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  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Good SF explains us to ourselves in terms of the 'other'. Gadgets (social policy) are a useful device but only when they show how an already existing human behavior will be altered/amplified by that gadget (social policy). Just finished Vernor...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    Terrific contest, thanks to everyone who contributed - lots of laugh out loud entries, and a few groaners. For next year, how about: 'corporate best practices: firing the client from hell'?...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Look forward to reading this latest Laundry Files. Am currently on pg 80 of Neptune's Brood, and didn't expect as many LOLs based on previous books of this series. You do a marvelous job of "technology-goes-splat!" Keep it up!...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    From an internet of things, the next step may be making the inanimate into the animate capable of self-monitoring and self-repair. Not nanotechnology, but biology....
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Can't get this link to open either ......
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Temporal lobe seizures also account for Dubya's problem with words/word retrieval. http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/132/10/2772.full.pdf...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    My vote re: Dubya is Temporal Lobe Epilepsy ... The dementia that follows strokes (or their equivalent) is not always quickly/easily observed. It over a year to figure out all of the changes in one elderly relative's demeanor following a...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Thanks for a modern history lesson, interesting times coming up for Scotland... Opens up a possibility of an independent Scotland engaging in an energy price war vs. Russia, as England would no longer need to treat Scottish energy preferentially (if...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    We need a few marine biology/environmental science grad students who need 'just one more paper/project'. If they conducted the same study/analysis at multiple points along this coast line, it would provide good comparative and benchmarking information. Crowd-sourcing might work for...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Someone I know had such a transplant, and I believe that one of the tests used to detect/confirm extent of engraftment was a cheek swab test. Blood work definitely comprised the large majority of tests, but there was also a...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    What about the person who's just had a bone marrow/peripheral stem cell transplant and his allogeneic marrow/stem cell donor is on the SS's hit list? Would current gene testing using a cheek swab sample return a 'false positive' ID?...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    What you're describing is pretty close to verbatim coding software which has been used by marketing researchers for at least 10 years. There is also software/ algorithms used to analyze speeches by politicians, etc. to assess how emotionally loaded/skewed the...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Hey, I've got it! Monty Python's 'Hungarian Translation Book' mixed in with 'Ministry of Silly Walks'....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    A simpler strategy would be to identify individuals who've lost their sense of humor. Simply hire Google to flash random/various jokes on screen with every search, or intermittently*, and if the keyboard detector doesn't register a physical reaction such as...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Glad to hear that ......
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    A few posters mentioned buying their books/e-books on AMZN and I'm curious about how well the e-books law suit settlement is going, from a customer-experience perspective. Specifically, in December 2013, AMZN was ordered to return the $ it overcharged its...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Didn't recall it being that long, so checked Google maps: Orlando-Tallahassee - 257 miles (3.47 hours) along I-75N and I-10W (toll hwy). Still a longish drive but if you overnight there, not too bad. Plus, NHMFL is not your everyday...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Hi Charlie: Info on tours at the MagLab: http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/education/community/tours.html The MagLab is a fascinating place, and we welcome visitors! Read about our tour options below. All visitors touring the lab are required by our safety policy to wear close-toed shoes!...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Probably a long drive for you but Florida State University in Tallahassee might be of interest ... Paul Dirac spent his last years there; Home of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), the world's highest powered magnet laboratory; Official...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Hurricane season is on, and there have been reports of really loud military/war exercises in southern Florida. A friend who was on a boating vacation in Florida years ago got a little too close to some naval vessels during a...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    Argghhh! typo .. The Pew research below basically shows that older, educated, white, rural-area, middle-income females read the most!...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    Chances are that the U.S. readership profile is not too dis-similar from other parts of the world. The Pew research below basically shows that older, educated, white, rural-area, middle-income females really the most! There you go Charlie - now you...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Sorry if this has already been discussed (TL;DNR) ... So, we talked about and (mostly) rejected that authors self-publish entirely: too much time taken away from their core competency, i.e., crafting a good story. My question: What is stopping publishers...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    And I know an IBM lifer (retired a few years now) who worked on the IBM PS/1 (remember MS/DOS?). IBM has been moving away from the manufacturing end of the business over the years, focusing primarily on research, consultancy, and...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Re: 89: SFReader you are wrong about the cloud part of your argument, amazon is itself the biggest cloud supplier in the world. When I first read that Forbes piece, that statement sounded wrong to me too. However, being a...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Fascinating stuff this ... In 2012 Forbes had a piece on AMZN/Bezos. A first reading might give the impression that Bezos is a really great guy, and AMZN a terrific business model. Anyways --- here are the some "quotes" plus...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Hero checklist: showy/stands out in a crowd; confrontational - the more public, the better; muscular/athletic - action not words/argument. Wonder if these heroes were actually created by their era's introverted nerds and geeks, whose worst fear was public speaking?...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    You said that so much better than I did - thanks! Another thing that I'd like to bring in to this discussion is: once we accept that emotions are another set of senses, therefore necessary to our optimal functioning, we...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    It's like the difference between water and hemoglobin - both are molecules, real and well-known, but they operate on different scales. Explaining hemoglobin in the same way as water to a high school kid (our probable stage in understanding our...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Okay - I think we can agree on the classic-five senses, mostly because their anatomy is well-known, i.e., sensory perceive (afferent neurons) and muscular reaction (efferent neurons), plus they each have specific unshared cells, pathways, etc. The biggest obstacle to...
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