Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on The Pivot
    >>I do not do that because the term Oriental is considered offensive in the US. >As a card-carrying USian, I confess I didn't know that. Slightly quaint, yes, but not known to be offensive. That was also how I took...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    This is one time when I feel entirely justified in saying: f off! Ack! The Typo Fairy strikes again! ...and let me stand back and marvel at that wordplay. A person doesn't get handed a setup like that every day;...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I would like to hear your take on Nevada. My only comment today on Nevada politics is to note that a few days ago a friend did not get into the general election. He was running for a seat on...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    But even good pure mathematicians do often think sloppily outside their field, and are as prone to arrogance as the next person. Have you seen this recent SMBC comic yet? I probably shouldn't have found that as funny as...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'd also find a post by Greg on the British rail system interesting, although I'm probably in a minority on that. Probably true, but it's a minority that includes me too... Pointless technical wonkery, particularly about old gadgets not used...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You wouldn't happen to be coming to Worldcon this year, would you? I'd love to talk over a drink - actually, who here is, and maybe we can get together for a drink, or dinner, or something. I'll be at...
  • Commented on Test Case
    ...spent 12 hours driving from London to Nottingham... A friend of mine once spent all day driving across Los Angeles. By the time she had to stop for sleep she was still in Los Angeles....
  • Commented on On hold
    I first encountered Donald Trump as a character in Bloom County. I was surprised to discover he was a real person. And even more so when he was elected president. Maybe Wiley Coyote next? He also showed up in Doonesbury...
  • Commented on Test Case
    If memory serves, the M1911 Colt pistol the U.S. Army used from horse cavalry days to 1985 when the Baretta M9 replaced it, had a "grip safety" (in addition to the thumb safety). Yes. The M1911 has a little pad...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Glocks don't have a safety, they just pretend they do. Basically, yes. It's expected on revolvers but since we've had safeties on semiautos for over a century we're kind of used to them. That's the default pistol safety, obviously: a...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I get that a more cheap and efficient taxi service might, at the margin, reduce personal ownership of cars slightly. But aren't we we talking small % changes there, rather than a revolution? That's a valid question, but the percentage...
  • Commented on Test Case
    But, OTOH, in most democracies your employer cannot fire you for expressing political views that they disagree with. The First Amendment does not prevent that in the USA, unless your employer is the government. Footnote: Under some circumstances (and in...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I think we're all familiar with Vimes' boots, yes. It's still true....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    A second technology that should emerge, but hasn't because of cultural prejudices, is smart beads. ... A bead bracelet where each bead has a different function (and perhaps some are the power sources), is much more configurable than a single...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    XKCD has a cartoon about how the world became weird for the Unicode people. You know there are people who want to use emoji in URLs. *shudder*...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    1% is one in a hundred. That is not an exceedingly rare demographic. How many super-rich do you have in your community? We know. Looking at wealth distribution, the problematic super-rich seem to be more like the 1% of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, apparently Russian nuclear scientists with a petaflop supercomputer got caught mining Bitcoin, one of the few products less cost effective than nuclear weapons. I have no idea what to think of the mutant lobster thing but at least they’re...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Today I was reminded of another crazy SF moment: three years ago a robot tried to eat its owner's head, because of course it did. Meanwhile, there's a road trip to Mars and people are asking if they thought to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    ...everyone who didn't actively show up as a political dissident was assigned a job and a pay packet, and it was really hard to get rid of them even if they weren't keen on working or weren't terribly good at...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, from somewhere near the intersection of crazy, poetic justice, and stupidity, we have the US news that a train full of politicians rammed a garbage truck....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Revisiting the theoretical subject of this thread briefly, I’m sure many of you have been seeing the thing about the therapy peacock around; it’s all over my news feed. (Presaged in a Zits cartoon with a therapy iguana.) That’s not...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I’ve landed, somewhat by chance, in a position very similar to the post-employment goal here, and for me it’s just fine. Stripped of details, some places have to be open 24/7 and unlike some people I can remain awake all...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Many people don't leave them both running at once; that might be the default for most of us. Routine tasks, such as taking out the garbage or driving a familiar route, don't require much oversight. More complex tasks, such as...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    OGH's CCC talk https://boingboing.net/2017/12/29/llcs-are-slow-ais.html Oh, yeah, I had way too much time on my hands tonight. *grin* Thanks for sharing....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    ...TV antennas in the US ... tend to cluster in clumps as there's only so many places where the geography is right for coverage of a 100 mile radius or more if possible. The population centers were set 100 years...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    A lot of people who spend time in police cells are often under the influence of drink and/or drugs and not in the best of health, mental or physical. Good point. ("Linda, are you dead?") If you have enough people...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    AIUI the situation in large parts of the US is quite different, where you have a town, probably quite a large town, and then next to nothing for a couple of hundred miles around... Well...yes, basically. I'm in the largest...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    At first glance, from a safe distance, he looked like a CHP motorcycle officer. Yep. Many US police forces have used Crown Victorias for many years. I'm currently driving one that is not just the right model but an actual...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The Beatles are the first I remember to have explained how the Atlantic serves as a cultural filter. I forget which one said it, but the point was that Brit teens thought U.S. 50s rock was generally better than homegrown...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    One of the things I hate most about the 21st century is that our network infrastructure is so insecure that ordinary people are expected to perform the role of part-time corporate security administrator or be mocked publicly for being gullible/foolish/trousers...
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