David L

David L

  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    No, I don't mean FB. I mean, for example, that Muslims only patronize the businesses of other Muslims and they use this site to find them locally. Ditto Christians, ditto Conservatives, Labour supporters, EDL supporters etc. In other words, you...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    For example, if you want a plumber or cake maker then why patronize those businesses that do not support your politics/religion/sexuality/race*? Only give your business to your own people. Use enhanced freedom of choice to Balkanize society down to the...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Not if the RFIDs are write-once and set with a transaction identifier at check-out. An NOBODY is going to come up with tools to allow you to find the RFIDs in objects so you can remove them. Or even offer...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I was thinking of Google's cars today and realised how useful they'd be for e.g. market research - does the market share of people going to a particular restaurant chain rise or fall in response to their advertisements etc.? And...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I suspect your view that the best and brightest used to work on great projects and we don't now may on closer inspection be an overly rose-tint on your optician's prescription. Agreed. Ponzi? (Much of this may be USA only...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The future seems to be the current Chinese political system. I don't know about that. They seem to be running out of ways to keep people happy as they move "off the farm". Giving millions a city job after growing...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    It's hard enough for Egyptians to control Egypt at the moment, foreigners would find it even more difficult. Nothing like a good war to paper over internal issues/fights. Can the moderators kill of that previous comment. Bad copy paste. [[...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    My take on ST and STNG is that they were almost the only game around at the time. So we watched them in spite of all the plot and settings flaws. I know I have trouble trying to watch them...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Only an american would see NextGen as 'liberal' - didn't see much voting on the Enterprise (the name itself a bit of a give away). The liberal bit comes from "we've abolished money war and religion as we figured out...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    P.S. When will HBO do for Dune what it did for Game of Thrones? Not until all of us who saw the movie have died so we don't pollute the expectations....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    The other reason I wonder is because the SF readership seems to be declining. Given that we're living in gearhead heaven right now, you'd think it would be increasing. Why isn't it? For many of us SciFi was a way...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    In the Dune universe, Guild technology is never really explained and any system which needs a drugged wizard to control it isn't really technology so much as magic. I always wondered how they got to where they were. If "spice"...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    As in, it's the sort of corporate dystopia which shows up in a lot of Glibertarian fantasies - no overarching governmental structures; no effective police forces; no overt political structures; no welfare; no structured charity or similar... Sounds a lot...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Faster-than-light travel permits many models of interstellar civilization. What is psi a necessary prerequisite for? Mass paranoia?...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    One thing about factories/colonies in space that I haven't seen mentioned around here is lubricants. Just where will these come from. Can a factory/society in a can even make enough of these to keep things moving?...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    In the US it's a derogatory term referring to baby-eating nihilists who hate America and a convenient label for anyone a given American conservative axe-grinder doesn't like. Ah, not really. Well that's true for a few politicians who get to...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    not only do they prevent their owners from breeding by taking the place of real offspring Are you sure this isn't a good thing?...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Of course, if we kick off the Kessler Syndrome badly enough, will that keep ICBMs from reaching their targets? I believe most ICMBs flight paths are sub orbital....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Start small with purely scientific outposts that are initially self sustaining to estblish a human presence. I play the Smithsonian channel in the background here in the US at times. They have a show call something like "Mighty Ships". You...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    the issue with using it is political, not technological. And it's amazing (well to some) how fast politics can change when voters/masses start dieing off due to political reasons for not using an energy source. Or go from 1st...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Same thing happened to my daughter in high school. She spent 3 years studying German and her 4 year as a German exchange student. And for someone who didn't start learning the language until she was 14 she became quite...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Oddly enough, many people, even though they're willing to conserve, do without, have fewer kids, and so forth, think that the second option is the only viable path, apparently because they don't expect their neighbors to join them in sacrificing...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Don't forget, the 2015 exploit wasn't even a tiny bit clever; it was merely a ballsy mass-violation of a 62-year-old gentleman's agreement that anyone could have done at any time, but nobody before had the gall and poor judgement to...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Yes, the Christian evangelical movement is relatively new. It got started most of a century ago in southern California under Aimee Semple McPherson, (whose life is definitely worth reading about), and it has grown rapidly since. Equating evangelical Christianity with...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    All of which will work, but is likely to take thousands of years -- or longer -- and will result in a civilization that is virtually unrecognizable to us and is almost certainly uninterested in colonizing earthlike planets. Except for...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Why not? The power port is also a USB port. If a 0 day is found you could distribute power adapters with the exploit built in....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I guess we disagree about Jackson....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I didn't say he wasn't popular. Curtis LeMay was also very popular. I'm glad he was never elected to national office. They seem of the same mold....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    In "Star Trek" the Federation can easily be interpreted as, well ... re-frame "Star Trek" as positive-spin propaganda by a communist interstellar superpower and suddenly a lot of things make more sense, don't they? Definitely. As I grew up I...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Jackson, from my reading of history seemed to act as an autocratic racist thug while president. Which may be a great way to act in the heat of battle to make sure you win it but doesn't give you the...
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