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  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    (My impression is they were simply super paranoid about being able to type everything quickly on early remote terminals, like rm and ls and just using a . for the present location -- it's hard to read but very fast...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    And that's why current economic system will have to be reformed....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Unless of course you totally reform the current economic system. Well, duh! Current economic system is based on the assumption of scarcity. Automation + falling birthrates => no scarcity....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    My suspicion is that if the human race is freed from most of the uninteresting busy work you might actually see an uptick in this kind of person, not a decrease If I could make a living studying critters on...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Actually, most hunter-gatherer societies are OK with infanticide and/or butt sex as "contraceptive". But overall, I agree with you. As would all females I know....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I never read "Deepness in the Sky", but the moment I got to your jurisdictions where most of the population are members of a large created lower-function slave class (perhaps with specialized subclasses) would be drastically less competitive, my instant...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    S.M. Stirling's "Draken" universe. Homo servus are genetically engineered to be non-violent and to love their masters. No delays on sex maturation, and frankly I am puzzled as to why you brought it up. Both servus and their masters use...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Polity universe... killer sociopaths Redundancy...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Cast the passwall spell straight down into granite. Cast a cylindrical wall of force inside it. Walk away. It so happens that the passwall runs out first. What do you think happened when it ran out? That one is easy....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Apart from Scalzi's Old Man's War, can't think of any recent oldsters-in-space stories. Alastair Reynolds often has very old characters. The most extreme example is "House of Suns", where most protaganists are six million years old, and one of them...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    True, but so what? If an American taxi company decided to fine people for chewing gum (chewing, not littering), there would be a public outrage and it would lose customers. Likewise if the company levered an excessive fine on littering....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    the alternative is that they're as full of CCTV cameras and urea-sniffers as elevator cars in Singapore It's not "the alternative" -- it's a given. A taxi company would have to be insane to not install CCTV in autonomous cars....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    * What guarantee do I have that my co-traveller isn't drunk-to-throwing-up or planning to spend the trip shooting up heroin? Internal camera (actually, several internal cameras) plus face-recognition software....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    *Currently, I'm a citizen member of a county committee that's trying to figure out growth and conservation issues out to 2050. They really don't want to hear that things may be really different by then. Actually, they can't hear it,...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    It constantly amazes me how often in an action-adventure or thriller film everything depends on the hero (or the sidekick, etc.) believing what the villain says, without evidence of any sort. I vaguely remember a book in which the villain...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    [Wish I could edit posts] "The Prefect" is even better than "Chasm City" in terms of "world turned into a medieval fantasy". And the sequel to "The Prefect" is coming out this year, according to Reynolds' website....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Someone needs to write an SF book series set in a high-tech future whose technology has effectively turned the world into a medieval fantasy. Read "Inhibitors" series by Alastair Reynolds. Especially "Chasm City". He pretty much nailed it....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Agree completely with Pigeon and several others -- I too absorb text information MUCH faster than video, -- but to me at least there is more to it than what was already mentioned. I stopped going to movie theaters years...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    When can I find you in a Boston bar, and which one?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Maybe I am unusual, but I enjoy sleeping covered in a sheet of sweat. Air conditioning actually makes me sick, unless it is set very mild -- say, if ambient temperature 38 Celsius, I like AC to bring it down...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Just remember him that Erik von Shrakenberg wouldn't have voted Trump and Bannon is really a poor man's copy of Elvira Naldorssen... I know who these characters are (BTW, it is Eric, not Erik), and I think I know who...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie -- Assuming you do come to Boskone, are you planning on having a bar social? I would love to see you again -- no telling when the next time might be!...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    totally forget going stabby at a wedding reception a la "Game of Thrones"; what you really need is a brisk thermonuclear holocaust. Not quite up to your standards, but that's what "Game of Thrones" HBO version did in 2016 season....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    You're looking like dpb's little sister. No links, and you "Russian" is so "bad" you do not even know that "ilya" is a male name. Despite supposedly having taught in Moscow. You just keep proving that you are a lying...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I do not believe you even know Russian. Many times since your first "CatinaDiamond" incarnation, you've been shown to be a lying bag of hot air, and your MOD being bluster, intimidation, and put-downs. You do not intimidate me. You...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Prove it. Links....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Please, quote the other sections about community service and bound behaviour already and then tell us the sections (310-320) that cover domestic violence. Why should I? You are the one claiming it, you find them. I'd be happy to translate...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Have you actually read the Law in the original Russian? I did. Right here, on Gosduma website: http://asozd2.duma.gov.ru/main.nsf/%28SpravkaNew%29?OpenAgent&RN=26265-7&02 As usual, Minevra Owl is full of shit. The proposed (and since then passed) law explicitly limits criminal prosecution to beatings "motivated...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    How exactly is Kaliningrad a "real, nasty, difficult problem" in terms of Russia's foreign adventures? I agree that reconquering Baltic states is a non-starter, but what does Kaliningrad have to do with it?...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Yes, the process your professor described happened many times over last 200 years; the Internet backbone is but one of the most recent examples. History is also littered with inventions which never met a need, and faded away. Pigeon's approach...
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