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  • 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...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    If titanium was free, a part made of it would probably cost about the same as a similar part forged and/or milled from ordinary "aircraft aluminum." (6061 or 7075 alloy, not the exotic aluminum-lithium stuff, which is so expensive...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    For intermediate-range travel the high speed "bullet train" setup can be fast and much cheaper than aircraft. There have been a number of attempts to build something like that in the US; each time the backers ran into heavily-financed...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    A friend does training at a sizeable airline. We've gone in after hours and played on the escape slide. No matter what it looks like on TV, you basically fall straight down, then make a sharp horizontal hook at...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    > You'd then all board a 737 which would > act like an airport bus, Unless you live near a major transit hub, that's how all long-distance flight works. If I were to visit Britain, I'd have to drive to...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    We now live not-too-far from a railroad. The trains are far more annoying than when we lived near the airport....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    > violating airspace It's a tit-for-tat thing, started by General Curtis LeMay of the USAF, who began sending bombers trolling around in Soviet airspace in the early 1950s, which drove the Rooskies half-crazy. This was on LeMay's own initiative, not...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The B-70 did that very thing half a century ago. It worked just fine. Well, they were running jet fuel, but it was well past the boiling point when it was fed to the engines. Hydrogen has three general problems...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    > troll [sigh] https://www.cardcow.com/429730/notice-you-must-tall-this-sign-attack-city-far-side-cartoons/...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    My globes and atlases show an empty sea. They show Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and other islands, but just blue where Cuba should be....
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    The atlases we had in school - and most of the ones I have in my own library - do not show Cuba. Neither do either of my world globes....
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    > the US format is 60 hours, of which 16 > minutes is advertising, so 44 minutes > of content in four 11 minute blocks. Not for a long time. By my stopwatch, a typical "1 hour" TV show (in...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    Zelazny wrote a handful of shorts for Amber fanzines, back in the pre-internet days. Probably odd bits that were leftovers from other stories, but I thought it was quite nice that he shared them; being zines, I doubt he...
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