Mar 13, 2014
commented on Paul Ryan Lives in the 80s: Suburbs are Prosperous and the Inner City Is Blighted
Paul Ryan is (nominally) from Janesville, WI. The nearest downtown arena he could drive to would be in Madison where the downtown is exploding because Epic (EMR software company) is expanding exponentially and the people it hires to work at its suburban campus overwhelmingly prefer to live in the city. I'm not sure if they have buses for us to protest yet but they're probably working on it.
He could be talking about Milwaukee, though, where there are indeed neighborhoods that were permanently blighted in the '50s when they shredded them with the massive freeway he's using to get to the game.
Mar 11, 2014
commented on A Polite Request for Showgoers to SHUT THE FUCK UP
As a performer of ye olde classical music I'm a bit amused. We've been called fascist assholes for years for having the temerity to expect that people shut the hell for up to a whole hour at a stretch and listen to what they supposedly came to hear.
Oct 29, 2013
commented on Modular Phones Seem Like a Good Idea to Me
I still don't see how you're really reducing waste by chucking a bunch of pre-packaged, overly-bulky parts of your phone at probably about the same clip as if you just bought a new one every couple years.
After they've figured out how to take so many of the things that now go on the same chip (CPU, GPU, Accelerometer, radio, memory) and connect them via slower interconnects, they should go talk to someone at Microsoft about how forgiving end-users are when you start having unforseen issues from random interactions among drivers that were never designed to work together.
Aug 7, 2013
commented on Dreaming of Hyperloops
A little arithmetic tells me that, at a constant acceleration of 1G (32f/s/s) it would take you about 32 seconds (oddly) to reach 700 mph. You would subject your passengers to the equivalent force of lying on their backs for a grand total of a minute for acceleration and deceleration.
The bigger concern is right-of-way for these tubes which are, presumably, supposed to off the ground and not curving around obstacles and property lines.