Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Works here -- Windows/Firefox....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Speaking of transportation public and private, the US Congressional Research Service has just produced https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R45144.pdf Trends in Public Transportation Ridership: Implications for Federal Policy March 26, 2018. Summary Despite significant investments in public transportation at the federal, state, and...
  • Commented on Test Case
    It's also not uncommon among teenagers.. As we seem still to be on the topic of teenagers and overpass fencing, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-to-require-overpass-fencing-after-sandbag-causes-deadly-crash/...
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    Summary of the situation with ultra-diffuse galaxies when they appeared to have a superabundance of dark matter: http://www.phys.utk.edu/research/hep/seminar-slides/2017-spring/sandoval-april19.pdf Now one looks like it has a superpaucity of DM. Interesting times for the cosmologists....
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    See also: NGC 1052-DF2 Like here: https://phys.org/news/2018-03-dark-galaxy.html Interestingly, the same group earlier found something of an inverse case, a galaxy with way more dark matter (or whatever) than expected. https://phys.org/news/2016-08-scientists-dark-milky-massive-galaxy.html Both discoveries were initially made with the Dragonfly Telephoto Array,...
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    Just a totally unsurprising infobit from the Panopticon that I missed when it first came out: https://consumerist.com/2014/05/19/private-companies-building-giant-unregulated-databases-tracking-license-plate-location-info/...
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    The darker fence in the picture is over a large intersection, so I think it's probably mostly to protect the traffic below. As it happens, I had occasion to go through that intersection on the lower level a couple of...
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    I think that's noise fencing rather than anti-youth barriers. Round here they have a habit of putting border wall style prefab concrete fences between major transport routes and adjacent houses purely to keep the noise contained. Same here -- if...
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    Some years back many NorAm major cities started fencing major overpasses (overcrossings) to prevent/reduce suicides. My impression is that the US overpass fences, not all of them on major crossings, are more to prevent the local teens from tossing stuff...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    With regard to opuntia, there's a spineless variety that's also fairly cold-resistant. It's popular as an ornamental in the US along the Mexican border and can found in the wild farther north. http://www.mswn.com/plants/database/plant/opuntia-cacanapa-ellisiana/ http://www.mswn.com/media/info_sheets/opuntia_ellisiana.pdf...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Oh pshaw, a mere coincidence, I'm sure. Actually, I was musing that the Skripal poisoning, viewed in a certain light, could be seen to be similar to the infamous and alleged "sonic attacks" against US intelligence personnel in Havana. That...
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    something real about "Uzbekistan" - it really worries me, that one, if there is anything in it .... Perhaps this: http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/25/world/us-and-uzbeks-agree-on-chemical-arms-plant-cleanup.html U.S. and Uzbeks Agree on Chemical Arms Plant Cleanup By JUDITH MILLER MAY 25, 1999 Earlier this year...
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    On non-line following, Tillerson said yesterday in Chad, https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/03/279185.htm#ftn1 Press Availability With Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Palace N'Djamena, Chad March 12, 2018 QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, the President’s authorized the department to...
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    Apparently, R Tillerson has not followed Trumpski's line .... Who? Do you mean the former Secretary of State?...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Whole lot of reasons that won't happen (the US handing out nuclear weapons to an ally). For certain values of "handing out", it's been going for a long time. The US does keep tight control of the European B61s, as...
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    The removal of WE177 meant that all the UK's deployable nukes now live at Coulport; the UK no longer does air-dropped instant sunshine, it's all done by Trident. Apparently British Tornados initially were capable of carrying B61s and perhaps still...
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    Deposited here for convenience and the possible interest of dextroPondians, this latest RAND meditation on Brexit and a possible way to roll it back. https://www.rand.org/blog/2018/03/a-brexit-do-over.html...
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    More bizarreness in how the Cuba story is being handled Thanks! I hadn't seen that. The possibility of nonlinear mixing (aka parametric mixing aka intermodulation) had occurred to me, though more in the context of a deliberate effect, should the...
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    UPenn has a terrific reputation in medical science; I expect much more diligence and creativity from them than appears in this report/article. Yes, I've been trying to keep up with the reportage on this exceedingly bizarre story, and the bizarreness...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Question: What do you guys think of the weapons Putin just announced? Very retro. If you look at the 1983 document "Possible Soviet Responses to the Strategic Defense Initiative", you'll find most of them. The nuclear torpedo isn't quite there,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I would still bet on a breakthrough in number theory This is slightly related to something I've wondered about for a long time, namely that many and perhaps most gummint crypto systems depend on the totally deterministic output of nonlinear...
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    SMS, as in the British artist/con-goer who uses that badge name? No, this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._M._Stirling...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    That's explosive (literally). Yeah, not being an electrical engineer but having experienced a couple of rapidly discharging capacitors, I do wonder about how to deal with that problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbN02JG-QGE...
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    Squirrel Girl uses a time machine which malfunctions transporting her into a parallel timeline... That sounds somewhat like SMS' (locally known as REDACTED) Drakon from 1996....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Just to deposit a pointer to a new study for lovers of comet-impact global catastrophes (and who isn't one?): https://www.lpi.usra.edu/planetary_news/2018/02/26/12800-years-ago-massive-wildfires-were-started-by-a-ball-of-ice/ Extraordinary Biomass-Burning Episode and Impact Winter Triggered by the Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact ∼12,800 Years Ago. In two companion...
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    s.b. just one about there. Wish editing were allowed....
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    Plutonium metallurgy, from someone who probably knows about about it. (Hecker is a former director of Los Alamos) https://fas.org/sgp/othergov/doe/lanl/pubs/00818035.pdf Plutonium and Its Alloys From atoms to microstructure Siegfried S. Hecker...
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    There's at least one study of case histories of people who suffered gruesome results from seemingly trivial plutonium exposure in US facilities which is freely available on the web I try to keep up with this subject, albeit casually. That...
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    My understanding is that it's not the aging, but the fact that plutonium is biologically active in a way that uranium and thorium are not That may be another concern, but in the context of the conversation (this was in...
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    I've read that plutonium bomb pits are viable for around a century, the plutonium is continuously becoming something else, when enough of it does, it's no longer suitable for blowing things up. I presume it could be reprocessed, if they...
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