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  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Nope; derived from the French ponter, via Faro....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I can think of two: the hunger strike and the boycott. Their effectiveness is... variable....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Follow that logic back to the start and cracking nuts with anything other than your teeth is a dangerous undermining of the tribe's labour economy, because stones do it faster and let those with bad teeth do it without employing...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Refugees is a subset of immigrants, so it's possible for Europe to have higher immigration while the US has more refugees than all the other nations combined. It's crap, though; Jordan (pop. 6.7 million) houses a comparable number of refugees...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Is anyone else irresistibly reminded of Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy books? I wonder what the civilizational equivalent of the feeling when you run out of fingers to hold branching options open is......
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Tying in with this would be artificial brain tie-in systems. Reputation servers, for instance, which give a world-wide instant access to a person's reputation in the world-wide society much on the lines of an eBay score for society. Able to...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Donnybrook, 1927, including the overhead lines for the tram; the entire Dublin tram system was electrified by 1901. Supply to city-centre homes was planned to be available from July 1892, but rate of roll-out I can't discover; there appears to...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    This reminds of the background of Pratchett's Strata ...the local Company store, where your Days could be cashed for carefully calculated longevity treatment -- at the guaranteed rate of twenty-four standard hours extra life per Day. Only the Company paid...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    The blaster in Glasshouse is still my go-to example of the breadth of the implications of a single change....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    You forgot India. A population of 1.2 billion, a fertility rate of 2.5, a GDP that's averaged 1.6% growth since 1996, a lot of English speakers, lots of investment in education......
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    You've managed to compare Palestinians to two extinct cultures (with unfortunate implications) and one with members in an ongoing war with the Mexican state. I don't feel this helps your point, whatever it is....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Phobos' orbital period is ~7 hours 39 minutes, Mars rotates once every 24 hours 37 minutes. So unless we build a skyhook with the fastest railway in existence for the Mars-side end, it's unlikely....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    "Almost identical" except ours is built backwards and theirs is built correctly, which is a pretty big difference - the effects start with the fact octopus eyes have no blind spot....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    It appears there was a trolling comment deleted that that was responding to, rather than the concrete point....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    I'm reminded of a legend about a pentester hired to test a particular server's security. They were getting nowhere so they borrowed a truck, backed up to the client's loading dock, and stole the server....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Let me translate that: "since ISDS has been used against us, we no longer think it's the best thing since sliced bread." And Australia no longer seeking ISDS clauses in its treaties doesn't help with a US/EU treaty....
  • Commented on Leading question
    TTIP includes the same arbitration method that has resulted in the Australian government being ordered to compensate Philip Morris for lost profits due to their anti-smoking campaign. I tentatively suggest it's worth worrying about....
  • Commented on Leading question
    You don't even need outside funding; I'm reminded of the Niger Delta resistance to Shell, with tactics like kidnapping Shell employees for ransoms with which to fund attacks on Shell....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Yes, but amckinstry was talking about another parliamentary system heading for meltdown that does....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Observational evidence from the Irish health system is that nominal charges used to deter wasteful use a) become seen as revenue sources, b) metastasise to follow the 'waste' as people who can't afford the charge clog up some other part...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Very minor nitpick: extensively drug-resistant, not extreme. And there are already cases of TDR-tuberculosis in the literature, which stands for exactly what you don't want it to....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    There's a fantastic piece of political slang in Ireland (where coalitions are the the norm) for the small or unsavvy party of a coalition: mudguard. Being seen as one ended two parliamentary parties in the 2000s. It's why I'd think...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    If you've got a setting where magic behaves according to regular rules and mechanics (and always has), then it seems like you wouldn't really have a concept of "magic" versus "technology". It would all be technology, even if you don't...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    We've passed the point at which humans design modern CPUs unaided; I wonder have we passed the point unaided humans *can't*?...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I liked the reaction of Feminist Twitter to the leaks: "If you are looking at these photos, you are perpetuating the abuse" - making it explicit that this is not victimless, and that people's desire to see these photos is...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I disagree with the position that 'We once tried to find a fix but it didn't work, so we should abandon the search for a solution to this problem ...' It is in fact literally impossible to create a Snapchat...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    *Wearily points at Snapchat and the piracy-detecting software that killed the 2012 Hugos stream* These are not new ideas. Unfortunately they don't work. For why, see Cory Doctorow on the war on general purpose computing, and XKCD on detecting what...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I wasn't holding out high hopes, but I didn't expect an endorsement of the resumption of transportation....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    I specifically didn't. A false flag attack by definition requires an attack, and almost definitely an existing opponent to blame the attack on. I was saying it might be the first time the casus belli wasn't a false attack, but...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    It's interesting to see the State Department ripping off the FBI's tactics. Is this the first known instance of a false flag *attacker*? The DHS has been in the business of defending against bad movie plots for years, so it's...
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