Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "What's being touted here as "AI" is not AI. It's a marketing label that's been slapped on top of large-scale statistical models trained on gigantic gobbets of input data (of dubious quality because it's hoovered up off the internet without...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Yeah, I try to avoid the AI thing, because the expectation of results like this goes with the package. At the very least one would need to put as many billions of dollars into developing a 'self-critiquing' function as was...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Ugh! "I'd buy that."...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I'm not sure I'd by that. We've improved a lot since slavery was legal and lauded....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Oh yeah. Lots of weird sex stuff, and not a bit of it fun!!...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    On the subject of American exceptionalism, I think there's something to the idea. The American Constitution and the associated ideas were really special in the late 1700s. The ideas all came out of European thought of the previous centuries, but...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    "It's not stupid. It's advanced!"...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Advanced D&D never had a THAC0. It had all the Dungeon Master's charts. It might have been possible to derive the idea of THAC0 from those charts, but it wasn't an official part of the game. Me as DM. "You...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Probably figuring out North, South, East, West and elevation via GPS, but yes, not hard if you've got several radio receivers....
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    I read online that the U.S. State Dept. has gotten involved in the Hugo kerfluffle, but the poster did not provide much information, nor did they provide a link. Has anyone else heard about this, because I have my doubts?...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    All forms of prejudice involve fear of some kind, and frequently just plain cowardice, not to mention that if you want to have power it's sometimes necessary have 'an enemy.' LGBTQ people are among our society's designated targets; the sexual...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    That was supposed to read [COUGH!] -Dave McCarty!-...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    The term is half a joke about paranoia, because if you want to be important in science fiction fandom you can just volunteer for lots of stuff and you'll go as high up in the SF world as your abilities,...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I'm still getting updates for my Motorola....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Four years ago I paid $200 cash for a Motorola and bought it because I really need good battery life. This has paid off because the battery is still useful and $50/year for a phone isn't bad at all. I'll...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    David Brin's Sundiver?...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I'm not sure printing has been invented per my worldbuilding... I'll have to think about that. But maybe a scribe or two - I've got think about whether the dragon is a producer or a collector....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Yeah. It looks like it's going to pass by the Earth at a distance of 300,000 miles or so, so take care of it when it's passed the Earth and you've got a couple decades to fix the problem... Then...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    I'd also guess that algae isn't simply a nuisance, but vitally necessary to the ecosystem, so you can't just leave it behind, (even if you could, which is probably impossible if you want to leave the other things in the...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    How did she blight Lizzie's life?...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    That was my guess, but I thought I'd just ask....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    The Old Bat? Sorry, but that didn't cross the pond....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Probably you've got several communications satellites in orbit and people working in shifts....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    The even worse problem is that a lawyer can become a judge without ever having been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. In short, not having learned how both sides dish out their bullshit....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Woman from Arizona gets cancer, has herself sterilized, gets chemo. Easy-peasy,* and pisses off the fundies. * Not really easy-peasy, of course!...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    And I wish I'd proofread!...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Yeah. The NFL wished they were Taylor Swift!...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Notice the following from you link: "The “Tianwen” plan includes the establishment of the Tianwen Global Science Fiction Literature Prize, which will be awarded annually from 2024. This prize aims to encourage new and young writers, focusing on their innovative...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Almost certainly not. An elector who doesn't vote for the candidate to which s/he's been assigned is considered 'faithless' and some states allow civil or criminal penalties against such electors,* so it's not likely to happen, though in fact it's...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Thanks. "17 times its mass" and "gravity does most of the work" definitely keeps all impacts in the low-kiloton range even if fired at a somewhat higher velocity, so I'd expect nothing more than 5K, and more likely 3K even...
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