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ilya187

  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    hyperintelligent chimp with anger control issues That's downright terrifying....
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    I do not know the qualifications of the people who wrote the article, but apparently they did not believe at first that #2 is even real; they had to dig up information on it to determine it is not Photoshop....
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    A bit off-topic -- a collection of "Top 10 of the most implausible adaptations of Soviet armor": http://www.livejournal.com/magazine/1286628.html If nobody can find an online translator which can handle this page, I will write a translation. It is pretty hilarious....
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    the only Republican candidate who's still polling high enough to challenge The Donald is Senator Ted Cruz, who the GOP elders view as even crazier than Trump. I'm not sure they're wrong. I would say they are entirely right. I...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Quite possible to have multiple personality nodes with one or more physical instantiations and a common memory and a common but not default proprioception, so you've got a hive mind with a singular value of "us". Can't think of an...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    I recall a fantasy book (may have been D&D-related), where a vampire brags that his superior eyesight allows him to get far more out of a painting than eyes of a mortal can get....
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    I wear white pants to work fairly often....
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    All of the women in your link would fit right in my office. Some of the men would not, but not so much because of the colors as because the colors are on pants and jackets. I actually own a...
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    What is used by a (for example) African-American or Latino person to signal that they are not the stereotypical poor Latino or African American? Easy. A suit and and a tie. In my experience, rich black men are far more...
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    Agree completely. Basically, I do not give a fuck what my coworkers think of my clothes, and judging by what they wear neither do they. Every morning I put on whichever pants and shirt are handy, and call it a...
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    Oh, I have no doubt that high level managers knew exactly what they were doing. My point was that low-level people who actually wrote the cheating software did not have to be evil -- it would not be very difficult...
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    VW diesel engines did not just fail to meet US standards -- they contained software designed specifically to deceive emission testers. That's not a normal part of automotive engineer's job description....
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    Late for the party, and apologize if someone brought this up already -- too many comments to wade through. :( Having said that... I do not believe that everyone (or even most) at Volkswagen were evil. Much more likely, the...
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    Why are people lumping around 50kg+ of steel if the damn thing doesn't have the slightest effect against the hero's weapon? I was 14 or 15 when I saw "Excalibur", and I recall thinking "Why is anyone bothering with armor?...
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    Months ago I came to two conclusions about CD: 1. 80-90% of what she posts is incomprehensible. Whether it is the product of mental illness, magic mushrooms, or performance art a la Sasha Baron Cohen is unimportant. 2. On rare...
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    They are also vocalized exclusively by males. So humpback whales are kzinti. And you definition of language has as much validity as you definitions on physics, history, and pretty much anything else you ever posted on this blog that was...
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    If the species have enough frequency overlap in total, the monochrome image can be right. The overall intensities can be right. The colors will often be *really* wrong. Almost no fiction "pays attention" to this (with the lone exception I...
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    In similar vein, when one of the characters in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (I think Wyoming, but I may be wrong) mentions "American Revolution" as an example of successful revolution, Manny replies "The South lost, didn't it?"...
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    I have not. Looks like I should....
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    That might make an interesting story - about how an alien trading network is willing to give us occasional baubles of ultra-high technology or scientific insights in return for artifacts of our culture. Has anyone written a story like this?...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Personally I'd like to see a story where the Empire exists to give the ruling class something to do rather than any practical reason. "Mote in God's Eye" and its sequels....
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    And I would add to that: stability and social evolution on board the ships themselves. It seems to me a very big assumption that the ideals, motivations, customs, religion, and so on, of a society that has spent several entire...
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    I think this particular trope got lampshaded in one of Man-Kzin Wars book -- I forgot the number, but it is the one which covers Kzinti invasion of Wunderland. Kzinti land their infantry and armor, and there is massive battle...
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    No one ever learns from past mistakes. That one absolutely killed for me Heinlein's "Time Enough For Love". Lazarus Long and (very few of) other immortals are the only ones who learn anything at all from history -- and in...
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    Lately I've been stumbling across a lot of books with really bad orbital mechanics This sort of thing seriously damaged Frederick Pohl's "Eschaton" trilogy for me. Not to the point of throwing them down, but glaring errors jarred. The bit...
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    5. Sentience achieved just by making a network bigger and more connected — "the internet wakes up" trope. In fact pretty much any "accidental" sentience. I hate that too, but here is a question -- has any SF writer ever...
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    How about monomolecular string which is NOT stable at high heat (that being its only weakness)?...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    What exactly do you mean by "Rowlings excepted"? Apart from Muggles (and most wizards live literally apart from Muggles), magic is distributed fairly evenly. Some individuals are significantly better at it than others, but no more so than the typical...
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    Peter Watts used this in "A Word For Heathens", which is a really chilling story Does Peter Watts write any other kind? :)...
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    see inverse correlation between pay and value of job: nobody becomes a nurse for the money My GF is a nurse, and she very much disagrees with you. Personally she did not go into nursing for the money, but most...
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