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Be nice if we had a 100 mph train that ran on anything.

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Hardware & Technology / Re: Attrition be damned
« on: February 02, 2023, 07:11:09 PM »
>robots

I'm expecting fast food joints to simplify their menu items to accommodate robot limitations for awhile.

I'm also wondering if Japanese style vending machines will ever catch on in US?

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Traffic / Re: Yahoo is making a return to search
« on: January 31, 2023, 06:08:56 PM »
I guess Yahoo could do something like Brave search, what ever THAT is.

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Traffic / Re: Yahoo is making a return to search
« on: January 31, 2023, 11:10:57 AM »
>odd

>Inktomi

Same.  But anything Yahoo bought was the kiss of death.  Yahoo was one of the most mismanaged companies ever. 

And I kinda think they were hampered by trying to cobble together old code from Inktomi, AlltheWeb and AltaVista instead of learning from that old code and starting fresh and writing something more efficient.

>return

Well,  startups like Mojeek have proven that you can make an indexing search engine today without it costing billions of dollars so now is the time to try it especially with Google and MS laying off so much talent.

It will be interesting how Yahoo does this: will they just do a Bing retread with a new looking SERP or will they go for broke and build their own search index?  Anyone care to speculate?

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Interesting.  I like all four, especially #3.

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Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 04:57:20 PM »
Brad - have you read any John Green? All the stories take place in Indiana. His "review" of Indianapolis is worth a read.

I have not.  I'll look him up. Thanks!

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Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 03:35:45 PM »
>Dresden Files

I spend a lot of time lurking here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/dresdenfiles/

Warning: Lots of spoilers.   Best discussion of #17 back in the archives after the #17 "Battle Ground" came out.  Since it's been so long since the last book the discussion is filled with some outlandish theories because the main stuff has been covered repeatedly.

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Water Cooler / Re: My Coffee Maker Just Makes Coffee
« on: January 12, 2023, 11:33:39 AM »
>pour over

Pour over here.  *sniff*  One of those Melitta things with the #2 filters.  Made by Germans so it must be good.  Dirt cheap and no moving parts, no internet connection, rinse to clean.  Although I use preground Aldi French Roast. 

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Traffic / Re: Flight from Twitter to Mastodon
« on: January 09, 2023, 11:26:23 AM »
>sticking

Yeah.  Mastodon is good for talking directly to other users.  The timeline is strictly chronological with no algo based on subject interest other than manual hashtag searches.

Which means Masto kinda sucks for entertainment and newsy stuff.  So for example, on Twitter, I like reading about old Hollywood movies, archaeology and 1960 cult TV shows, and Ukraine war news.  Twitter's algo responds by feeding me more of the same and/or related posts (ie. not just archaeology of Roman Britain, but Bronze age Europe, stone age Americas and on.)  It's entertaining.  You just don't get that with Mastodon and you don't get the critical mass of weirdness on Masto.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Market Wraps Up Worst Year Since 2008
« on: January 03, 2023, 08:53:57 PM »
>renewables
>logic

Given climate change worries, I think demand for renewables will be high for the foreseeable future.

Other trends effecting this (the perfect storm):

Cutoff of Russian gas to EU.
If, we commit to EV's as a replacement for ICE's this will increase demand for electricity.  Make your choice, nuclear or renewables or backslide to fossil fuels (see climate change above.)
Hotter summers will increase use of or adoption of air conditioning.

I can't pinpoint individual stocks.  I'd look for mutual funds focusing on renewables. Specifically Western mfg. because we can't rely on China and all those other supply chain issues that are supposed to be teaching us lessons.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Market Wraps Up Worst Year Since 2008
« on: January 01, 2023, 11:53:29 AM »
Military Tech:

Example:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/12/31/nato-forces-risk-ageing-fleet-russian-helicopters/

Many former Warsaw Pact NATO countries are saddled with old Soviet helicopters that don't perform so well in real life and that they can't get parts to repair.  Means: they are going to be looking to replace these.

But also companies that make man portable anti tank weapons and surface to air weapons like Raytheon are going to be selling everything they can produce. 

In the West, manpower is expensive and not replaceable so Drones of all sorts will also be popular.  Ditto cruise missles, everything from hi-tech Predator drones to cheap Iranian style drones powered by lawnmower engines are going to sell.  Companies are even working on unmanned fighter jets that can use AI for air to air combat.

Companies that can make this stuff are going to be growth investments.

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Economics & Investing / Re: Market Wraps Up Worst Year Since 2008
« on: December 31, 2022, 11:06:59 AM »
>tech

The only tech I would consider are renewable power generation resources, like companies that make wind turbines or solar especially in the US and EU.  I haven't looked so they might not be down in value, but given climate change and the cutoff of Russian oil and gas that seems like a good bet for what i call "tech".

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Water Cooler / Re: Hope you all have a nice Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2022, 11:28:38 PM »
You too LM and everybody, Merry Christmas.

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>just winter?

Yes.  It's because it's happening on the 3 days before Christmas that makes it a pain.

>A 1950's winter,

Yes.  Meteorology wasn't as fancy in the 1950's so we were more likely to be taken by surprise so that's something.

I was talking to some old guys who were in the National Guard back in the 1950's.  One bad blizzard they were called out to rescure people stuck on the Interstate.  They went out with 2.5 ton trucks and Jeeps.  Pretty soon they got stuck and the National Guard had to break out the half-tracks (left over from World War II) to rescue their own people plus the civilians.  Good times.

We don't get winters like we had in the 40's, 50's and 60's thankfully.

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- 6 degrees F this morning (now) near Chicago.  High today of 2 degrees F.  Wind with gusts up to 40 mph predicted for tonight.

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