Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • 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...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    From the description, it's probably this: Undercover Detroit cops brawled during a sting gone wrong Thank you, well spotted! That's the mess I had in mind. The recursive entrapment fiasco seems at least somewhat forgivable, the ensuing brawl less so....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Wasn't there a case where the cartoon-joke actually happened & an "activist" group consisted entirely of guvmint plants, with no genuine members at all ( or maybe, just one) ? Probably. The case that came up recently, and I'm frustrated...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not just China's Grand Canal but Egypt's Canal of the Pharaohs, built millennia before Suez. The advantages of moving ships from the Mediterranean and/or the Nile to the Red Sea have been obvious for literally thousands of years. And there's...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interestingly, even as a right hander, I find the total lack of left handed SLRs completely baffling. ... Seems like a total no-brainer. You'd think. A few years back I was working for a well known multitool manufacturer. I got...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    But for cutting up small stuff I can see not having to deal with 2 cycle, oil, periodic cleaning, where to store it, etc... I concur; plenty of people live in suburbs or similar areas and only need a chainsaw...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    " Excuse Me Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour, Cthulhu? " Coincidentally, the Lovecraft Film Festival is just wrapping up. My workplace is barely a long tentacle from the theater and I've been...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    While there's a history of control from London and Paris in the mental image of their countries, it's much weaker in the US. "The mountains are high, and the emperor is far away."...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...many countries use their militaries as part of their police, especially larger ones like the USA and China... Just a quibble, but the US keeps the military firmly firewalled away from domestic police issues, and there aren't many exceptions. Widespread...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Off-topic Q for USAians here. Is Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Jaun, Perto Rico, eligible to stand as POTUS? So far as I can tell, yes. She is of age (born 1963), was born in the United States (in...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    That rocket was the Little Joe II. Bought the Estes kit version yesterday. Congratulations, I hope it flies better than the original! Thank you, and thanks to Elladan for the video. It's cool to see what I only vaguely remembered...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Soyuz cosmonauts have survived both an abort from the pad when the launch vehicle went boom, and an abort at hypersonic speed when staging failed. So we know that launch escape systems can work. As far as I recall the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    ...as ever, XKCD applies :) Indeed. I'm sure you've addressed this many (many, many...) times, but why is Unix system time not useful for this environment?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I have the feeling that there may be an overlap between readers of this blog and readers of xkcd. </understatement>...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    As a belated footnote, don't fret if it takes a while to regain your equilibrium. We never 'get over' these things...but we learn to live with them. This Saturday I visited my father's grave, the first opportunity I'd had to...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    OHG has managed to explore the "Person suddenly finds out that by looking hard at a strange object with an odd pattern they can wish themselves to alternate timeline, their relatives are not what they thought, they're not what they...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Some of us are very very good at time. Greg Egan, for example. He's just published an entire book in which people have twice as many times as usual. Pardon the post necromancy - we're zipping along very quickly -...
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