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  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    @333: generalist recruitment site like s1jobs.com usually advertises between 4,000 and 5,000 vacancies across the country, suspiciously, and has done so every time I’ve looked --- In the USA, many of those "job sites" don't appear to have any real...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    > Native Americans came from Siberia, Siberia > belongs to Russia, ergo the Americans are > properly Russian. At one time the Tsars claimed western North America from the polar regions to around Sacramento; Alaska, western Canada, Washington state, Oregon,...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    In the movie "Demolition Man", they posited a Constitutional amendment, which resulted in Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming President. Putin as a candidate is less unbelievable than Palin, though. She pretty much killed her fan base when she resigned as governor...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Thomas Edison designed an electric car over a hundred years ago, and ran into The Battery Problem. Ever since, better batteries have been just around the corner... but they've all run into one or more of the same basic...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    > basic income On the other hand, what do people need money *for*? Housing, food, clothing, healthcare, entertainment? Throw up some barracks, add a chow hall, issue your National Dole clothing, watch the government-approved shows the government-issue TV. Wait, I've...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Well, some classes - politics, management, and celebrities - already have salaries completely independent of talent and skills......
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Though someone else already said it, I'll wave the Mack Reynolds flag again. Too bad he was stuck in the Ace paperback ghetto for most of his career......
  • Commented on I'm back
    > recreations based on DNA I've met a couple of pairs of identical twins who were practically indistinguishable as children, but by the time they were in their 30s there was just a general family resemblance. Of course, now that...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    If I had my propeller-topped hat on while doing an investigation, my first step would be to determine that the "missing flight" actually existed. Not that many people actually see an aircraft - the control tower people go by...
  • Commented on Implications
    "But you can just make anything up, can't you?" see also: steampunk I'm sure there are some good ones in the genre somewhere, but the ones I've tried, it was painfully obvious that the writers saw no difference between engineering...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    @45: I suspect that in the US, under those circumstances, a judge would rule a mistrial. --- It depends on the jurisdiction; the 50 states plus various Federal courts, and whether it's a civil or criminal court. They're all descendants...
  • Commented on Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia?
    > flying cars Some years ago I thought it would be nice to build an ultralight aircraft. At the time, in the USA, Federal regulations allowed small aircraft of carefully restricted specification to be built and flown with very little...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    > Dune I read that one in 1976 or so. I was mildly impressed, but never had the desire to read it again. No desire at all to pick up any of the sequels or spinoffs. > Lord of the...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "Caves of Steel." Evolving into Trantor......
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    @709: while I disagree with Jerry Pournelle on many issues, I agree wholeheartedly with him on some. The iron law of bureaucracy is one of them --- Try "Parkinson's Law" by C. Northcote Parkinson for a more developed exposition. The...
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    Try a different web browser. I sometimes get different "buy it now" prices on eBay depending on whether I'm using Konqueror or Firefox; it wouldn't surprise me if other vendors were doing the same thing....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    @59: Nah, in the beginning was the loom. --- And it was a real-time system!...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Who needs one of those "operating system" things when you can run ROM BASIC?!...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    @439: the USA's original sin -- slavery. --- If slavery is the USA's "original sin", it is shared by most of the English-speaking world. Before 1776, we were Britons, under the same crown and law as anyone in England. British...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    @272: The trick with taxes is to make them: a] Progressive b] Fair --- Born to fail, since progressive taxation is unfair by definition. A "fair" tax would be to take the budget, divide by the total of the population...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    @302: Bitcoin is like cash except with an important difference: Bitcoins do not take up physical space. --- I've talked with several people who bought gold and/or silver, for a hedge against inflation, shtf, whatever. When I ask whether they...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Charlie @87: (And I wear black. JUST LIKE HITLER.) --- Actually, Hitler seldom wore black, and never after 1939. In the early days Hitler mostly wore suits in various colors, or very occasionally the Schutzstaffel black uniform for SS functions....
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    @119: I know I'm a bit late to the party, but has anyone considered the potential of doing something similar with a thermostat? --- Intel was cataloging 80386 processors with piggyback sockets to take a meg of EEPROM... back in...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    @67: I heard that smart power meters can detect what TV program you are watching. --- Many American homes have three or more televisions now. From my experiences inside them, all of them are likely to be on, tuned to...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Um. There have been companies selling "wall wart" power supply blocks full of surveillance goodies for a decade or more. Since almost every device has a wall wart or charger now, and they're commodity items, there's no need to hack...
  • Commented on Lovebible.pl
    Hmm... I've bored through press releases and news articles that made even less sense than that. And presumably people got paid to write those......
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    Having attended sessions of the legislature and watching law being made, I've found the old adage about law and sausage making to be true. There may be Believers raising law and government to theocratic status, but the number of...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    I've just finished re-reading Martin Gardner's "Fads and Fallacies", originally printed in the 1950s. I hadn't read it for thirty years, so with brain rot, it was almost like a new book... Gardner set a whole chapter aside for...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    @119: when I first bumped into the idea of the Singularity, I quite literally wanted to run and hide. It scared the crap out of me. --- Okay... why? My reaction was a regret that if it happened at all,...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Wikipedia says the first bits of EE Smith's Lensman series were written in 1934. The Arisians were *definitely* a post-Singularity culture. Smith's universe was also steadfastly deterministic and Newtonian. For the Arisians, the future was all predetermined, For the...
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