Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    The only thing worse than witnessing the passing of a loved one is missing the opportunity to say goodbye. Please take what good you can out of a terrible situation....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This sounds a lot like Einsteinian time dilation; hmm . . . ....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I wear my Seiko stainless with the nice blue dial as much as decoration as anything else, but the darned thing insists on running slow. I agree that the iPayMoreMoney for stuff doesn't seem that useful, since it has to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    For us dinosaurs who still wear watches, especially those antiquities of mechanical watches, you occasionally need to check and correct the time. Thanks to the U.S. Navy, you can get accurate time hacks at USNO Master Clock....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If you want musical time travel, come here to Germany and listen to FM radio, where '80s pop and techno still rule....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Hmmm . . . interesting. I might give this a shot, but seeing the pro authors that have already responded, I'll have to decide if I'm up to the challenge. I liked your "positive" story, in that the passengers positively,...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here's an interesting perspective on May from the Beeb: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-40245800 What do you all think; is she a dead duck walking?...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Now we'll have to see if Mutti can keep CDU leadership here in Germany....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    What strange times these are when the French have the most surprisingly rational electoral response to extremism over the past year! Bravo to the UK for pulling back the reins on the Tory runaway wagon; let's hope they can get...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I had one brush with this community. While I can share no details, I will note that the final flight was NOWHERE CLOSE to the limits of the SR-71....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Well I see I'm going to have to binge read the Laundry Files to get up to date the way I did earlier this year for Merchant Princes . . . . You'll see another bit of geld from me...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Oy, lad, I'll be 92 and fully intend to be around. Get off my lawn!...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    ". . . a grizzly solution to overpopulation." Sounds like a Far Side cartoon to me....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Well, I'm not dogmatic on the subject. But, without being obvious about it, I get about 10% better mileage than my wife in the same car over the same roads....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Yes, I was greatly simplifying for reasons of comparison. In all likelihood, data similar to Mode 1/3A would be gathered for use by a municipal traffic management system, where centralized processors could build a near real-time traffic picture; part of...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Yes! Are you familiar with hypermiling ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy-efficient_driving )? It's the approach I've used for freeway driving for decades....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    (Are we on an official derail now?):) If I were tasked with implementing this change, the first thing I'd require is that every vehicle have a beacon showing location and velocity, similar to transponders on aircraft. Of course, that moves...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I completely agree. I get a laugh every time I see an ad with a car driving over a deserted road with the disclaimer "Professional driver on closed course. Do not attempt." or words to that effect....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    No, I was right the first time. This is why I really need an editor....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    That's part of it - I am a very focused driver, and take a certain amount of pride in my skill (after 44 years of daily driving, I SHOULD be pretty good at it). We interact with other vehicles on...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Oops, that should be likelihood on line 3, not unlikelihood....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I'm concerned about the rollout of autonomous vehicles not because I enjoy driving (which I do, and continue to work at the complex task Chrisj mentioned @91), but because of the dangers inherent in the transition period, when both human...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    To bring us SLIGHTLY back on topic, perhaps the polling algorithms used last year in the U.S. empowered the Orange Beast to inspire his followers and dismay the opposition. Also, note the explicit use of the term "The Resistance" as...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    You have to give Barnes Wallis and the RAF credit, they were great at naming these things. "Grand Slam" is SO much better than MOAB....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Ah, Traveller. Many are the nights our little band spent in college wandering that universe instead of studying! For your subgenre, have you considered "starship and blaster"? I'll have to check out the new version. But I think I'll hold...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Mr. Trump is trying to dismantle NAFTA, so I think the chances of the UK joining are practically nil. @ 160: "On that matter she and the Prime Minister are in full agreement." - You might say they are unanimous...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Natural gas does seem to be the most likely gap-filler until we can implement large-scale storage of renewable-generated electricity. However, there have been a number of gas field finds recently, to include a VERY large Israeli field in the Eastern...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    There's a kosher joke in there somewhere, but I can't come up with one right now. I'm hoping the next color revolution will be a beige counterrevolution; the splotches we're seeing right now are just ugly....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm immediately reminded of "The Mouse That Roared" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ), a fine Peter Sellers farce....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I understand Canada has much the same relationship, complete with Governor General, but no doubt with some differences. I have no idea of the formal relationship of New Zealand to England. Us USAians are quite fond of citizens of other...
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