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  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Replying to #51: >A few biology ones: This reply may show my limit of understanding of biology. > Things that have only evolved one or a few times on Earth will always be present in alien biospheres (feathers, lactation, powered...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Replying to #11: >>Planets rotate east-to-west >Maybe the trope should be "There is a universal Aristotelian set of directions. And a universal calendar valid for everyone, even those traveling at FTL." >Thing is, without that universal frame of reference, how...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    I don't think the issue is that Apple wants to be the next bank. I think that they want to be the next clearing house / exchange thingie (whatever it's called) that carries all the payment information. After all, even...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    There is a really good summary of the security issues on the iPhones. The short answer: Nothing -- at least from the technical aspect of the software to do so -- prevents apple from making a new iOS, and signing...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Oh wow. 1100 comments??? I can start scanning them. But my first thoughts: A lot of these comments about star ships and communications reminds me of cross-ocean naval travel in our relatively recent past. Take a several month long cross...
  • Commented on A question about the future of the world wide web
    The real issue with BitCoin, and the block chain, as I understand it (someone knowledgeable about bitcoins, good) is that there is a maximum transaction rate. Bitcoin wants to commit one block every 10 minutes, and there is a maximum...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    The answer of course is that we can't even pretend to know what the values and life experiences of our 30th century historian are. And that is what is going to determine what they choose as "important" for the 600...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    240 comments? I'll go back and read them, but here are my first thoughts: 1. The change in thinking of time from "cyclical" to "linear". Instead of "Every year will be more or less like last year", we now see...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    I vote for not paranoid enough. > is it plausible to consider the secretive binding arbitration provisions in TTIP to be a pre-emptive move to prevent an assertion of people power by angry disenfranchised electorates after the house of cards...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Of course, you'll have to work for it; work harder than everyone else. Out-compete 100,000 other people for a chance at the prize. Impress your bosses - erm, sorry, I mean 'The Old Ones'. Hustle. Do what others won't. Gee,...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ok, a good place to pick up DMFA if you don't want to start from the beginning is chapter 26 -- http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1036.php You'll get the main characters, and all the right wrong impressions :-)....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Ohh -- Back on topic, comics. I completely forgot about this one (didn't make the transition when my last set of bookmarks exploded). Dan and Mab's Furcadius Adventures. DMFA http://www.missmab.com/ ... I won't even try to explain it. Currently in...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    as long as you've mentioned XKCD, be sure to also check out Munroe's What If pages of science questions, Oh, gawd, yes ......
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    So a few more comics that may have been missed. Life with Dragons/ Public Humiliation / Habibah's Song: This is a "universe" of comics. The oldest stories are in LwD (no longer updated); the current ones are in PH and...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Oh -- almost forgot (or, did forget). Buck Godot. Right up there with Girl Genus, but now finished. http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20070111...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I'll also mention Homestuck as "unique", and impossible to describe without spoiling. Read act one; you should be interested. Read act two; you should be hooked. If not, stop. === Dinosaur Comics: http://www.qwantz.com/index.php Aside from variations on a theme, it's...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    > I was also going to suggest that you could take Star Wars (or at least, the original film, that first one from 1977), replace every gun with a crossbow and every spaceship with a horse and cart, and every...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    (I can't find your link to your book page)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Of course, there's an XKCD for that. There's one for everything....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Using Laundry's temporal data feed to submit a contest entry after the contest's end date is a direct violation of sec 34 part d: "using Laundry computing facilities to violate any laws" Please note that it does not say "engage...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    511: Winner!...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee was wandering the hallways during break time, chanting a series of 6 numbers that begins with "four, eight, fifteen", and ends with "forty two". While there is no known significance to this sequence, employee was chanting with intent sufficient...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    #469: I love it!...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Re: 438 Alert! We have determined that the gateway between Laundry internal networks and the external Internet has been compromised. The administrative head of Laundry is NOT -- NOT -- in an area with questionable network access. For security purposes,...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Employee designed, and we think intended to use, relativistic device to do high-speed laps of engineering's captive black hole, to take advantage of the recent policy debate on billing by HQ hours instead of by observable hours. Please note: The...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    With regard to incident #407: We are considering permitting Glamors for use on Halloween, subject to further review. Please submit your intended usage/images for consideration no later than Aug 30. ** Important: ONLY for use on yourself. No forms of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    (There are four other Laundry books? Why did I think this was the first one?) Application for use of truth geass at a political convention is denied. You are reminded that public belief in, and approximation to, free will is...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Feeding a copy of "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" to the reality augmenter as a "test of the validation proposal" is not something that would ever be approved, for the simple reason that if it actually did work,...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    I have not been exposed to madness inducing entities. They were santity-inducing, truth-exposing entities. I am sane. And I have seen the truth. But you are not ready. So I do not share the truth. No, I hide it, and...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Re: 333 / Labyrinth: ROFL! Very well done. === === 1. Bringing your daughter on "Take your children to work" day is only appropriate for unclassified departments, not here. This is a minor offense. 2. Losing track of said daughter,...
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