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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    It's interesting that almost every politically conscious person (and you strike me as such) predict, for the future, the victory of the other side and an oppressive nondemocratic nightmarish regime. I think that you will find it amusing speaking with...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The goofy posts are coming up early this time. I didn't bother looking at the youtube link for a fuel additive consisting of sodium and NaOH. Because It doesn't pass the laugh test. Metallic sodium? As a fuel additive? For...
  • Commented on Outage report
    And I think you overstate it about his “obvious” the risks were. Risks, yes. “Obvious” - no. Not at the time. People in finance were almost all very surprised and shocked by the 2008 crisis. ... Why did people...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I had my own problems with the thing at the link, but seriously, "Subprime mortgages were an example of people choosing to use a short-history data set, and extrapolate from it." Seriously? Subprime mortgages were a scheme for getting lots...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Ideally I'd just be setting up a Xenix box with dial-up terminals and a restricted shell, for modem dialup users to use a choice of a gopher client or trn to read a local NNTP spool. (Shakes walking frame...
  • Commented on Outage report
    20 years ago I worked on a project for getting H.323 through a firewall and came to the conclusion that CCITT standards exist for the purpose of allowing vendors to check off a "standards-interoperable" box without doing any interoperability engineering,...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    With respect to the institutional history of Police Scotland, I'm trying to picture a comparison with US police forces. Which originate in union-busting hired muscle organizations in the industrial North, and slave-catcher/anti-insurrection patrols in the South. The police in the...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    At which point the optics include Police Scotland (who are armed -- in some parts, notably the Highlands, the cops all drive around with guns because the nearest armed response unit is half an hour away by helicopter) in shoot-outs...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    If the Beige Dictatorship is the failure mode of Democracy, the failure mode of the Beige Dictatorship is when the party of the opimates gets taken over taken over by pure factionalists who will do or say anything to "win,"...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Sorry, I have to stop reading early to respond right away to ... traitors or insufficiently-enthusiastic wreckers must be at fault. (See also Bolshevism in the Lenin/early Stalin period.) That there is High Stalinism you're talking about, if you're talking...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That is to say, Heinlein differs from Tolkien in that Tolkien's magnum opus was made into a film by someone who had some reverence for the story the writer was trying to tell, while SST was "made into a movie"...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Bushies were told in 2002 that the Iraqi oilfields were already trashed by 10 years of sanctions and that no way would the production goals be realized. The response was to shoot the messengers. The "high on their own...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    @JBS #169: But they did believe they were going to create a democratic Iraq - for values of "democratic" out of some NeoCon Libertarian Free-Market smoke & mirrors pipe dream. High on their own supply & suckered by their own...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Weighing in late about What Heinlein Got Wrong in SST: I read the book in 197[34], as an early teen, and while I was captivated by the technological picture I was strongly taken in by the categorical opposition to conscription....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Boldly done! Upthread somebody linked a letter from Heinlein to F.M. Busby wherein Heinlein explicates his thinking and experience in his own voice, and from the part of it I read (it's long) I think you're mostly correct....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    In fact that line about bread and circuses is a perennial conservative slur against the plebs, who even in Roman times didn't vote themselves that....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have one contrary opinion, namely that the Bugs were not Nazis but Commies, and the Skinnies were their fellow-traveler dupes. Other than that, great. Now do Farnham's Freehold....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Cyc is inherently doomed to failure, if the Wikipedia page on it is a fair statement of its goals, namely ... to assemble a comprehensive ontology and knowledge base that spans the basic concepts and rules about how the world...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If I were an American person opining about 1A limits, one thing I would want to see would be criminalization of Confederate apologist speech. I was a 1A absolutist for most of my life, but after the last 10 years...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @613: Yes these are definitely non-expert suggestions. 1. Non-partisan elections across the board You observe that California does this for primaries, but do not learn the obvious lesson, which is namely that it leads to various perverse results. The continuation...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Biden was ahead in individual states. You can still look at 538's model (https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/) and look at individual state modeling, and they modeled a potential blowout by state based on all polls, not just in national aggregate. I must not...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @577: What happened to the double-digit lead that the pollsters said Biden had? Will the mail-in vote really break so hard to the Democrats? The double-digit lead was aggregated national polling, and as has already been pointed out, it's not...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @434: What you're describing is ordinary garden-variety ratfucking. It works to cloud the issue when the result is close, but when margins get to 2% they can't change things. If Florida looks like a 2% win for Biden by midnight,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @398: Certainly he has support for an attempted coup. What he needs is support to actually pull it off. As for voting rights... The House already passed a voting rights act at the beginning of the session. It's languished for...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @413: What's been mind-boggling has been registration, and turnout. The early votes/mail-in votes broke 90M - about 3/4 of the entire vote in '16. Early voting in TX was more than all voting in 2016....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @380: Reverting - so ... which states are likely to both report first & give a reasonably accurate picture of whether we have a definite Biden win To reiterate, Florida could be a bellwether if it votes D by more...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @358: 50+ individual races This is correct. But some matter lots more than others. Florida is particularly important. Florida has a record of fucking up elections but this year might be better than in the past. If they don't fuck...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @310: What I think people want is "Capitalism with a Human Face." To counterfeit a phrase. I think it could work....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Discuss... Since nobody else wants to take you up on that... The problem with your suggestion is that if we could pass a Constitutional Amendment, we wouldn't need to do any of that. Any program for reform in the...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    Passwall + fireball + magic carpet = toasted defenders. With a 13th level magic user, ring of flying + cloak of blending + potion of haste and a fully charged Staff of Magic Missle is basically like a stealth helicopter...
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