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  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    The craziest thing about the heartbleed hype is that it's not proportional in the least to how serious it is (compared to other recent vulnerabilities in the SSL/TLS domain). This is not to say that heartbleed isn't bad. Heartbleed is...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    A world without the necessity of work (say, with a guaranteed income) probably wouldn't have less labour being done. Good work -- work that fits heuristics A and B -- is satisfying regardless of whether or not you need to...
  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    Sometimes, April Fool's jokes are too subtle to be amusing. Yesterday, I ended up watching a news report from an unfamiliar network claiming that it was 80 degrees F in Ohio, and that a student at a Massachusetts high school...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    rather than merely being a pointer to a counter in a game which becomes more valuable the faster things change hands This reminds me a bit of a theoretical 'bank tax' -- sort of a reverse interest -- based...
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    If replacing every word in a copyrighted work with your own words is copyright infringement, some large percentage of the participants in this year's NaNoGenMo are in danger from perversely pedantic copyright lawyers; systematically replacing words was one of the...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    One nitpick: bitcoin transactions aren't hard to trace. In fact, they are extremely easy to trace (...to addresses, which can usually be trivially associated with people or organizations), because the entire history is in a public file that everybody with...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    Does having the book contradict recent revelations in the news cut into sales, or are you avoiding it because it rubs you the wrong way? Because I don't think the core fan base (readers of this blog, I guess) particularly...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    If we assume #3 to be true, justice is the only religion to construct a reasonable functional facsimile of its own god, consciously -- which is amusing, albeit tangential....
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    I'll read it again later, but this piece reminds me too much of Peter Watts' Blindsight. In fact, I'd call it a distillation (except that the zimboes *aren't* detected, specifically because nobody thinks to look for art)....
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    Two more thoughts: One (and this is already happening to some extent) is that, as e-books become more common and eat out the market for mass-market paperbacks, we'll start to see very fancy and expensive 'special edition' hardcovers intended for...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    If e-readers continue to increase in popularity until nearly all professional publications are available in (legitimate) electronic form, I suspect that writing and editing tools (primarily but not exclusively for non-fiction) will significantly change, particularly in the way in which...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    In the west, urban sprawl will probably become more pronounced but less dense as self-driving cars begin to fill the niche between distances best traveled by car and distances best traveled by airplane (one-hour and two-hour flights will disappear except...
  • Commented on Time tourism
    While it's not a time-travel story, Neal Stephenson's Baroque cycle spends a large amount of time exploring privilege from various perspectives in a historical context and doesn't gloss over the fact that it's a crapsack world, but it nevertheless doesn't...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    9/11 wasn't the first terrorist attack to be used as an excuse for implementing surveillance-state elements, by a long shot. I'm not sure we learned anything, in particular; it's just that this particular event happened in a sweet spot technologically...
  • Commented on Cheap Reads!
    In the united states at least, this particular practice has historically been upheld as part of fair use (the acquisition or creation of a spare copy for personal use). So, at least it's arguably legal. I wouldn't recommend relying upon...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    The situationists spent a lot of time talking about how urban planning is affected by a laborless society (and thus about laborless societies -- which is a bit strange amongst marxists), and their essays on the subject are some of...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    His fate is shared, to a lesser extent, with some others in similar positions. Celebrity children can often eventually disappear (and often they do on purpose), and sometimes they can spend enough time out of the limelight to come back...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: 419/Rule 34
    Completely tangential, but if "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alive" is a typo, it is the best typo I've ever read. I'd read the hell out of any book you wrote set in biological architecture....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Halting State
    The official second life client (and most forks and re-implementations) is in C++, although there are a few re-implementations in Java and in C# (all of them written after the source release, around 2008). Both the official second life server...
  • Commented on Short Story: Bit Rot
    I should try that. Shout "I want hard science fiction for a new century" at random people on the street until one of my favorite authors writes me a short story (or I get carted away)....
  • Commented on The Northern Wild: How to Save New York?
    Isn't that an apt description of Tokyo? The concept of a city is an extremely resilient virus (I suspect that once mankind is gone or no longer recognizable, cities will remain and find other means of reproduction, either by latching...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Merchant Princes
    Three notes: One, regarding the plotline described in your other blog post about Merchant Princes from 2010 (the one where your agent said it was too weird): I would buy the hell out of that book. Were you to write...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    The fact that Glasshouse is slow-selling and obscure does not mean that it will remain slow-selling and obscure in 2063. Books considered to be 'classics' tend to fall into one or two categories regarding popularity: either they were so immensely...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    Nevermind, I found it: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1enjew/what_sentence_would_sound_like_gibberish_10_years/...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    Which reddit thread was this? I'm looking for it, but I can't seem to find it......
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    > "what this country needs is a short, victorious war" Well, they certainly failed there! From what I understand, the russo-japanese war hasn't officially ended yet; it's just been on hold indefinitely since the turn of the (last) century....
  • Commented on Books I've written
    I'm very much in favor of the 'anti-spoiler' idea, particularly with regard to elements of culture. Glasshouse is a particularly good example: I didn't know that it was slang for 'military prison' until long after I read it (and this...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    The Dark Side of Oz is actually a still-classified part of the now defunct MK-ULTRA system, with a generational release. The first generation has been (fairly grossly) programmed to merely subliminally brainwash their children and grandchildren, who (if they watch...
  • Commented on Forthcoming UK Audio Books
    How much would someone have to pay you to get you to record your own readings for your audiobooks? (When I read your books -- particularly Accelerando & the Laundry books -- they sound vaguely angry, but I've heard you...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    Is it just me, or is it self-contradictory for someone who claims not to believe in society to try to shift focus towards the trade of socially constructed items (money, financial devices... all things that would cease to exist in...
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