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  • Commented on Spook Century
    As far as drones go, just send plastic flying wings with airblower motors and look for square next to water. Rich people live in square next to water, as in swimming pools, rivers, coasts, lakes......
  • Commented on Polemic: how readers will discover books in future
    I have already noticed this problem with spam books. I read one book this week that was written by a conservative(USA) intern that was obviously not written by the nominal author, which is not that bad, but was also obviously...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Self driving cars/trucks have very small geopolitical consequences other than electric cars being amortized over larger numbers of people with a consequent fall in demand for oil. The cost of Lithium is a small part of the cost of a...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Felling Consider Wolbachia. This parasitic bacteria lives in the cytoplasm of various species of insect and kills all the male zygotes. The bacteria is transmitted by females in egg cytoplasm. Why let the host make males that don't produce eggs...
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    I have ambitions for adopting a child. It costs a lot of money to adopt a child, and presumably you derive some enjoyment therefrom or you wouldn't go into the business in the first place. I could see someboy presenting...
  • Commented on Parasites
    Scott Westerfield's book is Peeps. Stephanie Meyer's book is Host. The Attack of the Pod People from a pod person's point of view. Beats hell out of her sparkly vampire books. Hey, Stross, why not a separate thread on parasite...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    Charlie re 104, on the government coding your credit card so you have to pay higher prices for everything, thereby defunding you. We have an example in America where online companies will charge you a higher price if your phone...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    We did defeat, in the sense of kill, the Viet Cong. The death rate for the Viet Cong was far higher than for Bomber Command and the U boat service, or the trenches of WWI for that matter. All the...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Oops, that's David L, not Lowell L....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Lowel L The US did not switch instantly to munitions production. We kept producing consumer goods while we first build the munitions factories and the increased primary industrial facilities we needed. I'm reading about America's rearmament now because it's the...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Global warming goes from being something scientists (and insurance companies because of expenditures, and mining companies and oil companies because of newly opened exploration areas)worry about, to being something farmers worry about, as the arctic ice cap melts down and...
  • Commented on E Ticket*
    I think the reason that your mother stopped reading at the point where Wendy was shot down, is that the fairies that built her the house were on their way home from an orgy. It's just a one off throwaway...
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