JHomes

JHomes

  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "who recognize the remaining 900 plus Moriori as New Zealand’s second indigenous people" Yeah, I over-simplified a bit. It's been pretty well established that the Moriori are the descendants of a group of Maori who fled to the Chathams after...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "I knew that the Maori did horrible things to the Moriori," Be careful there, Greg. A small group of Maori warriors did horrible things to the Moriori, but blaming Maori in general for it is about as fair and as...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    "Riding motorcycles teaches one to be a far better road user than anybody that never has that experience." If I am reading the various posters correctly, that is the primary point, with the removal of those who refuse to learn...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    "in Linebarger/Corwainer Smith" I think it's pretty obvious that that is precisely what H is referring to, even if he misremembered the spelling. JHomes...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    " Instead you're trying to persuade them to do something they deliberately avoid doing because they don't like it." Indeed. But your postings on the topic read very much as saying that converting vegetables into mush is not merely your...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    "Boil until it's limp" is the stereotypical way of English cooking, though…< My wife, who as a girl suffered under many, many, English school dinners, assures me that the stereotype is firmly grounded in fact. JHomes...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "I have the impression that a large factor in being able to budget (after actually knowing how do it) is being handle to handle delayed gratification." Or believing that delayed gratification is even a thing. Some people will have learned,...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "It occurs to me that Tolkien's Middle Earth ran on the principle of enshittification." Tolkien would have detested the word, but made public statements in agreement with the principle. JHomes...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "A public health care system helps a lot too, but living within your means is important." If you don't have a public health system, then there is the real possibility that living withing your means is just some crazy dream;...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "problem is, forcing BODs to set minimum timeframe of stock options to 10Y keeps failing " Not least, due to CXOs getting the bulk of their recompense as stock options, sometimes for tax reasons, sometimes just because. They would rather...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "Someone just reminded me that forced birth states often fail to support pregnant people or babies after birth." You mis-spelled "almost invariably". JHomes...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "Alcohol is easy to make" and very hard to suppress. I suspect that how hard or easy it is to suppress should someone want to (for good reasons or bad) will play a major part in what gets used. JHomes...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    waldo, My wife sends her thanks, that is quite relevant to some stuff she's working on. JHomes...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    One wonders what would happen if other, non-Muslim, students took to kneeling on their blazers for five minutes or so during the lunch break, and contemplating the lesson just taken or the latest football results, or any such matter. JHomes...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    "So actually the oil companies don't need to be fretting about anything, if only they weren't stupid." AIUI, it's not so much that they are stupid, but that they are buried under perverse incentives. As is usual in the set...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    "All renewables need is a good mix of power sources..." and a world-wide grid. The problems with setting up such a grid may be more political than technical/engineering, but there are a few technical or engineering issues, and some of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Cheese. Here in Aotearoa, the big problem with mass-produced cheese is that it's sold, and usually consumed, far too young. My late mother-in-law, so I am told, once left a block of mousetrap in the back of the fridge for...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    " It wasn't always the nearest coasts, sometimes it was isolated coasts thousands of miles away." Now this, I can speak to, having heard presentations from professional geologists on the topic. First, when the glaciers go, the land, relieved of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    And having posted that, it has just occurred to me that the bulk water usually doesn't move at wave speeds anyway. Mostly, in a wave, it just bounces up and down in place. So, a lot of unknowns. JHomes...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    "So at most the water has to move no more than 20,000 km. Assuming the water is moving at ordinary wave speeds, it can cover that distance in 400-2,000 hours, or 17-83 days-ish." I think you've left something out. The...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    'The current version is simply, "Move fast and break (other people's) things."' FIFY JHomes...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    'The definition of “poverty” changes with each wave of technological possibilities as well the absolute size of the world's economy and local conditions.' I once tried to come up with a definition of poverty that would still apply across all...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    "Can you give some examples, because I don't think I understand what you are talking about?" There are plenty of places in the world where, if you're in the bottom 10%, the cops can, and sometimes will, beat the shit...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    "Serious question: how do you program "I don't know" into an LLM? " You train it on input that contains lots of "I don't know" answers. There is no other way to get anything into a LLM. If you want...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    " but the aggravating thing is veggies each of which as a distinct four digit code" They make you do that? In these here parts, they just have a set of screens, you tap to get to the right screen,...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    "If they were writing an article about you, it wouldn't mention "Greg Tingey, allotment gardener", you'd be "Greg Tingey (104), allotment gardener"." I believe that OGH has explained this, as being protection against being sued by every other allotment gardener...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    SpeakerToManagers, your link is broken. JHomes....
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    "each of those 'UK pounds of gold' is indeed lighter... missing 2/3s" But that's OK. Gold is "intrinsically valuable", which means that it is close to worthless, except that people think that it's valuable, which makes it so as long...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    "The great thing is that today we don't have to learn assembly language and huge wodges of detail about the exact environment the program will run in." Yup. As a now retired professional, I have come to appreciate the view...
  • Commented on I should blog more, but ...
    "ANYONE stupid enough to go anywhere even near "White Island" needs their head examined " Oh, it's not all that dangerous at Alert Level 1. We've been there, on a trip run by GNS, and they made it very clear...
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