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  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    True. But prior to modern communications, "us vs. them" was actually rational position. If the minority who ARE rational drops that position, it is still an improvement....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    It also strikes me that, at a social scale, increased communications capabilities reduce overall trust, both through overt surveillance, and through reduced reliance on trust. (This is a hypothesis, I may well be wrong.) I think you are right --...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    ...Ever tried to set up a Sendmail server? Yes. At least I think I did. I erased the experience from my memory in order to avoid permanent SAN penalty....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    It's not a rounding error if there is literally none to have because you (or your competitors) are consuming it faster than it is produced....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    but it does represent two years of the world supply of Xenon My understanding is that xenon is expensive and supply is low because nobody ever built a dedicated facility for it. Xenon comes as a byproduct of making liquid...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I would say it makes perfect sense if you assume that Kim the Fat is more afraid of internal coup than of war with US. His entire power is based on the myth of the Great Protector Of The People,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Like most people, I did not expect Trump to win. What I did expect would have been arguably worse in the long term: 1. Hillary wins the White House. Republican-controlled House and Senate block her at every turn as much...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    (My impression is they were simply super paranoid about being able to type everything quickly on early remote terminals, like rm and ls and just using a . for the present location -- it's hard to read but very fast...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    And that's why current economic system will have to be reformed....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Unless of course you totally reform the current economic system. Well, duh! Current economic system is based on the assumption of scarcity. Automation + falling birthrates => no scarcity....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    My suspicion is that if the human race is freed from most of the uninteresting busy work you might actually see an uptick in this kind of person, not a decrease If I could make a living studying critters on...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Actually, most hunter-gatherer societies are OK with infanticide and/or butt sex as "contraceptive". But overall, I agree with you. As would all females I know....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I never read "Deepness in the Sky", but the moment I got to your jurisdictions where most of the population are members of a large created lower-function slave class (perhaps with specialized subclasses) would be drastically less competitive, my instant...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    S.M. Stirling's "Draken" universe. Homo servus are genetically engineered to be non-violent and to love their masters. No delays on sex maturation, and frankly I am puzzled as to why you brought it up. Both servus and their masters use...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Polity universe... killer sociopaths Redundancy...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Cast the passwall spell straight down into granite. Cast a cylindrical wall of force inside it. Walk away. It so happens that the passwall runs out first. What do you think happened when it ran out? That one is easy....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Apart from Scalzi's Old Man's War, can't think of any recent oldsters-in-space stories. Alastair Reynolds often has very old characters. The most extreme example is "House of Suns", where most protaganists are six million years old, and one of them...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    True, but so what? If an American taxi company decided to fine people for chewing gum (chewing, not littering), there would be a public outrage and it would lose customers. Likewise if the company levered an excessive fine on littering....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    the alternative is that they're as full of CCTV cameras and urea-sniffers as elevator cars in Singapore It's not "the alternative" -- it's a given. A taxi company would have to be insane to not install CCTV in autonomous cars....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    * What guarantee do I have that my co-traveller isn't drunk-to-throwing-up or planning to spend the trip shooting up heroin? Internal camera (actually, several internal cameras) plus face-recognition software....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    *Currently, I'm a citizen member of a county committee that's trying to figure out growth and conservation issues out to 2050. They really don't want to hear that things may be really different by then. Actually, they can't hear it,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    It constantly amazes me how often in an action-adventure or thriller film everything depends on the hero (or the sidekick, etc.) believing what the villain says, without evidence of any sort. I vaguely remember a book in which the villain...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    [Wish I could edit posts] "The Prefect" is even better than "Chasm City" in terms of "world turned into a medieval fantasy". And the sequel to "The Prefect" is coming out this year, according to Reynolds' website....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Someone needs to write an SF book series set in a high-tech future whose technology has effectively turned the world into a medieval fantasy. Read "Inhibitors" series by Alastair Reynolds. Especially "Chasm City". He pretty much nailed it....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Agree completely with Pigeon and several others -- I too absorb text information MUCH faster than video, -- but to me at least there is more to it than what was already mentioned. I stopped going to movie theaters years...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    When can I find you in a Boston bar, and which one?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Maybe I am unusual, but I enjoy sleeping covered in a sheet of sweat. Air conditioning actually makes me sick, unless it is set very mild -- say, if ambient temperature 38 Celsius, I like AC to bring it down...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Just remember him that Erik von Shrakenberg wouldn't have voted Trump and Bannon is really a poor man's copy of Elvira Naldorssen... I know who these characters are (BTW, it is Eric, not Erik), and I think I know who...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie -- Assuming you do come to Boskone, are you planning on having a bar social? I would love to see you again -- no telling when the next time might be!...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    totally forget going stabby at a wedding reception a la "Game of Thrones"; what you really need is a brisk thermonuclear holocaust. Not quite up to your standards, but that's what "Game of Thrones" HBO version did in 2016 season....
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