Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Ah ok, installing a mass driver on the Moon and launching stuff off the Moon is easy then. What about getting the stuff back to Earth (cf. atmosphere and random crosswinds from #574) and the minor political problem of convincing...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Personally, I love the idea of sequestering carbon in the soil. The problem is that carbon can come out of the soil pretty rapidly if the wrong farming methods are used. Are you convinced sequestered CO2 won't come out of...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Absent a miraculous technology like, oh, fusion, we've got the problem that it takes a lot of energy and infrastructure to sequester CO2 back underground. Vaclav Smil estimates that we'd have to move about 70% more CO2 by weight than...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Still not large enough to be seen from our system, according to ScentOfViolets @291: Actually, you only have to get out to about 550 - 1000 AU to take advantage of gravitational lensing by the Sun. I've heard of resolutions...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Fortunately, all the old space nuts seem to be dying off one oppo at a time, and in another twenty years what is merely well-known should become universal knowledge. Or they all died in the Mars One colony....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Not exactly: "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths." It only proves that colonizing entire...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I'm not sure if griefers work as an explanation for a fGF. If you look at griefers within human societies you see a pattern that their success is limited by the number of their targets: Griefers who kill their own...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    No-one knows currently why. So anyone claiming: "No they don't. It's coincidence." is blowing smoke. No. One is a (pseudo) period of an event happening somewhere between Earth and Sun. The other is the time laps between a photon leaving...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    8 minutes. 8 minutes 20 seconds. Find someone to explain it. Your lives do really rest on it. No they don't. It's coincidence....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I think the big filter might be an internal one: we have no idea what extraterrestrial intelligent life might look like. We think all life needs water and ozone, because that's all we can imagine. We also assume that the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Donate it to ACLU. Being an oppressed minority themselves, the Sad Puppies can't possibly have any objections to that....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    CatinaDiamond’s posts also imply the movement is a real thing, and I believe in benevolent conspiracies even less than vast, over-arching hostile ones. I hold it with Churchill: I only believe in conspiracy theories that reserve the role of overlord...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    In the future, we might see people being diagnosed with, say, “Racist Personality Disorder” and given coercive treatments to correct it. They did a lot of this in the Soviet Union as I recall, essentially categorizing people who were insufficiently...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Puppygate Love it....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    You have to read Dan Brown books in the spirit they were written, i.e. not a thriller or mystery novel but as a travel guide. I'll make sure to re-read the relevant Dan Brown book before I visit Rome, Paris,...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    People decide (or notice) for themselves when they are insulted. I can't imagine how the legal system or police could keep Vox Day from being constantly insulted. I sympathize with your goal but I do not see how to achieve...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    That's true, drones are surely the solution to every problem. Only if they are controlled by a self-aware AI or a transhuman......
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    There is a term called "protected speech" which speaks to what is permissible within the law. My opinion is that this is a lot like zoning laws. No. Hate speech can have a more devastating effect on individuals than physical...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Instead of joining the discussion about moral relativism and Christian Dominionists I'll just quote Joolz Denby with her poem Fuel to the Flame. Enjoy!...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    But if, as I surmise, VD is all about sticking it to the Scalzi-shaped man, this is how I'd expect him to do it. +1 for abbreviating as "VD". I'm very fond of my family name and it pisses me...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    What if we charitably just called extreme swearword sensitivity a disability? Except that it isn't. Otherwise one might as well call racism a disability next... BTW, there is a medical condition for the opposite....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    When I am Planetary Overlord, I will criminalize most business-to-consumer advertising, because of the pernicious effect it has on our cognitive model of interpersonal relations. That's the soft option. Daniel Suarez has a nice scene in "Freedom TM" (or "Daemon"?)...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Replacing words would really be fun. I think the high art would be to write a totally innocent farm story ("The bitch was in heat") which turns pornographic/surreal ("The woman was in heat"). The idea itself is totally laughable. No...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Bottom line: Automation can work for owners even when it doesn't work for anyone else. They don't need you in their economy, provided the expense of dealing with you being on the outside is not too big. Sounds like the...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I don't believe that militarization of police forces and the priviliging of intelligence agencies can save the system in the long run. The core of the problem is not civil unrest but that inequality gets so high that economic growth...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Don't be silly, it's only evil communism when communists do the gosplan thing, not when it's done by the board of a multinational company! ;-)...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Ok. May we still discuss feedback loops and (lack of) checks and balances in capitalist systems then?...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The argument in favor of letting capitalists run everything is two-fold. First is the moral argument. They earned everything they have by working hard and smart. Every penny came by being the best at providing human welfare. This is bullshit....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    "Sputter. I don't even know where to begin." -- but hey, you'll give it a try, I bet. Sure! :-) "a) Rapidly growing economic output is not sustainable and therefore NOT GOOD." -- an unsupported assertion (nobody can predict the...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    See Stanislav Lem's short story "The Riddle" ("Zagadka")....
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