Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    VFP/(D)ROU Frank Exchange Of Views[full list] in Excession....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    More Canadian anecdata: Heard exactly the same thing, with variant wording (motorcycle = organ donormobile) from an older doctor and a med student from my age cohort. Third variant, heard in the US (at least a decade ago, maybe two),...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    (Off original topic but we're well past 300) A few interesting links. Some old atmospheric nuclear test videos recently made available on youtube: LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests. Some in colour. Best watched in slow mode (e.g. 0.25; already slow). Terrifying....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    On a more intuitive note, both the pro-Brexit and pro-Trump efforts feel the same and both involved some weirdness in the polls... at this point the idea that any responsible party in the U.K. is willing to pull the trigger...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Re Entheogenic Spirituality: Conversations with Psychonauts (and related, and the other links, and the original post). Thanks. More than one rabbit hole to examine. Towards a Quantum Theory of Humour (Thu, 16 Mar 2017) And thanks as well for the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The Hypnagogic State: A Critical Review of the Literature Harvard, Psychological Bulletin, 1976 - PDF. [Note: hopelessly outdated, but used for a reason]. Those links are some serious teasers, thanks. (Incorrigible sci-fi fan.) So if I'd reading that paper correctly...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Greg, for that post and the other psychopathy posts on this thread I agree with EC; they were reasonably clear, and not particularly obfuscated. (I don't know Martin so cannot evaluate that part.) In particular mimetic attacks exist, with actual...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Re the original post, saw and (quick) read this today: WALNUT: Acoustic Attacks on MEMS Sensors pdf: WALNUT: Waging Doubt on the Integrity of MEMS Accelerometers with Acoustic Injection Attacks It's not quite as good (bad) as it sounds but...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I struggle to understand people like Bill who can read "I want an X, I have tried A and B but didn't like them, what else is there" and reply with "you should use A". I apologize for that. Not...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Which one? And does it have a bicycle option? Try the google maps app for either iPhone or android. (Pretty sure it has a bike mode; it's failing atm perhaps because I'm inside in a dead spot now.) I use...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Some questions I'd like answered: Why did participants get flu shot:... Exactly; these are the sorts of possibly-bad-study questions that should be in everyone's repertoire. The similar literature for Toxoplasmosis (recent paper picked at random) is much more extensive and...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I mean, on a "smart" phone....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    $Car_Data_report (update) Am stuck in traffic .... @ $_Location. Have you ever used google maps with the traffic reporting turned on? (green/yellow/red) I assume it works the same way in the UK as it does in the US....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    If Charlie is still looking for it (mentioned on twitter), Change in Human Social Behavior in Response to a Common Vaccine ( Flu Vaccine ) (2010) (May eventually spend some time poking at the rest of the site) That's from...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    And if this AI is built to learn, then it could potentially speed up the detection and fixing process at a Moore's Law pace. You realize that you could just feed such a system random code fragments (maybe from an...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Of course, the real problem there is that there will be systems which have been happily running, without complaint or issue, for 20 years, and so nobody is aware of them to upgrade them... Problem can be even worse than...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Thank you for the joke - that's new to me, and very nice! May I copy and use it? I laughed too and was curious and searched on "software test engineer walks into a bar". Didn't find that variant (though...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Just wanted to register that this is the kind of news that gets me really riled up, changes that will be difficult to reverse are happening in the US while the administration is making loud messes elsewhere in politics space...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Tx, didn't know about UK humidity problems. Besides rot and termites, the US (northeast at least) has to contend with carpenter ants specifically black carpenter ants. They don't eat wood but do do structural damage. Carpeter bees can also do...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Residential construction in the USA usually involves load-bearing wood, so there's the issue over time of things that eat wood like rot and termites. Having said that, some houses in the eastern US at least have wooden structure a few...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Thanks for the answer. Ordered and will read Grass by Sheri Tepper. Observations of a person's level of respect for life are helpful in my experience when trying to understand them. Trying to find this paper: Brain cells show teamwork...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    In fact, you can pretty much determine wealth these days by "distance from trauma". Related, I once dark-jokingly defined a similar metric for Class in the USA; -Ln(Estimated probability of becoming destitute at least once in the next 5 years)....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Watched and listened to the Loukanikos video carefully several times. Smiled at a few levels. And you're right that there isn't enough political passion in opposition (yes counting myself) especially in the USA. More than I've seen in over a...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Question: what if the opposite was true? You could feel it all or used extreme solipsism / empathy on not just the written content, but the aggregate group thought / consensus that arose as well as the rhythms / tides...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The links from the OP are interesting. If you were an American planner gaming out the scenario where the UK is an adversary, could you for sure rule out an independent survivable deterrent, UK missiles, e.g. careful clones of Trident,...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Too amusing not to link. (Happily pre-chastised if a hoax, but google reports results for the few authors I poked at.) Flower Power: In vivo polymerization and manufacturing of wires and supercapacitors in plants ("published ahead of print February 27,...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    H.S.S - got any giant neurons you didn't know about? Have to admit that these links seriously grabbed my attention. Thinking about it (it was a odd prod :-), but a search on the named investigator (oops, distraction) led to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Would it be a good idea for consumers/users to also purge their history caches? Well, that's up to you, but this Cloudflare issue shouldn't have much effect on your decisions about browser history. The serious problem as I read it...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Just looking at this Cloudflare issue... This is almost indescribably bad. Yes, a complete round of password changes/retirements this weekend for some of us. (What I haven't changed already.) Probably overdue anyway. (Thanks WS.)...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    (Not sure if you have me on block.) Thanks for your piece on heteromeles.com; some (OK most) resources are new to me, and just bought the cited book. Here are some pieces specific to the US on citizen-lobbying (US Quaker...
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