William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You had a Doctor/Lawyer making 100k a year. At 90% that is actually 10k. The USA has marginal income tax rates like most other countries. That 100k would have a deduction an exemption and then fall into several brackets, none...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    22 years from now, no one will ever mention "Global Warming" again.It's looking bad but I don't think we'll all be dead by then! If Global Warming doesn't happen it would be very much mentioned because that would require either...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    This post is 'not even wrong'. I haven't got the time or patience to address all the fundamental misconceptions here but 2) If it is true that there are problems that can't be solved with math, then the idea that...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    To solve all the problems of life, either one needs specialized machines that are not reprogrammable to solve incompatibly different classes of problems, or some problems are better solved by ad hoc evolved solutions (organismal intelligence) than they are by...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Currently of the impression that 'bottom-up' design was the in thing these days for AI development: program it just to the point where it can find and process its own data then leave it to figure out optimal - possibly...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My sister bemoans the fact that our mother, a minor Doric poet, never taught us Doric as children. I did pick up Orcadian when I lived there for a few years as a child but a near half-century without using...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    In societies with a below replacement birth rate a policy of 'the first child must be a girl then you get to choose' would be sufficient to change the ratio quite quickly....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    One of the politicized arguments I suspect will prove wrong is the one that claims that unrestricted economic growth is a better way to deal with the future consequences when they happen than trying to mitigate them by restricting economic...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The question I am asking is, What if? the "Blind Spot" is believing that "Global Warming" is going to happen. - What if? come 2100 nothing happens with "Global Warming", no sea level rise, and people have abandoned the concept...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think due to the increasing dementia rate some sort of competency test for seniors, at least every few years, could become a voting requirement (and also because of a concern about senior votes being hijacked by carers, especially postal...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There may be a call for more tweaks to the franchise but they will likely be constructed to demographically advantage one party over another as the felon-disenfranchisement laws in the USA are. But I can see interest in restricting voting...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Religion, already declining in popularity in the developed world (other than the USA), flips like smoking to unacceptable in public or near children. Nations with severe birth-rate problems like Japan and South Korea realise that changing the gender ratio from...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Scotland recently introduced a 50p/Unit minimum retail price for alcohol. This isn't a tax, it's a floor on pricing as a public health measure. A side-effect of this is that the small print on the discount vouchers issued by supermarkets...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Another difficulty with finding commercial success in writing is that good stuff keeps accumulating year on year and with digital publishing it is all more likely to stay in 'print'. Writers aren't just competing with the other new titles but...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    According to Librarything C.J. Cherry's Wave Without a Shore is one of the 27 Cherryh books I own and from her position in the alphabet I expect it is in a box in the attic above me right now. And...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I had just assumed that some people got more right-wing with age because it was a form of dementia presenting as an inability to manage subtle or nuanced political ideas....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Labour are no better. My point is that the Conservatives are in charge until after brexit and have no reason to change course despite all the issues....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The Conservatives face certain defeat at the next general election if they don't deliver brexit - they'll be punished by the hard core brexiters. They face almost certain defeat at the next general election if they do deliver brexit and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    DIY is one area where you can go all over the place. I started out trying to replace the letterbox on the front door, then that got a bit fiddly and I had to get more bits for the drill......
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I have observed that higher intelligence often leads to jumping to the wrong conclusion faster. I make an effort to practise a slow and steady wins the race approach to avoid this....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I agree that Word (and Office) are successful in the sense that they killed the competition. I just think that features should work as advertised instead of needing work-arounds. O'Reilly published a series of fat books containing work-arounds and fixes...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Microsoft's word processor famously doesn't format documents the same between two different versions of the software, or indeed two different installations. Things such as which printer you select can and do change the formatting in indecipherable ways. It makes sense...
  • Commented on On hold
    My limited experience with Czech taxi drivers is somewhat hair-raising, with one particularly memorable trip from the airport into Prague where the driver was taking calls on her mobile while weaving across lanes at high speed overtaking either side....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I am a native speaker of English and I've always used singular they for a person of unspecified gender. And was always marked wrong by teachers and ignored them. Foreign languages with gendered tables and chairs were clearly too stupid...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Like these I photographed on the bank of the Vitava in Prague. Haven't seen them in use much elsewhere....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Closer to home, Scotland is planning to invest more in community sentence programmes and drastically reduce the use of custody. Justice secretary Michael Matheson plans to phase out most prison terms of less than 12 months, which he says does...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I use iTerm2 daily on macOS in preference to Terminal. But I haven't compared them recently....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Fortunately, I don't have an accent but I've certainly noticed that they speak funny in other parts of the country. The Scots they speak in London is an unintelligible patois and one must speak slowly and loudly with hand gestures...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Tesla already had a battery-swap capability which nobody used....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I quickly Googled that about 5.3 Kg of carbonate is equivalent to 1 Kg of Lithium and that a Tesla S (85 kWh) battery pack uses between 11Kg and 14Kg of Lithium in its construction. So that's no more than...
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