Thursday, August 16, 2018

I am not Your Enemy


Wow, what a great attempt to rise from the quicksand.  They could only find the owner of a store that sells newspapers, to pretend he is reading it. 

As for me, nobody reads me either, and although I go against all the Grand Stupidities of the world, I am happy to hide under a rock.  :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Engineers drift away from physics


As a retired engineer and all-round gadfly, I have lost my faith in structural engineers.  They build buildings that tilt in earthquakes, and bridges that collapse in mild winds.

I blame this on a drift from physics, just like all the other sciences.  Everybody thinks they know what's going on, and make a stand on fossbook.  Then they can never retreat.  They test the dynamics on a shake table, but that isn't real physics.  They need more on-line monitors to see what the structures are doing, and physics experiments.

Sadly, just like carbon warming, nothing will get changed until there is a drastic change from assumptions.  That would mean an ice age, or lots more things collapsing.

ps.  As pointed out, the thing is from the 60's.  However, testing, maintenance, etc is modern.  Here's a grainy video of the centre span tipping

Monday, August 13, 2018

Linux - 4.18 doesn't boot with amdgpu

4.17.14 is finally working quite well.  Only very heavy use on Chrome is causing it to freeze.  4.18 can't get the frame buffer up.  It worked on earlier versions, but the last few have been bad.

ps.  14.18.1 does not boot either.  Looking things up, this is a 'scandal' for 4.18, so I am not alone.