Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I mentioned the American Chestnut and the blight that mostly destroyed it in a previous thread. Here's an excellent, long piece on a small genetic modification to the American Chestnut to make it resistant to the blight that destroyed a...
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    ...makes people like me want to put a hammer through it? "zerostat" gun. Just saying. Doesn't leave a (obvious) mark, unlike a hammer....
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    They literally can't understand people who would want to go into an office and close the door. The bathrooms are often reasonably quiet. Though sometimes you get somebody doing a conference call on speakerphone while sitting on the pot. I've...
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    Or is the tendency to "dominate & control" so strong that it is preferred, even at the cost of a significant loss of productivity? It's not so much "dominate and control" as (a) packing more people into floor space and...
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    I have tried (only once though) rigging a proof-of-concept of such a system. Results were not good, though maybe the speech recognition system wasn't designed to split out multiple voices. (Predictive models are a big aspect of speech-to-text systems.) Another...
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    Yes, have read Susan Cain's "Quiet". The extroverts running things don't see what the problem is. "If it's not for you just ignore it." (And let's just ignore all the research about how long it takes to regain focus after...
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    How many of us are "not-pink" - shall I say? Ah, I answered the wrong question, you meant high (i.e. normal :-) skin melanin levels?(quick but detailed summary article BTW.) (Tired.) I know of one or two mostly-lurkers. In general,...
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    How many of us are "not-pink" - shall I say? Well, pink/blue have inverted, FWIW. Anyway, those nyms here that choose not to present (online) as a particular gender, I treat mentally as indeterminate gender, and/or fluid. If a person...
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    I'll ask OGH or anyone else here to comment on Paul Krugman's SFnal piece, Since you ask :-) Paul Krugman is being too nice in that piece. I suggest a reaper probability that is small and directly proportional to the...
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    For those of us who are bothered by (or have stronger negative feelings about) the Internet of Things: Resetting Your GE Smart Light Bulb, Bruce Schneier, 11 Jul 2019, in full. Apparently you have to know which version of firmware;...
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    If anyone is looking for a adult magic school fantasy for the summer, while ... seeking ... a quote about Serenity before combat, found Red Sister by Mark Lawrence(2017), about warrior nuns and with an interesting magic system (threads, Path,...
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    Bill - they're nasty fucking slavers beyond the sweet talk. Sporadic, and mostly threats, and zero sweet talk. Anyway, I did another round of computer hygiene related to DNS leaks and IP leaks, just because. That was good, and interesting...
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    What I am not understanding is how BoJo is avoiding flak from DJT for his comments in 2015, e.g. video here: Farage: Boris Johnson comments to blame for Trump snubbing UK roughly: “He’s clearly out of his mind… He’s playing...
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    Who the F launched the Snowball stories? I don't recall the Sulphur-Crest from a decade ago, pre D.J. Trump. :-) Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has Upped His Game, Study Finds (Roni Dengler, July 8, 2019) The Times front page just...
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    The iPhone Secure Enclave (page 8) is a big deal, or at least appears to be. I can imagine nation states being really annoyed by it (it includes physical security) if people don't do something opsec-dumb like fingerprint or face...
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    That's not what I meant, but it was expressed quite badly, and for that I apologize. (And will think it through. And yes, regrets a-plenty.)...
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    I had not seen the end of "2001: A Space Odyssey" in several decades, thanks for the link! Kubrick managed to reproduce on film a certain gaze somehow, interesting. Better images of the earth are available now though, e.g. First...
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    Since you linked that Saving Private Ryan/Private Jackson clip, similar to what I was excerpting, except it was a German sniper in the bell tower, defending his homeland, accurate and killing Americans with head shots, with occasional groin shots. (Father...
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    This is why anecdotes are both good and insufficient sources. They come with a lot of implied context that is hard to pick up on from the outside. Thanks for the comment, appreciated. If you're curious, this was Nennig (briefly...
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    Re your Sherman Tank theory, perhaps. Those were outclassed by the common Mark IV German tanks in WW2[0]. So it would be a little odd to reuse the name. Looks like it's "Two M1A2 Abrams tanks and other military vehicles":...
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    My correspondent did NOT have her phone taken, but she says she was prepared to trash it as it's a company iPhone with (probably) commercially-sensitive information on it .... I have to work out how to travel with tech. An...
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    There's also this. It's Java and not obfuscated so basic to reverse engineer. (I'm just reading the reports here.) FWIW the common wisdom is that any computers (including phones) that have been in China should be presumed to be compromised...
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    FI[tm]@172 Was that for me? Not dead AFAIK, had a very irritating headache though. If the headache was because of an attack, in a similar theme, this (Excession) might do: A flat screen to the Commander's left wavered, as if...
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    Q: Are there any local but extraterrestrial entities in the Laundry universe? (e.g. speed of light buffers might be useful somehow for containment/remediation, or partial escape.) --- FI[tm]@162: Sherman? No clue ATM. My most amusing (mundane) guess so far is...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Yes, I love you of the many names. I respect you too. Thought that was clear. Lots of links above tonight, and material. Just starting to seriously parse it all. (On the road shortly for a bit.) The US still...
  • Commented on Story time!
    She's... fucking tooled up. And we're very very much still Extant. Very good. (You know that I've been concerned.) Now to look for that video without leaving too much of an obvious wake. (Tired, and need the practice.) --- Finally...
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    Three backups is getting somewhere. And if you've never verified that restore works, assume that there is a strong possibility that those backups are useless....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Nice little vid out there atm. Hacking the spaces your shitty little Archons have been shitting in. Is that the VoG/Archons woman, about 36 minutes? I would be irritated if obviously targeted by any tech like that. --- Had long...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I drove by the Pentagon recently. You are not wrong. :-) Meanwhile stuck at a social gathering where everyone except me is gathered around an enormous TV watching (with loud exclamations) some unholy combination of best-of-sportsball and golf cart crashes...
  • Commented on Story time!
    The ongoing bricking was only in the thousands as of 20 hours ago but will be more by the time you read this. Dang. I'd been ignoring security news feeds, but noticed a big behavioral change in firewall(/ssh rate limiter)...
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