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  • Commented on Home again
    On Fire-sized tablets: For Android hackery: The Nook *Color* is interesting in that it has a microSD card slot that it will boot off of, and the bootloader is not locked (does not require signed files to boot). So, you...
  • Commented on Blank slate: politics and context in the 21st century
    Your mention of documenting 70% of all IP violations reminds me of some of the technological developments I'd like to see more extrapolation on. One of the biggies is DNA analysis. The gear to do it keeps getting smaller and...
  • Commented on #shitsiskosays
    What, no mention of the Borg? They have constant awareness of each other and consider it jarring when someone "drops off the grid"... they suffer real problems with an environment that fosters "epistemic closure"... better analog for social networking than...
  • Commented on World building 404: The unknown unknowns
    I'm amused by how similar this question is to the fundamental plot point that enabled the development of robots in "Rossum's Universal Robots"....
  • Commented on Head crash
    Charlie, be careful about your Santorum-related wishes. From over here, I'm less certain that he'd lose against Obama than I'd like to be....
  • Commented on FAQ: spam
    That doesn't take care of "the cell phone problem" for folks with data caps who try to manage their data use by using wifi when reasonably possible. When I wake up, my phone is talking to my home wifi, NATed...
  • Commented on Upcoming Guest Blogger: Rudy Rucker
    Yay Rudy! Everything he's written that I've read, I've kept turning over and over in my mind for a much longer period of time than it took me to do the actual reading ("White Light" being particularly "guilty" in this...
  • Commented on The one that got away
    To the original question, the closest I can come to "one that got away" is probably an autograph. So, there's this concept of the autograph book, in which one collects autographs of famous people. I've got one, but it's an...
  • Commented on The one that got away
    This sounds like a problem for the matter compilers -- at *some* point, something like a Thing-O-Matic will be able to produce items like this, or the parts used to build it. I do mean functionally, not aesthetically (no antique...
  • Commented on Why I don't use the iPad for serious writing
    I wonder if voice input is fit for some of the functions you're talking about, like "go back three words". I suspect better would be really outstanding eye tracking. You're right that the finger is way too big and imprecise...
  • Commented on Tanenbaum's Law v. the Fermi Paradox
    You have reminded me of the small amount of time I spent hanging out with my buddy's grandfather back in college. He was way older than us, but he was "one of us" in the techie/hacker sense. At the time,...
  • Commented on Commercial: Rule 34 audiobook now available
    Incidentally, if you want a very inexpensive Audible book that you can use to determine if you'll have problems with the DRM, this is my recommendation: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00551W570...
  • Commented on Commercial: Rule 34 audiobook now available
    Audible has DRM, but my personal experience is that it's the third least offensive DRM I've ever been subject to. I'm talking about in practice -- only two other DRM schemes have gotten in the way of me wanting to...
  • Commented on Another trick question ...
    It looks like I get to keep my answer from last time, which was: 1) The best possible outcome for a wish. 2&3) held in reserve If we absolutely *must* pick a different wish this time, I guess I'd have...
  • Commented on Three wishes
    1) The best possible outcome for a wish. 2&3) held in reserve...
  • Commented on Design changes
    Hm... yeah, I don't think anyone's doing the JavaScript NNTP thing, but there are other places where social discussion is being sourced and managed and presented via HTML. I am absolutely *not* going to try and point you at one...
  • Commented on Design changes
    Charlie, thank you for realizing that the folks content with the status quo won't have been speaking up, and taking the time to check on this. Now, I happen to be one of the people who thinks hierarchical comments would...
  • Commented on iOS 5: initial notes
    David, I've got both "Documents to Go" and "Keynote" on my (original) iPad, plus the VGA cable. If you can throw up a sample somewhere, I can get back to you (out-of-band, unless Charlie's interested) about what works and what...
  • Commented on iOS 5: initial notes
    I found no way to shove Newsstand into a folder either, and I've been looking since the first iOS5 beta. Turns out it's because Newsstand *is* a folder; any Newsstand-enabled apps have no presence on the device *except* for in...
  • Commented on Gadget patrol: Bigger is better?
    So, my own presbyopia is still ramping up (I'm not *technically* in my mid-40s *quite* yet), but I do have to hold things farther and farther away from my face to read fine print, and I do have to wear...
  • Commented on Microbes grow the starship
    Oooh, pretty pretty. Got those molecules in RasMol format? (I've loved o-chem and biochem for decades -- if I hadn't realized I was better at computers and taken a detour, that's what I'd still be working on.)...
  • Commented on Post-oil ...
    I don't really see how they can survive when American gas hits the price range it currently has in Europe. Is there some reason to discount the return of horses? When I was a kid, in a suburban part of...
  • Commented on Because I am a glutton for punishment ...
    Ahh, but what *would* enable you to write your books in half or quarter the time? My bet is, dumping the rest of us onto some craft that travels at relativistic speeds....
  • Commented on Because I am a glutton for punishment ...
    On combining "first contact" with the "aliens, maybe, but not any kind we could talk to" position you seem to hold, I'm now thinking about something like "Dragon's Egg meets the War versus the Chtorr series", but where the invading...
  • Commented on Because I am a glutton for punishment ...
    Don't know why, but my mind just flashed on "Oliver Twist, but set in a world where both biotech and augmented reality have run amok"....
  • Commented on Because I am a glutton for punishment ...
    I'd sure like a space opera that surprises me by being wildly unconventional in some particular aspect that, well, if I knew what aspect it was, I wouldn't be the one getting the big surprise. And frankly, you know, partly...
  • Commented on The rising ebook wave [guest post]
    That's true if you're talking about DRMed ebooks. Amazon and Apple and B&N take for granted that your ebooks are going to be DRMed, but not everyone does. Most of the ebooks I've paid for have had no DRM at...
  • Commented on More on books
    Interesting (well, to me) side-note on genre romance: my attitude towards it changed (a bit) when I played the old Infocom text adventure "Plundered Hearts". The bulk of Infocom games were fantasy (like Zork) or science fiction (like Planetfall). There...
  • Commented on More on books
    This post compels me to ask a follow-up question: the fact that all the authors I mentioned on the original post happened to be female is making me grin. Does this make me a bad person? Rather than re-hash my...
  • Commented on Because I have too much spare time for reading ...
    Good heavens, it has to be both *important* and a *novel*, and also since 2000? If you'd extended it a few years, I'd have said the first "Harry Potter" novel, because I have *seen* how the series has gotten the...
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