Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Thanks....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    FWIW and as a matter of curiosity, my morning newspaper contains a meditation on Trump, Brexit and the EU by a former Scottish First Minister. How he got from Holyrood to San Antonio is unclear. http://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/Britain-s-Brexit-and-America-s-Trump-the-EU Britain’s Brexit and America’s...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    > let me ask about accuracy @ 528 I have no idea what happened to that message, but the idea was that I've found that GPS + WASS + GLONASS gets 2-ish meter accuracy, vs 10 m without GLONASS. [[...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    As long as there's a minor thread going on about GPS, let me ask about accuracy. Casually following this over the years, I've found that consumer-grade GPS + WAAS gets into the < 10 meters range fairly reliably (with exceptions)....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Eh? The dash is down, insofar as it's not in front of the road — you have to look away from the traffic to see your speedo, etc! Ah, perhaps it is a terminology problem. I'm advocating placing the GPS...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    so that your eyes are accommodated to the instrument console when you glance down, and are focussed correctly on the horizon when you glance up. IMO, the dangerous word there is "down." That takes the road entirely out of your...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    My method of navigation by road is to study the map before commencing the journey, to get a feel for the geography I'm dealing with... I agree with both that and Robert Prior's prior #405. What we do before setting...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    would be the ability of the spooks to enter the house of a suspect, and install such an extra - or replace one commodity item by an apparently identical one with the extra feature. Breaking and entering (aka "surreptitious entry")...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I note too just how small it is - a mere 38 square metres. Obviously intended for the British market, I can't imagine our US or Australian comrades wanting anything that small. Mostly that's right, but there's currently a modest...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    neutrino https://fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/neutrino.pdf...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Or: Just because someone doesn't make a lot of noise, doesn't mean they're harmless or irrelevant. (Switzerland and Panama pop to mind.) We just got back from three weeks in Panama, mostly around Panama City. Very impressive, modulo traffic...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The first test launches of the original Polaris missiles were done on land, to qualify the missile and the launch cell it would be launched from... I'm not certain but I expect the same thing happened with the first Trident...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    He said, regarding driving ( Hire car) ... there's the local cops & Sheriff, there's the Highway Patrol, there are Federal Marshals & possibly the National Guard. In normal circumstances and as they interact with the driving public, the first...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    MRI is a total non-starter for airport security! So, assuming DARPA or somebody doesn't come up with several magical technological breakthroughs and penetrating x-rays are also out, what's left? Ultrasound, maybe, but I doubt it could be made to work...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    If keeping things internal really does prevent their detection All the more so if the thing in question is nonmetallic. 250 g of C4/Semtex has a volume of ~160 cc, which can be accomodated in a standard-issue body cavity...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    I'd rather not be flying with people carrying these things. http://blog.tsa.gov/2017/02/tsa-week-in-review-feb-6th-12th.html Your preferences notwithstanding, does that have anything to do with how many actual terrorists TSA has caught?...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Confirmed: at BOS I was given the option to go back outside, mail it to myself, then come back in through security. Mind you, for a TSA checkpoint obeying the TSA goon squad rules, they were remarkably human. We recently...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    (unless they happen to catch a real terrorist) It would be interesting to see statistics on how many real, verified, no-fooling terrorists have been caught by TSA airport checks since 2001. Of course, I suspect that such statistics are...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Perhaps not totally OT, whatever it is, but the US Congressional Research Service just emitted a FAQ/primer on the European Union for the benefit of the congresscritters -- perhaps it would be of interest for some here. Commendably, the author's...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    After than its just copy and paste. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Decades ago, during my mercifully brief stint as a graduate teaching assistant, I got to grade papers originating in a freshman physics class. Explaining why...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A great example of spurious precision in measurement You beat me to it. The coordinates given, if I've counted the places to the right of the decimal point correctly, are precise to within 10 nanometers. (One degree along a great...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    humans are most comfortable at 28-30 degrees Celcius. I sense that ours is a minority opinion here, but for us that's right on the money. Ideal temperature is 85F, 90 is warm but easily tolerated and chilliness sets in in...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Re: Preppers As long as the topic came up, one notes that the Mormons are somewhat into prepperism: https://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness I'll have to say that, although there's a strong tendency for prepperism to go winging off into the wilds of survivalism,...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    What does it mean - something more like "check" or "adjust", as in German? "Check" or "monitor" as a passive activity in most cases, though it can occur as a part of a process that includes "control" in the active...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    "I'd be really careful about having any kind of a sensitive debate with someone either spoken or written using these translations." Having done a certain amount of reasonably well paid Russian -> English translation and having, because of circumstances, had...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Google Translate has recently undergone a paradigm shift, if I understand it aright: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/google-translate-gets-a-deep-learning-upgrade I haven't done any sort of rigorous comparison, but in the languages I do have a modest clue about (Russian, Spanish) it now performs impressively. Anyway,...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Attempts to track down and fix all references to people's age were, I suspect, not 100% effective at that REALLY LATE stage (hint: the book had been through four line-edits, a copy edit, and past a crowd of test readers...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    spirited her away into night and mist. "Night and mist" sounds alarmingly like "Nacht und Nebel." I assume that was intentional?...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    so, if you pre-ordered this book, have you received any updates re: order status? Just an informal poll ... out of curiosity. No notification yet, but I just this minute (2017-01-16T20:33Z) checked A'(US) and it says the Kindle preorder of...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Absolutely unrelated to anything in this thread (Well, I think it's unrelated -- sometimes it's hard to tell), the following appeared. I post it because it seems like the sort of thing OGH might use and, now that I think...
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