David L

David L

  • Commented on The Pivot
    Negative nationalism (as in - you are not one of us so you are not part of our nation) is a toxic tribal thing that helps nobody but demagogues and fascists. People of Russian ancestry deserve it no more than...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You're really talking about the Mississippi river south of the Atchafalaya River. Which is a lot of river. New Orleans is just the public face of the issue. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Old+River+Control+Structure,+Vidalia,+LA+71373/@30.4583131,-91.2318475,8z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8625b9f8bd68d57b:0xe19eb174a66e2ce9!8m2!3d31.0766285!4d-91.5976954 Here's an analysis from 1980 https://biotech.law.lsu.edu/la/geology/LWRRI_B12_1980-ocr-small.pdf Quick summary: 4 billion in...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Don't know. Wind may not be reliable enough. Or it may. I don't know. N.O. is a LONG way from the actual Gulf....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Still, it's utterly impossible to put a dike around Florida no matter how much money you throw at it. The rock is riddled with interconnected cavities. It's old coral reef that's been above and below sea level time and again....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Trump has done *nothing* competently. A lot of people voted for him to blow the system up. He seems to be doing that somewhat well....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    AFTER they select the LEC (US: first three digits after the area code). Doing that, they can pick neighborhoods. Except as more and more numbers get ported from land lines to cell phones and then people move you get further...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Nope. The only thing that can overturn a Supreme Court decision is another Supreme Court decision by a different court or a Constitutional Amendment. Not quite. There are many decisions that basically say "this law is not valid, change it,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Yeah, Trump *lost* the popular vote, but they're going to make damn sure those voters don't get to vote next time. Nope. That wave was in places like CA where the purge isn't happening. What you're seeing is more of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I expect the backlash when the millennials finally grasp power is going to be horrific for us olders, but hopefully I'm wrong about that. Nope. My kids have gone from being fairly conservative with some strong liberal tendencies to now...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I would like to hear your take on Nevada. As someone who gets to visit the state every few years for non gambling reasons I agree with the other fellow that Nevada is strange. Utterly. Rural is hard core conservative....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Dikes don't work in Florida. The ground is porous and the tide will flow under any dike. I was being a bit sarcastic. Maybe you are too. Hard to tell online. But heck in FL they can just add a...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So why are you slumming with us stupid idiots? Don't bother to answer. I get to deal with several people in real life who are eerily like you in so many ways. They are enough for me....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    People with (pure) mathematical or statistical minds are often resistant to Dunning-Kruger - the first because, Interesting. The one PHD in math I know is the worst at putting out their opinions as fact. Or at least as the only...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm fair at carpentry. I can do very simple wood working and it will turn out mostly OK. But don't ask me to make furniture or cabinets. I'll just say no....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I have observed that higher intelligence often leads to jumping to the wrong conclusion faster. What I've seen personally is a correlation between very smart successful people in a field of endeavor or two think they are experts in EVERYTHING....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    My main objection is to the "go back and vote again, and again until you get it right". But it does have an appeal in certain situations. [thinking of DT for a bit]...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You and I disagree on a lot. But our decision on who to vote for in the last presidential election was the same even if we didn't follow the same thought path....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Yes. I'd like to see the Venn diagram show the overlap in their philosophies....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    both We disagree. Clinton (both of them) are arrogant, self centered, continuously lying, and play to the "little people" while actually living like privileged royalty. But at least they do this because of their intelligence not by birthright. (My very...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    My point was that for many in the business world we can't just say "well for me it's better to use xyz so that's what I'll do at work". Some here don't seem to get that concept....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think you're agreeing with me but the tone indicates you disagree? Anyway it has been decades since a new refinery opened in the US. Air pollution laws make it very expensive to do so. Or re-open a closed one....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    HC was by no means the optimal candidate, but surely she wasn't that bad - was she? In terms of substance, not at all. To many of us her substance was the issue. And with her you also got BC...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It's generally easier to paraphrase As some here know (CS is one of them) many times we are not in control of the work flow. And so does a small company turn down $300K in revenue NOW plus millions later...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I have on Machu Picchu my bucket list. Just talked to a stranger the other day who thought it was great. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu Than and a week or two in New Zealand....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We went from eight years of Obama (during an economic upturn where basically everything was going great) to trump , clearly the left committed copious errors Just returned from a visit to some of my very liberal extended family. One...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    each month they force a download of each program. Sorry but I don't think this is true. Are you saying you don't have the option to turn off automatic downloads and update checking?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'm not saying Trump's overthrough would be a good thing. Trump vs. Pence is a little like Satan vs. Cthulhu. Whichever wins, our lives will suck. The difference would be IMNERHO that the world would NOT tell us to GFUS...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I even use OLE all the time too, because it's usually much easier to keep my the Visio diagrams in the document they were made for as embedded objects rather than some other file I have to keep track of....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So the fuckwit DT has fired the starting-gun for a full-blown protectionist Trade War. Over here it is interesting (in a very sad way) to hear Congressional R's saying Excuse Me!!! This is not OK!!!...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    and definitely no way in hell I'm letting a certain adviser try to do reviews on a mac in another program on it (although it the last 20 years, that problem might have been fixed). I'm fairly certain the last...
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