Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Tomato juice takes some of the edge off, only time does a complete removal. Sadly, I remember when that song was new....
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    What happens when the only available outlet is 115V/60hz?...
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    For one thing we're hitting the limits of metaphors and could use better ones... Like exceeding the recycling capacity of our ecosystem, illustratable by the metaphor of an overflowing funnel, perhaps clearer then the purity metaphors?...
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    I remember few details about those mid-seventies EVs, but they used lead-acid golf cart batteries and had 50~60 kilometer range and a top speed I could exceed on a bicycle....
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    Electrics are vastly improved over the first ones I saw, but I won't be in a position to buy one anytime soon. I also have occasion to drive across Kansas and one recharge could easily take as long as...
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    Consider that if we only decarbonize surface transportation and most of the electrical grid we'll be in a better place than now. Also consider how a winner takes all economy delays transition....
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    I think you mean "Chicken coop". My parents kept chickens as a hobby and I spent entirely too much time in it feeding, cleaning up after and gathering eggs. BTW, when chickens get to supplement their diet with grass...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I shouldn't complain, there's been enough UK specific things patiently explained here, "Those people" is sometimes used as a euphemism by those who feel it crude to drop an "N-bomb", but mean it. Part of the persistent hangover from...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Greg, I hope you know I'm not in favor of benefit cuts for the working poor, and certainly not cutting specifically to make life worse for people who have it hard enough. I wasn't trying to be obscure, I...
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    True that, it's hard to single out benefits to the working class by which variety gets them, when cuts are aimed at "Those people", it hurts three times as many "White trash", who the elites don't like anyway. Ever...
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    A nitpick, George W. Bush flew the F-102, which looked a lot like theF-106, just slower....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Partially right, one needs to strike a balance, which humans seem unsuited for. We neither need to create yet another cause for the almost bright Grandchildren of estates down on their luck, nor return to seeding the world with...
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    The article you linked to describes a moral cesspit, accurately, I think. Thought for years that contemporary conservatism had more of bullwhip and mint julep than was good for them....
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    Maybe, sort of, many people are introduced to opioids because o work-relatedf repetitive stress injuries. Interestingly, Bill Clinton's people wished to update OSHA regulations to, hopefully, prevent those injuries, the "Conservative" response was "Drugs!". Perhaps a lesson in misappropriated...
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    Like it, another likely failure mode, "Odious squillionare" fails to arrange timely updates, ten years later, by comparison, he sounds to the outside world like an extra from "Deliverance"....
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    If it was possible for an "Odious squillionare" to upload, a not too unlikely possibility would be the investment device intended to maintain the server farm for "Eternity" melts down in another global finance cluster and the personality is...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In the U.S., the large donors resemble a fourth branch of government, their input has priority over the wishes of the voters. As a whole, we don't seem to be learning all that fast, so we get to be...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'd dispute the bit about 70/80s Japanese cars somewhat, American management "Culture" did make them look better, but in Western Missouri, they're rare, having rusted out faster. I will note that I've only ever bought a new car once, and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Forked app stores? Amazon runs one for their Fire devices, I believe there's others, all it takes is money and will. This usage refers to a fork in the road....
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    The average age of cars in the U.S. will likely increase as the economy bleeds out. The apps could show up on a forked OS and app store, call it a "Chosen phone". True believers will be strongly encouraged...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If someone built an internal combustion motor with the same attention to detail that contemporary capitalism gives to the society it exists in, it would have faith-based lubrication......
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Perhaps only tangentially related, the unfortunate habit of retailers culling slower selling sizes seems likely to accelerate as more of the business is automated, maybe Douglas Adams was only half-joking about "The shoe event horizon". Commerce will eventually adjust,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Not sure how much austerity is a morbid fear of inflation or just that elites despise "Little people". It may be more the second, because why else would a casino owner prefer a tax cut to putting more money...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Think of it as yet another reprise of "The Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest"....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Writing from Western Missouri, sounds about right. We've got a lot of wannabe aristocrats whose only thought about unjust systems is to try and avoid entrapping the "Right People" in them. BTW, I know the Tories aren't as far...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My Father required me to demonstrate an ability start on a hill without either spinning the tires or killing the engine, without using the handbrake, before I was allowed to take my driver's test. That skill wasn't in the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Weirdly enough, column shift manuals were considered a safety innovation when a floor shift in a car without seatbelts sometimes impaled the occupants in a collision, see Ralph Nader's "Unsafe At Any Speed" for background. And they weren't that...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I wonder if some bright, wealthy but not entirely sensible person is hoping to use bitcoin as a blunt instrument to knock down the existing order, that the bulk of their worth is inextricably tied to, to usher in...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Thanks for that link. Given how much effort conservatives have put into breaking the system, it's more than a bit disturbing....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I is for incision, long and deep J is for jugular, leaking life's blood...
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