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  • Commented on What happens now?
    Re: QAnon - agreed. They might get more violent, but right now, they seem to be on the order of a believing in a video game, or LARPing. All the reports I see - I'm not where they post -...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Um, these days you type it up, and let *them* format it, make it pretty, and let *them* make the PowerPoint. Except first, they were turned into salaried "admin asst'", and then they dropped them altogether, and you do their...
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    Well, on m/f, they have separate circuits to handle i/o, and so you offload it from the CPU, right? A lot of servers, and even PCs, have started doing that. And forget templates. I tried to figure them out, and...
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    Oh, and all this about PowerPoint, etc.... think about it. Here's someone well-paid... and they're spending time producing a report, rather than handing it off to a lower-paid specialist in the production of reports (that is, a secretary). What's a...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    No. You actually have never even sewn a button back on a shirt? No. Becauses, let's look at reality: when they report to Earth, management will expect you with jackets and ties.......
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    I watched the video. Um, anyone else see it? Go ahead, before it launches, and after, tell me what it looks like.......
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    You have the machine room several yards, at least, below the surface. And HVAC of its own. And then... why, think of all the heat that's generated - exchange it with the colony's heat....
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    Please. The *best* IDE I've ever used was Brief... which ran under DOS. Edit, compile from within, and debug. TEXT mode....
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    It's ALL Christian, esp. evangelical Christian. Let me assure you - I had it in 1994 from an ultraOrthodox rabbi - that Jews have no problems with abortion. "Society has far more invested in a woman of childbearing years than...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Sorry, it was the late '90s that Dirt, er, Word took over the word processing market, having illegally (as defined as "they lost the court case") smashed WP (a *vastly* superior product) by bribery. On the other hand, as far...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I see, so, a real dungeon to LARP in, in the tunnels of Mars.......
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    Ok, first, I don't get how your last paragraph fits with the rest. Beyond that, it's all done as batch jobs. You're only talking about a presentation layer, *after* the calculation's done. Now, for you, and EC, and others, let's...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Ah, yes, self-modifying code. I remember, around '87 or so, discovered that COBOL had a GOTO depending on. I looked at my boss, the VP of DP, in the breakroom, mentioned I'd never heard of that before... and if he...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Why, they dress sensibly... just like other Barsoomians, loin cloth and belt with pouches. Why do you need more? Oh, and your sword and blaster, of course....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Um, no. You're missing a lot, it seems. Five people died. Several "medical conditions"... and one Capitol Police officer murdered, and the one or more scum who hit them with fire extinguishers have been arrested. Then there was the other...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Now that Barr & the Orange Florida Man are out, hell, yes. Now they're using the word "insurrection" and "sedition", too....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yeah, well, unfuck them, and the same to you, for not letting me have *any* happy ending, thanks for "just be miserable, and keep being miserable, because it'll get worse."...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The one who led the defense last impeachment (is that a mind-boggling statement?) said last week that he's willing to defend....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Crap. I should have said areosynchronous orbit....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    There's the issue of orbital velocity at a given height....
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    Nope. Sorry, Linux is growing in popularity enough, esp. with the current situation, that more than one major vendor are selling laptops with Linux preinstalled. And in what way is LibreOffice a bad joke? I've been using it for well...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Whoop-de-doo. And managing the damn things is a nightmare. No, sorry, give me a command line. For that matter, generation-old computer architecture will do just fine... if we stop wasting the overwhelming majority of our CPU cycles on nothing but...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I disagree. We need a *real* space station in Earth orbit. (Preferably a wheel, with artificial gravity.) The Lunar Gateway should be built up as well. *Then*, I agree, we can talk about really doing things in space, because real...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Let's see, they say there's 67 charges from NY to unseal, and there *will* be money laundering as well as tax fraud. And *THEN* there's Georgia, who may charge him with election fraud, soliciting votes. And I read that he...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yes, it did. I was thinking of more of deaths involving firearms, and the rest of the world liberating the US from neoNazism and the neoConfederacy....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    ROTFL! Sorry - the reason I'm laughing is that in Stand on Zanzibar, it's Indonesia that's the cold-war-like enemy of the West, and they've got the genius genetic engineer who starts genengineering... and so the scientific advanced nation....
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    Actually, I saw the first papers about that as an issue something like last summer....
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    On the other hand, we may be beginning to find similarities in mechanisms. I just read something the other day about when they switch from ATP, I think it is, to fermentation. Staying with the faster route runs into a...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    That's one thing that I've had to deal with in my stories about the future universe. A lot of what I have - and we have far cheaper interstellar transportation - is for less crowded conditions, and experimental culture reasons....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    We understand that. Actually, my SO and I are both on Kaiser-Permanente, which is a seventies-style HMO: they *do* do most of it all. But for most of the US, I mean, doing it your way, think of the lack...
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