Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    XKCD has a cartoon about how the world became weird for the Unicode people. You know there are people who want to use emoji in URLs. *shudder*...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    1% is one in a hundred. That is not an exceedingly rare demographic. How many super-rich do you have in your community? We know. Looking at wealth distribution, the problematic super-rich seem to be more like the 1% of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, apparently Russian nuclear scientists with a petaflop supercomputer got caught mining Bitcoin, one of the few products less cost effective than nuclear weapons. I have no idea what to think of the mutant lobster thing but at least they’re...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Today I was reminded of another crazy SF moment: three years ago a robot tried to eat its owner's head, because of course it did. Meanwhile, there's a road trip to Mars and people are asking if they thought to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    ...everyone who didn't actively show up as a political dissident was assigned a job and a pay packet, and it was really hard to get rid of them even if they weren't keen on working or weren't terribly good at...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, from somewhere near the intersection of crazy, poetic justice, and stupidity, we have the US news that a train full of politicians rammed a garbage truck....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Revisiting the theoretical subject of this thread briefly, I’m sure many of you have been seeing the thing about the therapy peacock around; it’s all over my news feed. (Presaged in a Zits cartoon with a therapy iguana.) That’s not...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I’ve landed, somewhat by chance, in a position very similar to the post-employment goal here, and for me it’s just fine. Stripped of details, some places have to be open 24/7 and unlike some people I can remain awake all...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Many people don't leave them both running at once; that might be the default for most of us. Routine tasks, such as taking out the garbage or driving a familiar route, don't require much oversight. More complex tasks, such as...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    OGH's CCC talk https://boingboing.net/2017/12/29/llcs-are-slow-ais.html Oh, yeah, I had way too much time on my hands tonight. *grin* Thanks for sharing....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    ...TV antennas in the US ... tend to cluster in clumps as there's only so many places where the geography is right for coverage of a 100 mile radius or more if possible. The population centers were set 100 years...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    A lot of people who spend time in police cells are often under the influence of drink and/or drugs and not in the best of health, mental or physical. Good point. ("Linda, are you dead?") If you have enough people...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    AIUI the situation in large parts of the US is quite different, where you have a town, probably quite a large town, and then next to nothing for a couple of hundred miles around... Well...yes, basically. I'm in the largest...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    At first glance, from a safe distance, he looked like a CHP motorcycle officer. Yep. Many US police forces have used Crown Victorias for many years. I'm currently driving one that is not just the right model but an actual...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The Beatles are the first I remember to have explained how the Atlantic serves as a cultural filter. I forget which one said it, but the point was that Brit teens thought U.S. 50s rock was generally better than homegrown...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    One of the things I hate most about the 21st century is that our network infrastructure is so insecure that ordinary people are expected to perform the role of part-time corporate security administrator or be mocked publicly for being gullible/foolish/trousers...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The scary thing is that "Dark State" is kind of upbeat these days; at least the Big Bad Surveillance State is mostly run by well-intentioned clever people who have valid reasons to be paranoid and keep a choke-chain on their...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Crowdsourcing to buy uppers for our gracious host (and possibly William Gibson as well) so they write better futures for us to inhabit. But he already has a cat......
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    <set humor=dark> Geez, would you stop writing dystopias for the UK and US for a while? I don't mind occasionally visiting deranged cyberpunk capers or deranged far-right dictatorships as fantasies but I keep reading about them in the news. </humor>...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Credit Unions have lower risk because they don't make business loans. A quibble: In the US credit unions do indeed make business loans. The businesses they loan to and the risk assessments they make may indeed be statistically different...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Would be good to know what the official and practical position is by these banks re: BitCoin... Interestingly, I've been seeing very energetic people who are utterly certain that big banks and Wall Street are very very interested in Bitcoin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Btw, David L - are you the author of Arabella of Mars? Do you need to get in touch with that David? We don't hang out regularly or anything, but he and I have friends and acquaintances in common. (Granted...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    From the description, it's probably this: Undercover Detroit cops brawled during a sting gone wrong Thank you, well spotted! That's the mess I had in mind. The recursive entrapment fiasco seems at least somewhat forgivable, the ensuing brawl less so....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Wasn't there a case where the cartoon-joke actually happened & an "activist" group consisted entirely of guvmint plants, with no genuine members at all ( or maybe, just one) ? Probably. The case that came up recently, and I'm frustrated...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not just China's Grand Canal but Egypt's Canal of the Pharaohs, built millennia before Suez. The advantages of moving ships from the Mediterranean and/or the Nile to the Red Sea have been obvious for literally thousands of years. And there's...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interestingly, even as a right hander, I find the total lack of left handed SLRs completely baffling. ... Seems like a total no-brainer. You'd think. A few years back I was working for a well known multitool manufacturer. I got...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    But for cutting up small stuff I can see not having to deal with 2 cycle, oil, periodic cleaning, where to store it, etc... I concur; plenty of people live in suburbs or similar areas and only need a chainsaw...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    " Excuse Me Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour, Cthulhu? " Coincidentally, the Lovecraft Film Festival is just wrapping up. My workplace is barely a long tentacle from the theater and I've been...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    While there's a history of control from London and Paris in the mental image of their countries, it's much weaker in the US. "The mountains are high, and the emperor is far away."...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...many countries use their militaries as part of their police, especially larger ones like the USA and China... Just a quibble, but the US keeps the military firmly firewalled away from domestic police issues, and there aren't many exceptions. Widespread...
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