Chrisj

Chrisj

  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Of course, the Hebrew version is "no other gods before me", really driving home the fact that this is a claim of primacy among deities, rather than of being sole godhead....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    This is clearly an abomination unto Nuggan!...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Well, yes, "(presuming you were one of the 80%+ of people silly enough to use Facebook etc)" is a silly limitation to presume; I suspect basically everyone reading this blog knows that. Criticising me for pointing that out in a...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    At what point do you consider that an automated algorithm hasn't already trawled your Unique ID / Gait / Facial Recognition data (presuming you were one of the 80%+ of people silly enough to use Facebook etc) and is just...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Of course, only small-timers will use their own phone for breaking and entering. A serious criminal looting the house of someone with real valuables will either have a cheap burner (and chuck it in the river afterwards) or use a...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    now you have to define the difference between a corp that's a corp and a corp that's really someone setting up the corp for tax and legal reasons. No, you just have to stop privileging corps over people in the...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Clever little monkeys! (Apes, sorry). Speaking for myself[1], at least, monkeys is fine. "Apes" is a name humans give to a particular sub-set of monkeys because we like to feel special. Of course, if you take that logic far enough,...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    The leeway between useful and harmful doses of coffee is rather larger than with many things, though. And unless you drink it very strong, you'll get feedback on each cup before you have time to finish the next one :)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    If you haven't played in a while, yes, there's quite a bit of new stuff to find at Zee (and old KS-backer stuff that's now free for all of us to play with. And Zubmarines, if you've got/are happy to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Re: THESUNTHESUNTHESUN Conceivably a little of all the things everyone has suggested already. But based on the consistent and presumably deliberate capitalisation, I mostly agree with Ru at 302. It's a reference to the Dawn Machine, and the Work to...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    I frequently find myself wishing for a modernernised form of trepanning that would allow a sort of psychological tap to be installed. Drain out most of the depression/anger/abject terror that's preventing me from functioning on any given day... (Taking away...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Also someone made a "Bewitched" film... I was going to say recently, but I suspect it was a decade ago now. But that will have poked it into the consciousness (and subconscious) of plenty of people who it might otherwise...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The British monarchy routinely gets privileged access to politicians - and assorted leaks over the years have shown can influence policy - in a way that is unavailable to normal citizens. (Not just British politicians, either - international relations are...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Certainly there is a strong emotional appeal to "burn the whole fucking lot and start again". It's depressing how I repeatedly find myself having arguments about this with people who want to build a better world, but who can't accept...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The Tories (in the specific form of Johnson) are now proudly announcing that they've done a special deal so that UK citizens born in the countries affected by the ban can still travel to the US. Are they actually so...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Re the Trump/Bannon administration's anti-semitism: It got rather less press than the hideous imperialexecutive order banning people based on country of birth, but they issued a Holocaust Memorial Day presser that completely failed to mention Jews, and then (when questioned...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    As I once observed elsewhere, Microsoft Word only appears to be a word-processing tool; it's actually a metaphor for the inevitability of human suffering....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Went on a binge: apparently Robin Hood only occurs because Norman Royalty made the Royal Forests from land taken from the ex-Saxon aristocracy as a huge penalty / power-grab type deal. Colour me unconvinced; there's no trace of Robin Hood...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Which leads me to ask - is this post getting unusual amounts of troll attention, or is it just that I normally don't see it? (The former having potentially more interesting implications than the latter, obviously.)...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Le Pen is inexplicably reluctant to sell SLBMs to the old enemy. Also, of course, if Trump does block nuclear co-operation with the UK because his friend Vlad asked him to, then Le Pen (who is quite open about getting...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    And they are going to try block him on almost anything practical like not defaulting on debt unless he passes a balanced budget to go with increasing the debt limit. I wouldn't count on that; Republican congress/senate creatures are invariably...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Strictly speaking, "merely" generating net energy is sufficient. Obviously it's rather better to have a self-sustaining energy-generating plasma, but one of the last few experiments they did with JET before it was dismantled demonstrated that they could get more energy...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    The really interesting thing that turned up on the Trump loves nukes front in the last couple of days was this old piece (which digresses, um, rather a lot). It turns out that 30 years ago, Trump claimed to be...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    It will be almost impossible to get a draft going under Pence, because everyone who doesn't want to go will tell the draft board that they're gay. I can actually see that one going the other way. Yes, POTUS Pence...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Loading the site is pretty quick for me in the UK. Small entries (like this one) are essentially instantaneous; a big one like "A Reminder" takes a second or so but no more than that. That's Firefox on Win7, with...
  • Commented on The Day After
    One thing I've not see much commentary on (though I may have been looking in the wrong places): The FBI is now sufficiently enthusiastic for authoritarian rulership that (at least some) senior staff worked to throw the US election in...
  • Commented on The Day After
    A request for Charlie: Please PLEASE can you urgently write a near-future story where an alien invasion leads rapidly to utopian peace on Earth? Given reality keeps pinching your plots, I'm starting to think that might be our only hope!...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    no other critter eats itself into disease, Wrong. We have plenty of documented cases of (non-human) animals eating so much they make themselves seriously ill (or in some cases die). You've never heard a story of a horse that got...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Once an organism has reproduced, it has passed on all its hereditable traits to a new generation; the "fitness to reproduce" selection test has been won, and anything that happens to it subsequently has no effect on the genome of...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    It took me 4 hrs to show that a ~25% drop in the fishing industry was being covered up. [And that includes new markets due to temperature shifts driving shoals to other places, aka Iceland]. That was 3 trillion tonnes...
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