UngainlyTitan

UngainlyTitan

  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Heres to the next fifty....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Jay's list seems to be comprehensive, cannot think of anything extra. Post/Trans-humanist/Singulartiy was popular but seems to have faded. Since a lot of OGH's fiction is near future SF then I think that the attractors are not really that strange....
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    Nothing but I am not sure that any of our enterainment forms does any better. Peoole like narrative but much of life is randon shit that happens. We retro fit narrative onto things. That si one problem and the other...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Largely agree with you analysis Charlie, but speaking as one who lives in a small nation, Ireland, most of irelands problems (IMHO) stem from being so small that pretty much everyone knows everyone else. With out the EU and stuff...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Irish currency stayed pegged to Sterling until 1979 with the advent of the European Monatory System, I really thought it was later before arity broke. I do remember, it seemed a big deal at the time but the punt diverged...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    While the US security complex has lobbied against encryption tools in the public domain, I an not sure htat hte absence of such would have resulted in a sercurer internet. The more i read on the subject is that encryption...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Well! in my opinion the disparity in power was greater in the early to mid nineteenth century and the working poor were worse off in absolute and relative terms. We got Universal Suffrage and the Welfare state out of that...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    As far as I can tell all of the advantages outlined above to military applications of self driving vehicles also apply to insurgents, with the added bonus of increased operational security since there are no drivers to detain. This may,...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    Exactly but peas and beans are the easy bit, but how do you bake bread in an oven on an open fire, with coals on top with no clock and a flour texture you are not used to and a...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    that is fine, if you are conquering the past but is a little loud if you are infiltrating it....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    I think that anyone from the present would stand out in the past and the farther back one goes the more severe the standing out would be. There would be myriad social customs and "Things that everyone knows" that the...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    In the absence of any larger organizational loyalty, people will revert to kin, friends and near neighbours and their associated personal networks to gain some stability and security. Expect to see a massive rise in nepotism in the medium term....
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    the wrong question is being asked, it is largely about status. We live in a society where 'being a respectable member of the community' is having a job and the better paid the job the more respectable. Or at least...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    There is no conspiracy, politician converge on the metrics chosen by the electorate to rate them. (Apologies is this has been covered up thread, I am jumping in not having read all previous comments). Since WWII economic questions have dominated...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    While I can imagine a path to Oligarchy in the US and Europe, places like Brazil has recently moved rom Oligarchy to democracy. Oligarchy to be stable would require some claim to legitimacy. The old monarchs claimed to be put...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    There is no circumstances where I could see Ireland leaving the EU sort of the complete collapse of the EU, which I think is unlikely. In the EU we have a vote and an opportunity to speak our piece and...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    The Irish would have no interest in such an arrangement. We are too peripheral, even to the UK to have much influence in such an arrangement. Within the EU we can make common cause with other powers to get our...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    The tariff barriers will not e as bad as 1948 or even 1972 but will be the default EU external tariff wall. The big issue going forward will be the EU regulatory regime, which is as big a barrier to...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Well from that analysis it does reflect the electorate in a lowest common denominator type a way. At least in so far that a TV dinner reflect a real dinner. I think that we are looking at a convergence of...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Well Greg, I noticed from US media outlets. In my opinion what the GOP are doing regarding the Fiscal Cliff is sabotage of the functioning of government. I really don't think there is an entire nation dumber than me so...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I think that the US media will be mainly pre-occupied by the increasing bitter efforts of the GOP to sabotage the working of the US government. The EU/Euroland crisis will rumble on in the background but noting much will happen....
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Infanticide has been around forever but not caused the dramatic skewing seen in recent times in various part of India and other places in East Asia. It is the combo of easily available abortion and cheap ultra sound scanners that...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    Dunno, not sure how standard cartridge sizes are, I used to know this stuff (old wargammer not very active nowadays) but if one is allowed a firearm it is reasonable to assume one is allowed buy ammo. The thing is...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    True: I used to think that a sufficient ruthless dictator surrounded by equally ruthless henchmen willing to kill enough people could not be taken down by internal opposition. Syria is giving me reason to rethink that position. Still the notion...
  • Commented on Big Guns[1]
    I think the situation in the US has gone beyond what any conceivable control measures could make a difference to, there are simply too many weapons in the wild, at this point. I think there are cultural factors involved, There...
  • Commented on 2512
    Farming could well disappear, all food could be cultured. There might be some farming specialised to providing rare product to the elite but in general it could by then be all grown in cultures and artificially flavoured. I expect nanotech...
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