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  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Yes, I know that. I had a closer look at the report over the weekend, and aside from the neoliberal blinkers it's pretty sensible. Even the EU, which is apparently the fount of all evil according to some people just...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    See also "When the machine stops" by E. M. FOrster. Ah, Sheckley, I thought I had this story in my library, now I'm not sure. I have the strange idea that we can do better; just look at the last...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Ah, you're not getting it, unless of course you are positing some sort of Banksian culture endpoint, which wouldn't be too bad. IMagine instead that 99% of people can only visit any of these places by VR, but the 1%...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    See also "Stars in my pockets like grains of sand" where the central character is revealed to be living in an amazing looking room that is like that because of holo projectors, and is otherwise merely a rocky cavern with...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    I think you are vastly underestimating the age of the IT industry, and the way you are presenting your suggestions, they are just general failure modes of companies. You need to link them clearly into the theme of deliberately sabotaging...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Are you trying to think up new Tory party policies? It's just their HE white paper came out today and seems to be full of stupidity....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    That sounds like Scientologists or suchlike, as well as a number of political organisations....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    And companies, it's amazing how many people obsess about governments and forget the companies. ONe I worked at was partly like that, and oddly enough it took an infusion of new people before it really got better....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Employ people who get on well with those already in the job. Which, assuming you've started already on your nefarious plans, means that friends and relatives and people with the right background but no capability will get employed to do...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Performance related pay in all areas below senior management. Ideally tied to frequent testing and reviews of personnel and their work. Failure to make the grade leads to loss of work/ lack of pay/ sacking/ pillorying. For the results, see...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Really? But then actually getting in someone's way invites being bumped into. Another simple example that has happened to me is waiting to get off a train, I find that when the doors open the people wanting to get on...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I do hope Charlie mentions his blog commenters in the dedications in future works....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Stae's rights obviously does include the ability to maltreat your own economic units, sorry, citizens. Their culture is different from here. Obviously they don't run around saying "Hey, I crushed 3 peons today", but the attitude isn't so different. (Also...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Easy- pervasive racism, both cultural and economic, means that minorities just don't have the wherewithall to challenge it. You probably don't understand just how bad the life of poorer americans is/ can be. I believe it has gotten worse since...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    It's useful to remember that the Conservative party has several wings, and the base is a bit different from the actual politicians. The latter tend to be more socially modern, and also fully believe the neo-liberal economic consensus re. markets...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Indeed, from an actually left wing or amarchist position, that is correct. However, you are short sightedly forgetting that the alternatives are even worse, and ignoring the way that the electorate seems in a mood for less of that. If...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    The quoted bit and your reply don't really fit what I would have expected a group mind to be like at all. If anything, a group mind would surely crush the impulse to take someone else's information/ experiences and post...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    THe question is how much/ quickly the Republican party oligarchs will fall in behind Trump, or stay out. Or so I understand. Also voter suppression efforts are likely to be ramped up, even if they can't prevent Hilary from winning,...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    More of the same what? Think carefully before answering....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    From the UK, it looks simply like Hilary is a fairly centrist sort of politician, who believes in laissez faire capitalism and gets lots of money from Wall street and suchlike. So if you are actually of a left wing...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    In this case, being called a luddite means I'm probably doing okay. I recall years ago reading a letter by an anti-green person (the sort who worship productivity, capitalism, and wouldn't know what happened on an allotment) in a newspaper,...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Oh the fun at historic fencing practise recently as some of us try to learn a late 19th century French sabre method, which uses different blocks from the standard simple british military sabre. First few weeks we'd block the old...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Indeed, we have no idea, only some decades of research and a decent idea....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    In this case the engineering under discussion would, in order to meet engineering standards, require quite extraordinary levels of care and precision. You seem to think that engineering doesn't think such things are important; engineering nowadays is a lot more...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Greg was right, "THe seedling stars" by James Blish....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Somewhere in my library I have a book written more than 40 years ago where that has happened. Some of the drama comes simply from a number of these humans travelling across the galaxy together and having to learn to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That reminds me, last I knew evidence showed that criminals respond best not to fear of punishment, which appears to be what is being reccomended here too, but to how often they get caught. Do 200 burglaries in a year,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That's not a version of the Orkney satanic panic that I have ever read about. Admittedly I was not an adult when it all happened, but it's come up now and again since then and there hasn't been a religious...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    And I'd better stop there before Charlie invites me to get my own blog....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Worryingly, the UKIP leaflet is perhaps closest to your average voter. It has a grab bag of policies nicked from everyone else and usually mutually contradictory: "Put job creation and the economy first Keep scottish taxes in line with the...
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