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  • Commented on Competition Time!
    These folks haven't heard of plastic surgery? Having a tough time believing this and wonder how they drew their test sample of faces. Facial geometry varies across races, ethnicity, gender, age, disease, drugs, etc....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Not an entry (wrong continent) - just a bit of riffing/fun/support. Re: BMW Refits I am pleased to report that as per your request, the purchasing department has located budget to provide the requested additional jugs of holy water for...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Succinct, however please explain how the SNO component will figure into this and which 'experiment' is to get which supplies as per your Supplies Requisition Request(PO#: 66631416). As you explained previously, although SNO was mothballed shortly before agent McDonald picked...
  • Commented on Scheduled downtime
    Let's see if this works ... Problems signing in from eastern seaboard for a couple of days now, spam filters not catching stuff, virus alerts popping up and network connections are disconnecting every few minutes. It's spring and the spammers,...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Okay ... maybe because IT is still youngish as an industry, but why no mention of these classics: • Nepotism • My company is a hobby and I don't care whether or not you think it makes sense, just DO...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances: Washington DC and Baltimore
    Happy 50th Balticon! Excellent line-up ... So do SF/F authors bring along dog-eared books for their fave authors to autograph? And what do SF/F authors talk about over drinks during election year? Lastly ... hope your speech/interview will be posted...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Third & final post for today ... Is this related to the story of a US DEV who outsourced his job? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/17/sacked-model-modern-employee-outsourcing...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Names ... Legal must sign off that a name can be used before it's market tested. Ad agencies come up with names, but ad agencies don't do copyright name searches. Very expensive and potentially even more embarrassing when this is...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Performance reviews: A. Performance tied to pay … only staff whose projects launched and successfully completed within the reporting (past) Quarter will be evaluated for merit pay increases ignoring the fact that most of the company works on multi-year on-going...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Re: ' .... but most managers will view VR as a way for employees to read Facebook all day,' Two day-job experiences ... New hire who almost immediately upon getting set up with company laptop & monitors logged onto personal...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Also, if patients with senile dementia could create their inner realities using VR and if their families and caregivers could look at/access this VR, it might make it easier for both patients and family/caregivers....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Exercise VR ... stroke and accident victims to track and monitor their physio and recovery. This would need considerable feedback and monitoring though. Exercise ... anyone ... the unit would have to be super cheap/affordable because the people most likely...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Interesting comments ... Something that hasn't been discussed is whether hive minds can learn, ideate and grow on their own. There's too little info about this alien. For all we know, our minds are its next meal - regardless of...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Re: '... they have signs of collapse from a previous universe or other parallel universes' Okay, not a scientist, but my understanding of the Wikipedia entry on false vacuum is that once the false vacuum goes, the entire universe goes...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    In the news, an emotion detector a la Blade Runner ... http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2016/is-this-the-kind-of-world-we-actually-want/...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Need astronomers to review data looking specifically for signatures of planets/solar systems gone BOOM! ... unless the alien death ray is silent. Still think that the scenario is a no-win set-up. But if legit, then the question itself is the...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Re: 'One way to think of this is to frame it like cells joining in to a body.' I've been thinking along these lines too but come to a dead end when I consider development/growth. This cell-tissue-organ model is very...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Re: '...more strongly integrated the group mind is, the less innovative and able to respond to new situations it is.' Okay, but ... too much flexibility or lack of Hebbian 'neurons that fire together, wire together' and your organism will...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Re: '... the missionary descends from heaven in a flaming chariot first.' And it turns out that this spaceship is the galactic space-faring equivalent of a beat up Chevy. Oh, the travails of a space missionary! Heaven would be the...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    That's been my experience also. The only identical twins I know aren't that much more similar than some unrelated like-minded folks I know. But they and I are North Americans, and of the nations studied, the US places a pretty...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    About selfhood/individuality vs. clone issue several posters raised: C'mon aren't there any readers here that are monozygotic twins/triplets? Would be edifying to get their perspectives/perceptions on this....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Have been trying to think of what that 'simple tweak' might be and can't. Humans vary across every attribute/trait that I can think of apart from the most fundamental survival things like requiring oxygen to breathe, or sleep. Immediate examples:...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Okay, so a super-duper hive mind comes over and offers an ultimatum. Why would the aliens even bother with this so-called 'choice' if they could actually go through with it? Is the offer being made in some hope that humans...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Request for clarification re: would the hived humans all have the same thoughts at the same time vs. would hived humans only all have the same cognitive/emotional capabilities and tendencies/thresholds? Wondering whether the exceptional would be lost and humanity reduced...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Without evidence we have nothing to base our choice on: either decision could be terminal for the species. An SF version of the God-Adam chat: Do exactly as I say without question or suffer eternal damnation/obliteration....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    My vote is 'No' if an immediate answer is needed without any further info because such a scenario is exactly like those pesky door-to-door scam artists who have this terrific deal 'Today only! Just sign here, here, and here.' Thanks,...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    That's exactly what I mean ... just because that alien is a group mind in no way means that it is sane, i.e., is capable of making good decisions....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    How does a group mind arrive at a consensus anyways? When faced with a true dilemma of choosing between two equally crappy alternatives, humans (as well as lower animals) can become stressed to the point of insanity/dysfunction. How do we...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Pls correct typo 'show-horned' should be 'shoe-horned'. (Surprised the spelling auto-correction let this through.)...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    My response: It depends ... need more info. How far into the future is this scenario? Does every human get a vote? What would be a sufficient majority for this Borgification to start? And if only a technical/statistical majority (50%+1)...
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