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  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Re: '... at present I have a group of characters eating breakfast in a cafeteria/food hall setting' I can think of all sorts of conversations that I've had or overheard at breakfast in a cafeteria/food hall both as a diner...
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    Re: 'I've written one story already, a coming of age\tragic romance using a teen aged girl as the POV.' Did this include how this girl's parents/guardians felt about the romance or how she'll look back on it in 30-40 years'...
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    Thanks Jay & Nojay for your suggestions!...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Have read most of Jody Lynn Nye's work. Wouldn't categorize them as satire though: Asprin's Myth series is comedic/humorous; McAffrey's Pern is fantasy sprung off an SF-ish back story. Which books by the other authors would you recommend?...
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    Re: Hitchhiker's Guide & Discworld Couldn't think of any US SF/F satire equivalent authors, so now half wondering if part of the writer's block problem is deciding whether to write a book that clearly fits a genre or writing for...
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    I was thinking along the line of the AI trying to find its maker/god/mommy&daddy for any number of reasons. Or, maybe the AI was looking for how to create a perfect human being. Suppose the AI took FB entries at...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Beta readers get to read stories as they unfold or come to a stall. So, what are your suggestions for what beta readers should or should not say/do. And, as a published author, what do you most want/value in a...
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    Re: 'But here's the thing, I can't figure out why the AIs are populating their little worlds with copies of brainscanned people from the 21st century.' Your story premise interests me a lot ... keep working on it. In the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Re: 'Where's the driver for ever closer union ... ?' The Inter/Web via affordable ubiquitous technology (esp. smartphones and cloud) that provide 24/7 global connectivity with folks/data anywhere on the planet. Plus the at-long-last official political recognition that there are...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Don't worry about the banana bureaucracy ... the Cavendish banana (along with many other banana varieties) may go extinct. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-35131751 On-topic serious question: Which configuration of gov't is easiest to dupe/corrupt: large monolithic/centralized or small, backwater and decentralized, or something...
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    In a world dominated by global corporations, does it help the genpop to have global or at least a large multinational (EU) centralized gov't as the counterforce? (Did having a central EU - which in buying power is not that...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Re: 'You seem fixated on the HoL having real power, when it hasn't had that since 1910 or so.' The HoL can block legislation by sitting on it for up to 2 years. Often that's enough for that legislation to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Agree that the old-school hereditary peers/aristos are declining as a proportion of total HoL. But the appointment of peers is itself enlarging the effective 'aristo/titled segment' population in total. Getting a title is still very desirable. Titles not only get...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    My understanding is that aristos in England are eligible to run for Parliament (House of Commons*) or via hereditary title or by royal (via PMO) appointment, sit in the House of Lords. Commoners can only get into gov't by being...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    You might enjoy this: Natural and Artificial Aristocracy [Thomas Jefferson's letter to John Adams] http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/v1ch15s61.html Agree ... but still think that, if it came to a contest, old title/old money beats no title/new money among voters. Habits are hard to...
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    Thanks for the explanation. Okay, I get/had assumed that the UK/EU legal systems were a hodge-podge mostly because there's so damned much history. In the US, the Louisiana legal system is the odd man out because of its history and...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I may be wrong, but my perception is that England has the strongest caste system – socially, financially and politically – of any European country. (Okay Monaco and Lichtenstein are outright monarchies, but their regular non-aristo populace seem to do...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Sources: Trade to GDP ratio from ... http://stat.wto.org Real GDP annual growth 2014 from ... http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG The UK is in the mid-range on trade-to-GDP for now. While it does look as though the EU as a whole is fairly protectionist,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Dumb question: What percent of London real estate do the Saudis own (vs. the Chinese, vs. USians vs. other nationals) and how badly would they be screwed if the London real estate market tanked? Then add this to the oil...
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    North American with no ties to the UK (apart from enjoying its culture), extended family ties to Europe. Re: 'Main cause for concern is that it stands to blow the markets (particularly sweating the London property bubble)' That was my...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Social apps and privacy: if you want privacy, limit yourself to one social app and turn off your mobile phone. The article below originally appeared April 13 2016: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160413140113.htm Excerpt: ''Now, a team of computer science researchers at Columbia University...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Interesting stuff! A few comments/ideas ... Fakeyous … could be addressed via that person diligently including cross-references on each social playground they use/belong to so that any appearances anywhere else would be suspect. Basically, we'd need to create an e-equivalent...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Where does the demon/angel of blind luck/chance figure in this?...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Re: '... arose in different contexts but which share an eerie degree of structural similarity.' Given a limited range of tools, resources, constraints, and fundamental needs/uses together with optimization typically defined as the shortest path (lowest complexity), this shouldn't be...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Okay, how about a conscience as in Angel-on-the-Shoulder (iCATS from Apple) type AI specifically created for CEOs whose sole function is to remind them of promises made, laws to be obeyed, people not to be exploited, etc. The iCATS also...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    I thought that variety was a requisite for a stable ecology. Monoculture corals will help some of the sea life dependent upon these reefs but hopefully there's a plan to re-introduce the other corals*. Then perhaps the authorities could deliberately...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    That's really interesting info re: placebots- thanks! - but I really did mean 'placebo' in the name Placebo Angel. There's been quite a lot of work done on placebos and they do work. And having an AI version of it...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Placebo Angel? Quite a bit of research shows just how powerful this angel can be. Or, build a winner-effect chatbot to provide the same testosterone rush (winner effect) as defeating a human....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Smartphone apps available since 2010 for improving mental health. Now it's a matter of selling the idea that getting help is okay/socially acceptable. http://www.nature.com/news/mental-health-there-s-an-app-for-that-1.19694?WT.mc_id=SFB_NNEWS_1508_RHBox BTW, the mental health app phrasing/language seems more intelligent than those of the Chinese and Madison...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Re: Guardian Angel app: One of the family had one of those fall monitoring devices at home ... they work 'okay'. Almost everyone now carries around a smartphone. And, it probably wouldn't be too difficult to develop an app for...
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