Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Need an Italian academic to write a sequel to "Foucault's Pendulum", incorporating Q-Anon, Birthers, anti-Vaxxers, etc....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Graydon@8 wrote:It's been (for me, off in the moody corners) the year of two Warren Zevon songs... Speaking as a guy a couple of years younger than Zevon, yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Now I gotta find my...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Rocket J @1277:Even the greediest of vultures has to know that a total collapse would mean the end to the gravy train. But perhaps I am overoptimistic about the intelligence of sociopaths. Perhaps the nature of sociopaths is that it's...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Elderly Cynic wroteI have a horrible feeling that Trump is going to try to force a 'short victorious war' with Iran before he is pushed out of office.OGH wrote:The good news is, he doesn't have time. A bombing/cruise missile strike:...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    ...I blame the loss of Virginia, and the tumor in his head, for that self-indulgent bs. Virginia outlived him by a number of years, and at least according to the recent biographies, was an active editor of his work to...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Different tariff structures mean that here in the UK it's rather expensive to cold-call a mobile number, so there's very little mobile phone spam. As one who must answer a phone during work hours, I deal with phone spam a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Martin wrote: I think that the primary sources prove you utterly wrong; and that the best sources by far, are the political declarations of each State as to exactly why they had chosen to secede. Martin is correct. I've read...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    whitroth wrote: ...The "official hearing aids" run $3k-$6k in the US... but they do things like automatically adjusting volumes in different ranges of audio spectrum, etc... I've been using a set of those for about 3.5 years, and am very...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    In re The Iron Dream: The critical essay at the end is a riot. It takes the satirical theme of the novel and cranks it up another octave....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    The recent Netflix show The Umbrella Academy has avoided the cellphone problem by being set in an alternate timeline where among other things cellphones either don't exist or haven't come into wide use. But that's not a twist every SF...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Sadly, if you live in the rural US there are still lots of places where cellphone service ranges from bad to non-existent. This depends somewhat on your carrier, tho. We picked our carrier by asking folks at our house to...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    D0n't people use anything but seeds in their bird feeders in the USA? Depends on the person, but my wife has put out pretty much all the variants you mention and more. Including a Baltimore oriole feeder, which involves oranges...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    In re package managers:The missing link is that when Apple nicked package managers from the freenix world, it called it an App Store.So, embrace and extend? Or "pollute and pervert," which I thought more accurate? After watching Apple's shabby use...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Re COBOL popularity measurement and methodology:That IEEE survey is measuring vacant posts, not full ones.From what I've seen in the technical press, COBOL jobs are hard to fill and thereby stay open for a while. I wonder if a job...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I wroteI know and work with a dozen or so policemen semi-regularly, a couple of them I know quite well. None match those feeling of contempt. and Mos replied: I hope there's a strong selection bias operating. I assume you...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    That was Admiral Grace Hopper. Look here for more detail....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Unfortunately all the events where I'd normally be working with them have been cancelled or are more than six months out. Sorry....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Returning to Peel's Principles might be a good starting point. I don't know how successful Peel was in producing a police force with those principles, but in the US today we're pretty much failing on all fronts. (Depressing whining about...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I used y as a vowel as well, but aside from that we did pretty much the same thing. There's also some Unix-to-Unix differences as well. I used your pattern and found 46 on my mac and 66 on RedHat...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I always wondered why people joined the police. Apparently it's feelings of contempt.Wow. Fine job of throwing gas on the fire. I know and work with a dozen or so policemen semi-regularly, a couple of them I know quite well....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Tht's ntrstng, bcs n nglsh t dsn't mk ll tht mch dffrnc. True sometimes. Sometimes not, eg,Thts mn mn mn.Which is "That's a mean moan, man." with no punctuation as well. Which I vaguely recall was also a 'feature' of...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The NY Times has an interesting article (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/01/us/coronavirus-deaths-new-york-new-jersey.html) (semi-paywalled) on a sudden uptick in the number of people dying from what appears to be the flu, heart failure, etc. At peak, New York and New Jersey were seeing about 8,000...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @409 Robert Prior wrote:If immunity is possible. That still seems to be in doubt. I'm seeing studies that place it at 6 months and being non-sterile (reinfection possible but milder illness, if I understand the term correctly).Got a quick pointer...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In re Putin owning or controlling Trump - it's not required, and would be an extremely dangerous strategy to pursue. Why do it, if you can get what you want without it? Let's assume Putin's goal is to reduce the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In comment 55, OGH writes:. . . rumours that the Navy are considering a way to put Crozier back on promotion path to Admiral (even if he doesn't get his carrier back), suggest that at least one branch of the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The Washington Post put up this fascinating little model showing how various types of distancing and quarantine would and wouldn't work (and before you start quibbling, read their disclaimers). Scenarios 1 and 2 can be summarized as being an ineffective...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In general, I agree with OGH. I'm not an epidemiologist, but can do the math and did spent a lot of my lunch hours chatting with the faculty at the School of Public Health. I think some of the details...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Saw an article this week about how some of the proposed reactions to Covid-19 amount to letting the old die off. See this for a good example. Struggling to say this in a level tone of voice: Just think, if...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Thanks for the update. I'm definitely looking forward to October and March. Gotta love the cover blurb from Ben Aaronovitch. I just read his latest Peter Grant/Rivers of London book False Value and kept expecting Grant to stumble across Bob...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Another Ann Arboreal here, working in IT for the University of Michigan. I'm getting to see both sides of the intelligence curve here. My department has been pretty much 100% work from home for over a week,. as are a...
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