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  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    The movie "Looper" is a good semi exploration of the young-counterpart-as-overseer theme....
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    "Yet the people worth portraying within the Culture are the ones who do work" That might not be a useful metric for judging this topic-- Most people right now do not lead lives that are "worth portraying" as a vehicle...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    And lo, ye cast your questions unto the roiling waves of internet, and Google did provide! Of course, the question of "completely independent" is vague. Humans can still be involved in oversight of the automated system, but not nearly as...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    Given a society where A) Not working was no longer stigmatized and B) there existed a Guaranteed Income, and C) perhaps only 15-20% of the population needs to work, and D) assuming most remaining jobs require high specialization/education: How does...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Hmmm, I hadn't considered the tax side, only the operational incentives. That distills the issue into a a single question for me: How do you restructure corporations to be more humanist and less sociopathic in their "base" drives? Stock value...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    On restructuring of the corporate legal framework, focus on profit seems a key issue. Related to that, my father was in the US Air Force, and held jobs as an MP, Drill Sergeant, and for a period of time in...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Okay, that's fair-- What it look like for USA to consciously decide not to be an empire then, i.e., what actions would it need to take to roll back it's imperialism? How much of the current imperialism is conscious control,...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    "the imposition of a global police state deserves a place high on the list of complaints weighty enough to legitimize one."That's just it though-- wouldn't the level of self-awareness and social prescience required to see a pending revolution of some...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "I hope you like it.' Yes, absolutely. Laundry as a Platform instead of an Application is brilliant. The API should perhaps come with a warning about geometries not strictly Euclidean, Reimannian, etc....
  • Commented on Lies, damned lies, and popular beliefs
    I have heard reports of similar misconceptions in the US, and generally attributed the misconceptions to the political Right's constant barrage of fear on these and related topics. Is the UK similarly afflicted?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Halting State
    How is it that a Hardcover takes more time than a paperback? Is that just print time or is there additional pre-press to do as well?...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    I'm from the US, so I'm legitimately not sure what you mean when you say that France & Germany "build shit" since I am not overly familiar with their work product: Do you mean shit as in "stuff", or shit...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    In many ways though it seems that the recent changes we've seen make it rather difficult for powers to become to entrenched, at least in the suppress/oppress vein. I'm thinking of the Arab Spring events here. I'm not saying that...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    Time to rewrite that pigeon protocol for wallabies: IPoWH (Wallaby Hop)...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    Given an ebook-only format with distribution through Amazon, a lot of this production work could be skipped, though the end-product would be much, much rougher: Think spelling mistakes, some awkwardness on layout, crappy cover images, etc. The major problem is...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    Dear parent global corp: While I have so far been satisfied with your product 2012, I refuse to purchase Beta products and so I am only a recent adopter. As such, I can hardly render a fair judgment after only...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Hey, don't bash it: given a nuclear reactor or a particle accelerator I think Newton would have been the one to crack the lead-to-gold nut-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthesis_of_noble_metals#Gold Though it seems likely he would have gone down the Curie death route shortly...
  • Commented on 2512
    "Holy Fire" by Bruce Sterling predicts just such a bubble-wrap society...
  • Commented on 2512
    Also, the rise of highly complex and highly non-deterministic systems could/would create a major problem: When things go wrong (or right, for that matter) no one really knows WHY. No one knows how they work. Heck, we already see this...
  • Commented on 2512
    What about "soft" AI, such as REALLY good automation & planning systems? Stochastic systems that leverage the massive parallelism of very small, very power efficient processors? It seems like such things could be on the 50-100 year horizon, and their...
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