Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Having just spent the last 13 years of my career as a sysadmin, let me assure you that I'm very annoyed that I can't find the airlock to take a short spacewalk.... The point, and the temptation, is to give...
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    1968 in Prague -- do I need to say more? Oh, my goodness. I've read stories, yes. 'Distracting' is as mild a word as could be used....
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    I suspect dowsing[2] "works" because one's awareness is centered on the hands holding the dowsing rod ... That is, the dowsing rod is a ritual prop to help people enter a more intuitive[1] mind state... I'll agree. I never tried...
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    I was paying about $70/month for basic insurance, at age 64. I think I'm going to have to look into this; yesterday my employer rolled out a new insurance scheme which, if I read things right, comes to $180 a...
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    READ THIS Or as the PA announcement in The Magic Christian had it: "Now hear this: Now hear this."...
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    You underestimate the rest of the worlds (horrified?) obsession with the US in all it's little idiosyncrasies. Oh, sure, Americans like to fantasize that we are fascinating to the rest the world. Sometimes that's because we're the rest of the...
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    Several constituencies try really hard to be the first to report their count ... Do you have some analog to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire in the UK? You probably never heard of the place before; it's a tiny rural area...
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    The more traditional representation of 3D rotation, Euler angles, is subject to gimbal lock, which screws up interpolations. This is probably the desired URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimbal_lock...
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    Decades ago, when I worked for BNR in Ottawa, we were told that one reason we didn't need a union was that the company got together with other tech companies in the area and shared position/salary data so that they...
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    This also occurred to me wrt to certain billionaires. The Koch brother(s), for example, were faced with the question: you have sixty billion dollars in assets that will be worthless if the world goes carbon neutral. How much are you...
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    Always worth testing any claim about the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics is to see how well it works with either a shovelful of dirt or, better yet, the same shovelful when it was intact soil. The examples you bring up...
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    Back to the topic at hand, what do people think of the chances of a very hung parliament? (I cannot pass up a straight line.) Sorry, no, I don't have any hope of a well hung parliament....
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    It is my feeling that every poll I've encountered in the last two decades has been slanted... Unfortunately, it can be profitable to take a dump into the public punch bowl. (Examples: too much of UK & US politics the...
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    But Scotland is not the most isolated country in the world. Not sure [New Zealand is] a good example for comparison. <deadpan> Scotland isn't even the most isolated country in the United Kingdom. </deadpan>...
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    Have you ever been called, and been polled? Limited choices, and if your answers don't fit, they're ignored. Not only have I been called, I've been the person calling. For a few years I lived with a telephone pollster and...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I've done gallery-scale prints but it ... and costs a fortune to get the print. Coincidentally I just ran across an article on the Irish parliament's new printer, which would have been merely expensive if they'd figured out the size...
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    And then there's this: Tory candidates issued with attack manuals on how to smear rivals. Oh, that's merely evil, like mailing voters fraudulent census forms. People must be both evil and cartoonishly incompetent to write attack manuals on how to...
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    I'm rather partial to the fellow with the projector who's made a hobby of illuminating the Turmp Hotel in Washington DC. Not only is it possible to project images from a distance, it's easy to update the message when The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    P1 was a self-modifying worm that ran on the bare metal and virtualized the supervisor OS so that the users didn't notice it taking over most of the mainframes in the US; IIRC it was one of the inspirations for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...a lot of these bunker schemes really amount to con jobs to separate the gullible from a somewhat large amount of money. Well gosh, if you bring that up, it's hard to guess how many Exclusive Secret Bunker Clubs will...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    [The Adolescence of P-1 is] Apparently not available as an eBook, alas. Is it a good book? In many ways, yes. It's a hard-SF examination of an emergent AI and its growing pains, complete with accurate-for-the-time computer science (which is...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The Sparks series is set in (and around) the University of Waterloo... Rather fun to actually recognize places in a book for a change :-) UW is also featured in The Adolescence of P-1, of course!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The assumption that you can just turn up in another country and fill a ranch full of guns... Presumably their plan is either to smuggle guns in before the collapse and/or bring them in after the customs agents have fled....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Has a single Republican Senator come out for impeachment yet? Mitt Romney has publicly said, "“I’m going to keep an open mind and I’m going to wait to make comments on any evidence." As you can imagine, this is interpreted...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Eh, I think when the evil Richies try to flee to New Zealand... I keep thinking that the billionaire bunker scheme is really a good plan to get private security guards and their families to a safe place during social...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Yes, we nerds tend to take instructions literally. I remember a college writing professor mentioning that she loved teaching engineering majors for just that reason. They were no better writers than anyone else - but they did by Dog read...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Firstly it's s/s^2, so no cube. Thank you. I thought that's what was meant - but it's the wee hours of the morning here and I'm distracted by a convention weekend bearing down on me. (I fully expect to be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    g * y = c 9.8 m/s^2 * (365.25 * 24 * 60 * 60) s = 309 264 480 m/s I am mildly curious what seconds cubed is supposed to mean, but not so much that I'm going to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...one of my great-uncles made it across the Swedish border with the Russians chasing him. I know a guy whose grandfather(?) escaped Russia in a horse-drawn hay cart. He and a friend climbed in back and hid under the cargo....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Tokyo might be an easier city to liberate than London. Something to keep in mind when the Kaiju come. I assume that the Japanese plan is to activate Tokyo's modular transformation sequence into its giant robot form and just walk...
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