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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Looking forward to the LibDems joining with the Tories to make as big a pile of shit of things as possible...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Cynic that I am, I think Exterminism is the future. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2011/12/four-futures/ Fun fact, that section cites the Old High One here Anyway, the issue isn't going to be so much resource scarcity, as it will be the loss of power...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Nah, Greg is completely right. You can get really good commentary and insightful, informed discussion here... right until the crackpot turns up. Then it always turns into stream of insane babble and people pushing back against the idiocy....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I did read Empire Games on US release day and quite enjoyed it btw. You were correct about it not being as paranoia inducing as I feared. Looking forward to the next...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    you might want to ask yourself just what function Kurt (and his background) serves in the context of time line two, or what aspects of circa-2020 US culture Rita's ethnicity and sexuality shine a spotlight on ... and how these...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I bought it, but I'm honestly not sure I should read it. Doctorow's super surveillance thrillers really set my paranoia on edge, I suspect this will do the same, and do so right as a really nasty threat comes to...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    The only problem is that it may not be nasty enough, This is absolutely the case. The US House voted to undue Chevron Deference last week. That makes the line in Empire Games preview about the GOP looking to address...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    And man, 2016 keeps ramping up the future horrors with a turkish policeman assassinating the russian ambassador....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Yes: the time line of the USA in the original MP series diverged from our own no later (and possibly earlier) than 1990. 1987, surely. One of them mentions Justice Bork on the SCOTUS....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Post Annihilation Score I think it is pretty clear that a happy ending for agent HOWARD means getting away from agent CANDID. The opening chapter alone is pretty clear how deep the problems are, and between CANDID's actions and her...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Do you know why Empire Games was delayed until after the holidays? Seems like skipping the Christmas shopping season is giving up sales unnecessarily....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Global demographics are changing and we're seeing the first big migrations triggered by climate change. The aging, shrinking demographic of angry white racists in the USA were energized by Trump, and the fear of losing their locked-in privilege. By exit...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    since we keep drifting into talking navy stuff More missiles were fired at the Mason today (alongside the Ponce) http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL1N1CI13L Someone is pushing escalation....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    For example - Houthi rebels have been firing off ASMs at nearby warships. The targetted but capable USN ship was not damaged; the "just give it some heavy MG / light cannon, she'll be right mate" less-capable UAE ship is...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Iceland has also benefited from extremely sensible immigration policies, which the government is now foolishly rolling back https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/basques-safe-iceland-district-repeals-decree-kill-on-sight This is a victory for the Pintxo-Industrial Complex. Native icelanders are about to be overrun by gastronomically superior, ETA sympathizing Basques. Pathetic....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Well I'd imagine that if the animals are intelligent they will all be real confused by Mt Rushmore. I'd note this projection lacks consideration of the role and scope of parasites. Maybe it is because I read Parasite Rex not...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    1 out of 39 broad band measurment scans that passed over the star showed a signal at ~4.5x the mean noise power and a profile that kinda sorta looks like a beam profile. SETI@Home has returned literally millions of potential...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    well jesus, this conversation got bleak as fuck...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    One way of saying it's magic means that there's no plausible explanation for it, it just happens. Tech is magic. I can dig it. The second way is that there's not much internal consistency, keeps coming back to a writer/wizard...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    It's also unsatisfying because although the Star Destroyer is a machine for destroying things, the Enterprise is a platform for hosting and/or transporting the crew to interesting problems for them to solve. Indeed. The objects role in the story is...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    eh, in that case it is more unsatisfying because we can compare the tech bases on things like raw power generation and the star destroyer outclasses the enterprise in terms of power generation and firepower by about 7-9 orders of...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    >>The Emperor of Mankind is having trouble with things that die if you shoot them enough No? The xenocide of other species is a means to an end. Kill them and their contributing to the power of the neverborn ceases....
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Well, sine Aaron Dembski Bowden joined the WH40K team there has been a shift in portraying Warp entities to them treated a s Christian devil types by the mass populace, but to those in the know about them, they are...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    RTGs don't produce enough power. If you make the pile bigger, you get self criticality (or worse). If you try chaining them together, shielding requirements scale faster than power gain. It takes a lot of power just to overcome the...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    if they are boomers then you shadow them with your attack sub regardless because you can't take the chance of not being able to stop a nuclear launch platform. If they are attack subs and are allies engaging with you...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Nuclear subs are never totally silent because reactors are hot; even when they're not actively generating steam they need to run pumps to circulate coolant through the reactor core lest they melt. Nope. S5G systems forward use natural circulation. The...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    And are therefore threatening to veto our departure & claiming that they can via constitutional methods. turns out the initial reports on that were just lazy work by the BBC https://twitter.com/BBCsarahsmith/status/747065979973279746 "Scottish Govt sources saying Scottish Parliament does not have...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Here is what Stratfor is putting out to its subscribers, if anyone cares: Should a Brexit come to pass, it would not automatically take effect. According to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, members that want to leave...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    The "it is a non-binding vote!" argument seems to me to be along the same lines as "the Queen can overturn a law parliament passes!" That may be technically true on paper. But in terms of real politics and power,...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion: the US West Coast Remix
    So if I were a USA-sian who did the Kindle Shuffle to have their address set at 10 Downing Street, would the book drop at midnight UK/7 pm NYC, or a few hours after? I know when the time hits...
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