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  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    > Maybe we've become less ageist, or maybe I > still behave like my late-20s. When I was very young, I noticed early that adults were mostly sour and angry. I vowed never to become one. I've mostly avoided (that...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    > "It seems just like yesterday I was 21" My memory seems to be random-access. I don't remember things in any sequential fashion; a lot of times I remember something vividly, but have trouble placing it +/- five years. As...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    >Newtonian dynaics. Note that Newtonian physics will accurately predict any humanly-observable events. It'll even hold up to a fair amount of instrumented scrutiny. It's only when you create more sophisticated measuring instruments that things start to go squishy. For practically...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Whale blubber is pretty tough stuff. I'm not sure it would be practical to remove it via a suction tube... but you never know until you try. I imagine the whales might object to the procedure unless you had...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    > I'm not sure even my specialist technology > from immunology and microbiology to be > honest. Take your GP. Move him to 1900. Watch how he performs without his diagnostic labs, ultrasound, CAT scanner, MRI, X-days, antibiotics, or the...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    > jet engine and gas turbine blades which now > need active cooling to prevent them from > melting in use. Tech from the dawn of the jet age; there are papers in the NACA archive (and the British mirror...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It's interesting that while most cultures have swords in their origin mythology, the Vietnamese myths have a crossbow. A sword is basically a stick, used for hitting things. But a crossbow is an actual machine, with levers and moving...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Rick Cook's "Wiz" series blended magic and computer programming. Gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "the dragon book..."...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    @32: How well would someone 100 years ago get on with reverse engineering an iPhone? --- That's actually an interesting question; I've considered it in the case of "what if a modern smartphone were dropped into, say, 1945?" The key...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    It's nothing new. The FBI was doing the same thing in the 1980s with illegal phone taps and sharing information with local PDs and prosecutors. Of course they wouldn't even consider such a thing nowadays... when they can get...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    I was thinking more along "The Producers", also by Mel Brooks. From what I've read about Hollywood accounting practices, it's not even all that far-fetched......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > students who came to capoeira looking to > learn to fight, yes, but that mindset was > always quickly discouraged. I've been having Tae Kwon Leep flashbacks all through this thread......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > mark "funny, they don't say a word when I > go through security with my solid wood > walking stick" In the USA, that's an "assist device" and protected by Federal law. Not even the TSA can take it...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > But cinema release has an audience > bottleneck, in time and seats available. And like bookstores, that bottleneck is getting tighter. The local metro area, say a 35 mile radius, has gone from maybe ten theaters to only two;...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > the novel that took five years or seven years > to write, can be just as good an investment. Can it? If it takes you five years two write a novel, it doesn't mean you're a better writer. It...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    In other states, a police officer may interact with lawfully armed members of the general public several times per shift without even knowing it....
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    ...or nobody in charge at all. Have the employment agency send a bunch of people, have them follow the procedures on their computer terminals. No need to training or supervision when you have ISO-9000 workflow documentation! Some fast-food chains in...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > They seemed chagrined, embarrassed--but not > enough to let go of their status in a recognized > hierarchy. That's not unusual. I've read half a dozen accounts of Soviet defectors set up in Britain, Canada, or the USA with...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    @21: With all due respect, the US States are not governments; they're regional/municipal administrations --- Not even close, Charlie. You'd have to rewrite both the Constitution of the USA and the fifty state constitutions to support that viewpoint....
  • Commented on Apology
    > PS: Feynman is God. And God's Words are > now free online Long ago I decided, if I ever got rich enough to be able to buy art, I'd want one of Winston Churchill's landscapes, one of Adolf Hitler's...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    > reminded me just how similar your working > experience was to mine. I think there are many of us. Our paths diverged after Charlie went to writing full-time, but the earlier similarities are eerie....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In view of the long amity between our nations, not to mention the Special Relationship... would you mind doing it again? Nobody seems to be taking my proposal to resume above-ground nuclear testing in the District of Columbia seriously......
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > Almost every dictator from Caesar to Putin got > their start either in their country's military or > in the internal security services. Notable exceptions: Lenin: columnist, newspaper editor Stalin: columnist, newspaper editor Mussolini: newspaper owner and editor Hitler:...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    In the US, the police, the prosecutors, the courts, and the prison systems are all pretty much independent of each other as far as funding and accountability. You'd generally be arrested by the police or some sort of "law...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > If, in the USSA something like 33%-&-rising of > the populace are on the "criminal" database - > how long before over 50% is? Not just criminal lists, but the TSA's secret "no-fly" list, and the even less accessible...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > estimating from the population and makeup of > where I live, we'd have a police force of ~24 > for a town of 21,000, not 53 like Ferguson. My town is about 30,000, with 15 police officers. About as...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > he didn't start talking with the community > immediately. "Community" assumes a group of people living near each other, who more or less know each other, identify with the local area, and share social or cultural norms. Americans, particularly...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    > This is a military weapon. Yep. The Soviets found that out when they sent troops armed with fancy new 5.45x39 AK-74s against antique SMLEs in Afghanistan. The "obsolete" .303s picked off Soviet soldiers from beyond the range of their...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    "To Protect and To Serve" was prominently written just below the windows of the patrol car doors of a police TV show called "Adam-12", which was very popular about 40 years ago. The motto was visible probably once every...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The US military has non-citizen soldiers. My niece, for example, became a naturalized American during her second enlistment in the US Army. It's not like the old French Foreign Legion; naturalization isn't part of the deal. Some complete their...
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