Mr. Tim

Mr. Tim

  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    If I was going to try and make the Tuf stories believable, I would use this approach: The creatures that he creates are not merging the actual DNA from different planets, rather creatures (& DNA) from different planets are analyzed...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    There is one "book" I've read (well, it is part of the series) which knocked down the "why do they need that much money?" crowd. It required a god-like computer and an alien invasion, but hey, weirder things have happened,...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    On inappropriate models: Does anyone get apprehensive when you think about all the bad physics in video games? Talk about learning/using the wrong models......
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Why yes, she did catch you out :) Look up Monty Hall problem on wikipedia, it has an explanation why you should change (it is counter intuitive). I recall someone asking Monty about all this, and his reply was something...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Ok, this is only vaguely related, but I give you The IBM Cheese Slicer! (complete with analog computer!) http://www.379136154956493191.com/ibm-cheese-slicer.html Restoration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8VhNF\_0I5c...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Personally I'm a fan of the movie "Money ball". I have the book queued up for reading at some point. Basically it's how actual metrics could make winning teams instead of most coaches and players "gut feelings" on how...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I think the term "water hole" comes from "watering hole", which is a place that animals (and people) gather peacefully (mostly). IOW, a natural attractor, which is what a quiet place in the radio spectrum would be for species that...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    A nonce is just some bits that prefix the data to be encrypted. For instance, for most AES variants (CBC, CTR) you need a 128 bit nonce. The nonce is not secret, and is sometimes derived from the context (e.g....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    EC: https://www.quora.com/How-far-did-nomads-travel-at-a-time-in-Eurasia-How-often-did-they-travel-How-quickly-did-they-travel-with-groups-of-around-30-50 "A group of travelers moving on foot or with a modest number of animals, like a merchant caravan or group of religious pilgrims, goes around 10–12 miles a day." "For example this 4.2 thousand km route from Astrakhan...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    On a slightly related note: Does anybody have experience with LiFEPO4 batteries for backup or for a solar/battery system?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    First of all, not all of the 7 dwarfs disappeared. Unisys is still around and still selling "mainframes" directly descended from the Burroughs Large Systems, and the Univac 1100 series. (And note that both CDC and IBM sold 5.25" and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I think it was PowerPC, not HP....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    At this point, I own 4 BD corded electric mowers, in various states of repair: 1) Bought it at K-Mart, low end model (this was ~20 years ago) 2) Got it from my Uncle when he moved out of his...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Re: Don't Look Up I did see the movie, and it really isn't about a comet hitting the Earth, that is just a plot device. The real plot is about how people react to undeniable evidence that the world is...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    And it gets even more fun. Windows 10 will do updates in the background (unless you have the Enterprise edition, then your IT dept will do that to you). Sometimes the "preliminary" installation steps for the update clobber something that...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I remember watching a (Nova? Wings?) program on Stealth some time ago. There was research done during and after WW2. Two points I remember: 1) Painting your plane a light blue made it hard for the enemy to see. The...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I taught myself Python from the tutorials at docs.python.org, mostly because I couldn't find a good SNOBOL implementation :). I needed to analyze the code dependencies on a working system (who is using these libraries?, and what packages did they...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Ok, it is a few bucks more than piecing it together yourself, but may I suggest: https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-400/ You can find them on Big River for US$99 or less....
  • Commented on Omicron
    >>I swear I have no idea how to even satirize this using the New Management. James Nicoll's review of Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Humorous (?) how things that seemed incredibly unlikely now seem extremely probable: https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/confusion...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Back in '77 Michigan State Univ. had an self-paced introductory computer science course (CPS110/120) which was a required course for just about everybody. For some odd reason, there was a full chapter on CDC floating point. I have no idea...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Hah, why do you need to buy a NUC when you have a battery backed up device already? (pointing to laptop). I use an old laptop as our TV set top box. HDMI to TV (handles sound as well). Not...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "Weed wacker" is a common enough term that the homedepot.com site is just fine with using it as a search term (it promptly displays their string trimmers/edgers)....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    we're in Chinatown in about 45 minutes from the airport, no traffic jams. Or you could have just gone up I95 and been there in 15 minutes with the traffic jam. :) But I do agree Philly would be...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Printer options: 1) If you can use a USB port to hook up the printer, you can tell Windows to share the printer with other hosts (of course, you have to keep the computer on for that). 2) I remember...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I think the west coast mountains keep the rain mostly towards the coast (California, Washington, Oregon, etc.). The east coast mountains are not nearly high enough to restrain a determined storm system. Super storm Sandy caused a huge amount of...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Could that mean the Ghost Particle really is a (gasp!) ghost particle..... https://thenextweb.com/news/new-dark-matter-theory-has-a-terrifying-explanation-for-the-universes-expansion Wild ass theory: what if dark matter is actually made from the souls of things that lived?...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    A quick scan on ebay turned up two things: 1) You can probably find the parts you want without going to a junkyard (although I'm not sure what parts you actually need) (prices seem to range from $50 to $160)....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    What would a paratime map look like, a timeline (left to right) showing the time of the branch point? I originally thought that, based on the information from the first set of books, that jaunting was the cause of a...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Farnsworth demonstrated a fusion reactor in the 60s. Didn't come near to break even though (but easy to build). However, recent developments: https://news.mit.edu/2021/MIT-CFS-major-advance-toward-fusion-energy-0908 Sounds promising. And from the other ocean side: https://www.llnl.gov/news/national-ignition-facility-experiment-puts-researchers-threshold-fusion-ignition...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Google translate says "relation" or "relationship". In the context of the original post I think "tit for tat" is probably a close approximate. (Just my opinion)...
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