Barry

Barry

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "There is an increasing belief among the people who analyse such things that those features have increased danger as much as they have reduced it. Because of those, people now driver faster, further, and often closer to the edge. "...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "...It will be interesting to find out why, say, the French don't make the UK glow in the dark the moment they realise who's in charge over the tea-sippers now." Because their diplomats, spies, tourist and business travelers are sending...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Note that this curve will probably go non-linear in a very impressive way at some point, depending on manufacturing capacity of batteries." 1) Battery capacity. IMHO, when EV's have a 200+ mile (real) range, then for most purposes, charging becomes...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Upshot: by 2020-24 this stuff is probably going to affect you personally — large numbers of reasonably affordable electric cars coming off production lines (both Tesla and the likes of GM and VW who are pivoting hastily to compete), and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Don't Christian Democrats, immigrants, and Muslims get uploaded to the computronium, too?" Remember that the basic core of the right's beliefs in the USA (and probably everywhere) is that some people should be more privileged than others. If you think...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm also wondering about that Clan offshoot in (TL 4?). IIRC, they have access to TL1 - when they jump in, and it's in nuclear winter, they might wonder (of course, they don't have the ability to figure out that...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "It's no spoiler (by the end of DARK STATE) to admit that the Commonwealth is funding JUGGERNAUT because it promises to be a whole lot cheaper and more effective (!) than a nuclear bomber wing that soaks up 25% of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charlie: "So the Commonwealth by 2030 will have the paratime bandwidth to support diplomatic missions to other countries ... but as of 2020, it's straining the limits of their capability." I disagree with your view on the logistics: Diplomatic missions...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Sorry, 'done any'...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    At the risk of derailing, Charlie - has the Clan done an diplomatic efforts with other countries in Timeline 2? Every government (and large organization) would dearly love access to paratime....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Do you really think I'd have put that gun on the mantlepiece in book 1 and polished it lovingly in book 2 only to refrain from pulling the trigger repeatedly in book 3?" ISTR a 20 megaton bomb missing from...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Dark State spoiler-ish. Also wrong thread but does the Clan/NAC realise how provactive JUGGERNAUT is? Something that could cause a Kessler Cascade just by lighting off its main drive in orbit above the US - yikes! I'm reminded of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "That's the next error, assuming Occupy and Black Lives Matter failed because non-violent protest doesn't work. Actually, it works about twice as often as armed violence, so were I trying some violent means of taking down the banks (say, nuking...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    BTW, Charlie, that test *****stack mentioned is rather interesting. Especially if it makes an appearance for an hour or so in TL2. Just as a reminder.................
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "I was thinking that Col. Smith knew who Liz Hanover was. This was a plan to provoke a nuclear war between the French Empire and the NAC. This would solve the problem of a high-tech TL with nuclear weapons, without...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    It's really surprising that they did that. Passive observation was risky enough, but tickling the dragon's tail was really, really f*cking stupid. At this point it's clear that the US can use ARMBAND to move a large number of times...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "The Bridge timeline: Once you've done that to your enemy, there's literally nothing else you can do to them. So why would you need to leave a presence behind, unless they're guarding something?" In case something else pokes around. Or...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "(i.e. no thermal plumes from ICBM launches that might be picked up if the Commonwealth has somehow orbited a MISTY-grade stealthed spysat over the USA)." Or from any of a dozen different devices and methods which could be used at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Doesn't bore taste rather ... gamey?" You stepped into it :) Bore actually is quite bland....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Charlie, I said 'world-walkers'. The Commonwealth + the world-walkers can put a nuke on every US city and major base quite easily - with trucks, bombers not needed. However, the Commonwealth military would be well aware of the fact that...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Charlie, I had a long conversation with a friend, explaining the series. He had some interesting opinions: 1) The Commonwealth locals understand the absolute need to secure nuclear weapons (in part, because the world-walkers taught them). The world-walkers will be...
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