And then Elon. . . .
. . .starts adding Titaniium Rods to StarLink Birds, , , and the ability to do a targeted mass de-orbit. And suddenly a fairly defined area gets a rain of small Rods from God. . . .
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. . . my current Utility penalizes me for any electricity use beyond 60% of the "Average American Household', by charging an additional 50% penalty on all "excess" usage between May 1st and October 31st. It's supposedly an incentive to "conserve". They wouldn't be doing it if they had sufficient generating capability. . .
. . .last time I checked, the definition of a recession was 2 or more consecutive quarters of negative GDP Growth. . Per the US Bureau of Economic Analysis the change in the US GDP so far this year is:
Q1 2022 (3rd) -1.6%
Q2 2022 (3rd) -0.6%
We've been in a recession for 6+ months now. . . .
. . . .this is looking at national-level activities. As in, run by your local flavor of .gov.
But, overall, while .US may have a massive offensive cyber infrastructure (at least I hope they do, if not, why am I paying taxes for "Cyber Command" ??? ), defensively, we're crap.
The best allegory I can think of, is World War 2 Tanks. The US is a German Tiger II Panzer. Superb gun, amazing armor, technologically sophisticated. . . . and breaks down every 20 miles or so.
As opposed to the Russians, Chinese, etc, who bring massive fleets of T-34s to the field. Because Quantity has a Quality all its' own. And they rely on constantly Zerging targets. . . .
According to several studies I've seen, the top oceanic plastic polluters are China, Indonesia, and the Phillipines.
I've also seen reports that put Phillipine rivers as the worst individual offenders:
And people wonder why I have a Filabot. I don't even need to buy plastic pellets to feed my 3-d printer, most months. . .
. . . .are the pimps^h^h^h^h^h recruiters who demand to talk about your feelings and who you are as a person. Especially when you look up the vegetable-that-walks-like-a-man on LinkedIn, and found that only a few months before, they were running a Payless Shoe Store, or were a "Customer Service Manager" at a car rental firm. or, best of all, were a "Banquet Captain" at some Event Facility.
And then you find out about the ridiculous fees that the pimps charge companies that they procure for. . . . .
. . . I ran a SOC team, and we were constantly seeing indicators of possible, or failed attacks. And, by contract, were supposed to report each and every one on initial detection. Which generally resulted in manglement reacting in typical spring-loaded fashion.
We ended up designating "possibles" as FLUFFY BUNNY incidents, and the disposition went to two categories: Actual attempts with any degree of success became WASCAWWY WABBITS, and all FLUFFY BUNNY incidents proven to be false alarms or unsuccessful were listed in the daily FUDD report.
In the 15 months I ran that shop, only one mangler realized that we were doing it, because they went all Looney Toons over the slightest issue. . . (Grin)
Really ?? Looking at a particularly overblown novel as the future pattern of .us ?
If you haven't noticed. Evangelcals have nowhere as much of the political push as they had in the 1980s. when the "Moral Majority" and "Christian Coalition" were ascendant in Republican politics. . . .
People identifying as 'religious' are down, as well as membership in churches. . .
Why, indeed ? Because it's the law: the 2003 US-UK Extradition Treaty, as ratified by the 2003 Extradition Act, as passed by Parliament, and ratified on the US side by the United States Senate in 2006.
Extradition treaties and agreements are generally between 2 nations, and "international norms" do not apply.
I had the same (major brand redacted so they won't lob a sueball at me . . ) Multi-function Inkjet with photo printing capability as the home network printer for 5+ years. Output was indistinguishable from a laser, wife needed the photo printing for her freelance graphics work, and we all used the onboard scanner.
One day a message pops up: print head is end of life, return printer for servicing . It also informed me that I could download a special utility, with my registered owner email address and the printer serial number, which would allow a generous 50 more pages to be printed. Downloaded and ran, and would get a countdown popup for every page printed.
Called the 1-800 number. . . which, of course, was closed outside of business hours and on weekends.
Eventually found out that the nearest service location was several hundred miles off, the price was more than I had paid for the printer in the first place, and, oh yes, the turnaround time was between 60 and 90 days. . . .
Went out an bought a replacement printer (of a different brand) for less than they wanted for the repair.
And then the wife, daughters, and I, took it out to the back yard, and re-enacted a certain scene from "Office Space". . .
Long before I did IT, I was a Geologist, at least by training. The Yellowstone Caldera "clock" is an average, as I recall, one of the intervals was ~960K years.
The interesting one is the Continental Glacial Advances, we're still in an Ice Age, and geologically speaking, the next one is due Real Soon Now. Admittedly, that's in a Geologic time frame, which translates to "any time in the next 5-10K years, beginning yesterday. . . "
Which makes the current Solar Minimum of special interest: do we get another "Little Ice Age". . . or a big one. . .
. . . with an infected death rate of ~0.6%, simply because the overall numbers, while horrible, are constantly being reinforced by personal examples in the media. Yet, compared to the Spanish flu, those are small numbers, and while slightly more deadly than the 1968 Flu Pandemic (H3N2), yet significantly less deadly than the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.
I suspect that the now ubiquity of the Net and Social media is a big part of that driver . . .
. . . . the FBI has added tattoos, scars, and marks to it's "IAFIS" Fingerprint/ID system. How do I know ?? 15 years ago, I was on the Requirements team, and helped to write the Requirements Traceability and Validation Matrix document.
So, cops using tats for identification has been standard technique in .us for at least 10 years. . .