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slothman

  • Commented on I'd hate to have his email inbox right now ...
    I've learned to detach myself from ideas I'm emotionally attached to, so that I can analyse it for plausibility. (Most of the time, anyway.) Is this really so unusual an ability? I believe it’s fairly unusual. If someone developed...
  • Commented on Make it stop!
    I think the cult of personality extends to more than just figureheads— based on the covers of tabloids I see at the supermarket checkout, there is considerable interest in the private lives of actors and musicians, as well. In a...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    My preorder arrived in Sunnyvale, California earlier this week....
  • Commented on Julian Assange, defending our democracies (despite their owners' wishes)
    I think the idea is to degrade the channels that have been tagged as “secret” and “classified” so as to raise the cost of secrecy and hence the cost of behind-the-scenes manipulation. Communication through non-secret channels remains viable, so those...
  • Commented on The season of snark
    There’s an idea: make it mandatory that if you have a certain amount of wealth, you are given a noble title and extensive ceremonial responsibilities, and required to spend your life hounded by paparazzi! I’m sorry, Duke Gates, you’re going...
  • Commented on The season of snark
    But how to retain the economic value of the popular distraction? Perhaps a reality-TV contest show?...
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