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Comment I guess you don't live in 'Sconsin (Score 1) 371

"Don't you think it is time to fix your corrupt politics to look after the voters instead of donor corporations?"

It is naïve to think this is driven by "donor corporations." The donor corporations are on board with making the compromises you speak of. And what do you mean fracking is not regulated in America? It is indeed regulated -- under the Federal system, there are states that allow it and states that outlaw it outright -- there does not seem to be any political middle ground that you speak of.

This is driven by voter pushback against what is perceived to be the agenda of the crunchies (USian term-of-art meaning "granola-eating" for knitted yogurt uneducated environmentalist activists, only they are far from uneducated as they hold college degrees, but they are resentful that their degrees do not merit them more highly paying occupations) on Mifflin and Williamson streets (place names in Madison, the capital city of the State of Wisconsin, United States of America). People who don't want nuclear power or fracking in any form and a whole bunch of other things. People who associate all of that with the "U", which has slashed our budget in very legislative term.

Politics is not about "truth", it is about voters "feelings." If you want to advance the agenda of reducing CO2 emissions, you are going to have to do a much better job "triangulating" than "Kill millions of brown people through seal level rise in places like Bangladesh."

The people in Wisconsin outside Madison aren't motivated by being scolded that they are callous to the projected deaths of millions of people, that is, according to a worst-case scenario that the U.K. had fact-checked from "An Inconvenient Truth", deciding on showing it in their schools with a disclaimer. Adding "brown people" is also indirectly claiming that the callousness stems from the affected persons being of a different race. The sum total of such criticisms is 1) not helping fund the University of Wisconsin-Madison in educating and conducting research benefiting our state, and 2) helping the vulnerable people in low-lying Bangladesh.

Comment Cold on the 'Sconsin unemployment line (Score 1) 371

I hear it's pretty cold this time of year in 'Sconsin to be standing in line for unemployment benefits.

There people here and also in the Faculty Senate at the "U" who simply won't be happy until we are all reduced to eating birdseed, pedaling to work in the snow, and having the lights flicker on or off depending on how hard the wind is blowing.

People don't want that. We like our rich diet powered by Wisconsin dairy cows and enjoy driving our SUVs, powered by fuel liberated from the ground by good ol' Wisconsin frack sand that you see trundling off to Williston in railroad hopper cars.

Look, people, this whole "fracking" business is the outcome of the government or government-sponsored research. And the boom in natural gas is replacing coal and achieving significant greenhouse gas emission reductions that way.

But go ahead, speak "truth to power", scold the people who control your tuition rates and ever diminishing state support with "if you repeat a lie long enough it becomes a fact." Yes, call the Governor a liar. Maybe he is, but forget about political compromise (such as fracked natural gas as a less greenhouse gas-emitting solution). Call the Governor a liar, and an ignoramus, and an Enemy of the Environment. Keep true to your principles, don't give an inch, and remind yourself of your righteousness when the whole University falls apart.

Comment Open season on pedestrians (Score 1) 383

When I am in my car, cyclists playing fast with the rules are an annoyance that I counter by regulating my emotions and driving as carefully as I can.

When I am on foot and crossing the street, cyclists sailing through red lights against the pedestrian walk light are a threat.

What am I supposed to do to avoid a life-altering brain injury from getting knocked down -- wear a bike helmet to walk across the street?

Comment Obsolete -- 40 years ago (Score 0) 381

Overrated? I thought it was obsolete -- post "Goto Considered Harmful" back when Vol 1 was assigned in a university course -- 40 years ago.

OK, there is insight into algorithms, but from a programming best-practices standpoint, it is just not there. Even assembly language offers structured branching and looping. And if your macro assembler doesn't, structured branching and looping is a good practice for arranging your JMP statements. Simply taking JMPs into and out of your main loop was never a good practice to confer clarity of what your algorithm is doing, let alone establish provable conditions your code meets.

Comment Horse's head scene from the Godfather (Score 1) 136

A nesting pair of Cooper's Hawks in the back yard killed a crow, and they were batting around a dismembered crow's head to entertain their fledgling.

The crows will mess with a raptor, especially since they are more numerous. Like with the horse's head in the bed scene, I think the hawks were sending a message that this is not a good idea.

Comment Hay Sniffer (Score 1) 157

Hey, the Hay Sniffer is a legitimate hack. This is the software routine that "sniffs the hay" to determine if you are out on a country road and not driving one of the Federal Cycles.

My criterion is if you drive a Federal Cycle for real out on a highway, a test track, or a high school parking lot, it should give the same control coefficients as on the chassis rollers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. None of this "oh, only the back wheels are turning, I must be in Ann Arbor."

But if it only gives Federal Cycle performance if you actually drive that way, good. If it gives you different performance for driving "off cycle", so much better.

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