Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The Republic of Ireland voluntarily rejoining the Commonwealth? Hah! About as likely as the island of Ireland deciding to move east and close the Irish Sea....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Kinda off topic: Here are two books I found useful in understanding how we got to Trump and what it means for the U.S. Rule and Ruin It's Even Worse Than You Think Has anyone seen works on Brexit that...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Re Charlie @199: What happens in event that May stares no deal in the face, blinks, and withdraws A50? I don't think her denial of reality will allow her to consider this alternative. She's spent four (?) years pursuing the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    No, I don't want to get that shit on me....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The other thing that's happening largely off the radar here is the Republicans packing the courts with right-wingers (for values of no abortion, endorsement of gerrymandering, facilitating corporate and individual tax avoidance, and endorsement of continuing police violence against non-whites)....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    For all our sins, John Bolton is thankfully NOT the SECDEF: The Acting SECDEF is currently Boeing alumnus Patrick Shanahan. Bolton is the National Security Advisor. Why this matters: Bolton, widely considered a flaming asshole, is not in the chain...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    [Replying to David L @450 and Charlie @393 pedantically]: Radio call signs for transmitters are assigned a first character based on a century-old scheme administered by the International Telecommunication Union. The U.S. gets "K" and "W", the United Kingdom gets...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I and the spouse can enthusiastically endorse a company called Mophie that produces both external batteries and phone case/battery combinations. The case/battery for my iPhone 7 reliably takes the phone from 10% battery to 100%. I use two in rotation,...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Bought Sunday. Finished Monday 6am; too good to put down. You, Mr. Stross, owe me one night's sleep....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Maybe the folks in Asia who like to rip off movies are trying to move into print? I wonder if there's a halfway decent English to Mandarin machine translation program out there....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re Charlie @ 7: Would you be happy to receive three "Equoid"-length Laundry novellas in a year, rather than a single "The Nightmare Stacks" (which is actually longer in word count)? Absolutely! But I came up into SF via both...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re: Robby @ 55: The other fun direction is when the superhero can't help for legal or procedural reasons, and Moz @ 71: There's a whole lot of superhero stuff that doesn't work well with children . . . but...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The Right Honourable Ms. May seems to live in a bubble only slightly less impervious to fact than that of Mr. Trump, but I wonder how much longer her government can survive given her disastrous snap election last year and...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Here's a relatively decent piece from today's Washington Post: Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer Somewhat light on science, but not heavily weasel-worded....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I'm still running a vintage 2009 PC with Win 7 and will NOT "upgrade" it to Win 10, ever! I also have an Alienware X51 that I made the mistake of "upgrading"; it's been seriously borked since. I'm actually considering...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    To clarify, the comments link at the bottom of the https:// entry directs to the non-secure comments page....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Ah - the link on the main page still directs to the non-secured site....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Using Win10 with IE 11 (yeah, I know, but it's a managed work machine), no problems bringing up the main page in SSL, but clicking comments links flips back to the http:// version of the page....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The state of the art in the 1980s was to have a solar collector on the roof and to run output into the cold water inlet on the water heater. Most 1960s and later construction in the US uses gas...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    @36 re: cycling in Las Vegas Um, what time of year were you there? Las Vegas gets ridiculously hot six + months out of the year; cycling any distance, particularly for someone who's not already fit, is an open invitation...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The solar water heating systems I've seen are heat exchangers; the water in the panels doesn't go into the water supplied to the house, and ideally you should be using purified water in the heater to avoid mineral buildup due...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    EC @ 34: "solar water heating shouldn't be discounted, even that far south" I heartily agree - I had a duplex in El Paso, TX (the "Sun City") in the 1980s and installed solar hot water heating in the side...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Going back to the OP, we now have three hurricanes active in the Atlantic and Caribbean; we are more likely to have to deal with simultaneous or near-simultaneous major weather events as ocean waters continue to warm and weather patterns...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "Nobody has tried to hold real peace talks that I know of . . . ." I guess you haven't heard of the Six Party Talks or preceding negotiations on the status of the Korean peninsula and NK's nuclear program?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Why haven't military drones been used post-Harvey? I'll give you two reasons to start: - The Posse Comitatus Act bars the use of the U.S. military to act as a police force short of civil insurrection - Executive Order 12333...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Don't rely on "something I read somewhere"; here's the 9/11 Commission Report in all its 585 page glory. It's a remarkably frank analysis of the events of that day from multiple angles. The key thing I took from the report,...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hah! The Trump Organization is much more a marketing and licensing business than it is a construction company. The one thing Trump does well is market Trump. He's about as likely to build something as I am to pick up...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Martin @50: "Isn't the US Army Corps of Engineers a close approximation (i.e. Hoover Dam, New Orleans levees, etc, etc)?" It is, to a limited extent. USACE has responsibilities nationwide for flood control and major water infrastructure (dams, canals, flood...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Umm, just no. The Department of Defense is good at a lot of things; nation-building is demonstrably NOT one of them, nor is it something any general or admiral wants to do. We're much better at breaking things than building...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's not just the shoreside facilities, the U.N. estimates 90 percent of global trade is carried by sea. How much harder will maritime trade be when we're at the mercy of stormier seas and disrupted ocean currents? Many African countries...
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