Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Updating a classic
    That's a standard part of supply chain optimization, isn't it? At least the big car manufacturers in southern Germany adopted it a few years ago....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    That's SOP for government budgets in Germany and probably elsewhere....
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    No, because it would be the death of humanity, which for me is "Homo narrans". Without individual narrative selves there wouldn't be any stories and therefore the human culture would be dead. Even if a collective mind would be able...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I'm starting by asking, "if you posit really good epigenetic modification and genetic engineering, how would you redesign humanity in order to prevent oppressive cultural forms such as patriarchy or racism from taking hold?" That's a position I can accept...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    ... the Euroseptics ... Nice one. Is the term in general use in Britain or did you make it up?...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    In fact we don't use that name in public but call it "Flughafen Berlin-Brandenburg" or just BER; probably because no-one wants to smudge Willy Brandt's good name with that project....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    China? Why should they want to intervene against the EU on behalf of the UK? And with what gun? Also it's not their style. They appear to prefer silent politics, unless someone meets with the Dalai Lama....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I agree that Ireland will not ask for NI, but they'll want to have sweeteners for suddenly having to run an EU land border. Would be much easier if NI decided to become independent and stay in the EU......
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    As a German I'm not too worried of the EU falling apart due to BRexit -- it's not that the UK government has a stellar reputation for being such a good team player and for being helpful at resolving conflicts....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The EU has a large number of flaws immigration being the current bug bear You'd think the governments would welcome a few hundred thousand refugees as a good practice for millions of internal refugees in the EU once the sea...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    But that was long ago. Nowadays it will have a permanent internet connection, probably with AES256 encryption and a standard password. Also ObXKCD...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    The pictures are kind of a give.away: neither the device nor the screens are over-designed. Just not shiny enough. Remember that Apple: - professionally design the inside of there packaging - professionally designed its Black Screen of Death on OS/X...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    NAS = Network Attached Storage = there's an ethernet card between your computer and the harddrive VR = Virtual Reality = what you see is not what there is AR = Augmented Reality = VR on top of real things...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Ah, but that's not what they mean when they talk about "nuking cities"... And I hope we'll see solar powered desalination plants instead of nuclear ones. For one, it's easier to build those in the Global South....
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    Apple could buy Paypal or one of its startup competitors. And there will probably competition like Android Pay and the credit card companies could write their own apps. But yes, some large changes seem likely in the near future....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Remember the good old times when we only had to wrap our heads around simple conflicts like the Israel/Palestine one? Also interesting that the current attractors seem to be "Where to move when there is no water any more" and...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    I'm impressed. I didn't know that one could do that with Unicode....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Not to speak of the ethics of sending people to the stars without their informed consent. Just imagine the lawsuits if should they come back......
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    They encounter a hostile world where the aliens killed themselves with climate change from too much use of fossil fuels Will there be a scene where they discover a half-buried Statue of Liberty at a beach?...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    So maybe the question should be "How do publishers define Space Opera/i>?" After all they have to be comfortable with sticking the label "SO" on OGH's new work....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Definition: any science fiction story that includes one or more clich├ęs from the previous blog essay + comments....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    (Off-off-topic: Could you make an argument that the clergy themselves qualify as terrorists?) Dunno about clergy, but quite a few catholic boarding schools exposed you to more violence than an ISIS terror camp....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Even tif you think that Christian terrorists who bomb abortion clinics don't do it to further their religion, history shows that the current lack of Christian terrorists is not because of some quality of Christianity. The most violent tendencies of...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    If all christians followed the Sermon on the Mount, christianity wouldn't even exist (and probably neither islam). For one, it wouldn't have become the state religion of the roman empire. Since then, organized christianity has all been about power only,...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    not terrorist = big on forgiving? Methinks you are missing some room in the middle. If you look more closely at (catholic) christianity you'll see that the precondition for forgiveness is submission. "Und willst Du nich mein Bruder sein, so...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I definitely don't think that Christianity is a religion that's big on forgiving people, why would you think that?...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Would be fun if they put Jamie Oliver on trial....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Argh, bad typo: small ships, not chips. In fact one-woman/man space ships....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I recently read the Dread Empire's Fall by WJW and they send small chips ("pinnacles") with their anti-matter torpedo swarms in order to give them last minute course corrections without communication delays....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Internet penetration in India is a meagre 20%, so anyone writing a blog there is very lucky and probably busy with her career (there are probably some doomsday blogs but they wont stand out from the mass of optimist blogs)....
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