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  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    As whitroth pointed out, the primary problem with letting corporations vote isn't the corporations that exist right now, it's all the new tiny corporations that would be created for the sole purpose of amplifying their owner's vote. Assuming you could...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    > there is more real world to augment than there are VR worlds By what metric?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    > Is anyone seriously suggesting that there is a category of person who should be allowed to sign contracts, pay taxes etc but not allowed to vote? It seems to me that a lot of people are seriously suggesting exactly...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Is anyone seriously suggesting that corporations should get votes? That's amusing, but it seems like it's probably a straw man....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Augmented reality has its own set of technical challenges, mostly to do with getting the virtual elements to correctly line up with the real-world elements. You need to detect your real-world position with great speed and accuracy, and possibly recognize...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I'm skeptical of their claim that they can infer the appropriate effect to generate only from video and audio data. Seems more likely that it will work OK for a few specific movies and games that they used as test...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I sometimes liken computer programming to bargaining with evil genies: you can get your wishes granted, but you'd better phrase them exactly right, because you're going to get what you asked for rather than what you meant....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    > Surely Disney is already working on cartoon/comic book related VR by now for their theme parks. Disney actually opened theme parks with VR attractions almost 20 years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DisneyQuest ...though I certainly wouldn't be surprised if they are working...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I tend to think that magic IS science, except for differences in our cultural baggage and that minor detail of whether or not it works. If magic worked, and our culture believed it worked, I think we would treat it...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I was under the impression that the onset of K syndrome is probabilistic; some people get unlucky and catch it immediately, while others get lucky and manage to cast quite a few spells before experiencing symptoms....
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    > Fussing over stuff that doesn't improve quality, just makes extra work, is a whole different thing. The original post doesn't make it clear that you're talking about "stuff that doesn't improve quality." In fact, you specifically say "quality is...
  • Commented on Book day!
    > There's a line near the end of The Delirium Brief where the SA is trying to explain to Bob what he's done. "I made a bargain with the devil ... and part of the package deal is my soul."...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I don't think the Laundry geas locks them down as tightly as you suggest. We know Iris was able to square her geas with running a cult of the Black Pharaoh. In The Apocalypse Codex, after Bob & Lockhart pick...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I have a question: what is the "Twinkie Singularity"? (This was referenced once in The Nightmare Stacks and twice in The Delirium Brief.) The books say it's a reference to Ghostbusters, but I've seen that movie a couple times (though...
  • Commented on Book day!
    The recorded message at the end was "aw der hal amedn aset". "aw der hal amedn aset" appeared previously in The Rhesus Chart (about halfway through), during a story that Mo recounts to Bob about a job she performed with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This recent TED talk has the most-promising proposal I've seen so far for how to design AIs that don't do Bad Stuff (and also the best explanation I've seen for why it's not easy): https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_russell_how_ai_might_make_us_better_people (Very briefly: robots should be...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Why would Maslow's category of needs not apply to an AI? I think it should apply, actually. Why would you expect it to apply? Do you think Maslow's hierarchy of needs applies to your TV, or your refrigerator, or your...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    > The Utility Function of all existing species is by definition, to go on existing. If we are making an analogy to utility functions in computer optimization problems, I think the more reasonable definition is "what living things try to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I suspect you may be thinking about this wrong because you're stuck in human headspace. We typically think of humans as having good and bad experiences and adjusting their behavior to try to get more good experiences. Computers do what...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    > I bet you've seen [contactless payment systems] but just didn't know it. If the card terminal has that WWII radar fan image on it the hardware supports contactless to some degree Just for general interest: I looked for such...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    > "Four-digit PINs are actually pretty good security-wise ..." In theory. But the banks make the ATMs such that most people cannot hide what you are typing, and then say that it's your responsibility to do so. That may be,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I'm confused. If you are able to pay off an entire payday loan within one payday, why are you not able to do the same with an equal-sized loan through a credit card?...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I live in the US and haven't seen any contactless payment systems that I can recall. My card has a chip that I slide into a reader which thinks for a while, asks me to sign, and then beeps obnoxiously...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I think counting the fee as interest over the full term of the loan is fair. If you had a loan that charged 5% interest per month but spread your repayments out over a full year, then you'd count the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    This seems like kind of a strange use of the phrase "crying fire in a crowded theater". I usually see this phrase as a reference to a famous US supreme court decision about free speech issues, which do not seem...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Not sure if this would affect your plans, but I've always vaguely assumed a basilisk needs the actual photons coming off the target to form a sympathetic link. If you can digitize the image and still use it to basilisk...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    This comment reminds me of Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners books, which are largely about the assassination of people who have super-powers that render them immune to traditional methods of assassination. (The opening of the first book involves a target with danger...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    As I recall, Bob actually WAS shot, all the way back in the very first book--and sustained no significant injury, because his standard-issue ward protected him. In SFF, you can very quickly reach a point where a weapon's power level...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Re: war crimes I think there is a case to be made that only the All-Highest committed any war crimes, since the others were literally unable to refuse his orders. The geas is unprecedented in human law, and under the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I didn't get the impression that there was literally a common ancestor, but rather that humans and elves evolved on parallel earths with similar but divergent histories....
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