Mr. Tim

Mr. Tim

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    oh look... 500+% growth... That is China finally reporting (at least some) of the deaths from the last several months. You can dig through the numbers a little here: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 or here: https://ourworldindata.org/explorers/coronavirus-data-explorer?zoomToSelection=true&time=2020-03-01..latest&facet=none&pickerSort=asc&pickerMetric=location&Metric=Confirmed+deaths&Interval=7-day+rolling+average&Relative+to+Population=false&Color+by+test+positivity=true&country=USA~GBR~CAN~BRA~AUS~IND~ESP~DEU~FRA~RUS~CHN...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Jetoptera: Here is a technical deep dive on how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPZI6XoHi10 The technology looks viable, I'm not sure about the actual product being marketable....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    In regards to electrifying cargo vessels: I have seen enclosed cargo vessels (not container ships) similar to this one on the C/D canal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Baltic_Ace That could be pre-supplied with a battery & solar cells with no re-stacking of anything. Also,...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I meant to mention this earlier, stories that enslave AIs or artificial people (and end up replacing humanity): 1920 Czech-language play R.U.R. (Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti – Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek. Which, of course, is where the term Robot...
  • Commented on WTF
    BTW, Heteromeles I take it you were not affected by the earthquake?...
  • Commented on WTF
    I go to several farmer's markets around here, and there are always Amish vendors (not on Sunday, of course). So I think they understand the need to interact with the rest of the world. Weird note, Amish country is also...
  • Commented on WTF
    Having been in the circumstance of trying to call 911 (using a POTS line) during a fire, I note two things happened: 1) The phone worked, even though the main power to the house was off (I turned it off)....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Yeah, well, the entrance onto I-76 south from 30th St. Station in Philly is one of the most insane I know of - a "merge lane measurable in meters, and a curve from around to the right behind you. Meters...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Were you at Philcon this weekend? I haven't been to a con in 25 years. Last one I went to, I think I sparked a few stories from one of the authors on the "hard physics" panel with one...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I live near Philadelphia, in suburbia. Like most most people in the Philadelphia area, I use the highway almost every time I go driving. I don't need to commute as often these days, but I've used one highway or other...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    No, I am not. I am talking about stepping off the Path of the Juggernaut. There is absolutely no reason that most people need a multi-ton, overpowered monstrosity for almost all of their use. Even in much of the USA...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You could try the Lego store (it looks like NYC has at least a couple) and see if they could get you a deal. They already get the bricks in bulk....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    He meant a RAIL GUN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58MmOpSm4LY Enjoy!...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    They do get snow in Ohio (and cold weather), which I'm sure the imported Californians will whine about. :)...
  • Commented on I can't even
    EC said: "I can see some EVs intended for heavy loads having gearboxes (probably epicyclic), to get up really steep hills, but they will be more like the high/low range changers on some off-road vehicles and so not relevant." Well,...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Way back when (70s), I was tested on parallel parking, and I used a manual (Vega). Failed the driving test when I kept drifting through stop signs (oh, well). Several years ago I had to parallel park our Pontiac G6...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I'm not sure what distinguishes an "ES" bulb, but I did find this: https://www.screwfix.com/p/sylvania-mirage-es-t45-led-light-bulb-125lm-2-5w/249gx And you can get 25W equivalent (250 lumen) at Homedepot these days: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bulbrite-2-5-Watt-25-Watt-Equivelant-A19-LED-Light-Bulb-Medium-Base-E26-Clear-Filament-2700K-4-Pack-862687/317691751...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    We're now seeing the same thing again with preserved railways. There is still a huge amount of Welsh steam coal available and not even difficult to get, but nobody can get permission to work it any more. Before Ukraine kicked...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    From the Wikipedia article: James Watt had tried unsuccessfully for several years to obtain accurately bored cylinders for his steam engines, and was forced to use hammered iron, which was out of round and caused leakage past the piston. In...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Still haven't read past 100, but I thought I would post this anyway: Got my CS degree in 81 from the college of engineering. We covered a fair amount of theoretical stuff (abstract algebra related stuff, computer architecture, etc), and...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    >"I don't mind the indentation, I do mind the equivalence between var['k'] and var.k" >That's not Python. Maybe you're thinking of Javascript? You are probably right, I was thinking of Javascript. However, you can write: var.__dict__['k'] instead of var.k Which...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    If it wasn't clear, the co-worker told me about the Seymour Cray comment. The rest is from me......
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Story from back in the day: A co-worker I knew told this to me: The CDC 6000 series used Peripheral Processors (i.e. PPs) to do the I/O processing, and CDC's original OS design had most of the OS actually run...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The local convenience store chain (Wawa) only has touch screen ordering (or, thanks to the pandemic, you can order on-line). Every once in a while you see somebody that freaks out and an employee has to help them, but I...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    So, linking the programming language thread to the Transhuman entry (ok, this is really a stretch): One of those strange little trivia things I find interesting: Ada Lovelace (world's first programmer) was Lord Byron's daughter. Lord Byron & Mary Shelley...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Re: Eric Flint passing. Liked the first 1632 book, but somehow lost interest in the rest of the series. I don't know who on here knows her, but Dorothy Heydt passed away a couple of weeks ago, Hal is on...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Re: Cars My mother told me stories of her family's first car. Her brother had to drive it, her father was not comfortable doing it. When her brother got married, she learned to drive so her father could still go...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    At least the NRO gave NASA a couple of old spysats... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_National_Reconnaissance_Office_space_telescope_donation_to_NASA...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I think OGH was talking about encrypting a symmetric key with a public key, and using the symmetric key to encrypt the payload. You get the efficiency of the symmetric key and the security of the asymmetric encryption. Pretty standard...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    ... although I guess they could send me there to die, but I just don't see the ROI. Well, I think it would make an interesting retirement option. Consider that you might live long enough to contribute to the colony,...
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