Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Re insulating a rental: Big projects, well one could try talking the landlord into doing it. There are government and utility company subsidies available sometimes that could make it very cheap. You do provide a benefit by being willing to...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I think brexit is a fairly unique case. Its not a vague generality of voting or not bothering, it is a specific vote that happened. It isn't going well and it's going to get worse. Those who voted no, I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    And I didn't mean to say brexit voter equals 'far right' voter. I was responding to a post which expressed concern that reversing course might play into far right narratives....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Brexit isn't conservative. It is very radical....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I suspect reneging on brexit would have less negative consequence than one might guess because if the age structure of the vote. 5 years of simple time should be enough for brexit voters to die their way into a minority....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm hopeful that it won't get nearly that bad. But only after UK politicians get a nice good stare into this abyss. With good fortune the reporting this post is based on is enough of a stare. With worse fortune...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Well, more government handouts. Nuclear power already exists on various handouts. To name two: the liability limitation and the promise (so far unfulfilled, but still fantastically valuable) to handle the waste....
  • Commented on Test Case
    "Can't think of any activity that people used to do that has been completely eliminated by tech (or at all) to the point that pursing such an activity is completely and unqualifiedly illegal." Elevator operators? 'completely and unqualifiedly' is, I...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "my Uncle" Yea, its frustrating talking to people like that. Really, they are just intentionally lying to your face. Trolling you in real life. I really don't know how to deal with it. It's so rude. I do wonder if...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Oh, thats a graph of life expectancy vs year in China. Its an unusual one because this massive life expectancy improvement does not correlate with nearly as strong of an income improvement, as one sees in most nations....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I like this for giving communism some credit that it is due, from gapminder: https://www.gapminder.org/tools/#_state_marker_select@_geo=chn&trailStartTime=1800;;&axis/_x_which=time&domainMin:null&domainMax:null&zoomedMin:null&zoomedMax:null&scaleType=time;;;&chart-type=bubbles...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "Re: USA RW/GOP - universal healthcare is EEVUL! A few years back started mentioning countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Australia, etc." I recommend adding Israel to the yes list and Mexico to the no list. Push those buttons!...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    That was a list of historical realities, not of proposals. And, it wasn't great lumping those two together. It is equally valid to lump the state taking the estate together with distributing it to the entire population. Depends where your...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Dealing with estates is one of the fundamental problems human societies all deal with somehow. In the modern western world I think our systems could be summarized (though I'm guessing a lot outside the US) as 'by default estates go...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: college semi pro sports I agree it's a bad system, but I think the players are the exploited. As described above they seem to be mostly self funded, if not perfectly. Re: that slate article on Germany vs the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I have a hot take on higher education. Higher education costs are NOT up for the past few decades, and the rise before that isn't the real problem. I looked it up for University of Washington, Seattle this year after...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "At the level of "I chose my own monitor and keyboard", sure, any monkey can succeed. But motherboard and video card? Do you feel lucky?" I think the key to problem free system building is and always was: buy better...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Well (assuming it gets full sometimes), sure, but not everything is always implemented perfectly eh? Anyway not saying that happened, but it would be a funny explanation....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Surely cars are abandoned in lots at some rate. With an automated lot if nobody is reviewing the inventory... well... they just stay forever eh? I wonder how many automated lots will review their inventories tomorrow and make it a...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The good news is a Trident sub is pretty roomy, more like an ordinary navy ship than the very cramped stereotype. Maybe this changed some at some point, or I'm remembering it wrong. They do 112 day alternating shifts with...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    30 years ago I toured a Trident submarine. I think somebody I was with asked something about GPS, and one of the officers said that they didn't really use it anymore. He said the inertial navigation system (a box as...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    A hopeful note: eventually my father rejected this right wing baloney. I think he was saved mostly by a personal interest in science, which exposed a lot of the nonsense he was passed....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    What really disappointing me about the internet of reality is how ignorant of simple facts most people remain even after it became so much easier to inform yourself. Yesterday there was an editorial in the Seattle times where the editors...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Locating a device by wifi means knowing the location of the wifi access point device. Google etc have built a databases of wifi apn locations (maybe by recording gps locations reported by those devices that attach to the apn that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The lead-damaged generation in the US is 45-65 years old right now. This is also the age range of maximum political power, similarly the upper management of most organizations is in that range. The symptoms are thought to be: aggression,...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Yea, locking down youtube is essential parenting right now. My son started to watch minecraft videos whenever I turned my back, which I didn't much like (just because it is garbage content). Then I realized that that was going to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    That valve bitcoin rejection letter, so sad. Obviously the volatility is a problem. But transaction fee peaked at $20 last week! !...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The 3 base DNA codons used by life on earth limit the number of amino acids that could be specified for translation into protein to 64. The usefulness of additional amino acids diminishes as the variety of building blocks needed...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Yea, I do think rubber insulation is bad. Rubber oxidizes away eventually. That's also why duct-tape is useless for ducts. The rubber degrades, it degrades extra quick when warm, like when on a heating duct. Actually even most foil tape...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The house inspection I recently got in Seattle (well three of them actually, it's quite something buying a house in Seattle) was quite informative. $300. The inspector actually didn't have any particular fear of knob and tube, if it was...
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