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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    >>>Let’s ignore the fact that Thor is a god Thor is not a god. Just like Superman is not an alien, Batman is not a vigilante billionaire and Doctor Strange is not a sorcerer. Their back-stories don't matter. All of...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    >>>Meanwhile, us working proles labour under increasingly tight immigration controls that effectively stop us from moving to where the pay and working conditions are better. Charlie, if you are a working prole, I'm a dung beetle. How can you even...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Charlie, do you profile your texts with word frequency tools? Because it seems to me you use the word "deeply" too much....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    > I have, and it's true that Russia's government has major issues, but singling out Russia in this way as "cursed" is really over the top and dangerous propaganda. Where does this campaign to demonize Russia originate, and why is...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Your obsession with "fascist militias" leads me to believe that read too much Russian propaganda....
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I'm pretty sure Poroshenko is also responsible for the snipers killing Maidan activists, for annexation of Crimea or for the Chechen "separatists" in Donetsk and Lugansk. /sarcasm off There is a rule of thumb in geopolitics, one that is correct...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    How about a different explanation, namely that Secret Service knows all this perfectly well, but needs to cover its ass?...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    >>Somehow we've been unable to come up with a better way to do high quality fiction since Thomas Hardy's day, despite having a century filled with progress in other fields. I wonder if people actually really tried. A real "collective...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Damn. Should I stockpile e-ink readers before they disappear?...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I don't think Bezos is a Load-Bearing Boss (see tvtropes for details)....
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    >Evil is the deliberate infliction of unnecessary suffering. The argument is over the word "unnecessary" Really? I could argue over "deliberate" and "suffering" all day......
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Since no sane person is going to invest in things with time-spans on the order of magnitude of her lifespan, we should really try to persuade the rich to invest in life-extension. Then terraform Venus. :-)...
  • 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....
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