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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That brings us to the problem of the tyranny of the do-gooder, as expressed by C.S. Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    What is the nature of the interaction of the Alfar magic and iron? Is it similar to conductors and electromagnetic energy in that it represents a change of impedance that can adsorb or reflect the energy, depending on a number...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Surely a key issue will be the demographics. World population projections for then vary between 8 & 16 billion people (Wikipedia). That will make a huge difference to the kind of planet we live on. Unfortunately there are many strands...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    One problem with micro-payments is the imposition of rich-world norms for how much to pay for something.From our perspective, if you can afford a computer and internet service, then paying an extra 1p a page for content is possible. If...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    You ask the question "One thing I still don't get though, is why BLUE HADES and/or DEEP SEVEN haven't wiped out humanity yet, or at least put the shaved apes in their proper place. You'd think they'd be getting awfully...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Any chance of what John le Carré did in The Secret Pilgrim? Find a narrative device that allows an assembly of short stories and vignettes that include a number of characters (some new) and based in different parts of the...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Shame, I think your near-future work, especially Rule 34, is really, really good....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Concerning space colonies: Wouldn't people living there have to accept a degree of control that would be repugnant to us today? Presumably reproduction would have to be carefully controlled, with females required to have a certain number of children, possibly...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    We know that a lot of this equipment is ex-military. However, according to http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/militarized-night-ferguson " In many instances, the receipt of these military-grade weapons is contingent on their use within a calendar year." Is this a contributing factor to the...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    What I'd really like to see would be a "Capital Laundry Services" lanyard for my corporate ID badge....
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    One possibility that self driving cars/trucks produce is the implementation of the Luggage from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. What usages would there be for a vehicle that would slavishly follow it's owner wherever possible? Obviously any real-life implementation would be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Atrocity Archive(s)
    One question I have is whether there was any influence from Tom Holt's "The Portable Door" (and it's successors) on the Laundry series? They both take "Magic exists" as a starting point and build a world from there. Tom Holt...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    I think that any serious discussion of this problem has to take account of what happens when democracy really fails. Professor Matthew Flinders (http://www.shef.ac.uk/politics/staff/matthewflinders) was attached to the UK embassy when he saw the riots between Thailand's reds and yellows....
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