Bacchus

Bacchus

  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    you could argue that they're like preppers in other countries, and thus may well be less racist than it looks. Yes. Indeed my gut sense is that old-school USA survivalists are more racist than average (by quite a bit) and...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    "roving cannibals from the cities" is unavoidably and blatantly racist in a US cultural context Shit -- you're right. I did say "less racism" but honestly I can't hide behind that. Most preppers do share with survivalists the belief that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Preppers: people who believe the USA is going to collapse any day now — think back to the Y2K panic — and who build bunkers/collect guns, gold and canned food in order to "prepare" to survive the collapse. A post-cold...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I call your balderdash and raise you another robust "Nonsense!" (I hadn't realized I had walked into the contradictions room instead of the argument room by mistake, but oh well, if that's how we play it here...) Citing jurisprudence from...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    "No state can secede. There is no allowance for it in the Constitution...and it was established -- fairly messily -- that they can't decide on their own." This, of course, is nonsense. The American civil war established nothing except that...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Charlie has previously expressed concerns about Britain's ability to feed, warm, and house itself post-Brexit, and Nile's analysis above strongly suggests those concerns aren't baseless. Given the population density over there, that's plenty of horror to populate 2017 with! And...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Dirk: "You have finally grown up when you are genuinely grateful that someone bought you socks as a Christmas present." Ohshit, Dirk, I think that may be the first thing you've ever said here that I completely agree with. It...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Er, too much gin in me to divide by three. "Thirty cents" not "thirty-three"....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Re Aldi stores in the US: I live in "red state heck" but there are two different Aldi stores in communities about one hour's drive from me to the south and to the west. It's not worth making a special...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Battery-powered locomotives exist, and have done for ages - eg. for maintenance trains on the London Underground and similar tunnel environments. Yup -- I am aware of an underground gold mine where battery trains were in wide use in the...
  • Commented on Scheduled downtime
    Bug report is for bugs. You have tentacles. File tentacle report!...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    "...online acquaintances met while gaming (particularly, in the sort of games in which coordination through voice chat is the norm) are more likely to be human, and this is likely to remain the case for a while." Er, you obviously...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    "The more commercial a site is the less useful information it has. As with everything, people who do it for the love of it do it better than people doing it for money." As somebody who has been slowly and...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    "There are nigh-infinite libraries of code available for free. We hardly need programmers; it's much more useful to be a software archaeologist who knows how to dig up old software packages and get them running." This really resonates with me!...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    If you actually want to bond properly with your cat, prove to it that you can hunt well and don't need the little door step parcels (it's a source of anxiety / mind fuck for them that you're incapable of...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    "At a guess, hobbit holes and thick adobe probably won't work against black flag weather, which is why you don't see adobe homes popping up in, say, South Carolina." For much of the thread people were using Texas as a...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    "Hobbit holes for the win" In the US desert southwest, including parts of Texas, they already have this technology. It's called "adobe". (Damian has made some good comments about modern variants of this tech.) Which leads to the point that...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    "I'm not going to out them for being idiots. Heh -- in my case, JP is already pretty widely known as a -- well, let's say curmudgeon -- so I don't think I outed anybody. ;-)...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    "If I got it wrong, I'll just arrogantly tell the person who points it out that they're the only person who noticed that I screwed up." Jerry Pournelle actually literally did that to me one time, via email. I had...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Regarding unreliable narrators, the notorious variability of eye-witness testimony, and light switches that switch vertical polarity a mere four years after being rewired: This is perhaps -- given the shared awareness of this readership of the memes that animate the...
  • Commented on From the hemline index to the vampire/zombie ratio: SF/F by the numbers
    Spindle? In this context, it means a sharp spike on a heavy base. In the pre-computer era, it was common for office workers to store papers temporarily by pressing them onto the spindle, thus preserving them from blowing away in...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    "Is there somebody here who finds CatinaDiamond's comments clear and understandable?" LOLno. "Her" (and I have no better reason for ascribing a gender than that "Catina" rhymes with "Katrina") basic presentation here is that of somebody who learned to read...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    re: dropping bits at an unacceptable rate This feels like it's a non-serious objection. Surely anybody who knows enough to raise it also knows that it's trivially solved by proper communications protocols. Divide your data into sufficiently small packets, use...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I'm a few years younger than Our Host. Like him, "culturally I'm an early type specimen of Generation X." I come from blue-collar origins, but I have a professional credential obtained by dint of vast borrowing. I don't use it...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I'm doing pretty good for a new-worlder on "oldest building ever slept in"; I lived for an academic year in a dormitory built in 1798. As for the oldest building I've ever been in, it was probably an 11th-century church...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    The one genre SF example I can think of with a time-traveling female protagonist is "Time Slave" by John Norman. And, as with his Gor novels, this one merely used science fiction as a sort of frame from which he...
  • Commented on Status update
    Testing, and... To expand on what David L said in #43. The local signup option is indeed local to Antipope (you can see it in the URL) but in order to set up or sign in with a local account,...
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