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mjfgates

  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    If the bricks are pretty, it doesn't even have to be cost-effective for starters. Just use them to construct billionaires' mansions until the price comes down....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Personally I expect OGH to be devoured by elephant seals the day after Empire Games comes out. Because worse than 2016, that's why....
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    Makes you wish you really did have parallel almost-identical universes available. Go visit the three or four closest neighbors, make arrangements with the resident versions of yourself, publish half a dozen novels a year, profit!...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Subnormality. Not a coherent story; there are some recurring characters, but mostly it's one-offs. Huge ones. Hundreds, thousands of words in a single page. And what the hell, he misses a fair amount of time-- but then he does something...
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    "In a fucking shitehole in the piss-stained ground there lived a wankhumping hobbit." By Jove, it *does* work on everything!...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Just a note on the whole "states should be less than ten million people" idea: there are twenty-some cities on this Earth larger than that. So, that particular rule of thumb really wants to have kind of a lot of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    If you're that worried about getting enough photons to Next Star Over so that it can read your messages, just orbit a ring of shadow squares around your own star, in the plane containing both stars. Make the shadow squares...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    I'm in favor of pitchforks because fusion power or space colonies might turn out to be profitable. Giving the Rich Bastards somewhere productive to put their capital just makes it accumulate faster....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    The only problem with this idea is that you've been beaten to it by actual Republicans. I was seeing comments all over the politics sites I follow during the first few days of protests in Ukraine, wishing for this very...
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    I just finished Neptune's Brood, and I was thinking the theme was you mis-hearing Joseph Campbell. "Write me a creature that is as dysfunctional a parent as a man, but not like a man..."...
  • Commented on Trotskyite singularitarians for Monarchism! A political speculation.
    If you live in Edinburgh, you don't have to go as far as Rhodesia to see the effects of British colonial rule. Driving twenty miles uphill will do it. The Scottish highlands are still the emptiest bit of land in...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Nobody's mentioned roads yet? Nearly all of the area of a road is really there because human drivers do stupid human stuff. Shoulders, extra space in the lanes, the pavement in the center of each lanes... If you assume self-driving...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    It's all tech, pop culture, or particular events. So if you want to imagine future sentences, know what events they're influenced by Sentence from 2053: The Rough Tunnel rain might just keep us going, if we can build enough rosmem...
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