David L

David L

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    My point was they might do more than current and one back. He said they would not. They did....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    No, they won't. (The organization for engineering, build & integration, and release just really aren't suited for it.) But they did. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208331 10.13, 10.12, AND 10.11...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I can handle the heat. Where I grew up 5 to 30 days over 90F/32C were normal in the summer. And a few over 100F/38C was not all that odd. And we had a bit of humidity. It was where...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Since we're into 300+ comments.... Too bad we couldn't work out a temperature trade last week with Sydney, AU. Above freezing for only a few hours of the last 10 days or so here in Raleigh where a typical winter...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    But others who I do trust to understand say that it, Meltdown, can dump you entire computer memory (slowly, admittedly). Very slowing in computer terms. To the extend you'll never get anything near a snapshot. Just a bunch of very...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Paying for websites is a concept that I have no sympathy with because the cost is between trivial and zero. As others have mentioned; Seriously??? This web site is the simplest I visit and it's not free for CS to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    old hardware that can't run newer OSs (like the original Core Duo iteration of the 2010 Macbook Air, or my mother's 2008 iMac[*]) isn't getting security patches even though it's still in use. MacTracker shows 2010 MacBook Air will...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    And maybe you don't have kids and you've got a great job and lots of free time... etc. And for how long of a commitment? 1 year. 20 years?...
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    See also the very shiny G4 Cube gathering dust on top of the bookcase behind me (it still booted happily last time I pulled it down and plugged everything in.) One thing some are doing is putting MacMini CPUs into...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Same in the US. Not sure what you read into that other comment. The thing he was talking about was a non profit looking to switch to a for profit and how to deal with the assets at the time...
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    One problem is that some Apple computers with older Intel hardware can't run newer versions of OS X beyond Yosemite and Apple is not releasing security patches for older versions of the OS. Careful examination of chicken bones and entrails...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Instigate some low level conflict in some hellhole nobody cares about, e.g. Detroit The problem with that is even though Detroit is a mess compared to the rest of the US it is still majority populated by decent people. It's...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    This is the editorial board of a significant newspaper. These people are supposed to know how to find facts. To some degree I think it is wired into the DNA of how print reporters were trained. Things like: water usage...
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    The initial seeding was done by the Street View cars I believe, updating may well be done when location tracking can use multiple sources. Time Warner[1] had a policy of offering any business account free public WiFi. Well free for...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In other words there's always some smart arse with a hankering to build a V2... Or collect a LOT of smoke detectors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hahn...
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    I also keep on thinking about how history is cyclical, too, and how (as you note) we have had pretty much everyone who survived the Great Depression die. That's a shoe I'm really afraid of finally dropping, enough of my...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Cue the inevitable "But you can't do that because..." - Stop right there. I don't care what comes after "because", I deny it. Sure. If you withdraw from the world as it is today. Or at least as it is...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Most (v4) IP addresses allow to identify the country or even the city from where you access the internet. There are free web sites that will typically get you closer than that. And many wifi hotspots are in various registries...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The average age of cars in the U.S. will likely increase as the economy bleeds out. Cars flat out last longer. In the US it started with the Japanese imports having better reliability back in the 70s/80s. Now most new...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I mean, your bank doesn't make money off of you using its app, does it? Actually it does. In a reverse sort of way. It reduces the need for physical local bank employees and for call center employees. I...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    At this point I'm also a little surprised that some big church hasn't decided that surveilling their followers is a wonderful way to ensure a flow of big donations. While overall it is a small number there are a growing...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Oh, yeah. In the last 20 years there are more and taller buildings. We shall see. Oh, yeah. Where I grew up the local TV transmitter was located at Monkey's Eyebrow. A place name no one would have ever heard...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Yes. That's the local cluster. My issues is the path from there to me goes right through the downtown area. When I last didn't use cable I had lots of issues with analog signals as the few tall buildings created...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    you must investigate/parse/re-code that pile. I suspect that the people who wrote the report are 2 or 3 levels removed from the data collectors. And the data collectors in many situations like this have a built in bias to NOT...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    That's for analogue TV; I don't know what the situation is now that all TV has gone digital and the concept of graceful degradation has been thrown out of the window. Maybe people just use satellite receivers instead. In the...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    What he describes fits much of the land between the Rockies and a bit east of the Missouri River but other than that the rest of the US while not densely urban is certainly not island cities surrounded by deserted...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    For most people FM was mostly "to the horizon". Unless you make a Yagi. Then you can go 100s of miles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yagi%E2%80%93Uda_antenna As to our mountains. They exist in selected areas. Mostly a line down the east and 2 lines...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    in the not too distant past asking if anyone had a particular model of BBC Micro in their loft as the one that had been running a lump of research equipment for the past 30 years was starting to get...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    When in Hawaii a few decades back and I found out that people would wind surf from island to island (200 to 250 miles in 20 hours give or take) I realized how much dumber the premise of the show...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    I expect that for most Americans the "England" they know from detective fiction derives mainly from Agatha Christie's writing. I suspect that it mostly comes from movies. Going all the way back to the 1940s. With a splash of docudramas...
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