Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I never cease to be amazed at the swivel eyed lunatics you let have guns in the US. It baffles us sometimes, too. Since guns are necessary tools in remote areas, the thinly spread populace around Malheur is very well...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It's not wholly pointless to try to categorize some classes of interference. At one extreme our whole universe could be faked; in that scenario we'd have no idea about reality, down to the most obvious physics such as Newtonian motion,...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    In other words, it's only suspicious to those who insist that TWA800 was shot down, Apollo 11 was faked, and the WTC was rigged for demolition. You know, swivel-eyed loonies. Ahem, yes. I got a local-ish example last year, when...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Besides, if *you* were an INTELLIGENT alien, would *you* want to contact us? From the '90s TV show Daria: Jane - Let's say I'm an alien and you're you. Daria - Part of this better be hypothetical. Jane - Now,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Agreed. I suspect that the U.S. will get serious about Global Warming in 20-30 years when Florida is finally underwater, Some reactions are predictable. If civilization collapses Greg might expand his garden plot and grumble about not getting Land Rover...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oooh, news feed has some "Astronomy" fun: Finally! The Galaxy’s Most Mysterious Star Is Dipping I quipped that it's because they're warming up the Nicoll-Dyson beam....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The bit about "not causing distress or impairment" seems very situational. If you are rich enough that people have to indulge you you're not a clinical narcissist, but if you are poor (and they don't) you are? Is that really...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Except I'm not talking clinical. Crazy == "is behaving irrationally." Or, too often "is not behaving how I'd like and I'm not interested in seeing how their behaviour is rational." Did you seen last year's Atlantic article on this? The...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    But seriously, folks really need to be critical about evaluating their news sources: and this decade the BBC Newsroom shows a degree of right-wing bias similar to Fox News in the USA. You may already know this, Charlie, but to...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Trump will speak to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia about radical Islam That sounds like such an obvious potential for disaster that his diplomats and speech writers must already be frantically writing up something reasonable to come out of his...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Take your bets NOW On how long before DT is either Impeached or simply removed for incapacity... We've had ample reasons since day one. The question is only when the cost of booting out an obviously corrupt and incompetent president...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    ...I know N. Korea isn't getting a seat at the big kid's table... Anyone care to guess if The Donald knows that?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Newsthump snarks, Government pledges to upgrade NHS ZX Spectrums to Commodore 64s. I hear the C64 is already standard hospital issue in Wales....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There's definitely a Bob Howard moment there with the project names. Someone's got ETERNAL ROMANCE...at the same time some poor code monkey in the next cube has been handed ERRATIC GOPHER. No doubt this gets brought up at review time....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Time savings for parents and the elderly - or anyone else for that matter - don't happen. On the contrary, every journey is subject to the additional delay of waiting for the taxi to show up. I think you're overlooking...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    *hoping The Delirium Brief is not about halucinogenic underwear* That does sound like something that would have come up in one of young Bob's misadventures....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    You might end up pointing the wrong way and be unable to aply enough delta V to hit your target. A vector-agnostic FTL jump would certainly mean we'd have to do some re-thinking about what we think we know about...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    With a cost for 4 to 5 Billion Credits for a single use weapon that only works against much lower tech I don’t think this is a viable weapon While I'll agree broadly with the final conclusion, I'd like to...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Am I correct in assuming that -punk is now used to indicate a mashup of different genres and/or time periods? At least approximately, yes. It's become a useful linguistic convention to allow people to quickly describe a certain family of...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Of course that does mean that a fire team / brick cost more than free trader was new That's certainly how the US military budgets trend. If a platoon isn't humping a civilian starship's worth of bespoke high-tech kit across...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Key take-away about US election ballots: nothing is standardized. Yea, verily. The article does a good job of trying to explain the hot mess that is an American national election, and yet it skips over several points that are even...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Steampunk was named steampunk because at the time it was being written by cyberpunk authors and the other -punk aesthetics have followed the Watergate example of naming-by-analogy, AFAIK. I am certainly not disagreeing with you - but I wonder how...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    WHY are the US so obsessed with voting machines? Nobody's going to drop $10,000 on a box to hold paper ballots, with an ongoing service contract for handing money to private companies even when they do nothing. Also, as I'm...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The shooting down of Iran Air 655 was during the Wild West period of the Reagan presidency when all sorts of crazy shit went down. The Iranians believe to this day it was deliberate, after all the US Navy did...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    American Evangelicals...love to quote Isaiah, totally misreading it. As in "Isn't it miraculous how Jebus fulfilled all the prophecies of Isaiah! Riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, etc." To which the answer, of course, is NO, he read the book...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also, nuclear submarines are complicated. It's not like you'll find the plans in a Welsh charity shop....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Yep, can confirm. Have toured more than one retired museum-sub and was impressed by the USN's commitment to ensuring that all crew members regularly get a tub of freshly-made ice cream while on patrol in the middle of the Pacific....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    You're literally that predictable. I'm reminded of the old Dilbert animated series, when Dilbert visits his mother and hears her from another room. After a short conversation he finally discovers...a tape recorder. "You taped your conversation with me? I'm not...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    A friend of both Charlie and I got to carry a Hugo rocket back from the States in his luggage a few days after 9/11 happened. You can imagine what that looked like on an X-ray machine. Anyone who knows...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I was never into the Ken Hite-style secret history stuff, but I know a lot of people like it. That's fine. Nothing is to everyone's taste. I happen to enjoy it in moderation myself, both because such games tend to...
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