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436  Other Forums / General Discussion / Ancient Computers for War on: November 22, 2012, 09:19:38 am
I'm a self professed computer geek and thought this might be of interest as it relates to the cold war and nuclear weapons design.


Two-tonne Witch computer gets a reboot

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20395212

480 relays implies at best, 480 bits of memory, 8 bits per byte so you have about 60 bytes of memory, or 0.06 K, or 0.000 06 Megs or .000 000 06 gigs of Ram.  How much does your computer have and what does it weigh?

Todays home computers easily do billions of complex math multiplies per second, this one....1/10th multiply per second (no doubt large numbers for its time, maybe even 32 bit numbers.....).
437  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Red Dawn, worst movie premise of the decade? on: November 22, 2012, 09:09:02 am
Pacific War,  Yeah, good points.  I was about the same age, not so many guns by any stretch in Canada, we were more McGyverish by necessity.  But yes, no stupid love scenes and all the other  good stuff you mentioned.  I just wish they had a more believable premise.

Garg,  That is a much more believable premise, I think I actually had that game but never played it.  It was a computer game or?  I used play AD&D so if you can set up a premise where there is magic, ok, so be it.  But then if the magic user doesn't use his detect traps when he could have because they forgot they could use magic.....and which results in a major change to the plot then it ruins it for me.

Battleship, nearly about the same brutal premises and in one case worse.  I knew it had terrible ratings and poor box office performance but I thought it would be neat to see on the new sound system and existing big screen.  Brutal initial premise, almost killed it for me, faster than light communication by earth leads to alien invaders.  FTL comms aint remotely possible so F-.  Then having the one and only alien communications ships crash due to hitting a satellite, brutal again.  Further, the premise that the aliens only targeted things that showed hostile intent also brutal.  But other than that it was not bad other than the love angle thingee, but I knew the girlfriend would like that so ulterior motives exposed on that front....

438  Other Forums / General Discussion / Red Dawn, worst movie premise of the decade? on: November 22, 2012, 05:20:29 am
When I was young the original movie Red Dawn came out, the premise being a continental invasion of the US by the USSR.  Even as a kid I thought that was so unlikely a premise as to make the movie un-enjoyable.  So now the re-make.  No USSR as the bogey man, can't have China as the bad guy as you want their billion citizens to watch your movie.  So they pick North Korea as the bogyman, they, of the ilk who can't launch a large missile with success, who would last about 6 weeks in a hot war in Korea manage to launch an invasion force across the Pacific to invade the US.

Can anyone think of a worse, less plausible premise for a movie?
439  Axis & Allies / Axis and Allies Revised Edition / Re: Hi I'm new here and I have a question... on: November 18, 2012, 04:48:55 am
You almost always end up trading 1 or more territories where there is 1-2 infantry on it and you want to have 1 of your land units on it.  You put all the air you can into these battles if they are the only combat occurring and generally as many land units +1 as the enemy.    You don't want to use and leave tanks for this so you generally always need a few infantry built per round.  Always exceptions to the builds, ie a round or 2 before a final offensive or a chance to overload a front and force the enemy to back off a territory by building all tanks.  I do often see very aggressive players running out of infantry to use as fodder.
440  Axis & Allies / Axis & Allies 1941 / Re: Logistical issue with attack dice... on: November 18, 2012, 04:39:40 am
Pity I only have one of those dice, looks a bit suspicious when I roll for 9 tanks and 3 planes using only 1 die at a time and get a hit every time!
441  Other Forums / World War II History / Re: Favourite WW2 Aircraft? on: November 17, 2012, 06:14:51 am
Spitfire for me.  Early in the war things were going poorly for the allies.  At a point in time when France fell, it was uncertain if the US would enter the war and save Britain, London was being pounded and it seems like nothing was going to stop the Nazis....a few brave men in a few airplanes seemed to save the world.  In retrospect it was many things on many fronts and levels that won the war and even had Britain fallen the end of civilization was not  at hand.  But the emotions of a commonwealth were transfixed on that event and the echos of it reverberate throughout the generations.  Many of my teachers were English x-pats, with a last name of Churchill, I was educated early and often about he battle of Britain!
442  Axis & Allies / Axis & Allies 1941 / Re: Logistical issue with attack dice... on: November 17, 2012, 06:03:17 am
I have hand me down games from several generations it seems including games that used wooden dice (actually I think I just have the wooden dice left)!  My favourite one is a single six sided dice I own.  I has the numbers 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3 on it.  I love bringing it to new face to face games as a gag die.  I wonder if I can use it in Ottawa a second time this April *evil grin*, but only as a gag of course.  If you ever see anyone using a tan dice to roll for the AA, look really closely at it!
443  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 16, 2012, 07:25:56 am
Mr. Dinosaur.  Placing tariffs on products that are dumped below market costs or that are produced with slave labour is hardly bullying in the same way that over throwing a government in order to support commercial interests is, such as what happened to Iran in 1953 at the hands of the...I will be gracious...at the hands of the west.  Some people in some countries in the middle east feel the US is keeping unpopular rulers in power such as Bahrain, if that were true that would classify as bullying.  But not buying say unsafe products that kill your citizens cause they are made of poison...not bullying.   Protecting domestic workers because China is willing to poison their country and have unsafe working conditions ain't bullying in my books, its treating another nations people as you would treat your own.  Bullying is when you enforce a double standard, support a tyrant against his own people.  Russia is acting like a bully for its actions in Syria, so is China.  Of course that is not much of a double standard if you ask the people of Chechnya or Tiananmen square I suppose.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d'%C3%A9tat


dinosaur, you asserted that I suggested that the US be the world's police force, it was to this I asked you to cite your references, not comparing environmental tariffs to bullying.



A slow moving game of chess.

US pivots, China bristles

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20387131


I believe the US is moving its pawns into position, a well played game.  A chess analogy and in no way a maligning comment on the US, rather a bit of appreciation for a game well played.
444  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 15, 2012, 04:16:36 pm
IL, for the most part that article talks about the price of gas as in cooking and heating fuel.   The rest of the world talks of petrol whereas its gas to us north americans.  A rise of 54% of a basic commodity like heating and cooking fuel that has inelastic price/demand curve disproportionately affects poor people.  The average Jordanian probably spends a great deal more of their budget on heating and cooking fuel then petrol considering the average Jordanian doesn't have a car.  A good political move to take advantage of it.

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You think they pay $5.00 or something.

Il, I'm not sure who you are referring to or who the 'they' is since the only person so far to mention Jordan is you.  Now Iran had some demonstrations lately over petrol subsidy reductions, petrol there is dirt cheap!
445  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 15, 2012, 01:53:24 pm
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Just amazes me where these government people can't give the extra oil to there own country. Ain't gas 1.50 to 2.00 more a gallon in Canada? More important to export it (profits) then to take care of your own people first so they can afford it.


Giving away oil or cheap gas to poor people isn't really good for a nation.  Gas is roughly about 5 bucks a gallon in Canada, depending on 3.8L or 4.2L gallons.  Expensive gas forces your average car to get better mileage.  It does leave more for export by slightly reducing domestic demand thus improving your current account balances.  Our government gets more from royalties than the US government and more from taxes.  With this extra money and that from higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco means health care is for the most part free.  That helps poor people more than cheap gas, really poor people still cant afford cars even with cheap gas but having healthier babies and lives is something everyone can enjoy.

I think the US should charge oil companies more for royalties, the oil does belong to the nation, and the nation is a group of people.  The US really lets oil companies off the hook compared to other countries.  Not saying nationalising oil companies is good, but they should profit the nation more than individuals when the wealth flows from the nation in the form of natural resources.
446  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: FML on: November 15, 2012, 08:27:22 am
I'm sorry to hear about the bad news, if I may share a true and personal story.....

Speaking of drunk drivers and having a bad day.  Thursday night a few years ago I was out with this one chick who I had just started banging and had spent the last few nights at my house, her sister was going to spend the night and we were going to do my first 3way.  So we left the bar after closing to meet up with the sister at an house party and I was trying to get this other hottie I knew to join us.  Last thing I remember was them having a smoke outside my hotrod, no smoking in my 1980 Z28 tricked out muscle car.  Then I woke up 6 days later with my jaw wired shut, leg that didn't move, tubes in me, arm in a cast and my drinking buddy telling me in my hospital room the chick I had been screwing had moved in with him and they were a couple.  That was the start of some good news thankfully.  She turned out to be an alcoholic ho, they saved my leg and I can run on it if I have to, standing next to my car meant my auto insurance kicked in, and I had lots of extra insurance.  It occurred 2 weeks before new laws came into effect that would have dramatically capped my settlement and money for specialists.  Moreover, the hot female friend who would visit me and feed me blended up food thru a straw turned into my sweetassed girlfriend.  Adversity can often set the stage for a phoenix like re-emergence.

http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2010/08/28/motorcycle-strikes-trio

Buddy got 2 years less a day.  See in Canada, the moment you go to a 2 year sentence or greater its considered federal time and you only have to do 1/6 the sentence whereas a sentence of under 2 years (deuce less a day) is a provincial matter and you must do 1/3 the time before parole can occur.  So no point in asking for a 3 year sentence, either 5+ or deuce less.  The kid plead guilty, served his 8 months and has been out for awhile.  Me, 3-4 specialists a week on average, mostly to confirm the extent of my brain injury.  For legal reasons I will say the following...ummmm duh....uhhhh blahhhhhhhh duuuhhhhhhhhhh errrrrrr ddduuuuuuuhhhhhhhhh.  Actually its my memory being poor compared to other domains and controlling the desire not to punch out idiots who irritate me, getting too old to keep doing that.
447  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 15, 2012, 07:55:45 am
I agree with Noll's impression of how the Chinese view their government.  I would be unwise to think the Chinese only support their government due to fear, that they are really ready to overthrow a government that might turn militaristic under the right circumstances.

They really due view government as 'Daddy' whereas many in the US arm themselves against the government and some try to starve government into near nothingness.  Not passing any judgement but you have to look at some of the positive results they get if any lessons can be learned.

China does lack much in the way of innovation.  The US has significant advantages in the philosophy of their nations makeup and how it came into existence.  You don't get Apple, Facebook and the innovation of the US.  Because the US does not fear the questioning of authority, young kids with great ideas can leap frog older generations.

On the other hand, could it possibly be that China does derive some benefit from what their government does do?  If one can suspend their complete belief that all things government are evil then if lessons can be drawn, they might be if an open mind exists.

On the US energy production explosion, an interesting article from the Canadian point of view.

Selling oil to Asia critical: Minister

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/11/15/20358056.html

From wired magazine, another related article on the explosion of US energy production and its impact on green energy.

Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Are Putting the Kibosh on Clean Energy
http://www.wired.com/business/2012/08/mf_naturalgas/

When I was looking for the former link I stumbled across this article and it seems to touch on all the points recently brought up.  Lots of reading.....no wonder my mornings always take so long!

Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/01/ff_solyndra/
448  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Ahhh Villainy on: November 13, 2012, 09:09:16 am
I think it depends on the State.  Being on the border we get some 19-20 year olds who can drink here but not in NY.  I might be wrong but I don't think you can go topless nor lapdance in that state.  On the other hand, we go over to NY to get booze that is 1/4-1/3 the price and better variety.  A win win.  Even cheaper to get Canadian beer in the US......
449  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: US versus China for world position on: November 13, 2012, 08:07:08 am
US to become 'world's biggest oil producer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20304848

I knew US energy production was going up but this still surprised me.  So China will be the bad old oil importer and have to deal with all that that entails.  The US being energy self sufficient ought to really adjust the current account balance, this bodes well for the future!
450  Other Forums / General Discussion / Re: Ahhh Villainy on: November 13, 2012, 07:41:01 am
Well we do have lap dancing and great beer.......
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