Stuart_in_Austin

Stuart_in_Austin

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Imagine that you have a child with Type 1 diabetes or serious life threatening asthma. For the diabetic child, a continuous glucose monitor and an app that phones the parents can alert them if their child goes hypo. Or if...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I attended a gathering sponsored by EFF in about 2004 or 2005. I asked the representative of Hart-Intercivic what OS their were using. At that time, and probably still are, they were using the Precise RTOS. That RTOS is a...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    For those interested in difference engines and the cause of the failure of Babbage's project I recommend Michael Lindgren's Glory and Failure: The Difference Engines of Johann Muller, Charles Babbage, and Georg and Edvard Scheutz. Lindgren wrote this as his...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Trottelreiner, Are you perhaps thinking of the works of Conlon Nancarrow? He was an American composer who moved off to Mexico to take advantage of its cheaper cost of living. Almost his whole output was composed for player piano. The...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Tenex and TOPS 20. When I started at the University of Utah in 1973 they had two PDP 10s running Tenex. One was single user and the other was a timesharing system. For...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I think you don't have a good idea of just how large a state of the art wafer fab is. Look up the Samsung Austin fab on Google Earth. The facility is 2.3 million square feet. A car bomb would...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    You seem to have missed the fact that he spent about the last thirty years of his life as master of the mint. Read Thomas Levenson's "Newton and the Counterfeiter." Levenson packs into 165 pages a story it takes Neal...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    There aren't a lot of people using insulin pumps who would be willing to give them up. The people using heart assist pumps definitely don't want to give them up. Remember that Cheney had the rf link on his pacemaker...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Last spring a friend, who listens to too much right wing talk radio, said that the big scare that was being talked about was smart power meters. I can imagine a few things that a power meter might reveal. Does...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Might the Russian Empire have developed differently if mammoths had been available to them? How might the course of the Crimean war differed?...
  • Commented on 2512
    Simon, What Justin is appealing to is not just the numinous. I'm sure an Orthodox believer can experience the numinous with the aid of an icon that makes no claim to being a holy relic. Justin's claim is akin to...
  • Commented on 2512
    Justin, You are foolish to drag the Shroud of Turin into the discussion. Manufacturing relics was a growth industry in the middle-ages. About 25 years ago Biblical Archaeology Review published an extensive discussion of the evidence for and against the...
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