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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    That's an American source. Thank you, I am QUITE aware of that... Anyway, it's not for the book, but for a film adaptation. Peter Pan the book is available as a free eBook on Gutenberg, and has been since 2006....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Speaking of Peter Pan, as we were not too long ago: Happy Public Domain Day!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The Blueprint Iran Could Follow After Soleimani’s Death, Uri Friedman. Former U.S. official Ilan Goldenberg ... foresees Iran breaking free of the remaining restraints on its nuclear-weapons program. He also expects Tehran to green-light “all-out conflict” by Shiite militias in...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Does anyone else think Qassem Soleimani looked like Sean Connery? I'm thinking it has to have chapped Trump's ass that this guy had such a made-for-TV-authority look. It sounds stupid (well, it IS stupid), but this is exactly the kind...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If Iran assassinates a member of Trump's immediate family, it'll be the end of democracy in the USA. (Yeah, yeah, I know -- the USA has never been a democracy.)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    In any case, there already *is* good queer fiction pushing boundaries being published. Gideon the Ninth!...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Mary Poppins ... was, indeed, quite narcissistic and egocentric, ... And it would be more proper to consider her a minor goddess than a witch. (She is, after all, supposed to be related to the Sun.) Yes. One can perceive...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Peter Pan" -- the original by J. M. Barrie (which was extremely dark) Peter Pan is a much greater work of literature than it usually gets credit for being. I have had this discussion with numerous people who are sure...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Ordered on Amazon. (They call this pre-ordering, for some reason that obviously has more to do with marketing than proper use of the English language.) I always enjoy doing this, because it means that at some point in the not-so-near...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Not all knowledge can be explained. I agree. What I said is that you should know how you know what you know, and be able to explain that to someone else. For instance, "I know what sex feels like for...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    BTW, natural-sounding gender-neutral writing in Japanese or Korean is not actually easy. But pronouns are not the problem....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    with English it takes a bit of planning to make it happen smoothly, but it's still possible (emphasis added). I am completely convinced that you believe what you are saying. But I am also convinced that you are quite wrong....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    It's entirely possible to write in such a manner that the question of what pronoun to use never even arises, and moreover to do it so smoothly that the reader never notices you're doing it at all; it's not even...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I was lucky - never had to deal with ADA.At any rate, so much of that are folks who have no idea what they're doing. Nowadays I do most of my coding in python3, which is truly a joy to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    They only charged him with 2 counts, and they could easily have charged him with 20. It wouldn't surprise me at all if it was possible to charge him with 200! The difference between 0 and 2 is much bigger...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    And there was much rejoicing.... Trump responds with his usual decorum....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    This would be the point where this thread is wrenched back to discussion of the recent General Election, and of Bozo's legislative plans. To continue the evasion of Boris, let me just note that Donald Trump has been impeached by...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Wouldn't "threat" be danger some time in the future, while "menace" is danger right here and now? If you google "What is the difference between a threat and a menace, you'll find at least half a dozen different answers. None...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Nothing could be less surprising....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    ...the British wartime technology program. An interesting read on this subject is Chance & Design: Reminiscences of Science in Peace and War, the autobiography of neuroscientist Alan Hodgkin. When the war broke out, Hodgkin was just beginning the squid giant...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    they give the impression of the author repeatedly jumping up and interjecting, irrelevantly to the actual narrative, "look at me, how right on I'm being, writing all gender neutral an' that!" - not just once but every time they use...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Are you thinking of Isaac Asimov's 'Franchise'? Not one of Uncle Isaac's best, IMHO....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Not to mention the codebreakers at Bletchley Park....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    An interesting read relevant to this post (although Abigail Disney is probably not in the $100G range). What It’s Like to Grow Up With More Money Than You’ll Ever Spend...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I'd be astonished if Stalin wasn't devoting some minimal resources to secret superweapons projects... Well, they were certainly receiving and digesting information from Klaus Fuchs, which proved critical in the design of the first Soviet atomic weapons. Richard Rhodes describes...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well it is sort of. I grant that, compared to things that are less soft than a softball, a softball is softer. Yep. You will tear up. And it is entirely capable of breaking your nose. Well, MY nose, anyway....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In the U.S. girls usually play something called "softball" which involves a bigger ball... Which by the way is not soft at all. I once caught one with my nose (not the recommended method, they told me afterward), and it...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    This reminds me of a seminar I heard recently. The subject, ostensibly, was the use of wavelet transformations for analyzing paintings. Some European museum set up a project to automate the detection of forgeries of Old Masters. They had a...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Oh that's lovely! Neopronouns like ze/zir have been around a LOT longer than a lot of people think. Yes. Although as gender-neutral pronouns they don't entirely succeed, at least for me. ze/zir has a distinctly feminine feel to an old...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    In They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded (James Alan Gardner), the superhero Zircon uses "ze" and "zir", which I kind of enjoyed....
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