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  • Commented on Evolver
    But specifically, a single ant species with a wide array of symbionts? Not just ants in general? Also it just occurred to me that we may see something similar to my idea with the parasite lineages once we figure out...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Late to the thread, but I once theorized a humanity that had not only culture and genes, but also parasite lineages as a way of inheritance and relied on cannibalism to get there (tl;dr: we evolve symbionts, then implant them....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    "7. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk." I fear that's pretty clear....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Here's a few ideas I also noted down but didn't write due to the one entry restriction (feel free to use if you think one has potential): actual microwave mind control something based on an angels/angled ones pun Residual Human...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Writing you an email. Anybody else interested best ask Hugh to forward it....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Actually yes, I know somebody who works on this. However I don't want to connect my comments publicly to my meatspace identity, nor use OGH's comment section for advertising, so is there any way I can contact you directly if...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Of all the would be presidents of the last ten years, Trump is the first who has figured out the Internet. His campaign is deliberately and openly designed to meme well. This also means that presidential campaigns are only going...
  • Commented on A small research question
    "Or is there another dimension where the V-parasites are from where they're more adapted for long term mutual benefit in humans." What if that's how humans became conscious in the first place? An extradimensional infestation by those "souls" as they...
  • Commented on A small research question
    A sickly, pale, mutant feeding off its relatives' lifeblood. I am, of course, talking about Redwood trees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albino_redwood...
  • Commented on A small research question
    Oh and, remember the living computer viruses in Peter Watts' Starfish trilogy? Given the way artificial life in those novels evolves, those should be absolutely ridden with parasites but they aren't, as far as I can recall. Missed opportunity considering...
  • Commented on A small research question
    You know, for being so young and primitive, artificial life already has some highly fascinating living going on. Lemme tell you a war story: A friend of mine used to scan hosts that sent him spam since these tend to...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    >I'm thinking particularly of the old story about US police performing no-knock raids "like they saw on TV" when under pressure, rather than following their training. Hmm you got a source for that? I have this theory that popular depictions...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    That would be a certain Neil Gaiman short story in either Smoke And Mirrors or Fragile Things. I forgot the name as well....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Don't know why, but there was something about the way Basil was introduced that I saw him coming from a mile away. Also, is the senior auditor by any chance related to Dumbledore?...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I think there's a parallel with other resources that are going to run out. Peak Oil will mean that there is less cheap energy to go by, to which a likely outcome is a contraction of the world economy. Peak...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    My favorite crackpot theory so far is that Gox got coopted or sucked dry by the Yakuza and now we're seeing the results. In fact there's a lot of space for crackpot theories where a company of one to two...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Full disclosure: I still own a few bitcoins and they are currently in MtGox. So maybe I don't own them anymore, who knows. I've been following the story and its precursors closely for the last few months and every time...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    Even godless religions such as Buddhism include spiritual elements, which is why I think it counts as a religion. Scientology is an interesting case, but I would think of them as a totalitarian organization, complete with a few founding myths,...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    I wrote way too quickly here, what I was trying to say was: 1. You can't have really good evidence of things that were traded down orally. So the earliest evidence you're going to have is primitive writing. 2. Where...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    Yeah, obviously both need to be written down....
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    I don't agree. Every modern body of law can be based on predominantly atheist moral philosophy. For example if you look at influential figures like Kant, he doesn't use god to justify anything, only acknowledges him as a separate concept...
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    I missed the previous discussion but a quick ctrl+f doesn't find the qntm story I was thinking of: http://qntm.org/bomb...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    "though I suppose they might have been after the original Wikileaks cable dump as well." The original dump has long leaked in its entirety, unencrypted. Google z.gpg and "AcollectionOfDiplomaticHistorySince_1966_ToThePresentDay#"....
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    It would appear so, yes. I admit being a bit lost in all these stats, but these seem to underline your hypothesis: -participation rate: http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LFS600000 (old, up to 2002) http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LFS600001 (old, up to 2002) http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LFS600002 (old, up to 2002) http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    "The current employment participation rate in the USA is around 58%, and dropping steadily." Where did you get these figures from? I picked up similar numbers from an earlier comment you made many months ago and tried to verify it,...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Accelerando
    > 3 words: accelerando anime series. It would slay! Hell yeah! I'd torrent that, perhaps even buy it....
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    >White's Law Or its afaik unnamed sibling that is about the link between economic growth and energy production. (Paper linked in the post) https://culturingscience.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/is-it-possible-for-us-to-reduce-our-carbon-emissions/...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    "even if 90% of the web dried up and blew away for lack of revenue -- it wouldn't be the 90% we'd miss" I have to disagree. I hate ads, but I think they are a necessary evil sometimes -...
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