Francois

Francois

  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    [Reference grammar test to keep idiots off the Net] That reminds of a chat with a friend, at the beginning of Endless September about twenty years ago, where he allowed as to how there should be an IQ test before...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    On magic: a few years ago I was talking with a younger guy, maybe in his mid to late 20s, about Elon's private space program, and musing "we live in the future". He agreed vehemently: "If you told me when...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Speaking of abhuman hive minds, Charlie's "Invaders From Mars" talk four years ago on corporate immortality came out before news from the past eighteen months. Google acquires Machine Learning startup: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/26/google-deepmind/ ...and neural net startup headed by Geoffrey Hinton: http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/u-of-t-neural-networks-start-up-acquired-by-google/...
  • Commented on So ...
    You consider something new like the upcoming Merchant Princes trilogy, or Neptune's Brood, or Rapture Of The Nerds. Then you walk to the bookshelf, pick up Rule 34, and begin re-reading....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Shouldn't that be: "GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE"?...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Follow-up to my previous take on The Apocalypse Codex: I was wrong. Sometimes a Bug Hunt is the right thing in a series, because otherwise the pacing becomes predictable: creeping dread, creeping dread, creeping dread [1], Reveal, BLAM BLAM BLAM...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I like the unspoilers. Page 3 had "Which is why I didn't get a chance [...] to save our marriage", then Mhari showed up. I thought "Aw crap, not the misunderstanding-about-psycho-ex-breaking-up-a-couple trope", and ongoing plot points (the not-a-date, the ring...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    I feel your pain. Every once in a while I have to attack something entirely outside my wheelhouse just to keep from going mad writing the software equivalent of "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    Hmm. On further reflection, bit rot would be a problem; annotations or references should be contained within the data blob as external links are not guaranteed to exist, let alone be reachable if the network goes down or is otherwise...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    Hyperlinks might start showing up in booklike objects. I recall a French translation [1] of Brave New World, with footers explaining the Shakesperian references for those more familiar with Racine and Moliere. [1] which increased the science fictional displacement nicely...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    Proles with heart disease because of job uncertainty? That's not a bug, it's a feature: insurance rates go up, making insurance companies more valuable even if they skim a constant amount, and the rentier class wins. Again. And if said...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    Saving money isn't the true purpose. Getting lobbying money & campaign contributions (none dare call it bribery) from the body shops, however, has decorated many a free-market pol's portfolio....
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    My situation is somewhat different from yours, yet the frustration is the same. At $ORKPLACE I'm the only engineer working on signal processing, which for a telephony outfit might be considered slightly useful. Without false modesty, I've come up with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Jennifer Morgue
    This article is well timed: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/10/4097735/single-payer-is-needed-cure.html "He further pointed out that the administrative cost of health care insurance is one of the major drivers of escalating health care costs from 1980 to 2005. According to Friedman, the administrative cost of...
  • Commented on Minor hiccup
    It needn't be current imperial superpowers, either. France is still involved with skullduggery, mostly covered up except in the case of a monumental balls-up such as its operatives being caught after sinking the Rainbow Warrior. Locally it's well known the...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    I've always wanted to exercise my inner Ben Burtt. Tell me when & where and you'll have Wasposaurus Rex sound effects to curdle your blood....
  • Commented on The ticking clock
    "I was hoping to see in the comments someone proposing that, at the limit of their lifespan, they would start a project that would actually change the world for the better in some way, but mostly you just see career...
  • Commented on 2512
    I know *precisely* what the word means, and used it with malice aforethought as a retort to the imputation of intellectual dishonesty. Greenwashing indeed. Pfaugh....
  • Commented on 2512
    If a dispassionate presentation of facts is what you call greenwash, then I plead guilty, sirrah....
  • Commented on 2512
    30 years? My erstwhile neighbourhood was built fifty years ago and everything still stands quite nicely thank you very much, even despite Canadian winters, and the older (yes, I know, bloody UKers) parts of town are doing well after eighty...
  • Commented on 2512
    Transmission losses will happen either from an internal combustion engine or a power plant, but the power plant is _much_ more efficient, with some well over 50% [1] as compared with 25% for an automobile engine -- and accumulated losses...
  • Commented on 2512
    GM will sell you a very nice car featuring something very much like that, except the engine isn't on a trailer. It's called a Volt stateside, Ampera on your side of the pond. As to Daniel.duffy20's notion that electric cars...
  • Commented on 2512
    Just a heads-up: Byron Dorgan, one of the few Senators who voted against the repeal of Glass-Steagall, is actually a liberal Democrat rather than a Republican, who voted en bloc for repeal. As for blaming Clinton, there was no way...
  • Commented on 2512
    Funny you should mention machine translation. Microsoft yesterday demoed real-time English to Chinese speech: http://www.core77.com/blog/technology/must-see_video_real-time_english-to-mandarin_speech_translation_via_microsoft_research_23815.asp...
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