David L

David L

  • 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...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    After visiting the Apple Store at the top of the road to play with a shiny new Macbook. And what do you think? From reading the specs and the only port it seems to be Apple's answer to people who...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The wikipedia page for Homeschooling in the US shows religious reasons as one of the top motivations. It is. Still. But there are also people who do it without a religious reason. But it was the religious right who fought...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Grant wasn't personally corrupt, but he appointed men who were. And reconstruction was defeated on his watch. So a below average president although a superb general. As others mentioned what makes a good combat general doesn't really translate well to...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Now we're into the persistent American myth that government can't do anything efficiently. Ah... no. I think you're trying to take a real issue in much of the US (round peg) and fit it to one of your big criticisms...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    prior to the 1980s, if you wanted porn you either had to buy books in brown paper bags or find a seedy/disreputable cinema. Not sure how big a market it was but Super 8 and 8mm film was a big...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    What's your point. Most people I know over here (fundi or not) know about Jefferson and his bible....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Many of the Local Restaurants have TV permanently tuned to FAUX news. And how is this any different from areas that only watch MSNBC? Yes things are divided....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    midwest religious zealot, a "goddamm" Sorry but you are assuming this all comes from the religious right/zealots in the US. (I have no idea if you're from the US or not.) For my income I interact with people on all...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    There is a lot of work being done where starting with a few facial photos that face can be overlaid onto a face in a scene. In real time. I suspect taking a face from a very overweight couch potato...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    How popular would such technology actually be? Very. Think of all the egos it will allow to be boosted. Walter Mitty indeed. How close are we to having this technology? Very. It's mostly a matter of pushing pixels. As graphics...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I'm not sure what would be ... or legally wrong with altering the movie in this fashion, Depends on the details of the license agreement you have agreed to when you signed up with Netflix. I doubt it restricts your...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Remember Charlie's post about his drive down the US west coast a few years back? He was told it was the scenic route. Almost anyone raised in the US would understand what that meant. Charlie didn't. He seemed to expect...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    But if you change the way you view the file in the privacy of your own computer, why do they have any right to even find out whether you did that? Because you agreed to let them? This is the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Someone mentioned this was done by some folks in Idaho. If so I have to wonder if they are not associated with Doug Wilson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Wilson_%28theologian%29 I ask because there just aren't that many people there. Idaho makes Scotland look densely...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    But it seems to me that people should have the right to edit their own personal copies of literature, for their own personal use, that they then will not sell. You're missing the point of a "license". It's not your...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    It's hard to take seriously any American who uses darned and heck. Why? If that's the family and culture they grew up in and have 15 to 20 years of language usage imprinted they would find it very difficult to...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I can't force people to read my books, and if they choose to do so I can't force them to read every word I wrote ... but I'd rather some third party wasn't re-writing the text -- and presenting it...
  • Commented on Cheap ebook!
    I wonder how many "abandoned" eBooks are out there. It's not like you can find them at a garage/tag/whatever sale on Saturday morning....
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