Jay

Jay

  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    You could probably use VR to get rid of the other major cost of business travel - the traveler. The VR avatar doesn't have to look anything like the user. Throw in a little audio processing to get rid of...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    politics determines which part of the economy gets externalized, and which part gets counted. That turns out to be pretty critical. Very true, and relevant to the discussion a few posts up. Trade and immigration offer great benefits to residents...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    It seems like this is causing the same sort of loss of faith in humanity that I experienced when Bush was re-elected. I'd like to tell you that it gets better with time. I can't....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Back to the OP, I suggest you check out Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order. It won't answer your question, but it will help explain why so many of us don't think the question can be answered in the way that...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    It depends on the energy and type of the radiation. Our dead skin layers will stop alphas. Betas and gammas come in energies from ones that are stopped at the skin level (there are gamma rays that have energies as...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    As I understand it, roaches are relatively insensitive to radiation because their shells stop low-energy radiation and they're small enough that most high-energy radiation just passes through. The first adaptation we copy when we put on clothes, but the second...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I've been involved in several technical projects that went bad, and this thread brings back memories. I'm hearing about a bunch of pyschological and sociological constraints that are pulling in opposite directions. The economic and biological/ecological constraints haven't really been...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    The third best documented species on the internet is probably vampires. The simulators might have a learning curve....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    You might want to check out the works of Ken Hite and/or Robert Anton Wilson. They go for the same sort of effect as HB, but IMHO did it much better....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Not an official entry, as author is American. Cryptonym: STRIATED LEATHER PEACOCK Item: Diagnostic manual for esoteric mental disorders This document, based on the DSM-IV manual of psychiatric disorders, attempts to classify and suggest treatments for the various and severe...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    All purchases, no matter how trivial, will need the signature of three senior managers Preferably Jesus, Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Occasionally the company will get operating system updates. You know, the "Do not turn off or unplug your computer" type. That's a good time to trigger the circuit breaker....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    All employees must choose passwords consisting of 16 or more characters containing uppercase, lowercase, digits, and punctuation. These passwords must be changed once a week. And if the complaints get bad enough, cave in and set every password to "password"....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    If you've ever read The Mythical Man-Month, you know that coordination-intensive jobs often get slower when new personnel are added. Getting everybody on the same page takes quadratically-scaling time. So find your most critical project, and add about five times...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I was staying away for a while, but I thought you all might like to know that we're apparently living in the Chthulucene epoch. http://opentranscripts.org/transcript/anthropocene-capitalocene-chthulucene/ http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-dawn-of-cthulhucene-retrospective.html I now humbly return to time-out...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    You realize those "flowers" are babies, right? What you're describing is less "philosophical debate in the Athenian agora" and more "Battle Royale High School"....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I know. I was just trying to play along with her whole "what if Max Headroom read way too much Chomsky" conceit....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    No surprise. You don't bring Carly on board if you're not planning layoffs....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Yeah. What Pigeon said....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    The "worst case" scenario is that the CCCP just go ahead and start mass-editing / uplift. A billion people (now ultra-loyal since their government actually did something for them positive[3]) who are edited. They don't even have to be "super",...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I expect that racism and patriarchy would vanish pretty quickly, if only for the reason that anti-left-handed bias was not a major feature of plantation agriculture. Everything would hinge on whether your parents had been able to afford the full...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Colder War was great, and the one about red mercury was also a classic. When Charlie does his research and thinks things through, he can write things that nobody else even tries to....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Well, yeah. The first bit of Accelerando seemed so 1990s that it might as well have put on flannel and hung out in Starbucks listening to Alanis Morissette on CD....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Almost everybody is the hero of their own internal narrative True, but their internal narratives are different from the narrative of the story. If I get 20 pages in to a book and there's neither a character that I want...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    All it means is that if you want the audience to relate to a character, that character shouldn't do things that the audience can't imagine themselves doing (or wanting to do). Imagine if, thirty pages into a novel, the audience...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    It was more the way the protagonist/story mistook the legal exercise of patenting for the actual work of invention that annoyed me. I'm glad you liked it, but I'm fairly sure I wouldn't (didn't). No accounting for taste....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I haven't read Rule 34, but I only got about 20 pages into Accelerando. Using a patent troll for the protagonist just didn't work for me. Same reason....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    I can't help thinking that you just didn't get the joke....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    John Dies at the End by Wong, Practical Demonkeeping and The Stupidest Angel by Moore, and Gil's All Fright Diner by Martinez. For Nye, I was thinking of things like Myth-Quoted, a broad satire of the American political process. Having...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Couldn't think of any US SF/F satire equivalent authors Christopher Moore. Jody Lynn Nye. A. Lee Martinez. David Wong. We get by....
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