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  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Fair point, well made. As are guthrie's questions above. Frankly, given the almost total lack of traction up 'til now I'm welcoming any movement even towards the right direction....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    7 out of 10 recommendations don't say "fund antibiotic research" because 7 out of 10 are about reducing antibiotic use in the first case. If we don't do that, finding new antibiotics will just postpone the problem. I thought the...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    This seems to be the same document....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Hello, fellow (ex-?) denizen of the supplier of Business Machines!...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Moving your arms around in free space, yes. But VR means you can turn whatever table is in the room into a huge touch display......
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Likewise, I can picture VR sys-admin tools. But that just seems like Hollywood wankery. Actual admins still use CLIs and text editors. If they avoid GUIs, why would they want VR? I can't see what VR would give a sysadmin...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Contending that of two people in a collision the one standing still is the one not paying attention seems a bit of a stretch......
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Simulator sickness studies (danah boyd's, for instance) suggest experience is an insulating factor. How many of those people were video gamers? :-)...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Then again, if you can desensitize someone in a realistic VR situation, teach them to kill there, then they won't have a jarring moment when they really do it and realize it's not a video game. Why would you ever...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    The point is: we set out to eliminate pathogens from our (WEIRD) environment, and largely did so. We did not expect any repercussions whatsoever; there were some. Let's try not be quite so blind next time....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Read the hygiene hypothesis and don't see any contradiction with what I wrote. Where did you get "no clean drinking water," "don't wash food" and "stop vaccinations" in that article? To quote: "No evidence supports the idea that reducing...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    43 million sickle cell carriers is 43 million people protected from dying of malaria (which kills 1.2 million people a year). But my point was not about malaria or typhoid (~150,000 and dropping, for the curious) but the genetic diseases...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Here's the 101-level Wikipedia article on the hygiene hypothesis; here's a possible mechanism. Cystic fibrosis genes are protective (for typhoid) and pathological in the same way as sickle-cell trait is. That's two genetic diseases that have persisted in the human...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I'd like to be able to deny that, but alas it is entirely possible....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    *cough*...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    As I analyze it I think it was more the lack of agency than anything else, plus the resignation to the lack of agency, plus the ugliness this imposed on their souls. Welcome to the feeling of living through a...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    That privilege preference is certainly real but, as as an explanation for the gender preferences, fails pretty badly. It posits that girls and women feel beaten-down and powerless relative to men, and that the level to which that is true...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    P.S. I really don't see much moral difference between using this sort of technology to eliminate patriarchy and using it to eliminate homosexuality. What you consider "patriarchy" is some people's lifestyle. And like any other mode of organizing adult relationships,...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Wong's John Dies At The End is good, but while it is very funny it is in no way satire....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Also, compare the number of Hitchhiker's Guide books to the number of Discworld books and tell me who had the better strategy. To be fair, Adams' apparent belief that the primary duty of an author was to miss deadlines was...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I prefer the Hanlon's Razor-conforming explanation of the lack of democracy: The EU originated as a coal and steel common trading area whose governance being diplomatic rather than democratic made total sense*. The democratic deficit arose because as the European...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Less cynically, I think there will be good whatever the outcome. Either we fully commit to the EU project, with ever closer union at its heart, or we leave and let the rest of them get on with it. Voting...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    *checks TVTropes* *sighs loudly at self* This has not been my best week. Sorry, all....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The 'evolving malware'/'head cheese' stuff in Watts' Starfish books? Though 'war' implies an organization that pathological organisms evolving to escape the immune system (or a digital recapitulation thereof) doesn't have......
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Boxer's feminism? ("I must work harder!") It is of course raging bullshit you had to go through that - which I get the impression you may know already. :-) And yes, your final paragraph is exactly right. Recently some student...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    the House is a rubber stamping machine for the Senate. Google "EU parliament rejects" for many, many examples of the Parliament shooting down Commission proposals. It has plenty of problems, but being a Commission lapdog is not one....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Modesty Blaise, not Immodesty Blaize....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    As for heroin and cocaine, they were legal most of a century ago in the US. That's why they're illegal now (what do you think was in the original formula of coca-cola?). I think there's a much better case to...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    How did I get Modafinil and Adderall mixed up? Sorry, I should have checked. Nevertheless, it was definitely Modafinil I took....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Oh yes, but I cheated and picked the operation that doesn't have NATO participation. :-)...
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