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ilya187

  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Out of curiosity: When did you start scuba diving? How many dives do you have? (in my case, it is 2000, and about 350)...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I was pretty regularly air diving for fun in the 70 to 80 metre range with occasional excursions below 80. Not in clear tropical ocean but in things like old cable tunnels, shipwrecks and restricted caves. Thinking at that depth...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Furthermore, humans don't seem to be domesticated or domesticable. Unlike, say, dogs or marijuana, we don't respond well to controlled breeding. In the cases where we've observed highly controlled breeding and inbreeding (mostly in aristocracies) the results have been dysfunctional....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Pretty much, yes. But with artificial gravity -- not "spin gravity" but actual control of gravitational force, to the extent that a small asteroid can have 1 g on the surface. Although the way it is described, it is not...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    What I'd look at in "future history" terms is a fully colonized solar system at some point between 2000-3000 years from now, with the engineers of that time beginning to seriously think about how we'd get to the nearest star....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I tried to read "The Peshawar Lancers", but gave up after 20 pages. The problem is, I liked the original version, "Flashman in the Great Game", too much... :)...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I would not, but only because I can't stand steampunk....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    "Leviathan Wakes", for the second time. I read first three books of the Expanse series, and for a long time was reluctant to start the fourth because I was afraid it would break my SOD. I finally got the fourth...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    A regular tactic used by the Nacht Hexen/Night Witches of the Red Air Force against the Luftwaffe, during the 1939 - 1945 unpleasantness. And obsoleted by guided AA missiles. In the post you responded to, CT was making fun of...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    What exactly are "people like you"? I guessed the "intolerance to having a spy box installed" before you explicitly stated it, but what other characteristics make smart grid intolerable to you?...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    What does PHANG stand for?...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I am fairly sure that anyone who will love this idea, will NOT be on the receiving end of such VR experience....
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I see. Basically, you were thinking about VR which forces itself into your brain whether you want it or not. I can see some people loving the idea... and others doing their best to make it illegal....
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Me too, even before I developed a bugger of a prostate problem. Probably not intentional, but this phrase evokes some... ouchy!... images....
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Just skimmed the reviews of "Nightmare Stacks" on Amazon. Charlie, you really like chlorine trifluoride, don't you?...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Also, I can't keep track of the context beyond more than a couple of sentences back. Does it ruin theater for you? Live plays are mostly wasted on me because you are expected to keep track of the dialogue, and...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Agree about PowerPoint, but it is almost never used at my company. More common is for the presenter to connect his laptop to a projector, and to actually go through the steps of some software, while explaining what the steps...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Two-way VR for conferences and meetings -- So every attendee would have to have a similar number of umpteen feeds, one per attendee? Either the attendees' bodies/brains would shut down from overload or there'd be so little difference between the...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Question for people on the autistic spectrum (or whatever words are preferred); do you find in-person meetings useful? Short answer: No. Long answer: Useful only inasmuch as they make it easier to concentrate on the presentation. When listening to a...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Gerald Fnord -- Did you read post #191? It explains a lot about Galdruxian....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    one key fact this forum consistently misses with regards to pro-gun America is that those views are not at all driven by a desire to increase personal or societal safety. Many Anericans do not prioritize safety even in their top...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    And a sizable number of middle-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestant males in America may grudgingly admit that the local government (composed of proper White Anglo-Saxon Protestant males) may be on their side, but no way in hell are those bastards in...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Given the vote breakdown, I am not terribly worried about next European war. 60-year olds are not very good at goose-stepping....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I tried canned cat food. If you are not a fan of salt (and I am decidedly not a fan of salt), it is perfectly edible....
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances: Washington DC and Baltimore
    It is a legend, or at least truth badly distorted. CFAA was a reaction to the first large-scale hacking incident in 1983: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_414s The hackers, all of them teenagers, broke into a number of computer facilities, were investigated and arrested....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Thanks to someone, maybe Ahuva, for pointing me at an article that I can’t find right now that suggested that, far short of brain-uploading, people might simply start leading sparse and spartan RL lives, because their virtual lives would be...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Do you really think that trollbots, swarmbots, friendbots, and the like will remain effective once their existence becomes common knowledge? Which it will, when they are common enough to have a noticeable effect. Most people I know already pretty much...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Recently I read a claim by some native Floridian that Florida attracts crazy* people from all over US, mostly because they know they will not freeze to death if they become homeless. He said "dig deeper on any 'Florida Man'...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Considering in which direction the sex ratio is skewed, your choice of verb has multiple meanings...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    A friend of mine who currently works as a web programmer borrowed my copy of Knuths TAOCP a while ago. He brought it back a week later complaining that it had "nothing to do with computers". My first thought was...
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