Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Robert Prior noted: "According to a Canadian paramedic I know, they often call motorbike riders "organ donors" because they have young, healthy, bodies after the fatal accident. Grim humour, but kidding on the square." More Canadian anecdata: Heard exactly the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "Say hello to the new Monopoly piece for the Brexit edition": https://twitter.com/brexitannia2017/status/843033171226742785...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    While we're on the subject of programming languages, thought I'd pass along a quip from a programmer friend who once grappled with APL: "APL, the world's first read-only programming language, is an initialsm for 'APL Programming Language' -- it's a...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Re. "Smart" devices that won't run without internet access, thereby introducing great gaping security holes in one's home network. I foresee a not-too-distant day when some clever hacker or group of hackers creates a dongle that fakes out the smart...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    dpb reported: "A doctor friend of mine keeps telling me that death is actually one of the harder things to diagnose. I find that a a bit concerning really." Your friend was exaggerating. Like disease, there are different types and...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Software security is not a new issue; I published my first article warning people how to protect themselves from viruses and trojans nearly 30 years ago, and I wasn't remotely the first person writing about this. Breaches of password databases...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    "Free trade" is a bit of a myth. Great idea in principle if you don't care what happens to domestic industries that will be crushed by bigger foreign competitors, but in practice, the country with the bigger and nastier lawyers...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Hypothesis 3: What seem to be signs of encroaching dementia turn out to be real, and Trump doesn't really have any considered agenda beyond pushing stuff off his desk as fast as he can to leave more time for Twitter....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    SFreader exclaimed: "Oh crap! Are you serious ... China and Russia trading? Better not be coal!" Indeed, there's a huge initiative afoot to establish a high-capacity railway system between China and Europe via Russia: the "one belt, one road" initiative...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Antiquercus wondered: "I understand the 'pat-downs' are quite gropey." Not in my experience. The staff have been remarkably professional and have not touched anything too sensitive. (Presumably because nobody's figured out how to smuggle a handgun or stiletto in their...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Glad to hear you made it home safely. fwiw, the Canadian government is working to pass a bill that will allow the U.S. border folks to detain me without right of appeal on Canadian soil; this will replace the current...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Graham noted: "Geoff, you do have to be very careful about herbals being "known to be effective". Yes, to be clear, I was not in any way implying that all or even a majority of herbal remedies were effective. Just...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Heteromeles noted that "[a native healer he met] knew [about [about the variation in plants] and exploited it. With white sage, for instance, she had over 400 different collecting sites (possibly individual plants) across southern California and Baja, based on...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    SFreader noted: "There's also Roger Bacon (13th century) - English Franciscan, philosopher, scientist and scholar famous for challenging blind acceptance of widely accepted writings including Aristotle's." Possibly one of the most important points promoted by Bacon and his colleagues was...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Two quibbles that in no way detract from the value of what you've written. First, all of this depends on the historical period and region (e.g., compare Christian Europe vs. Moorish Spain). Second, in any population of professionals, a majority...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Not to flog a dead horse, but this link provides more convenient access to the Trump parody videos: http://www.boredpanda.com/world-troll-donald-trump-america-first-spoof-videos/...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    If you want some laughter amidst your tears, try this: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/02/donald-trump-every-second-counts-parody-videos-greg-shapiro-shaun-streeter Loved the German one; will make time for the others during the day whenever I need a break. Also, if it’s America First, we might as well all strive...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Daniel Duffy noted: "The earthquakes are a problem if brine disposal injection wells are poorly site or left unregulated (as in Oklahoma)." And that's precisely the problem. First, underground rock is horrifically complex, particularly for stuff like shales, which are...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Daniel Duffy noted: "Fracking is also better environmentally than solar based renewables." Because earthquake clusters and contaminated groundwater are only problems for people who live in rural areas, and how common are they? If you can provide any scientific evidence...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Oh, forgot to mention re. batteries: When we talk batteries, we generally think Duracell and exploding Samsung devices. But really what we need to be looking at is the wider category of energy storage, and you can store energy in...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Richard Melvin noted: “I don't think the drone-patrolled borders thing can work.” Drones are mostly the wet dreams of defense contractors looking to get rich on government largesse. To control a border, the economically efficient solution is sentry guns (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentry_gun)....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Like any really interesting conspiracy theory, Charlie’s passes the tests of self-consistency and sufficient consistency with external reality that it has the ring of truth. That doesn’t mean it’s right; neither does it mean it’s wrong. The main quibble I...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    My fear is not for a Reichstag Fire, in its "the Nazis planned it" conspiracy sense, but rather that some extremist group (e.g., ISIS or allies) will do the deed for real and provide the necessary excuses for a crackdown....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    To follow up on what my fellow MacGeek Lance said, one thing to keep in minding about running a virtual machine (VM) is that you have a whole new set of security problems, particularly since Windows insists on dialing home...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Yeah, Word for Mac is unusable for serious editing. (I say this as the guy who literally wrote the book on editing in Word -- Effective Onscreen Editing -- and who has crawled through the bowels of Word and emerged...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    But wait... wait... you left out Case Nightmare Green! Oh... 2018, you say? I guess I can wait that long. Charlie, won't you feel horribly embarrassed if all these things happen as predicted? You'll be all, like, "everyone thought I...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    "Worse? How could it be worse? Jehovah, Jehovah..." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIaORknS1Dk...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    On the plus side, at least we know the computer industry will finally take security seriously. So we won't have to worry about having our smart TVs hacked while we're waiting for the smart-lightbulb repairman to arrive. Oh, wait... https://boingboing.net/2016/12/27/heres-a-tv-set-turned-into-a.html...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Moz, you caught me out. As my excuse, I invoke the philosophy that only God is perfect, and that one should intentionally commmit errors to avoid seeming hubristic. That's my story and I'm a'sticking to it! *G*...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Guthrie noted: "Regarding the use of "Global warming" or "Climate change", I recall reading 15 or 20 or so years ago, some people or organisations wanted to use climate change, because in terms of local weather fluctuations it was better...
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