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  • Commented on Checking in
    Yeah. A sign of healthy civilization is when there is no arguments, as everyone knows what's best for everyone. Uniforms and marching may also be involved, while democracy is right out....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It used to be the case that people died off between ages 50 and 70, and the rare over 70 survivors were (in theory) cared for by their numerous descendents. But caring for an 80+ is pretty close to a...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You are forgetting the Oxygen Catastrophe. It was the mother of all extinctions....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    According to what he wrote, in 10 years he may be joining the cohorts of the homeless. I'm not sure if that's better than being "the modern proletariat". Also, LOL, "proletariat". The modern proletariat is in China, assembling iPhones, and...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Nah, eugenics is boring. Who wants to wait several generations? Modifying an already grown human, that's where the money is. Alipogene tiparvovec is just a beginning. :-)...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >>Can you name any of these things he might do with an Internet connection that would meet his ability to earn money? Learn to program, become an expert in some field and build a portfolio of works to show to...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Have you even read the original comment I was replying to? He is sitting in his house with a computer and an internet connection and just waits for the money to run out (in 10 years, no less!). I propose...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Look, I'm talking about self-education. 10 years with an internet connection is enough to become an expert in something computer-related. Or several "somethings"....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >>Cancer isn't a "cure" for cellular senescence Oh, but it is. That's why the process of creating a stable cell line (one you can grow in the lab forever) is called "immortalization"....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I don't want to sound rude, but you have: 1. Computer. 2. Internet connection. 3. 10 years! And you feel there is absolutely nothing you can do to improve your economic situation?...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >>disease we call "old age" (cellular senescence). Charlie, those are 2 different concepts. The "cure" to cellular senescence is cancer. You want a cure to whole-organism senescence....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >>>"What will the world look like if some of the worse predictions of climate change come to pass, but humans don't go extinct?" Here's a map: http://www.worlddreambank.org/D/DUBIA.HTM...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    And using capital letters will get you the capital sentence in the future, apparently......
  • Commented on Generation Z
    >> According to stories filtering out of places like MIT, Princeton, and Stanford, the biggest thing the bright kids want to do is save the world, not get rich Possible selection bias here. Perhaps those who want to get rich...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Charlie, are you considering emigration if things are going to get worse? And where would you go in such case? In the world of your dystopian narrative, what will be the last bastion of freedom? Norway, maybe?...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    These two categories are not exclusive. You can have horror story in a fantasy world....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Things are never collapsing back to the way they were. This is the Fundamental Law of Things....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Terry Pratchett is a spectacular example of successfully writing books about anything you want, while tricking readers into thinking it's a single series....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    >>>Gothic architectural urban fantasy novel 3 out of 4 are fine, but what the hell is an architectural novel?...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    At what point in the future will internet security become trivial enough so that bugs like this are no longer possible?...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    What's the price of LNG in the UK?...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    >>> It does, however, suggest to me that the savvy Al Qaida conspirators[yes, I know this is a contradiction in terms] of the next decade will hold their covert meetings in the nude, on Yahoo! video chat, while furiously masturbating....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    What about Israel?...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Sometimes privatization can turn the other way. See: 1917, Russia. Things do not get better....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Duuuuuude. You are not writing a Young Adult Urban Fantasy, you are writing a Lovecraftian Spy Thriller. Justice? Honour? It does not fhtagn....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    >Especially given the combination of deep history, the sense that the modern bureaucracy is a mere veneer, the widespread use of truth spells, and the enormous number of infractions for which the penalty is summary death. You could certainly get...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    >>>Finally, (c) contemplate how the Laundry might conceivably push back, without taking action that might be construed as treasonable (in the light of the Spycatcher affair). Charlie, frankly, the fact that the Laundry does not control the government (or IS...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Charlie, before you write the book about invading high-tech-magic elves from the other dimension, I suggest you peruse this: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DystopicReturnOfMagic http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/timelines/dystopic_return_of_magic It is possible that parts of your book are already written. :-) Also, it's pretty damn good for something...
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    Charlie, how drunk were you when you wrote this blog-post?...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    >>So I'm not too fussed about the continuity problem in uploading: it's just a more abrupt equivalent of processes we undergo all the the time but are not consciously aware of. So you are not too fussed about the continuity...
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