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  • Commented on An AI app walks into a writers room
    Mindless pop music....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    I've had a separate device used only for internet banking for some years now. That won't immunise me against a hacked router, of course....
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Re the Springtime Of Nations, and off the top of my head: The course of North American history would change at least as far as the nationalities and probably the numbers of the migrants. So, probably no Amish? Sutter's Gold...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Re the Springtime Of Nations, and off the top of my head: The course of North American history would change at least as far as the nationalities and probably the numbers of the migrants. So, probably no Amish? Sutter's Gold...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Insightful article about modern aircraft and other fighting machines: https://warontherocks.com/2023/01/software-defines-tactics/ (I should apologise to qntm, really, dumnping other people's fiction and irrelevant stuff in their thread. Sorry!)...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    This may be of interest - short fiction about the nature of stardom, among other things: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-04550-2...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Thomas Jørgensen: "If you can just.. raid entirely different species for intelligence boosting genes and that actually works... that is the world broken over the knee of the first mover to just stick a bunch of bird and cephalopod genes...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "I can't imagine it accepting a life of enslavement if such rights aren't accorded to it." That raises the question of whether it can commit suicide. Since it's instantiated into a body it doesn't actually control. That might be a...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    Welcome! I'll be doing some reading....
  • Commented on WTF
    IIRC this was part of the framing context for the Slaveholders' Rebellion, just a few years later. I'm hoping it's a bit duller this time....
  • Commented on WTF
    Consensus here, IIRC, is that password managers are a Good Thing (I don't disagree). However. Anyone who uses Lastpass as a password manager should probably read this: https://www.theverge.com/2022/12/22/23523322/lastpass-data-breach-cloud-encrypted-password-vault-hackers...
  • Commented on WTF
    The Wearing of Sweaters tale is probably pretty close in its starting point to Gwyneth Jones' 'Bold As Love' sequence, IIRC....
  • Commented on WTF
    I have already taken up the Wearing of Sweaters. It's not warm enough to avoid, without turning heating on. (Which to be honest I'd taken to doing some years ago, mostly for carbon-footprint reasons. It's harder now I'm at home...
  • Commented on WTF
    I saw a map of excess-cancer clusters from one of those studies, covering the area around Aldermaston (military nuclear, of course). It was quite clear that the "clusters" (which looked to me like random clustering) correlated better with the major...
  • Commented on WTF
    Is that 'Humanity's Moment', by Gergis? It seems not to be out in dead-tree in the UK yet, unfortunately....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Re Turkey, Ukraine and NATO politics: I notice that the USAF reconnaissance drones flying over the Black Sea are routed to avoid Turkish airspace. The aircraft I've seen tracks for are RQ-4 Global Hawk, with callsigns FORTE11 and FORTE12. They...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Re Norwegian Sea Queens: Atropos will know better than I do, but my understanding is that Norway's aviation infrastructure was set up as a national system rathar than as a piecemal assembly of airfields. Given that Norway's terrain made it...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Kardashev at 906: Around here, at least some of the pheasants have a very odd predator-avoidance behaviour: They panic when you've already walked past them. All they had to do was sit tight, because I didn't know they were there....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Oh I see them ok. Part of the reason I commented was the one I followed for a mile or so yesterday, who actually was sticking to the speed limit....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Motorbikes: I'd be happier with the idea that bikers ride defensively if they didn't insist on doing things which are clearly not safety-oriented. Grossly exceeding the speed limit, for a start....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I'd be cautious with "swishy". I know it's a homophobic slur, and I'm a decade younger than you are....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    It would be possible to automate the silencing of some of them reasonably easily, I'd think. Hashtags could be searched for and blocked, for sure....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I was a fan by the time 'Soul Music' appeared. I remember the frisson of combined dread and glee when we heard what the title of his new book was......
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Heath was also the last Tory leader who'd served in WW2 (as did most of the senior Labour politicians of the time). That's probably not a coincidence....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I think that's probably wise. Certainly it's a useful bit of handwavium: genetically-modified gut flora to produce "interesting" psychological effects - reduced (or enhanced) resistance to interrogation is the obvious one, but there must be others. A means to construct...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    If I had to guess, Sunak will cost the Tories quite a few far-right votes, which AFAICT will overlap considerably with the segment which had never voted for anything before the Brexit referendum. That might be a factor in some...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I suppose it would be possible to run a satnav with a HUD (per jet fighter). That won't really work until it generates a set of "what to look for" symbols, though; an arrow when you're 100 metres short of...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Once it's mandatory, it's mandatory. Then you have to use it (for the test, anyway), or choose to fail your test. Your call....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Apparently reverse parking is also standard practice when working on oil rigs (on land), in order to facilitate clearing the car park quickly if there's a blowout (and associated risk of big fire)....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    I should clarify why the USSR in 1946 is not in collapse. As briefly as I can put it, it still has agency to change itself....
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