Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    There are also so many different jobs that a farm worker does over the year. And even in one day. Before tractors, every day you had to care for the horses, as well as whatever work you did with them....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    You summary is essentially correct. If one of the partipants appears under-age things become illegal under child-porn laws, and it doesn't have to be a picture of a real event. The extreme porn laws—you've heard of the sex-with-a-tiger case—are similar....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    This was a hit record. The 1930s were different. Heck, The Fosdyke Saga was still running when I was at university, and I recall a Page Three Girl appeared on TV as a magician's assistant. You were allowed to have...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    No Babelfish, but combine a common written language with speech synthesis and smartphone-level tech. We can do that now, and some of variations in text-to-speech accents are already a bit thick. Also, look at the Islamic world. There is a...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I think you're missing a lot from the general series. 1: The core cultural setting is pretty strange to our eyes. But it has a history that makes sense, and Miles Vorkosigan has a personal history that has exposed him...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    One difference between the young and the old is what the young have no chance to remember. And then there are some things I wish I didn't remember. It's a part of why politicians tend to be older. They need...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    You might want to check some of the more batch-like supercomputing jobs being carried out on the Amazon cloud. A cloud supercomputer It took 23 minutes to start up, so as long as all the hardware was on the same...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    If computers become so dominant, is it so crazy to imagine robot space colonies, running on solar photo-voltaics? It's the system latency from the ping times which is one of the obvious weaknesses, but Europe to California is already over...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    The long run of Time Team on British TV is something that makes the archaeological banter herein something that can be appreciated by a great many people, though it maybe has made for a few irritating catchphrases. Referring to the...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    On that subject, have you noticed what the regulations on the sale of electrical goods have done to the market on second-hand goods? Even paying disposal fees, it's cheaper to scrap them. It's a pity the factories are outside the...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    I am still rather badly lagging in NaNoWriMo, but after an orgy involving pagan priestesses and the guys who got the contract to fix the roof, and a shooting in a mosque, I have had what has turned out to...
  • Commented on Leading question
    You're making the same damn mistake as everyone else. A nanobot marking a tank for a smart bomb? Trouble is that it has to be able to radiate a useful signal. Those tiny drones, the size of large insects and...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Sorry, Charlie, but I think there's a huge amount of wishful thinking lurking just off-stage in this thread. Just avoiding a complete economic collapse, without exacerbating climate-change, is going to be a huge problem. There's maybe going to be some...
  • Commented on Leading question
    That's a remarkable feat. But it only flies for five minutes before it runs out of power, less than a mile, and the range for sending pictures back is a hundred yards. That's a long way from a weapons system...
  • Commented on Leading question
    As a general point from what I said above, we have a lot of big-solution problems facing us, and we stuck with the fixes we already have. Our politicians, and possibly the financial institutions, have already missed their chance. An...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I think we're straying a bit away from the core of the topic. And I am sceptical about small drones, especially as swarms. Something small for recce is possible, but once you want to take action you come up against...
  • Commented on Leading question
    This is more of a general thing than perhaps some realise, prompted by my own experience. The more xenophobic elements of British politics are going to crash head-on with reality. I have lived all my life in rural England, brought...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I may be wrong about the figure, but what I recall is there being a possible prison sentence necessary. Was it four months? There's some room for abuse, and maybe room for improvement in the details. Does the Polish government...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It all looks pretty dodgy science from here, even if there's something to the history. But, in the last couple of centuries, just about everywhere has been moving from tradition to science in their handling of health and childbirth. It's...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Interesting... I am, like OGH, old enough to be starting to see the world differently. You will experience the next half-century, and we're not likely to be around that long. I suspect that there are a lot of people who...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Way back, the model that was chosen as the basis for nuclear safety was simple: a linear relationship between dose and effect. They had some good numbers for people who had suffered a high dose, and what had happened to...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    That angle on the Luddites might be what the austerity-mob are missing. Cut the benefits and you make people desperate. Desperate people will do desperate things, and they will do things that make sense to them. So, Austerity, and what...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I'd agree that the admin can be awkward. It doesn't help that there are so many admin fingers in the pie. In the case of my parents, I saw how the privatisation of Social Services messed up the admin. What...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    A decade to build a lot of nuclear power? Between them, the major political parties have painted us into a corner. We should have had a next generation reactor design in service now, whoever might have built it. We should...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Just what would a vote for the UKIP be a vote for? We know what they say they are against. The Official Monster Raving Loony Party would be a better choice as a protest vote....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    That referendum was for a proposal rather close to the ballot for the Hugo Awards, close enough that many of us here were looking at the anti-change campaign and seeing some pretty big lies. It wasn't identical. For me, it...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    If you go by the actor's ages, which can be a starting point, Diana Rigg was born in 1938 and Patrick Macnee in 1922. It is possible that Steed is a few years older than the actor, but he might...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Something else to remember: agriculture. It cannot be run to a clock as other industries can. Britain depended on importing food, and still does. Population has risen from around 46 million to about 64 million since WW2, and it wasn't...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    There would certainly be a lot of corruption, but I wonder if there would be the extremes, as least as seen by ordinary people. Something such as Rotherham would have to pay off both the local police and the Secret...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It's a bit more complicated. The old calculation was done with the ESA 95 rules. They're now being done with ESA 2010 accounting rules, which change the effects of such things as Military Expenditure and general R&D on the GDP...
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