Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    You are part of the reason it was closed. It's back open for now, but any personal commentary, any threats, it gets shut down again. Is this not clear?...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    The threats and personal attacks won't be allowed here, either....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Even for a post left to fallow as much as this one has, this is shameful. Stop the personal commentary, stop the veiled and unveiled threats (even the ones not connected to reality), completely, or I will figure out if...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    all cities have police forces Untrue: the city of Cupertino, California, does not have their own police force. Instead, they pay to have the county sheriffs cover the area....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Sure. They're very common -- a lot of banks give them out these days. Or you can use your phone. Coincidentally, Firefox release a WebAuthentication version today. (And even more coincidentally for me, I watched a demo of this with...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Also, once they have one password for a person, they'll try it on a bunch of different services, since people tend to re-use passwords. (So when, e.g., Twitter said "you have to change your password!" I didn't panic, because the...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "Forced birthers," not "pro life."...
  • Commented on On hold
    For your consideration, the response of the ignorant and evil. If the poor are more obese, one with any curiosity might wonder how that might have come to be, and perhaps examined the types of food that the poor are...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    The push for https is not about privacy -- it's about data integrity, to reduce the likelihood of MITM attacks, which has already resulted in malware being distributed. It's also a "fuck you" on google's part to certain ISPs who...
  • Commented on Test Case
    ZFSOnLinux is going strong, and in fact I've grabbed a couple of major features from it to port to FreeBSD (sequential scans, and currently working on native encryption). I still prefer FreeBSD, as it's the system I've been using for...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Both of you cut it out. I do wish WordPress had killfiles so you two could just ignore each other, but since it doesn't, exercise some blasted willpower. I was having a really nice day fighting zfs and the freebsd...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Compressor ACs do that; evaporative coolers act as humidifiers....
  • Commented on Test Case
    So, one other aspect: last year, Arizona decided to woo tech companies by saying, essentially, "We got rid of all those pesky regulations that you have in California, so you should come test your autonomous cars here! It'll be great!"...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    When you add PV panels to a house, there's typically a gap between the underside of the panel and the roof. It gets very hot under there. You could run water tubing there, but it'd have to have a high...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Unsurprisingly to you, Gale and I had exactly that discussion a day or two ago......
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    That's why I didn't do a leased solar when I got panels for my house -- it put a lien on the house, and that complicates not only selling, but also any refinance, or equity line of credit....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I don't think it deletes them, it only hides them. The built-in apps are on the root filesystem, which is read-only, but the arrangement of the apps is a preference on the user filesystem....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I see lots and lots of hybrid cars on the road. But I'm in California, and, more, in the SF Bay Area....
  • Commented on I get book covers
    No, they're offering a pre-order. They do that a lot....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Ah yes, thank you. I've only got one of the Culture books in ebook form, I should start to correct that. As I said, it made me laugh. Still does, when I think about it....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    In contrast, Banks' Matter (I think that's the one) has a lovingly-narrated battle (ex post facto) that takes pages... and then the ship says it actually only took a few microseconds. It made me laugh....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Interestingly, I was reading mostly fantasy for a long time because so much of the lauded science fiction just had horrible horrible characters. My main gripe with world-building (and Charlie's certainly heard me kvetch often enough) is internal inconsistency. This...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    In Canada, there is no inheritance tax. Instead the CRA treats the estate as a sale, unless the estate is inherited by the surviving spouse or common-law partner, where certain exceptions are possible. This means that the estate pays...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Apple doesn't seem to do peer-to-peer updates — each machine has to download the OS update separately Really? I thought the update caching service in Server Just Worked, once you set it up....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    One of the things I pictured was how a large community of simulated brains would, over time, become more and more similar as dedup took effect. Hm, come to think of it, there's that big scene with the bouncing balls...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I just had thoughts about the combination of deduplication and running multiple human simulations. I HOPE YOU ARE HAPPY....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't think "fair use" means what you think it does. And the complaints were not for violation of "Fair Use." And C&S were late-comers anyway, I remember JJ@cup.portal.com. As I recall, I've personally met the first couple of arpanet...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    It may be that with this issue they release patches for older systems. No, they won't. (The organization for engineering, build & integration, and release just really aren't suited for it.)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Meltdown is Intel x86-specific, but is pretty terrifying. There are software mitigations that can be done -- the penalty for recent processors is fairly low (the PCID feature), but can be fairly significant for older processors. Intel just announced they're...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Go tell that to Peter Watts. Also, part of the scariness is when they decide that you have to give them your account passwords. Or they randomly decide they don't like your attitude, or your politics. Or your accent....
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