Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Sitrep
    Which was exactly my point about robodogs. Not "coming soon to an Apple store near you, in time for Xmas", but rather a plausible near-future extrapolation. Definition of "near" a subjective personal choice. "Near-future" can very easily be "Last year...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    It must be a bitch working for the Onion right now. No kidding. I've got an editorial cartoon from before the election, so two years old, that shows a cartoonist at work with an editor coming into the room; she's...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Off topic (seven hundred posts in? Yeah, right), but a 2.1 kiloton explosion over Thule seems like the kind of thing readers here would care about....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    It looks as though they are assuming that they can continue to bullshit their way out of trouble & I don't think that will work. Interesting remark. I happened to hear a prosecutor talking about his job last night. Apparently...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I can't remember the name of the standalone RPG, from the 90s, but it was a fun system that would store the crew as geometric solids like in the Star Trek:TOS episode - By Any Other Name Interesting. Sometime in...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    ...complete idiots build floating things in their backyards and fail to die while operating them in oceans... The sailing documentation should also emphasize that if it looks unpleasant or dangerous out on the water, it probably is. Stay ashore. There...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Seriously, what they need is the Junior Woodchuck Manual (as owned by Donald Duck's nephews; as near as I can tell, if you were kidnapped by a UFO and dropped on an inhabitable but uninhabited planet, with your Manual, within...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Cats are carnivores, dogs are omnis ... though a noticeable "meat" component is usually a good idea. Dogs can be distressingly omnivorous; a friend was complaining earlier today that her dog has figured out how to open drawers so as...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    How did I miss mentioning The Fall of Doc Future at http://docfuture.tumblr.com/post/62787551366/stories Thanks for reminding me of that. I was looking for something to read last night and re-reading Doc Future's tales was just what I needed. For more nonstandard...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Frankly, neither the cut-down export-model T-72 nor the A-10 can be described as anything less than obsolete. Oh, yes, granted that the state of the art has moved on. I think we've all observed that very little current warfare includes...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The A10 is also not capable of CAS... The publicly available numbers disagree. If you prefer anecdotes, we've got those too. Stuff like two A-10s killing 23 tanks in one day gets noticed....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    If we're including fantasy and webcomics... Definitely agreed about both Gunnerkrigg Court (ongoing) and Alice Grove (finished). So a few more suggestions for SF webcomics: Alice Grove's setting is said to have no connection to that of Questionable Content by...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    It's an interesting contrast to their response after the shooting down of Iran Air 655, around the same time. Their first reaction was to blame the aircraft, for a week or so - but at least they admitted shooting it...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    >>I do not do that because the term Oriental is considered offensive in the US. >As a card-carrying USian, I confess I didn't know that. Slightly quaint, yes, but not known to be offensive. That was also how I took...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    This is one time when I feel entirely justified in saying: f off! Ack! The Typo Fairy strikes again! ...and let me stand back and marvel at that wordplay. A person doesn't get handed a setup like that every day;...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I would like to hear your take on Nevada. My only comment today on Nevada politics is to note that a few days ago a friend did not get into the general election. He was running for a seat on...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    But even good pure mathematicians do often think sloppily outside their field, and are as prone to arrogance as the next person. Have you seen this recent SMBC comic yet? I probably shouldn't have found that as funny as...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I'd also find a post by Greg on the British rail system interesting, although I'm probably in a minority on that. Probably true, but it's a minority that includes me too... Pointless technical wonkery, particularly about old gadgets not used...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    You wouldn't happen to be coming to Worldcon this year, would you? I'd love to talk over a drink - actually, who here is, and maybe we can get together for a drink, or dinner, or something. I'll be at...
  • 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...
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