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  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yeah. I've been saying for years that a cyberpunk dystopia was NOT the future I signed up for....
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    Um, yeah... about that. Let me put on my professional hat here: I was asked to pick up systems administration in the mid-nineties at a job; the title I've worn for the last nine years is sr. Linux sysadmin, and...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yup. A lot of them, from what I've read, just ain't smart or educated enough to get a legit job. Example 1: from the mid-eighties, from the Philly City paper, one guy beat up another, because the other guy wouldn't...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    That rototilled field - when I first moved to be with her, my late wife had an immobile home in the exurbs outside Austin. About a foot or half a meter down, caliche. I mean, it'd only been above the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    About the weight: my bike, a road bike, assuming I take off the chain that weighs about 4 pounds (serious hardened chain), weighs in at 22 lbs. And would carry someone heavier than me (I'm around 174lbs/69kg). What you'd have...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    You write: according to Bruce Schneier, the cameras themselves are often poorly secured. Snicker. Chckle. ROTFLMAO!!!!! "Poorly secured"? Name one whose firmware has ever been upgraded by the consumer. ("Firmware, what's that?). And a lot of the 'Net-enabled cameras are...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    How 'bout someone working at the installation that the folks you don't like are, and use the bottle of mister for the veggies, with added bacterial goodness/badness?...
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    Y'know, all this talk about wheelbarrows.... How many of you have ever *used* them? Say, hailing stuff for a large garden (20'x40') across rototilled field? I *L*O*A*T*H*E* them. 400 years ago, when a wheel was expensive, I can understand, but...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    When someone says something is too difficult? Is the someone here a programmer (sorry, devloper) who's looking at a new project, or is it the same person, after some member(s) of upper management have come up with an entirely half-baked...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Alternative: you do it remotely, as with drones, and bury the story. If it comes out, you talk about the Evil Terrorist Leader that you killed, sorry about the rest of the entire wedding party (wash, repeat, at least 3-6...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Robot attack dog? Y'know, I've got an answer to that, in fact, I have it behind my front door, in case I have to repel borders: last half of the seventies, and a for a year or three of the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    And here I thought I did maintenance for monetary reasons, so that I know what the real condition is, and because I'm a techie, and can do these things (like the rear brake pads on my van that I just...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    That's absurd. What he needs is a pressure valve, that releases pressure as needed, not just like on a pressure cooker that blows out, and you have to cool it down and replace it. Then he can set the max...
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    I've been under the impression that what *really* made paperbacks take off was being able to send novels to the troops in WWII in care packages....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Minor correction: IIRC, the US Marines were not looking at a robot dog", but something far more traditional: a robot mule....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    We *know* Dee, since we keep hearing about Enochian, and that *is* who wrote down the 48 Keys of John Dee........
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    Actually, Lex Luthor, after the Crisis on Infinite Earths (89-90) was just that: a truly vile billionaire who *owned* Metropolis, and had tons of people overt and covert working for him, and he didn't was eloquent. The opposite: I've got...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I think you've missed something: too many people spending the last two generations in a/c, and four before that with even heat in the winter. So, instead, we'll be losing all the genes specifics for dealing with really hot and...
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    You do, of course, realize who was involved in the precedent treaties, right? Who may have had to call in his brother to help on some of the details? Y'know, the brother, lived on Baker St........
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Actually, I resent that. You're suggesting that a) all of us programming before it was called devops, and before OO was presented as the Silver Bullet to cure the programming backlog (literally, that was the cover of the Jan 1994...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Sorry, what song?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    About story length: most novels these days are *way* too long. Remember that the Hugo definition of a novel is 40k words or more. The novel I'm currently trying to find an agent for - when I got what my...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qIQxV2Bpmg Parody of Tom Paxon't "Marvelous Little Toy", and yes, Paxton knows of the parody, and is amused by it....
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    Hmmmm, reminds me of a serious story I started writing last year; a guy our protagonist used to know get hold of him, and shows up. He's on the run from the cops and pharma thugs. Seems he came up...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Unfortunately, I'd be happy to point her to a supply for a while, some off of PA Ave NW in DC.......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Charlie, about the end of the story arc of Bob and CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN... I really, *really* want Bob and Mo back together, with a goddamned happily ever after, because this is fiction, as opposed to this shit-eating disaster of...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Alex Jones... no, this person is a failure as a human being, and a vile piece of shit, on par with, say, Jack Chick of Chick Tracts (google it). He's the one who pushed the vile nastiness that Hillary Clinton...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Does he get to the part where half the US is jumping up and down and cheering... if the target is Redmond, WA, home of a well-known o/s/office/M$capulosity? Btw, having had to deal with it for a couple of days,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Martin, from the way I read that post, you don't understand what we're saying: they're not advertising just to doctors; after 1997, they're *consumer* advertising, on buses, subways, the 'Net, TV.... Literally, "go to your doctor and tell him you...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    But that is a better health care plan! It helps their health, since it gets rid of some of the poors (that is, anyone not in the top 10%) and of those, at least 5% we could get to give...
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