David L

David L

  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Jesse Helms rose to power as a commentator on WRAL in central NC in the 60s/70s....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    This brings up an interesting question, how does the Russian Army suicide rate compare to the rate in comparable standing armies? When people talk about such things I want to also see the rate for the non military population of...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Why do you think it's non-compliant? The understanding of some who are trying to turn the rules into practical advice is that if personal information that is collected (IP address and email address) you must maintain a record of when...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Hmmm. No HTTPS for me. In the USA with a VPN routing me around the US. Mac Firefox....
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    "fuck that I want hot running water and a washing machine" My grandmother's favorite saying was "The best thing about the good ole days is that they are GONE!!!" She was born in the early 20s and spent a part...
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    Reagan killed the "Fairness Doctrine," which required television outlets to "afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance." In practice this meant that if a television station ran a conservative opinion piece, they had...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    As for Russia, ... Okay, if Russia showed signs of going for economic modernization with automation/robotics, this would be grounds for serious alarm ... but they're still stuck in their early-20th century resource extraction mode. Check out this site. https://www.flightradar24.com...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Once they started this things got a lot more accurate. https://www.weather.gov/bmx/kidscorner_weatherballoons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_balloon...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    GDPR in 9 days. I deal with a US based blog that is not commercial but it does collect IP addresses, an email address (we don't check to see who it belongs to or even if it exists), a handle,...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    This was back when you could still get a mortgage from a bank & the bank carried the mortgage all the way to the end. Now, now. While many banks sell of the servicing and paper so that they get...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    The best we can hope for is that (a) they virtualize all their old crufty products and stick them in containerized VMs, then (b) write a shiny new public interface that has some model of a customer identity and which...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Applicants need to give their birth dateā€”but eagle-eyed fans of the man who dedicated his life's work to unravelling the mysteries of the universe spotted that it can be any day up to December 31, 2038. End of time on...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    A lot of this is obviously aimed at US so-called "banks"...The story is very different over here, where regulation is much tighter, I'm glad to say. Not so sure. Just different. If you use a credit card in the US...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Also, you can have much fun asking a believer how an "all knowing god" can be so given human free will. Divine providence, I guess. You haven't dealt with the current hard core YRR (Young Reformed Restless) folks have you?...
  • Commented on On hold
    Penrose was a first-class mathematician who lost contact with reality I wonder if this is a possible affliction of people who can work at this level. Newton went way off the rails with his religious writings....
  • Commented on On hold
    S/he's baaaaaaaaaaaack....
  • Commented on On hold
    Normally, I only buy dairy-products & pate there. Actual meat & fish come from specilist suppliers, who may/will charge more, but I know the "product" is of better quality. [ e.g. no added water in the meat & it isn't...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I'd start with a computer which routes everything through Tor I have a VPN which I use at times that routes through Tor. If I forget to turn it off I can't access some banks' (plural) web sites and other...
  • Commented on Test Case
    So the First Amendment says that you may say what you like (as long as it's true), Ah, not really. Doesn't have to be true. But it can get complicated depending on who is talking and who or what they...
  • Commented on Test Case
    My wife took driving tests in three jurisdictions: Germany, Minnesota and the UK, and was rather dismissive of the standard of the Minnesotan (and rather admiring of the German one). My daughter spent a year in Germany and she was...
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    Admittedly the UK driving test is a lot stricter than the US one and includes things like parallel parking and ... I don't know about all the states but I had to parallel park. In Kentucky no less. A quick...
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    My son was interested in do Uber and/or Lyft. Insurance was the stopper for him. We have insurance from a major consumer company. To date (in our state) they will not cover such use of your car. And there are...
  • Commented on Test Case
    My airplane friends joke that for every regulation the US FAA has, there are deaths behind it. I imagine autonomous vehicles will be much the same. But we have to get through the slaughter first. And as a side note,...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Dare I say it? Greg was somewhat right. https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/03/police-chief-uber-self-driving-car-likely-not-at-fault-in-fatal-crash/ Video already shows idiot stepped out into traffic in a low visible spot. Car might have been speeding by 3MPH but there is some evidence that the speed limit in the...
  • Commented on Test Case
    And speaking of Uber's business model, I don't know how it can continue. They hemorrhaged $2.8 billion last year, and that's with a business model that convinces their workers to pay for all their capital and maintenance costs. Uber is...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    changing 90+% of personal transport from moving 1-2 tons per person burning fossil fuel to moving 1-200 Kg by muscle power and electricity would 'solve' just so many problems, overnight. How may people in a typical first world population can...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I left off explicitly stating my point. The local governments are all for growth and smart growth as the broad plan. But they almost always except the impacted neighborhoods when the citizens start yelling. I can feel Frank's pain....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    and I mentioned spraying sea water for cooling. The streets might be a place to put some of the precipitate... A lot of places in the US are already starting to impact water quality due to the amount of brine...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    While projects involving the developing world ARE in general more opaque than developed ones, I'm not sure they are more corrupt. I may be mistaken but I suspect if this kind of thing takes off he was referring to the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Faster in the US, because current roofing practices in much of the country involves cheap roofs that do not last that long, but even there we are talking a decade at least to solar the roofs of a city. Asphalt...
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