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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    David Graeber's book Bullshit Jobs argues that the number is at least 40% (yup, there have been studies). Probably close to 100% in finance, for example. Also, the more your job benefits society, the worse it pays. I'm most of...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    And mind you, that's decades without much support, there is a system installed in the 1930s in the Death Valley area of California that is powered by hydro, and it's still going. So, no over charge issues, no maintenance.... and...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    An etched nickel disk? Naked eye readable on the outer edge, getting smaller as you go in (fairly quickly, so that you need a 500x magnifier to read most of it). https://rosettaproject.org/...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Now, if it had been a cigar box, that would have been interesting http://www.funraniumlabs.com/2013/11/the-decembering-2013-a-worrisome-cigar-box/...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I expect that to be true, my issue is that I want us to maintain the capability until a replacement is actually online and working. A-10 to upgraded crop duster to drone is fine by me. Or, hey, stop stirring...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So, the F-16 is better? I'm not sure top speed matters much, armor is nice for CAS, and we need something in the role. What ever good the gun was, it's not a big win now. My point is that...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You were ignoring my points, which is that work needs to be done on the A-10 if we are not to have a hole in our abilities when the wings wear out (among other things) but the F-35 isn't ready...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    How about over 13,000 human readable pages on a 3" disk, that is reasonably impervious to everything aside from abrasion? http://rosettaproject.org/ Granted, you need a 750x power microscope to read it (one side has an 8 language teaser of text...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    But, we are buying an unfinished design, and then upgrading them as things improve. Last I read, they were looking at never upgrading the first 30, because it was too much money. As the design isn't finished, those we do...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    That's always my point, the A-10 won't last 5 minutes in WW-III, but the USA has been in counterinsurgencies almost continuously since its founding, and the A-10 is nifty for that. Not re-winging them (which will ensure they are retired...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The division of stuff between the US Army and Air Force is simple. The Army doesn't get to put weapons on airplanes. The WP rockets on the Broncos were for target designation. They can and do fly helicopters and V-22...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Lyme can get ugly. It seems that going into ketosis can help, Tim Ferriss (who is essentially a professional human guinea pig for all manner of things) found that it helped him, when nothing else worked. Here are some links...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Regarding she of many names, sometimes they say interesting and useful things, other times they seem to be trying to prove how cool and smart they are. Being deliberately obtuse isn't useful, communicating is about figuring out how to make...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Yanis is great, I highly recommend his writing. Author, professor, finance minister, economist in residence at Valve (yes, the game company), worth following....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Perhaps change providers? 2.2 is EOL, no patches or evaluation of security risks after December 2017 at the latest. Granted, RH or Ubuntu will keep patching their LTS releases, but Apache isn't helping....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Summer of 2015 I was saying that the only chance the Republicans had was Clinton vs Trump, and I still think that was right. She'd have beaten the rest of them, Sanders would have too, and mopped the floor with...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Hillary was farther to the right than Obama, and, much like Trump has, would have bombed everyplace. I didn't vote for her, though I said that if you thought you might live in a swing state, you should vote for...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Anthrax is most of the way there. The inhaled version will kill 95% of military aged males in under 24 hours and isn't communicable, but I suspect you will end up releasing some amount of spores as or when you...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Yes, but as I understand it, they tested with Courier, which is a monospaced font, and typographical convention says that you use two spaces after a period with a monospaced font. With a proportional spaced font, you only use a...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Do panels really need cleaning in most environments? Google did a study (I'm assuming in Silicon Valley, a semi arid environment (30cm/12" average annual rain fall, give or take), and found that if you tilt the panels a bit, you...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I believe you are wrong. Chrome has for quite some time included a list of real google certs, and it's been in the news about nations that try to snoop with bogus certs getting caught that way. But since everyone...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Taking over can take as much as 15 seconds, for car, just stopping is probably best, and then let the monkey take over....
  • Commented on Test Case
    The driver will not help Uber, or any other company. In the USA, you have what is called deeper pockets liability, where even if you are only found 1% at fault, if the other defendants cannot pay their share, you...
  • Commented on Test Case
    If you want some very good thinking about autonomous cars, I highly recommend this blog, here's the post about the death in Arizon: http://ideas.4brad.com/new-facts-and-questions-uber-robocar-fatality Turns out it's a 45mph zone, and it seem like the car should have seen her...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Well, is the F-35 like the F-4, or the F-111? I'm thinking more like the F-111, crippled by having too many masters to satisfy. https://medium.com/war-is-boring/is-the-f-35-joint-strike-fighter-the-new-f-4-75aee4a354bc...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Does the F-35 have any non simulated capabilities beyond flight at present? I believe the answer is no. When the F-35 has shown a reasonable capability to replace the A-10, it might be time to retire the A-10. But, given...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    So, there are two kinds of environments, there is the lowish threat one the A-10 is in now, and that it's great for, though a flying crop duster might have a better ROI (but, loose a few aircraft and pilots...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    Regarding womens menstual cycles syncing up, if they do, it's not simple and straightforward https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-women-who-live-together-menstruate-together/...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    There is always "Extreme Dentistry" https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1928011012/ only $2.99 on kindle, it was a fun read....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    But you get something for all that weight, for example, a Smart Car will demolish a Volvo 240 in a offset frontal collision (and the 240 makes your Moris look like the deathtrap it was), and is a much nicer...
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