Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In the U.S., the large donors resemble a fourth branch of government, their input has priority over the wishes of the voters. As a whole, we don't seem to be learning all that fast, so we get to be...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'd dispute the bit about 70/80s Japanese cars somewhat, American management "Culture" did make them look better, but in Western Missouri, they're rare, having rusted out faster. I will note that I've only ever bought a new car once, and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Forked app stores? Amazon runs one for their Fire devices, I believe there's others, all it takes is money and will. This usage refers to a fork in the road....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The average age of cars in the U.S. will likely increase as the economy bleeds out. The apps could show up on a forked OS and app store, call it a "Chosen phone". True believers will be strongly encouraged...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If someone built an internal combustion motor with the same attention to detail that contemporary capitalism gives to the society it exists in, it would have faith-based lubrication......
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Perhaps only tangentially related, the unfortunate habit of retailers culling slower selling sizes seems likely to accelerate as more of the business is automated, maybe Douglas Adams was only half-joking about "The shoe event horizon". Commerce will eventually adjust,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Not sure how much austerity is a morbid fear of inflation or just that elites despise "Little people". It may be more the second, because why else would a casino owner prefer a tax cut to putting more money...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Think of it as yet another reprise of "The Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest"....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Writing from Western Missouri, sounds about right. We've got a lot of wannabe aristocrats whose only thought about unjust systems is to try and avoid entrapping the "Right People" in them. BTW, I know the Tories aren't as far...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My Father required me to demonstrate an ability start on a hill without either spinning the tires or killing the engine, without using the handbrake, before I was allowed to take my driver's test. That skill wasn't in the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Weirdly enough, column shift manuals were considered a safety innovation when a floor shift in a car without seatbelts sometimes impaled the occupants in a collision, see Ralph Nader's "Unsafe At Any Speed" for background. And they weren't that...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I wonder if some bright, wealthy but not entirely sensible person is hoping to use bitcoin as a blunt instrument to knock down the existing order, that the bulk of their worth is inextricably tied to, to usher in...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Thanks for that link. Given how much effort conservatives have put into breaking the system, it's more than a bit disturbing....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I is for incision, long and deep J is for jugular, leaking life's blood...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Many US retailers are beginning sales a day early, which I prefer to call "Brown Thursday"....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    This line of discussion reminds me of a dinner conversation a few years back, a gentleman was claiming Apple couldn't do "True multitasking", when I told him contemporary Macs used a UNIX based O/S, it went right over his...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    What I've noticed is when you spec a machine like a Mac, it tends to cost like a Mac. If you can do what you need with lesser hardware, yes, you can save some money, for me, a Mac...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    ,,,until the neglected foundations collapse under you....
  • Commented on Excuses
    The point of the exercise seems to be rendering meter readers redundant, so more funds are available for the important people. That it's a short term money grab should be obvious, "Lake Woebegone" is fictitious, and economies work better...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Actually, a Kansas City accent, CBS felt it would be intelligible in most of the country....
  • Commented on Excuses
    On rolling coal, it took awhile, but they found something more obnoxious than flatulence in an elevator....
  • Commented on Excuses
    I believe I specifically mentioned power generation becoming carbon free in that. Is there still anyone who doesn't know an electric car is no cleaner than it's recharge source? Anyway, the point I apparently failed to make is if...
  • Commented on Excuses
    If power and commercial ground transport become carbon free, the carbon from the surviving gas powered vehicles may be not such a big deal. Mother Earth's indigestion as a metaphor for pollution?...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I suspect that transition will be helped along by a substantial rate increase for human-driven cars. And those that can't afford the new tech and have no access to mass transit will hate it. Would be nice in some...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I still miss the union job I had had a lifetime ago, though it didn't pay as much as those UAW & steelworker jobs. The kind of pathetic thing is so many business folk want customers with lots of...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Assuming the accounting for space based solar begins to look better as construction materials are sourced off-planet....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Methalox has a bonus aside from being inexpensive, methane is much easier to handle then hydrogen, which can leak through almost anything....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Doing one won't preclude the other, lessons learned living off-planet could prove helpful in maintaining livability dirtside....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Fairchild-Republic proposed a two seat all weather variant, but the USAF didn't bight. Ideally, an A-10 replacement should start with a clean sheet of paper and be named after some 70 year old warbird it vaguely resembles to generate...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Getting the impression that what the movers & shakers want is a return to a nineteenth century social structure, with a veneer of Technology! to hopefully make it work this time. A distinct possibility of Rube Goldberg studies also,...
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