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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I am reasonably used to believing that corporations are organisms. IIUC, Charlie's thesis, loosely, is that some social media organisms are becoming pathogens. Can we then expect a transition from pathogen to parasite to symbiote, at least for some of...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Many thanks for the essay. I'm impressed, and frightened, and convinced....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Couple of typos, if OGH is interested: - World Health Organization should be capitalised. - "usless". - either "because" or "when", not both. I think....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I always thought that word was [b]Metraton[/b]....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "How about a browser extension that selects a website randomly then clicks aimlessly on outgoing links until it can explore no more, then starts the process again." There are probably testers' tools which do this. (I've never tested web stuff,...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Indeed, many Americans seem not to. I offended someone deeply by pointing out that if guns don't kill people, then Americans kill people a lot more than other nationalities do. I've resisted using this argument since, because the standard response...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Probably not wise to try this with Peter Watts :)...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Logical extension of Photoshop, as I said to a colleague at the time. He couldn't understand what worried me. I wonder if he gets it now?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Weapons manufacture: IIRC, Aum Shinri Kyo decided it was too hard to smuggle in as many automatic rifles as they wanted, so they bought an entire AK-74 manufacturing line from an ex-Soviet general and (tried to) ship that instead. It's...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My SAAB 95 and later SAAB 96 both had four-speed manual shifts mounted on the steering column. Plus the centrifugal clutch, which I loved to bits - take your foot off the power, and it coasted....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Doesn't work like that for me. Answers in order: - Yes. - No. Not an option for me. - Doesn't work like that here. Empties are recycled through local council pickup; cooler box is not a thing I have; bags,...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Anyway... That wasn't quite what I was asking (should have been more precise). Those with more money than sense will buy their supercars, no doubt. What about the 20-year-olds? What will they do, when cars are no longer a thing...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Well, I was kind of attracted to the E-type conversion, briefly. But then I thought of the Ford Anglia conversion someone tried to sell me, must be nearly 30 years ago, with a V8 in it. I think something like...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Thanks for the clarification. I take your point....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Personally I can't see Trump admitting to incompetence, even as a defence. It wouldn't play well with his base, either; some patterns might start to emerge....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Monocultures can be very vulnerable to pathogens....
  • Commented on Excuses
    An open-ended question: I'm pretty sure the acceleration available to electrics will mean that IC cars drop out of that market quickly. So, what do we think will replace the IC car as penis-substitute, when automated electric taxis become the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re mercenaries: My understanding is that a lot of the technical specialists, especially artillerists (with and without gunpowder) and "combat engineers" (siege-engine builders, defensive architects), were mercenaries. I am not sure where I have that understanding from, though - wargames...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Are American Embassy personnel vaccinated before being posted to foreign countries, especially tropical ones? Room for some nasty tricks (or accidents) there, given the anti-vaxxers' current "eminence"....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I suspect the thing you're missing here is that global GDP more than doubled, and US GDP less than doubled. Meanwhile, the GDP of those Americans who aren't very rich stagnated, IIUC....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    So yeah, bread and circuses. OTOH it would be a convenient way to get rid of inconvenient humans. "Oh he took a job on the No-Return Project. Unexpected, really, his only expertise is in economics. No, we haven't heard from...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I can't see asteroid mining being any less impossible than going to Mars, TBH. It's worse than going to Mars, time- and radiation-wise. The payback time is enormous, and the project risk of the whole thing going bust or being...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I still think this sort of scenario is likely to be the source of the first AI. But it will be wild, and we won't notice it for quite a long time. If at all....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Yes it was. Thank you. (I test stuff for a living, and one time I was responsible for ensuring that one of my then-employer's publicity flyers didn't go out the door with the word "uranuim" in it... :D )...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Is "programming dad" a typo, or a piece of jargon I'm not familiar with?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Shortly after the attacks, I saw that Taliban response as part of a news item on the BBC website. It wasn't there when I went back to look for it; or at least I couldn't find it....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Which is why I was careful to say "popularly believed". We're talking about pop mythology here, not history. Or at least I am....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Syphilis? Possibly linked to Henry VIII, who was popularly believed to have died from it? Protestantism and the Virgin Queen also springs to mind....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'm pretty sure that I'm not allowed to borrow money from my boss, to avoid conflicts of interest. It's in the staff handbook, IIRC....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Completely agree with that. It also leaves France as the only EU nuclear-armed state. Who are you seeing as actors on our side of the problem, if anyone?...
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