David L

David L

  • Commented on Metacommentary
    The nukes didn't go away when their management changed. Piling on to CS's comments. Actually they did. Total numbers of weapons is way down. And what is left is smaller in yield. Plus the US and Soviets seem to have...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Wait... isn't there breathable atmosphere in Saudi Arabia? I'm pretty sure there is in Phoenix as well. Yes but that's about the only thing the populations there don't have to import to exist. Now granted the distances are a bit...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    If the Navy isn't careful, someone will work out what you can do with a fleet of drone ships, about how much easier a drone ship is than a drone aircraft, and about how a team-up of drone aircraft and...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Once the Concord started flying and much of the US and other parts of the world banned sonic booms and the cost of fuel was fully realized the Boeing SST was shelved. And then, yes, all they had left was...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Not sure why Lockheed would be looking for partners on this (which smells fishy) since if they could really deliver what the press release claims, they would be rolling in more money and higher valuations than apple, faster than you...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    The places I found that got the most extreme were the Persian gulf/ Red Sea and the North American Midwest. As someone who grew up near Paducah Ky I can agree with this. From St. Louis south to the Mississippi...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    re: Oregon. Then problem with this kind of basic analysis is that Oregon has most of it's population next between the Pacific ocean and the mountains. (Cascades?) The vast majority of the state is inland desert. Unless GW change brings...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Yep. I've worked in such weather on construction. In my youth. It wasn't the most fun thing to do but it was doable if you kept water about and drank it a lot. Bathroom breaks weren't needed all that much...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    The most cost effective system of them all is solar water heating. Again, massive cost savings if you do the installation and plumbing yourself. Maybe in theory but in the US there are a lot more codes on such things...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Perhaps most obviously, why are roofs still symmetrical? Cost and style. That's what the people buy....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    but in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, for example, Walmart anticipated a demand spike and got trucks -- laden with necessities -- rolling towards where they were going to be needed ahead of time. Happens with other businesses also. When...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Especially west of I85. Nuts. EAST of I85....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    AFAIK most of the weather at the US east coast originates in West/central US and Canada. I doubt that European and Caribbean data will be any use to the US states where most of the farming happens. Much of the...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    If you sent me back to the 1940s and gave me a budget and staff the size of the Manhattan project I could probably have a smartphone built within 10 years, although it would probably be the size of...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Transistors were invented in 1948 by Shockley and co. WWII was vacuum tubes all the way. Visit wikipedia. The basics were discovered in the 20s and 30s. But they didn't have the materials to actually make anything useful. What happened...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Also, when it turns up (broken) in the lab, it probably doesn't make any difference to WW1, but it might just change things in time for WW2. I don't know. With only one or even a dozen it might be...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I actually did attempt to build a processor from 7400 series TTL gates. It was my senior electronics project in high school. I didn't finish, mostly because I couldn't find any instructional materials, but I was making progress. In the...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    In what specific way is that computer in your pocket different from an object as mundane as a #2 pencil? I many of the places where I've lived for the last 60 years I could go outside and within a...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    And toss in the Vikings and Mongols who stirred the pot in various ways that still cause issues....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    NIMBY seems to stall all discussions that are based on engineering....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    It's one thing to cooperate on trade of collective defense with another nation, but to do so with a specific government commits you to partisan meddling in that nation's internal affairs, and that seems bound to end in tears. Seems...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    For some reason the original Roller Ball movie comes to mind and should somehow be a part of this discussion....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Water Reading through the comments and thinking about it a bit makes me think that some of this only makes sense if your water supply is local enough to allow it to be mostly inside of the borders of one...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    "I'll talk about personal combat as we see it depicted in popular media. Headsup: it's usually absurd." Now THAT isn't a surprise, but I look forward to what your knowledge brings to the subject. Go ask any emergency room or...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    As one guy I knew said, "there's not a ninja on the planet that's harder than a glass ashtray". Yes. My brother in law is a recently retired policeman. His comment was the best way to stop someone running away...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I don't just favour breaking up the UK; I favour breaking up the United States, India, and China. Hmmm. Maybe, just maybe India might do it. Slim chance of the US doing it. China is going the other way. They...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    t's also fortunate that fusion bombs tend to go bad over time as the tritium decays. It's my understanding that they become less powerful but still go off with a really big bang. I'll defer to someone with more knowledge...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Writing this I find myself inclined to compare the US to failed states rather than any country I'd like to live in. I'd rather be poor and black in the US than in, say, Zimbabwae. Hooray for the USA! (ex)muslim...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In Mississippi maybe, but not in greater Saint Louis. People not from the South (US) or even some that do tend to focus on the black/white issues as if it's still 1876. While not the deep south we here...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Referring to much of the discussions about centralized forces in the UK vs. decentralized police and other forces in the US. I grew up in the "mid-west". Far western KY. Outside of a town of 32,000 or so. To get...
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