Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You can just rent "computers" (more or less virtualized) in the cloud and run whatever you make on them. But you can also buy higher level 'services'. Essentially implementations of useful algorithms or blobs of storage with various properties. These...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Wow. Cool flow charts of US energy production and consumption. More recent ones: https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/commodities/energy The earliest one seems to have been made in 1972, for 1950 in a report where they produced charts for 1950, 60, 70, 80, 85, 90...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    There is one US state which is able to do gun control at the state level quite effectively: Hawaii. Exercise for the reader: why?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't think it will happen, but it is the law that Trump could be removed but not barred from future office so it could happen....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    According to Wikipedia. The 'remove from office' is automatic on 'conviction'. Then there is a separate majority vote in the Senate to 'bar from future office'. Wikipedia says that while 8 have actually been removed from office via impeachment (all...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "And also because people are buying land/residences there as a form of speculative investment. And money laundering." Sure, but the first of those is yet another expression of the inequality. The guy higher on the inequality ladder buying 5 houses...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One of the oddities of the US electoral system is that 'presidential candidate' is determined on a state by state (plus territories) basis so there are something like 55 different sets of rules for who is on the ballot with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Re: Cost of living & inequality. $200k is about the 92.5th household income percentile. I think that if you started trying to 'correct' income shares for cost of living you are going to be correcting for the thing you are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Most Americans are unaware of the level of inequality in the country. They don't know that the top 20% get 50% of the total income. They don't know that the top 1% are closing in on 20% of total income....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "but I've seen how big companies have the resources to game the system" Something I think one definitely needs to keep in mind is whether the 'gaming' is worse or better than the unconstrained behavior. 'Big companies' pretending to be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Eh, Trumps racist base are easy to motivate and he's willing to provide just about any outrage to do so. They thirst for blood, suffering, and chaos and that's something that an american president can provide all on his own....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    An interesting fairly recent pdf on a proposed pumped storage project in the US: http://www.pnucc.org/sites/default/files/PNUCC%20-%20Banks%20Lake%20Pumped%20Storage%20Project%20090415%20FINAL.pdf The project doesn't appear to be going anywhere right now. A preliminary permit was not renewed a year ago, but basically just because they don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There is a we-work office downstairs from me. Reading the headlines on their financials it seems like its just liberating some dumb investors of their money. I mean, basically, they re-rent office space. The value they provide to their customers...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    GPS contact?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The road between 101 and 1 that goes past Skywalker Ranch is perhaps the prettiest drive I have ever done. It's less than an hour north of SF. Lucas Valley Road....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There are cases where 'meet and do not exceed' makes sense. If you want to control failure, for example. The crumple zone in a car is designed to not fail under certain forces and to fail in others. Nuclear reactors...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yes, family and community power grids would span meters to perhaps hundreds of meters....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If we were to build infrastructure for a large part of the world with solar-and-some-storage-but-mostly-they-do-stuff-mid-day power is there a compelling reason to convert to AC at all? We do it in the wealthier world to match our power grid -...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Bike lane construction projects in the US get sued and delayed for years....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I expect solar oversupply would actually be kinder to industrial processes that can be altered to pull a lot of energy for a few hours, then coast, than current sources because the oversupply will be relatively predictable both in that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    With the way the US system works you have to also consider which presidential candidate is more likely to deliver Senate control. Without control of the Senate, House and Presidency policy cannot be made, so the details of environmental policies...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In the future I expect we will do a lot more matching of demand to supply in electricity use. This has actually always happened. There are industrial users which allow power companies to control their activity in exchange for preferential...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    There are a couple of electrified commuter heavy rail routes in Chicago as well, though most of the routes are diesel....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "meters out the detergent" wizardry!...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    "take masses of waste plastics, run it through some monster of chemical engineering" "asphalt" I think that is vaguely the production process for all that plastic-wood stuff used for many decks, park benches, etc these days....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I very much did not write "Bankruptcy is the legal mechanism by which we ensure that a company going under financially does not result in the workers getting the short end of the stick"....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Bankruptcy is the legal mechanism by which we ensure that a company going under financially does not result in the lights going out....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    If you want to see how garbage service ought to run, go live in San Francisco. It was amazing. Expensive I'm sure, but wow. You could take anything (well anything a household would generate, i'm sure there were limits) down...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    My understanding, by hearsay, is that 10-15k is about what it costs reach year for a company to help push through a green card and upkeep some other work visa. But the one time I saw salary info for an...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Yes, I get it and agree. Talking about 'the war' as oh... what was the jargon in Iraq "active combat operations" or something like that? The 'mission accomplished' banner. VS whatever happens after that. I was saying the same thing...
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