Dale Allen

Dale Allen

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    WannaCry Ransomware: Microsoft Calls Out NSA For 'Stockpiling' Vulnerabilities "The malware behind WannaCry (also called WannaCrypt, Wana Decryptor or WCry) was reported to have been stolen from the NSA in April. And while Microsoft said it had already released a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    “You live close to a major hub, don't you? Flint, MI is close enough to DTW, and DTW is a big-ass hub.” Sure, DTW is an hour drive (~65 miles) from Flint, MI. I used to fly into DTW and...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    “But anything that requires three flights—say, Austin, Texas (I'd end up flying EDI-hub, hub-Atlanta, Atlanta-Austin, or something like that) is gruelling: adds about 12 hours to the flight duration.” Precisely why I select flights with one transfer (or none), anything...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Which brings up the subject of hybrid languages. Several years back when I was living in San Antonio, Texas, riding the bus back home after work one afternoon I overheard a conversation between two Hispanic men. The conversation started out...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    “Because The Martian was such a success, maybe someone will finally write an SF story that seriously discusses having and raising a child on a space station without gravity.” A PG-13 SF movie that came out in February called “The...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    “Do you think that the Great Lakes States will remain in the Trump camp in 2020, or will revert back to blue?” You mean the Pence camp, and probably not. Union jobs have been decimated by factory closures over past...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Here's the latest news from FB. News Feed FYI: Addressing Hoaxes and Fake News By Adam Mosseri, VP, News Feed http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/news-feed-fyi-addressing-hoaxes-and-fake-news/...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    “It's really hard to imagine that a pure-subscription model and a reporter collective wouldn't do a better job than the New York Times does.” Actually, there is an organization that covers that particular model called the Associated Press (AP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associated_Press...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    “I think the Russians would love to put into effect the strategy described and would love even more to take credit for it. But I suspect they are making little social media pushes and content to be seen to be...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    —one could point to Donald Trump's presidential campaign as reflecting the same disturbing populist reactionary xenophobia— No doubt in my mind, Nigel Farage (‘Mr. Brexit’) stumped for Trump in Mississippi three weeks ago: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/24/nigel-farage-donald-trump-rally-hillary-clinton “I will say this: if I...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I should also mention that VGs a local grocery chain went out of business last year due to depressed economy in the Flint area. Astoundingly the German chain Aldi has been able to keep all of its stores operating in...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    There are now nearly 1600 Aldi stores in 34 states in the US. My sister shops at an Aldi Food Market in Burton, Michigan (Flint area) a mile and half from her house. Guess it depends on the convenience of...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    *Oh Look, Mosquitoes and Zika!* Yeah, this happened – South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes and kills millions of bees: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/01/like-its-been-nuked-millions-of-bees-dead-after-south-carolina-sprays-for-zika-mosquitoes/...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    After watching Elon Musk's SpaceX ITS presentation and the ITS video, my initial response was: WOW, this is going to be great, we're going to get to Mars with these enormous launch vehicles!!! Then a day later I came back...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    “If the rocket design proves sound and we get the kind of launch tempo he's imagining, I don't see why we wouldn't be putting up orbital stations and moon colonies as well.” I agree with you. A lot of things...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    “Serious Zero G sports?” But of course, Space Ball: played in a large pressurized expandable sphere similar to the Bigelow spacehab only 100 meters across. Played in very low light with teams consisting of 3 to 6 players wearing skintight...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Also, that lactating mammals produce milk with specific enzymes that promote growth and development for their given species … cows milk is for calves and human milk is for human babies. Breastfeeding of human babies is critical in the first...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Charlie, your chess game example of the prisoner and the prison commandant reminds me of CARRION COMFORT by Dan Simmons. Only in this opening chapter the prisoners of the concentration camp are the actual pieces on a large board being...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Sterling & Gibson's "The Difference Engine" is a fun read. Reminds me of Bruce Sterling’s “Dead Technology” project, where he was cataloging technology that had gone out of use or replaced with new tech. The IBM electric typewriter would be...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Almost finished with “Going Dark” last book in the "The Red" trilogy by Linda Nagata. Sort of reminds me of Mira Grant (Parasitology and Newsflesh trilogies) writing a military/political high tech near-future Stephen Hunter thriller like “The Day Before Midnight”...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Yeah, laser technology has gone very main stream. Part of my day job duties is producing laser engraved plastic signage. We use a 30 watt Epilog laser engraver that functions much like a dot matrix printer, it can etch text...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    "Super Tuesday note: If I was an American citizen I'd register to vote in the primaries and I would vote for Bernie Sanders -- but if Hilarly Clinton won the democratic nomination I'd vote for her as president." And that...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    "If you know about industrial farming, here's a very aesthetic take on them: Mishka Henner’s Feedlots Art, heavy load, HD images." One of many reasons I am vegan....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Recalling my visit to family in Michigan for Christmas back in 2013, there was a major ice storm the day before I arrived. Thousands of homes were without electricity. I probably should have canceled my trip on retrospect. My sister...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Hey y'all, I found some ROBOTS. Here's Atlas and other robot videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY Boston Dynamics: http://www.bostondynamics.com/index.html...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    "Because gunships go up against an actual enemy air defense network so rarely it looks to me more like evidence that the US Army didn't bother developing a proper doctrine for using them in the strike role, rather than that...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    "Thing is, Schwarzenegger actually turned out to be a reasonably decent governor." Well yeah, I'll wager Schwartzenegge's (ex) wife Maria Shriver (part of the Kennedy clan) was a major influence during his term as governor of California....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    @ Greg Tingey: Also see my remarks about the Flint, Michigan water crisis mentioned during the Democratic Presidential Debate on Sunday @ 154....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    “Ahem: Greg, for historic reasons, there's a strong statistical correlation in the United States between "black" and "poor".” More true than you would think. In fact Hillary Clinton makes the point about this in her final remarks in the Democratic...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Add to the reading list "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis (published in 1935). "A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during...
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