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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    @339: Computational Fluid Dynamics is a difficult subject, but that's because gas moving over a body doesn't conform with any one of the well established laws of gas dynamics --- That's because most of the gas laws are taught in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    > arenak ...or dagal, or inoson, or "10-point steel", or monomolecular wire, or scrith, or mithril, or... "Oh, for something really *rigid* to build with!" - Dick Seaton, in "Skylark of Valeron"...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    @58: little agreement with the MMPI --- Considering the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory is almost useless, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you ever take the test, it quickly becomes evident that it was clumsily built to funnel responses...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    > 1) The cinema as a mainstream > experience also survives. Somewhere, but not where I am. Theaters have closed one after the other, until the closest one I'm aware of is ninety miles away. And even before then, the...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    The proportion of "creative" people may be small, but the population is large enough that there's no shortage of them. Idea monkeys are a dime a dozen; the shortage is of people who can successfully complete large and complex projects....
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    That should be handy! I keep running into sites that won't render with anything but the latest IE. My wife's employer's HR web pages, for example... and MS doesn't support newer IE on my antique but legal copy of XP....
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    apt-get wine and see if the Audible program will run in it. Wine is a lot better than it used to be. If it won't run in wine, apt-get virtualbox and pick up an older copy of Windows from eBay...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    > American accents Just to rub it in a little deeper, the American audiobook versions of Charlies novels are done in English or Scottish accents....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Whores and insider trading are fine, but politicians really like cash when accepting bribes. You also have the invisible elephant in the room: the illegal drug industry. On one side, a huge government payroll; on the other, the selfless citizens...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    > We know for a fact that the US > Postal Service photographs and > OCRs the addresses/labels/exterior > of every item that travels through > their network ...and have since the late 1970s. The USPS was the financial backer...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    > corporate dystopia The megacorps realized it was cheaper to just outsource military operations to national governments......
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    > steampunk Mostly, "steam" is just as much magic as psi or dilithium crystals. Steam is *established* technology, up against the hard limits of old-school Newtonian physics. (as are airships...) I know just a little bit about steam; I've built...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    > In the past 3/4 of a century, it has become clear > that there are serious inconsistencies at the root > of modern physics, There always have been, at least ever since people started gathering experimental data that Newtonian...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    > Jackson, from my reading of history > seemed to act as an autocratic > racist thug while president. Keep reading; Jackson was the USA's equivalent of Mussolini. The politicking and lawmaking that allowed him to spearhead the Trail of...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The lightspeed limit is a problem because our lifespans are so short and we don't pass consciousness across bodies. We're not a type of life that's suited for space travel. A shared consciousness or hive mind would have a huge...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    > Mack Reynolds There's the Wikipedia entry saying he was a member of the "Socialist Labor Party", which I've never heard of, and there's what Reynolds wrote, which I've read a great deal of. Reynolds' SF featured many different types...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    I don't see any inherent difference between "bowdlerizing" a private copy of a work, crossing out, highlighting, or underlining words on a paper copy. Under US law, once I purchase a paper book, it's mine to do with as I...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    It's easy to forget how much backstory there is in the Discworld. I got the DVD movies for "The Color of Magic" and "Hogfather" and thought they were excellent; my wife was mostly lost, even after long explanations of which...
  • Commented on Cover Reveal
    I wonder how many of pterry's fans are going to make the pilgimage to his gravesite with a black robe and scythe......
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    > Hawk Among the Sparrows. Aha! Thank you for the title. [google] I've remembered the story for decades and never could remember the name or author....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    > tax For your US sales, bring the issue up with your publisher. US "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles" and tax law generally provide for you to break up income generated across more than one tax year. Though sometimes convenient for...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    > Was I appropriating something that didn't belong to me? You're an American, therefore a scion of English culture. Appropriation *is* English culture; when we see something we feel is interesting or useful, we make it ours. Language, clothing, music,...
  • Commented on Default Option
    A Greek petition to join the Russian Federation would be an interesting event. The mechanics are simple - just follow the methods used to turn various Eastern European nations into Soviet satellites. Whatever Greek party made the bid would be...
  • Commented on Default Option
    A "basic income" would theoretically be used to pay for housing, food, and perhaps healthcare. Rather than just giving people money, you could cut out a lot of potential profiteering and abuse by simply providing those services directly, from "barracks...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    61 messages and nobody mentioned "key escrow" and "Clipper Chip" yet? The US Fed got their panties in a wad about encryption 20+ years ago, and we narrowly missed a ban on "strong" encryption, mandatory "secret" back doors to allowed...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    > Loyalty Customer loyalty is hard to get when you're offering an experience akin to stuffing a rabid weasel down your pants. Leaving them standing at the airport watching the plane take off because you deliberately oversold the available seats...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    > The point is that someone has a working > prototype of a battery with potentially 40x the > energy density of Li-ion. If that can be > productionized then ALL our energy problems > are solved. That's been the...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    "I want to believe..." Unfortunately Lockheed's web site is still just a bunch of PR and links to mass media news sites, which in turn link back to the Lockheed site, completing the circle nicely. The "10 year plan" part...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    >USians Point of information: "British America" was the term used by the Admiralty, and later by the king and parliament. It referred to about two dozen separately-chartered British colonies in the New World, each with its own governor and colonial...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    > The American West's population is > enormously concentrated into a > handful of metro areas. Two reasons not immediately obvious from the map: a) much of the West is technically desert; those urban areas you see are absolutely dependent...
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