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  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Dinnae fash yersel' Charlie, I'm outta here. You've made a complete arse of yourself over this issue, and if you're such a petty wee twat as to ban the types of comments I've made, I've no interest in hanging out...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    No, a better question is, why do you think it's a better question? Scanning for thoughtcrime are we? And why do you use "appropriate" instead of "immoral"? If a fat joke at a convention must necessarily be construed as bullying...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    So a fat joke amounts to bullying? Someone making fat jokes about someone again and again, and with vicious or manipulative intent, would certainly be bullying. And in retrospect, the first fat joke in that series would be understood as...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I am fat actually, and also hairy, and I expect people to take the piss now and then, no harm done. I am male, but I don't see what difference that makes. Are females uniquely fragile, little treasures to be...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Welp, he's withdrawn. What happened to thick skins, what happened to, "sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me"? Are words, humour directed at oneself, so painful to bear now that we have to ban...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    The sense of "self-awareness" I'm talking about is the ability to make a distinction between an inner, private realm and an outer, intersubjective realm. It's tied up with the ability to lie, in the sense that lying is possible because...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    As a philosophical point, I'm inclined to think that the difference between intelligent machines and sentient machines would probably lie somewhere in the region of the difference between single machines (e.g. purpose built) and social machines (e.g. intelligent machines that...
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    Another cool article from you Hugh :) Re. the "are games art" thing - when I think of this, I think of particular peak moments in great CRPGs (BioWare, Bethesda), where some event in the game has moved me (to...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    That's great! There's an odd uncanny valley effect when you have naturalistic motion with blocky models though. Hmm, that reminds me, re x games, what about Skyrim, has anyone done anything in that? In terms of looks, with hirez models,...
  • Commented on A Virtual Filmmaking Primer
    Great stuff, useful info from an experienced point of view. I actually "invented" Machinima in my own mind roundabout 2004 before I'd even heard of it, and was chagrined to discover it was already a "thing" :) My version had...
  • Commented on Introducing ... Death Knight Love Story, evolution of Machinima
    That's actually ... pretty good! Particularly the fight scenes, very well done. Having decent voice-acting helps a lot (Brian is just awesome :) ). The only thing I'd say is that this kind of low-rez 3-d stuff isn't very conducive...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I think there are lots of views on what libertarianism is, but some of them are confused (both from proponents and opponents). Here's my take:- The question is what's the best political system? Let's take it for granted that we...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The difference is that the State definitely has some power and agenda of its own, which is contingent on the vote. The very early, classical liberal Marx recognized this, but the later Marx with his theory-mania forgot it. Essentially, there...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I tend to be of the Max Keiser school of thought. The world's financial system is a Ponzi scheme run by some few super-rich, in collusion with States, via central banks. The super-rich like it because they can cream off...
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