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  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my sympathy and condolences....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    >a major political shift can be grown in the next couple of years in the USA re global warming Well, a major political shift did happen last November in the USA re global warming... [fwiw - I voted against Trumpolini...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    even with perfect, free, reverse-osmosis membranes there is still a thermodynamic cost of 2780 Joules / liter http://urila.tripod.com/desalination.htm Not huge, but not really cheap either...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    http://www.catb.org/esr/writings/killer-myth.html (repairing the link)...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    >You see, the leadership class is full of jerks not because their followers, even the passive ones, are mis-informed- it's because there is a flaw in human nature that influences us to support people who are jerks to anyone outside...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    The was an interesting article in Aeon along the same lines, though looking at data gathering generally rather than citizen score in particular: will china use big data as a tool of the state. One consideration that came up frequently...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    >CROWDSOURCING the heavy lifting in surveillance. Exactly - citizen score is a crowdsourced panopticon...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    >I assume anyone under 350 will be arrested or picked up mental health investigation, etc. Or they get into a mysterious fatal auto accident, if the system uses hooks into cars' brakes as one of its actuators......
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    One comment on religion: Rulers used to have an incentive to persuade people that a deity was always watching them. Now, the rulers can just point to quite real surveillance hardware. This is, of course, not the only factor in...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    >This takes me back to the materialistic reductionism (MT) bit, and Eric Drexler's long-ago Engines of Creation. and Nanosystems, and Radical Abundance. If we'd invested enough to get atomically precise fabrication off the ground, the the whole damned global warming...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    >2300 - 4 billion dead. If CD's estimate is right, I'd say there is still about a 50/50 chance that, at the level of a popular history of 1700-2300, anthropogenic global warming might be forgotten. The black death of the...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    >1. The great fossil fuel binge Agreed - though I'd phrase it more along the lines of industrialization or mechanization, as may commenters have. In the early years, some of the fuel used was wood, and today, a substantial chunk...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    "Basically, it's Lovecraft in cubicles, or the Laundry minus spies." Does a temporary worker inhabit a tesseracticle?...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Fair points. I guess what I'm really wondering is whether an Eater of Souls has special dietary requirements above and beyond the host's natural metabolic needs. Does Bob NEED to eat souls now? Also, would the EOS regard anyone...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    So congratulations, in your fight against "Martian Invaders", or whatever the Strossspeak term for plutocratic thugs who destroy society on all fronts is, strengthens just another set, like Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, the Koch bros of futurism. Peripherally...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    >Remind me the last time a product designed to cater to male biology killed them, I'm all ears. viagra / melanoma...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    Combining the singularity and parasitology, do parasitic circuit elements count? From the point of view of someone worried about crosstalk, some of the parasitic caps are even considered aggressors, with victims. Though "attack of the femtofarads", with them swarming a...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Good point, Many Thanks!...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    This wouldn't meet the "valid economic decision", and it really needs a somewhat larger working volume but: Custom drawer organizers? They don't need a lot of strength, or a lot of mass, and being able to cradle each item in...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Many Thanks! Looking forwards to it!...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    "But human nature is changing! If you define it in terms of our extended phenotype then it has changed radically in just the past century. Consider the implications of going from an average of 1 maternal death per 10 pregnancies...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    All interesting possibilities. One minor one which seems to be in progress is the increasing acceptability/popularity of piercings. (Yes, I know they has a long history - but at least in the US, except for pierced ears they were quite...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    >I say again, the sanest thing any Western government can do about unrest in the Middle East is to stay the fuck out of it, and this has been the case since before Alexander rolled through the place in the...
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