Dirk Bruere

Dirk Bruere

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just a brief return for a brief note. Why do we pay zillions for GCHQ et al if not to protect us against all this? Where were they when all this shit was going down?...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    No. I want to make sure that Brexit goes through. I do not want my MP voting the wrong way. As I said elsewhere, my opinion will go from 1:100,000 to 1:200 (at a guess) Oxford? No. I know them...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Well, I'm not here for much longer. I just can't stand the no-can-do terminal pessimism that this blog has become. The epitome of the old British disease. The place is filled with ***old*** people, and not only in years. I...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Maybe they had more to rebel against https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_massacre_of_1961...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    "Maybe because over the past few decades scientists/MDs have discovered that cancer is not simple" Obviously not to our primitive medicine. In fact, we are almost entirely dependent on the body fixing itself, with a little help. We have only...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    It's probably simpler than that. People train neural networks to give them what they want, but have no idea how the networks do what they do. In other words, they cannot extract or know what the algorithm is. I can...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    "First, no, our medicine is *not* primitive. " Really? We don't even have a general fix for a bit of molecular programming gone wrong (cancer). It's still the dark ages....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    That is a perfect example of what I am talking about. A seriously fatal and infectious disease killing thousands - right up until it looked like killing prosperous people when a vaccine was developed in short order....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I'm turning into a mirror image of Catina Diamond...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    And on a similar theme, I recently completed a 16,700 word SF novella which I intend to submit to one of the magazines just to see if I could do it. If they publish, I'll enjoy the measly $$$. If...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Let me answer thus: According to Charles, people are going to be starving in the streets starting about now because the exchange rate has dropped, and may drop further. Because of this, my company will probably be handing out bonuses...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Why? Life is short, or at least that is the working assumption. Of course, there is a more philosophical reason that I will spell later but here is not the place unless you insist on derailing....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Why? Because medicine is primitive. We don't have bloodstream nanobots interfaced with supercomputers augmenting our immune system. All our technology is primitive. This is a SF blog after all....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    It seems you are also an authority on what technology will never be able to do. Congratulations....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I was referring to the rapid containment and any given disease being made relatively harmless by rapidly developed treatments. We don't have to eradicate ebola if we have an efficient vaccine....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    "when we've shown we're not good at the necessary tactics already." Really? SARS? Ebola? H5N1? All the plagues we don't have? Not to mention better and better tools at rapidly identifying pathogens...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Not talking about parasites. "A 2010 study by Eppig, Fincher and Thornhill found a close correlation between the infectious disease burden in a country and the average IQ of its population. The researchers found that when disease was controlled for,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Still has a probability attached, even if it is the probability of vacuum collapse...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    There does appear to be a correlation between the intensity and number of childhood diseases and intelligence. One factor involved in the Flynn Effect. As for SF consequences: On the delivering end, from an advanced tech society, not much because...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "It's the same deal as Scientology: you have to reach real high up to find out the realities of the faith." Or read Filbert...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    That new Russian missile is nothing special, and does not carry "hundreds of nuclear warheads"...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Gargoyles are the necessary evil in defence. "...you have hope in trans-humanism" Because if nothing better comes along, fuck HSS...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    In which case he is still unsure as to whether consciousness exists...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    So tell me of a fact or event that does not have a probability attached. Especially a future one (which is a trick question - it's impossible)...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Why? Because politicians do not like experiments. And if asked, would the average person prefer more punishment for criminals or less crime?...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    It's also called mindfulness...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "When did the illusion of Capitalism start replacing the actuality of it? When did actually doing shit stop being profitable and the illusion take over?" As soon as we had enough to eat...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "your current willingness to suicide will look very different once you're up against it for reals." Not it won't....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Greg only believes in statistics...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "A few more links and I'd have loved you..." I'm not that kind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgbo2QWLBzI 00:00:38...
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