Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Digger is available free online. And Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels first notices the squash here. Click through a few more pages for the whole encounter....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    ...you cant really possess a body [if it's] a loosely associated cloud of fleshy bits breaking the sound barrier. You can't. I can't. Fabian Everyman has never been tested on the question....
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    Although admittedly at some point the battery catches fire which is less a matter of opinion. If your phone catches fire while you're playing with the cat we'll accuse you of being James Nicoll. *grin*...
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    Again, I got a slightly different read on that, at least where Alex is concerned. It was not so much fear as he's got a bit of a chip on his shoulder from when they first met... That does tend...
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    Blue Hades has a god to help them, though whether the Laundryverse version of the Deep Ones worships Dagon is definitely open to question. This was a point I wanted to make too. Given the limited understanding Lovecraft (and his...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    We may be able to perceive reality as it is, but if it takes tremendous effort and we can't move while we're doing it, then it's not terribly adaptive, is it? That doesn't mean that such perceptions aren't useful to...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    The Mandate is not Trump; he's just so smart that his plans are ineffable and look chaotic to merely human onlookers, and he multi-tasks like crazy. So pretty much exactly the opposite of Trump. In much the same way that...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Whatever physical appearance they want for as long as they want because by 2218 body re-do/re-gen shoppes will be operating on every 'corner'. That's how things are in Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth. It's a romance, it's a science fiction...
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    The chiefly classes' wealth was entailed property, which they held more because of their position than personally - i.e. it really belonged to the tribe/clan/family. When I consider possible ways to structure societies that would be stable over centuries I...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    NIMBY forces are everywhere and sometimes the stance makes sense. Not every site is appropriate to every use, or vice versa. Does the UK get BANANAs, Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone? While counterproductive, by definition, many large US projects...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    You also appear to be unaware that the USSR invaded Poland on 17 September 1939. I'm still pissed off at the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. Yes, the Prague Spring was too idealistic to last - but it deserved to die...
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    I'm reminded of the old joke: "In Russia being homosexual is illegal. Some men go to jail for that. But there is a waiting list."...
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    Golf in an artificial course in the desert (like Las Vegas or much of LA) causes a lot of problems. Sure, it's fair to say "This is a bad place for that thing." Or "The owner is an asshole." Whatever....
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    To be honest, I'm totally disinterested in actually having homosexual sex. Fair enough. There are people who aren't interested in having any sex. It's a big world and not every activity interests every person. Myself, I've tried a lot of...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My last thought on the subject is the idea of a surveillance state that does everything right... The Orion's Arm people call that an angelnet. Actually building one will probably take more AI than we have (yet); most of the...
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    You really think having a three person marriage would be more complicated? To elaborate on what Geoff Hart said, yes. Here's the personal relationship side: It's three times more complicated. Specifically, in a couple there are two relationships to track...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    "Now everything is standardized but nothing works the same." *sigh*...
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    The MGB was designed from the beginning ... to use US standard (SAE) fasteners instead of any of the various British standards or Metric. I can only imagine the unspeakable delight of British MG mechanics. :-/...
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    I see that once again it's time to link to the essay Gay Marriage: the Database Engineering Perspective - and that the author has taken it down for an update and re-write. (Although several sites seem to have been written...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Revenue Canada won't let you pay your taxes with cash money. Neither will the Province of Ontario. I feel someone should make a joke about Canadian Tire Money, but it would probably be lost on everyone east of the Atlantic....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Semi-related to the topic, someone figured out a way to hack smart contracts and on September 9th diverted about $24,250 to their anonymous account over six hours of activity. This is pocket change compared to the hacks against Bitcoin repositories...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Or as xkcd put it, If you want a collection you can count on, PIRATE IT. Hey, you'll be a criminal either way. Short and to the point....
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    And, wasn't someone actually ARRESTED for "showing no emotion" when some fucking cycle race buggered-up his neighbourhood, rather than cheering the muscle-bound morons going past? I almost missed this... With any luck the UK media will have not had a...
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    Yes, there was the case of the "Olypmic Cafe" wasn't there, which had been there for many years, with Cockney/Greek owners, oops. Also, years ago and far way from London, there was a company called Olympic Paint & Stain; I...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    An accurate computer-generated set of log, trig and root tables would be more useful. I'd hope anyone assembling a library would include some basic math and science books. More critical than a big list of numbers is the explanation of...
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    Statisticians have exactly the same problem. The social problem is that, for perfectly accurate inputs to a simple calculation, they ARE the same - e.g. when multiplying 5.3 by 8.7 on a slide rule. Say rather if you're doing 5.3...
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    If gasdive's report that slide rules start to lose accuracy in the third figure is representative... Footnote: Accuracy and precision are not the same. The linked article goes into more detail than most people care about....
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    John Michael Greer at one point flagged slide rules as an important post-apocalyptic tool, because they could be made (in theory) by any competent carpenter, and could be used to do all sorts of calculations that would otherwise require electronics....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Then again they could be trying to intimidate a cardboard cutout or a window mannequin. I hear such things can be tricky....
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    NOW PUTTING ON MY MODERATOR'S HAT: find something else to talk about. I'm happy to natter on about slide rules again if anyone can think of something to say about them. Um. Okay, so how come American designed slide rules...
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