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ilya187

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Basically like being a toddler -- and you can fly!...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    fascism and ethnic cleansing are the only possible solution to the Italian problem Where in the article do you see Soros saying that? Seems to me he is warning that "fascism and ethnic cleansing" will happen if EU does nothing,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If you're a racist you will eventually show up on Youtube, and eventually some enterprising Black entrepreneur will come up with a proper database of racist White people. It is kind of happening already: https://www.theroot.com/behold-beelzebecky-white-woman-tries-to-get-man-killed-1826150663...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/18/santa-fe-shooting-suspect-student-dimitrios-pagourtzis-born-kill-t-shirt-7558129/ That's not Chthulhu -- it's just a squid....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    That's pretty much how I feel -- here is my avatar on www.scubaboard.com: https://www.scubaboard.com/community/data/avatars/m/6/6996.jpg?1090808271 I've been diving since 2000...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    All Masters were white...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Never mind birth control, I saw a huge plot hole with Motie Cycles when I read the first book: The only caste whose reproduction ultimately causes the Cycles is the Masters. Masters can and do order lower castes to refrain...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    III is easy. The first time I read The Shadow Over Innsmouth, my immediate thought upon finishing the last page was "I'd love to live under the sea forever!" And Elderly Cynic -- Deep Ones can be killed, and can...
  • Commented on Test Case
    but that Uber had turned off that part of the intel software on the car involved in the incident Serious question -- why would Uber do that? What possible gain is in turning it off?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Looking at Trump I wonder just how hard it would be to sell Chinese-style managed democracy as a solution. Sell to whom, exactly?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I can think of at least one for Solar system - OGH Duh! Although "Saturn's Children" has rather different definition of the word "robotic" than extrapolation from space programs circa 2000 would imply ;) At least two if you include...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    nobody thinks of Facebook's automatic image tagging or Siri's ability to generate music playlists as AI, "Nobody"? My Master degree is in AI (natural language processing, to be exact), and I certainly consider the above to be AI....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    that killed the near-future space exploration stories in the 2000s (most authors couldn't pivot to an all-robotic solar system exploration reality) Only most? Did ANY author manage to do that?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Actually, it does make sense. A missile attempting a course correction within a light-second or so of the target would be immediately noticed and destroyed with a laser. So yes, that long slow duel is much more like indirect artillery...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Redemption Ark" by Alastair Reynolds has a good example of a long slow battle between two starships. Both are moving at relativistic speed but are almost motionless with respect to each other, and are several light-hours apart. Both can see...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    They probably would if you were inside one. Neat detail about "The Expanse": At the first glance it looks like yet another "space battle with sound" bad design -- explosions in vacuum which go bang, and spaceships which roar. But...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Of course, there is still some giant biological handwave required to explain how it is that the same physical form as pertains to Earth humans has evolved all over the galaxy. Banks answered this question, indirectly. The actual question he...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I recall only one mention of whaling in all of Song of Ice and Fire books, and the whaler was from Ibben -- an island north of Essos. But they cannot be all that rare because Tyrion mentions "an Ibbenese...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Niven was born in 1938; he is not quite 80 yet....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Regarding kings trying to rob Iron Bank: Think of the other unique institution in City of Braavos. No doubt Iron Bank has some special arrangement with the Faceless Men, for just such eventuality....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Why don't they seem to be concerned that they aren't going to have another harvest for years? They're all going to starve, aren't they?" My understanding is that in Westeros storing excess food for the Long Winter is such standard...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I see. I never read "Poseidon's Wake" because I was not terribly impressed by the previous book, "On the Steel Breeze". That's part of the reason I asked specifically about the Inhibitors universe, which is much more developed than "Poseidon's...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Also, I read your quotes phrase several times, and I have no idea what it means....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Which book is that?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    What do you -- everyone here, not just allynh, -- think about Alastair Reynolds' worldbuilding? Particularly his "Inhibitors" series?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I am very sorry to hear it, Charlie....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    There are so many little details that never got written down in the blueprints, and were kept in the heads of the builders. There were seals that did not fit unless you got Mary with the tiny fingers to lube...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Not sure why you chose 2.5 km range, but the number of people in the world who can hit anything at that distance is very very small. And weapons which can hit anything at that distance are expensive. Anyone who...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I an fairly sure Nojay was being sarcastic...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    find some place in the US (or elsewhere) that has a serious perchlorate issue Do such places actually exist on Earth?...
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