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  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss. Nothing happens, and only one of the characters isn't an inanimate object. A great read, despite the lack of explosions and car chases. Amazing it was published....
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Reportedly, Trump didn't do cocaine, back in the day. So his crazy is permanent, not transient. There, that makes everyone feel better, yes ? As for the comment about solar power: that's the only bright spot. Check eg http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/low-cost-solar-cells-poised-commercial-breakthrough ....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    "Jellyfish aren't tasty" "I'm not sure about that. I had some jellyfish sushi that was quite good." Boy, am I off topic ! But, ahem: The problem with jellyfish is that they can't be netted the way fish are. They...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    OH FER CHRISSAKE, people. Zero gravity may be cool, but it's long-term bad for you. Decades of medical efforts to fix that have got NOWHERE. "Living" in space means more than sex, it means babies. Uh, no. Nope. Maybe once...
  • Commented on Evolver
    >> Yay nature! I'm so glad that some octopi buck the trend. I guess giving them myelin would be better thing too. I'd guess that a smart octopus would start by developing a stabbing knife (as opposed to an edged...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Here's a scenario to think about: Some graduate student splices a myelin gene into an octopus, and then when humanity vanishes, the lab animals escape to the ocean. For those who don't follow these things, the early nerve researchers used...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    "The Slow Regard of Silent Things", by Patrick Rothfuss. Short, plotless, oddly brilliant. How often do you read a book where most of the characters are inanimate objects ? "The Peripheral", by William Gibson. Solid as usual, and an interesting...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    If you sometimes keep a cell phone or tablet on your lap for extended periods (such as while in a vehicle), then the "myclip kneeboard" is practical: https://www.google.com/search?q=myclip+kneeboard&biw=1079&bih=843&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiMqaHDlIrKAhVL8mMKHSW5DoMQ_AUICCgD Simple, straightforward, and forgiving of different device sizes and orientations. Small enough...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    The heck with communication between brain and world. It would be so much easier to just improve communication within the brain. Assume a technology that lets us dump a metric buttload of nanowires into a child's brain. Maybe just dump...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    To take things sideways, there's the question of how the software will be written and provided. The old Microsoft model would have everything proprietary and "unified", with a very small number of dominant suppliers. But the world has changed. And...
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