Michael Cain

Michael Cain

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    This does require that one deny continuity, but that's not problem. I, for one, believe that the universe is discontinuous, probably at around 10^-33 centimeters. So what you're saying is that the reals are a useful approximation :^)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I got that in Köln back in the 1960's when I was asked for directions form a pair of almost stage-typecast US tourists .... I've never been able to figure out what the attraction is. The tourists in Manhattan were...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Of course, I *have* been stopped in the street for (usually) marketing questions ... but being me, I usually give them answers that are at least 4 SD's away from the mean For all of my adult life, people have...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The two US states whose mail ballots take forever to count are Arizona and California. Basically, both are using an absentee ballot system intended to handle a small number of ballots to process the majority of the ballots -- about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm guessing that a DEC minicomputer with timeshare terminals was probably a VAX, because none of their other minicomputers had the oomph to run multiple users. When UNIX rolled out of Research into the rest of Bell Labs, it was...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...which seems to rule out the possibility of a secret ballot, at least under current Senate Rules. It is possible, of course, that Ed Kilgore has it wrong, but I've always found him to be careful and knowledgeable in the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The Boeing site says 'flew'. That plus comments on its ability to alter its path, land, etc. I'm not clear on the distinctions across/taxonomy of such devices: it just comes across as more of a 'plane' than a 'satellite' to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm a Yank trying to convert Parliament into the US legislative model, so am likely wrong about everything. Still, when I read Corbyn demanding days/weeks to consider the WAB for debate and amendment, is there anything there that can be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The heaviest routine trains I know of is the iron ore trains between Kiruna and Narvik in Sweden/Norway. They weigh up to 9600 tons after the latest upgrades, but that railway is relatively extreme in other ways as well. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I mean Germany is considered by many to be a "Green" country yet still gets 35%+ of their power from coal... The US has three almost completely independent regional electric grids. In 2018, the western grid got 40% of its...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    65, pair of STEM degrees, systems guy who did all sorts of odd technical things, married, two grown kids, not on the scale. That skips over that at 50 I went back to graduate school, got an MA in public...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The thing that always put me off about Word for technical documents was the lack of anything that acted like a typesetting display: a block of text, tables, mathematics, graphics, etc that were kept together with their own formatting. Preferably...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    ...what would be really delicious is if it was 50-50 and required Justice John Roberts to cast the tie-breaking vote (as I believe he would be called on to do for an impeachment vote... Conviction in the Senate requires 67...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The new Mac Pro is the last even-remotely-mass-market UNIX workstation standing. And even at that, old-time UNIX coders will find a disturbing number of problems. X Windows is now a third-party add-on. Apple has "improved" things by putting important stuff...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    There's been so much chatter about red/blue "civil war" in the US in the last few weeks that I wondered what that might look like geographically. So I dragged out my cartogram software and the county-level election data from 2016...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Britain and Japan are reasonable sized countries. The US and Australia, not so much. I've spent most of my life around the edges of the US Great Plains, making regular east-west drives across them (500 to 800 km, depending). The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    During the early seventies I lived under the flight paths for B-52s headed to Vietnam. Even a mile in the air those planes would shake your windows. Not the loudest I ever heard, but the most startling... I learned to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Someone here posted in the last month or so about that gas fired plant out in the western US that was being shut down due to being designed for continuous running and was not really able to ramp up or...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Because Boston and New York are the main bastions of civilization in the US? I have noticed an increasing number of the people I know in California referring to places in the eastern part of the US as "out East"....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Total guesswork on my part, but I would hope there would be some conversations going on between the opposition leaders and the EU about finding a way forward. Need someone with real knowledge to comment, but my perception from the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    This doesn’t apply in the USA (which last time I looked has the benefit of a continent-wide grid)... Little appreciated fact... The contiguous 48 states of the US have three minimally connected power grids. (1) The western grid consists of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, Elizabeth Warren appears totally anti-nuclear power. This is reasonable when applied to the current generation of plants, but more modern designs seem to make that unreasonable. For the base she has to carry for the nomination -- Dems in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Miami full hit, Cat 5 then trawl upwards with an unusually strong reinforcement? Most recent forecast track says hammer the NW Bahamas for another 24 hours, then sharp right turn. Runs along the coast but offshore, no US landfall. Miami...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They'd basically have three whole working days to organize the confidence vote, which isn't a lot... The party leaders couldn't start making phone calls and meeting for lunch this week? Canvasing their MPs and negotiating terms? So they return on...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Warren loses because she is female... While I will vote for Warren in the general election if she's the Democratic candidate, any bets I place will be against her. I'm a believer in the jinx on Democratic presidential candidates from...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    But in terms of floor space size FH is "just plain big". By footprint, the White Sands Missile Range at 600,000 acres (2,430 sq km) is the largest currently. Colorado has finally got the Army to abandon its plan to...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...because US men, no matter what age, as a rule do not vote for women if they can avoid it. Things are changing. Using share of state legislative seats, by state, as a rough proxy, Nevada currently has 52% of...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm fascinated. Would Boris campaign on the plan to expel Northern Ireland?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I find myself conflicted. I look forward to OGH's next post on Brexit and related topics, right until he puts them up. Then I'm horribly depressed for days....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    If the Iranians get really angry... As in, the Royal Navy violates the UNCLOS provisions for transit of territorial waters by a warship? The Iranians waited for the Royal Navy to violate the transit provisions for commerce off Gibraltar before...
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