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ilya187

  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    find some place in the US (or elsewhere) that has a serious perchlorate issue Do such places actually exist on Earth?...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I wondered about it too -- all I can tell is what Lanier said in an interview....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don’t see how this was a decision as such According to Jaron Lanier (see my post #107) it was a decision, in which he was personally involved. The alternative to advertising model was subscription model (you pay Google, Facebook,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Another thing Pigeon seems to not recognize (or to refuse recognize) is that "smartphone" != "latest and greatest". Pretty much all the "stage 2" functions can be done with a $40 smartphone if not less, which is what most parents...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Charlie -- Few weeks ago I listened to an interview with Jaron Lanier. He said almost word for word what you just did, especially the part about "fundamentally flawed, terrible design decision back in 1995... monetizing eyeballs via advertising revenue."...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Are you sure it will not have the same effect as Russian dashcam videos of people very obviously throwing themselves in front of a car in order to get insurance payment? (They do not get paid, and entire world laughs...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    time delays due to the light-speed limitation would make it a bitch of a problem to keep the records consistent between solar systems. Do you really want to wait 4 years for the electronic funds transfer to arrive in your...
  • 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....
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