Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Generation Z
    I don't think you understood what he was talking about. It is an attempt to avoid people abandoning their houses; it does require that the owners be able to refinance at the fair-market-value (which, in the cities where this is...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    My favourite story in that genre continues to be Geoffrey Landis' Elemental. I'm sad he never did more with it (and I've told him so)....
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    It's actually not trivial, because you need to have a single certificate that is valid for all of the hosts running on it. http virtual hosts work because the HTTP connection says "Use this host." With https, however, you can't...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    No, a Constitutional Amendment is not that easy. Simply having a majority in both houses won't do it. And there are not enough Republican-controlled legislatures in the states to approve one by themselves....
  • Commented on Because people keep asking me ...
    Handled....
  • Commented on Implications
    I wouldn't say it feels really alien; I'd say that it feels different enough to be any near-future SF. That is, it's just as alien as, say, Blade Runner. We Americans are an ignorant lot....
  • Commented on Implications
    Coral reefs are mostly comprised of dead bodies; the living ones are at the surface, and are very, very small. And immobile....
  • Commented on Implications
    The jellyfish don't photosynthesize; they instead have a symbiotic relationship with algae, which themselves photosynthesize. There multiple animal animal species that do this. (There are also some species which eat algae or other plants, and then incorporate the chloroplasts into...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Literally order a jury to find not guilty? To me, on this side of the Atlantic, that's weird; what we get here is a judge ruling that, as a matter of law, not fact, the verdict is such-and-such. (I'm not...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    <Utter_Conspiracy_Theory> China intelligence discovered the presence of Bad People on the plane, after it had taken off. They then dispatched the plane through military means. </Utter_Conspiracy_Theory>...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    At what point does encryption occur during data file upload onto servers/cloud? Depends on the service. All of the ones I'm familiar with will encrypt over the wire (i.e., with ssh or SSL/TLS). Some of them then encrypt the...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Comments along the line of "Well, I don't mind, so I don't see what the big deal is" are not particularly constructive, enlightening, or novel. I'm in a different timezone than Charlie, so I'll mute them and let him sort...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Well, Charlie knows, presumably. (I'm not convinced BLUE HADES will survive CNG.)...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    You seem to be making the assumption that an AI (or, as DKM prefers, Machine Intelligence) is the same as "an algorithmically consistent symbolic logic processor." That is an unfounded assumption. Also, do please stop throwing around accusation of "godlike...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    Mocking someone while complaining about their hubris is somewhat amusing. I also don't think that Gödel's theorems have the limitation you think they do for artificial intelligence, but I'm not an expert. Google tells me experts seem to be arguing...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    "What the hell". So, more blunt now: stop it. This is the last time I'll say that....
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    If you find yourself posting in anger, please take a few deep breaths before doing so....
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    Handled, thanks....
  • Commented on Beer, Brooklyn NY, this Thursday
    The nice thing about the stupidsports thing is that it's so popular everything else is empty. It's a great time to go to malls. Avoid sports-themed restaurants, of course....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    When re-reading your comment there, do you really think it was appropriate?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Cats don't sweat. That includes sphynxes. (Through their skin, I mean; they sweat through their paws, but mostly do heat evaporation through panting, and through grooming.)...
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    Tone it down, please....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Yes, they still have a POSIX API, although almost no one uses it, and a bash shell. But they no longer have the original unix kernel, file system, device driver architecture, or networking stack. Mac OS is actually certified...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    the icons will be selected with the mere tap of a finger Without getting into any other part of your argument, that statement is immensely dismissive of the paradigm shift involved between using a mouse (or touch pad) to...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    Writers do need to format. If they want to sell, anyway. The format is fairly simple, fortunately, but they most certainly do need to do so....
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    1: Because I noticed you. 2: My father worked for the post office. I have a vested interest against lies about it. The post office has a bunch of problems, but you're nowhere close to any of them. So, once...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    No. Cite facts before insulting the post office next time....
  • Commented on The latest news
    Recordable optical media, including CD and DVD density discs, has a distressingly-short lifespan as well. Five years is typical in dark, cool, dry storage; ten years is considered very good. (A couple of companies have tried for premium media, with...
  • Commented on The latest news
    SD cards (and thumb drives, and most SSDs for that matter) will not retain data for a long time. I've been told that a number of thumb drives will start to lose bits after a month of no power; the...
  • Commented on On Syria
    Last warning: it is possible to disagree without being argumentative about it. (And I am saying this as someone who supports pointing out the holes and inconsistencies in George's positions. But there's no need to be nasty about it. Please.)...
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