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  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The fuel tax issue is an interesting one, and not something I'd seen raised before. I have. Road repair in US is paid largely with fuel taxes. Since hybrid and electric car owners use less gas and thus pay less...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Turns out it is stupidly easy, all the attackers did was spoof the GPS signal so the aircraft when where they wanted it to while thinking it was somewhere else. I did not know about that story, but it demonstrates...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I still see no reason why we can't have personal transport. An apartment block is FAR more energy efficient, both in summer and winter (especially in winter) than same number of people in suburban houses. If energy costs force...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Which could be done for conventional aircraft, as well. In fact, all that would need to be done is to render the aircraft uncontrollable, ideally at landing or take off. And the fact that this never actually happened should be...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    David Brin has had a standing challenge on his blog for what, 8 years by now? for libertarian/ conservative types to name a country which went down the spout by the method of the voters voting in people who then...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    What exactly was insanely revolutionary about "Schismatrix"? The concept of humans splitting into what is effectively different (yet interacting) species?...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    At best, they own it until they run out of other people's children to mentally colonize. By your own explanation, they will never run out of other people's children to mentally colonize. And really, that's exactly what has been going...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I would say Voice of Resistance very much exaggerated the issue -- "straight white male neurotypical never exposed to other" perspective is nowhere near 99% of science fiction. Maybe 75%, and that's far lower than in any other genre. Especially...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    You don't want to be someone who does nothing. You want to be someone who does something useful... Look for technologies that help you make your world (and perhaps the world) a better place, rather than ones that do your...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Do you have a link?...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    US population is 322 million. Combined population of Canada, Australia and Israel is 67 million. Not sure how long is the "long list of industrialized European countries", but at the very least it must include Germany, France, Italy and UK....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    To even approach a hominid design, you have to start out with a quadruped body plan. Which is by no means a given -- most animals on Earth are hexapods. You may have been close with your centaur comment earlier...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Huh? How does the comment about CO2 footprint of concrete is "missing the point"?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    OTOH I don't know any other method than indifference that would work with unreproducible events. By "unreproducible" do you mean unique events which literally are never seen again, such as "WOW!" signal? Or do you mean events which are not...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    The fact that the model is wrong does not, however, make the model's predictions wrong: Newtonian mechanics and gravitation is an excellent approximation for speeds much less than c, weak gravity, and large objects. That means Newtonian mechanics is not...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    What does that have to do with topic at hand? If you were responding to Unholyguy's claim that "There are actually remarkably few cultures in history, at least not Iron Age + cultures that were killed off by anything other...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    When I was a kid, we had back-yard space ships with dress wearing house wives watching their kids go into space. Or close. Would it have made good SF stories to show our world of today? My immediate reaction was:...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    **The hero is every obnoxious Mary Sue genius autodidact from SF dialed up to 11, and it can be very preachy, but somehow that didn't stop me from devouring it at top speed. Interesting. I could not stand "Harry Potter...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Magic, when it works, is spectacular, powerful, amazing, and very useful. When it works. And when you can get a wizard to work for you. But it is never something you can really rely on. The engineers and scientists of...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Yes. Both were "optional wars" from US perspectives. For the people who are currently fighting ISIS on the ground, there is nothing optional about it. And they would be more than happy to trade 18 for 2000. Yes, Somali swarm...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Barry, it's worth remembering that the Black Hawk Down Fiasco, which resulted in massive fatalities for the US Rangers, was a direct result of this tactic. Basically, everyone within earshot of the crash who had a gun ran towards the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    Barter, Graeber points out, isn't something that emerges, and that acts as a precursor to the development of money: rather, barter is what we get in atomized societies when fiscal systems collapse and nobody trusts their neighbours. True primitive tribal...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    That page on Deep Blue Horizon does not seem to exist any more [[ the link had a trailing full stop, which may have caused your browser issues - I've fixed that mod ]]...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    If we assume that future sea level rise of a few meters will disable most of our ports, I find it an unwarranted assumption. Ports -- which is basically docks and warehouses, -- are not that hard to build. If...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Your statement is true if the species is at the hard limit of its environmental carrying capacity, and that carrying capacity is stable. But the species don't decide to limit their reproduction; their population is constrained by the available resources...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Now that I think of it, every species in existence from elephants (6 offspring per lifetime) to sunfish (several million offspring per lifetime) produces just enough offspring that two end up reproducing. For technological humans, this number is 2.1....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    spamming the planet with copies of yourself is a strategy that tends to dominate over time Are you claiming that Mormons, Amish, and the like will end up dominating the Earth? Because everybody else figured out that they need fewer...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Actually, every UN official estimate for milestones which already happened, turned out to be too high, not too low. I am saying "UN" because that's the source of the graphs on the Wiki page you listed....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Where did I say sustainable society is impossible? I said it has to be static. As were examples you just gave....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Agree. Simplest illustration why a sustainable society will never work unless it is intellectually stagnant and highly coercive: In a sustainable society energy production must remain constant, or at most fluctuate in a known pattern. If energy production increases with...
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