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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Parents are frighteningly impotent, just as they're portrayed in the movies. As the parent of a young adult and whose home was often the center of kid activities, I beg to differ. It was sometimes painfully obvious which children...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    And what is this "code"? Honesty? Bravery? Compassion? Strength? Integrity? Selflessness? Honour? [Most especially that one] Well, the code of the Manly Man is hardly the exclusive promoter of your first seven virtues! (though possibly it's not unlike libertarians claiming...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Well, sure, the whole black-and-white manly virtues thing as exemplified by John Wayne has a certain cultural appeal. I got no problem with that. But in real life John Waynes tend to either get their asses badly kicked multiple times...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Even so. 'Magic' seems to devolve down to taking the ad hoc approach (with sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic consequences) to gadgetry. The lazy way out, IOW. Yeah, I can see the gods being lazy. They can manufacture a Pegasus just...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Hint: humans are a weird mix of nature/nurture, and in this area I think male humans in most human societies are socialized in a manner that leaves them emotionally stunted. They can mature out of it -- if they realize...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    As for the Asgardians being gods, pretty sure they were advanced enough aliens that technology=magic had been reached, and sufficiently advanced aliens are indistinguishable from what gods are often thought of as being. Heh. Cynical me would modify that with...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Lo these many moons ago, there was a company from the Isle Of Man who - after much paperwork - gave you access to a web app which would generate a new virtual credit card every time you ran it....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Because (c) the web was designed at a time when microbilling was impossible over TCP/IP dialup, and we still haven't truly solved that problem in a portable manner. DING! DING! DING! We have a winner. This is the big problem...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    a series of unfortunate events . . . Hmmm. Is by any chance either Bob or Charlie a Lemony Snicket fan?...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    The window in which an N-state logical base could be a reasonable contender was very small. It took a bit longer for designers to stop fiddling with word length and adopt the 8-bit byte. You can no doubt supply your...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Not so. In fact, R & D work way back in the 1950s came up with completely successful ternary circuitry based on parametrons (non-linear oscillators pumped by three phase AC). It was just that work on conventional approaches had moved...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    The pink starfish use a trinary* logic and their current top processers use 96bit architecture, but they are looking to go to 192 bit soon. Three-valued logic has some nice enough properties, computationally speaking that people have been trying to...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Give me credit for knowing that much! I'm just curious about what features would be considered 'universal' in the sense of what other civilizations are using. The pink starfish men of Patrick V probably don't use 50/60 Hz A.C. It's...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Er, that should have been 2034, not 2014. I don't think it too much to ask that standards for html 5 be committed to by 2034....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    WRT the IoT, there's one very important ingredient needed to make this work (or at least, work passably well), and that is -- standards. They haven't been hammered out yet and possibly that's because hardware capabilities are changing so fast....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Given the ad-driven mechanism of funding, I'm seeing the IoT as being a lot more Phil-Dickian than Culture. How'd you like to wake up every morning with your toaster asking if you'd like Aunt Jemima syrup with your waffles and...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    One wrapper to bind them all and in the darkness find them . . ....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    What other languages would be locked in besides Perl? C? Fortran? Cobol? Conversely, how much scope is there for new languages to emerge? I can't think of anything that hasn't already been done somewhere (though I cheerfully admit I don't...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I strongly suspect that actually, one of the major occupations of programmers in 2034 — Perl and otherwise — is going to be finding and cleaning up the remaining 32-bit time_t's. Dumb question, but is 64-bit architecture more or less...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Well, high school sports and parks-and-rec sports can still be pretty fun to watch....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    As for wind turbines, there's a really cool wind generator design out there by Saphon Energy that has no blades. I'd never heard of this; it was sufficiently intriguing that I did a little research and found that it looks...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Yes, that's exactly it: the vendor/retailer interface. Why this stuff hasn't been rationalized yet is beyond me. You'd think there would be incentives to do so on both sides. But -- again -- chuckles at my naivete. Anyway, the larger...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Inventory management systems don't necessarily talk to accounting systems, much less to the systems accessible to editors, when they date back to the pre-computer age and have been iteratively upgraded ever since. Gods yes!!! Two observations to show this is...
  • Commented on Vacation
    My mistake, you're quite right that while the heat and humidity is unpleasant, it's the solar stuff that ages your epidermis and gives you skin cancer. Also, Charlie, if you spend any time at all the Disney complex, BRING IN...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Nothing to recommend in addition to the excellent suggestions above. However, a cautionary note: It's going to be hot. Very hot and very humid. It's amazing how the climate there ages anyone who spends significant time outdoors; I've seen people...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    So, overall impression so far - They are where they are because they've done a lot of business decisions very right. So... Accepted, some of their behavior (now and past) has been anticompetitive and author abusive. Businesses are where they...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Ugh. I see that in your linked piece that Worstall is approvingly citing Bryan Caplan -- you know, the libertarian nutbar that claims USian women were freer in 1880's than they are in the twenty-first century. Bottom line, don't cite...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Oops. Sorry for the mangled prose - cat scritch management while typing....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Tim Worstall is a pretty weak reed to rely on. He doesn't know a lot about technical matters and once made a bet that he'd cornered the scandium market on the strength of his prediction that Good Cheap Batteries based...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    If you've grown up in a post-1953 Iran the UK and US are rather likely to seem evil. Because, you know, they overthrew a democratically-elected social-democratic regime and installed a bloody-handed dictator who tortured and executed his enemies? Thanks for...
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