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  • Commented on Competition Time!
    A PhD thesis on "Examinations of coauthor number spaces; real, imaginary, complex, negative, and fractal" was all well and good, but summoning a negative Erdos just as a coauthor? Really?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    MEMO From: UK Space Agency - Laundry Liaison To: Angelton Subject: "Amy" Look, screwing around with gateways in the canteen is all well and good, but you would not believe how much trouble we're going to have keeping this one...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    1. Subject [REDACTED SUBJECT NAME] entered native language training for BLUE HADES on 2014/03/25 and subsequently commenced ongoing independent study refresher exercises prior to advanced course entry expected in Q4 2014. Refresher consisted of independent study translation of literature of...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Lightweight....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Ian S: I think it's worth considering what would happen post vote. If the vote were yes, all hell would break lose, we can be fairly certain that things would get fraught, and events would move quickly (almost certainly the...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Fracking may move the line between near term and long term out a ways, and gas exploitation with fracking may help that a lot as well. It is certainly a resource, of some duration and total value, regardless of the...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    My prior detailed knowledge of the devolution debate is limited to popular press accounts (mostly US press (*cough* *gag*) and France 24 coverage in English; the BBC coverage is obviously biased, along with The Economist). My detailed knowledge on the...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    The UK parties are agreeing that upon devolution Faslane would belong to Scotland anyways. Hence their naval report as to other locations, etc etc. Much wailing and gnashing, but there are 2+ locations in Wales which have enough land and...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    You aren't exactly arguing the case. And you seem to be grossly simplifying the argument you're making. Re the currency situation, there seem to be parties suggesting everything from the apparently orthodox SNP currency union situation, to adopting the Euro...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Ian, so, lacking the bigger political context here (American, Californian, looking at this from 10,000 km or so away), can you explain what you find magical / incredible / unlikely, and what your opinions are regarding the proposed devolution's problems?...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    This technique doesn't work great for full genome reads, the anomalous marker sequences stand out like a sore thumb. But for a basic 13ish markers scan (by far the bulk of today's scans) it works great....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    OGH: "Agencies which create fake IDs" ... that'd be the endangered ones this decade, right? Passports have mandatory biometric identifiers these days. It's probably only a short matter of time before the biometrics include a DNA fingerprint, too -- not...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    A gate stuck on 1 is about 99% accurate detecting sarcasm and snark on the intertubes......
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    paws4thot wrote: 'Charlie said "I predict that everybody will start deploying sarcasm as a standard conversational gambit on the internet." Didn't this happen about 15 years ago?' 35 plus years ago. The early email and earliest 1979 Usenet clearly contained...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    scentofviolets wrote in part: Anyway, the larger point is that this sort of thing is endemic to the inventory control of any large organization; not just publishing. Yet another problem that will be resolved by the end of the 21st...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    scentofviolets: The problem is, I'd have to interpolate data because the company itself doesn't know how their product is packaged at the retail point. Why don't you just read this data off from when it's scanned at purchase and do...
  • Commented on Vacation
    If you're going to KSC, and it sounds like you might, then you might contact their PR department and see if you can get a peek at the Project Morpheus lander, which is one of John Carmack's designs (it's a...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    J Thomas wrote: Let's look at the first of those. You basicly want somebody to recommend stories to you. My obvious thought -- set up a website where users can recommend stories. So, you recommend the stories you like best....
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    fwduewer writes: Thing is, that model is worse for publishers than it looks. And it looks like firing 3\4 of your staff. The problem is that, if you primarily distribute ebooks, your main value-add is in editing. Frankly, I rarely...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    If we step away and look at the business - the actual work done - there are some scary points, and opportunities. 1. Publishers now do acquisition, actual editing (plot, text), layout, artwork, printing, marketing, inventory management, accounting. 2. Amazon...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Why Amazon... First competent mover into books leads to first competent mover into general merchandising; first mover with competent API skill to let others sell through them makes them the first selling portal of note (eBay auction mode fails on...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Charlie: "This may be true, but nobody likes a foreign invader: change works best if it comes from within. Which is to say, Iran needs another revolution. It nearly got one in 2007 ..." Casual Observer: Couldn't agree more. There...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    jeffrey.eric.fisher writes: More than half of Iran's population is under 35. US Iranian history did not end in 1979. The US has had sanctions on Iran during their entire lives. The US backed Iraq's invasion of Iran and war from...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    daniel, why should we have to design and build an asteroid deflection system? I know why in real life we should, but have to? If we could magically teleport asteroids somewhere else rather than hitting us, why not use that...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Nojay: Cash machines (ATMs) are not connected to the internet, they run on their own secured network down to the wires and switches. They run on a private internet, with standard TCP/IP protocols. "Not connected to the internet " is...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Now you're making me think about plot ideas where something makes all corporations vanish, but the authors and readers remain......
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    What google and others can do, eventually, is split the data sets returned by "google.com" and "google.us" from those returned from local google searches in EU countries, run on local datacenter servers in those countries. If some miscreant should happen...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    My apologies for any confusion; the puppy instagram was a hypothetical and not any actual incident I am aware of or have heard any rumors of. Made up example, no factual basis....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    The Google ruling plays complexly into all sorts of things including the US NSA overreach. These things are going to start tweaking users' experiences in the not too distant future, and it will be noticed....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    J Thomas in part wrote: The impression I have is that everybody who builds bombs does it basicly the way we did. First they enrich U235, and maybe they test a HEU bomb. Then they build reactors to make plutonium,...
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