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  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    He's hyperintelligent, but still a chimp. Also he's hyperintelligent and aware he has anger control issues, so plans around them....
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Because occasionally you'll annoy some of them to new heights of literary criticism through sheer disdain? The best English paper I ever wrote was an analysis of Lies Of Silence which included the phrase "more interesting characters have been observed...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Mind you, I wonder how many people raise rabbits for food anymore? Used to be common when my parents were young — now I suspect you'd be a target if your neighbours knew you were doing it. I suspect the...
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    A third, and probably trivial source, is natural gas pipelines. Perhaps not that trivial. (Mild warning: long, narrative-style science journalism.)...
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    Hell, even those of us in the "educated West" play at animism - how many of us know someone who maintains their computer (or other piece of extended phenotype) hates them? I'd like to second MSB's call to Greg to...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Yup - based round the 2012 candidate selection, and a lot of fun....
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Does anyone know if John Barnes is writing Raise The Gipper 2?...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    "It's possible to build a system that can handle more complexity than any individual human can, but it's not easy, it's traditionally mostly done by trial and error, and we don't have a capability to design the things. " It's...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Alas, they're contractors....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I think it would be fair to absolve Freud; he made errors, as all people opening a new field will, but blaming him lets those of his followers who stared fixedly at his finger rather than what he was pointing...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    you're eating expensive "good fat" foods that don't get as encapsulated AKA "Monsanto extends its Roundup-ready business model to ready-to-eat foods - and customers' guts."...
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    You're talking about an archipelago which contains an island whose most dangerous native creature is the bumblebee....
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    playing for one's school and playing against other houses. The latter is where real violence occurred, because of the mixed skill levels involved The player is of course referring to the fact that in rugby (as in many contact sports)...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Aaaargh, total proofreading failure. The pain, the agony, etc....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    While I can't recommend them as such, never having done used them, the cheap tablets available through DealExtreme or Alibaba are apparently quite good for the money - and the money can be very small indeed....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    It's illegal in the EU to donate food that's past its best-before date under the very simple logic that if it's not fit for paying customers to eat it's not fit for anyone to eat; the homeless and hungry don't...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Immigration reform might reduce the number of illegal immigrants living in terror of the ICE, taking whatever job they can get for whatever money it will pay, unable to enforce any kind of employment rights. Why would someone invested in...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    I believe this is Graydon's point: that for one's health and happiness absolute status is more important (and improving the absolute status of everyone else feeds back into improving your own), but each individual's primate-brain keeps yelling at them about...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Thanks for doing this....
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    OGH approached an answer to your question here....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I'd definitely be interested, at least....
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    IIRC Greg is an IE user......
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    That there were always lots of people around who really knew how to use weapons and could do so successfully. As if every adult male was in a militia which knew what it was doing.) I think it was Mike...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    As with many Extruded Fantasy Product problems with roots in Tolkien, the original has at least a justification the followers often lack - in this case that it's a lot easier to have good records of a time thousands of...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Tolkien originally said Morgoth twisted elves to make orcs (with the implication that they then proceeded as separate species), but then realized the theological implications were ...uncomfortable. He never actually worked out a solution. (Theological implications: either orcs appear in...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    He is in the backstory: he explicitly pulled it off well enough to fool (and doom) Númenor. Said dooming screwed it up for him; he got caught up in the gods' "when we say don't we mean it."...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Deleted by moderator for abusive content directed at another commenter. [Also? You get a red flag for bad behaviour on this thread. Fuck off. -- Charlie]...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Norton's Law of Informational Availability (given time, everyone knows it or no-one knows it)....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Thanks!...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Reduce space between rows – higher crop yield Tyre width is the limitation there: narrower rows means narrower tyres to prevent damaging the crop. Narrower tyres means higher ground pressure, which means more compaction and soil damage, worse drainage, and...
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