Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Who won the Ig Nobel Prize in Economics this year? On the off chance that's a serious question: Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for studying paper currency as a disease transmission vector (and demonstrating it varies both...
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    If you look at the very early time fireballs in atmospheric tests (e.g., Castle Bravo) there are many fleeting flashes just outside the fireball. I suspect that those were birds exploding in the intense and sudden flux of heat. I'm...
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    ... from "would suspend the ban on nuclear weapons* in order to eliminate cats" to ... I can't be bothered to ask Google right now, but the tale as I remember it: Many years ago nuclear weapon tests were done...
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    Can't instantly draw up the name of the street I live on when I'm talking to someone... Oh yes. I once watched my father pull out his driver's license to read his street address. (He used a post office box...
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    ... is it permissible to ask what UK residents think about the latest Brexit deal, or is that out of bounds? Depends. How's your tolerance for profanity?...
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    The Beretta 93R can do three-round burst too but it requires a shoulder-stock... Likewise (some of) the H&K VP-70; this was not considered a desirable feature for the civilian market and apparently many military and police customers also found it...
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    A 64 place log table, you say? Sounds great. (Photo of a chessboard built on an old log omitted here, because the blog's html interpreter apparently won't resize images in the standard way.)...
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    The thing that always put me off about Word for technical documents was the lack of anything that acted like a typesetting display: a block of text, tables, mathematics, graphics, etc that were kept together with their own formatting. I...
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    In Word, numbering is limited to a fixed set of styles, and for some brain-dead reason is interlinked in unpredictable ways to the paragraph tab stops and indents... Footnote: In LibreOffice (and Word, I'd assume) it's actually possible to create...
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    Follow that one up with the linked short essay It's a Good Thing Magic Isn't Real......
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    I am expecting a revolution in human-computer interfaces soon... I remember reading about the voice based interface revolution that was coming "soon" - back in the 1980s. (It ships with the fusion plants, I imagine.) It's easy to spot the...
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    The vast majority of computer users (still) view them as incomprehensible devices run by some arcane magic, where you drive them by incantations that make no sense, but NOT as the hosts of alien entities... I don't know. I've got...
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    I've used computers that I know had daemons in them! A note from years ago: The unix mailer daemon does not pose a possession hazard to humans. It cannot be contained in a Dho-Na curve....
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    Now where will I find my daily dose of trumpocalypse-watching? Apparently everywhere. The ongoing Trump dumpster fire is once again dominating the news cycle - and his flunkies can't throw each other under the bus fast enough....
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    ...a review of word processors in PC Mag. What they found, *then*, was that 90% of the users never used 90% of the features, and of the 10% that did use some of the other 90% of the features, they...
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    I'll ask again, could someone tell me the difference between time-sharing on a mainframe, and the cloud? We have a newer and much shinier buzzword now! Back in the 1990s the buzzword was "thin client computing," which people pointed out...
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    I doubt that more than a few of the most unusual users seriously believe that their devices are inhabited by living spirits that must be mollified in order to deliver boons to humans. Other than the word "living" (and I...
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    I'm going to stick my neck out here and assert that the typical commenter here is middle-aged-to-elderly, male, white, somewhere on the ASD spectrum, has a STEM background, and doesn't have children... "Hey!" *looks around for camera* *remembers Charlie has...
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    A lot of folks have seen the Orange Nutcase as something called a dry drunk. And, of course, that says nothing about his coke usage. Carrie Fisher had things to say about Donald's sniffing problem. What can I say? I'm...
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    Log-Tables, surely, for greater accuracy? Arguably true, but lacking in tactile feedback. (Fortuitously, this comment made me check my jacket pocket, where the Pickett 300 I stuck in there last winter had jammed with dust, lint, and general crud over...
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    * pretends to be shocked, clutches slide rule *...
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    In this context, let's remember too that Sealion was abandoned because the Luftwaffe signally failed to "sweep the RAF from the skies". I'm pleased to discover that Google can still find the old essay Why Sealion is not an option....
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    A no-deal Brexit poses a threat to toilet paper supplies ... I laugh and can summon no sympathy for the Little Englanders and UKIP shouters who may be trapped in the smallest room....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Secondly, while politics is often a non zero sum game, war is largely a zero sum game... War is almost always a negative sum game. It is, however, sometimes less expensive than not playing it at all....
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    Rural areas can be pretty much current on technology though... That's an interesting thing which I've noticed myself. Out in rural areas individual people are often very hip to whatever the latest thing is, particularly when it is relevant to...
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    I've put up three new posts on my Putting the Life Back in Science Fiction blog... The passage about "descendants of today’s Portland hipsters living a barbarian lifestyle in the coast ranges, in a dense forest of bamboo, briars, kudzu,...
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    ... the ORIGINAL 1973 memo says Should not be indicted, rather than cannot be indicted ... I think I was trying to teach you to suck eggs. *grin* Sorry if I repeated too much you already know; most of the...
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    It wasn't until 1982 that Nixon vs. Fitzgerald established that a president couldn't even be sued for damages. Although I discover this morning the headline Mothers separated from their children at the border sue Trump admin over 'clear abuse', which...
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    On the other, my impression is that the rule of law in the US is that the President, during office, can't be charged. True, within any reasonable error bars. For years nobody really tested that; when it finally came up,...
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    What, you mean Stroke City? That place on the River Foyle, yes. I imagined inviting Dave the Proc to name it and him cheerfully answering, "Nope." *grin*...
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