ilya187

ilya187

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    So Biden's accuser has been dropped as a client by her (now previous) lawyer. Obviously, Deep State got to him! /sarcasm...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    How about just using a 'dead anglosphere' as a word-building back drop? A world where the EU, non-imperialized Middle East, China and Africa[1] deal with each other, and the Old Empire(s) is(are) dead? "Blue Remembered Earth" by Alastair Reynolds is...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Minor example of global insanity: My cousin is a medical doctor back in Russia. She told me today that someone she knows managed to catch malaria (it happens in southern Russia sometimes), and now cannot get any Hydroxychloroquine because it...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    In Denmark we are also slowly allowing more and more things, but not the things the neoliberalist commerciocrats want, so they're throwing daily hissy fits. Can you elaborate on this? What exactly is being slowly allowed, and why are neoliberalist...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    AND THEIR PRIMARY PURPOSE IS A CELLULAR TELEPHONE, to TALK TO PEOPLE AT A DISTANCE Greetings, Mr. Whitroth! Congratulations, you emerged from the coma without lasting effects. I am afraid however, you have some adjustments to make. First, do you...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    So he can potentially do stupid things like bombing from planes, but he can't get too stupid. Well, one very stupid thing happened two days ago: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuela-coup-plot-alleged-invasion-nicolas-maduro-trial/ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/venezuela-failed-coup-plot-200506073924677.html https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/voices/trump-coronavirus-navy-caribbean-venezuela-cases-deaths-a9474911.html An armed incursion into Venezuela which looks like it was badly...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Duh! You are right of course, McConnell is from Kentucky, not Tennessee....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    But, and as much as I disagree with what he is doing it is an important but, he continues to get elected and thus is doing exactly what at least half the population wants. If you are talking about Mitch...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    They won't be able to hide the corpses piled in the streets outside hospitals and care homes I am afraid you are too optimistic. Fox News will not show these corpses. And that's all what is needed to convince Trumpsters...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Speaking of Zoom... I work for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and last Friday NOAA banned use of Zoom on its laptops due to security holes. I think the preferred option is Google Meet, but I may be wrong...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Note to self -- do not travel to Dubai. I live in a state where marijuana is legal, and in a town where it is particularly popular. It is more than likely that I have microscopic specs of marijuana on...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Is anyone working on AC (Artificial Common sense)? Yes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyc It has been going on since 1984, and still no success...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    They allegedly gave up when they couldn't make it match past human decisions without an explicitly race based rule, which the human decisions weren't _supposed_ to have used as a factor. Why was it so important to make it match...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Thank you! Somehow I thought you would say something like that :)...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Charlie -- Apologies for an unrelated comment; please delete it if you feel it needs to go. I do not see any way to send you a private message, so have to resort to asking the question this way: Do...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    This blog makes me feel normal. I mean, I am a nerd by most definitions. But I have nothing on most people posting here....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    it aims to do for "Peter Pan" what "Equoid" did for unicorns. Are you going to tackle Little Mermaid next?...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Never heard this joke before. https://inosmi.ru/inotweet/20190118/244410607.html Брекзить — прощаться, но не уходить...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    classic urban fantasy trope whereby the things that go bump in the night—vampires, zombies, elves—always seem to know their place, and that place is well away from the rolling global 24 hours cycle. Can you explain what exactly is the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    That process is fairly good at turning existing ideas into more concrete results, but has almost never resulted in any real innovation. In the VERY few cases where it has Can you give an example where this process did result...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Greg Egan?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Don't know how it is in Australia and New Zealand, but in US the gluten-free fad (without any quotation marks) made life worse for celiac sufferers, not better. I know several peopl with celiac disease, and they hate it. Used...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Outside Soviet SF (e.g. Yefremov), I have never seen "post-scarcity" to mean anything other than material needs....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The last paragraph in the the post to which you were replying....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I agree with you about that particular book, but as far as I can tell, it is an exception for Reynolds, not the rule....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "what would happen if a group of people experimented with things they thought would make them immortal, with imperfect evidence and a fair amount of fraud and power games? How would society deal with them?" Why would society need to...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    For some reason most SF that I've read that touches on this idea handwaves the entire society into the 18-35 age group - young adulthood, peak physical (sexual/reproductive**) fitness. I would say there is a very good reason for it...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Alastair Reynolds makes me twitch. Can you elaborate on that?...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    surveillance state that does everything right. "Blue Remembered Earth" by Alastair Reynolds...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    It's almost as though the Palestinian goal is long-term occupancy of the area while the Zionists are more like the millenialist Christians: bring on the end of the world for *I* am guaranteed a place at g*d's table. Palestinians (well,...
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