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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Re SG-1 - hey, you're dealing with servants and slaves who are very low-tech, late neolithic to early bronze age. You want to make sure the appropriate ones can read it. I mean, it's not like you want to give...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    "Disrupt" the local environment? So, a perfectly good scientific reason to not go into FTL near (near being defined as, say, within the orbit of Neptune? - not sure how big "local" is) a star, or planet. And we're back...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Lessee, yuo're skipping one possibility: mass-energy conversion, forget the 4% of fusion. Someone's post, a thread, from wikipedia: interstellar travel at 1G would take approximately 1 year + the distance in lightyears. Proxima Centauri (4.2 light years) for example would...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Sorry, I'll disagree. The entire US - both the media, the politicians, the late night talk show hosts, and folks I know who try their best to ignore the news, it's been so bad, are all melting down. The NYT,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    No - a *lot* of polls, and surveys, and interviews, report that a lot say they don't like any of the candidates. Hell, I've seen articles where a lot said they would have voted for Bernie, if he'd been the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    um, no. A lot of Germans, and others, came to the US in the wake of the failed revolutions of 1848....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The real thing *wrong* with the Dems is that they're idiotically trying to win the votes of former Republicans, who feel like they've been left behind as the GOP went to fascism and neoConfederacy, rather than the 40+% who aren't...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    About kids being shipped overseas... um, let's not talk about my son, who works for an agency I could mention, but then I'd have to kill you. On the other hand, I just saw that the International Court of Justice...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Here's a question: anyone know what the *dosage* is for Novacek? How much do you need to touch, or ingest, or inhale, per kg of body mass?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    By the bye, I hadn't realize you folks over there has *such* diverse opinions of the OrangeIdiot. So, what is it, lock him in the Tower, or feed him to the corgis?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    That's an *amazingly* uninformative article, full of - is it adjectives? - and metaphors, and actually saying nothing at all....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A difference: all the socialists I know do *NOT* want the end of this Republic, but to restore it to what it's supposed to be. Time to RICO the entire GOP....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Whine of the silicon? A few weeks ago, I spent FIVE HOURS in a datacenter with an FE doing repairs on our small supercomputer and its head node. I got to the point of distinguishing between the whine of the...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Gas turbine? You mean like the Pennsy's T-1 locos? And that Stirling loco - that's jaw-droppingly gorgeous!...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    "Rock capped plants".... Or maybe like truffles, which I've seen alleged to be the single largest organisms on the planet, a mile with, and just tendrils that come aboveground to be found by pigs....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I have the 1914, I think it is, US Dispensary and Formulary, which tells you how to *make* the drugs....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    About manufacturing wind power systems, that leads to question # ! HOW MANY people are you assuming are *in* the colony to start? 100? 1000? 10,000? 100,000? I have doubts about the last number, and even 10k would be high....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    But, Frank, you're missing something, too: don't you remember when the world was divided into two kinds of people, those that divide the world into two kinds of people, and those that don't... er, sorry, larks and owls? I've known...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Teach your AI cause and effect? My instant reaction is, of course, to say "teach the bomb phenomenology!" (Dark Star, the movie....)...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    You forgot How Things Work. Seriously, what they need is the Junior Woodchuck Manual (as owned by Donald Duck's nephews; as near as I can tell, if you were kidnapped by a UFO and dropped on an inhabitable but uninhabited...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Excerpt: Three shift days - Seriously? Sounds like you're describing the worst of the Stalin era. Apart from essential services such as hospitals and police/fire, don't see much need for shift work in a technologically advanced society. --- end excerpt...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I was, of course, referring to steam-powered Zepplin-style airships, beloved of steampunkery. But IC engines, loud? No shit! Back in '79, I knew and gamed with this guy who had a 6-seater small plane, and got a lift from him...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Here's a laugh for y'all: suppose it was a side effect of a new *US* intel device?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I read Krugman's cmt, that what May wants is referred to, by some, as BINO, Brexit In Name Only. On our side of the Pond... I literally just realized an hour or so ago, what Putin *really* intends for Trump:...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    What, just because we didn't take his word for what he'd done, and who he knew, and didn't fall to our knees for someone so Important posting to this blog? Let me note, as a thought hits me, that Nobel...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Humph! Next, you'll be complaining about our steam-powered airships... Line at a 1632 Minicon panel: "the only thing that steampunk ariships are missing are wheels... since they weight too much to get off the ground."...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I have this impression that Lord Dunsany said that writing fantasy was *much* harder than writing ordinary fiction, because in the latter, everyone knows the rules of the world, and what can and can't be bent. Meanwhile, in fantasy, *you*...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Hmmm.... Any interest in working with me (privately) on my FST (which, in fact, is real, not just a joke)? If so, you can find my real email searching for my username, if you *ahem* care 5 cents....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Dublin - ah, no. I hear that it's expensive; certainly, London and the UK was in '14, and I'm retiring next year, right around Worldcon, which means my income will drop by about half. Not unless I win the lottery,...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    First, I have a decent hard-science background, and I am not convinced that FTL is impossible (and since I can't find a collaborator who a) is heavy in math, and b) is not a libertidiot, I need to brush up...
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