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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Only two weeks at once? Naaah. My next-door neighbour bought *twelve weeks* of supplies at once, because she's 96 with no Internet or mobile phone and is self-isolating for all that time. I do wonder how many people did that,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Paying for stuff works pretty well actually, as long as you have a credit or debit card. The problem is entirely that the whole thing has seized up under the load as something usually used by at most 20% of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I personally don't think I'll ever go back to grocery-shopping the way I used to. This new method is SO much better. The new method of desperately dashing to one of a few big supermarkets that remain open, every...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Newspapers that haven't already got a strong online presence (like the Independent) or a strong subscriber base (like the Economist), *especially* those like the Metro that rely largely on passing commuter traffic, are in catastrophic trouble as well. In some...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    That's not going to work. You can't rely on antibody tests like that: they have a false negative rate (though a low one if the test is not FUBAR), but more importantly the immune system does not detect invaders and...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    > This time round, no single person died—but we got the global COVID19 pandemic instead. Please don't rewrite it again: the Sun would probably go supernova. Oh wait, you've done that one, too... :)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Could be interesting with regard to endless home computer problems, to find out how much is just marketing strategies like planned obsolescence, which have been around in the car biz since the 1950s, and how much is relatively new based...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    whitroth@80: > For another, the ASD spectrum, as far as I'm concerned, is bs. You probably don't have it bad, then. Like most things, if it's strong enough it puts you way out on the fringes of human experience. Sure,...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    > You could put that scene in a movie today and the kids simply wouldn't be able to make sense of it. There is an existence disproof of this: season 3, episode 11 of _Person of Interest_, aired in December...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Graydon, the fireball probably doesn't leave nothing behind it: it likely leaves less than nothing. It depends how much energy is released by the collapse (likely "a lot"), but if it's enough, its energy density will trigger immediate gravitational collapse....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Despite how powerful the elder gods are, they can't live when the stars aren't right. But guess who can? Dumb old humans. Rather than looking at us as bugs, it's possible to consider us to be pinnacles of evolution,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Case Nightmare Plaid, Hastur is another name for the King in Yellow: the entity behind the pale violin....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    It was only her one-free-weirdness book if you ignore _Voyager in Night_, which is the earliest-written book I've ever seen to take place entirely in (an alien) virtual reality, and in which almost all the characters don't have names representable...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The human body does need some radioactivity in order to function. That's the first I've ever heard of that. What on earth for? I can't think of anything radioactivity does that oxidative stress doesn't do better, and *that* is...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    "Disrupt" the local environment? So, a perfectly good scientific reason to not go into FTL near (near being defined as, say, within the orbit of Neptune? - not sure how big "local" is) a star, or planet. No, Charlie...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Turns out you can track expansionist interstellar polities by the expanding wave-front of anomalous supernovae ... I'm not sure what you'd *do* in the resulting system. I mean you just blew up its star. There's not going to be...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Space elevators would work, but so would a suitable 'reactionless' drive. Fantasy? Not quite, because we have one today - when we are in a magnetic field. I don't consider a similar one that reacts against the structure of...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    > It was a hook: it worked. So it took you only one post to start brazenly lying to me because you cannot ever admit that you might not know everything and be right about everything. Killfiled, again. I don't...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Your argument falls down immediately: English is not Latin, and its grammar is not particularly similar to Latin grammar. (By 'grammar' here I mean the rules speakers' brains actually implement, not the stuff taught in schools invented out of whole...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    GIANT FUCKING RED HGV LORRY Breaks the English language rules for meaningful progression. https://www.gingersoftware.com/content/grammar-rules/adjectives/order-of-adjectives/ No it doesn't. It's just that 'fucking' is not an adjective. Expletives are... interesting: they are more like animal response cries than words in many...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I'm sorry, Ilya, your proposed obvious solution is not evolutionarily stable (which means, given the age of the Motie civilization, that it will not be observed). The problem is that any Master who adopts this solution of reproducing fertile offspring...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I hope you've read Rick Cook's _Wizard's Bane_, which covers more or less exactly this from the opposite angle: programming might look like spells but at least it's passing systematic, and that's more than you can say for most fantasy...
  • Commented on Book day!
    So I've been trying to figure out a retcon for this unfortunate confusion between the Sleeper and the Black Pharaoh: it seems troublesome to have people considering two antagonists to be the same entity! A possible solution emerges from the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Also, being a long way from anywhere seems like a good idea when you have a man with no impulse control in charge of thousands of nuclear weapons....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Aside: I'm sure I'm not the only lurker who reads the comment threads until Catalin's latest nom de filter evasion pops up, and then stops on the grounds that the entire conversation has just been derailed by a free-associating poster...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Kindle firmware (post 5.4.x, I think, so all Kindles currently on sale: all the touch-sensitive Kindles must be running this firmware if they can still connect to Amazon) can also display footnotes in a pop-up footnote window -- except in...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I'd have said your fascism comment was overrated, but in the small Cambridgeshire city I live in (middle-class central), on Friday, I stumbled going down the hill and a sweet little old lady on a mobility scooter nearly ran into...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Minor unrelated side comment: it's not terribly accurate to call the Westermarck effect a 'taboo'. Taboos are cultural: you, at some level, have to consciously decide not to do whatever it is the taboo decrees. The Westermarck effect doesn't seem...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Of course something human could remain sane and conscious for an eternity. It would merely need to enter a periodic state, i.e. looping, forever... Doesn't really sound *desirable*, mind you. (This was the -- self-chosen! -- fate of Peer in...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    Greg, chatbots? Oh, they're very new, the first chatbot was written in 2014 or something when some corporation was founded around them. The Economist told me so, so it must be true, and my illusion of seeing chatbots in the...
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