David L

David L

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Secondly, a 40 hour week requires five shifts (4.2 shifts to make up 168 hours/week, plus time off for training and vacation) It gets worse. Not everyone will want to work shift "D". Some will be able to swing. But...
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    Probably the easiest/most reliable way to calculate this might be by looking at how armies plan their campaigns. I'm guessing that combat personnel is about 15% of total military head count. For the USA in WWII only about 1 in...
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    Actually the biggest reason I see for this hold on out dated / wrong positions is that most people will go to really incredible lengths to avoid saying they were wrong. Especially if it's a position they advocated. For years....
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    As to why people hold on to seemingly irrational positions long after the evidence is in. From my purely personal experienced based observations people seem to be wired to very strongly hold onto long held beliefs. No matter what shows...
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    But with a white shirt and narrow black tie you could pass for an IBM tech up until the 80s. :)...
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    I was at the 10 minute mark on a good day. I switched back to blades. I use the big company named disposable ones as my light weight beard lets me go a month or two or more before switching...
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    You can pretty much avoid it completely by using an electric shaver but the established cultural standards for male grooming that require a smooth-shaven face is hard to achieve unless you scrape the top layer of your facial epidermis away...
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    I was unaware that "G. I. Joe" was American for "Action Man" until relatively recently, I guess that line from Eddie Murphy in "Trading Places" about the "G I Joe with the kung fu grip" went straight on by folks...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Moving the very hot and mindbogglingly radioactive fuel stream through pipes and heat exchangers simply adds to the possibilities for Interesting Times... It has seemed to me that one reason gaseous diffusion was used for so long was that the...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Not that I know while they were there. Several of the upper management were our neighbors. These guys were dedicated to doing things right. What contamination they had (and knew about) was mostly industrial things that all major plants had...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Ahem. I knew the managers at a GD plant. They were anything but complacent, sloppy, whatever. Now at the other plants in the US I have no direct knowledge of the management. But I suspect that Oak Ridge was similar....
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Nearly all of the UF6 in store in the US and elsewhere is depleted uranium byproduct from centrifuge enrichment plants. Ah, don't you mean gaseous diffusion? It's my understanding that depleted UF6 can be processed without going crazy and stored...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    uranium hexafluoride, which despite the US nuclear establishment's apparent cavalier attitude to leaving leaky drums of it lying around is really horrible stuff to handle: frighteningly toxic, fiercely corrosive to nearly everything, and with an unpleasant tendency to decompose inside...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    OK. Here was my thoughts. People doing pickup work for that pay rate could not live very well at all in the big media cities in the US. So they do it remotely. But to do that they'd likely have...
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    Hm, to me $3k a month is very much a living wage. Not so much in New York or Chicago. I don't know about London but I suspect not....
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    I must confess, I never understand why people who are primarily interested in money head toward the creative industries at all, advertising excluded. Even at the top end, most of the movie studios and games studios are at best middlingly...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Like all new tech the market guys stifle the issues and claim perfection in the use of. When Bluetooth was getting started the claim was don't worry about security snooping as these things only work up to 15 feet or...
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    NO shared hardware or network. That was my thought. But the biggest issue that will be fought to the bitter end is the sat link. Dual sat links will be a hard sell. I bet for a long time we'll...
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    Not starting a fight but those boxes, (I was next to one two weeks ago), are the 5 - 10 year old tech. You were asking about the future. And the future of flight is about weight in so many...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    Losing several M1A2 to RPG-29 in Iraq proved that the opposite was not necessarily true. Are you saying they were lost due to front on fire of RPGs?...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    4. Install DUMB transformers at floor level with USB sockets able to deliver USB 3.1 spec power (up to 100 watts, enough to drive a laptop). Minimal electronics on board -- just enough to sense and adapt to voltage/current demand....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    For some reason I have it in my mind that development of VM and related was coordinated out of England. But it's a very old memory....
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    That's why I'm sceptical, and I know I could be wrong... I suspect it's an issue on new designs. The old ones didn't have TCP/IP as a foundation for control systems. Which is why I suspect that an IP scan...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Sorry. Booted Windows into the emulation....
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    And maybe stack a System 360 emulator with VM/CMS on top to ... no, that way lies madness. I saw an x86 emulation written in Java Script. Someone booted it into Windows. Took hours as I recall. Madness indeed....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Actually I bet the decisions were made based on saving 50 to 100 pounds in weight. (~25 to 50 kg) Extra chassis, frame racking, and wiring with wiring being the biggest part of it....
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    As to in flight systems it has been discovered that on some/many/all planes the in flight wifi is on the same LAN as the plane systems. PR flacks are saying there's no problem but good grief. Who signed off on...
  • Commented on Shieldwall: Barbarians! Writing and self-publishing an old school boy's young officer story set in Attila's invasion
    The point was he knew his unit would break. Just that it would take at least 36 hours....
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    My house was broken into 20 years ago via a very simple technique. Our after school sitter and her friends would discuss what they were doing and if they were free at school lunch. Some guys would listen in and...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    After half an hour of writing the battery was indicating about 7h40m remaining, which is plenty for this kind of task (equivalent to what I'd be doing aboard a trans-oceanic airline flight) I've never flown across an ocean but aren't...
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