Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    In many of the places being discussed, flood insurance is already split out -- partially for risk isolation, and partially due to government subsidies. So, yeah, expect that to expand. Also expect the GOP to continue their work of preventing...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Insulation + bitcoin mining will keep houses warm in the winter!...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Interesting. To me, in writing, extra credit is adding additional bits that aren't strictly necessary for the story -- one example that comes to mind is Steven Brust blending a Vlad Taltos scene with a scene from Amber. (Putting Devora...
  • Commented on Book day!
    So there'll still be humans around until the 22nd century? That's the most optimistic thing you've said about the series......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Considering that there are billions or trillions of beings involved, one individual even if possessing god-like powers is insufficient to win the war Remember that the more powerful Bob is, the more magic as a whole is in the system,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm not sure that the Eater of Souls is sentient outside of a human host. In addition to the Deep Ones, there are the Chthonians....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Some of the Tesla superchargers are that -- they're referred to as "destination chargers." The one I used to use a lot was at Harris Ranch; this is a 90-120 minute drive from home, and the restaurant has superchargers. But...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The 6400 was a 170-state before the name stuck. Same instruction set, same architecture. Just more of the units were hand-wired by Seymour. I use the term to differentiate it from the 180-state Cybers, and then the 200 series which...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Heads-up displays. Totally freaky until you get used to them, and then totally addictive....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    CDC 170-state Cybers had really good FORTRAN compilers. Amazing optimization. Too much so, in fact: the compiler would note that 3.14159 was used in multiple places, and assign it a single memory location. And then a function could change the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The executives had problems with understanding open source business models. (Remember, I left in '91 to go to Cygnus.)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Last time I checked -- long time ago so it's not necessarily still the case -- long-haul was still done using ATM, which at 64 bytes per packet doesn't map well to IP, resulting in a series of decisions about...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    You really may want to try researching before scoffing. (To actually respond to your attempt at sarcasm: I am actually credited in multiple man pages across various *nix implementations. Usually only where I wrote the man page to go along...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I ... can't stop laughing at your assumptions....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Also, we already live in a world where software is written on layers of archaeological garbage that no-one understands. TCP, for example Er. No. Isn't everyone friends with at least four people who have independently implemented IP stacks?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The Y2038 problem is significantly less of an issue now -- pretty much all the systems people care about are already 64-bit, and more are on the way. In ten years, it'll matter even less. Of course, the real problem...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    What makes you think you'd need an AI to do that? Finding bad or broken code can in fact mostly be done mechanically -- and there are a lot of tools to do that. Including the compilers that both Microsoft...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    a) haha That got a real laugh out of me. b) I'm not picturing a Godzilla-Cthulhu crossover of some sort....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Everyone stop it. Any further comments along those lines, by anyone, may be removed....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    No, he won't. McCain blusters, but folds with the rest of his party, every single time....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Given what you've stated about the multiverse there (and I can't remember which parts were public and not public, so I'm not going to mention details), I find that ... really worrisome. Worrisome as in what the US did to...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    'cause inventory gets delivered during the day Monday, sorted Monday night, and put out on the shelves before opening on Tuesday....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    It's very exciting, and I liked Rita a lot. (And her grandfather more.) I couldn't finish the last MP book, because the amount of evil by the US was too close to reality and made me very upset, so I...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    TO do so, you require a laser aperture approximately the size of the solar system. James Nicoll to the white courtesy phone, please......
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    The Interstate Compact does not require Congress' permission -- it is up to the states to decide how to allocate their electoral votes. And a Constitutional Amendment does not require Congress' approval, and isn't that much harder than doing it...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    My only response to you: balderdash, and easily provable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_v._White for example....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    No state can secede. There is no allowance for it in the Constitution (which does describe how new states are accepted, and how states can be split into multiple states, and deliberately omits departure), and it was established -- fairly...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Yes, they use less water: to get hot water out of the tap, you don't have to run water and wait. (I am specifically thinking of the small heaters that go near the taps in question -- right by the...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    blink Tankless heaters really are a big thing. They're desired in places where it gets really cold because you can get hot water instantly, and they're desired in California because they use less water....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    The deductions were intentional -- the explicit goal was to get money spent (either by buying things, investing in companies, charitable donations, etc.). Taxing capital gains (and dividends) at a low rate certainly helps me personally, but it encourages horrible...
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