Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Introducing guest blogger: Aliette de Bodard
    Unfortunately Obsidian and Blood is not available outside US and UK: AngryRobot says they don't sell it any more, details on Aliette's web page. Aliette's webpage sends me to a 404 page on AngryRobot's site......
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Sloppy wording of me, I meant ~7 bn extra deaths over that time. Wikipedia has this to say about the world population: The global growth rate peaked at 2.2% in 1963, and has declined to 1.1% as of 2012.Total annual...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    And Anita is funny. And GamerHaters are not....
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    So, best outcome: lots of elderly people dying in poverty before we (as a species) get out of this rat-trap. I'll probably be one of them. The problem with that is that humans normally just don't crawl into a corner...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Women just aren't important the way men are. I've been told that to my face, as a writer and a person. I am lesser because I have that other X chromosome. Look at it this way: all humans have two...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    One thing I've noticed among my small sample is a tendency toward vociferous argument. We have a saying: "Der liebe Gott weiß alles, aber ich weiß alles besser!" (The almighty is all-knowing, but I am know-it-all)...
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    Dang! I was so sure that CiaD referred to this dead pet story....
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    Greg has the more detailed version. I still don't see how that history gives Germans the right to look down on Greek people....
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    Err, as Bellinghman already said AFAIK Andreas[1] is German, so that would be German self-hate. No, I don't have self-hate, I just wish I wasn't German! :-)...
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    I must be hugely lucky then, because pretty much every German (or even half-German) I know is at least 2 of polite, respectful and friendly towards me. Germans in their natural habitat or abroad?...
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    Hehe, but I have inside knowledge! But you are right, one shouldn't throw all members of a nation into the same pit (although that's not uncommon in Germany, either)....
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    it would serve the interests of European tax payers better if Greece received enough assistance to become a net value added to the EU That's relative. The German tax payers earned around €100 billion from the Greek crisis over the...
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    It's Germans. Germans don't do respect. If you are lucky, they are polite. In this case they argue about moral obligations to pay debt and sticking to rules when they should help Greece to get back on its feet and...
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    Are you saying they didn't fight hard? Oh, Germans worked hard after WWII. They also took all the help they could get from the Allied and didn't pay much of their debt, see London Agreement on German External Debts....
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    The Germans know about this. After WWI they had crushing debts, and they worked hard for low rewards. It made them strong. Joy Through Strength. Freedom Through Work. After WWII their economy was bombed to hell and gone but they...
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    I think most continental Europeans want a united EU. Governments are dragging their feet because they are busy blame shifting and playing "you pay - no, you pay", but the EU can not risk for any member to become a...
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    Not in the short term. And we won't allow Greece to sink into poverty for good, it's part of the EU. Once you start to let countries fall off the cliff, the EU would disintegrate....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Greece != Guatenala I was responding to J Thomas' claim that Greece was a third world country. I'm not saying that some countries are poorer or have more problems than others. I just don't agree that one should say "that's...
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    Third world / First world is so 20th century, don't you think? For the record: life expectancy in Greece is 81 years, same as in Germany or UK, and higher than for example the US, Colombia and Cuba (all 79)....
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    The Greek government is desperate to borrow a lot of money in a hurry. They have a track record of borrowing money and not paying it back. The folks in the ECB who are willing to lend them money knowing...
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    That won't make sense if CiaD already is a perl script. The last thing we want to see is two scripts outcompeting each other......
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Bad metaphor. I'm pretty sure corruption and bad administration are not contagious. The only thing that could spread to Spain and Italy would be non-austerity politics. And that's in my view not the disease but the cure. About chopping of...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    The problem is that most of us don't think pharma industries need more tools for enforcing their IP and making profit. In fact, maybe if they were making less profit they'd start to make those medicine again that they stopped...
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    The post was a question about a speculation. It looks to me that OGH accepts that TTIP & Co are not part of an evil conspiracy to overthrow democracy, My own opinion is that no treaty or legislation will be...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Possibly the only thing preventing a military coup is that the ignoble end of the last one is still within living memory of the officers who'd be running it. Why would the military (or anyone) want to run that country...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    How would you decide whether his solution was correct? Oh, that's easy, since it's the P-part of NP (solvable in polynomial time) Oh, I guess you'd just have to choose your problem. Some are hard to verify and others are...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    When I said "refinement" I wanted to include also something like the refinement from Newton's mechanics to general relativity: exciting new possibilities but business as usual for everyday work. I also think that anything replacing QM will be even more...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    When it turns into something that people believe is true and use as a theological argument, at that point it is a dogma. It would be unreasonable to believe that QM is not true, and it's also unreasonably to try...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Quantum Mechanics is not a dogma. And physicists don't rule out lower levels, they just proved that any hidden variable would either work non-locally with instant cause-effect relations not limited by the speed of light, or is so pervasive that...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Ah, the "I don't have to be a proctologist to recognize an asshole"-argument. Of course there are also anthropology and literary studies which handle religion on a scientific basis....
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