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  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The exact definition of fascism is hard to pin down, and any simple definition risks casting too wide a net. However, this one by Franklin D Roosevelt is very good. "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Oh, is this the wrong place to post this? http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/06/edward-snowden-life-as-a-robot.html...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Immigration isn't a pure good or bad. It depends on the nature of the immigrants, how many of them, and how all that coincides with what your country is trying to do. If you want your country to remain static...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    No fish is ever spawned out of water. It only suffers when it leaves the water, or when the water leaves it. Change always causes pain. Change is also inevitable, so sometimes intentional change is necessary to prepare for the...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    There will also be a class of colonies whose export is immigration. Basically retirement communities. For a bundle of money you can migrate here and live in a dome with us. Set up with that business model as the goal...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Depends on what kind of life your colonists want. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tristan_da_Cunha (saw it mentioned on Orphan Black, so I looked it up) is essentially self sufficient, population of a couple of hundred. They import a doctor. If you want a society...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Beer is a luxury. The bar should be a sideline, not anyone's main job. It should be clear to Sam that as a star programmer he will be able to afford plenty of beer and brew it himself as a...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Yes, Art History has a valuable place in society. You just shouldn't drift into it accidentally because it seems cool. It should be part of a track to a Museum Curation job, and if you drop out after two years...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Historic models won't apply. There are no natives to exploit, no lucrative tobacco to send back. Perhaps colonies will be founded for many reasons, which would dictate how they should be structured, but profit is unlikely to be one simply...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Interesting thoughts about education. I've always thought each stage of education should be structured to lead to a marketable skill. Graduation from secondary school should require qualification in some trade such as auto mechanics or plumbing. Then post secondary education...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    First, without reading any of the other posts. Models already exist for government at all scales, from tiny villages to vast empires. Ideally an American founded space colony would be set up as it's own US Territory, old west style...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    I'll wait for paperback. Sorry. Laundry stuff is fun to read, but just not "I must get the hardcover first edition" material....
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    1. There is no end to how much can be simulated, even in a finite material universe. You just need an algorithm and infinite time. 2. There's no duty to resurrect living things because we care about their inner experiences....
  • 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....
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