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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Kim Stanley Robinson touches on the societal impacts of effective longevity treatments (but not rejuvenation - you have to get them young and keep taking them to stay youthful) in second and third books of the Mars trilogy. I say...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Michael Grosberg has an interesting idea in changing your personality traits... Consider the obvious commercial value of becoming a sociopath, and start to worry. Luckily, we already have enough of them, they are in charge, and they don't want any...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If your employer has continued to function, however minimally, through the 50-70% outages, then you have something to teach us all about resilience. There are organisations that do: some of them operate on a small set of skills and can...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    And *that* is where it gets interesting... Banks and tech companies actively seek out graduates with no family commitments, and cultivate socipathic traits among those who progress to management. This is one of the reasons why. The next question is:...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    There's a warning signal for viral or disease-based population-control programmes: 'key man' insurance, and HR key personnel dependency risk mitigation software. Back in the late 1990's,in the middle of the Y2K work, the London bank I was working in got...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Thanks Charlie - I am a big fan of GDPR, and you may well have supplied a model GDPR declaration. There are *intended* consequences to the new laws, and one of them is that website owners are being forced to...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Looted artifacts from Iraq... There's a worrying legal exposure there: it's very difficult to prove that you haven't traded with ISIS, or other organisations on terrorism-related blacklists, or named individuals subject to sanctions. It's impossible to prove that you didn't...
  • Commented on Test Case
    You *do* realise that you've made a compelling economic case for granting legal 'personhood' to autonomous vehicles? A lightly-customised chatbot script would suffice for providing answers to a narrow range of questions asked in court... ... And then *all* liability...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Ask me where the state of the art is at, in money Laundering these days, over a pint in Harrogate. Naturally, my answer will be nothing more than ill-informed speculation and trading-floor gossip. Interesting gossip, nonetheless; and the world has...
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    "The best options for the author are either a hardcover sold in publication week through a small bookstore (not a chain), or an ebook sold at full price shortly after publication." So: for the avoidance of doubt, ordering the hardback...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    It seems clear that News is broken, in many different ways; and the social media citizen journalism that was going to supersede it has *been* brokeen, quite deliberately, by organised armies of trash-posters, augmented by bots. The bots were an...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Indeed it was my point! Other definitions exist, all of them repellent. You've raised a couple of interesting points of your own: one of them being that top-level programmers don't have a rigorous understanding of software or hardware. If...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Indeed it was my point! Other definitions exist, all of them repellent. You've raised a couple of interesting points of your own: one of them being that top-level programmers don't have a rigorous understanding of software or hardware. If...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    How about repurposing a (rightly) little-used word: Copromancer. It is particularly fitting for (say) tactical developers in banks whose primary toolkit is Excel and Visual Basic for Applications. But you could totally use it for web developers, nine levels of...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Recognising protesters from video footage, even when their faces are masked... Yes, I've been expecting this. Gait recognition is probably there already. The delay has been in algorithms capable of doing this, and in the need for sufficient training data,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The Paris Accords and action to reduce carbon emissions are probably the biggest medium- to long-term effects on the Third World, here....
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    My condolences, and my sympathies. There is nothing to be offered in platitudes: all the comfort that there is, comes from the work of reassuring the dying - above all, from talking them through the fear and the guilt and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The shorter version of my answer is: the cry of 'Fire!' is out there anyway, and we know it will be repeated. The money from manipulating social media - and other activities of a corrupted political process - is available...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There is a theatre of human endeavour where crying 'Fire!' is greeted with 'Lets pump in some gasoline!' I refer to states which have become dependent on electoral fraud and voter suppression. Once you've done it, and - worse -...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If any one body or group can stop Brexit in it's tracks ( As opposed to say a "Referendum on the terms" before the time-limit is up ) then it's The Corporation. Nope. We bankers worked extremely hard to...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Glad you got the sparkly vampire unicorn / my little pony novella out when you did, then. A thing that I like about Ghost Engine is the Merchant Princes pivot, from just another portal/isolated world-with-castles-and-and-a-king fantasy, into something far more...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    There's a niche market waiting for dollmakers in Germany. Specifically, dollmakers who can tailor doll-sized uniforms from the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit - the Stasi. It's illegal, in Germany, to have a *concealed* listening device and at least one web-enabled talking...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Late to the game here, and it looks like I'll be commenting well below the wtf-line where its monkeys all the way down... ... But here goes. Charlie's largely right, although I could find different numbers if I worked on...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It's a bit worrying when something I distinctly remember reading in the press a year or two ago is not discoverable by search; especially so, when it involves Boris Johnson. Boojums was detained at the airport and deported from the...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Start with the Wikipedia article on Uranium-233. After that, it's hard work: start with the references in that Wkipedia article. Try this PDF: U-232 and the Proliferation-Resistance of U-233 in Spent Fuel" and see what else is there on the...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    You're a little out of date with that: India discovered substantial reserves of Uranium ore in 2011, at Tummalapalle in Andhra Pradesh. India will probably abandon the Thorium fuel cycle: the active fuel is Uranium-233 and this is problematic,...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Allow me, if you will, to hypothesise a truly horrifying event for 2017: Mike Pence evangelises Trump. Put this one down as a very low probability scenario. The problem with *your* low probability scenarios is tgat they're all in...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    There's a nasty corollary to that: if the foreign owners of British utilities take a terminal view of the assets - sell off and physically ship out everything object of value, strip and sell on all the IP on...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Your point on brownouts and rolling power cuts is consistent with Britain importing about 40% of our energy, and being less able to purchase this with a devalued currency. This 40% includes the five or six percent of our energy...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I expect a setup where there's something very much like a social safety net but it puts you into the (euphemistic) state-owned labour pool. The UK came very, very close to this with 'Workfare'. The state provided a *free*...
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