Rick Moen

Rick Moen

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    paws4thot @1188: Also, still waiting for anyone to explain the difference between Rounders and Baseball (other than possibly the softness of the ball). Rounders uses a much smaller bat than baseball, often swung one-handed, and the batter carries the bat...
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    _Moz_ @1069: Precisely. Remember the brief upset when people discovered a complete computer running linux 'hidden' inside Intel CPUs? This seems to be a hideously garbled attempt to refer to discovery of a string from Andrew Tannenbaum's (now-BSD-licensed) Minix3 (not...
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    David L. @1108: pfSense can do simple NAT or deep packet inspection or whatever level of paranoia you want to operate at. But you have full control over what goes in and out of your location. For those who care,...
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    Greg Tingey @1085: I wonder ... is it possible to get a new "appliance" in this general class that DOES NOT use connected electronics? Seriously, I am having a very difficult time believing that any commodity appliance (excluding ones specifically...
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    Certainly, security threats (or at least complications) to one's household computing from the Internet of Pwned Things are worth pondering and deciding how to contain and defang the undesired behaviour. In the short term, I've managed so far to avoid...
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    JBS @1004: I think you got the wrong guy. Rick Moen @ 956: wrote that about the big, prominent tumors. Let me back up just a little, because I was probably a little unclear, and my main point may be...
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    JBS @931: As it happens, I know rather a lot more about prostate cancer than I'd really like to. 1. Official recommendations about when to get first PSA screenings continue to be disputed, the bone of contention being one I...
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    whitroth @910: You think that hasn't already come under consideration?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interplanetary_Internet Personal story about that: At BucConeer, the 1998 Worldcon (Baltimore), I noticed a sudden notice at the convention centre infodesk about a newly scheduled, impending talk by Internet pioneer Vinton...
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    Greg Tingey @719: "Freedom of expression" Does not allow shouting "FIRE!" in a crowded theatre. And that is exactly what the ant-vaxxers in Samoa are doing. I applaud the sentiment, but need to indulge my inner history geek, and tell...
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    icehawk @718: So... how are *your* liberal views on free speech handling that? Because mine are running facefirst into a brutal concrete wall of reality. Speaking for myself, I'm not even a citizen of the Independent State of Samoa, and...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    As a follow-on, some further reading confirms that this is indeed a publicity stunt directly related to the impending primary election season: Bill co-sponsor Keller aims to cross houses and upgrade her seat to that of the Senate 4th District,...
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    _Moz_ @748: A medical procedure which has not yet been invented is now legally required... There is dimwittery and political pandering at work, here, but it is equally evident that fact-checking is just not your forté. No legislation whatsoever has...
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    (And yes, the author acknowledges that SPADs resign before a General Election. He claims to have a broader point about reporting. See the Twitter thread, and you be the judge. I was just mostly amused by the follow-on comment.)...
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    Just seen in a Twiiter feed found it was tweeted by Malcolm Nance: [begin snip] Dominic Cummings, senior aide to the Prime Minister, apparently resigned three weeks ago. THREE WEEKS AGO. It's only being reported now. And the BBC Politics...
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    mdive @719: Specifically, Amtrak desperately needs funding for the new Hudson River tunnels. Pardon me if this is pedantic hair-splitting, but, for purposes cited, wouldn't one new Hudson River tunnel suffice? Stepwise: 1. Build New Tunnel. Make it service-ready. 2....
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    LAvery: Brevity is the soul of wit. Fair cop, gov. And sorry, everyone. I just get a bit wound up when I see smarmily phrased, vague-yet-mostly-wrong claims about software stakeholders, particularly when they're frosted with by-the-numbers blather about 'intellectual property'....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JH, I'm just a tiny bit disappointed, because I was hoping for at least a begrudging acknowledgement that your continually repeated assertion that 'Getting to 2/3rds is mathematically impossible' (stated in a variety of wording) was in fact bushwah, that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    JH @1533: Getting to 2/3rds is mathematically impossible. As for the retirees swinging a vote for a secret ballot together with the Demos, that would backfire big time. Like I said, then you'd have a Republican secret ballot bloc vote...
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    nojay @601: Patents expire, the Slashdot article you linked to is 20 years old To quote one of my favourite lines from The West Wing: 'Ah, the rare valid point.' But.... But that merely means that the specific patents then...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    GIMP doesn't support Pantone because it's proprietary still under unexpired patent. (There, fixed that for you. There are fully functional patches for GIMP to smoothly add Pantone colour registration and to do three-colour separations, but the developers cannot merge those...
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    Poul-Henning Kamp @552: Right after Loma Prieta there were an article in SFC which attributed both the wide gauge and low height of BART to earthquake protection. A just-so retcon, I'm pretty sure. Also, the physics smells dodgy (admittedly without...
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    _Moz_ @571: I decided that 'feminist' is an observation others can make about men, when it's a self-descriptor it's bullshit often enough not to be worth the effort. It's like being smart is something you do, not something you claim....
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    OGH @567: What is this "traction unit" you speak of, American person? I will bet good cash money, i.e., either Euros or your choice of the various kroner, that Poul-Henning Kamp is one of my own clan's esteemed Danish cousins....
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    LAvery @533: I have never dared to call myself a feminist, since in every conversation I have ever had with feminists, they made it clear that, as a single straight white guy, they viewed me as The Enemy. In all...
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    Ada @520: What you said. FWIW, I decided I was a feminist at the age of 10, not long after incompetence from my father's employer (Pan American World Airways) and from the manufacturer of a defective B707 airframe (Boeing Company)...
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    P J Evans @500: Between SF and LA - another very busy air route - the only train is the once-daily-each-way Coast Starlight. (At one time it ran 8 times a day.) And it doesn't go through SF at all,...
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    Ada @508: The surgery my elder child is planning to have is now called gender affirmation surgery. It's a really good updated term -- provided one has adopted that new-ish meaning of 'gender' to mean 'what sex (if any) you...
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    Greg Tingey @511: BART is 5' guage = RUSSIAN standard gauge. Indian broad gauge = Spanish & Portugese broad = 5' 6" No, BART uses 5'6" Indian broad gauge. I don't take Wikipedia as canonical truth, but the relevant page...
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    OGH @477: You want to see high speed rail? Watch this. TGV is indeed the real thing. Riding it from Paris to Nice a couple of years ago with my wife was a rare thrill -- exhilarating. BART is not...
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    anonemouse @432: That many trans people would quite like the rest of us idiots to stop fixating on their genitals and medicalising them - defining "being trans" as "having had surgery." Isn't this conflating two very different things? I'm strongly...
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