Dale Allen

Dale Allen

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Speaking of Trump ignoring the "emoluments" clause thanks in part to the GOP letting him get away with it (and much, much more) for the first two years of his shit-show administration … I’m sure you’ve been following the US...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Charlie Stross @ 125: "… Adobe have switched from selling you software to renting you an annual license for a recurring fee." Yeah, everything is becoming subscription/cloud based. Working for an institution like a university it’s more convenient for licensing...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    P J Evans @ 94: "Nearly 40 years ago, when I signed up for computer science in college … they required Fortran or Basic before letting you into the major." I took a Fortran class in college back in 1981...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Charlie Stross @ 137: “The clamshell with dual screens is ... interesting.” I’ll second that for the keyboard dedicated screen. Texting on my iPhone is a bugger even going horizontal with the screen for the keyboard. I'm always pressing the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Brian Williams' recent (9/18/19) interview with Edward Snowden: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9yK1QndJSM...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    “Now we're at the logical end-point of that, where modern civilization is burning so much stuff that the waste gases are changing our climate.” I’d like to expound on that. We’ve been terra forming the planet to suit our needs...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Speaking of tyres and sewers, here’s the concept of a “circular economy”: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/dutch-businesses-work-to-prove-the-concept-of-a-circular-economy...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    We’re talking 100 years from now, right? Ok, here’s to channeling my inner Bruce Stirling – Co-operatives: working class and lower middleclass populations would gravitate towards Co-op communities/housing. Entire high-rise buildings or city blocks would be owned by the co-operative....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Stross @ 351: In an interview Lyndsey Stonebridge talks about hate speech that philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote about in her book “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil” “She was writing in response to what she saw...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "If the president calls for a state of emergency, here's a prediction..." What we got was yet another shameless publicity stunt by Trump using the televised presidential address as a venue for political grandstanding in the guise of a faux...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “Bad road law planning, then” Unprepared urban planning is more like it. The problem actually has to do with population density; Austin’s population has doubled from a half a million in the early 1990s to a million at present. Before...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “Also: pedestrians have an absolute right to use the road (in the UK) — there's no ban on jaywalking, with the significant exception of designated motorways, which are restricted to certain types of vehicular traffic only (for example, no horses,...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I believe most if not all Whole Foods Market store locations in the U.S. have EV charging stations....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I believe most if not all Whole Foods Market store locations in the U.S. have EV charging stations....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Almost re-read “Altered Carbon” before watching the Netflix series, but decided I didn’t want to do that checklist thing of comparing the book to the dramatization. I read all three of Richard Morgan’s books once when each came out. I...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “Okay, this wasn't a full-on toy store, just a corner of the floor in a small department store — but what it says about the way we're raising children these days is nothing good.” Thanks to the commercialization of Christmas...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Sure, there's always some wiggle room, but I'm sure the IRS would take notice of transactions over 50K. Also here's the IRS Cryptocurrency FAQ: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-21.pdf...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Likewise with the IRS: IRS Virtual Currency Guidance : Virtual Currency Is Treated as Property for U.S. Federal Tax Purposes; General Rules for Property Transactions Apply https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-virtual-currency-guidance...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Nathaniel Popper, author of "Digital Gold" talks about BTC server farms in Mongolia, Tibet, and Iceland, in an interview with Terry Gross, host of FRESH AIR on npr: “Anywhere where you can get cheap electricity to run computers very fast,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I wondered what economist Bernard Lietaer who wrote “The Future of Money” had to say about BTC and found a YouTube posting from April 2014. Lietaer calls BTC a “faux flac” or essentially a fake currency that is, “focusing on...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Thanks gasdive @ 93 for posting the Elon Musk presentation Making Life Multiplanetary. Definitely a must see folks. Elon talks about SpaceX current missions and future missions: the BFR rocket, Moon Base Alpha, Mars missions, and Earth transportation. Should answer...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    "On accuracy of prediction: I'm in San Antonio, and on August 24 we were getting warned of 6-18 inches. The rain is now past, the sun is out, and the rain gauge on our deck is showing a little less...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    “Longer term we have had New Orleans, now Houston. Traditionally it takes a third event for people to take note.” Tropical Storm Harvey is now heading back out into the Gulf of Mexico and will travel the coast into Louisiana....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    “Measure of public confidence --- the stock markets have been going up despite the moron in the OO.” The Dow is not the economy “... And the economy isn't the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It's worth repeating today, when the...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL that is. Sorry about that....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    This is a very topical blog post having just seen AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH this past weekend. I highly recommend seeing this documentary movie. https://inconvenientsequel.tumblr.com/...
  • 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...
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