Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    US military term, maybe 2000+?. Also, earlier, US drug culture street term. (90s, maybe 80s, crack, maybe meth) Haven't found a solid etymology. (Eddie Gallagher was tried for war crimes and found mostly not guilty. Many still believe he was...
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    I would be much more worried if Saudi Arabia were to acquire nukes. This is a reason why Iran is unlikely (less likely) to acquire known nuclear weapons capabilities. If anything, they would/might aggressively pursue ambiguity about their capabilities (much...
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    Charlie (mods), that FRNJweaver mass of text at 518 is extremely probabilistically consistent with generation by GPT-2. Just FYI. It's also in no way artful; e.g. no selection of seeds or word continuations to give an appearance of being backed...
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    The ball is solidly in Israel's court, to stop its unlawful and unjustified aggression, and I don't see an earthly. Sure, but it costs Iran very little (domestic politics possibly excepted) to semi-publicly tamp down their (inc proxies that listen...
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    Congratulations to all those whose efforts led to the separation of Mr. B. Netanyahu from the levers of power (direct power, that is). (I'm petty, and loath the unjustified level of arrogance displayed by that one. That, and how he...
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    Looks like GPT-2 (or very related) output to me. (SotMNs postings have content and discussion (often obfuscated) of oft-very-current events and topics, though there is sometimes text that strongly resembles chaff.)...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The finance press always points out such correlations: Why is bitcoin crashing? BTC down almost 10% after Colonial Pipeline ransom seized (8 Jun 2021, Michael Grothaus) David L 1195: It's more of an indicator/awareness that authorities are clamping down on...
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    Aντίχριστος Spretnak Wobble # 1124 1123 1093 1092 1091 Pompeo That one is loathsome. Pompeo's pathetic twitter brag-a-thon in Jan 2021, heavy on bragging about swagger, when the Trumpublican keystone (Trump) was knocked out and he (Pompeo(and others)) were shortly...
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    Of interest to some: Netanyahu rivals form an Israeli coalition government to oust him (Laura KingStaff Writer, June 2, 2021) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival formally declared Wednesday night that he had put together a governing coalition...
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    I'll give her that Rome NY is less right-wing than Klamath OR https://www.bestplaces.net/voting/city/oregon/klamath_falls https://www.bestplaces.net/voting/city/new_york/rome but it still leans (US standards) conservative. Don't recall seeing anyone open carrying though driving through that county a few months ago, and New York is...
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    An interesting blog piece from google researchers. (An aside: Google's science PR skills are top notch!) A Browsable Petascale Reconstruction of the Human Cortex (Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Tim Blakely, Software Engineer and Michał Januszewski, Research Scientist, Connectomics at Google)...
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    hIf the skull is opaque to visible light how can the pineal be light sensitive? In humans that's more complicated that one might expect, involving some neurons in the retina and a complicated pathway to the (non-light-sensitive) pineal gland. [1]...
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    The Brick Testament version is good. (Brutally literal Bible stories, told with Lego visuals.) https://thebricktestament.com/genesis/er_and_onan/gn38_07.html The spilled seed is LOL, as is Yahweh as a axe-wielding divine storm trooper. (Last frame.) (Yeah, the cultural context was very much of its...
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    For people interested in "Havana Syndrome", this caught my eye a few weeks ago, haven't mentioned it here, researchgate link. (Not for the squeamish; animal research.) Also see the refs, and note there is also a body of clinical work...
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    From a WaPo piece that cannot be linked per Charlie's rules. This made me laugh. Title (searchable) "Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say"[1][3] (This disinformation network was mapped; there...
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    Those are both interesting pieces. Thank you. It's sad that the populations of so many countries have to deal with the combination of thoroughly corrupt kleptocratic leadership and an unstable currency/very high inflation rates....
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    Pretty classic case of denial given the recent decades of the GOP's preference for image-over/in-lieu-of-substance in their prospective POTUS. 2016 was a very close US presidential election, won in the Electoral College by small margins in a few battleground states,...
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    There's this, which isn't so much an excuse as an observation that risks are often miscalculated and the press sometimes doesn't front-page interesting things that complicate their preferred narrative. (This was buried in paragraphs 11/12 of a piece about the...
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    I'm half-wondering whether DT didn't deliberately try to hire as many lawyers as possible so that he could use lawyer-client privilege to make sure they couldn't talk. Yes. One of Trump's early lawyers/associates/mentors, Roy Cohn, used to do this for...
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    Other than tax evasion, money laundering, and ransom... and Ponzi. Also money exfiltration. (Or as mentioned above, direct bitcoin mining and exfiltration, as long as there is proper internet connectivity.)...
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    A pyromaniacs club with which I was associated as a kid executed an impressive multi-day UFO event with dry cleaning bags lofted with customized candles ("power sources") made with tightly rolled up paper towels soaked in melted paraffin wax. At...
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    Oops, sorry about the doubled text....
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    In news that I am sure will warm the hearts of readers of this blog, Bitcoin has now fallen below $40,000 (from a high of just over $60,000). Yeah, that drop ($37.5K ATM) has been fun.(And profitable for some. (Not...
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    The Business Insider piece is just embarrassing; writers should be punished for stuff like "terawatts per hour". The actual pdf, from github, is a seriously wild free-for-all estimation spree[1], comparing huge hordes of hamsters, small bags of apples, and small...
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    NOTE: the discoverer states "this vulnerability has no real-world implications." Yeah, it's pure joke. (Made me laugh when I first read it though.) Apply patches promptly, everyone. If you can't (and even if you can), strengthen whatever other measures you...
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    I freely admit than I'm less than impartial when crypto is the subject. Frankly, the terminological appropriation of the word "crypto" by crypto-currency greed-addicts[2] sets me off. :-) It is (also) short for "cryptography" or older, "cryptology"[1], which is part...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    On a more serious note [redacted] stuff is getting heavier. Charming stuff about tearing Minds apart and so on and so forth. Haven't read that tone in a while. One of my favorite of your nyms: "The Donkey who bit...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Congratulations to the Tianwen-1/Zhurong team for a reportedly successful Mars rover landing! (Presuming that it was a soft landing. :-) China lands on Mars in latest advance for its space program (2021/05/14 (05/15 in China)) Very little nationalistic bragging reported,...
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    This comes to mind. (And it's gotten worse in the last couple of weeks.) I Need to Explain to You Just How Dire America's Pokémon Card Crisis Is (Jason Koebler, April 30, 2021) Pokémon cards aren't just expensive. Card grading...
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    Interesting question. Here's a usage of "Fiat Money" (Cato Institute) from 1982: https://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa017.pdf...
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