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  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    Greeks and Romans fed their armies a lot of garlic to supposedly strengthen their soldiers' stamina and resolve. Gladiators ate a lot of garlic for the same reason. So you have blood sports on one hand and vampire repellent on...
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    The only Worldcon I ever attended included Q&A with similar questions from the floor to the panel... would like to know whether sparkly wins over omnipresent....
  • Commented on Dysprosium (Eastercon) schedule
    AI vs. Vampire ... Scenario: Vampire (and computer geek) has gained access to the local blood bank/hospital data to better plan and source his heme fix when an AI shows up, notices this activity and traces it back to the...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Recommend putting the bible through this app ... sex, violence, slavery/genocide, etc. Might improve it. As it is, it's quite difficult to read the bible because of its many internal inconsistencies, starting with the creation myths. (The Nicene council should...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Similar to attaching a fig leaf onto Michelangelo's David. I'm guessing that from an author's perspective, the key questions (apart from getting paid) are: 1) Who are you writing for? New readers (never heard of read you before) vs. fans...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    (When I am Planetary Overlord, I will criminalize most business-to-consumer advertising, because of the pernicious effect it has on our cognitive model of interpersonal relations. But that's a topic for another discussion.) Oh crap - there goes my day-job! (Please...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Well done ... apt paraphrasing/memorializing of the author's own idea....
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Yes, a non-writer who appreciates a good yarn and smooth writing ... Remember trying to describe Pratchett's writing style to an SF/F fan who hadn't read him yet: Pratchett wrote 'whole-body, whole-person' characters with distinctive voices. Anticipate online Pratchett 101...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Like many here, I've read (and reread) all of Pratchett's books, and despite never having met the man in person, felt that I knew him. But Pratchett created so many memorable, distinctive characters, which one was he? (I'm guessing mostly...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Good grief - what a long thread! How about this as a creation myth ... An AI is sent out on a mission (by another AI) to explore the universe, and part of its directive is to pull everything together...
  • Commented on Even More Obligatory Author Shilling
    Sounds like something I might enjoy reading, but there's no link to your sample chapter. Thanks!...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    What comes next is better psychology, as in: win the war before any shots are fired. I saw some media coverage to the effect recently - a Google search pulled up a story in The Independent. (Caveat: I've no idea...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    "Freedom of speech was allowed. It was of little use without the development of understanding, which was not pursued." - Good quote. There's a difference between spirituality and religiosity ... Excerpt from Wikipedia ... "Spirituality .... an individual’s search for...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Yea ... I know a few folks from Texas and who've moved to Texas from the north east. The extremes are amazing! Overall, pretty schizoid as per the following definition: 'Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Don't know what the 'secret sauce' is but one of its ingredients is curiosity ... so far curiosity is not known to be programmed into machines....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    But your autocrats will always need other human beings to do the thinking for them ... to keep enriching them via new insights and technologies. And there is no way to predict which human being will have that creative spark...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Really? ... Texas is consistently below average in terms of primary and secondary math & science education results. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/state-education-rankings-_n_894528.html http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140325-texas-improves-school-funding-but-still-trails-most-states.ece Excerpt: "The new figures show, though, that Texas tops only Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Utah in per-pupil funding....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Any chance of re-purposing oil pipelines into desalination water lines? If yes, then the Keystone pipeline might not be such a bad idea - desalinate the rising ocean waters and move the desalinated water to land that because of global...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    It seems to me that the demographics of most of the terrorists that are now being shown in the media are every young ... this romanticizes their movement/politics. If instead the 'real leaders' were shown - or conjectured based on...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Re: Point 16 -- I submit that a real failed state is one that does not serve the best interests of its citizens (insofar as those best interests do not lead to direct conflict with other states). 'Best' - this...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Okay, so you're saying that we need another Snowden-type massive leak, preferably by a forensic accountant who's absolutely boring (i.e., unblackmailable) otherwise. This person will also need to clearly communicate the money trail - graphically....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    What would happen if all money was tagged - that is, you were able to tag it so that you could track it across geographies, types of uses/purchases, etc. indefinitely. Two reasons for this: 1- Finding out how various terrorist...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Suggest you add 'depersonalization through scatter'. Where you live and where you work have long been the loci of group formation. As automation increases, there are fewer long-term jobs. With the commiditization of residences - no longer primarily a place...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Now that would be a useful business app ... something to 'speedfill' forms ... program it once and then hit repeat for every other government department that's likely to ask you to fill in a form. Very few small businesses...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Charlie: When did you last attend Boskone? Hmmm ... "It's official, Boston has reached its snowiest month on record with 45.5 total inches," the National Weather Service tweeted early Sunday. "The old record was 43.3 in January 2005."...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Add in a fudge factor for the increasing expansion rate of the universe ... or were you thinking of exploring only the home galaxy (Milky Way)? What if the likeliest sentient-producing planets are more or less similarly distributed around/within a...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Read about a paeds hospital that's getting MEDi (Medicine and Engineering Designing Intelligence) robots to distract kids during blood draws and inoculations. Apparently perceived pain is reduced by about 50% when kids are engaged/distracted by these bots....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Hadn't considered Voyageur a robot before. Not because of its box-y design, but because it was always described as a collection of non-integrated and non-interacting bits of equipment. I've wondered whether Wall-E survived as long as 'he' did because of...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Re: "Even the NSA uses Windows and Microsoft Office internally. Many of the Snowden leaks started life as PowerPoint presentations. WTF. These agencies have large, stable budgets and security concerns that go beyond 99.9% of the commercial world. Why are...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    From the non-techie POV, is this how AI will emerge? And, how do you stop it if everyone's pushing for the IOT?...
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