Re: I quietly disagree
I like "driving" but commuting isn't driving, it's just getting from A to B with as little faff as possble
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"The Jesus dude undoubtedly spoke Aramaic as his primary language"
Aramaic was a Hebrew dialect/offshoot
The interesting part is that if you run the NT backwards you'll find that most of the stuff attributed to Jesus is _very_ tightly coupled aramaic verse couplets - except for the bits which are obviously tacked on greek afterthoughts and don't fit (eg: "for thine is the kingdom" etc etc in the lord's prayer). Whoever was responsible for it was highly intelligent, likely spoke several languages and wasn't just one person - then other stuff got bodged on later (probably by Paul)
Monty Python's depiction of the period being full of prophets calling end of times wasn't far off. The period was one of those times which had been pointed to for a while, so people were expecting something to happen, essentially making it a self-fulilling thing in many ways. Add a few ergot outbreaks and you have instant miracles.
5G is necessarily very low power. If anything it's the older technologues which are likely to be problematic in terms of emissions levels
(It's still unlikely. The single strongest source anyone will encounter in day to day use is the 300mW phone held against the side of their head and the way to make that a 1mW source is to have transmitters nearby instead of several km away, at which point both ends dial down the juice - but the karens of thie world never listen to common sense)
It wasn't so long ago that companies shunned New Zealand, citing hostile telecommunications environments and a rapacious telco
Times have changed, this is a vindication of the policy change and breakup of Telecom New Zealand (a poster child of how not to privatize your telco)
That may be a very VERY long time
Bear in mind that marine nuclear reactors require 50% enriched fuel, which is subject to NPT rules and the USA got pretty toxic about Iran enriching its own. It would be ..... "hypocritical" ..... to now be transferring some to a non-nuclear state (explicitly forbidden)
This kind of thing is on par with Germany/Japan conveniently ignoring the Washington/London naval treaties on the leadin to WW2 when it suited them to do so
Then there's the issue that Australia's spending $800 billion to defend its trading routes from military aggression - from its single largest customer (as in larger than all the others combined)
Meantime China's working on second-sourcing iron ore and coal from Africa by building up the economies of african countries. They may be getting indebted, but they're also getting pretty good infrastructure and economies out of the deal, unlike past "trading" with western countries
Australia's economy is critically dependent on primary industry exports, mostly iron ore/anthracite coal and China is virtually the only customer for these materials
How well will Australia's single-customer-dependent economy handle if if that country takes its business elsewhere? (Hint: ask the barley farmers, it didn't end well for them)
Meantime China's due to bring the the first Molten Salt fuelled nuclear reactor online this month since the Oak Ridge MSRE was shut down in 1969 (and the first thorium fuelled one ever - Oak Ridge never got to test Thorium), with a 100MWe power reaction version right behind it for testing. If that works, you can expect them to start selling the to developing countries and break the world's dependency on oil (which also breaks the US dollar hegemony, meaning all the quadrillions of US debt comes due)
is that Toyota identified semiconductor supply as a potential vulnerability/pinch point following the 2011 earthquake and not only took pains to build up several months worth of stock in case the semiconductor plants went down, they were the only automaker to NOT cancel chip orders when covid predictions pointed to a slump in sales - electing to build up stocks when they reduced output, in order to avoid pinch points when the market recovered
Toyota's risk mitigation plans are an integral part of "The Toyota way" - (Their Just in Time philosophy is not minimising stocks at all costs, but reducing them to minimum practicable levels - emphasis on practicable and not putting production at risk)
They didn't lose their place in queues and they haven't reduced orders. There's been an uptick in demand but this smells of the same kinds of horse trading that went on in the wake of the Sumitomo fire in the 1990s where financial market traders started dictating availability and manipulating supplies for maximum profit by buying up all available production
"The instant brexit was voted for,"
It wasn't. It was a non-binding referendum (aka opinion poll) and have nothing to do with the subsequent actions of the government
Brexit is officially the electoral policy of the Conservative party, not a referendum directive
So sayeth Theresa May's lawyers when the referendum was challenged - and accepted by the courts
Yes, they admitted the referendum wasn't binding - but that they decided to do it anyway
"so some mobile operators are needing to rip out Huawei kit they only recently installed"
NOBODY is doing that. The timeframe for removal allows it to age out of the product cycle
What's driving the costs up is being forced to buy UnkaSam's approved kit - at 3-4 times the cost of buying similar kit from chinese companies which hold most of the 5G patents
It's notable that Huawei pulled out of the UK market almost entirely. They're still selling enterprise kit in the EU - but they won't ship THAT to the UK either
"Telcos charged huge amounts for international roaming because they were/are able to get away with it."
They pulled other shady shit too
In 1996, Telecom New Zealand hoovered up all excess satellite bandwidth out of the country and sat on it to keep other operators from being able to buy it and undercut their international call charges
It was cheaper to to this than reduce their rates, so that bandwidth went unused for 5 years.
They were hardly alone. A LOT of telcos around the planet did this or purchased legislation granting them local monopolies or "gatekeeper" status or outlawing voice/internet gateway services that cropped up
Less than a year later, telcos worldwide discovered people were making "free" voice calls across this new-fangled "Internet" thingie and almost instantly "ISPs" went from being their very best customers to mortal enemies. That's why Telcos parked their tanks on the lawn of being ISPs
The telcos became even more furious when they discovered that people were ditching faxes (a picture of a page) for email (the actual text) and saving 70-90%+ on call costs even when they'd built up monopolies on internet service (dialup email polling time vs fax call duration)
(When I worked for a govt owned telco there were plans in place to abolish LD charges on calls to neighbouring towns (50-100 miles) because the cost of sending/processing the bills was higher than the revenue. That was instantly stopped when privatised and it was only when actual competitoin showed up that rates dropped from dollars per minute to cents per minute on longer-haul connections. Even then the telcos usually did their utmost to obstruct interconnects, just like AT&T back in the 1930s before the FTC whacked it with sherman act charges)
I suspect that if St Elon could find a way of providing 4G level service on Starlink the telcos would rather quickly drop their rates. Their charging model is based on a switched network structure which hasn't really existed for 30 years. It's all data packets now
"NVidia will extract their costs while the ARM stuff slowly dies over the next 20 years"
The very first thing Nvidia did when acquiring established linux distributions for network switch chipsets was to rip Broadcom support out of them in order to promote their own switching silicon
There are very real fears that if they acquire ARM, they'll shut Broadcom out via licensing games
Nvidia are the current holders of the "buy it, then extinguish it" torch of anticompetitive behaviour
"What exactly is wrong with an ATMEGA808, which has sold literally billions, costs cents, and does what it needs to do? Or one of the many Texas Instruments devices, or Analog Devices"
When push comes to shove, they're IP whose distribution is controlled by the US government - and it HAS been increasingly controlling that distribution to try and industrially disadvantage China
Risc-v's advantage is that the US government can't control it. The US already demonstrated they had the power to block ARM selling into China and that's caused widespread reevaluation of what is used in domestically produced/designed devices for international sale
In short, US government protectionist policy is driving rapid development and uptake of RISC-v in ways that the LongSoong chips could never get traction on
The "old" Taliban were mostly Pashtun locals and had family ties to the areas they were in.
The "current" Taliban are a different animal - afghanis have been complaining for a while that they're mostly foreigners who entered the country to fight the USA (the same thing happened in Iraq)
You can't occupy a country if the locals don't want you there (The USA found this out in the Philippines in 1899-1935 as well as Vietnam), but in this case the USA has given the "resistance" an enemy to unify against. I can't see "The Taliban" remaining unified for long - they're already fragmenting into infighting factions
> You often have to spend USA "aid" on USA Military gear and support.
Ditto with British foreign aid. The strings on it almost always mandate dealing with British companies (I've worked at the receiving end and quickly observed the primary beneficiaries of such charity were companies from the "donating" country)
It's spurred a lot fo chinese investment for exactly this reason. Odds are pretty good that the migration to it across chinese manufacturers (especially Huawei) is essentially unstoppable.
It's got to be noted that ARM has _already_ been restricted by the US government in what it can sell to China already. That's one of the reasons Softbank decided to put it on the block
At some point more sectors of the world are going to take the banking approach to USA interference - ie: "refusing to do business with americans". It's already happening with logistics where shipments are both being routed around the USA and away from carriage on US-owned companies, thanks to Covid-related shenanigans
The JIT model was invented by Toyota - who always modelled it with provision for supply chain vulnerabilities (as one example they were one of the few car makers who realised that cancelling semicondictor orders would result in them being put to the back of the order queue, so they intentionally stocked up on several months worth to ensure the supply chain kept flowing)
There are thousands of pages written about the Toyota methodology (several large books), but PHBs at most other companies merely skim the first 2-3 pages and decide JIT means ZERO buffer stock on everything, instead of "minimum practical stock, taking potential supply chain disruptions into account"
"they have to navigate the Home Office visa nonsense,"
Not to mention arse-headed UK border agency staff who may falsely declare someone's entry unlawful and deport them - as happened last month to a Polish driver arriving to take up a job despite doing everything correctly at every step along the way
The home office even agreed the deportation was wrong, but they can't override decisions made by staff even if that decision probably cemented most EU drivers' determination to never set foot in the UK again
This is the crux of it
It's not JUST Brexit or IR35 - it's the way that companies have been driving up their personal costs for decades
The haulage industry was hemorraging drivers long before Brexit. That's just the final straw for many who were considering leaving anyway - when a Romanian driver is saying he can end up with more take home pay for less stress in Romania than in the UK, you know there's something fundamentally wrong with the British economic model
All this lawsuiting is a nice distraction from a very large elephant in the room
Spacesuits - or lack of them
The design and production of moon-capable EVA suits for the mission is several _years_ behind schedule. Current NASA suits are 1970s designs and the ones in use at ISS are increasingly expensive to keep operational due to their age
Curious Droid covered this a few days ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4St7s0eD6A
"Well, yes it can."
It came perilously close to not having a space program anymore after blowing up many of the key people involved in it on the pad in 2003: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLS-1_V03
ESA launched most of their birds for a while
In such vehicles the fan was usually mounted on top of the water pump pulley, so losing the belt was doubly inconvenient
You can go a fair way without an alternator in a pinch. Not so much when there's no water circulating (and then there's the issue that such overheating issues usually cause all the radiator fins to fall off, making a bad situation even worse over time)
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