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  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    I think we discussed this at length with Charlie a few months back mostly in terms of the rise of urban fantasy. Probably like other art forms, each generation adds its own spin to novels/literature across all genres. I imagine...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    After having read all of the few Greek and Roman mythology books in my school library, I started reading fantasy and science fiction. Sure, some teachers and fellow students thought this was odd but more so because I was such...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    While I agree that digital currency is taking over, cash is the only universal currency you can safely transact with when the power/system goes down, and whose balance is unlikely to be changed via a remote attack. (Mugging, yes; remote...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Interesting scenario ... I'd like to build onto it, if you don't mind ... Enter the fast-food chains with their existing extensive distribution, whole-family appeal, low priced food, bathrooms for customers, and still accept cash. Therefore no paper trail ......
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    In over my head but will give it a try nonetheless ...re: fishing vs. mineral extraction etc. Okay, I get that metal mining/extraction means once it's out of the ground it's gone for good. (Unless you consider recycling a la...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    "It can't be by mistake that most politicians have a legal background, and that laws they create are such a complex mess, and that courts are so user hostile that lawyers are needed to navigate the structure." Not sure whether...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    A question --- are you collecting examples of evilness or is this a whinge exercise?...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Too long to read all the posts .... For every person that loses a job due to corporate downsizing ... compulsory education tuition-refundable in soon-to-be-obsolete jobs that upon successful completion/graduation also require high annual dues/fees, constant re-training and high insurance...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I'm familiar with D.O. Hebb (the bit usually paraphrased as: neurons that fire together, wire together). But my concern/interest is in how does the body get rid of the nano. Ramez addressed this as a biocompatibility issue. What I'm getting...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    There's wiggle room here. Consider a person who holds dual citizenship ... Saudi and English. Whose law would take precedence?...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    "Get that: glorifying terrorism was to become an offense." How is this different from 'inciting to riot'? Apart from urging '10 or more people'. Same with 'glorifying' ... there are probably quite a few types of behavior that are already...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Thanks! - Read the abstract and am now wondering whether to increase my dietary calcium....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I read about a similar (maybe even the same) study that looked at living near hydro wires and leukemia/cancer risk/incidence ... the real variable at play (cause) is lower socio-economic status under which are subsumed, higher exposures to toxins, poorer...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Lead: (Haven't read beyond this post yet, so unsure whether you've already addressed this ...) Do the studies you know of also explain the very high exposures to lead among other, earlier societies? I'm specifically thinking of the lead-based cosmetics,...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I really need to get your book and read it soon because you've probably answered/addressed some of these questions already. So, in the spirit of genuine interest (as opposed to negative nitpickery), I submit the following queries. Re: "The implications...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    So, the ultimate zombie but less unhygienic, and capable of authentic multitasking. Business opportunities ... Neurons for rent .. ideal for situations where you do not want certain thoughts traced back to your brain. (Legal implication: who owns that patent/copyright...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Looking forward to your newest book. This technology might get 'tested' and adopted faster if marketed as entertainment, sex/sensual gratification, religion, education/job success. .. gamers and movie-goers to increase their enjoyment .. religious ecstasy, i.e., 'see/hear God' and re-affirm your...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    DNA transposition, and a novel (6th) DNA base that may be a major player in epigenetics could provide more opportunity for guessing what may/may not be technically possible in either scenario (a) aliens visit/alter us/adapt to us, and/or (b) our...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    "... not an Admiral of some mighty armada, conquering planets." There goes Plan A re: dreams of universe domination ... sigh....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Found the flip side to increased high-density urban planning ... excerpt is from an article published in The Guardian. "The result of these factors, in combination with population growth, is that in many cities the strain on both infrastructure (housing,...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Shanghai in 20-30 years' time will be interesting to see with its vertical high-density urban planning, very extensive public transit systems. Mostly interested in how it will compare with NYC. Recall my last NYC trip - driving between airports and...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Cell/mobile phones are a sampling headache ... apart from not necessarily 'belonging' to any one geographic area, some are throw-aways therefore their inclusion could skew results, some people have more than one mobile phone/number, some people use their work mobiles...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    " ... hit by the atomization of the working class (service sector jobs are far more unstable than old-style factory labour) and unions ... and the increasing diversity of the interests it wants to represent. So they're both very visibly...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    How popular and effective is political satire these days in the U.K.?...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Just wondering why the low-ish NI turn-out (not their election this time?) and whether the mail-in ballots have already been counted....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The post-election voter turnout analysis should be interesting....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Re: It is, militarily, inexplicable. Genghis, Alexander, the Poms, the Russians, pretty much everyone who's ever been to Afghanistan has had their ass handed to them on a plate, ... A Sikh colleague once told me that the Sikhs are...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    " ... all in the name of bleeding the Soviet Union," Yes - this same strategy is now being effectively used against the U.S./West. Not sure where to find reliable military spending/budgets for the U.S. vs. other nations, specifically equipment,...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Yep .... " ... - but if you're going to try and tell me that there isn't a causal link between the original training of the AQ cadre in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet Occupation and events currently...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    "According to the latest report from the Institute for Economics and Peace, the global economic cost of violence in 2012 was US$9.46 trillion, which represents 11% of Gross World Product." So 1-in-9 dollars/pounds/euros worldwide is being used to waste someone...
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