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Comment Re:More than one dangerous fault here (Score 1) 357

What kind of thought train does from 'hang on there're some big faultlines here and we all know big ones are due' to 'sure here's a million bucks let me put all my stuff on top of this faultline'

So where can you build that DOESN'T have SOME recurrent set of disasters AND lets you make enough money to live well on?

East and south coasts have hurricanes (and much more often). Northern tier has blizzards. Sourthern states are lousy with tornadoes (and virtually any flat region south of mid-Michigan has some of them). Crippling / killing blizzards across the upper tier. Floods. Forest fires. Then there's a bunch of nasty diseases that are primarily local and break out intermittently. I could go on for pages.

Earthqakes can be bad. But big ones are rare - far rarer (even right on the major fault lines) than floods and tornadoes are in other parts of the country - and you can build structures that survive them just fine.

Even a 7ish like the famous Loma Prieta quake was, in the S.F. Peninsula, about like "15 seconds of mild turbulence" on a passenger airliner. That's nothing compared to, say, what a manufactured home goes through on its way from the factory to the site. Sure some old stuff in a couple spots failed - and the media zeroed in on them and made it look like several counties were flattened and burning. But they're really not as big a deal as their reputation suggests.

Comment Don't make me laugh. (Score 1) 183

> I don't think you grasp why so much weight is in the casing... which is to produce shrapnel.

First, what in the world would make you think I don't know why I build my casings the way I do?

I don't give a rats ass about why you build your casings the way do you. Your casings aren't the topic of discussion here. Military weapons are the topic of discussion.

With a low explosive such as black powder, flash, etc casing thickness is all about the pressure developed.

Nobody with an IQ over the freezing point of water is talking about low explosives, because the odds that someone is using such explosives are roughly nil.

A casing that's TOO strong will waste weight, peel open instead of fracturing, and some point not rupture at all.

Again, nobody with an IQ above the freezing point of water (a group which excludes you) is discussing a casing that's "too strong".

Next time you think about correcting you might first ask yourself "do I have a clue what I'm talking about?"

I did, and the answer is, I do.

When you're considering educating someone about what they do

You have provided absolutely zero evidence that you've done such things. You've provided abundant evidence you have zero clue - and even more evidence that you're an ignorant shithead trying to impress someone who does know. You've failed.

Comment Re:Not Soon Enough (Score 1) 357

Actually, California is due Real Soon Now (in human, not geologic, time) for a really big one on the Hayward fault (parallel to, and just across the bay from, the more famous, and more recently active, San Andreas).

I was looking at where it runs recently. It runs right under hospital row in Fremont - literally through the parking lot that separates my doctor's office building (and a surgery center) from the BART tracks. Right up the main driveway into the Kaiser medical complex.

Comment Re:Payload around 6kg (13 pounds) (Score 1) 183

I'd say that a 6kg weapon using a simple explosive like black powder would be a dangerous item to have laying around the house, but not particularly effective as a military weapon. (Remember most of the weight is the casing, it would be less than a kg of explosive composition.).

I don't think you grasp why so much weight is in the casing... which is to produce shrapnel. The low percentage of explosive filler isn't a bug, it's a feature - because a higher percentage of explosive means a lower weight of fragments. Its quite effective as an anti-personnel weapon. It also works very well at making them keep their head down, stay under cover, never gather in large groups, etc... etc... (AKA terror and increasing friction.)

Modern military explosives are significantly more powerful, and much harder to make, if the people launching these have access to a good supply of military explosives.

An irrelevant non-sequitur. You don't need modern explosive to cause significant casualties and damage.

Comment Only two for "Telephone" (Score 3, Interesting) 227

Back in German class in the early '70s, my instructor made this claim for "telephone":

In every other language in the world, it was called "telephone" - inheriting the sound from the American English word for the American invention and and (if necessary) distorting the pronunciation slightly to use the closest phonemes.

But German, with its standard of buildAWordByRunningTogetherADescriptivePhrase, called it a "fernsprecher" (far-speaker).

Comment it needs to be easy. (Score 1) 178

OK. I admit that, with the increase in online sales, a full-blown internet sales tax will almost certainly happen one day. However, my wife owns an Internet business. Will she have to file paperwork in all 50 states? How about county and city taxes?

For this to actually be feasible, we need some sort of government web site where you list sales by zip code. They give you an amount and you pay it. That site distributes the money to the various cities and states. Otherwise, the paperwork will drown a small business.

Comment Re:Thank you (Score 1) 215

I woke up the morning after the fires in Northern California not noticing I had no cell service, not receiving any SMS about the situation, no being able to receive email to alert me.

You're welcome. B-)

Note that (probably a bit before that, when the cells were still up) the officials, regarding the Santa Rosa fire, decided to NOT activate the warning systems, fearing that "panic"ed citizens would clog the roads.

One advantage of not depending on the official channels, by additionally having access to multiple private-industry radio outlets, is that you have more chances for the information to make it past some decision maker's filter and reach your ears.

AM might be even more useful, given its typical programming. But FM has the advantage of being trivial to include in a cellphone's radio chip (so it was in the common chips). Add a couple traces to the board and a couple surface-mount components costing single-digit-pennies, to couple the earphone wire (and/or charger cable) to the chip's FM antenna input, and you make an FM radio reception function available to the phone's software, almost for free.

Comment What goes around comes around... (Score 5, Insightful) 1012

Once we've all been automated out of work...who's going to buy the burgers?

Reminds me of this oft-quoted aphorism, about a UAW official being shown some early auto-plant automation:

Henry Ford II: Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues?
Walter Reuther: Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?

(Apparently it wasn't really Henry Ford II. But Ruther confirmed the exchange occurred, with a high Ford official and words roughly equivalent.)

Comment "Partial Taking" (Score 1) 122

The utility can retain ownership of the poles, but the municipality can grant an easement to whomever it wants and it doesn't cost the municipality anything.

Sure does cost the municipality something (if the utility chooses to enforce its rights).

Granting an easement to someone else's property is a "taking" under the Fifth Amendment. Without the easement the utility could charge whatever it pleased for the use of a zone on its poles, refuse to grant it if they thought that was in their interest, insist the attachments occur at a convenient time and manner for them, hire their guys to do the hookup, etc.. With the easement they must let the tenant use that section of the poles at the tenant's convenience, for free or for a government-defined price. This reduces the value of the property, so the government granting the easement must pay the difference.

It's less than just taking over the poles, but it's still not free. (Just for starters it will amount to a substantial fraction of what it cost the utility to put in all those poles.)

See "partial taking" and "regulatory taking". There's a LOT of law there and a simple web search will show you far more than you'll want to read right now. B-)

Comment Re:Too soon? (Score 0) 123

Maybe somebody can correct me, but they need to get rid of the speculative execution pipeline all together.

Or break the side-channel information leak of which cache lines were filled by the speculative execution (which is how the attacker finds out the value of the bits or bytes it shouldn't know).

Or separate the branch predictions per-context (which is how the attacker gets the speculative execution to look at the desired bits or bytes).

I like that last one. IMHO the behavior (especially the target address) of a branch in one context shouldn't be "hinting" about the behavior of a branch in another context. Yes, it might be a useful hint if the branch is in a commonly used shared library, being used the same way by many clients. But when it's in different code in different execution contexts for different users?

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