David L

David L

  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    and hopefully toss Nunes out of the Intel committee on his ear. Nunes is an R. So the R leadership gets to decide what committee(s) he is on. But even if he remains on it he will be in the...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Thirdly, you know what gerrymandering is? This election is full of it; a favorite tactic of unpopular republican incumbents is voter suppression (especially the non-white, non-rich voters who don't vote for them). A key point here. GM did not spring...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Is it reasonable that this is a 2nd or 3rd year lab project for a class in Hacking 301 at the PLA University for state careers. Or similar in the Ukraine, Russia, PRK, etc......
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    As someone who networks on a daily basis, I gave some thought to this one day on a long car trip, and question that concerned me was this: TCP or UDP? If we're talking about TCP, then the cheapest of...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Secondarily, I'm thinking that slow currents don't necessarily tear sludge apart; it can wind up deposited in low places. (all those fish on the roads argue for really slow currents as the water drops, at least in some places.) In...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What you're describing I hear as "we have interesting disease risks everywhere now". On that we agree. I made a mental note 40 or more years ago to live on higher ground and not by river/ocean front property. The only...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "The poison is in the dose". When applied as fertilizer, you know the dose. When you get flooded with it and maybe there's a layer of a couple inches of hog muck in the low places, you don't. Things get...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I'm curious, do other countries have the same disparity in urban/rural voter power? And does this have the same effect on politics that it has in North America? Japan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_Japan#Malapportionment...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    there's a bunch of agricultural land in North Carolina that just went under a tide of hog waste; its agricultural suitability has been altered Not a good example. Most of that waste goes to fertilize farm fields. Just not just...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    and I believe that rain-fed agriculture is the norm for the American Midwest. There's a lot of pumping of aquifers out there. You can see it when you fly over Kansas, Iowa and such. Those huge crop circles fed from...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Odd. I think back to the USSR. If not planned obsolescence then what is uniformly crappy goods made to a mediocre standard?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Here in NC, USA we are in the middle of the lower the taxes fight. And it is a minority position. In general. There is a large group of people who are OK with their current taxes and/or would not...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What would it do to people and those around them if they were elderly curmudgeons for 400 years? MAYBE people would stop repeating previous mistakes & total screw-ups? Why on earth would people living longer change this? We do it...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Here in our area of say 1.5 million people we have a nut and bolt and such supplier. I'd say 4000sf with 8' tall racks of all kinds of nuts, bolts, screws, washers, etc... And I've been in their before...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Whitworth Good grief. At least I've never had to deal with that. Over on the left side of the pond we also get to toss into the mix that plumbing pipe "standard" sizes for manufactured housing is different that for...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    including duplicating all the things the USSR got wrong or did badly. My understanding of communism and the USSR is that it was a convenient label to veneer over the actual government imposed on the USSR. Basically a PR label....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Like MAGA?...
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    In the 1950-1999 period, tales of the 21st century were everywhere. Where are the equivalent stories of the 22nd century, that should be being told today? Because up to 2000 (or 10 to 20 years prior but inertia has a...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    More interesting imo - where are the description of ordinary life where there is a reasonable chance of grandad/ma living to 500? ... How does the economy work? What laws change? What customs replace inheritance? What do family units look...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    It is deeply, deeply reluctant to hire anybody in a different nation-state because the legal and accounting overhead is wildly non-trivial. A friend who works for a multinational tech company talks about the HR hassles he gets into at times....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    but the MGB was designed from the beginning with the plan that the vast majority of sales would be in the US. So they designed it to use US standard (SAE) fasteners instead of any of the various British standards...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I feel someone should make a joke about Canadian Tire Money, but it would probably be lost on everyone east of the Atlantic. And maybe anyone south of Lake Erie....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    newegg.com got hacked for the last month. ... How far back does that go? And have they corrected the problem? The attack occurred between Aug. 14 and Sept. 18, security firms RiskIQ and Volexity said in a report....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    These points are translatable into goods/services and not just with the org that awarded them but with 'partners' including internationals, e.g., air miles points. These customer retention programs have grown to the point that they've reached 'real money' status prompting...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Two somewhat related data points. My daughter works in the audit group of a public accounting firm. A 2nd tier national level one in the US. Based on what she tells me (and I would have guessed this to be...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I might be, but sadly the only options here are of the form "allow anyone and everyone to monetise everything they can find out from your purchase" in exchange for occasional small discounts on items they select. I decided that...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    This is from 2011. It has gotten worse. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/nyregion/more-apartments-are-empty-yet-rented-or-owned-census-finds.html Just how many of these empty apartments are laundered money? And it getting worse. There was a big article and/or book about it recently....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Once you vanish down the taxonomic rabbit-hole of VAT and customs duty things get weird, fast ... Back around 82 or so I was going from the US to Canada to deal help our rep there convert a new release...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    And after all of this is set up why wouldn't merchants start offering a 5% discount to everyone who is willing to supply details? I get 2% to 5% off of many of my purchases with such today. As much...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Forgive my possible ignorance, but isn't ApplePay a very small (and incomplete) step to your process involving just the payment method. Because with Apple pay the seller never gets to see the details of how the money is getting to...
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