David L

David L

  • Commented on Generation Z
    One of the things climate change has done is make air conditioning a necessity in a number of places it didn't used to be. (Especially if you're trying to keep infants and old people from dying.) "HAS". Where are all...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Walmart used (Computerized) Logistics and Supply Chain Management to destroy the American Small Town Bourgeoisie, Actually Sears, then K-Mart blew out the small town businesses. Then in the same year K-Mart was celebrating beating Sears, WalMart surged past both. I...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I guess my thoughts on the matter are that if we have a 3 meter sea level rise building the wharves is not even 1/2 of the issue of keeping up trade. Now if this is really the near future...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    and criticism on this. Wasn't trying to be critical. Just making the point that a "port" without a surrounding transportation system and a place for all the port workers to live doesn't do much. Looking at the stories of the...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I'm a commercial diver by trade and I've been on the sharp end of bridge and wharf building. It's trivial to build a new wharf from the corpses of dead trees. To me wharves and such are only a small...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    ... A long enough delay, the manufacturing system fails, and you can't make that computer anymore. Note that I'm picking on computers, but many things in our global economy has the same problem. Fortunately, a lot of critical stuff can...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Someone wrote a book or article somewhere recently related to this. I read/saw an interview with the writer. His point was take two devices that were very common in their era. A stone axe from a few 1000 years ago...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    For instance, the whole Polar Vortex thing was new; that hasn't happened before, at least not in the period of decent records. Is it going to happen again next boreal winter? Any answer to that is a guess. It might...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I wonder though what it tells us that the core system survives over a large number of centuries is stable, enduring government, with actually a relatively small amount of revolution, civil war and the like to cause overthrow capable of...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I full-heartedly agree on the UN with teeth, but I fear that this is even further removed in the future than the elevator itself. But, well, fingers crossed. A UN with teeth would require a global population with somewhat similar...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    It might be cheaper to get a rental for the 300 mile trip to visit my mother; Round trip air fare is on the order of $800 (No discount carrier service). I have had a reason to visit an empty...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    but you come up with new ones to replace those. I mean, look at your post - do you do the same type of consulting help that you did 20 years ago, or do you have new stuff to help...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Automation doesn't seem to be tanking wages in the Service Sector, It isn't taking them in large chunks. Just little bits at a time. New small services firms don't hire a receptionist or secretaries as they don't see the need....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    He might be right, but "hi new graduate, have a job paying around $100k" will not make my heart bleed for you. Which was my point. I suspect he'll be whining all his life while earning in the 20th percentile...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Perhaps those who want to get rich don't go into engineering? Oh yes they do. One soon to be grad from one of the schools listed was upset at the just under $100K offer he got from Apple as a...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    According to stories filtering out of places like MIT, Princeton, and Stanford, the biggest thing the bright kids want to do is save the world, not get rich (for example, engineering classes tackle the logistics of carbon sequestration and...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    RIPA Just looked it up. Man you folks over on that side of the pond like to enact sweeping laws. The second paragraph of Wikipedia: RIPA can be invoked by government officials specified in the Act on the grounds of...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    BTW, one thing seldom mentioned about PV is the fact that it will undercut the most lucrative part of the electricity market - daytime peak. Elimination of daytime peak will greatly simplify the life of planners in power companies. Daytime...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    She had hardly started the course when a more honest member of faculty took her aside and said that as a woman in her forties, looking for a junior lawyer’s job in London, she stood zero chance so shouldn’t bother....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You missed a section. There are quite a lot of people who'd gladly retire. Just take the money and do very little. As I said the problem is in the transition. People don't like change. Especially when it might impact...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You missed a section. There are quite a lot of people who'd gladly retire. Just take the money and do very little. I didn't mention them explicitly. They are the middle of my numbers. Just now how sure where the...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Can full employment be achieved if we would switch to a four-day weekend? That is 30% increase in work-force. The problem is in the transition....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    We need a guaranteed basic income scheme. We need it now. Otherwise the wheels are going to fall off, and the results will be extraordinarily ugly. In 1969 Nixon proposed the same thing. If he hadn't been such a jerk...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I can't be the only one who sees the irony here of the IT industry being one of the main enablers of this kind of social change (at least in recent times) while simultaneously having one of the worst cases...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    At DFW windows all over the terminal gate areas. Panoramic. But the actual ramps to the plane, no. And unless look closely at some of the areas where they've had to expand with no space it isn't obvious which plane...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    plausible but I'm not convinced of the accuracy. It wasn't all THAT accurate. But it did let them know when it as headed toward the sat, tangent to the range arc, and away from the sat. That gives a fairly...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Does anyone know if such a system is set up in that part of the world? Those systems were/are expensive to deploy and use. Very much so. And as I understand it the US ones were basically deployed between Greenland...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    If you look at an airport like DFW And I assume other non small airports are similar. you have separate ATC and ground control. Separate ground control for each airline or groups of airlines most of the time. The ground...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Accident? There's not a single shred of evidence for an accident: # pieces of wreckage recovered after 10 days: 0 # of mid-air explosions monitored by satellites: 0 # of seismic events monitored that could indicate a major plane crash:...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    How about making IFF transponders permanently powered when the "weight on wheels" sensor says "we're airborne"? You still will need one or more circuit breakers somewhere. And you really want them where someone can get to them while in flight....
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