123 posts • joined Friday 18th February 2011 18:07 GMT
Watch out for cold weather.
Anyone here ever hear about tin rot? It happens at low temperatures. We could create machines that would work fine in summer, but turn into so many useless paperweights in the winter. The thinner a piece of tin is, the more likely it is to suffer from rot.
Worse, have a look at the tin business nowadays. I'll bet that Tim Worstall could write a very amusing article on the subject.
Big Brother is back and boy is he pissed! The UN is going to be operating drones now? Are thay going to use them in every member country? I'll betcha that they do.
Re: 5 Billion
Where's Blake when you really need him?
Re: So NSA officials say it's not illegal?
Not if you happen to own enough artillery, it seems.
The name Eric Schmidt and the words freedom should not be on the same page, let alone in the same sentence. The man is perfectly despicable.
Plop, plop! Phizz, phttt! Oh what a lie it is!
They should just hand out badges that are radio frequency identities. That way, commuters can simply walk through the detectors as they board the trains.
Here's what puzzles me.
We are not here dealing with the interior design of houses or automobiles. Why does M$oft insist on making such large changes to the user interface? Blender has the same habit. Its interface is a moving target. This misbehavior makes me want to pull what little hair I have left out by its roots! Guys, you really should pick a user interface, even if it is a bad one, and stick to that interface. Why? Because it is an enormous waste of time and effort to re-learn how to do simple tasks after making changes to the user interface. I for one, am sick of it!
No if, just a when.
I will here predict that we will go right on ignoring this until something truly awful happens--say a meteorite striking the Louve. Perhaps then we will start taking this sort of problem seriously.
Whither a proper government?
Ideally, the governed should be its own government. That has not been the case in the United States since FDR. Now, with President Obama in charge, the United States is about to go the way of the now defunct U.S.S.R. We survived the Cold War only to be consumed by our own folly. Mind you, George Bush was no bargain in this respect and, had we elected John McCain instead of Barak Obama president, we'd all be goosetepping across multiple borders today. What is at fault here is not the particular design of our governments, but the people we elect to public office. Both parties are dominated by socio-pathic individuals who have no shame whatsoever. The same could be said for every other government on earth right now.
Just think, boys and girls. Ban Ki Moon and the United Nations are riding to our rescue! Put your little black flabby hearts at ease.
I have many because I don't believe a word Google says.
Just when I start getting comfortable with it...
...they change it. M$OFT and everyone else should pick an interface and be done with it! Make no changes to the user interface until and unless it becomes absolutely necessary. DO YOU HEAR ME? Make no changes to the user interface until and unless it becomes absolutely necessary. We are not here discussing automobiles or housing. We are here discussing production tools. A wrench is a wrench is a wrench. Don't try to make it a fancy wrench just because you can. Just hand me a wrench when I ask for it in a form that I can readily recognize, please!
A pox on all their houses.
Between the left and the right I am getting a case of the red ass at all our governments. All right thinking and self-righteous politicians are wont to deny us our privacy. So, how about we turn the tables on their goat-smelling behinds? That would learn 'em! Let's lift Nancy Pelosi's skirts and see what's under 'em. We'll knock the top off of John McCain's head and see if it isn't empty as it sounds.
Re: What I just don't get is.....
If you are interested in working on something more than just the OS, then I heartily reccommend Ubuntu. I am using it now and I am very happy with it. It is not all that much of a change from MacOSX or Windows and the new OpenOffice/Libreoffice package is more than a match for MSOffice. The only drawback that I can see about it is that I can no longer play Myst on my main computer, but then I am one of those people who get lost in the Myst Universe and stay there for days on end so you might say that not being able to run on Ubuntu is a good thing, right? It stops me from wasting all those hours on unproductive puzzle solving.
Objects = corelets?
Sounds a lot like objective programming to me.
Re: Money != Progress
Agreed. When you look at the fusion reactor designs you are looking at stoves that use flamethrowers for pilot lights.
The way you win at the Monopoly game is to buy everything you can get your hands on. You start with the cheap properties just past Go. Buy all four railroads and both utilities. Nevermind the blue and green stuff that you find on the Go side of the board.
Amazon is playing Monopoly for keeps. The only competition they have is Apple. The only publishing outlets that authors have anymore are, guess who, Amazon and Apple. So far, so good. Amazon has made it far easier for new authors to get published, but that is offset by its policies that also make it difficult for the newcomers to make money off of their writing. Apple, on the other hand, has made it very difficult for authors to get started, but once you do get onto their sites, you are in reasonably good shape because you have fairly high quality neighbors.
Damn the patriot act!
It should never have been enacted in the first place. Our governors are quite proud of it, but when they are asked what these violations of principle have produced in the way of tangible results they cannot say a word about who was arrested, or executed or for what. As far as we can see, it has all been for naught. It has not prevented the Boston Marathon bombing and that took place after the Russian government told our government that the young men involved were already radicals that needed to be watched. Look what happened! Despite all of these alleged precautions and intrusions into our private affairs these bossturds are still eluding law enforcment. Why is that? Why is it still possible for this to be done? The answer is that there is no power on earth capable of PREVENTING ciminal behavior. It can only be deterred by prosecuting the criminals and it is only just to do that AFTER a crime has been committed. Preventative law enforcement is a myth dreamed up by Hollywood screenwriters, not something that can actually be put into practice and still have a free society after the implementation of the "preventative policies." If I am going to die, I want to die free and I already know that I will die from something eventually. The government, no matter how much money it is given or how much power it possesses cannot do anything to PREVENT a single death from old age or disease. So, in the end we must all realize that we are mortal and that our freedoms are worth dying for.
Protected from whom and with what? Why? Do they reall mean it? They'll be repealing the law of gravity just any day now. Or, rounding off the value of pi to exactly three. What a bunch of ignoramuses.
Obama just does not get it, nor does anyone else in the Western world. Money, like electricity, always follows the path of least resistance.
Anything that can pass Mister Turing's test should be treated under the same laws as human live under.
If I hear one more blah-blah that has nano in it I am going to scream. Where is all this nano-techs stuff anyway? Boffins and techheads have been going on about it for decades now. Where is it?
A Warning for All.
If the United States becomes anything at all like NAZI Germany, or Stalinsit Russia, you people will very quickly wish that you had spent more on armaments. What may well happen is that the United States will become a Muslim country. We are in as bad a demographic shape as you Brits and Europeans are. The Muslims are winning by several hundred births per week on that front. My advice is that you take a long hard look at Islam and Sharia and decide right now whether or not you want live under them.
It's the philosophy, stupid.
Does anyone believe that George W. Bush could have come up with the software necessary to do the job that the NSA requires? No? How about Barack Obama? Any takers? If so, I have a very nice bridge in New Orleans for sale. It is the spitting image of the Brooklyn Bridge--rust and all. I am not a fan of Julian Assange, nor am I a fan of our beknighted government. Our governments are made up of perfect blackguards like Eric Schmidt et al. It is not the people in the public eye that we need to worry about. It is the people on the periphery like Hillary Clinton's intimate advisor, Huma Abedin, that we should be wary of. The world is going to hell in a hand basket carried by our elected sociopaths such as Dick Cheyney, not the hapless boobs who are only nominally in charge.
...Amazon is about to become the next NSA, am I reading this right? What if they decide to allow the IRS access everything the NSA knows about America's citezenry? Disaster, right? Wrong? Anyone?
Re: Land of the Free?
RE:"It's been going on, in one form or another, for at least 30 years. It really isn't news. And the UK has similar systems in place, it's not just the USA treating her people like criminals.
This does not excuse our government's behavior one whit. As an American, I am furious.
Re: This is..
Quoting the article: "The results mostly suggest favorable psychological characteristics of BDSM practitioners compared with the control group; BDSM practitioners were less neurotic, more extroverted, more open to new experiences, more conscientious, less rejection sensitive, had higher subjective well-being, yet were less agreeable."
This defines the political class quite nicely I should think. Most politicians in the United States are definitely socio-pathic.
So where is this wonderous stuff?
I have been hearing about graphene and how it will work wonders for so long now that I have turned skeptical of the claims being made about it. Why doesn't some stop looking at what it can do and start trying to find a way to produce it? It is time to put up or shut up!
Gasses are just gasses.
What matters is how much water vapour there is and how much sunlight is reaching the ground. As a star gets older, it gets bigger and hotter. There is nothing we can do about that. When we burn hydrocarbons for fuel, we add tons of water vapor to the atmosphere. The tonnage of water vapour from burning hydrocarbons is far greater than the tonnage of carbon dioxide. Water vapour, just in case you are still among the mislead, is a far better "greehhouse gas" than carbon dioxide. Also, all that waste heat must go somewhere and there is nothing that we can do about that. Even if we converted to all nuclear power today, we would still be confronted with the problem of waste heat. More importantly, when we build roads, buildings and parking lots, we change the albedo of Earth and it soaks up much more sunlight than it ever did before. You don't really hear anyone arguing for fewer and poorer roads, now do you? There are costs involved with improving things and guess what? We in the west will have fewer people to pick up that tab. Our populations, and those of Russia and Japan or in decline. So is the population of Brazil. It has started to decline as well.
So, ignoring the problem might well be the best solution. The climate will stabalize because we are about to consume far less in the way of resources and that includes energy.
Cellular Telephones Have Changed Everything.
Now that we can both compute at home and communicate from home on a real time basis, why should we bother with traveling at all? Why should the accounting staff be required to show up at our offices? Ninety-nine percent of purchasing is done over the telephone. Why not all of it? Granted, there are some jobs that require the physical presence of the employee and cannot be done any other way. Maintenance and construction are two such fields, but even the construction companies should not be requiring their entire accounting departments to come in to work. There simply is no good reason for such travel by so many people. So far, companies have not even looked at this issue with any real interest. We are still living in the past and using outdated methods to get the same work done. We should be taking full advantage of our machinery and software, not merely partial advantage of it.
Re: Apple pay income tax?
Obliging everyone to pay their own taxes by writing a check every three months or every week or even each month would work wonders for our tax system. Then everyone would understand how much they are paying in taxes first hand, rather than having the blow softened by their employers paying it for them.
Immoral tax avoidance?
There is no such thing. Apple could rightly be accused of many things, but not this one. It is the United States Government at fault on this one.
Digital Currencies in General.
How do bit coins serve as a store of value? If computers have taught us anything it is that there are people out there smart enough to rip you off on just about anything you are able to put on a computer(s). A currency that will serve as a store of value is clearly of great importance. So, again I ask. Where's the store of value in bit coins? I think that I will stick to the growing majority and put all my faith in a commodity based currency such as copper, bronze or silver. Gold is too narrowly traded to be reliable.
Re: pointless stupidity
Even worse, water vapour is at least twice as efficient as carbon dioxide is when it comes to capturing heat. IPCC ignores water vapour as though it is little or no consequence, but they shouldn't be. We produce tons upon tons of additional water vapour along with carbon dioxide whenever we burn fossil fuels. Waste heat production along with the release of addtional water vapour are more likely to be responsible for climate change than carbon dioxide--that is assuming that humanity is the culprit. I am not convinced that we are. What the Germans are attempting to accomplish with this Rube Goldberg grade contraption is contrary to the laws of thermodynamics. Not only will it prove to be insupportably expensive, it will dump even more waste heat no top of the already vast quantities of waste heat we dump into the atmosphere at present. Not only that, it will be perceived as a solution to the "carbon dioxide" problem and will result in much larger releases of water vapour into the atmosphere, and as I have pointed out, water vapour is a much more efficient green house gas.
Re: Why is this a problem?
Viva, Harry Harrison!
No need for missiles...
...when they could ship the bloody things anywhere in the world in a cargo container. One should remember that the DPRK is not actually a government. It is a band of pirates. They would be hugely delighted to hold your lives hostage from afar.
President Obama just approved of EPA rules that sharply limit soot production by those evil oil companies with their fetid boilers and heaters. The fact that it will drive the cost of gasoline and deisel is seen as a bonus by the Obama Regime. But, I have to ask. How in the world did we get by without all this stuff? I mean, sure, they have a lot of trouble with coal ash in Beijing, but not anywhere in the United States has it been that bad for decades--not even in Los Angeles. The tricky part of nuisance law is knowning when to quit before the law itself becomes an onerous nuisance.
Is building a suit or capsule or something with which he hopes to emulate Felix Baumgartner. It will use rockets to boost him up into space whereupon he will then return in his suit that will have built in heat shielding. His proposals can be listened to here, provide you can pickup on podcasts.
Re: @Billy Catringer - Ikea Selling food - Innovation?
Bear in mind that I have never been to India, but I think it must have everything to do with innovation--in India.
Re: Too Big to Fail.
You would have to ask President Obama that question to get the real truth. I know why George W. Bush did what he did--it was all about the Benjamins for him. The US dollar, in a roundabout way, has been backed by Saudi OIl since Tricky Dick took us off the gold standard. Despite the Bushbaby's fawning, that has stopped rather abruptly. The Chinese are using their numbers to supplant us in that part of the world. We have put our currency printers on overtime while the Chinese have been buying gold. Shameful, ain't it?
Re: Why are here
True, but then the Capitalists are obliged to give you a job and none of them are allowed to use force against you so that you must buy from them. The Politicians, on the other hand, are not quite that gray. They are basically just blackguards.
Re: Asymmetric Warfare
Oh, talk about the grass being greener in the other guy's yard! You'd be surprised wha they are tolerating in Florida as I sit here and write this. We put up with a lot of it here in Texas. I shudder to think of what it must be liike in Chicago where only the criminals and the cops are allowed to have guns.
Re: Nice try Tim
Yes, I am sure that most of us understand the arithmetic involved--but it is a case of lies, damned lies and statistics, isn't it? We are near or just past the peak oil according to that Malthusian's charts, are we not? But, look! We have discovered how to fracture shale to produce untold trillions of tonnes olf methane. Hallelujah! Once we get close to running out of that resource, guess what? We will almost certainly find a substitute. Meanwhile, our numbers are on the decrease. Virtually all of the population growht in the United States is from immigration. Italy is having a population crisis. They are not replacing their numbers, neither is Japan. This is true of almost every industrialized nation on Earth. By the time we start aiming for power satellites in high orbit, we will have a stable population world wide. That is if the Environmentalists don't push us off the edge with their water-headed policies. I would not bet against them succeeding.
Re: Ikea Selling food - Innovation?
Because low cost food will draw a crowd. While members of the crowd are eating, guess what else they are doing? They are looking at the furniture Ikea sells. Ikea should approach the local food vendors for the food. Then they woould likely have less trouble.
Too Big to Fail.
Oh, and Tim should have asked "Will the Americans be allowed to frak?" That issue is still very much in doubt. I am certian that the Canadians, the Aussies and everyone else that is able and has the appropriate geological formations under their lands will frak, but probably not us--not so long as President Obama is in office.
Bear in mind that I am not among those that fears global warming. I am more inclined to believe that Presidnt Obama dislikes the United States and the United Kingdom for being "colonial" powers. I have read that his mother inculcated this fact in him when he was learning to read. As he sees it, we have a great deal to answer for and must be made to answer for it, never mind that the people responsible for that misbehavior are long dead or powerless. Otherwise, why wouuld he go to a country like Brazil and encoruage them to drill for oil offshore during the ongoing crisis in the Gulf of Mexico? Whjy did he bow to the king of Saudi Arabia? Yes, I did vote for him. That should tell you what I thought of Mitt Romney.
Re: Well, I'd suggest that rebuilding from WW2 helped a lot of that growth into the 60s
The Marshall Plan helped Europeans a great deal more than it did the United States. Granted, had you folks taken full advantage of the Marshall Plan, you would have been light years ahead of us, but then you did not so we are now where we are. The United States is once again falling further and further behind while our socialist neighbors move on ahead. Why? For pretty much the same reasons Mister Worstall pointed out in this article.
Re: But do we actually need all this progress?
We were not ready to fight because we did not want to fight. I know that is hard to believe at this point in time--post Iraq War, but it was so prior to WWII. Pearl Harbor forced us to change our minds on that topic. That event made us rather paranoid. Just as that paranoia was beginning to die down, Al Quaida inflicted the World Trade Center Atrocity on us.
I hate Osama bin Laden as much for causing us to beocme hyper-paranoid again as for the two beautiful buildings full of people he tore down with two of our beautiful airliners full of people. I find myself gritting my teeth every time I think about it. What if they had managed to smuggle in small nuclear weapons? What if they do manage to smuggle in small nuclear weapons? What then? It is not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
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