Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    A connected difficulty is that we are being asked to imagine the absence of something that has been a fundamental part of our personal experience for so long that it seems like the natural order of things. As a...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    The Fourth Profession, by Larry Niven....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    A couple of months ago, I got a 240g Thunderbolt SSD. It's pretty nice (I put my virtual machine library on it), but... wow it gets hot. As in, I'm afraid it'll burn things....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    For both of us here, The Thing was the iPad Pro -- and its accessories. For me, the Smart Keyboard Cover is great. Makes it the size of a small laptop, but i can fold the keyboard away, or just...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Flash drives move content around all the time. Read too many times, it gets moved; go to over-write an existing block, it almost certainly gets moved. (No movement means that the life time of an SSD drops down to days....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    There is no "Secure Empty Trash" because it doesn't actually work on SSDs at all. Empty trash and rm from the CLI are the same thing; srm doesn't really do anything with an SSD. And virtually all of Apple's products...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    As a counter example, I give http://www.damninteresting.com/on-the-origin-of-circuits/ which describes (in a portion of it) the result of using genetic algorithms to produce an FPGA. So we already do have machines producing results we do not understand. We have software and...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    James White's Sector General universe had a passing reference to the issue of colour reception, in that there was a "universal written language" which was not in much favour. One of the reasons being that there was a large appendix...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Necessary comment: "the eight deadly words" were originated by Dorothy Heydt, and are "I don't care what happens to these people."...
  • Commented on Check Check Sound Check
    Cats are small predators who are also prey; they are intelligent enough to actively stalk prey. As with parrots and Prattchettian vampires, put them in a situation where they don't have to use all of their intelligence for mere survival,...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    The Earthicans in charge deliberately kept most of the planet ignorant of everything. This crops up as plot points in the 2nd and 3rd novels of the series....
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    The "cool kids" think of "Internet access" primarily as the ability to do asynchronous communications (texting and posting to facebook/twitter/whatever), to watch videos, and to look at web pages. Web pages can be interactive with no communication with the server....
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    That is a fallacious argument. The fact is weather forecasting has improved scarily over the past 50 years; the fact that you don't think so means you've either chosen to ignore history, or are ignorant of it. Weather forecasting has...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Satellite data access is useful for areas that don't require feedback (e.g., broadcast data such as television), or where the latency issues are less important than the bandwidth. (To pick a place, Antarctica.) There are a surprising number of cases...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Wow. When you're wrong, you like to go whole-hog on it, don't you? Don't troll. Either contribute meaningfully, or don't bother....
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    I'm thinking of Snowden's rather off-the-wall idea that alien communications would be indistinguishable from cosmic background radiation Peter G. Neumann (editor of comp.risks) mentioned that at least 20 years ago, in ;login: (I believe that's what it was). Specifically,...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Inflammatory, non-productive comments are not tolerated. (Amusing, non-productive comments are.)...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    I'm really not happy at how often discussions with you turn into finger-pointing and name-calling. Everyone but Charlie: you don't need to have the last word, and nobody who matters is going to think less of you for letting an...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Your statements do not match my recollection of reality. But I'm not going to get into an argument about it, so I suggest you do the same. That aside: any statement that is anywhere close to the lines of "it's...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    they've probably got the raw numbers to get some of their preferred kind of SF on the ballot without resorting to gaming the system That's where the gaming part comes from: there was active effort on the part of...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    given the nominating power of the ~6000 current Hugo voters I've said this elsewhere, but: one of the few good things that can come from this whole mess is spurring more eligible people to nominate. One (but only one)...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    However, you can't put Alfie Award on a book jacket Sure you can. It won't mean much to most people, but then again, odds are "Hugo Award Winner" doesn't mean a whole lot, they just see "Award Winner" and...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Don't be silly, a Hugo Award should be powered by He3 fusion....
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    What, exactly, are you trying to say?...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Ian S, your comment was removed because it was going off-rails, and it's too early (and we're keeping too tight a reign on this post) to do that....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Last warning: stop it. Further comments in that vein will be removed, or if I'm feeling really mean, edited to include Melissa Etheridge lyrics....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Please don't respond to the trolls, other than to point them out....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    They are moving as fast as possible. It's called rules, and they're very clear on what the process is for changes....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Write-ins result in a very much harder counting process, and also have problems with eligibility issues....
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    Off-topic comments will be removed. For an idea of what is on-topic, read Linda's post....
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