Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    My limited experience is that they'll happily accept volunteers without asking too many questions. I'm reminded of Questionable Content's take on a volunteer's first day and general duties. I've done conventions; I can relate. Although to be fair, con volunteering...
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    Basically there's a risk that the current court is so radical that states will begin to unilaterally ignore its rulings. Not just entire states. This headline showed up almost immediately: Dozens of elected prosecutors say they will refuse to prosecute...
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    And then you get symbiosis. Think in terms of a small poikilothermic puma/mountain lion with proteolytic venom glands ... Perhaps the trees provide some benefit to the drop crocs? Ooh, web comic link time! Your ideas remind me of symbiosis...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    [The therapist] may have been caught in a perverse "Reverse ELIZA effect," where he was stuck offering less help than a cat who simply paid attention and was himself offered. That's a problem with routine work in general: scripts, time...
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    I assume the therapist is a fully sentient human by default, because philosophical zombies haven't been shown to exist. But if a conglomerate of expert systems (say an unholy mating of IBM's Watson running a psychology system running through...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Don't remember where it was, but I had read a call to "bring Star Trek into 21st century!" The point was that for 50 years Star Trek has been the face of science fiction, and even with later upgrades it...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    And I guess that's what I'm arguing for: a rules-free worldbuilding system. Have you seen the latest revision of the GURPS Space star and planet generation system? I have not, so I'm not sure what the latest version looks like....
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    Apropos of nothing: it's a good thing you're talking about jump drives, because they never talk about the overheating starships would face if confined in a warp bubble barely bigger than the ship, with no universe to shed heat to....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Basically make them strong enough not to be kicked in by most people and with an emergency locking system... And, yes, I can see problems with such a system. If nothing else you probably have some idea what life is...
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    And why did they need the janitor to come and unlock the door? Why not just borrow his master key? ... I just don't get the logic, at all. Likewise, and I've been in that situation, as the hotel front...
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    If I could come up with a reasonable formulation for a skunk squirt-gun, that would be fairly useful, even as a burglar defense... One of the nice things about living in a society is that you don't have to do...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Ted Cruz got nearly $10,000 per dead primary school kid to carry water for the gun lobby. Do you think he's going to change? The answer is already in: he did not change. After the recent shootings Ted Cruz emerged...
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    Seaborg Technologies managed to get Natrium Hydroxide to stop eating structural steels. They want to use this for a molten salt reactor, but the fundamental chemistry is insanely useful for both thermal solar and also conventional nuclear, because once it...
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    It seems to me that even if stores would like to do this, no one store will in their right mind do it... It might even be difficult to advertise this. People often don't look at any signs. One exception,...
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    It turned out that some subcontractor of their Chinese subcontractor who built the motherboards had substituted a resistor? capacitor? of lower standards, and they were burning out. Heh. Some years back one of my housemates worked quality control for a...
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    Here in Oregon, we don't have any sales tax. But in Washington state, they do. Which is why lots of people in Vancouver, WA, come to Portland, OR, to buy their stuff... :-) And a side note to the side...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    ...has the phrase "Kinder, K├╝che, Kirche" made its appearance yet? I haven't seen it but there are lots of people showing up to defend "state's rights" with a straight face. Those of you happily ignorant of American history's worse points...
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    >>As Charlie said somewhere up-thread, being broke isn't just having no money, its not being able to get money. >Again, I have to say that I didn't say that. (It is, however, indisputably true: being poor is expensive.) That was...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    ...seems to me the police deciding to let them in (presumably cos they hadn't been trained in shooting white guys) was what turned it from a protest into something more serious... Someone's bullshitting you, I'm afraid. The lie that "the...
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    the place was full of police - would they really not have protected pence? i would have thought that would have been a priority Oh, absolutely, to both! The police within the building did protect Pence, and other elected officials,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I'd contemplate whether the Russians are messing with the elections... I don't think anyone seriously believes Russians aren't messing with elections in other nations. How effective their efforts have been varies and is often hard to prove, but it's no...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    i didn't say ignore them, lots have clearly been prosecuted and will pay for their crimes... There were so many insurrectionists that law enforcement is still working through the cases. This happened just a few days ago: Ex-NYPD officer found...
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    well, if they didn't use them, and haven't already been prosecuted for having had them, it sounds a bit like water under the bridge They didn't need a bridge; they had a boat standing by for when the shooting started....
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    not quite sure about the practicality of that gallows tbh, nor whether i can get this picture of it past markdown You're not wrong about that, but "incompetent treason" is very much on-brand for the Trumpsters. Hell, it practically IS...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Going back to something earlier, I got the 1949 "HOW AND WHY IT WORKS" from the U.K.. It's smaller than I remember, but I've already found the two illustrations that I can absolutely tell it IS the book I remember....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    However, I think at least one other language also puns code and data without being Lisp. That language is Prolog. Someone years earlier made the joke that Prolog is a contraction of "Probably the language of God." I couldn't possibly...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    My money'd be on DeSantis. Given the fight he's picking right now, I'd wonder how far he could get in the primaries if he tried to run at all. He'd be splitting the loony vote with the other farther-reich-than-thou nuts,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    >>As it happened, nobody ever showed up with a huge pile of gambling money. >That's 'cause over the long term, the house always wins. You might win a little bit, but you'll just keep coming back & losing until you've...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    [The legal system] is where it doesn't seem that Trump spent enough effort and let his ego get in the way of staying out of the legal headlights. Oh dear, yes. It's likely no blog readers outside the US remember...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    ...and gambling in virtual worlds back when there was a lot of energy going into them. I didn't go into it, as it was off topic, but while I didn't see people actually using the gambling system much, there was...
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