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  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Well, maybe not all. Consider, in the US, the results of the school shooting a few months ago: there is actual, serious anti-NRA pushback, huge demonstrations (I was at the one in DC, and it really,*really* was huge), and a...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Gee, have I got a real solution for you... modify buildings so you can OPEN THE WINDOWS, rather than recirculating virus-laden air. I'll also note that a lot of the buildings I've worked in, *esp* this one, thermostats either don't...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I *know* Australia's busy exporting. Damn it, TAKE BACK RUPERT MURDOCH. We don't want him here.......
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Screw PBS News Hour. I mean, *really* screw them. Don't contribute. Let them go down, because right now they're *NOT* PuBLIC Broadcasting System, they're Faux News Lite. About a week and a half ago, they had a report (the radio...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Odd, that doesn't describe any of the libertarians I have known, or worked with. ALL of them are Ayn Rand fans (never mind she ended her life living on SOCIALIST! FDR! social security and LBJ! Medicare. That was true for...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Your comment is *amazingly* racist. "Blacks live in mostly homogeneous neighborhoods" due to racism - they can't afford homes in better neighborhoods, since unemployment rates are higher, and education is worse due to racism in the school systems (saw that,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    2035? That's silly. Actually, that's a plot: the Singularity occurs in 2035... and in 2036, it all crashes, as the Unix time rolls over. No bitcoins available, and the starving masses kill and eat the libertarians, survivalists, and billionaires (who...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Lessee, where do I start? Nukes, um, no. The person pushing us needing more nukes is ignoring a) WHERE DO WE PUT THE WASTE? The US never got Yucca Mt., and b) I'm sure all those uranium miners have a...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Write a website backend in C? Why? Certainly not. I'm just extending what I wrote and put as open source about a dozen years ago. It's a perl CGI, of course. #insert "nose_in_air.h"...
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    First, I would say with a 90% confidence that they're using the SOUNDEX algorithm. Second... ok , this is an old US-ism, first half of the 20th, I think, for a guy speaking to another guy they didn't know, to...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Sprague, or as some neofen would address him, Mr. De Camp, would respond to both. Yes, I did know him and his wife. They were local to where I grew up, and were always at Philcon....
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    They've also stopped caring about anyone on a real computer. Mid-day Friday, they changed news.google.com to be aggressively hostile to anyone *not* using it on a stupidphone. I *can't*, for example, minimize any story....
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    Yeah, well, a) I have a really good idea of names - I've had a long career, starting with three years at a community college, and a few years later, I spent a year and a half at the Scummy...
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    Yes, but Hobbes got to be invited to tea by Susie. Calvin and his dad were idiots. If I ever win the lottery (I know, I know, buy a ticket), and can afford to come to the UK again, I'd...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    My own personal webiste resembles that remark! On the other hand, here's a question, Charlie: assuming I ever sit the hell down and get my coding done, I'm intending to stand up a website that cons can link to (I'm...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Well, the ones with the sales brochures that show a picture of someone smiling, sitting in a fifties-era dentist's chair are really the ones to avoid. Did I mention I'm 3/4 of the way through my 4th root canal? Waiting...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Thanks, but not especially. I mean, my most recent divorce was just over a year ago, I'm not involved, and, oh, yes, we have a sexual predator, narcissistic solipsistic psychotic thief as our nominal President, what could be depressing...? Just...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Damn. I can't find the post that had this link, https://www.edge.org/conversation/sabine_hossenfelder-looking-in-the-wrong-places and I'd like to, so I can thank you. And I think I just fell in love with Sabine Hossenfelder.......
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I actually was rather numb, and it never really hit me, even while watching it real time. I will note, however, that my late wife had dropped dead the end of Oct, 1997, and the first half of 2001 I...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Ok, that makes *no* sense to me. "Libertarian socialism"? I know that in the '40's and into the early '50s, there were *anarchist* libertarians (I have a pamphlet that my father got somewhere, put out by them). But to use...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    This is a test. I had been posting via the default http, firefox on CentOS 7. Changed it to https, and I appear to still be logged in....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Two things: there are fashions in writing, and in storytelling. Hell, I just realized, from something I heard at a panel at Heliosphere a couple months ago, why my short stories are bouncing: I wrote old style, start slow and...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Hmmm... Lovecraft afraid of anarchy... one wonders how the Great Old Ones would feel about, say, the IWW, and unified action against Them? Of *course* the peasants are revolting.......
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Yes, I was, and yes, mostly it was, and your point is? With that as a brake, you did *not* have the freakin' shock jocks, and right-wing liars like Limburger....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    No, Trumpolini can't be the expression of our subconscious, he's not invisible, and can't power his way through steel doors, and I really don't want to blow up the planet to defeat him.......
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "Conscript armies useless"? Really? So, all the drafted troops in, say, the US Civil War, and WWI, and WWII, and Korea, and 'Nam, were useless? And I'll also note that after every damn war in the last century, the studies...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Damascus steel: sorry, we found out how to do that in the sixties. It was a matter of annealing, and then very, very slow cooling, like 12 hrs? 18hrs?...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Right, I do need to actually sit down and start working on my political book, now that I have a table of contents/structure for it.... Once I get *that* out the door, I can call myself a Markist....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    In 1976, the November issue of Playboy, in addition to the long interview with Carter before he was elected President, was an article called "There Are 8 Million Stories in the Naked City, and This is the Last One". This...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "Long peace" since 1945? Korean War Vietnam Afghanistan Invasion and conquest of Iraq I'm ignoring the "small issue of the former Yugoslavia, "I'm sure it would only interest a small circle of friends", as Phil Ochs sang. Ditto for Rwanda....
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