Hugh Fisher

Hugh Fisher

  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Nojay wrote: The Atari ST came with 256kb of RAM I thought they shipped from the start with 512K? Either way, when your minimum system configuration has at least twice as much RAM, it's easy to do better. And someone...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Pigeon wrote And one of the many horrible things about the original 68000 Mac with the built-in screen was that the official language for programming it was Pascal with a truckload of bits bolted on the side so you could...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The end game is when AI takes off and inhabits this horribly insecure Internet of Things. (Yeah yeah AI won't happen. I'm speculating here.) At that point we get the post-Utopian world of Michael Swanwick's Darger and Surplus stories, where...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    SFReader wrote:Okay - any more examples of more contemporary SF please because Robinson's Mars series (the most recent in this list) dates back to 1999. Two examples from Hollywood rather than the written world: Her from 2013 and The Martian...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Heteromeles wrote You mean, Red Mars, where the novel ended with them blowing Phobos off the end of the beanstalk during a war and wrapping said beanstalk around the planet twice? Where Green Mars is about a guerilla war ending...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Heteromeles wrote: Why does SF attempt to satisfy the very human desire for peaceful ends to violence with unworkable technological solutions like stun-rays, rather than with the very real and very effective plethora of strikes, boycotts, and other denials of...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Martin089 wrote: Can those of youbashing identity politics please explain what exacly you mean? To be fair, there are progressives who believe that a change of strategy is possible without abandoning identity politics. I recommend Fredrik de Boer to those...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    heckblazer wrote: "Intersectional identity politics" is another way of saying "bringing people together to fight for civil rights" (intersectionality is just a fancy way of noting that people who hate gays also tend to hate blacks and unions) Intersectionality (I...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    John Hughes wrote: people who think that "Internet Social Justice Warriors" and "disastrous identity politics and intersectionalism" are the problems we face. Not going to say how Charlie feels, or should. I'm not ignoring Trump, climate change, etc as problems...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A progressive opposition that isn't fixated on disastrous identity politics and intersectionalism would go a long way to bringing about a rational and humane response. I view Brexit and Trump as being like giant icebergs falling into the Antarctic ocean:...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Greg, your complaints about the resident Vogon (I prefer that title) are completely ineffective. Ignore, add a filter to your browser, whatever - please just stop....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Andy and JamesPadraicR, OK you've established that you're not just making flip remarks and you've given this serious thought. I'll try to do the same. Are you prepared to use violence against women? They're going to be out in the...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    JamesPadraicR wrote: I'm with Woody Allen, Bricks and Baseball bats are the way to deal with them. What do you think happens to women and minorities when it is considered acceptable to use bricks and baseball bats on political opponents?...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    As far as I can tell, in this entire trilogy until December nothing bad at all happens to Australia and New Zealand. That's gotta be some sort of discrimination. Don't your loyal fans in the southern hemisphere deserve worse treatment?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Please remember that Flettner ships are not wind-powered, they run off engines burning fuel just like other steam/diesel/nuclear powered ships. Back in the 1930s some German engineers tested Flettner vs conventional screw drive and found that the screw drives were...
  • Commented on A reminder
    We'd do even better by concentrating on something else other than racism. In 2016 we've had the Brexit and Trump campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic. On both sides, the dominant campaign tactic for progressives - not the only...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Guess I failed at sarcasm. When I wrote that British progressives were responsible for Brexit and US progressives for electing Trump, I meant that they'd chosen idealogies and methods that were ineffective. Politics is about persuading people to your point...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We the people who think that the Age of Enlightenment, the end of monarchism, and the evolution of Liberalism are good things (and yes that does include me) can start by admitting that maybe we're Doing It Wrong. Post...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    The OP and discussion has now convinced me that we should bring back non-judicial duelling. It may be a bloody stupid idea, but that's not enough to make something illegal. In Western societies we tolerate a range of dangerous activities...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I'm going to be mildly contrary and say that while duelling is a bloody stupid idea for us, it was not always so. We think it's stupid because we have better ways to resolve disputes, namely legal systems that are...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Before Brexit this very blog had a post and comments bemoaning the apparent impossibility of disrupting the economic/political system in Britain. An opportunity to change the way things are came along with the Brexit vote. No guns or bloodshed required....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    ...it became apparent that the Nasty Party has decisively swung away from representing the interests of the business community... ...and so a rather large chunk of the financial services industry will go down in flames... A year ago it seemed...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I take your point about superpowers not being happy. Mass producing small reliable nukes was the other showstopper for the Orion drive on Earth. So, ITS as a first stage for an Orion drive with USA backing? I believe the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    That's why I said the obstacles were political, not physical. It will be much easier to renegotiate a treaty than to come up with a fission reaction that's both radiation and isotope free. My experience is that most opposition to...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    First stage for Orion drive space vehicles? "Fills the atmosphere with radioactive crap" has always been the real showstopper, even in the early days. (See Project Orion by George Dyson.) Not the only serious obstacle of course, but the other(s)...
  • Commented on Evolver
    The bigger, nastier question is about the nature of intelligence. I'm perfectly happy with the idea of an intelligent alien starfish. What I'm not happy with is the idea that the only way an alien starfish can be intelligent is...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Heteromeles wrote: This is the Star Trek aspect: if you believe that producing fire requires a vaguely human-like form (somewhat human-like shoulders, somewhat human-like hands, and something like a human-like mouth to blow an ember into a flame, and something...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Not sure that poison and toxins will increase over time. Using poison to kill your prey seems to work best at smaller scale. Many non-poisonous snakes are bigger than the poisonous. The largest animal I know of that uses a...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Sorry Charlie, but here it's an advantage to be a TV watcher. Short term consequences were covered in the series Life After Man, looking at what would happen to structures and environment immediately after humans disappear. Long term possible evolution,...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    OK it doesn't affect OGH directly, but television in 2016 continues to be amazingly creative instead of the "vast wasteland" it was for much of the 20th C. Sure there's crap, but we're also getting Mr Robot, The Expanse,...
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