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  • 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...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Considering the same article talks about the Chinese version using the translation "iron hooves," which has connotations of trampling and conquest, perhaps it's not a values-free phrase in Arabic? Assuming someone paid to know this stuff is overstating the offensiveness...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Iceland already exports enormous amounts of electricity in a way that minimizes transmission losses - aluminium....
  • Commented on The morning after
    It's Irish history: there's a lot of it, it all relates, and understanding it's like assembling a Mobius strip jigsaw someone's stolen a piece from. The 1798 Rebellion is a little special in that you can go "Strongbow lands->$Colonial_stuff->American/French style...
  • Commented on The morning after
    We won't take it personally. :-) The most immediately relevant events are probably the 1800 Act Of Union and the 1798 Rebellion that triggered it....
  • Commented on The morning after
    silburnl answered that back at comment 70: what happens when a Government that depends on Scottish MPs is elected?...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I will add that in all three cases there was a very long-standing history of ethnic discrimination verging on attempted genocide in all three cases. Note "verging"; I understand that the famine was deliberately engineered by London. No, London was...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    Google may have put a little too much intelligence into its search algorithm for people who know exactly what they're looking for and merely want to know where to get it; they do an almighty amount of including synonyms etc....
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    The monarchs of the mixed reproductive strategy have to be Buzzfeed and Vice. Buzzfeed is a byword for Listicle Cat Giffing, but they've done a surprising amount of very good journalism, and Vice is covering entire wars no-one else seems...
  • Commented on Service update
    I did say "army" on purpose; I was thinking almost exclusively of infantry and associated logistics. I know Ireland (roughly similar population size, theoretically similar roles minus any NATO commitment) has ~8,000 soldiers, no main battle tanks, and 30 aircraft...
  • Commented on Service update
    The Common Travel Area is older than the UN (modulo a break known to most as World War 2). There's no rational reason whatsoever independent Scotland wouldn't join, especially given it was set up to deal with rUK and [other...
  • Commented on Service update
    That grinding, desperate poverty was the norm long before 1923, Greg....
  • Commented on Service update
    Do you think Alistair Carmichael's auditioning for the Arthur Griffith role? :-)...
  • Commented on Service update
    If your country chairs the EU, of course other countries will be interested in what changes you plan, negotiations you make, positions you hold. If it gets a rotating place on the UN Security Council, then of course the major...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    Some of us have browsers that lie about these things. too....
  • Commented on Service update
    You say we need armies so we can cope with disaster recovery? No, I say they're useful for it, and that we should possibly consider how else to do the parts of the job conducted without gun in hand before...
  • Commented on Service update
    An army's a defensible way for a government to employ a miscellaneous bunch of engineers, logistics experts, HGV drivers etc. without an immediate obvious need for them, which can come in handy in disaster recovery scenarios....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    A cynic would ask how large a force the Marines were at the point that law passed....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    They appear to be unaware that the community was defending local businesses against looting. What happened? Well, the cops declared a curfew making it illegal for defenders to be on the street, for one......
  • Commented on Down tools
    They're trying to get rid of the tanker; the US Navy is researching using spare reactor juice to make fuel from seawater and CO2....
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    See you at "The Ruling Party," at least....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    This is one of the reasons Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia made me so sad: it permanently turned MeeGo into a niche phone OS. Debian on yer phone, skinned to be usable by even severely tech-challenged people; what's not to like?...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    maybe this virtual credit card generator could be distributed as freeware. It would need to be picked up by the banks, not the customers; the people deploying it would need access to Visa (or whoever)'s credit card creation API. It's...
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