Dale Allen

Dale Allen

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    George W. Bush used Blackwater USA in New Orleans after Katrina: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/blackwater-down/...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I wonder if vaping was inspired by that DREDD movie where they vape Slo-Mo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKtad9DGxrw...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Terry Gross/Fresh Air interviews Stephen King. Here's a highlight on rethinking writing set in 2020 because of the pandemic: "I set [the book I'm working on] in the year 2020 because I thought, "OK, when I publish it, if it's...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    WHO declares that COVID-19 crisis is now a pandemic: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/who-declares-that-virus-crisis-is-now-a-pandemic?utm_source=Devices&utm_medium=Notification&utm_campaign=Push+Notification&utm_content=2020311-news...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight” (HBO) explains the COVID-19 crisis with a combination of satire, humor, and seriousness. I found it very educational: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c09m5f7Gnic&feature=emb_logo...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    SXSW 2020 Canceled. Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt both announced disaster declarations in response to the expanding coronavirus. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/06/813023174/the-show-will-not-go-on-sxsw-cancelled-because-of-coronavirus...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    The annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, scheduled for March 13 to 22, are still on (as of today). However, there is an online petition asking SXSW to cancel this year's event, as of Thursday afternoon, there are more...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    “Deer. In Texas, they're actually mostly small -” Have you seen the deer in Bexar County (San Antonio, Texas)? I nearly ran into a very large buck with an enormous rack at a low water crossing in northwest San...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    @ 55: “Actually Dale’s suggestion should be disqualified since it was already done, more or less. Remember the ‘Brit to Mir’ project from circa 1991?” I do vaguely remember something about a civilian going to Mir back in the early...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT: Each season 6 trainees compete for a seat on a SpaceX Dragon into LEO/visit to ISS. Each episode would highlight an aspect of training, physical and psychological testing, SCUBA qualification, jet piloting, EVA training,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    My dad and his buddies as kids watched Sherman M4 Tanks come off the assembly line at the Fisher Body Tank Arsenal in Grand Blanc, Michigan during WWII. They would spy from a perch among the bushes on the other...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Where would I live? Reykjavík, Iceland; Vancouver, Canada; and Wellington, New Zealand: I would start buying apartment buildings and turn them into co-operative housing, retrofitted with renewable energy and sustainable gardening. What would I invest in? Wind and solar farms:...
  • 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...
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