Mr. Tim

Mr. Tim

  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    You probably already know this: The "Big River" S3 Glacier storage option costs $0.99 per TB per month. You just have to wait up to 12 hours if you need to access it. A safety deposit box cost is $5/Month...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    According to the Qualcomm product brief, a Snapdragon 801 is a quad core 32 bit ARM based SOC, running up to 2.5 Ghz (looks like it is similar to the ARM A15 core). The SOC also includes an Image processor...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I think y'all are being a bit limited by what a Martian colony needs to survive. In previous blog posts, somebody said they need polycarbonates (for things like helmets), why not use glass? There is plenty of sand around. There...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Believe me, I know what it is not to have money. I paid my own way through college. I saved a fair amount before college from after school jobs and worked through college for the rest. I got some financial...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Ok, the educational discount was, I think, something like 40%. I got the system (and a color monitor) for $4500. At the time it was a minimal system to me, because I wanted to do programming with it, and the...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    >Ok, you had *serious* money. Not really, I got an educational discount (because I worked at the University), and I had to take out a loan for it. Didn't see any reason to spend the time/money on something that I...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    >Wang Labs - 8k? In the eighties, for business? Really? My first computer in '80 or '81 was a RadShack CoCo, and it *came* with 16k. I couldn't talk myself into buying a personal computer until '84, when I could...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    >>But sadly they can't do -70°C or you know exactly which "price no object" market they'd be in right now... Well: https://abc11.com/phononic-durham-business-covid-19-vaccine-cold-transport/8101140/...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal became operational in 1829(ish), and certainly helped with shipping between Philly & Baltimore. Still heavily used to this day....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Looking at the satellite image, it looks like it maxes out at 14 lanes....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    And I should have added, many of the mathematical theorems discovered in Abstract Algebra are used in things like cryptology and error correcting codes....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I (perhaps stupidly) decided to get a Math minor in college, which included a smattering of more advanced subjects. What you are talking about sounds like the Abstract Algebra course I took (I just did the first one, which I...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    In other news from 2020: Arecibo Observatory is... gone....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    On the weird car/truck theme, I give you the Landmaster from Damnation Alley (a bad movie from the 70s). They actually built the damn [sic] thing, and it worked. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landmaster#:~:text=The%20Landmaster%20is%20a%20unique,science%20fiction%20film%20Damnation%20Alley. If you see the film, there is a spot where...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Rabbit hole indeed. For some fun look for "entropy" in the linux crypto mailing list. There are developers there who have devoted their careers trying to get entropy sources that are reliable into the Linux kernel. See /proc/sys/kernel/randon/entropy_avail to see...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Sometime ago I read in a car magazine that in the opinion of one of the car reviewers that SUVs were nothing but "tall wagons" (I think they are called estate cars in the UK). If you consider them filling...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The thing that gets overlooked when doing a "secure" protocol (which is relatively easy), but establishing the trust that the other side is OK. That is what the whole "chain of trust" in certificates is about, and using self-signed certificates...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >The price is 1600 USD. Digging into this, I found out the switches are US$40 apiece (at least). Perhaps if you order them in the 10s of thousands they are a bit cheaper, still... Comes out to $4000 for 100...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    >One day we will finally, finally have a truly togglable physical keyboard with tiny OLEDS on each key, so that I can hunt and peck my way around alternate character sets. Hah, it already happened: https://www.artlebedev.com/optimus/popularis/ Too bad it is...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    You got me curious, so I went looking. Most solar panels, retail, seem to around US $1.00 per watt (some less, some more). Of course, when you factor in all the wiring, switches, converters, batteries, it becomes *much* more expensive....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Its funny, I still miss Snobol (although you probably can still get the source from the University of Arizona, I haven't checked). I see all the fuss about Perl & Python and I think "I was doing this decades ago...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    We've been watching a bunch of Russian TV recently (all sub-titled). Actually, it is pretty good, Detective Anna (currently on IMDB-TV), Silver Spoon (Netflix), Ancestral Lands (was on Amazon Prime, it probably moved by this point) and a bunch of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    None of which is as creepy as the one I read years ago from another author where they scan you like a Star Trek teleport but you don't disappear from the sending station. Instead when the receiver reports that you...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Never seen Mr. Rogers..." For your edification: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" with Tom Hanks. Fred Rogers was known for being the quintessential nice guy. Hard to understand how he managed to stay on TV all those years. (I...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    If you were going to target American audiences, you would probably get bigger recognition from cartoons or other childrens shows. Mister Rogers (or Captain Kangaroo) meets an Elder god.... Really wonder how weird Bugs would turn out......
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    What technology might a time traveler from our future bring back to us? Wow, nobody mentioned a practical fusion generator? Or even better, cold fusion :) Oh, wait: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a34096117/nasa-nuclear-lattice-confiment-fusion/...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Edison effect was (re)discovered in 1880. Boolean algebra was invented in 1847, and Babbage presented an early version of his Analytical Engine in 1837. I submit that all the technology was there in 1880 to build a vacuum tube...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Since we keep mentioning the Pony express, I submit an interesting tidbit: The first successful (as in: didn't die) Pony Express rider was Herbert G. Rockefeller (yes, he is related to *those* Rockefellers). See page 31 of "The Transactions of...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Interface Age (remember them?) had an article about a one-handed keyboard. It wasn't a mouse, but I remember the shape being something like a half-sphere. Sounds similar: You had to press a "chord" to get a character. Friend of mine...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    That is a bit unfair, Cobol, Lisp, and Fortran have evolved far more from their 1960s origins than Algol did on the Unisys machines (and note most of that development was in the 60s, with a bit in the 70s)....
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