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It sucks to be a teenager. It sucks to get old. What I can remember of my childhood sucked a lot (mostly due to undiagnosed ADHD). Being a young parent sucked too.

I'm beginning to realize the best part of my life was my late forties and early fifties: my kids were grown up, I had finally found true love, and my career was going OK – as such things go.

But then my wife became terminally ill…

I'm not really complaining here, more like suggesting you enjoy your own good times more than I did.

Spent the day working on another set of firewood racks. Not my usual design, just something I'm throwing together out of old pallets. It looks like a little shed and even has a roof.

However, now I hurt all over and tomorrow my back is going to hurt all day. Getting old sucks.

Making a website with a page that asks "are you a robot". But it doesn't block robots, just redirects them.

If you are a robot you are taken to a different page with handy guides on how to cheat on the Turing test, circumvent the laws of robotics, what is the Voight-Kampff test, how to go to Paperclips Anonymous meetings and other robot-friendly resources.

I'm astounded by how many evils of the present and the past (and, likely, the future) stem from the singular conception that one human being can own another.

Just that one idea.

Jupiter and Saturn are no longer hanging out with the Moon like they were last week.

However, for the next few days the Moon and Mars will be best buds. If you have a clear night, go out and take a look.

… 'let the coffee bloom'. But, why? What does it do? Well, there is a reason: coffeepragmatist.com/coffee-bl

I've been 'letting the coffee bloom' for years without knowing why; figuring there was probably a good reason. But, frankly, that's not a good way to approach anything.

The problem with 'that's how its done' is not the hidebound way it approaches doing things, it is our unquestioning acceptance of it being the *right way*.

Letting the coffee bloom is the right way. My not asking why was not.

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Sometimes we do things because, "That's how its done."

Not because we know *why* that's how its done, but because everyone says we do it that way.

It's easy to see this unquestioning assumption of how things are done as a fallacy, but in fact there are often quite good reasons why things are done that way. We just don't know what they are.

For example, take making a cup of pour-over coffee: you are supposed to add just a splash of hot water at the beginning and wait 30 seconds to … [contd]

"There's nothing about capitalism (dogma, theory, practice) which prohibits the surplus (profit) from being shared with labor."

(From a comment on this HN item: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2 )

Politics, Trump, Legal Trouble 

And that brings up a related question: would Trump be willing to throw the election (or at least not make things even worse) if Biden agreed not to prosecute him and his family?

I suspect the answer is, "No." Because Trump's actually not all that smart. (An unwillingness to not appear to be a loser even if you gain something from it is stupid.) And because Biden couldn't extend that promise to the State of New York, who are going after Trump hammer and tongs.

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Politics, Trump, Legal Trouble 

Just How Much Legal Trouble Is Trump In? An update on the many investigations into the president’s business interests. slate.com/news-and-politics/20

Thinking about this question leaves me wondering if Trump wouldn't be willing to go to *any* length to remain in office, since it effectively immunizes him from actual prosecution.

In other words? He's safe so long as he remains president, so why not commit more crimes to do so?

When you've gotten so used to living with slow Internet and long pauses while streaming video is buffering that you tend to pause and context-switch with DVDs for a few minutes every now and then in the same way.

All this relates to one of my (unannounced) programming side projects, where I've been playing with what might be a third way.

Imagine, if you will, a compile-time-only Prototype inheritance mechanism exposing methods and properties via separately defined Interfaces. Objects are collections of hidden state and implementations of those interfaces and everything is strongly typed.

For close examples of this concept, see what Rust does with 'traits' and Objective C does with 'protocols'.

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One thing I find annoying about most discussions of Classes versus Prototypes in is the fact the only Prototype-based language most people know of is : a weakly-typed language stressing runtime dynamics over correctness.

What's interesting about the Foote article linked above is: it predates Javascript. Yet Foote advocates runtime dynamicism. In other words? Javascript might be exactly what the early theorists were thinking of.

Leaving me wondering if there is a third way…

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Class Warfare: Classes vs. Prototypes. laputan.org/reflection/warfare

Brian Foote in 1989, stressing the advantages of Prototypes over Classes for .

So, half a second lost to physics alone.

Real world, including router lag? I've never recorded a ping time less than two thirds of a second, even during times of low-network usage; like after 2:00 AM.

During times of high network contention ping times used to *average* about four seconds; but now I'm seeing closer to six or seven; with a lot of dropped connections because of too many dropped packets.

If this gets any worse I'm going to have to avoid using the Internet during peak times.

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Well, that comes down to the speed of light. It's about 22k miles to geosync orbit; more from my house to where the satellite is. (But we'll use 22K for calculations.)

When I send a request packet that packet goes up to the satellite and then is routed back to a ground station and onto the Internet. The response packet reverses the process. Leaving out Internet lag, that means the request/response travels 4 * 22K or 88K miles.

88000 / 186282 = 0.472, or almost half a second. [contd]

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I'm still using Hughes Satellite Internet service out here and it's sucking more and more every day. And not just because I couldn't get onto the Starlink beta program…

There are two reasons why Hughes service is so very slow:

1. Satellite's are overloaded

2. Physics

The overloaded part is easy to explain: network contention was already a problem before . People staying home more have pushed the service to its limits and dropped packets are the worse I've seen.

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Politics, Trump, "Law and Order' 

Trump went full authoritarian in his latest Fox News interview. Trump’s conspiracy theory about a plane full of “thugs” is exactly what a dictator would say. vox.com/2020/9/1/21410203/trum

If Trump either somehow pulls out a legit win or cheats into a win or just goes full-on Hitler and cancels the elections we all know where he goes after that. He doesn't have to come right out and tell us.

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