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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I think we will see the E-parasite (small corporate appendages that look like whatever replaces smartphones) rise to a high art as tech iteration becomes cheap. Tech addiction problems will abound for a while, but will become less overtly damaging...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I can imagine a massive impact to the secondary market for industrial equipment and subsequent difficulties for start-up companies who are unwilling or unable to find used equipment. The risk of bringing in the shambling, infected husk of unloved manufacturing...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Thurel Served in the French military for 75 years and 4 different incarnations of France...as an enlisted soldier....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Riasanovsky's History of Russia. A bit dry in places, but it is a great rundown of the pre-Soviet days mostly get ignored. Novgorod was a really interesting place before the tsarist times....
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    There may be an upcoming issue/scandal regarding vendor charge-backs. Major online retailers and big box stores are devising increasingly complex and ever changing sets of directives for suppliers, then developing fee schedules for non-compliance. This has apparently become a significant...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    Destruction of the tiaga;start with a pine blight from invasive borers spurred on by climate change or maybe some pine virus revived from the permafrost. After that the kindling sparks up. Good news is that all the trapped methane is...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    (Wrong side of the pond for an actual entry, but this looks like fun) Name: TIP (Thaumic Inspection Powder) Note: Development notes and early field trials refer to this formulation as OCTRINE (Occult Current Tracer: Resonant Induction-based Nanopatricle Effuser). This...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I definitely like being air-gapped from my fellow meat computers. There is a good chance we would eventually develop some kind of cognative disorder, fall prey to some kind of Snow Crasish death meme or just fall into civilization wide...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I am not convinced either cats or rats off the spacecraft would be a big issue. As Charlie points out, the alien biosphere probably wouldn't be all that nutritious. I would imagine the alien world would be shockingly fatal to...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Starship living spaces are either pristine clean rooms or greasy (and shockingly non-flammable) boiler rooms....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I wonder if some type of direct neural stimulation is a viable solution to the bland diet issue. Use all those fancy future interfaces to add a bit of spice to the tilapia and soy....
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    I would like to see your opinions as to the possible implications of IoT and AR tech on the development of groups and movements. Will automatic reminders from our digital assistants lead to more informed ethical decisions and more effective...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    There is one other issue that I think may be a deal-breaker. Would there be a motivation to do the basic science that leads to real innovation? You would have most people working for subsistence, and even if a wealthy...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I think you may get pockets advancing to the level of simple optics and steam technology assuming a reasonably stable political climate. I do not think all the pieces could come together for audio recording even if they may exist...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Star trek does planetary devastation pretty well, they just don't go there often. The payload on the enterprise was shown to wreck planets. They just have crazy shields on the ships for plot and budget purposes....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Frequently a bit of unnecessary complexity will take me out of it. There is a reason why campers still often carry flint and steel, why people prefer cast iron pans, woodwind reeds are still mostly actual reeds, and why you...
  • Commented on A small research question
    I had never heard the telecom story before, thanks for mentioning that. A shame the trees didn't derive benefit from parasitizing it, imagine what a few thousand generations of tree-telecom competition could produce...telecoms do need some competition....
  • Commented on A small research question
    I find the Australian Christmas Tree (Niytsia) to be interesting, one giant parasite stealthily feeding off numerous hosts is pretty uncommon as far as I know. It cuts into and taps the root systems of neighbors to thrive during the...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    1.Decreased cost / increased quality of information transfer. 2.Decreased cost / joule of energy. 3.Increased understanding of biological systems (agricultural revolution and modern medicine) 4.Combining the above, the most important change is my estimation is the empowerment of the individual....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    There are a few ways that customer loyalty programs and other sources of consumer data could be used for fun and profit. It is becoming increasingly possible to track everything an individual purchases either online and in brick and mortar...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Thinking about it, there is an added bonus. Much easier to sell internally if the locals have some manner of ethical opinion about this sort of thing. This would probably open up the option to many more civilizations. Also, much...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    How about a probe that goes around seeding the universe with aggressive cyanobacteria or similar organisms. When the probe comes to a planet, it merely selects a bug from the catalog to significantly and rapidly change the atmospheric chemistry. It...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Perhaps beer (in adequate quantities) can even save us from achieving that level of intelligence and succumbing to the great filter....
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