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  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Apple supported PPC for years after they announced their Think Different switch to Intel chips, indeed they even released new PPC hardware during that time (I can't remember precisely when they stopped releasing OS/X upgrades) for late-model G5-series laptops...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    " Nobody wants to carry around three iPads for different work cases: if Apple tried to ram that down their customers' throats they'd risk losing market share." You regularly travel with an iPhone (iOS), an iPad (iOS) and a...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    One serious problem with trinary is that it doesn't scale downwards very well. The difference between a plus and a zero and a minus voltage signal is easy to determine when the voltages are significant but as voltage levels...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    During the Glasnost period before the rump Soviet Union fell apart a Western TV crew got unprecedented access to, among other places, a Strategic Rocket Forces IRBM base in the Ukraine. On camera one of the officers in charge...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    They don't have to be professional spies or trained linguists. Why not use Mechanical Turk or its equivalent to determine possible sarcasm in suspect statements? Two cents per test for the best natural-language processing systems available using native-language speakers...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    A number of the Iranian expats who were beating the "let's you and him fight, I'll hold your coat" drum via neocon thinktanks and other groups in the US (Benador Associates, for example) were ex-members of the Shah's government...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    No, the LK-60s may be the last big icebreakers they build but they still have river ice to deal with to maintain navigation and keep the northern coastal ports open. Fresh water freezes a lot easier than open seawater...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Cash machines (ATMs) are not connected to the internet, they run on their own secured network down to the wires and switches. The ones that run XP (some run Win2000, there may be some that still run NT4) run...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Why are high-energy gammas useless for generating power? Once they've been "spent" in an absorbing material they're heat and thus steam and therefore electricity. A good proportion of fission energy is produced by the emission of gammas, one-tenth the...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    The secondary activation "problem" for fusion reactors is a red herring, basically, same as with fission reactors. For one thing the lithium breeder blanket will eat most of the free neutrons while converting their energy into heat to generate...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The Russians have several nuclear-powered icebreakers in service and are laying down three new ones. The key thing for a nuclear-powered cargo ship would be having multiple units in service with similar reactors and fuel systems, cutting the general...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Did you ever work with CP/M-86, perchance? We had it on a Intel development system, pile of fetid dingoes kidneys... DOS had a smaller installed memory footprint, it would even work without disk drives off a cassette tape port...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Philby, Burgess and McLean were all full-time well-paid employees of a certain nation's security apparatus and that didn't help. The real problem is that the NSA knows too much in part because there is so much to know and...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Hardware costs money and back in the 70s and 80s bits cost bucks so code sharing data space and self-modifying code was the way to go as security at the time involved switching the machine off at night and...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Flywheel storage systems, as I had been referring to them in the post. The weird chemistry in stationary battery tech is nickel-iron (NiFe). It has an excellent lifespan even with deep discharge cycle operations that would kill Li-chemistry and...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The first F1 KERS systems used carbon-fibre flywheels and there have previously been attempts to fit them to buses etc. as battery substitutes but Li-chemistry batteries are now so obviously superior for mobile energy storage flywheel systems are being...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Density of steel is about 8 grammes/cc. Density of carbon fibre runs about 1.6 g/cc. The energy of flywheels scale as the mass increases, generally so in the case of similar-sized flywheels the much cheaper and easier to fabricate...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Imagine the structural loads imposed on a building by putting a water tank holding a few thousand tonnes of water on the roof -- a thousand tonnes of water is a cube ten metres on a side, it's kinda...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Every kind of mass power storage costs money and wastes electricity in conversion losses. Flywheels aren't cheap, same with batteries and most other technologies. The cheapest form of storage is pumped hydro which costs about £200 million per GWh...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    I suspect Mr. Cross might be from a place closer to the equator than thee and me, Charlie. Midwinter where we live the sun rises at 9:00 a.m. and sets at 3:00 p.m. and reaching about 12 degrees above...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    ITER is expected to run for hundreds or even thousands of seconds at a time. It is also expected to exceed breakeven by a factor of ten at least. The engineers and designers won't know if this will actually...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    "It is difficult to think of anything more expensive to get into commercial production than tokamaks" How about laser inertial fusion? Commercialising a power-generating version of that would be kinda pricey. Tokamaks actually work as fusion devices, they fuse hydrogen...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    By "predictable" that means you know in advance you won't have enough electricity to run the entire railway system during the day next week rather that it being a complete surprise. You can't run a full timetable in the...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I can program, people have paid me to program in the past but the skillset is a bit... dated, shall we say? Nothing in the past ten years or more to show to a potential customer, nothing to differentiate me...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Can you name any of these things he might do with an Internet connection that would meet his ability to earn money? I'm currently unemployed and possibly unemployable given my age and lack of a recent employment record that...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Populations boom and bust though. Good years of hunting or grazing lead to population pressure, starvation and disease which limits the upper range of numbers, bad years of weather, flooding or local climate change mean less food and fewer...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Actually the nuclear plants near* Fukushima Daiichi were all run by the same company, TEPCO with the same disaster planning rules pretty much with similar physical layouts and comparable sea defences. What killed Daiichi and not the others was...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I ran into something akin to that problem when I was going to university. My father wasn't earning much as a NCB employee at the time but my older brother had spent a couple of years going to night...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    As a kid I read and enjoyed dystopian YA fiction and a lot of similar adult SF which was written in the 1960s under the ever-present and seemingly inevitable umbrella of atomic destruction. I enjoyed the daydreams of "Survivors"...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The anime and manga term for this is "waif-fu", girls (and sometimes boys) who would blow away in a strong wind carry swords and guns that outweigh them with no apparent strength augmentation suits or exoskeletons....
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