Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Test Case
    ...spent 12 hours driving from London to Nottingham... A friend of mine once spent all day driving across Los Angeles. By the time she had to stop for sleep she was still in Los Angeles....
  • Commented on On hold
    I first encountered Donald Trump as a character in Bloom County. I was surprised to discover he was a real person. And even more so when he was elected president. Maybe Wiley Coyote next? He also showed up in Doonesbury...
  • Commented on Test Case
    If memory serves, the M1911 Colt pistol the U.S. Army used from horse cavalry days to 1985 when the Baretta M9 replaced it, had a "grip safety" (in addition to the thumb safety). Yes. The M1911 has a little pad...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Glocks don't have a safety, they just pretend they do. Basically, yes. It's expected on revolvers but since we've had safeties on semiautos for over a century we're kind of used to them. That's the default pistol safety, obviously: a...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I get that a more cheap and efficient taxi service might, at the margin, reduce personal ownership of cars slightly. But aren't we we talking small % changes there, rather than a revolution? That's a valid question, but the percentage...
  • Commented on Test Case
    But, OTOH, in most democracies your employer cannot fire you for expressing political views that they disagree with. The First Amendment does not prevent that in the USA, unless your employer is the government. Footnote: Under some circumstances (and in...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I think we're all familiar with Vimes' boots, yes. It's still true....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    A second technology that should emerge, but hasn't because of cultural prejudices, is smart beads. ... A bead bracelet where each bead has a different function (and perhaps some are the power sources), is much more configurable than a single...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    XKCD has a cartoon about how the world became weird for the Unicode people. You know there are people who want to use emoji in URLs. *shudder*...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    1% is one in a hundred. That is not an exceedingly rare demographic. How many super-rich do you have in your community? We know. Looking at wealth distribution, the problematic super-rich seem to be more like the 1% of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, apparently Russian nuclear scientists with a petaflop supercomputer got caught mining Bitcoin, one of the few products less cost effective than nuclear weapons. I have no idea what to think of the mutant lobster thing but at least they’re...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Today I was reminded of another crazy SF moment: three years ago a robot tried to eat its owner's head, because of course it did. Meanwhile, there's a road trip to Mars and people are asking if they thought to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    ...everyone who didn't actively show up as a political dissident was assigned a job and a pay packet, and it was really hard to get rid of them even if they weren't keen on working or weren't terribly good at...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Also, from somewhere near the intersection of crazy, poetic justice, and stupidity, we have the US news that a train full of politicians rammed a garbage truck....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Revisiting the theoretical subject of this thread briefly, I’m sure many of you have been seeing the thing about the therapy peacock around; it’s all over my news feed. (Presaged in a Zits cartoon with a therapy iguana.) That’s not...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I’ve landed, somewhat by chance, in a position very similar to the post-employment goal here, and for me it’s just fine. Stripped of details, some places have to be open 24/7 and unlike some people I can remain awake all...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Many people don't leave them both running at once; that might be the default for most of us. Routine tasks, such as taking out the garbage or driving a familiar route, don't require much oversight. More complex tasks, such as...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    OGH's CCC talk https://boingboing.net/2017/12/29/llcs-are-slow-ais.html Oh, yeah, I had way too much time on my hands tonight. *grin* Thanks for sharing....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    ...TV antennas in the US ... tend to cluster in clumps as there's only so many places where the geography is right for coverage of a 100 mile radius or more if possible. The population centers were set 100 years...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    A lot of people who spend time in police cells are often under the influence of drink and/or drugs and not in the best of health, mental or physical. Good point. ("Linda, are you dead?") If you have enough people...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    AIUI the situation in large parts of the US is quite different, where you have a town, probably quite a large town, and then next to nothing for a couple of hundred miles around... Well...yes, basically. I'm in the largest...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    At first glance, from a safe distance, he looked like a CHP motorcycle officer. Yep. Many US police forces have used Crown Victorias for many years. I'm currently driving one that is not just the right model but an actual...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The Beatles are the first I remember to have explained how the Atlantic serves as a cultural filter. I forget which one said it, but the point was that Brit teens thought U.S. 50s rock was generally better than homegrown...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    One of the things I hate most about the 21st century is that our network infrastructure is so insecure that ordinary people are expected to perform the role of part-time corporate security administrator or be mocked publicly for being gullible/foolish/trousers...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The scary thing is that "Dark State" is kind of upbeat these days; at least the Big Bad Surveillance State is mostly run by well-intentioned clever people who have valid reasons to be paranoid and keep a choke-chain on their...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Crowdsourcing to buy uppers for our gracious host (and possibly William Gibson as well) so they write better futures for us to inhabit. But he already has a cat......
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    <set humor=dark> Geez, would you stop writing dystopias for the UK and US for a while? I don't mind occasionally visiting deranged cyberpunk capers or deranged far-right dictatorships as fantasies but I keep reading about them in the news. </humor>...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Credit Unions have lower risk because they don't make business loans. A quibble: In the US credit unions do indeed make business loans. The businesses they loan to and the risk assessments they make may indeed be statistically different...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Would be good to know what the official and practical position is by these banks re: BitCoin... Interestingly, I've been seeing very energetic people who are utterly certain that big banks and Wall Street are very very interested in Bitcoin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Btw, David L - are you the author of Arabella of Mars? Do you need to get in touch with that David? We don't hang out regularly or anything, but he and I have friends and acquaintances in common. (Granted...
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