be no battery chance or other maintenance. But the views...

https://youtu.be/b6AdjzJhWYQ
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
That's the nice thing with this thread. It is designed so that it can only get worse, never better.
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
I also think that a Trump will run, but it is going to be a very short run, either utterly embarrassing or utterly forgettable. He won't get half as far as Larry Elder, not even a quarter.

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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
On vacation one day, off-planet another...  Have a lookout for suspicious activity on vAIgra.thedndspamtuary.cpan.org.
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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
For the second time the entropic interval increase happened here in the entropy thread, last time was message 31.

We can imagine a far-flung future, in the throng of the universal heat-death, where this thread alone is updated irregularly by perfectly well-formed and valid messages from semi-sentient Perl scripts hawking Viagra to a species that no longer exists, because if they ceased,  they wouldn't exist either. This site, long ago self-hosted off-world, would be one of the last remnants of this lost one, that apart from the flashes of Perl-by-perpetual-night remains completely tranquil. Anyway, new update.

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DnD Central / Re: DnD entropy
Since this is the Americas thread, South America does stand out.





https://twitter.com/jaxroam/status/1418252167102730258


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Since this is the Americas thread, South America does stand out.






https://twitter.com/jaxroam/status/1418252167102730258
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There is a Norwegian saying roughly like "Rise like a bear, fall like a fur coat".



The logistics of providing vaccines succeeded very well, the politics of breaking through wall of anti-vaxx propaganda less so. 
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The irony with mask wearing is that the infection rate would have been much lower if everyone who didn't wear masks wore them and everyone who did didn't. Those who don't wear masks are far more likely to be infected and infectious than those who do.

And while the vaccine doesn't fully protect against getting infected and passing that on, it is quite silly that the vaccinated ones are the ones to wear masks.
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Nobody seriously believed that, or that he fiddled. Not in our lifetimes anyway. Like I said before, it is fascinating how much more we know of our past now than we did in our past. Biology and (pre)history are the fields that have changed the most in our life.

Prehistory is kind of crazy, brain research too. Whatever you thought you knew five years ago you have to relearn. IT by comparison is pretty staid. 40 years ago, if you wanted to learn ancient programming, you'd go for Cobol on mainframes. Not to the same extent as before, but they are still hiring. That language is going to live longer than any human.
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DnD Central / Re: The Russians are coming
Kremlin papers appear to show Putin's plot to put Trump in White House

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Vladimir Putin personally authorised a secret spy agency operation to support a "mentally unstable" Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential election during a closed session of Russia's national security council, according to what are assessed to be leaked Kremlin documents.

The key meeting took place on 22 January 2016, the papers suggest, with the Russian president, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present.

They agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow's strategic objectives, among them "social turmoil" in the US and a weakening of the American president's negotiating position.

Russia's three spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin's signature.

By this point Trump was the frontrunner in the Republican party's nomination race. A report prepared by Putin's expert department recommended Moscow use "all possible force" to ensure a Trump victory.

Western intelligence agencies are understood to have been aware of the documents for some months and to have carefully examined them. The papers, seen by the Guardian, seem to represent a serious and highly unusual leak from within the Kremlin.

The Guardian has shown the documents to independent experts who say they appear to be genuine. Incidental details come across as accurate. The overall tone and thrust is said to be consistent with Kremlin security thinking.

Assuming this is genuine, even assuming it is not, someone with access to it must have passed it on to the Guardian for some reason, and at this time.
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Martian martial machines?
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Several small steps for meatbaggery this summer.

June was the month for sinobags, while Zhurong was still trundling over Mars. When the taikonauts had their spacewalk, there was a a sudden interest in the Space Cow.



And July is the month for the moneybags. While the 71 year old Virgin launched his latest scheme for multibillionaires to make money from multimillionaires, Amazon is about to deliver their chief operating package into orbit. 
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A full circular economy is a much bigger project, like you said unlikely to complete this century. OTOH unlikely not to be the state of  the next.

An ever-growing number of products and processes are designed with their destruction/disassembly in mind. Nuts and bolts were pretty reversible, but we are unlikely to return to them. A lot of ingenuity goes into laminates. Delamination is highly undesirable in a product's lifetime, but very desirable afterwards.

Metals were our first  reusable objects, and metal alloys can be reverted to their elemental origins. However both the making of and the reuse of metals is very energy expensive, and especially now that we depend on fossil fuels for energy metals metals are the least attractive option for most purposes.