Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Maybe the folks in Asia who like to rip off movies are trying to move into print? I wonder if there's a halfway decent English to Mandarin machine translation program out there....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re Charlie @ 7: Would you be happy to receive three "Equoid"-length Laundry novellas in a year, rather than a single "The Nightmare Stacks" (which is actually longer in word count)? Absolutely! But I came up into SF via both...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re: Robby @ 55: The other fun direction is when the superhero can't help for legal or procedural reasons, and Moz @ 71: There's a whole lot of superhero stuff that doesn't work well with children . . . but...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The Right Honourable Ms. May seems to live in a bubble only slightly less impervious to fact than that of Mr. Trump, but I wonder how much longer her government can survive given her disastrous snap election last year and...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Here's a relatively decent piece from today's Washington Post: Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer Somewhat light on science, but not heavily weasel-worded....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I'm still running a vintage 2009 PC with Win 7 and will NOT "upgrade" it to Win 10, ever! I also have an Alienware X51 that I made the mistake of "upgrading"; it's been seriously borked since. I'm actually considering...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    To clarify, the comments link at the bottom of the https:// entry directs to the non-secure comments page....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Ah - the link on the main page still directs to the non-secured site....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Using Win10 with IE 11 (yeah, I know, but it's a managed work machine), no problems bringing up the main page in SSL, but clicking comments links flips back to the http:// version of the page....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The state of the art in the 1980s was to have a solar collector on the roof and to run output into the cold water inlet on the water heater. Most 1960s and later construction in the US uses gas...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    @36 re: cycling in Las Vegas Um, what time of year were you there? Las Vegas gets ridiculously hot six + months out of the year; cycling any distance, particularly for someone who's not already fit, is an open invitation...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    The solar water heating systems I've seen are heat exchangers; the water in the panels doesn't go into the water supplied to the house, and ideally you should be using purified water in the heater to avoid mineral buildup due...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    EC @ 34: "solar water heating shouldn't be discounted, even that far south" I heartily agree - I had a duplex in El Paso, TX (the "Sun City") in the 1980s and installed solar hot water heating in the side...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Going back to the OP, we now have three hurricanes active in the Atlantic and Caribbean; we are more likely to have to deal with simultaneous or near-simultaneous major weather events as ocean waters continue to warm and weather patterns...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "Nobody has tried to hold real peace talks that I know of . . . ." I guess you haven't heard of the Six Party Talks or preceding negotiations on the status of the Korean peninsula and NK's nuclear program?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Why haven't military drones been used post-Harvey? I'll give you two reasons to start: - The Posse Comitatus Act bars the use of the U.S. military to act as a police force short of civil insurrection - Executive Order 12333...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Don't rely on "something I read somewhere"; here's the 9/11 Commission Report in all its 585 page glory. It's a remarkably frank analysis of the events of that day from multiple angles. The key thing I took from the report,...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hah! The Trump Organization is much more a marketing and licensing business than it is a construction company. The one thing Trump does well is market Trump. He's about as likely to build something as I am to pick up...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Martin @50: "Isn't the US Army Corps of Engineers a close approximation (i.e. Hoover Dam, New Orleans levees, etc, etc)?" It is, to a limited extent. USACE has responsibilities nationwide for flood control and major water infrastructure (dams, canals, flood...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Umm, just no. The Department of Defense is good at a lot of things; nation-building is demonstrably NOT one of them, nor is it something any general or admiral wants to do. We're much better at breaking things than building...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's not just the shoreside facilities, the U.N. estimates 90 percent of global trade is carried by sea. How much harder will maritime trade be when we're at the mercy of stormier seas and disrupted ocean currents? Many African countries...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Re: What are the global consequences, outside the USA? We'd have to look at the proportion of coastal cities worldwide, and their impact on global communications and commerce, which will be HUGE. It's not just hurricanes and typhoons, look at...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'll abstain from commenting on the failure of the Brexit vote because I still don't know enough about your politics or internal economy to advance the discussion (there - when's the last time someone admitted ignorance here?). Re: a Hillary...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I'm careful to separate what I know at work from what I read in the news; that's why I only cite publicly available, non-paywalled sources. But it does seem like EC doesn't have the first hand experience of military operations...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I like it! Perhaps sort of like The Office by way of Terminator: Judgement Day was March 26, 2022. Mandatory worker-management training began the next day. With videos. Many died, mainly of boredom....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Oh, EC, oh my. Where to begin . . . "NEITHER YOU NOR I KNOW WHERE THAT MISSILE BATTERY CAME FROM NOR WHO FIRED IT." Not true. A number of independent investigations have agreed with a much certainty as is...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Charlie, Welcome home, and sorry again for your loss. It sounds like you've got your production line ironed out, and we're looking forward to the next delivery from Strossworks. Do you have any other public appearances lined up in the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The key to the Twitter mystery is . . . covfefe!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Fortunately, North Korea doesn't have a nuclear alert force like the UK, France, Russia, China or the U.S. (yet). It's open odds whether Kim Jong Il's order to use a nuke would be the last order he gives....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Ah, the old George Carlin joke (start at 1:45 if you don't want to hear the whole clip)....
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