Mr. Tim

Mr. Tim

  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    120 degrees is not a U-turn. When was the last time you saw an F1 car do an (unassisted) U-turn? :)...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "It was British arms that sustained the Confederacy" - a straight, deliberate lie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockade_runners_of_the_American_Civil_War The blockade runners were mostly British. Quote from that article: "Historians have estimated that supplies brought to the Confederacy via blockade runners lengthened the duration...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Parallel parking should absolutely be on the test until autonomous parking is universal, i.e. on every car sold in the past decade. Which will almost certainly happen sooner than we expect. I guess you missed the announcement that Ford...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Reading these comments about the different "feel" of automatics vs. manuals vs. EVs, it comes down to what you are used to: My Grandmother would totally freak out whenever the car had to start from a dead stop up a...
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    Re: Foods. My wife and I listen to Agatha Raisin stories while on trips (it reduces the boredom, and they are fun stories). Anyway that was when I first heard the term "mushy peas". Definitely an English dish. :) I...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Re: Satanic Panic When I was at Michigan State in the late 70s, and a student went missing. Since he was an avid D&D'r the fear was that he went "real-life" D&Ding in the steam tunnels (MSU has its own...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I know the conversation got confusing, but if you ARE wondering how a cell phone can be tracked that doesn't have WiFi or GPS enabled: Cell phones need to "ping" towers occasionally so they know which ones are nearby. There...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    To comply with current regulations for how much radiation flight crews can receive, you have to wrap your humans in between five and ten meter thick ice for the entire trip, and we have no rockets which can launch...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Given all these comments, my thought is that the Mars Campaign should probably go something like: 1) Send some Starships to Mars with some basic cargo (life support, supplies, return fuel, etc). Make sure they land and everything seemed to...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Re: Mars Colony I propose a different approach than requiring fit men & women. Make it a one-way trip retirement community. The colony gets some water, some essential minerals, and a person that may be able to work for bit...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    As far as I know, that claim that the schism (assuming it exists) propagates at light speed is unsupported by actual evidence. Is there something that propagates faster than light speed? Otherwise how can the observed effects of the...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    Delaware has somewhat cheaper alcohol, but I admit it has been awhile since I priced it out (before current inflation). I think Sam Adams or Yuengling might have something you like (Yuengling is just outside of Philly). Philadelphia Brewing split...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    So where's your practical cut-off? If you're going to prohibit retention of wealth above $x, because dangerous in the wrong hands, what's x? $1,000,000,000 is too hand-wavey. If such a thing happened, I (if I were king) would make...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    I've been using computers since the 1908s You must be part of that secret society that invented computers in 1900. I think there was enough technology in 1900 to pull that off. Magnetic recording was invented in 1900, while...
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    1985, and you have FIVE MEG?! The IBM PC/AT w/20 Meg disk was introduced in 1984. The PC/XT two years before w/10 Meg, so 5 Meg is a bit small actually. I didn't bother getting a personal computer until...
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    And it looks like you might still need to get a SCSI2 cable between the adapter the scanner....
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    USB to SCSI2: http://computercableinc.com/ccinc/products.jsp?sub=USB+to+SCSI-2-+(MD50)&id=3322 Make sure it is really SCSI2, and not a bidirectional parallel port....
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    When I stay in hotels I use a hotspot from my phone. The last time we stayed in a hotel, didn't even bother with a laptop, the phone was good enough. And, I thought, of course I don't have...
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    I understand there's a difference between a network printer and a shared printer. The network printer attaches directly to the network. The shared printer connects to a computer that is attached to the network. Sorry, that wasn't clear to...
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    I'm no computer "expert", but I don't think HOW the printer is attached to the (host) computer matters in sharing it on your network (Ethernet or wi-fi) ... at least not in Windoze. There is a difference between connecting...
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    Windoze 7 on a laptop that won't upgrade to Windoze 10 (even if I wanted to do so). There is a particular patch (es?) that you may need to do the upgrade. If my Core 2 laptop could do...
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    Long Covid: Saw this recently: https://www.unmc.edu/healthsecurity/transmission/2023/09/27/can-creatine-supplements-help-people-with-long-covid/ "The study found that taking dietary creatine for three months substantially improved feelings of fatigue, and by six months, had produced improvements in body aches, breathing issues, loss of taste, headaches, and problems concentrating...
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    I planned for my overnight stops to be too far apart - figuring on driving no more than 8 hours per day turned out in reality to be more like 12 - 15 hours per day. This time around...
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    You may have to wireshark it to find out what connection is not responding early on. (Yep, that is about as painful as it sounds) One of the problems we have had at work is some idiot(s) keep assigning static...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    (how can I rattle off such a prediction of mismanagement so easily? because I've been coding since 1978 and 90+% of the projects I was hired on a coder and/or analyst were led by those least willing to plan...
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    In Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle trilogy assassins put nicotine on the edge of the knife. (Not sure of how historically accurate that part was :) ) It relaxed the victim so much they forgot to breath. And, of course, all...
  • Commented on Pushing it back
    I remember a story I read some time ago in Analog that had space faring Dinosaurs. Basic premise was that the Dino killer asteroid was sent by a fanatic cult colony on Mars. Of course, the survivors replied in kind...
  • Commented on Do my Laundry
    ... nevertheless, the old-timers amongst the engineering staff at Manchester reckoned that you could get more life out of vacuum valves than most people realised. Post WWII it was figured out a major life limiter of vacuum tubes was...
  • Commented on A fistful of tropes
    I am getting the impression that our difference of opinion is largely down to you wanting more social contact than me. .. snip .. You know, if somebody had told me that this was written by Wednesday Addams I...
  • Commented on A fistful of tropes
    I have an iPhone Se 3, just bought this year. It is the same size as previous SEs and 7 & 8. The iPhone 13 mini is a smidgen smaller, although thicker (but it has a better camera) and is...
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