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  • Commented on A reminder
    We had a plotholder who simply would not cultivate & let the weeds grow, so we followed usual procedure, warned him, then told him to hand the keys back. His prompt rebuttal was: "You're all racists" Given that we have...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Finally, her liberal use of gratuitous insults is grating. Never mind declaring anybody who catches any factual error (even something as simple as pointing out that you can't readily see around Cologne main station since the area is not flat)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    And no, they're not going to protect you: we shattered through them in under a week. and there I was expecting Pizza Quattre Formagi to save me from hunger...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    You remember Niven's "Inconstant Moon"? how most people reacted to the bright moon? In the medium run, Trump just won't matter either way, but I wonder if his election is a result of people being aware but would rather not...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    #477/478 What is this "we" kemo sabe? I'd be more interested who 'you' was, it sure isn't communicating with me, f.e. But then, not much use arguing with Eliza ......
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    What's the point of a self-driving car if you can't send it to park itself, not call it to pick you up at the entrance of the building you are in?...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    What's the core of being an adult? For me, being an adult means taking responsibility for oneself (and while hale and well, depending primarily on oneself instead of on others). If you set the threshold low enough crossing it isn't...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Here is another even more immediate answer for why we would resurrect people in sims - because the technology will be available in the lifetime of children now alive and many (most?) will want their dead parents or grandparents back....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I do wonder if the EU is so antidemocratic because the ideologues that set it up saw what a mess voters made of selecting sane candidates and decided to 'manage' the democracy out of the system. I think the consideration...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    You should try everything once, except incest and folk dancing. Even reading the Grauniad and Wail. I'll respectfully submit that all activities described by some variation of "dying by" and "dying of" are also best avoided, at least until your...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Somewhat derail'ish: Germany is a bit different having been divided by superpowers for 40+ years. Even most Germans admit that Bonn was never more than a strip mall. Germany is not different because it was divided for 40 years, it's...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The final statistics for 2015 for the entire Germany seem to not be published yet. The state statistics I found (Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg) said that roughly a fifth of all new German citizens had Turkish citizenship before the naturalization....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The attitude to the PIIGS is part of the localist low-key xenophobia that having a large, unassimilable Turkish minority has inflamed, and it's really toxic: there's no sense of Germany as being part of a greater European project. which totally...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    For seconds, Germany's citizenship law has an emergent failure mode, as witness the Turkish gastarbeiter problem. Simply put: to become a German citizenship you must renounce your existing citizenship. That is no longer true since December 2014....
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Do your worst, pseudonymous person on the internet I have this theory that it's actually a search/chat bot loosely guided by a human. Whether that is true or not, it certainly makes the entities texts better digestible....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    The emancipation of women is actually part of an encompassing trend, "humans are not property" aka cannot be owned. The idea that women are not property has still to arrive in quite a few heads, and the situation for children...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    and now for a completely different idea for misery: do an aptitude test on children when they are ~ 8 years old, and choose their occupation from that no matter whether they like it or not. Unhappy and unwilling practitioners...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    The examples you bring for "not learning from history" for me are more a proof of the value of discussion, with a good salting of showing the value of diversity (of knowledge and experience). One of the advantages of the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern
    yay more Stross books. I'm sure you'll recover, eventually ;-P...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You are focusing a lot on software and intentional breakage .. Your CPU fan breaks. can you repair it? (I own a computer that's been in continuous operation for >20 years; it's on its 8th fan. All moving parts break...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    regarding the fate of Generation Z: Germany already feels the effects of its demographic shrinkage; my employer (IT) usually has trainees, and has increasing trouble finding any. At present IT companies don't have a huge problem with more people getting...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Kameron Hurley
    I bought God's War a while back and it languishes a third read in the living room. It makes me want to slit my wrists and drown myself in a bucket at the same time, which is to say, it's...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    As a "sorry couldn't resist" aside: Everybody knows toasters run NetBSD, not Linux....
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    off on a tangent: I can understand why someone would want to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, even if I don't agree with them. But a marathon? No, I don't understand that. And the spammers or virus...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    On the plus side: the Eurovision song contest is cancelled. :) are you in Sweden? do you need temporary asylum? ,)...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I'd like to address Charlie's point about the India rape protests, from a tangent. [...] The relevance of this is: if the universe is a good place, victims deserve what they get. Yet, victims of burglary, theft and robbery do...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Gender politics (and notably sexual violence and the oppression of women) in India is suddenly coming front-and-centre as a big issue in a country with around 20% of the planetary population. Having read up on why this went so viral...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    The established parties in Germany do something offensively stupid in the area of copyright and/or surveillance/Internet censorship. (duh) This happens in time for the Pirate party to gain 10% and thus, seats in the Bundestag at the next election of...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    Theoretically, a business is in the business of making stuff that it can sell, and make profit doing so. Creating justice and setting proper limits to businesses and such (and e.g. deciding that some things, like eg making water available,...
  • Commented on Customer Satisfaction Survey
    2012, well... My copy was too cluttered and confused and busy while at the same time not offering a lot of sense of achievement. I guess I enjoyed the few occasions enough where the game became worthwhile to play the...
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