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  • 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....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I believe the book says that the Alfär initially did a lot of exploring, found some neat stuff like the dragons, and then started stumbling into dangers that nearly destroyed them and decided that random exploration of the multiverse was...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I believe the book says the Alfär are bad at detecting outright lies (which are prevented by a geas), not that they are necessarily bad at detecting other forms of subterfuge....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Depends how quickly they can apply new geasa to the existing population once they figure out there is no existing network in place....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    > "what is this manufacturing base you speak of? You mean the ability to build moving carts? Useless things for serfs." Those thaum-slinging maces come from somewhere......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I realize the Host is only a tiny remnant of the peak might of the Morningstar Empire, but given the what they had left, I remember thinking repeatedly during The Nightmare Stacks that they were just utterly doomed. First off,...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    > "Another way to approach this is by unbiasing the central question..." There are lots of more-useful questions we would like to have answers to, but that doesn't mean we know how to answer them. Given a choice between an...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    > The record keeping you mentioned isn't really much of a gain and could even be a net loss. It seems like you may be talking past each other. You seem to be saying in the record keeping example that...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I think this problem is quite a lot harder than you give it credit for. One part of the problem is undoubtedly that biased programmers feed their programs biased data sets. For instance, there was a TED talk about a...
  • 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...
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