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by Jadagul
Today, 06:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Alternate histories
Replies: 72
Views: 1973

Re: Alternate histories

The case requested was "a time when the security of the US got worse because we failed to intervene," not "a time when we could have intervened, but we didn't." Politics being what they were, there was no way it was going to happen. But, if politics hadn't been a concern, I don't think the conditio...
by Jadagul
Today, 02:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Alternate histories
Replies: 72
Views: 1973

Re: Alternate histories

The case requested was "a time when the security of the US got worse because we failed to intervene," not "a time when we could have intervened, but we didn't." Politics being what they were, there was no way it was going to happen. But, if politics hadn't been a concern, I don't think the conditio...
by Jadagul
Yesterday, 19:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 369
Views: 10829

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

I mean, I knew there was a lot of tracking stuff. I didn't think that the tracking stuff added up to multiple megabytes. (I'm still a bit confused about what all those megabytes are actually doing---why do you need that much data to do tracking?) Basically, I don't mind being tracked at all. Or gett...
by Jadagul
Yesterday, 18:50
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)
Replies: 369
Views: 10829

Re: Random Observations C.A (306 pages is enough)

How to make people not hate GDPR. https://twitter.com/paulcalvano/status/1000094333524201473?s=21 If GDPR makes for lighter websites I might even forgive it. I'm actually surprised at how much of the bloat is from tracking stuff. I thought a lot more was like internal scripts and dynamic bullshit.
by Jadagul
25 May 2018, 16:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Kulturkampf? In my NFL? It's more likely than you think. Football 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 516

Re: Kulturkampf? In my NFL? It's more likely than you think. Football 2018

To me she'll always be the person who said she was right to be wrong and the doves were wrong to be right. What's that in reference to? The Iraq War. It's not a wrong point in general. People who expected Clinton to win were almost certainly better calibrated than people who expected Trump to win, ...
by Jadagul
16 May 2018, 15:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11765
Views: 648131

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

lunchstealer wrote:
16 May 2018, 12:12
In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor.
In the beginning was the command line.
by Jadagul
15 May 2018, 18:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11765
Views: 648131

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I have reached the conclusion that the space wars are the equivalent of the toilet paper wars. To have an opinion beyond, "in certain circumstances, I prefer [ n spaces or x toilet roll orientation] but humans have opposable thumbs and can overcome this difficulty,' is to demonstrate one's degenera...
by Jadagul
12 May 2018, 17:37
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1297
Views: 42769

Re: cars and how they get that way

The reason is that the public is not buying cars. They buy trucks and little trucklets that have horrible space utilization. Along those lines, I often forget just how much many (most?) people dislike cars/driving. For them, cars are an appliance (and maybe status signal) and driving is a necessary...
by Jadagul
12 May 2018, 16:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: cars and how they get that way
Replies: 1297
Views: 42769

Re: cars and how they get that way

The reason is that the public is not buying cars. They buy trucks and little trucklets that have horrible space utilization. Along those lines, I often forget just how much many (most?) people dislike cars/driving. For them, cars are an appliance (and maybe status signal) and driving is a necessary...
by Jadagul
10 May 2018, 17:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3199
Views: 122743

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

Most disconcerting weather I've ever been in was a summer shower when it was 117 and bone dry out.

Felt like being in an oven and getting sprayed with a plant mister.
by Jadagul
10 May 2018, 17:18
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 239
Views: 9575

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

eBay basically used a bunch of legal pressure to force PayPal to sell out.
by Jadagul
09 May 2018, 17:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 239
Views: 9575

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

I think SpaceX should get a bit more credit than any of the other things he's been involved in, since it seems to be the project that actually has had the result of reducing costs for launch into space without hiding a lot of the costs behind government subsidies. Yes, they're getting money from th...
by Jadagul
09 May 2018, 17:40
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 239
Views: 9575

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

Is he a genius at that? I'm sure he does it, but I don't happen to know of anything particularly special he's achieved in that field.

Which doesn't mean it's not there, of course. Although I might still stuff that into "fundraising."
by Jadagul
09 May 2018, 17:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Does Elon's Musk stink?
Replies: 239
Views: 9575

Re: Does Elon's Musk stink?

Musk is a genius. At two things. The first thing he's a genius at is some charismatic combination of fundraising and inspiration. He's clearly great at getting people invested in his projects, on both professional and personal levels. The second, and related, thing that he's a genius at is somehow c...
by Jadagul
09 May 2018, 06:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

I have no trouble believing that the interplanetary communications and networking just aren't that good. Like, sure, within a planet everything should be credit. But it really doesn't look like the networking between planets is terribly great. And building a network that can do payments consistently...
by Jadagul
08 May 2018, 22:12
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

I think I'm the only person that liked the casino scene. Sure it didn't advance the plot once, but at least it was a bit of trope inversion to have the unlikely and wild plan that is played out for way to long actually not work. The result was good because more genre franchise films need to crush d...
by Jadagul
08 May 2018, 08:52
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

I think I'm the only person that liked the casino scene. Sure it didn't advance the plot once, but at least it was a bit of trope inversion to have the unlikely and wild plan that is played out for way to long actually not work. The result was good because more genre franchise films need to crush d...
by Jadagul
08 May 2018, 00:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

Are you talking about the casino scene specifically, or the Finn plotline in general? The casino bit annoyed me with the "literally the only possible way to get rich is to be an arms dealer" thing. And also the fact that 2/3 of what happened was dumb. The plot line as a whole had the reward, as you ...
by Jadagul
07 May 2018, 17:17
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

Thoreau, that's crazy talk. Revenge of the Sith is easily the best of the prequel trilogy.
by Jadagul
07 May 2018, 16:39
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)
Replies: 686
Views: 22014

Re: Powerful Mice in Space (The New Star Wars Gripe Thread)

The problem with The Last Jedi is that the plot makes less sense the more you think about it. The Rey/Kylo/Luke plotline was really good. The Poe Dameron plotline is really dumb. The Finn plotline makes negative sense, and the entire movie would become better if you just remove every scene that invo...
by Jadagul
06 May 2018, 18:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass
Replies: 136
Views: 5274

Re: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass

Apparently the GDPR is dangerously close to killing off WHOIS, which is really kind of concerning.
by Jadagul
06 May 2018, 18:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Gentry from the block
Replies: 50
Views: 1772

Re: Gentry from the block

Houston's no-zoning is somewhat exaggerated; it does have things like parking minima and building setback requirements. It would be very illegal to build Manhattan-style there. But Houston is also a weird comparison because land isn't as scarce there as it is in much of the coast, and also it just i...
by Jadagul
04 May 2018, 01:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass
Replies: 136
Views: 5274

Re: Silicon Valley Disrupts Its Own Ass

The use of my first name is reserved for those who know me personally.

If you're in the same room as I am, and talking to me, then clearly you know me personally.
by Jadagul
02 May 2018, 18:10
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4469
Views: 179022

Re: Food

I went shopping at Restaurant Depot and my lack of spatial intelligence bit me on the ass. It's such a giant warehouse with such massive cases of food everywhere -- it looked like the boxes I was buying were tiny! But guess what, it turns out 40 pounds of raw chicken is a lot of chicken. I miss sho...
by Jadagul
01 May 2018, 00:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Petty annoyances
Replies: 9210
Views: 311828

Re: Petty annoyances

My experience was that everything non-trivial (like all the laptops and serious electronics) was okay with the higher voltage, and I just needed a plug adapter. But the cheap stuff I'd have needed an actual voltage stepper.