David L

David L

  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    ... Our current useless government is a short to medium term problem, which can be tackled by Labour getting its act together and the ballot box in 2020. The EU is a long term problem. ... Although my understanding of...
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    Ok it's already moved rather than moving but Ioan isnt far wrong. That was my point. There aren't really new ones moving in. Historically Charlotte was a banking center but some of that went away in the last 2 recessions...
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    Likewise, the financial industry in the US is branching out to Miami, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Salt Lake City. I live in Raleigh. Where are these firms? We have a lot of growth but I've not seen much of...
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    Sorry. Broke the rules for this post....
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    To date, my only reason for preferring Sanders over Clinton is that I think Clinton has a bit more tolerance for dysfunction than Sanders does, and that's not a good thing at the moment. I've felt for a long time...
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    But whitroth's arguments don't hold up at all....
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    Personally I think the F35 PROGRAM is a huge waste of money as planned and then implemented. But the planes fly....
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    From an educated European's perspective, the USA is a bit of an odd duck in the first place. A common currency but State budgets and income tax/sales tax/property tax collection authority? How does that work? Day 1 there were thing...
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    Second, with the US covering the defense needs of Europe, they haven't needed to build up anything approaching a real modern army, so they simply haven't had the tanks and warplanes to do it. If they'd had them, they would...
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    I'm not sure which election I'd rather be embroiled in: your Brexit or our presidential election. Their Brexit doesn't have both sides of the ballot opposed by a majority of the voters. Mostly likely the Presidential election over here will....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Poland on a two year long business trip that took him all the way to Tehran and back -- on foot. I assume he had pack animals. I can't imagine carrying enough merchandise on his back to make it worth...
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    They also allow someone to exempt all of the value in their home if they declare bankruptcy. So rich folks considering walking away from their creditors will "move" to Florida, buy the biggest house they can with whatever cash they...
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    While Cuba before Castro was bad for a LOT (majority) of Cubans things are not all that wonderful now. And many Cubans are not happy with the current setup. But I'll admin that it is likely that a much larger...
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    Just how many fab plants make Intel microprocessors? And I'm sure there's a long list of similar things. Look at what happened to the disk drive market a few years ago when Thailand was flooded. There are a LOT of...
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    Perhaps it's pushed by Fox News because it taps into the whole "law and order" thing. This concept is much older than Fox News. Not everything is the fault of Fox News. Or MSNBC. Or CNN. Or ......
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    On the other hand I am not a physicist, nor do I play one on TV. Teal'c ?...
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    Yes. I was thinking that the costs (and profits) to run a 100 acre wheat farm on 2 or 3 crops per year vs. 10-20 acre plots of various plants and animals each with unique equipment to handle the life...
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    I've been watching Canada lately. Their metrics seem on the upturn re: new PM/gov't approval ratings, economy, etc. Interesting Cabinet too. I was in Vancouver a few weeks ago with a car. I didn't see ALL of the city but...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    "There should be a pavement marking to supplement the stop sign." We have those. The same problem still arises. Hedges, long grass, walls and stuff block the view so you have to creep out into the main road blind before...
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    I read an interesting article by someone who apaprently designed airports for Israel, so their security is based on minimising the damage by having smaller spaces and ensuring suspicious people are picked out and directed into strong confined spaces asap....
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    Harking back to your comment about fulling following the rules is not possible. In the US it is very common to come to a stop sign. So you stop. But you can't see if there's oncoming traffic unless you pull...
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    You're missing the point. Signage problems are a trivial aspect of self driving cars. No I'm not. Signage is an issue and it's the easy part. Self driving cars that can handle all the odd cases of signs are just...
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    Two weekends ago I was at Love Field in Dallas at the Museum on the other side of the run ways from the main terminal. They had several WWII airplanes on display on the tarmac. No security as we just...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    When cheap/efficient refrigerated warehouses and boxcars came in, I suspect? It was before that. It happened due to a large enough population to support the infrastructure to slaughter ans ship on a large scale. Before refrigeration you needed rail and...
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    This may be at least partly because US municipalities are not signed in a nationally consistent manner? I do know that "you may turn right on red" is not consistently implemented state to state. Yes. You're making my point. How...
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    Agree totally. But again, not in 5 years. You're not going to pass any laws that mandate everyone have a self driving car in 5 years. Just not going to happen. When I was in my teens most cars lasted...
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    At risk of missing your point (which is valid), I think airport drop-off/pick-up is a special case. Yes, airports may change along the lines you mentioned. I picked it as it was what I experienced a few hours earlier. I...
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    My trailer example was somewhat on the extreme end but based on where Google (and others) state they are now and a lot of situations I deal with weekly I think we're more like 10 years away. Especially since Moore's...
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    It could easily get tragic, too. For example, climate change is predicted to cause increased flooding and storm damage in large parts of the US. How is a little driverless car going to deal with flooding roads with downed trees...
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    Somewhere, probably over the next 5 years, someone is going to have autonomous vehicles sorted. Some of us don't have 5 years to wait for our next vehicle. I'm optimistic that my current vehicle (20 years old) will last me...
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