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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    "Another specific example: if your son is bullied by a bigger boy at school, well, you can hardly fight his battles for him when he grows up, can you? " Real life example. My nephew was being bullied at primary...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    You need a physics degree to read something like Diaspora...
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    "Anybody besides me recognize this behaviour in the older male members of their family?" No - not in my family....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    John Wayne was actually very successful. Not as successful as Ronnie or Arnie though....
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    Yes! The epic quest, without the almost obligatory government/corporate conspiracy and mysterious religious nuts trying to undermine it. I can't tell you the number of times I have put down a book because the cover blurb includes one or both...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    And what is this "code"? Honesty? Bravery? Compassion? Strength? Integrity? Selflessness? Honour? [Most especially that one]...
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    This is a problem we are going to have to face sooner rather than later. AI and "Invention Machines" will produce working designs of such convoluted complexity nobody will be able to understand them. You might argue that situation already...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I suppose my masculine role models came from Heinlein books....
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    Most people (>95%?) could not explain how a simple radio works. Even Ohms Law is beyond most people....
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    People like me would have skewed the stats. I just used to skip over the tedious stuff about sex, relationships, angst etc. Off hand, I must have read stories with sex in them but just can't recall it. And I...
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    Back when I used to read a *LOT* of SF I read it for the novel ideas. Everything else was window dressing and word padding. But then, I was a lot more Aspergers back then. LSD helped a lot, as...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    When I started reading I thought we had to post our own true experiences. In which case mine would have included some unusual offences....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Serious infraction of the rules concerning doodling, in this case The Parrot. Disciplinary hearing postponed due to subject's ill health. See attached jpg....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    "Your obsession with "fascist militias" leads me to believe that read too much Russian propaganda." No. Getting it directly from Ukrainians on both sides....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Not badly enough. I'll be glad when England is out and we skip this moronic crap....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I can tell you the end game in Ukraine right now. Poroshenko pushes into full civil war, using the fascist militias (because the regular Ukraine army is too poorly paid and fed to bother, apart from artillery). A brutal stalemate...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Not for me. I would rather be doing it. The only time I watch some sports is to learn technique. For example, I rather like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJhzUebpkg8...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    In general, I do not enjoy watching other people do stuff, especially of the sports variety....
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    Never mind the Middle East, for us Ukraine might be a real problem. Zero State has people on both sides in that conflict and some sympathy with both sides. However, the new leader Poroshenko is far worse than Western media...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    My prediction: A very marginal "No", followed by vast recriminations and probably some violence in Scotland as fingers of blame get pointed at "traitors"....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    http://www.hughhowey.com/another-explanation-for-the-hachette-delays...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    No, the workaround for that is Pirate Bay...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Retail Price Maintenance - UK http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/9150/business/resale-price-maintenance-rpm/...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I suspect Neuromancer (and Marx) got it right. In corporation world everything heads towards monopoly....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I'll wait until its in the local bookshop...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    By "first" I mean the first in decades - not the past 150 years. Certainly the first within 30 years. Of course, there have been lots of tiny insurrections, but nothing on this scale....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    And so the end point is... what?...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    The UKIP vote had almost nothing to do with their policies. The mass media could have had pictures of Farage dressed in a Nazi uniform torturing kittens and it would have made little difference....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    In short, authors are getting fucked by the same forces that are screwing the 99%. It's Alvin's Future Shock popping up in new clothes. The UKIP vote is but the first of the attempts to hit back, albeit (IMHO) with...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    If you are inflicting suffering by accident, it is hardly evil is it? As for suffering, I think the victim gets to decide - not anyone else....
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