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  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Palm oil, beef... there's a possible case for pretty much anything produced at extreme intensity in monoculture. If it's not the product itself, it's the environmental damage, or the consequences of things we have to do to pervert the Natural...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    You know the old saw about mediocrity versus genius... :-)...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    The latter brings to mind David Brin's short story "The Giving Plague" (a disease spread by blood transfusion whose effect is to make infectees more altruistic - increasing their likelihood of donating blood), and for the former... ever been around...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Indeed. Careless phrasing due to recently spending time in the company of too many sane people who are able to parse statements like that without frothing at the mouth (probably would have been safer to say Britain, GB, mainland-UK, but:...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Just a quick shout out to Greg Egan's short story "Wang's Carpets" as containing possibly the weirdest, remotest and most uncontactable alien intelligences in (hard-ish) science fiction....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I was thinking of the environmental contribution to myopia rates, but sound processing is a better example in any case. Sex hormones impact on all sorts of things (I say, looking down at characteristically testosterone-shaped fingers) but so often people...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    The amount of "why can't you just [X]" yelling engendered? :-D...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    There's an increasing amount of evidence that the differences are as much neurophysiological as due to conditioning. How could we tell? Given "conditioning" is needed for sight to work, separating even physiological gender differences into 'intrinsic to the brain' and...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    If that character wasn't going to survive to the end of the movie, they wouldn't have cast Sean Bean; they were explicit about flouting that particular convention.Jupiter Ascending interacts very cleverly with SF film tropes; it all just takes place...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    You're essentially suggesting a 3-D minefield, a metaphorical curtain wall at minimum high enough to force aircraft to easy SAM engagement altitude. Vauban realized the problem with that one....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Thank fuck; maybe we won't be identifiable in the geological record by a thin layer of plastic after all. Has anyone got longevity figures for bamboo-reinforced concrete?...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    The problem with removing plastic from the gyres is much of it is below 5mm in size - which means netting it out is going to devastate macro- and meso-plankton populations....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Yeah. It usually takes much shorter....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    I'm being optimistic in thinking the CIA wouldn't have been sending (as many) planes into Yemen as they have drones, then? Fair enough; I definitely can't find evidence to support the idea....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Not ...militaries Reaper drones operated from home base aren't web-enabled disruption? Not the practice of law or medicine. A profession that's had a tanking of low-level jobs due to the use of discovery software, and one that's starting to see...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    I wonder, does Bob have an E-parasite to feed? He doesn't seem to, by his accounts anyway. But then we haven't actually heard much from him since Angleton died. There's no implication the Eater Of Souls is a parasite -...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    A thought: there are genres defined by setting (historical, fantasy, noir, sf) and there are genres defined by plot (romance, detective). Presumably one can join any of the latter to any of the former relatively easily....
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    The foundational tension of my CS degree was between the staff (who were trying to run a 'proper' CS degree) and a vocal section of the students (who wanted a degree that qualified them to get a job rather than...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Aren't at least the latter two redundant?...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    a good percentage of the writers are men writing under female pseudonyms (reverse sexism?) Nope, that's standard forward sexism: if you're a guy who's written romance, you're now a Romance Writer and never to be taken seriously outside the genre....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Damned better nutrition! :-)...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SortingAlgorithmOfEvil...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    The problem, as Elderly Cynic noted, is that everything gets channeled into one sewer My sewage disposal rant (Standard Rant 13b) involves a fist-shake about Victorians who thought building *one* sewer pipe was enough. We retrofitted a second, but really...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Ah, sorry. Didn't know about the life-cycle length difference. Thanks for setting me right!...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    The human hormones are a problem if they make contact with animals that take them up (fish, amphibians) but I can't find any studies showing problems with tillage applications, no....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Sources include stormwater (with its fleet of road runoff chemicals - benzene's not nice), human waste (with its fleet of bioactive hormones we've not really figured out how to deactivate) and industrial waste-water (heavy metals at low parts-per-million, oh my!)...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    He was returned to his body by an attempted summoning of the Eater Of Souls that got a busy signal and grabbed the closest substitute it could find, IIRC? Which means he's possessing his own corpse. (Cf. the finger-eating thing,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Assuming the Unborn God is a terrible threat to the Eschaton but not an immediate one, would it be possible to play in another corner of that universe and totally ignore the ReMastered? Put it in the same setting but...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    Sure. And the main way you have to find out which parts are necessary is to do your analysis without them and see how well it works. If it isn't adequate then you left something out. You missed the meaning...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    There's a name for that! Colonialism. The local residents tend to take poorly to it....
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