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  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Virii that have your PC join a botnet and/or mine bitcoins for someone else are close enough for an analogy, at least; another entity freeloading on the resources it cost you to acquire, an attacker/defender Red Queen Race, complex behaviour...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Nope, it's not magpies (which are beautiful birds in their own right)....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    No-one who played Final Fantasy 7 here, is there? The government/corporate entity in the game invented reactors to convert the raw stuff of magic to electricity. Oops! Turns out it's basically congealed Gaia and burning it for power will kill...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Terraformed seamounts presumably also contribute to exclusive economic zone negotiations in legal as well as munition delivery capability senses, where an aircraft carrier wouldn't....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Molybdenum's one of the things people are talking about asteroid mining for; sulphur should be extractable from chondrites. Problem 'solved'!...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    The old incubus/succubus myth: succubi slept with men to gather sperm, shapeshifted to incubi and impregnated women with it. (The myth taking this shape was a consequence of the same Christian theology that had Tolkien tied in knots about the...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    I'm pretty sure there are enough authors who can write a book in a couple of months, so they at least can follow the trends. I would hesitate to call them "writers", though. Like that notorious hack Michael Moorcock, who...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Harry Harrison used transgenerational transmission of commensal organisms via germ cell infection in his novel Planet Of The Damned, which contains some damned good discussions of symbiosis and parasitism. I can find no trace of the greenfly he uses as...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Did the whole sexy vampire thing hit take-off speed with the AIDS epidemic (the whole sex=death message)? Did it then convert to a more Christian audience in the 1990s, with the whole forbidden passion trope of sexy tramps leading to...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Not the story you referenced, but it reminded me of the William Gibson and John Shirley short featuring creatures who lived on alcohol and secreted money: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Belonging_Kind....
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Irresistibly reminded of Brian Lumley's Necroscope, where vampires are horrifying shapeshifters created by infection with a leech-like symbiote. Regards the question: Ampulex compressa? Reproduces by stinging a cockroach in the self preservation, towing it to the wasp's burrow, laying an...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I'm slightly confused by the idea of an apolitical sport, honestly....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Its like bullfight fans complaining that the Spanish Civil War is spoiling their fun. More or less analogous, yes....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    ...and opens the charger port as an attack vector....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    'SJW' was and is #Gamergate's tribal dogwhistle designating the enemy; some of their targets and their fellow-travellers have claimed it basically as a fuck-you, but that's its overwhelming use. So whenever you use it I (at least) have to consciously...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Sorry, no; there's a huge difference between unscrupulous employees providing unethical people information on whatever individuals they want, and providing everyone information on everyone. The former is a tiny individual risk that you will become of enough interest to someone...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Have your study participant families submit Subject Access Requests to the supermarkets whose loyalty programs they're enrolled in....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Nope, just means I'd have to find some other info to go from 15 possibles to 1 definite. I don't know medical records well enough to say what could be used. It's a game of "Guess Who?" with everyone in...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    You miss my larger point: given your scenario, it took me ~15 minutes (including diversions to do my actual day job) to come up with a scheme to de-anonymize someone from it. And I'm bad at this stuff. Anonymization of...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    [I]f you could track every family that buys a particular brand of shampoo, then you could notice health correlations with using that shampoo.* (That's surely beyond our capabilities now, but maybe not in 20 years or so.) Link your study...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    OK. Now take your sickle-cell anaemia sufferer and match their vaccination dates with all others the same age, and you've confirmed they were vaccinated in school. Look up vaccination records for the schools and you have them ID'ed to ~1/30....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Meanwhile, we lose data. You're assuming our right to the data trumps everyone's individual right to privacy; that's not a straightforward assumption, and one that runs into real difficulty in some societies - for instance French censuses do not record...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    So I say we should make a good-faith effort to make things anonymous, and create a social climate where people who admit they have tried to find other people's individual medical history get a whole lot of scorn for it....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Your sanitized records (minus names and addresses and overtly identifying data) should be public to anybody who wants to do big-data epidemiology. "Overtly identifying data" - please define your terms. For instance, the date someone was given a diagnosis is...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I've yet to read them, but if you're looking for more Pratchett SF he wrote an SF trilogy with Stephen Baxter......
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    TCOM takes off specific books, but they're very influential specific books; they're background radiation in all fantasy. I mean, Bravd and the Weasel are thoroughly and Pratchett-admittedly Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, but anyone who doesn't recognise them (such as...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I generally recommend "Small Gods" as one of the most self-contained and with some of the best one-liners. Read it and then read the annotations and see how many references you missed! (Everyone misses some; he drew from so many...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Property rights in drugs and related production and distribution equipment are extremely weak. It's something else, and something clearly even more pathological than contemporary financial capitalism. An outlaw trade is governed by a prisoner's dilemma co-operation between participants in pretending...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    Woody Guthrie: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_machine_kills_fascists...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Bad example, I'll grant; I should learn to keep my figurative mouth shut when sleep-deprived. A maid or housekeeper who worked a day or two a week to help with the heavy cleaning?...
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