David L

David L

  • Commented on Oh dear
    In most security setups things seem to always get lax over time until something goes wrong and then "heads roll" and things are tightened up. Back around 1980 or so I was told a story at one of the top...
  • Commented on Leading question
    As people get better educated about money the number of silly financial events will decrease. Really? Just how is this to be accomplished? What evidence is there that this is happening?...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    If the U.S. didn't bother to join the Allies, why go there? Yes. If Britain had fallen before Pearl Harbor then the US voters would have not joined the war in Europe. In face Roosevelt and the administration was trying...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I am talking of security clearances for "secret" I'm fairly sure mine was secret. Seemed silly to me at the time. This was for a Gaseous Diffusion Plant for nuclear fuel. If you didn't have the clearance and it wasn't...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    The number of people currently holding security clearances in the USA is 3.5 millions. That means that a significant percentage of the US population works for the security sector (for any person holding a security clearance, several colleagues do not)....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    The owners of those institutions want an economy in which people pay for the goods they consume. A certain proportion of their customers disagree. Guns would work in this case as an alternative tool, as is more common in the...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Britain is probably not the CCTV capital of the world. A bit off topic but I've always wondered. Just what is done with all those CCTV feeds? Do cops in front of screens radio cops on the street and alert...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Perhaps the British talent with computers (eg LEO) would have helped the adoption of microprocessors across the entire USSR. The USSR was spectacularly inept at designing/building microchips on a large scale. At least in comparison to the companies in the...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Goldfinger is doing his thing in an age when there were far fewer travellers, not really a crowd to hide in. Even the movie was made in a time when air travel could still be exotic. I lived in Lexington...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    To the extent that Da'esh are currently destablizing the border areas of a NATO member (Turkey) And to derail this thread a bit more, it seems that Turkey is currently more comfortable with Da'esh on their border than giving aid...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    taking your "kit" absolutely everywhere, You'll appreciate this. My wife works for a major US airline. Over 15 years of that in a reservations call center with lots of time dealing with baggage calls. Several times a week they'd field...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Pity the youth of today. In my distant youth (I'm coming up on 44), there was no ... And we both walked to school. In the snow. Up hill. Both ways....
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    I'm 53 ... (Note that I also have 6 and 4 year-old daughters, and that sleep deprivation may be playing a role in all this. At least that's the guilt trip I'm going to lay on them when I'm older.)...
  • 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...
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