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  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    There's something broken about this 'telepathy'. Marshall McLuhan might have a comment, but I didn't understand the bulk of his book about the medium being the message, so I'll have to leave that aside. Telepathy is communication, and communication implies...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Yerhonner, I can't recollect shooting John Key in his front garden, all I have is this strong memory of thinking he was a liar, a traitor and provably a war criminal. My implant musta dunnit! The potential for subterfuge and...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    'the bankers would slither off to Frankfurt, and banking is a big part of the economy...' Not for you, not for me, and not for anyone we ever met! Our net benefit from that industry comes in at less than...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Maybe someone needed a war to boost their election chances? (The boost probably comes from the backing you get from arms manufacturers when you suddenly need to hand them gazillions in weapons orders) It is, militarily, inexplicable. Genghis, Alexander, the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Thankee Trottelreiner! You might be right. Maybe something to do with the way bureaucracies behave a-la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle#Iron_Law_of_Bureaucracy ? Welllll, Icehawk, I guess where I was really going with that is that I fully expect English politics to be constantly derailed...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    No, no, no, what you need is not one but two referenda to decide on a New Flag! This will help distract your thoughts from how miserable the lives of 99% of you are going to be in the future,...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    On 'psi': We live in a number of fields, electromagnetic, gravitational and so forth. Consider the atmosphere we all live in. We have an organ, the ear, which can detect tiny perturbations in that 'field', and we call it sound,...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Vampires prey on Buxom Screamy Wenches, who in turn tend to parasitise Handsome Adventurous Lads, who in turn leech off their parents, who are Baby-Boomers and parasitising everyone...it's disgusting!...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Here we go, on treaties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR9N3NOutaQ...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    549: Aren't the Keplerian Aliums going to invoke their Strong Aliumthropic Principle and say "Let us not invade Sol, it is a silly place. It has the wrong composition of elements for there to be any life...". 570: Mass drivers...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Ooh! Burst a planet in such a way as to create a huge lensing shape, then supernova the star at the right time to send a focussed death-ray at your chosen soon-to-be-EX-solar-system...or maybe purpose built EM-powerful Dyson sphere to generate...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I thought Kevlar and carbon fibre were already better at being steel than steel? Certainly in aircraft they have turned out to be better at duralumin than duralumin!...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I suspect Higgs Bosons are not rare at all, just sightings of them?...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    I like it. In a world of perfectly beautiful android sexbots (built on current prevailing tastes), the only time there'll ever be Waxing Uranus is if someone had inadvertently reinstalled a human infestation....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The time those aliums butt-probed Mary causing her to miraculously deliver the highly nano-augmented nigh-android Jebus (whose mortal, well, mechanoid remains had to thoroughly self-destruct after mission completion) was reasonably effective at slowing humanity down and hamstringing our technology -...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Gah. I have been playing "Star Wars: Commander" on the phablet. The game is a Disney product, I think, and one of the most infuriating features (besides the unterlame AI and the disheartening unreliability of the Disney game server) is...
  • Commented on Even More Obligatory Author Shilling
    Couple more shillings and we'll have a Guinea! Keep 'em coming, plox Charles, this is really helping to expand my author list....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I like the Argument for the Existence of God about how God is the Greatest Being, and there must by definition (definitions vary quite violently) be a greatest being, and therefore there must be a God. However, I suspect that...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The day HE is solely about future-profits-of-students is the day we can bend over and kiss our arts goodbye....
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    I approve of the cover art wholeheartedly, and the story sounds entertaining too. Maybe if the shotgun's load is sufficiently light (salt? a dart of some kind? powdered metal for a dragon effect?) then the recoil needn't be ruinous? Or...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    What we have these days is "asymetric warfare", where you want to fight a war but your enemy is a superpower. "Very strange circumstances" is the heart and soul of asymmetric warfare. You have to resort to the very strangest...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    bit late in the debate, but wouldn't heating a square mile of Mars to 20 degrees result in some very strange weather? The thermals might present some interestingly useful effects regarding getting up and down, especially if being above the...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Argh! And double argh!! Is that apostrophe in the line [blog now feature's a discreet advert] a trap for grammar nazis? Am I paranoid for wondering? Is it correct, because the blog is a living entity from the Laundry files...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    "Still, I cant imagine a reason that would make US spooks murder/disappear 239 innocents." I can't imagine the US going any month without killing >239 innocents! They're not exactly noted for worrying about civilian casualties. If someone they wanted dead...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Ooh, I just remembered something - isn't the number 7500 some kind of airline code for "O halp I has been hijacked!", and in which case maybe that was why the plane flew at 27500 for a while? Someone had...
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