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  1. Surprised you haven't seen that bill explode as well. At least one person I know has complained that their electricity bill in CA has quadrupled.
  2. Saw the Super Bendy Bus from a Cities: Skylines DLC/paid mod, and my mind went "What the everloving heck, are these real!?" Well,
  3. Hence the Soviet policy of total mechanization. Soviet tanks are known to have had anti-neutron applique armor long before ERWs were fielded. All tests demonstrated a depressing ineffectiveness of neutron bombs; even if a fatal dose was achieved, the crews were likely to turn into "walking dead" - the dose needed to kill a human on the spot is truly enormous, between 40 and 120 Sv. In practice, neutron weapons became a rhetorical tool ("capitalist weapons"), and found their true use in missile defense. More importantly, all small thermonukes are neutron bombs due to inferior tamper design.
  4. Not bad, not terrible. But I'm aftaid Item №2 is an immobile mansion. Also, I don't think these people have looked too much into blimps, and why they require docking systems.
  5. Poor choice of press. It's already reentered by the moment you were posting this. https://tass.ru/kosmos/14663549 Ultimately this probably was some technical demonstrator. After all, the upper stage then boosted itself into a higher orbit, therefore leaving the sat in a staging orbit doesn't make much sense unless it was expendable.
  6. In the late 1990s-early aughts, after seeing the pricetages for modern PGMs, there was a spate of interest in fourth-generation pure fusion weapons that wouldn't have a minimum yield. This answer looks credible: https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-smallest-nuclear-explosion-possible/answer/William-Mook?ch=15&oid=211270801&share=84e71fa0&target_type=answer More importantly, kiloton-class nuclear weapons aren't that destructive. This is more or less representative of a nuclear artillery shell: https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/?&kt=1&lat=55.751667&lng=37.617778&hob_psi=5&hob_ft=1025&casualties=1&psi=20,5,1&zm=12
  7. The loading arm seems so grossly unnecessary. Although if it's on 2S7, maybe it's worth it. And now that we went there, there's something really hilarious about the M777 in tow configuration. Somehow the D30 manages to retain its dignity.
  8. Has it? I'm not that sure. Barely three months after an omicron wave, I'm seeing undiminished crowds, next to no masks (<1% use on public transport), and the subway is removing free sanitizer stations. People are in a rush to return to normalcy. The only holdout I can still see are people (not) at work, and that's only because of a very clear lack of need for in-person attendance in my industry - and because the office admin is yet to return all the chairs that they've taken away to enforce social distancing.
  9. Products of the Tambov gunpowder plant: And then people wonder why the RG-42 grenades looks like a tin can...
  10. The set for the new The Lost World movie looks swag https://english.news.cn/20220507/722aa19654e9469db044f1c231fb260e/c.html
  11. https://www.lesswrong.com/tag/paperclip-maximizer
  12. A problem would immediately arise of collecting a sufficiently large dataset, and then thoroughly cleaning it. Anything short of going through it with a toothbrush can result in the AI developing a weird bias, either unintentionally or, worse, intentionally (e.g. poisoning the data to tech the AI to ram any vehicle with Pennsylvania plates), it would take a lot of testing to even identify that bias, and then you'd have to start the whole process all over. The problem seems that humans have a lot of built-in "brakes" that prevent us from doing something potentially harmful. We develop this over a huge period of time, and we're usually able to override impulses from an ill-trained neural net of our own. Whereas our AIs don't have that, and so, in the same place, if an AI decided it wanted a donut it plausibly could rob someone in the street for a donut if something clicked in its brain. Our AIs are sociopaths.
  13. The problem here is that, until the recent plateau, everyone's consumption of computing power grew explosively. So we should be careful making pronouncements about the future consumer not needing something.
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