Dale Allen

Dale Allen

  • 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...
  • 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...
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