john.w.ross

john.w.ross

  • Commented on In the pulp
    Clearly no-one explained the rules properly: 1. If you invoke the god of the oceans in the title, the cover must have an undersea theme 2. The default undersea icon for any adventure yarn is the mermaid 3. The classical...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Something had to be done. She did something. Therefor she Saved The Nation. QED & HUZZAH! Whilst we were certainly a basket case in the '70s, the fault lay at least as much with sloppy, amateurish and confrontational management as...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    FWIW the offline caching is actually quite straightforward. Hover over the article and there's a bookmark tag at the right of the line. Nuff Feedly, I think....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Yes. It does all go a bit Dorling Kindersley around date breaks. I get 14 lines of unbroken on my small laptop. No question about the pictures, though: once you click on one of those lines, you get the full...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    I'm not. They are. ;0)...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Vanzetti, Charlie, I'm not sure you've really thought through your complaints about advertising. It's about much more than simply the funding model. If the advertisements weren't here to tell you what to think, how would you know which feeds to...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Once burned...? I believe that they are currently on a google back end: probably not for the moment. My deep expertise comes from: - reading the recommendations on G+ (not a good start from your point of view) - finding...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    The Feedly list view can do all that. Worth bearing in mind if you don't find a better solution....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    Charlie, when you say you dislike Feedly's "design aesthetic", do you mean the use of colours, the way windows pop up and down and so on? Or do you mean their trendy (in April 2012) magazine format? Or both? If...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    This is EXACTLY the sort of quibble I predicted in the original comment. Feel free to downgrade from "statistically certain" to "almost certain". For now. :0)...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    Indeed. As I read the post, the bad behaviour of the prelates is what forces the crisis into the open at a particular time, but the key question is "How long can an institution exist in stasis before the growing...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    It's the front line clergy who handle the children. So to speak....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    No. Why do you ask?...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    Isn't this pretty much the position of the Russian Orthodox church?...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    Chimps or bonobos? I suppose you could try to find matches between our behaviour and that of either of these animals and infer other behaviours. But there is a stronger case that we are likely to share behaviours that are...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    >No, it's not reasonable. It's as reasonable as suggesting that it's turtles all the way down. If you have proof of one turtle and the method by which it creates the turtle above, what's so unreasonable about that? It's just...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    Another way of thinking of religious myths is as curated sets of tokens of exchange between the conscious and the subconscious....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    More than that, if we are going to trigger an SI capable of creating a virtual universe this complex then isn't it reasonable to suggest that within that universe, a simulated intelligence itself triggers it's own SI, which... In short,...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    I haven't been paying due attention and arrive late. Crawling through the comments, 69 raised an unwholesome titter: "This is what happens to people who ... start taking ideas seriously." Heaven forfend!...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    Playing with my new Surface. I have now cleverly invested in three ecosystems (webos, Android and Xbox), cunningly avoiding the one that actually works. And a v1.0 product. From a new entrant in a crowded market. Totally failed save vs...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    Growing a manly and reserved British m'starsh. Standing firm against waves of aggressively exuberant musstashes flourishing across the pond. Google Movember for details....
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