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  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Which prompts me to say "You expect this market thingy to be rational?" in response to Charlie making the reaosnable point that there should be a niche rival to Amazon....
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Not being telepathic, but having experience of working at the bottom end within amazon, they are keeping it simple for several reasons: 1) they have fingers in every pie, I was annoyed to find out they own part of librarything...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Sure, they might have put in a more complex system, but Amazon want to keep things simple....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    It sounds to me like they were caught between two roles in the navy - long distance imperialistic/ peace mongering force projection with aircraft carriers etc, and north atlantic anti-sub cold war warfare....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Much as I find your posts informative and correct, bits like: "Can we do it with 1960s technology? I doubt it. If it were that simple, the power companies wouldn't be trying to kill off roof-top solar, they'd be messing...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I'd suggest the Science Museum first, they have a big building with stuff in it that includes some fairly modern items....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I understand that it isn't a "group", it's different people every year. So I think you are underestimating the effort and overestimating the time and spoons available for overhauling the voting system. (Ever since this started people who have no...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    He's always been like this, but perhaps the volume was a little lower....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I like all your reasons, although suspect the 'it's hard writing a proper SFnal dystopia' is the weakest. Are youngsters merely pirating ebooks nowadays, so sales don't happen? Or is it down to lack of disposable income and nowhere to...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    YOu mean the explive or ammonium nitrate. The latter is available, just not sold in garden centres to untraceable weirdos with sheds. Instead you can buy it by the ton if you are a farmer, and every now and then...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I've not heard of Bardeen, and I'm a chemist who spent an afternoon trying to understand superconductors, and failed due to lack of mathematical knowledge. As for Josephson I only really heard about him due to Anne McCaffrey's books, the...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    My how this thread has grown when I've been away climing mountains. Another example of what has been discussed - I rahter enjoyed Gail Carrigers books, and noted an author photograph on the cover of some or in some publicity...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    No, the point is that Cherryh is at least still getting published and has been for decades, but her profile simply isn't that high at all....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Taking C. J. Cherryh as a case study, she might be seen as part of the getting older therefore more invisible bracket. There's also the seeming tendency of the SFF commentariat, the ones running magazines, blogs etc to concentrate on...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Welcome to the world of market failure. I seem to recall though that some fellow called Huxley wrote a story where that problem was solved....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Who is this "we" of whom you type? I mean I'd like to be chippy and upbeat and all that, but the evidence so far from 5 years of painful austerity in Greece is that the people in charge seem...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    On which cars are markers of specific driving behaviours: Something like a third of the cars I see manouvring without indicating and often without paying attention to distances etc, are BMW's and Audis. If a car swerves about the road...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    That does sound a bit like you are saying that your post was not to be taken seriously? Perhaps the democratic deficit is at our end, in our elective dictatorships....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Oddly enough there was a feudal hangover in Scotland and elsewhere that wasn't wiped out until this century, whereby some specific obligation went with the property, but was often ignored or not noticed (Despite the use of legally trained folk...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Of course ideally the elits of various countries wouldn't use the countries to enrich themselves and their friends, and ideally governments would borrow and spend wisely, but I think that always acting as if they do or will is a...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Then of course this leads to interesting questions re. what money is, where it comes from and why we need it. As far as I can see, we now need large scale debt free money creation in many countries simply...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Typed like an American! Oddly enough Gore gets lots of stick for this sort of thing too. The difference is that Gore has the science on his side, Wakefied didn't. The psychologically interesting question is how much it was self...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Obviously you've not heard of Sithrak... Also what CHarlie said re. Pascal....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Yes, and you know about Dunning and Kruger. Mind you I like to point out that any idiot can go around a corner on the wrong side of the road. THe trick is going round it on the correct side,...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    And your point is?...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Do you want a scientific paper or an eaier to read article? (Anyone disputing that WAkefield's contentions are bunk, or suggesting that vaccines cause autism is a moron)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Ah, you mean comparatively! I've heard stories about lots of countries in the world....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Whoa, that's a bit of a whitewash of Wakefield. The issue was potentially there, but he went about investigating it in the silliest way possible, got dodgy results then went onto a crusade....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    IN 2013 - I never heard they had, good advertising, government! Just goes to show how easy it is to be unaware of changes in the law. MIddle lane hogs are very annoying, often because in a 2 lane road...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    I'm pretty sure I read of long term, if not life long, changes in gut bacteria due to antibiotic use as a child. As for environmental pollutants, what exactly are the long term health effects of exposing people to small...
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