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  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Sure. No offence intended. Just describing a lot of places I've lived. Where I currently live, to an extent. The reality is, low rent neighborhoods (of any kind) are under assault by locals acting as the agents of hidden outside...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Socialism involves sharing, but everything that involves sharing is not socialism. It's just sharing. It's one of those set things like with the diagrams....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Americans don't realize how much non state actors curtail our freedoms because we watch too many movies. We expect everything to be as obvious and stereotyped as a director has to make them in order to quickly convey information and...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You don't know when a bubble will burst, but you always know when it HAS burst. If you can just predict what will climb out of the aftermath you can shop the bargain basement and then ride up the slope....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Then there's the semantic drift of "liberal". Liberalism (classical, Adam Smithish) long ago split between the Bastiat branch which became those who now call themselves "libertarians" and the Mill branch which eventually evolved into social liberals (who see private oppression...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Isn't credit just negative abstract money? Maybe gifts, with status and relationship implications, were the first kind of economic exchange. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potlatch Parent child relationships and bartering could be subsets and variants on the basic socially meaningful gift. Like debt and...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Short on details, but looks like Dubai is state sponsoring a crypto currency and China is considering it. https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/dubai-launches-worlds-first-state-cryptocurrency/38737/...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Thing about magic is that it's secret and controlled by the guild. Keeping magic out of the hands of the general public maintains high prices and the guild's power. Part of that control just comes from making spells difficult to...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    "suppose we got rock-solid confirmation, tomorrow, that 9/11 was partly an inside job...How much impact would it have on the USA right now" The Republicans would lose credibility and probably take a huge political hit for a few years. Sort...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Excellent opportunity to apply a flea treatment....
  • Commented on Excuses
    At some point there won't be any more human readable road signs. Or, more likely, they'll be something obscure that you can find somewhere on the internet for AR display the way you can still look up assembly instructions for...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Wouldn't showing off the A Bomb in some other way have been impressive enough to end the war earlier? Like instead of targeting of a bridge with collateral damage of the city that happened to be around it, why not...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    So, like, do you sequester more carbon by letting a tree grow bigger or by cutting it down and growing new ones? I mean, I've got some land on a hill where there used to be a glacier, so the...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Hey, if it's getting you down you could read a Stross novel that always...oh......
  • Commented on Book day!
    US edition. Definitely "is" twice....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Typo, page 157 reads "Johnny's idea is getting about town is a matte black Kawasaki..." should be probably "Johnny's idea in getting about town is a matte black Kawasaki..." or possibly "Johnny's idea is getting about town in a matte...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    All this talk about "contactless"! Giving a machine the power to take my money that easily gives me the creeps. One of these days all this electronic banking stuff is just going to implode. Some virus will eat all the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    No, this is good news. If there is life there the whole planet will be off limits to development. No life means the dozers can roll. For this reason, if life is found on some planet, it will be swept...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Only way to go with this is over the top. They want optimistic predictions of twenty years from now, give them a twenty year span like there has never been. When you get off the plane you are all herded...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    Already? Well great, preordering right away. On the other hand, not reading no stinking extract. That is like eating one Lays potato chip....
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    My father was an electrical engineer, so I primarily interacted with my mother. I do recall being taken into my father's closet and shown the belts and shoes, which I found terrifying. I gather I had been spanked with them...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "where the cops watch monitors all day and arrest everyone who commits any kind of crime whatsoever" In anything like a democracy this would result in rather rapid changes to the laws. Most of us are constant criminals, entirely dependent...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Why farm plants at all? Why not just make synthetic nutrient substance in vats with chemistry? It takes some endothermic reactions, but surely those are more than 1 percent efficient....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Here's a good future timeline based on simple extrapolation: http://futuretimeline.net/ Some thoughts of my own... War: It seems so inefficient (never mind the waste of war generally) for each country to have it's own expensive high tech military. Somebody really...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I'll just say that I was determined to hold out and wait for "Nightmare Stacks" in paperback, but I gave in and I'm glad I did because it came at just the right time and made my day. So, should...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    It could be more subtle, like having vague intel about a planned attack but using it to deniably apply just enough influence to clusterfuck the response, making the outcome inevitable if not specifically predictable. You know, like 911. Not being...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    "In pursuit of efficiency we should just make everyone in the world speak and write in the same language." http://tholish.wixsite.com/jarrapua TATE RAPUA RAMUE SETA KEFU PURRAPUA. KEFU PURRAPUA MUTA KAME PURSUNREPAU. JARRAPUA NANNETEU MUTA MAKE PURSUNREPAU! Really though there's a...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    "Those of us who pay attention while driving are always looking for those who are not" That's why the key to both personal safety and low effort is to APPEAR to be an inattentive, intoxicated, or inexperienced driver while actually...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Maybe the dwarves weren't always like that. After the fall of Numenor and Moria and all that maybe they gradually fell into a sort of collective depression and stopped breeding. So Tolkein's description is valid for the end of the...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    You say X punk needs to feel paper thin and like such a setting wouldn't actually work. That's because X punk isn't so much about an impossible setting as about an unstable one. A boulder can be unsupported in midair--for...
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