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  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    There's a little problem with this idea: "That Heinz tomato soup was delicious. John ate two portions, before realizing it was actually made from rancid sperm and cyanide"....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    BTW, Charlie, why are you opposing Clean Reader, yet supporting Ad-block?...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Charlie, if you want to make a political statement, I suggest you take all the swear-words, simply inverse them (tnuc, kcuf, tihs etc.) and persuade your piblishers to go with this. It won't be too hard for your readers to...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    PS, Crap, I think the Israel/Palestine shit-storm is turning into another Strange Attractor......
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    *rolls eyes* Right, because the Israel/Palestine conflict is only about the water....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    That's avoiding the question entirely. You don't need to make 100% of the population unemployable to see some deleterious effects. But that's not new. Entire sectors became obsolete in the past, people lost jobs and sometimes literally starved to death....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Or perhaps you could point to examples where the capitalists have actually noticed and cared about such a point? I don't think the situation ever got to the point where automation can render the entire workforce obsolete....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Kindly explain Singapore. Deng Xiaoping. Khrushchev. Et cetera. (Relatively) benevolent dictators can exist. I don't think they reproduce very well thought. That would Tolkien come true. :-)...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    We're living in an era of increasing automation. And it's trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Since the collapse of the USSR and the rise of post-Tiananmen China it has become glaringly obvious that capitalism does not require democracy. Or even benefit from it. Capitalism as a system may well work best in the absence of...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    >>“The Nightmare Stacks”, Laundry Files book seven. Maybe it was proposed before already, but "The Nightmare Stacks" just begs for "The Horror Heap" and "The Maleficent Malloc". (It's about an Eldritch Abomination written in C++)....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    We won't. That's the elephant in the room of science fiction. An interstellar spaceship must of necessity be a closed-system habitat. Once you have one, you don't need a colony any more, your spaceship is one. You may want to...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    (Also: looking at the modern biological sciences through eyes educated in 1920s biology/medicine is well worth it, just for the insanely dizzying perspective it gives you. Most folks don't realize just how far we've come.) Most folk also don't...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Ugh, the Strange Attractor strikes again. Stahp, what are you doing? We discussed it all before in like seven threads. Stahp! ... Ah, what the hell, once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more! Seriously, we don't need sub-luminal...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    And they're doing it by providing their readers with the joy of sexual fantasy, at only $2.99 a pop. Isn't it the same thing porn actors do?...
  • Commented on Default Option
    No. The likelihood of German-led military action against Greece in the foreseeable future is zero. What if the Golden Dawn comes to power in Greece? It would be a perfect opportunity for Germans to shoot Nazis. :-)...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    >>A hypothetical hijacker interfering with the flight profile of a hypersonic transport wouldn't need to deviate from their flight plan 20 minutes before it crashes into a target; it could be a last-minute gambit. Come on, Charlie, this is a...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Using the history of Rome as an argument for or against ANYTHING in the 21st century is stupid....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    When did a large group of nerds representative of the sum total of that label coming together to discuss global events or technology ever drift to the left? The idea of Basic Income is extremely popular on Reddit. Universal healthcare,...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Look up "Red Pill" and let your eyes glaze over. Meh, r/ShitRedditSays cancels it out. But really I judged by the population of large sub-reddits, such as WorldNews, Technology etc....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    I'd run away, very fast. Just assume the genie is faster. 2. "High budget" means "managed by a production studio, oversight by accountants, marketing directed by focus group". OK, lets tweak the question. The genie offers you a budget of...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Question: if a genie would offer to a high-budget movie based on one of your books, which book would you choose?...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    /me rolls eyes This is awesome. Gross generalization and comparing humans to animals. Could at least go for chimpanzees for that little bit of credibility, but no, it has to be wolves......
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Quite possibly. Although it may be a side-effect of the US (a) being my biggest market, and (b) being full of people who have an infuriatingly complacent "not invented here" attitude. When you see a friend persistently punching themselves in...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Something else triggered the drop in religiosity in Europe, and I think it goes back a long way before 1945. Niven's law № 9. Ethics change with technology....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Hmmm... Is discussing how USA is like the worst and going to collapse like totally for sure is another Strange Attractor of this blog?...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    In 50 years, what impact do you expect your writing to have left?...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    The shuttle was a giant White Elephant with a horribly convoluted design. There was nothing it did that couldn't be done much cheaper....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Have you tried to research before posting? SpaceX has already received a contract for Commercial Crew, for a Dragon V.2 on the existing Falcon 9 rocket. Falcon 9 rocket was designed to be man-rated from the start. Apparently, NASA has...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    (I'm trying to think of something else that's currently not socially acceptable that may become so in future, but drawing a blank There is a certain way that current societies arbitrarily divide the population into two groups with distinct rights...
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