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  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I've posted about regional restrictions before and as a believer in globalism and international free trade, I loathe them with a passion that is hard to describe. While they exist I will continue to be a pirate and a smuggler...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If the wreckage of the plane is in the Southern Ocean, and it's a big if, then there is a possible connection with the reported low overflight of the Maldives heading south. Consider the heist scenario with nearly a billion...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    You are right, it is an exaggeration and I apologise. It just annoys me that if I accidentally look at child porn or even mainstream porn in the UK, it seems I have committed a crime. Whereas you have to...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    True, but I think the analogy fits ;)...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    Reading these comments makes me glad I don't live in Britain. The total disregard for natural justice in the campaign against pornography reminds me of earlier witch burning eras... put them all to the torch and let God sort out...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    I agree that because of hardware constraints FOOM is much further off than we think. But I think enhanced intelligence will lead to a singularity that is much nearer than we think. The first seriously enhanced human or animal that...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Ramez Naam
    I know, I know. I beg forgiveness on the grounds of brain fog....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Ramez Naam
    Sorry. My bad. Replace "Yours Truly" with Ramez Naam....
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Ramez Naam
    Listened to Crux and Nexus as audiobooks and loved them. Can't wait to hear how you follow up with the Chinese AI. My favourite authors at the moment are Stross, Hertling, Suarez, and Yours Truly. Keep up the good work....
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    I for one loved the article by Bruce Sterling, but I can see why the average 'normal' person would hate it. It shows up the absurdity, fakeness and blind self righteousness of the modern world and its institutions. The staid...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    I worry about the fact that revealing state secrets is now considered an international crime and nations are expected to deport such evil characters back to their state of origín to face suitable punishment. This is exactly what the US...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Welcome to fascism 2.0 Only the rightous need apply. That probably precludes you and me....
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    But their behaviour, though mechanistic, is for a reason. This is how they differ from non-living material systems which just react irregardless of whether that reaction is good for their survival or not. Intention for me is "reaction in order...
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Ah foolish me. It's April 1st....
  • Commented on Press Release: Stross Uncloaks Secret Media Project
    Well done. You deserve this opportunity. Here's hoping it all pans out well....
  • Commented on Brief clarification
    It's a pity you aren't going one more country north. Bangkok is a free drinking city that reminds me of the city in Blade Runner. You have a human miasma similar to regency England living in a huge metropolis that...
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    It is not meaningful to say which has 'retained intention'. Cells do not have intention to retain. I admit a single cell appears only to react to environmental signals...go this way-glucose- mmm. Turn back-too much acid-ow it burns. One must...
  • Commented on The map is not the territory.
    I think I first came across "the map is not the territory" in a book by the cybernetic-anthropologist Bateson back in the remote hippy era. As for the comment "we "think" more people die of plane crashes than car crashes...
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    As you can probably guess, I'm a supporter of the adage "anything that isn't impossible will eventually happen, and even the seemingly impossible has a way of happening sometimes"....
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    For Charlie: Looking forward to meeting you in the flesh at Swancon. Robert...
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    It’s pretty clear to me that the mitochondria have been absorbed by the cell. Neither can survive without the other, but intention has been retained by the cell and it decides what to do with the energy the Mitochondria generate....
  • Commented on Mitochondrial Singularity
    The symbiosis between the mitochondria ancestor and the cell (which appears to have been archaea) was win-win in that multi-celled life couldn't exist without them. At the moment we are inside most of our technology and most of us would...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    IMHO, I think Dan is right, the "Anglosphere" has far more to do with cultural and legal traditions than language. In fact, I can conceive of an "Anglosphere" that doesn't even speak English. It would be a grouping based on...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    To stir the pot a little more ;) When I talk about the Anglosphere option, I'm not talking about a political union. It is the political and currency union which is causing all the problems in Europe. I'm talking about...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    I'll repeat it again. A common language, a common means of acquiring wealth through capitalism, a dislike of a myriad of rules controlling our lives. A belief in juries and a democracy with checks and balances to stop the majority...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    I would add a dislike of being over-governed and the acceptance of eccentrics as a necessary part of society....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    I'd prefer to call it a cultural pipe-dream. I guess I'm a believer in the clash of civilizations scenario and I see the Anglo worldview as one of those civilizations... if it's a pipe-dream, then so be it....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    Maybe we'd see the creation of a real anglosphere civilization strong enough to compete against the other great civilizations in today's world. Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in an economic alliance with a common language, common ideals...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    For long distance flying to Australia you need to take the Melatonin (l'd also add high dose aspirin to relieve random aches and pains and to stop yourself having a stroke). It's also helps to break up the flight into...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    Coincidentally after seeing this topic I came across a review on the works of Simone Weil. As far as I can see, she claims that most of our problems with govt stem from political parties. Contrary to what many think...
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