my country is broken . . . sorry for any inconvenience for the rest of the world.
some of us are desperately trying to fix it.
277 posts • joined 7 Sep 2013
it's so good to know that someone is watching over the telecos . . . it would be terrible if they missed any opportunity to screw over their customers.
as far as content is concerned, i can't wait for a complete loss of messages from any and all groups considered "progressive" . . . and i'm sure that a "service" to repeat all t'Rump's tweets as text messages to every device in the country will be greenlighted and added to our bills.
there are limits on every right in The Bill of Rights . . . there are limits on 'free speech' (unless it's money) and there have been restrictions on fully automatic weapons, sawed-off shotguns and others for a long time now.
i have no idea why the supreme court decided that everybody is a member of a "well regulated militia" . . . but i suspect the reason is money again.
i've voted a lot of times (damn i'm old) and the best system i've seen is paper ballots where you fill-in a block (or other little shape) that are put into a ballot box and, at the end of the day, transported to the town hall for machine counting.
the system leaves a human-readable paper trail that can be recounted by precinct for spot checks or entirely recounted is shenanigans is suspected.
that secures the votes . . . now, can we solve the voter suppression problem?
[ . . . and, just maybe, confine campaigning to the two months preceding one national designated day for all primary elections . . . and hold the election one month later ]
yes, fix the people and their water, sewer, electric, etc. first (just so nobody thinks i'm a monster)
then . . . i hate to think it but the present administration will probably see this as a sign that the big beard in the sky hates radio astronomy and therefore won't fund fixing it . . . letting the equipment rot in the jungle for a few years, until a more enlightened administration happens, will insure it doesn't get fixed.
[ . . . or maybe all they need is their personal hatreds of science ]
you might want to check to see if someone has wired something backwards . . . that type of half-bright (or less) behavior of CFLs can be caused by switching the neutral instead of the phase wire . . . it's not a problem (unless you consider possible electrocution a problem) . . . the glow is caused by leakage between the ballast and ground (probably capacitive coupling with an electronic ballast and inductive with a really old CFL lamp ballast)
i've found that most people who work on lamps (<pedant> actually fixtures </pedant>) almost never connect the phase and neutral consistently . . . they don't care which wire goes where on the plug end and can't be bothered to keep the wiring properly phased (to match the plug) at the socket.
this is a problem here on the left side of the pond as lots of plugs aren't polarized (and often don't have a ground), nobody pays attention to which side of the all-brown cord goes where (the striated side is phase and the smooth side is neutral) and they haven't a clue why one screw on the socket is brass-colored (coloured) and the other silvery.
[ i swear, it's like all of them are trying to be Witchfinder Private Newton Pulsifer - h/t Mr. Gaiman & Sir Pterry ]
my father taught me at a young age (about 60 years ago, now) that all tools and most things you work on require occasional blood sacrifices . . . i thought i found the one job, draftsman, that broke his rule and was thinking of telling him when i cut a finger to the bone while trimming mylar sheets to size.
it was years later that i discovered that they make computer cases from old razor blades.
the electronics are lovely but useless when casting your vote.
probably the safest method is manually marking a paper ballot . . . if a human can mark it a human can read and count it.
when it comes time to tally the vote a machine does it faster, and probably more accurately, than a human.
recounts can also be done by using other machines to get a first look and comparing it to the count by a human panel . . . if there is a discrepancy, the source should be relatively easy to find.
[ when all is said and done, i worry more about masses of people (olds, non-whites, poors) being disenfranchised by the various cures for non-existent voter fraud ]
paper ballots marked with
crayons pencil are definitely the way to go . . . at least for now.
how long have some of the i-bet-you-can't-hack-it challenges lasted when crowds get to sourcing solutions . . . hours? . . . minutes? . . . without a physical (non-electronic) record of each and every vote there's just too much room for shenanigans.
perhaps someday in the (far!) future when humankind has grown up, we can try electronic voting . . . until that day: trust no one!
[ paper isn't perfect but at least there are no dangly chads ]
wouldn't it be easier to just get a throwaway phone for trips to my wonderful country?
load it with only emergency/business/family numbers you can expect to need . . . any other numbers you either memorize or call someone back home who knows the number.
i'm sorry about the hassle for you folks visiting here but it's even worse living here . . . i despair.
you are obviously not a true prepper . . . follows: checklist for simple airport drop-off
- extra ammo for gun
- spare gun (if gun fails)
- extra ammo for spare gun
- knife, sheath type
- knife, folding
- whetstone (in case knives dull)
- spare batteries for flashlight
- lighter and candle (if flashlight fails)
- matches (if lighter fails)
- flint and steel (in case matches get wet)
- cell phone
- spare batteries for cell phone
- walkie-talkie (if cell phone fails)
- spare batteries for walkie-talkie
- car keys
- spare car keys
- remote starter (in case car wired to blow up)
- spare car
- first aid kit
- small pieces of gold (if economy crashes)
- pair dry socks
- spare boot laces
- sewing kit
- toilet paper
- MREs (sufficient for two weeks)
- entrenching tool
- spare paddles for canoe
- spare tent stakes
- tent repair kit
- water purification tablets
- sleeping bag
- zip-tie handcuffs (may have to take prisoners)
- NRA lifetime membership card
- pocket copy of Constitution
- Soverign Citizen ID
- Social Security Disability ID
- Medicaid ID
[ list for WWIII similar but with moar gunz!!!!! ]
"There is something wrong with the system when a [...] President can be issuing Executive Orders [...] three weeks before he is made redundant."
"There is something wrong with the system when a [...] President
can be issuing Executive Orders [...] three weeks can not be issuing Supreme Court nominations a year before he is made redundant."
yeah . . . yeah . . . i know . . . one has nothing to do with the other . . . except that it does!
Obama hasn't been my idea of the best president he could have been but the (dis)loyal opposition has been just awful from day one.
from what i've seen on NASAs website, designed for refueling means putting the fueling ports in an easily accessible location with some sort of hold-fast for the refueling spacecraft to grab for stability.
all satellites have fueling ports/valves that are used once just before installation of the satellite on the rocket . . . this should place them in relatively accessible locations, being one of the last things done to the satellite on the ground.
accessing the fueling ports on orbit is just a bit trickier if not designed for refueling . . . you need more / different types of adapters to accommodate different satellite manufacturers changing standards . . . and probably several additional elbows on the arms as anyone who has ever tried to work on parts under the dashboard of a car knows quite well.
and refueling even if just for controlled deorbiting would be worth it too . . . although a self-contained propulsion and guidance package for attachment to a dead satellite might be a worthwhile project.
This law seems to make one of the cops oldest ploys legal. Cops will bend, twist or just fabricate evidence to convict a "known criminal / gang member" because "it's obvious that we have to get him off the streets."
if they could prove it, they would have done it years ago but this guy is a bit smarter than the cops so they take the low road and put him away. Problem solved, public safe, cops win . . . hooray!
Just one wee problem . . . the real murderer is still out there!
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