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  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    Congrats all around! I had waited with ordering TNS till just now on the off chance ......
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    NK has special zones for export production, maybe like the maquilladores on the US/Mexican Border or similar places world wide. One such: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaesong_Industrial_Region Oddly, NK also exports animation, graphic artist Guy Delisle worked as a foreworker in a contract animation...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Yes, so much. Althusser, I think "Ideology is the imagined relationship to the real world", my interpretation: How you think the world works Compare/contrast with the idea that everybody is the hero of their own inner story....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Before having read all the comments, here are a few thoughts. An interstellar polity would face these challenges: Sparsity - a few dense settlements (outposts, maybe terraformed worlds, generation ships with 100 mill. people) and lots of nothing in between...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Since we're on the subject of antireligious SF ... (I know we're not directly there, but it's sorta-kinda relevant) My current fave is IMB Hydrogen Sonata, my reading is that even when an afterlife beckons, finding solace and closure in...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: Safe or Sorry? Classification: Infestation proof PLC equipment Deployment: When CASE NIGHTMARE GREN strikes, many of the PLC systems running our critical infrastructure are in danger of infestation. This severely endagners our water and energy infrastructure. To mitigate against...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Laundry pesonnel are to note that any restrictions re. MALCOIN apply even more so to the so called ethereum project, which in addition to the compuation needed to generate 'coin also tries to implement compuation on the blockchain itself! Anyone...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: Old school cadet Classification: Infestation proof calculating equipment Deployment: Computers can be infested, in CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN this will likely affect many. One possible preemptive measure will be removal of most computing equipment from hazardous areas, either directly or...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: BLACKBOOK BANKSY Classification: Civilian protection equipment, supplement to CIRCLE OF SAFETY equipment Deployment: In CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN HM Laundry will provide circle of safety protective wards. There will also be an offensive ward provided to the civilian population: We...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Meta meta on the wall ... Somewhere, someone is really worried that their underlings might be out to wreck their company, after reading this. So any middle manager suggesting any policy that was mentioned in this thread is immediatly under...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    totes unrelated but we're in strange attractor territory allready ... A few thousand people blocked the traqin tracks to the coal power plant Schwarze Pumpe in Lausitz and the excavators in a nearby stripmine. Apparantly Vattenfall had to drastically reduce...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    drat, the last paragraph was supposed to read: And another thing: accorging to this thougtmenu on enlightenment, achieving enlightenment means you have no inner monologue (at least for this guy). Maybe you can't be audited anymore, any attempts at achieving...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Before I get to the point, there's this episode of lone wolf and cup: Okami is hired to kill an eremite. When he goes to the old man, the guy scares him somehow (despite beeing old and unaremed and Okami...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    The most concretre proposal for a group mind (troutwaxers) borrows heavily from computers with routers and stuff, and we had terms like read - write execute access. I think at this level, a computer is a bad analogy for human...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Reminds me of Theodore Sturgeons "To marry Medusa".At least I understood it along lines similar to what you write here. I'm not at all sure, of course, that that'S what the author intended. That the noel was published with anotehr...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    ((Havent read the comments yet, so maybe this has been brought uop allready)) Species are not collective actors. The human species is the sum of all humans, nothing more. This question will not be posed before 'humanity' but before some...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    It probably hinges on your definition of radical. To me it implies anticapitalism and intersectionalism. Not things you get elected for. This is also a discussion where I've seen real development in the last ten years. But decriminlazation as apragmatic...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    In strict accordance with horseshoe theory (okay, okay, it's more like "heuristic" than "theory", but it's unpleasantly accurate one) a lot of modern left (especially on the "harder" left end of the spectrum) are embracing sex-negative, SWERF-ish, downright neopuritan attitudes....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Re safe spaces ... It's weird when I run across the concept as something institutionalized in academia. I'm not convinced the problem is as big as a host of pundits make it to be. It's even weirder to hear the...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    When I read Hughs post, my first reaction was: These 'bot attacks' only work on people with a distinct social media usage (not me!), but I could not put my finger on it. Thanks to a few comments in a...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Scary application: The Coachbro. Coachbro is an app that reads your chat and tries to build a mental model of the person you're chatting with. Coachbro will suggest things to say, and it will warn you if what you're about...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Umm, the hacked cars where in Halting State, not Rule 34. I don't know what you people will do with this information. And how the Jesuits fit in....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Forgive me for not having read the last 400 comments, but I found something I thought a few of the regulars here will enjoy, or maybe 'enjoy'. The real reason for Syrian civil war: For those who don't read german,...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I just came across this: The monomyth: so incorrect it's dangerous Charlie and others mentiones a few problems with the mononmyth upthread (gender politics, how universal is it actually), the article linked goes into bit more dtail. Especially interesting for...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The woman or man who risks their life to save others is courageous, the one who runs from the emergency, leaving the others to possibly suffer & die when they could be saved? Burning buildings, sinking ships, etc .... All...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    One of the regulars remarked a while back on ISIS that 'finally someone weaponized the hero's journey.' I think it was never non-weaponized. It's a journey about (mostly) a man who gets convinced to seek adventure, danger and treasure in...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    In the last thread I mentioned an itch that SO as a genre scratches - escapism. I think this is where the huge scale and the sense of wonder and the action filled plots com in. It has to feel...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Not SF but cool: Metro - Kairo Underground by Magdy El Shafee, cool graphic novel with a touch of cyberpunk. Might also touch notes re. start ups. Published 2008. Lots of arab spring anticipated but no muslim brotherhood. Hmm....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    (Don't find the right comment to answer to ...) Re. muslim SF, here's a linkdump from another forum for those who want to investigate. Stuff I meant to get around to read but didn't ... also all of it pretty...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Body Bits Software Hardware Soul Dualism ... I think software - hardware is a flawed analogy for any other type of information processing, of which there are many. Our computers are (correct me if I'm wrong) the most general information...
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