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  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    The modern British surveillance state depends on cheap integrated circuit electronics. ICs were invented at least partially due to the "connection problem" prize money offered by the US Air Force, developed in the early ways with DoD funding, and...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Just a bunch of geeks talking sh......
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Ah, yes, the proximity to the boss thing... C. Northcote Parkinson's book about the British colonial service politics still mapped directly into corporate IT when I was doing that sort of thing. For that matter, so did a book...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The traditional place to hide a secret British organization tasked with repelling alien invaders is underneath a film studio......
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    > RAM In the same timeframe, one of the US industry magazines reported a warehouse with a recent RAM shipment being hit and a couple of security guards being killed in the process. A couple of years later I got...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    > canon One of Fred Hoyle's books depended heavily on a "canon with a crown" as a plot point. It wasn't until much later I found out that a "canon" in that context was a type of priest....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    In this case, it was a real British book, from a British publisher, and possibly even a British writer, though it didn't actually say so. Such things occasionally pop up in used book stores and flear markets nearby, probably...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    > don't sweat the small stuff Somewhere in Archeological Filing System I have a British paperback police procedural, written in the early 1980s, if I remember right. Nothing particularly notable for the genre, except the protagonist and his mates are...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    > Let's colonize the Gobi Desert first! Do you intend to buy it from the Chinese and Mongolians, or are you going to take it by conquest? Neither Mongolia nor China are particularly hard up for cash at the moment,...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    > it would take an intentional act of fuckwittery > to cause a nuclear war [pauses to consider the current fuckwits in power] You're not exactly reducing my concerns......
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    > revoke their license to be a parent. If only... A lot of places, you have to have a license to keep a dog, but all you need are functioning genitalia to be a parent....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    > With the one notable exception of Arthur C. > Clarke, none of them predicted mobile > telephones. Furthermore, not a single man > jack of 'em predicted smartphones That's because mobile telephones were real, as early as the mid-1960s....
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    > Maybe we've become less ageist, or maybe I > still behave like my late-20s. When I was very young, I noticed early that adults were mostly sour and angry. I vowed never to become one. I've mostly avoided (that...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    > "It seems just like yesterday I was 21" My memory seems to be random-access. I don't remember things in any sequential fashion; a lot of times I remember something vividly, but have trouble placing it +/- five years. As...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    >Newtonian dynaics. Note that Newtonian physics will accurately predict any humanly-observable events. It'll even hold up to a fair amount of instrumented scrutiny. It's only when you create more sophisticated measuring instruments that things start to go squishy. For practically...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Whale blubber is pretty tough stuff. I'm not sure it would be practical to remove it via a suction tube... but you never know until you try. I imagine the whales might object to the procedure unless you had...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    > I'm not sure even my specialist technology > from immunology and microbiology to be > honest. Take your GP. Move him to 1900. Watch how he performs without his diagnostic labs, ultrasound, CAT scanner, MRI, X-days, antibiotics, or the...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    > jet engine and gas turbine blades which now > need active cooling to prevent them from > melting in use. Tech from the dawn of the jet age; there are papers in the NACA archive (and the British mirror...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It's interesting that while most cultures have swords in their origin mythology, the Vietnamese myths have a crossbow. A sword is basically a stick, used for hitting things. But a crossbow is an actual machine, with levers and moving...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Rick Cook's "Wiz" series blended magic and computer programming. Gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "the dragon book..."...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    @32: How well would someone 100 years ago get on with reverse engineering an iPhone? --- That's actually an interesting question; I've considered it in the case of "what if a modern smartphone were dropped into, say, 1945?" The key...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    It's nothing new. The FBI was doing the same thing in the 1980s with illegal phone taps and sharing information with local PDs and prosecutors. Of course they wouldn't even consider such a thing nowadays... when they can get...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    I was thinking more along "The Producers", also by Mel Brooks. From what I've read about Hollywood accounting practices, it's not even all that far-fetched......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > students who came to capoeira looking to > learn to fight, yes, but that mindset was > always quickly discouraged. I've been having Tae Kwon Leep flashbacks all through this thread......
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > mark "funny, they don't say a word when I > go through security with my solid wood > walking stick" In the USA, that's an "assist device" and protected by Federal law. Not even the TSA can take it...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > But cinema release has an audience > bottleneck, in time and seats available. And like bookstores, that bottleneck is getting tighter. The local metro area, say a 35 mile radius, has gone from maybe ten theaters to only two;...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    > the novel that took five years or seven years > to write, can be just as good an investment. Can it? If it takes you five years two write a novel, it doesn't mean you're a better writer. It...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    In other states, a police officer may interact with lawfully armed members of the general public several times per shift without even knowing it....
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    ...or nobody in charge at all. Have the employment agency send a bunch of people, have them follow the procedures on their computer terminals. No need to training or supervision when you have ISO-9000 workflow documentation! Some fast-food chains in...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    > They seemed chagrined, embarrassed--but not > enough to let go of their status in a recognized > hierarchy. That's not unusual. I've read half a dozen accounts of Soviet defectors set up in Britain, Canada, or the USA with...
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