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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar Road Scholar
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    Mu1: A whole bunch of truck drivers for one thing. I realize this is anecdata but I personally can’t stand commercial am/fm radio and even if I find a station I can tolerate it’s gone 50 miles down the road at best. $10/mo or so really isn’t much to pay for a gazillion commercial-free channels that work everywhere when you consider how many hours I spend driving in a month.

    Edited to add: And as to Spotify et al: two words, data caps. It’s not really an option without all you can eat internet.Report

  2. Avatar Road Scholar
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    Ar3: Blockchain just strikes me as a solution desperately in search of a problem. I suppose the digital art market may be the exception but I would need an explanation re details. Otherwise there always seems to be another, already established, solution that works just fine and is cheaper and easier to understand. Get back to me when people actually start using cryptocurrencies as, you know, currency, instead of fly-by-night, over-hyped investments.Report

    • Avatar Andrew Donaldson in reply to Road Scholar
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      I dont disagree with that. I am intrigued by the technology but far too many seem to think blockchain is this be all end all when in fact it’s most obvious applications are far more narrowReport

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon in reply to Road Scholar
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      Shipping companies have been playing with for speeding up contracts.Report

      • Avatar Andrew Donaldson in reply to Oscar Gordon
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        Speeding up contract, or maybe streamlining is a better word, yes there is great application potential. Where blockchain proponents start getting sideways is when (some) get into “this will replace all contract negotiation and tort law!!” The issue with shipping and transportation contracts isnt the agreements themselves, it’s when things go wrong and you start arguing over the particulars “what is the definition of is” kind of things. Blockchain can “secure” a contract but it cannot solve interpretation disputes. Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq
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    H1: Marc Bloc also fought the Nazis in more conventional manner as a member of the French Resistance. He was a badass bookworm as TvTropes described him. Its amazing that a biopic wasn’t made of him by France or Hollywood. French Jew historian fights Nazis.

    F1: My mom is a certified member of the organic cult. I keep trying to tell her the term is meaningless but she isn’t buying it.

    F3: Good for the German court.Report

  4. Avatar Stephan Cooper
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    There are dozens of stories about things in WW2 that supposedly prevented Hitler from having nukes.

    The reality was that Hitler was no where remotely close to getting nukes and any counterfactual where he gets them is exceedingly improbable. Realistically, only the United States had the ability to see that project to its usable conclusion while at the same time fighting an industrial total war. That’s why the British, who were considerably further along and better placed than the Germans to run a nuke project handed everything they had over to the States.

    There are a whole bunch of good stories in this genre, but none of them actually prevented a cataclysm.Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Stephan Cooper
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      But the reason that Hitler wasn’t far along is because almost all the theoretical physicists except Heisenberg were whole or partially Jewish. Britain and the U.S. took Germany’s best and the brightest.Report

      • Avatar Stephan Cooper in reply to Saul Degraw
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        Having the scientists didn’t matter nearly so much as the industrial capacity. As it stood, Germany still had plenty of qualified non-German physicists to throw at the problem if they thought it was feasible. Mid-war German leadership solicited Heisenberg’s opinion on the matter, he quite rightly told them it couldn’t be done with the resources available in the time frame that would make any difference to the war.

        With 1940s technological and industrial base, a nuclear weapon is an even bigger industrial problem than scientific. Operating on a wing and a prayer as the Nazi military-industrial complex did throughout the war, they don’t have the spare $20 billion in resources, many of which are cutting edge and particularly scarce, to devote to seeing the thing to completion.

        Hitler not getting nuclear weapons is hugely over-determined, to many things have to break his way in an unlikely fashion to change that.Report

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