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  • Commented on The referendum question
    Was just checking for this year's Ig Nobels when this caught my eye ... small nation vs. mega corp. 1993 Ig Nobel Prize ... ECONOMICS: Karl Schwärzler and the nation of Liechtenstein, for making it possible to rent the entire...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    For business applications, 19 out of 20 in a marketing research study (a type of applied social science) is 'good enough' because of the nature of the decision to be made: how much sugar should be added to bread to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Re: "212: But if you are talking to me, could you explain where I'm conflating goodness with income?" I was responding to one of your comments - and no, I don't think you're the one who's conflating goodness and $....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Paul Krugman has argued that they explain the persistent income differential between the U.S. and Canada. And here I thought it all had to do with Monday night NFL and C-Suites ... The story goes that over-paid NFL quarterbacks led...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    "My disquiet comes from the fact that a small country is cheaper to buy, and cheaper to corrupt." However, if you now have to buy 400 countries instead of only 10 or 20 ... that's way more expensive. Personally, I'd...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    An independent Scotland would be about the same as Norway in terms of population, natural resources, sharing a border with a much larger and more powerful neighbor, etc. So being a smaller economy isn't necessarily a recipe for disaster. Disaster...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    This should satisfy most readers' criteria with respect to reliable source: CERN experiment takes us one step closer to discovering where all the antimatter went Scientists have for the first time measured the electric charge of an anti-atom to high...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    A question for the real/serious physics types reading this blog ... How about this scenario: If a brane existed within a millimetre (or any set distance) of our universe, then all you'd need do is tap into it to send...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    Michio Kaku has an answer to this. See: What Travels Faster Than the Speed of Light? ... basically instead of moving/pushing the signal, you move/pull space. Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist at C.U.N.Y.- he blogs and has written...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    I also enjoyed Neptune's Brood, so tying this in with 'give me more of the same, but different'... my requests are for you to explore more fully: Death knell of competition: teams are here to stay, there's too much info...
  • Commented on Apology
    Merchant Legacy does sound like a good series name so I decided to goggle it ... and turned up Merchant Legacy (University of North Iowa). A brief reading of the Merchant family history turned up a few family members that...
  • Commented on Apology
    All of the numbering changes to this series, the alternate/parallel universes backdrop, elements of economics and government structure in your plots, your computing and pharmacology background suggest 'The Rule of Three' might be an apt name for a branch series....
  • Commented on Apology
    For Feynman fans, here's a large collection of videos including the BBC doc's: http://www.richard-feynman.net/videos.htm...
  • Commented on Apology
    "Trader-Prince: Sovereign Wars" - could work on a couple of levels....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    What I'm trying to get at is that the police department should be given objectives based on socio-economic indicators such as: x% major/violent crime rate = (translates into) y% loss of house values. Okay - I realize that this could...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Now onto a bit of a tangent ... Just how much damage does crappy policing (like killing an unarmed teenager) do to the local economy? I don't know that stats, but I would guess based on general media coverage that...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    Some general questions comparing U.S. vs. U.K. police forces ... How much of this is attributable to Sheriffs (heads of police forces) being elected in the U.S., rather than being appointed/promoted? Is there any minimum training requirement for police forces...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Agree - "It hardly matters what the aliens want. What matters is how much what they want diverges from what Earth's movers and shakers want." We could be an interesting lab experiment, a source of renewable resources, or we might...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Only if humanity knew that the source of the change was alien/extraterrestrial. We're pretty good at convincing ourselves that we are the authors of our destinies, that we like something that we really don't, etc. Basically we've a history of...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    "The first step would be hiding and gathering information." The web can provide all the info needed, from afar. And as far as getting the finances started - there's ebay, bitcoin, etc. which do not require any physical/fixed geo-presence. Essentially...
  • Commented on Hiatus
    Re: "How would the agents of an alien power infiltrate a more modern space opera setting ...?" Outsourcing all intellectual and artistic endeavors (as well as classic out-source of manufacturing) thereby making the economy completely dependent upon an outside supplier...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Been a while since I last read any of the Merchant Prince series. Do all of the MP worlds/universes have identical geologies? Because access to the right uranium isotope would be necessary to acquire enough nukes to be a threat,...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    ... and the donations breakdown of 15% to Haitian orphans and 51% for flowers randomly distributed to western mega-city inhabitants is noble? Yeah - sure!...
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    Just visited a couple of related sites to find out more about the founder and this org. Overall impression is that this is probably a new art-form which I'll call 'behavioral sculpting'(apologies to any real psychologists out there reading this)...
  • 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...
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