Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

  • Commented on Roll the dice
    whitroth wondered: "Why wisdom? Why not, say, constitution?" Mostly because manipulating others requires either intelligence (to have studied and learned what works to manipulate people) or wisdom (insights into how people think and feel and how to use that to...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    New character class: "Demagogue", specialist Illusionist/Cleric subclass. Requires charisma score >16, and combined wisdom plus intelligence score of at least 32 or of no more than 8; in the latter case, no penalty on spellcasting success. Gains bonus modifiers of...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    David L noted: "I believe this has changed with the Office 2019 iteration. (MS Office version numbering could be a blog unto itself.) I think they claimed the same code base for core document processing at that point." All I...
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    Charles H noted: "If you're copy/pasting to move the contents of a LibreOffice document into a MSWord document, I think you're doing it wrong." Which is why I concluded that sentence with "or just open the file in Word". My...
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    Troutwaxer notes: "I'm 300-plus pages into a novel on LibreOffice and having remarkably little trouble. I'd strongly suggest it unless, like OGH, you need to be perfectly matched with some publisher's workflow." I've heard good things about Libre, but have...
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    Greg Tingey noted: "Fucking MS have "update & improved" ( NOT ) Word ..." It's past time for a really nasty class action lawsuit over how many hours Microsoft costs us each year with not-ready-for-prime-time updates, not to mention interface...
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    And some good news about treatment: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/health/coronavirus-proning-lungs.html (This may have been mentioned in the previous blog post, but worth reposting here.)...
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    Bad news about virus transmission: "These observations confirm that there is a substantial probability that normal speaking causes airborne virus transmission in confined environments." https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/05/12/2006874117 It's a theoretical study (i.e., they didn't tag viroids with radioisotopes and document their transfer...
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    Heteromeles: Your argument does not persuade me. Rather than wasting bandwidth here, why not contact me privately if you want to continue the discussion?...
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    Heteromeles noted: "That's the "humans are religious argument," which boils down to "religions are enormously diverse, mutually contradictory, and many societies integrate them into other practices, but every society has them." Well, no, that's an unproven assumption." No, it's not....
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    Heteromeles disagreed with my comment about human languages being mostly similar: "I'm not so sure about how many similarities there are among human languages. For instance, [list of details]" You're getting lost in the details, and arguing from the assumption...
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    Heteromeles noted: “Now we sit back and wait for the Canadians to start giggling about us short distance haulers and our silly ideas about what a lonely highway is.” It me. Three anecdotes (with all numbers rendered approximate by age...
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    whitroth noted: "I am never going to buy anything from Apple... if I have any choice." Fair enough. Different strokes and all that. I'm just guessing Apple will be the company that delivers the elegant solution first, shortly followed by...
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    re. Excess deaths: On the discouraging side, this approach probably provides an optimistic estimate because some of the excess deaths due to air pollution, street crime, car accidents, etc. have decreased under the lockdowns. How much that decrease affects the...
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    Charles H noted: "Those virtual keyboards give no tactile feedback. This makes them strongly inferior to an ordinary keyboard" Very true, and I much prefer an external keyboard to my laptop's keyboard for that very reason; better finger feel. But...
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    One coffee later, and had a few more thoughts about my suggestion (in the previous blog entry) that we'd need to rent large monitors and keyboards if we travel and use a smartphone as our primary computer. In hindsight, a...
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    I thought I was doing OK until I realized that I was having severe difficulty motivating myself to do some technical book reviews -- a task I usually look forward to and can accomplish in an hour, plus however long...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Re. iPhone = portable main computer, I forgot to note one issue, namely battery life. Given current battery capacity, it seems likely you'd need an external power pack to keep the phone/computer running for significant durations. For example, to replace...
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    Charlie noted: "One thing I've been expecting for years is for your smartphone to become a portable first-class computer. That is: you carry it everywhere, and when you get to a desk you pair it/dock it with a monitor, keyboard,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Interesting and well-reasoned article on infection risks: https://erinbromage.wixsite.com/covid19/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them (You may need to try the link a couple times; I couldn't load the page the first time.) One thing I like is that she clearly spells out her assumptions, so you...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    JBS noted: "[Roundup] appears to be "reasonably safe" when you read and follow the package directions for how to use it and wear proper PPE." "Reasonably" is the issue. Farmers have one of the highest death rates from cancer among...
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    Thomas Jørgensen noted that "...[Roundup] is very useful for killing off patches of invasive plants or even individual weeds that are very hard to responsibly deal with otherwise. It is very minimally toxic to anything other than plants..." That's what...
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    Allen Thomson wondered: "In articles about coronavirus survival outside the host, for example on a plastic surface, I've seen reference to its half-life a number of times. Does the number of infectious virus particles really decline exponentially with time...?" By...
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    SFReader wondered: “… whether singers and wind/horn/pipes instrumentalists might have a better chance of recognizing early signs of hypoxia since breath control is a key performance factor. If yes - then maybe a common breath control exercise might be worth...
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    Re. nicotine versus Covid-19: Nicotine seems unlikely to prove helpful. OGH can undoubtedly provide more details, but nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. It would therefore likely exacerbate anoxia by reducing blood flow. The alternatives to ventilators that are being explored by...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Concerning aerosols: Robert Prior how long the aerosol will hang around. I suspect that it will depend on many factors, ranging from droplet size (thus, settling rate), dustiness (whether there are particles for moisture to nucleate around), particle-size distribution (small...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Moz noted the aerial spread of the virus. There have been a few good studies that show how aerosols can be created just by conversation and normal breathing, not only by coughs and sneezing. I particularly like this video (skip...
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    Mdive noted: “We know there are many people untested who are positive for Covid. They will likely be at some point in your food chain unless you grow everything yourself.” The real reason for closing meat processing plants is to...
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    whitroth noted: "Sorry, zoom is a serious security issue." Yes and no. For example: W: "the moderators spent a good bit of time banning what were probably 12 or 14 yr olds." That's easily avoided by making trivial changes in...
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    Other thoughts on "its not going to be over soon": https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/we-are-probably-only-a-tenth-of-the-way-through-the-pandemic.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/18/health/coronavirus-america-future.html?smid=tw-nytimes...
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