David L

David L

  • Commented on The ends of education
    Yep. It's basically fodder to make a campaign ad....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Heteromeles has been such a cranky jerk for the last several months..." Not that I've noticed. If anyone had asked who on this blog is cranky lately, H would not even be a consideration for me....
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    I still think I was lucky to have Lisp as a first language, and 8080 assembler as a second. Sort of like a one time acid trip. You're either enlightened or your brain is fried and you switch careers....
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    Not skills you ever pursued by doing a full-time HND or university first degree. My implied point was that I don't look down on those career paths. They are valuable and needed. And require as much skill (different but a...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    don't ever fucking "reword" something for me No intent to set off a fight. I was re-wording it into how I see it. Good grief. Talk about cranky. I've lived in all kinds of political states for the last 60...
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    I got to see it from all sides growing up. My father (a WWII vet) wound up a the production manager at a nuclear fuel cascade plant. But he built houses on the side. So I grew up using our...
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    The only people who need to know that stuff are the very few who write the libraries that everyone else imports, and they can just look it up on Wikipedia. Yes. Totally. As a lead applications developers in the 80s...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    But where you're wrong is this: The Democrats/Liberals don't do a good job of fighting,* it's impossible for one side to control what their enemies do next, the Republicans are violent nutcases, and and it's not written in stone that...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Ah. Peter Thiel....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    For my construction sites I cannot find (even pre-covid) enough masons, cement pourers, pipe fitters, geosynthetic installers, electricians, auto/truck/equipment mechanics, etc. If you want see people (parents) start plucking chickens and melting tar, go into a high school in the...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    a degree does not equip you for a job, even for a specific job for a couple of years in the very near future. Totally agreeing with the points of your post. But a slight disagreement over this exact...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Don't ask me to defend this but you can bear arms all you want. But if you murder with them you're a criminal....
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    Yes, people in the USA are routinely kept "alive" on ventilators for long periods, to the point that there are hospital wards dedicated to it. The last big ugly case that I recall was in Texas a year or few...
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    hat on at least one occasion a state (notable for being Kansas) has voted against ratifying an amendment. You do understand you're intermixing the constitution of the entire US and the constitution of a single state? Kansas voters voted no...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The fundamental problem is that The Line is largely linear, so finding a place to put something increases travel times to and from it, which increases transportation energy use, whatever form of transportation is used. To me this is basically...
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    They did it on Mythbusters. Bull was surprisingly agile, didn't bust a thing. Not all bulls are created equal. Just like in dogs, cats, and people they come with different temperaments. I've been around some mixed bovine company where my...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    people who think they can design a city. My argument is against people who think they can plan everything. Which is what a moon base or Brasilia are. Laying out a city with lots of TBD can work. Planning it...
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    Anyway, living in a high pressure, eternally damp environment turns out to be extremely unpleasant. The design of these apartments was at most they had one floor below the water line. So normal air. And things like the kitchen above...
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    Basically SINK an apartment building....
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    I am rather surprised they are not using some kind of pool-cleaning robot for this. Well this was reality TV so... But this was in the Indian Ocean / Red Sea. Much more cleaning involved than a chlorinated pool. Plus...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    First, as to the Palm Islands. I agree with you, they're destructive, short-lived vanity projects, and I'm trying not to do my Forrest Gump summation of what I think of them. I was flipping through the online TV guide looking...
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    So my snark aside, this is sort of doable, but every 5-10 miles, 1-2 city blocks of The Line is a hospital. What this means in turn is that other uses have to be displaced around them. Some of those...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Also pledge to radically reduce America's nuclear arsenal since it is no longer needed (maybe keep a couple of thousand warheads tops) Already getting close. As of 2020, the United States had a stockpile of 3,750 active and inactive nuclear...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Meant to add. Does anyone think a colony on the Moon or Mars will not have these issues times 1000? Space cadets seem to design things like people who think they can design a city. https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20632277...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    arcologies are fun in theory but the surveillance/control options which would be possible and might be necessary could be offputting Does anyone really believe ANY government or architect or engineer can actually plan such a thing and allow for all...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    it's on a faultline (it's a fair cop, guv) And a big one. If you drive around an area over faults you might notice how the road jogs to the side at times. With a bit of paving patch and...
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    Hell, didn't Ukraine have is own UN seat then? Yes. Stalin demanded a seat for them and a few others of the USSR as a condition of joining the UN. Karma can bite hard at times....
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    I'm still not sure if women are yet allowed to operate automobiles? I think it's OK if there's a close male relative in the car with them. Toddlers count. [eyeroll]...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    allotments the other day, and riding past this one Is there a rule against using actual fencing to separate the plots?...
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