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  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Tangential to part of the OP, where in the world will manufacturers go from Bangladesh? What happens when labor costs worldwide rise up by their bootstraps? And how can that be ensured? Perhaps a world minimum wage. Could be done...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    He could opt out. But probably won't because by the time he could all his experiences will have shaped him so he won't want to. But then again, is anyone else different? I mean we all have the freedom to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: 419/Rule 34
    Whatever the cause, I think Rule 34 was the best Stross novel yet. Maybe it's good for some people to do hard work rather than counting on talent. There are non heteronormative subcultures and neighborhoods, and the novel was clearly...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    The UK could tell the US that if it wants to use them to bend the rules on a treaty then the US should pony up for the cost. The US should say, "Psst, look here old buddy. Take these,...
  • Commented on The Curious Experience of Middle Age
    I find that I go in cycles of a few months of sedentary creativity and intellectual curiosity alternating with a few months of physical activity and external exploration. I wonder if I get smartest just as I am most physically...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    As I understand it his applications was also rejected because of a domestic abuse incident. He was the best boxer in Boston, but since he beat up his girlfriend his future was over. Once you wound an animal you need...
  • Commented on The Fumes of Mordor & Other World Building Models
    When I was in the military I had an opportunity to take a really plum assignment in Hawaii, but turned it down, to the detriment of my career. Part of the reason I didn't want to go to Hawaii was...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    I thought she was kind of hot....
  • Commented on A message from our UK sponsors
    In fact I left my Merchant Princes books in Japan to cut down on baggage when I moved back to the states (having already read them). It would be good to get them in my collection again and reread before...
  • Commented on What are words worth?
    I'm curious about the various accents in Britain in that I'd like to know if there is pressure to adopt an appropriate one for one's actual status level rather than affecting something. I mean, I've known of American's who moved...
  • Commented on Off the Map: Women in Science and Science Fiction
    Oh, yeah, the ERA. I remember that. I gather the ERA came to seem superfluous due to broader application of the "equal protection" that's already in the constitution. It might be nice to get it done anyway. Perhaps the gay...
  • Commented on Brief clarification
    It's not really a vacation, it's a creative recharge. I'm helping a maple farmer boil his sap into maple syrup this year. It's grueling backbreaking labor, shoving cord after cord of wood into a furnace to boil each forty barrels...
  • Commented on The map is not the territory.
    Fortuitously, fish are seldom spawned out of water, so all start life in an environment they are adapted to. We have the map we need for our situation. If all you do is sit around and watch TV, you have...
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    "what will be the essential human thing left that we contribute to the machines we inhabit" As with mitochondria, what we will contribute to the host will be allowing it to live. This will take the form of giving a...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    But weren't there Republics before? There were republics in Renaissance Italy and the classical world as well. Many barbarian types that haven't developed advanced concepts in BS, such as Divine Right of Kings, have had many different kinds of organization,...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I'll take OGH's word for it about self publishing. Just keep 'em coming. Email them to me as attachments if you like. I'll send you the cover price and let's cut out the middle man. I'll proofread it myself. Regarding...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    "Why not use animated covers?" Because it would waste bandwidth and lead to slow page downloads? However the issue of tiny icons could perhaps be solved by rigging up some kind of a rollover magnifying glass effect, so if you...
  • Commented on "We're going to need book covers. Lots of book covers!"
    When books are part of a series I like the cover to reflect which volume I'm holding. For instance, somewhere on The Jennifer Morgue the cover should say, "Book Two of The Laundry Files novels." Admittedly the series isn't really...
  • Commented on PSA: Drinks, tonight, Köln
    Regarding the swastika: it's all over the place in Korea too. I was told it symbolized a place where Buddhists meet. You see it not so much in big old temples but more in like seedy storefront deals. That's an...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    The EU seems to have really bad problems. It might be that it won't make it. If it is a sinking ship, would it be better for Britain to leave early or leave late? During a stock market crash the...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    Some of that looked semi memorized, some from reminder notes, and some completely thought up on the spot. Wrote down some thoughts while listening. Carpeting everything with ultra microchips Right after they fix the potholes and decaying bridges. Even at...
  • Commented on Mo' holding pattern
    I read a really good article few years ago about how thick a covering you'd need. I think it was Scientific American; whatever the periodical a good portion of the issue was devoted to the topic of Cosmic Radiation and...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    Look, it's easy. You don't have to just completely switch to another subject, you can just construct a link between what you really want to say and the topic at hand. For example, the topic is "how in the world...
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    The size of something like the Catholic Church can probably act as a parachute to slow descent in that it is so big it has a significant effect on the society it is behind the times of, helping to prevent...
  • Commented on Wow
    In the 1800s, William Thompson calculated the age of the Earth to be in the millions of years, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_Earth#Early_calculations based on the fact that the core is still hot. In fact, it is much older and the core is only...
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    This has probably been said: Something that intelligent would be very pragmatic. It would not waste time creating effigy punching bags of its grandparents. For example, I believe in the existence of something very like this Basilisk, a vastly complex...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    I delivered newspapers for many years when I was a kid, which involved getting up very early in the morning, making instant coffee, running a mile to the string of apartment buildings, hauling bales of papers up and down the...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Yeah. The money part of the vote divides up along lines of natural special interest groups, but the ballot vote is gerrymandered geographically. That's why I like the idea of self gerrymandering. I'll give an example in a hypothetical US...
  • Commented on The World Shrinks Under The Weight of Madness
    jamespadraic@93 Fictionally speaking, perhaps the antigravity is very energy costly and you don't have a magic energy source, so you need the sky hook for low priority cargo. Antigravity is reserved for special purposes, such as difficult construction situations where...
  • Commented on The World Shrinks Under The Weight of Madness
    If the equivalence principle is true and inertial mass is the same as gravitational mass. But if inertia results from Unruh radiation that just coincidentally acts exactly almost exactly like gravity then maybe not. Or maybe gravity affects the unruh...
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