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  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Doesn't seem terribly difficult if you only try to track the information necessary for your requested query. Is there an assumption that it also has to track all the other information from the story? 1. Table of People. 2. Many-to-many...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I imagine you're aware that Internet Of Things devices are already being hijacked for DDOS attacks? https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/10/security_econom_1.html Not exactly a book-worthy plot, but it makes the point that ANY unsecured device with an Internet connection is already a public nuisance,...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    > I always think of entertainment in cost per /hour That works tolerably well for linear entertainment (novels, movies, RPGs), but a competitive game (like 40K, or Chess, or Basketball) could entertain you for 15 minutes or 50 years depending...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    A single RTS video game will usually allow you to play against many other players with varied armies and play styles, too. I don't see how that makes a single miniatures game equivalent to "all video games ever produced in...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Computers are perfectly capable of thrashing you in standard Chess, too. Any sensible game would have an option to tweak the difficulty until the challenge was appropriate. That's not a problem with underlying concept. Though I am about as skeptical...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I imagine that you can get gaming consoles cheaper on eBay, too. Especially if you're willing to get older ones (I'm guessing that £50 starter set is probably not their latest release)....
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Doesn't seem that strange to me; the cost of the console is an upper bound (it can be amortized across several games) while the cost of the minis is a lower bound (if interest is maintained, you'll probably be buying...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I've never personally played Warhammer 40K, but I've always heard about it being expensive, so I was intrigued by this statement. From 5 minutes of research, it looks to me like the minimum (official) product you need to play a...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Somewhat off-topic, but the first part of this post reminds me strongly of the plot of The Talos Principle (video game). Humankind foresees its own imminent extinction, and the game is about one of the last great works we manage...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Remember that knot #2 is basically a randomly-corrupted version of knot #1. The hidden family tried several unsuccessful patterns before finding it, but if knots were just arbitrary code, it's unlikely that the first one that actually compiled would take...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    If ALL knots work by multiplying one of your coordinates by -1, then you can never change the magnitude of any coordinate, so your coordinates might as well just be binary on/off. That's equivalent to my 2-space-wide chessboard (in N...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Your "move 15 steps then turn around" example seems to imply the existence of some mechanism for preserving state from one iteration to the next (your facing). Similarly, you could have self-modifying directions that say "invert the rest of the...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I believe that's just a higher-dimensional version of my "zig-zag line" example....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I have awful timing to bring this up now (since it's presumably too late for OGH to take it into account in the new books, even to the extent of better explaining rules that are already clear in his head),...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Supermarkets are optimized to deal with the constraints of meatspace; specifically, that inventory takes up a lot of room and can't easily be moved around. Online stores with searchable inventory are probably already a better experience in most ways except...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Issue? What applications do you have in mind that would require convincing realism? The only ones that spring to my mind are brainwashing and fraud. Entertainment, training, and even scholarly simulations generally work perfectly fine even if the visual display...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    In Star Trek, the holodecks have tactile feedback. I suspect that fencing is NOT going to be one of the killer apps for the Vive; instead, fighting games are going to focus heavily on projectile weaponry. Or at least feature...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I'm afraid that does little to clear things up for me. You're not concerned about the ethics of it because you believe popular views of ethics will simply be different in this hypothetical future? You're saying that the concept of...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    The whole male-behavior issue to one side, I am still unclear on your previous point. Jay said he didn't see the moral difference between using genetic engineering to eliminate patriarchy and using it to eliminate homosexuality. You replied that homosexuality...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    I don't doubt that Bob is a lot more powerful in book 8 than in book 1. But the vampire nest scene does not strike me as a good illustration of Bob being powerful, so I am puzzled that you...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    You've commented a couple of times on the blog about how Bob's level-ups allowed him to survive stumbling into a vampire nest, and so I was watching for that scene when I read the book. When I got there, my...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    "(To the best of my knowledge no-one's creating an XRunner-like product - a forum / comment posting product - incorporating Deep Learning to optimise for comments that get approved. Yet. Give it five years. To be fair, that might end...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Your link forces the Steam UI to Turkish. Computers are indeed bewilderingly bad at grand 4X games like Civilization. So bad that these games often cheat in the bot's favor even when you play on the "newbie" level (and raising...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Computers are much better than humans at some video-game skills but worse at others. If the game emphasizes precision, reflexes, and situational awareness (like shooters)--that is, "twitch" skills--then computers can excel. If the game emphasizes planning (with a broad decision...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    The TV series Black Mirror did an episode based on that (computer simulation of a deceased loved one, based on an analysis of their online trail)....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    If you are not a computer programmer, then when you ask for "artificial stupid" to do only what you tell it to, I suspect you are underestimating how much you rely on the good judgment of fellow humans in normal...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I liked the earlier Foreigner books, but I feel like newer ones are stretched pretty thin. I think the last one I read had a plot that went: 1. Bren visits a noble to persuade him to come to the...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    "One thing no one (to my knowledge) has ever tackled is the possibly symbiosis between a failing human colony and an intelligent but non-technological alien..." CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series starts with a human colony ship that goes wrong and strands...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    Apparently I should have taken more care to write my original comment in a way that would be understandable to people who hadn't read the sample chapter I was commenting on. Neither I, nor that sample chapter, said anything about...
  • Commented on <i>Hot Earth Dreams</i>
    There's civilization, i want postciv...The game starts with the map near the end of a conventional civ game and features mechanics for scavenging old infrastrucutre (because noithing else will work). A major problem with existing civ games is that they...
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