Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on The morning after
    About seventy years ago we hanged a bunch of Nazis for committing atrocities under the excuse of "collective responsibility" Let's not forget that those Nazis were hanged for genocide, not just for killing civilians under the excuse of "collective responsibility"....
  • Commented on The morning after
    There's the whole Devo Max issue to contemplate -- promises were made in the last week of campaigning -- although I expect them to be forgotten or kicked into touch because there's a general election due in less than 12...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Nope, because the Scottish Political Singularity still isn't over yet. So now would be the time to write an alternate history novel where the Yes campaign won? :-)...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Hm, I doubt that OGH's meagre income alone will make a big difference. And doesn't the foreign currency go to the publisher first? OTOH apparently there's billions in the whiskey trade. An independent Scotland could also cut the VAT on...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Only that from the comments I read today a Yes vote might put an end to Cameron's political career. Do you still think he manufactured the referendum to loose?...
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    So Kameron gets her blogs in nice Calibri, but OGH, Tricia and us comment writers still have to do with Arial?...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    He has a plan. Never assume malice when the same actions can equally well be attributed to incompetence....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    No, antimatter is matter with its electric charges reversed. Both act the same to gravity AFAIK. Negative matter would bend space the other way than ordinary matter does....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    I'm pretty sure I'm going to take it out for another spin one of these years, unlike the Eschaton universe. Unfortunately it may be a long while; I seem to be writing only near future SF and urban fantasy these...
  • Commented on Apology
    Or "the Time Merchants", since it's more about alternate timelines. The problem is that it looks as if not many named entities survive the events of the last MP book, and I don't remember any concise name for "world shifting"....
  • Commented on Service update
    I think the Border Reivers appeared because the police and judicial system broke down, not because the army was missing....
  • Commented on Service update
    "No, I say they're useful for it, and that we should possibly consider how else to do the parts of the job conducted without gun in hand before getting rid of it." Ah, but an independent Scotland would need to...
  • Commented on Service update
    Well, some countries with army have those, too. I'm not against coast guards and border patrols as far as they are needed to control smuggling. I just don't see any need for tanks, ICBMs or fighter jets....
  • Commented on Service update
    And here I was thinking having an army was all about being Macho, harassing smaller countries and forking lucrative contracts to your cronies from the defense industry. You say we need armies so we can cope with disaster recovery?...
  • Commented on Service update
    Why would Scotland need an army at all? Who's going to invade, Vikings? Look at Costa Rica, they haven't had an army for 66 years and did quite well despite all the conflicts around them....
  • Commented on So ...
    BTW, is there a thread for ongoing discussions of "The Rhesus Chart"? Because obviously what you want after winning a Hugo is a persnickety set theory erratum. There's a blog named "Spoilers" from a few weeks ago. But if...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Just finished. + Vampires doing Scrum! + Spooky kitty! - Chapter 9: "our clearance overlap but are disjoint sets" - I think Bob needs a refresher on set theory and the concept of "disjoint"......
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    The problem with 32 bit time_t is the year 2038 problem, not the choice of 16/32/64/128 bit architecture. Current processors have no problem working with different bit sizes and with 64 bit I doubt any problems with address range will...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Here's another quote from that article: [Results from] a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America So I'd think that the study is restricted to one society with no full employment, marginal welfare and...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Just send all Englishmen to New England, all Welsh to New South Wales and then colonize the lower part of the British Isles as "New Scotland" -> problem solved...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    The point I wanted to make is who the Secret Service deems most dangerous: people who threaten the government (including POTUS) and are sarcastic about it people who threaten the government and are not sarcastic about it people who say...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    A simpler strategy would be to identify individuals who've lost their sense of humor. Simply hire Google to flash random/various jokes on screen with every search, or intermittently*, Now, THAT would cause me to loose my sense of humor in...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    ... and your first paragraph already disproofs itself!...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Hm, the theory behind this seems to be that people using sarcasm pose no threat to the US government. Probably true....
  • Commented on Vacation
    Noted & conceded. I was thinking more of the wares as target, not the people....
  • Commented on Vacation
    What about playing with machine guns in a Microsoft store? That could be fun (well, as long as it lasts)...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    For any N bits you encrypt with a one time pad, you use N bits from that one time pad. So sending one OTP via another OTP doesn't increase the absolute number of OTP bits available....
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    For your non-techie/geeky readers ... please explain how all of this maps to or connects with 'cloud computing' ... For example ... I was of the impression that cloud computing basically meant that my every keystroke is already being automatically...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    As Charlie points out, it's the processor architecture that's the issue. You complain about C, but C is doing nothing that machine code can't do (and can't do some things machine code can do). The alternative isn't machine code but...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Sure, UTF-8 and ASCII are identical for the range 0-127. If you display UTF-8 text with one of the Windows codepages, you will see chars above 127 as two (or more) random chars from that codepage - just switch the...
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