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Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 237

The only real long-term survival platform is an isolated farm where you can grow your own food.

Nomadic is fine, but the cannibals they encountered on their trip would have eaten even the homeless guy with the shopping cart.

And nomadic has certain risks -- uncertain access to food or water, crossing paths with other dangerous nomads, crossing into territory held by hostiles, exposure to weather and so on.

It's amusing to think about survivalism but really, things go south without a community structure pretty fast. Even a very isolated bunker has a limited timeline without access to outside resources -- 5 years, 10 at the outside for a large quantity of food stuffs amenable to long term storage? This also assumes you have no energy needs, dependence on anything that might wear out or need repairs unless you have multiple replacements which don't age in storage.

I suppose someone could treat a bunker like a long-haul space ship and provide it with a nuclear power source, a water recycling system, air filtration and the necessary parts and replacement equipment to keep it running but even that becomes a challenge past a certain timeline and requires extensive skills and a large community, and the community itself can become a liability as people aren't totally dependable.

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 237

Well, what you really want is a the starship Enterprise...

Obviously a nuclear powered submarine would be impossible even for Paul Allen money.

But even if Elon Musk designed a submarine, a submarine is simply too complex of a marine system to realistically manage (outside of the short-duration tethered submersibles used for finding wrecks).

A sub-surface habitat is an interesting idea, but I think the systems involved with air production and circulation would be too complex and the entire thing would be too dependent on energy.

A surface vessel has the advantages of access to wind and solar and it's not hard to imagine a system of fold-out solar panels and fold-up wind turbines to keep a large battery array charged for long-endurance anchorages. Diesel power would only be used to move the vessel to avoid serious storms or seek different anchorages.

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 3, Insightful) 237

The problem with a conventional yacht is they're fuel pigs. I'd wager Allen's yacht runs a high powered generator continuously to maintain the internal electrical systems, ventilation, and so forth even when docked unless docked at a location where you could get an industrial grade shore power feed.

What I'm thinking of is more along the lines of a more purpose-built boat that would require much less continuous electrical power and what it needed could be taken from wind, solar or even wave generation from deployed buoys. Tesla-type Li battery storage for nights or periods of poor weather, although in a marine environment with wind turbines some kind of power could always be generated.

I could see a solar panel system that would fold out from the sides when at anchor, as well as wind turbines that could be folded down along with fixed panels for supplemental power when the boat was in motion. The folding stuff would be folded in poor weather or in transit and deployed as weather conditions allowed. With enough solar panels, you might even be able to provide air conditioning for smaller interior spaces during sunlight hours.

The idea would be the ability to have long-duration self-sustaining electric power at anchor. Firing the engines would be done only when you needed to move and the engines sized for minimal fuel consumption -- there's a lot of recreation trawlers with top speeds of 9-10 knots off single engines capable of a few thousand mile ranges on full fuel tanks.

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 4, Interesting) 237

I would think a superior solution to a fixed bunker would be some kind of specialized boat designed for long endurance. Wind turbines, fold out solar panels for electric power. Water could be supplied by marine water makers. Food supplies could be supplemented by fishing.

Simply being out on the water gets you away from the most common threats. Maybe there are mobile pirates you have to worry about, but there will always be fewer of them than roving mobs of people with cutting torches.

If you were super rich, why not look into retrofitting an oil drilling platform into a sea bunker?

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 4, Interesting) 237

Whether Obama has been merely thoughtful and cautious or actually indecisive and passive is something that can be debated, but whatever it is it has created something of an impression that he lacks an appearance of decisiveness and strong leadership.

I kind of wish he had made some bold moves, even if they weren't necessarily the most ideal moves, simply to demonstrate he was moving forward and not settling for a status quo ante.

Comment Re:Read the TOS - it scans your email for advertis (Score 3, Informative) 42

The only way you will be able to trust any kind of AI for sorting personal information will be if the software is something you buy and own.

But any AI development will be built around monetizing your information, so they will always be "free" and untrustable.

Comment Re:Homeopathy? (Score 1) 421

We're not talking about the real issues because the possible solutions are all impossibly complex or entirely unpalatable and come with huge costs. It's like the light switch wall plate in my bedroom. It needs to be replaced, but it'll come off and I'll realize the switch needs to be replaced. I'll find I can't do that because the box is hosed and the wire is too short. So now I have to rip the wall open to fish in a new run to another power source (and remove the old one to stay code compliant about not burying the old one). And while I've got my wall open, I might as well insulate and then god know what else I might find...

Middle East? No possible solution that achieves any of our geopolitical goals. Do nothing? Russia/Assad victory, continued purges and bloodlettings by Assad secret police. Bombings of ISIS and other minor players? Status Quo. Strategic bombing campaign against Assad? Probably not enough, risks war with Russia. Same for any ground deployment -- needs to be more like total warfare and occupation.

Migrations? See fixing the Middle East.

Economy? There are no winners here, nearly everything will involve significant structural changes which undermine the prosperity of either whole populations or threaten the economic hegemony of powerful people.

Comment Re:Cost of Infrastructure? (Score 1) 237

Most of the UPS step vans are custom made for them, although I have noticed an uptick in what look like standard "Eurovans" lately. I think their over the road trailers are also custom made for them.

I could see Amazon partnering with a major vehicle company to come up with an electric delivery van.

I could also see them picking up a few retired airliners to manage moving bulk quantities between distribution centers to balance inventories.

Comment Re:Great response. NOT. (Score 1) 79

It wouldn't surprise me if the full consumer install on these printers has a "keep my printer software up to date" opt-in selected along with "spam me with offers" and "upload my information to HP and our partners every hour".

It also wouldn't surprise me if they mean this to be a temporary solution for the average consumer -- OK, add this firmware, use up the remaining third party ink, and in 4 months we'll issue a new auto-installed firmware which makes them unusable again.

Comment Re:Now this, (Score 1) 58

NOW is the time to start planning for how to deal with the protomolecule.

I sometimes wonder if The Expanse series will end with a Terminator-style time travel conclusion where they end up going back in time to vaporize the protomolecule on whatever moon or asteroid it was found on before it can be discovered and set loose.

Comment Re:Simple fix, just requires money (Score 2) 184

The reason this is not implemented is that governments and/or tax-payers don't want to pay for logging features and auditors.

While the cost is real, I think it gets inflated or used as a red herring to prevent implementing audit features.

Removing the ability to search at will is like taking away a job perk.

Comment Re:To what purpose? (Score 1) 154

Not a great comparison, the 10 gig switch is mostly SFP ports which are only useful for short run twinax or with fiber optic SFP modules for anything beyond twinax lengths. 10g copper SFP modules don't exist. Useful in a rack with servers with SFP NICs or if you want to fuck around with fiber, but in my mind that rates them as less useful than base-T which has much simpler and cheaper cabling demands.

I see a lot of twinax/optical deployments as converged core server + iSCSI storage but mostly in new cluster deployments where the expectation is everything is new and there's a few fiber handoffs or for core network deployments in larger networks.

But the most useful is always the base-T version because it drops in easily and handles pre-existing equipment with only 1g copper connections.

To be slightly fair with switch vendors, there is something complex about 10g-baset PHYs which makes them more expensive, but not THIS expensive for this long.

I still think IEEE messed up by not rolling variable (2.5/5/10) link speed into the 10g-base-t standard up front. It would have driven switches with broader footprints and driven more adoption by giving full speed where the cabling was good and 2-5x speed where cabling was just OK. More adoption, more unit volume and lower prices.

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