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  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Fund every department based on how much they spent the previous fiscal year....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    You just provided the argument for why VR is totally unnecessary. It needs a killer ap that requires all that fidelity and sensory immersion. Until then Minecraft will do....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    1. Fitness is bad for The Economy, you communist. Everyone has a duty to be sick, it's incredibly expensive. But seriously, I understand, with computer games you can design stuff in that you wouldn't get with a real kayak, and...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    "Aren't we a group mind already" Not a sufficiently for the aliens. Their definition of it is that everyone has access to everyone's thoughts and memories. That would allow individuals to exist. You have to let others read your mind,...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Depends. The objective of the aliens is to prevent powerful factions, so there's plenty of room for different kinds, some of which might not have the personality of an average human. A group mind wouldn't necessarily be dominated by the...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Tell them "we're going to need time to think about it." In fact, stall as long as possible while waging a secret Manhattan Project to develop escape hatches, backdoor ways to deborgify (such as engineered biological or cybernetic individuation viruses)...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    You expect maybe the response may not be "here, let me tell you about my project..."? What if you just made a huge mistake and then wrote a bunch based on it, and now there's no visible way to fix...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    As one who isn't afraid to guess wildly at risk of being utterly wrong, I would speculate that the Laundry universe tends to spin off story ideas in all sizes rather than just big arcs. That is, the main story...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Let the legislators make vague laws and the career civil servants turn them into regulations and policies based on lifetimes of experience. That requires a paradigm shift. The lobbyists have convinced legislators that they have to micromanage everything in statutes...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Surely the system could be fiddled with to make it resistant to such decay. In the meantime we have https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Ylomy1Aw9Hk (John Oliver on congressional fundraising. Summary: members of congress spend four hours a day calling people and asking for money...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    You can't decide. But voting no kicks the can down the road. You can always revisit later. Might be harder to reverse a yes vote. You should never vote in protest, always vote for the lesser evil. Everybody knows everybody...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    It depends on how long it will take to fix the house and how much it will cost. If being in the EU is only slightly more expensive than not, and it can be fixed in a reasonable amount of...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Regardless of how Niven did it, luck isn't as simple as a single "luck" continuum. Luck would have to be for some purpose. Do random events conspire to keep a person safe, or to get a person what they want...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    It's just a form of pollution. So certain parts of the internet will get contaminated and be no go zones for humans, patrolled by feral bots. An analogy would be landline telephones. In America it's illegal to robocall a mobile...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Does software resemble magical beasts or is it inspired by them? Does the mobile phone resemble a star trek communicator, or was it inspired by it? Do corporations and government departments resemble temple hierarchies (and architecture), or were they inspired...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    It won't replace other forms, it will just be an additional flavor pushing the older forms over a bit in terms of market share. Unless simulations get very good. As usual, prototypes will be so expensive old tech will be...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Basic human brains not getting fucked up by lead = more important than space wank. Important in different ways and they don't interfere with each other. For the most part the lead thing is on the decline, it has crested....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Why isn't this in all the papers? Clearly a conspiracy to keep us in the dark....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    You could go to a small monocameral legislature (say 20 members) elected at large and serving for life. Probably just as democratic at the end of the day, a lot less shenanigans....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    In the beginning was Infinity, because Finity had terminated. It wasn't finished, and It still isn't. And Infinity said, "Let there be more," and there was more. But then Infinity saw that there could be more yet, so there was...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Seems to me it should be possible to test driverless car algorithms in a virtual simulation. Have simulated cars driving in a simulated environment using the rules proposed for real ones, then have a team of devil's advocates try to...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Not to mention snow banks. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1082207 I've spent years driving in both Germany and Japan and both are much more densely built than the USA (had a layover at Heathrow, tried to go for a walk but couldn't find my...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Stop signs are placed where they are because of practical considerations like the impossibility of putting them in pavement or the necessity of having them visible. What needs to give here is the "rule" about stopping exactly at the stop...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    As in Daemon and Freedom by Daniel Suarez. Driverless cars being a favored murder weapon used by the AI villain....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    That's a problem with steampunk and all the other punks. They tend to be based on taking a transitional period and imagining it being much more stable than it ever was. In fact, maybe that's part of the joy of...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Educators tend to be people who fell abnormally in love with a subject and found it easy. That makes them really bad educators. The people that would be good at teaching it are the ones that had to struggle with...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Don't know if you can use this http://winmerge.org/ It's useful for modding source code. Basically splits the screen between two versions of a document and highlights the differences. There are probably similar functionalities in more common software for power users,...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Desktops are a dying format because big corporations are trying to kill them. They want everybody to "upgrade" to less powerful but portable (read 'constantly replaced') "devices" that require dependence on outside hardware, aka the cloud, broadband, etc...More money to...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    So now the FBI is in the business of being the go-to agency for hacking Apple products. http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/fbi-arkansas-homicide-iphone/2016/03/31/id/721672/ Looks like the San Berndardino deal was an opportunity for Apple to make it look like only Apple could hack iphones and...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Improved "moral standards" per se are not required for nuclear restraint. If you want to conquer the world and rule it then the last thing you want is to burn it down. You might have nukes but be reluctant to...
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