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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    How long to an AI that we don't know about? My bet is that it will happen about the same time as Nuclear Fusion, ie in 20 years time receding at 1 yr per yr. Some of the advances in...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Not quite correct Greg. Twitbook and others such as LinkedIn are usually blocked at work but there is not normally a restriction on having an account just not using it at/for work. Most common reason is to stop information leakage...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Finished All These Worlds fairly recently and would second your recommendation. Good lightweight fun Sci-fi. Minor niggle in that it becomes progressively harder to keep track of the Bobs but otherwise tickled my story bone....
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    Now we are safely past 300 can anyone recommend me a new author to read? Seem to be in the late summer drought. Is Nine Fox Gambit worth a look seems a bit marmitey from the reviews....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The administration has no motivation to do so and would probably be accused of overreach if they did so....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Greg even if the school doesn't as a general policy (mine doesn't) - if 90% of the parental units are on Facebook - guess what's gonna happen.... Icehawk @326 is totally correct and I'm only avoiding the same fate because...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Not entirely correct. Our UK state school allows self medication by the pupils - usually in the case of asthma or similar with a doctors note, followed by a courtesy call from the school to the parents....
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    Part of me is horrified by this even though it proves my point, and even though I'm a regular PayPal Gift user which seems functionally identifical. To be clear it's the enforced office comformamce that seems horrible even though it...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You and the others commenting on parenting really don't get how much of a step change there has been in the last 10 years. The social aspects of parenting are now hugely and intimately tied to your mobile, whether it's...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    That webcam went dead just before midnight UK time (7pm US). As did several other according to the live chat. So either Key West just lost power or broadband or both. There were still people trying autodarwinate right up until...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Not sure whether NK is rational - pretty sure your assessment of the targeting isn't. Firstly no way would they target the only partial friendly country towards them. One that could easily foment regime change regardless of whether a nuke...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think everything will kick off when a Nork missile lands in/on US-Allied territory - including within the 12-mile limit. That will give Trump enough of a fig leaf to act - hopefully with a non-nuclear option but not betting...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I've no real clue but I think it must be the psychology of the thing. In real terms the Norks conventional weapons are a far more real threat in most conceivable scenarios - basically they already have S Korea held...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    You tend to see more BM's and Merc's in the ditch in winter due to their big fat low profile tyres which are dreadful in the snow, ice and even mere frost. A friend of mine who works for BMW...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Since externalities are part of economics 101, what evidence do you have to suggest that economists were behind successful lobbying efforts to remove externalities rather than say it being the default state of an unregulated capitalist market? Hint - the...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Take issue with a World Government being required for (1). We already have something called international trade that takes care of moving commodities from a place that has too much of it to a place that has too little of...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Great summary - but misses the important factoid courtesy of The Delirium Brief that Prince Charles (if he gets his hands on one) can set off Nukes with no consequences in Law. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/obscure-law-lets-prince-charles-set-off-nuclear-bomb-a6787626.html Whether he is allowed to procure them...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    AlphaGo is a good search result. See this among others https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/27/15704088/alphago-ke-jie-game-3-result-retires-future...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    That's far too big a subject to address in a blog post. If you are willing to spendable bit of cash on educating yourself you could do worse than take a look at this which explains a lot of ai...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Taking inspiration from the problems with Machine Learning and AI today. What is the outcome if the AI's of tomorrow are trained by the Datasets (with all their inbuilt biases) of today?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Interestingly apparently one of the meanings of the name in Gaelic is bitter. Poor Bob doomed from the start....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    My impression of CNG was always that success was merely having a human race still in existaence at the end of it. Even having a modern civilisation sorta survive is merely a bonus. It's possible CNG type events are the...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Don't think CNG is everywhere at once - a number of the books make reference to the L-verse passing through a weaker patch of space-time, plus the computational load of billions of thinking humans and machines....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Whitroth said "Let's see, in another Charlie-verse, the ultra-sized brains needed a cranial crest to get rid of the excess heat...." That sounds more like Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space Universe to me....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Not convinced by that logic. Think there are definitely some unanswered questions as to why Bob was kept in the dark and why he got the easiest task. (Ie lowest chance of an Inner Temple avatar showing up) Some was...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I think you are wrong and probably off by an order of magnitude too high. Firstly electric cars use their stored energy more effeciently than an ICE car. The charge in a 85kwhr Tesla is good for ~300 miles. That's...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Actually found this on the Beeb the other day. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38979754 TL:DR - air pollution is allegedly causing damage equivalent to xxx deaths if you measure the damage in terms of years taken off of a life span. Very hand wavey...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Im really struggling to understand your point - what is it exactly? Of course the EV market is in its infancy what - even counting the Prius it's only 20 years old - what else did you expect?...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I think you're making major assumptions that fans of Tesla as fanboys. Solely extrapolating from myself I'm a fan simply because he's the currently the least worst option - as others noted he's currently making a fuckton of money out...
  • Commented on Book day!
    For a summoning gone wrong or a deliberate summoning such as Bob and Alex have used yes I agree, For a RHR who may not have even been 'made' on the premises it seems obvious that an active summoning for...
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