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  • Commented on I can't even
    What do you mean here? I was responding to some red herrings describing the US election system as magical thinking and comparing it to the recent fake referendums in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. They seemed to be missing the basic concept...
  • Commented on I can't even
    So, you seem to be saying that the only way to ensure that elections are free and fair is to have them controlled by people who are not elected? What does that say about the value of elections?...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    It looks like it is reasonably straightforward to get Paxlovid, if you need it, when you are visiting the US. If you test positive for COVID-19 you can go to a Test-to-Treat​ site. There are four Test-to-Treat sites within one...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Speaking of post WW I flying adventures, Melissa Scott & Jo Graham wrote a wonderful series, The Order of the Air, about former WW I pilots who became a found family. It is an unconventional group. They are all marginalized...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    The United Kingdom gets by just fine without a written Constitution. It could have a Crown without a royal family. I'm surprised nobody has posted this idea yet: With modern technology, the royal duties could be performed by citizens who...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The medieval church provided many services that nowadays are done by government. A lot of essential clerical work was done by, well, clerics. The church built the first universities. Religious orders did charity work. Also before there was anything like...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I was riding in the passenger seat with a local priest driving his VW Beetle. As we neared his church, a dog ran out on my side and hit the car. There was a loud thunk. The priest stopped the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    A bit late to the topic, but I wanted to say that both Jobs and Musk had millions when they went into their key leadership roles. Jobs in his comeback at Apple, and Musk at Tesla. But they only became...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Too bad mask wearing got framed as an act of fear, rather than an act of politeness. It is the culture war, with a side-helping of blaming the messenger. Don't fight the virus. Fight the doctors and scientists and liberal...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I would have enjoyed being in your class. I was lucky to have some great teachers, along with the not so great. The better ones tended to have a system, not all the same, but process-oriented with clear goals. The...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The Minds in Banks' Culture would never say they were smarter than you. Truly smart beings don't need to go on about how smart they are. Similarly, anyone going up against the Culture was well and truly fucked, but what...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Night Pharaoh sounds like an ancient Egyptian version of Night Court. Fantastic....
  • Commented on Omicron
    For how to deal with exceptions in C++, there is a website Exception-Safe Coding in C++. It has videos and handouts. This is the best place to start. David Abrahams wrote a paper, Exception-Safety in Generic Components. It is a...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I can see some people -- the French in particular -- getting very uneasy about it. With Czechoslovakia and the UK as precedent, France could devolve into 18 autonomous European republics, maintaining cultural ties with each other as a French...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    For example, as someone who flew into Denver every year, it was a pleasure to discover that British Airways do a direct flight from LHR. So I then fixed up a train to London from Manchester, and got the office...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Maybe Peter's family name is actually Russell-Wilson or Wilson-Russell? N.B. There is a Russell Wilson who is a popular sports ball player in the US....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    April Fools has not been canceled. Due to COVID restrictions, it has been moved to December 15, 2021. Or April 258, 2021, if you prefer to think of it that way....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    The continuum idea is that you deploy lawyers and bodyguards first, and only get into the serious small arms usage in places where those are inadequate. Send lawyers guns and money, in that order....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    "I have a confession: I don't like horror." Same here. But I really liked Dead Lies Dreaming. It has some of Charlie's best characters ever. Granted, it is obviously meant to be horrific; dark forces are gaining power. But compared...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    There is a good explanation of the SARS-CoV-2 mutation rate in "SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers." SARS-CoV-2 is actually unusually stable for an RNA virus, because it generates a proofreading enzyme. Also, because the spike protein is essential to the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Credit unions work in the US because they are heavily regulated, which keeps them small and allows them to engage only in low-risk forms of finance. I think the lesson is not that capitalism is inherently bad, but that allowing...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    Here's a link to Entanglements at MIT Press. It is available at independent book sellers. Looks like a great lineup of authors. Question for Sheila: As an editor, what are some of the experiences you've had, either good or bad,...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Whatever happened to the internet enabled kettle? We were going to be able to tell our folks were okay because they were still drawing hot water for tea and instant soup. It seemed like just the right level of intrusive...
  • Commented on A serious question
    Rice University was instrumental in the deal to bring the NASA Manned Space Center to Houston. The Humble Oil Company donated 1,000 acres of land to Rice. Rep. Albert Thomas (Rice '20) and Vice President Johnson used their influence to...
  • Commented on Story time!
    "One ring to audit them all..."...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    A REAL ID drivers license or ID card will be required to board a flight in the US starting October 1, 2020. Or you can use a passport. The additional documentation required to get a REAL ID is proof of...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    There are good and bad economists. One of the good ones happens to be a fan. The problem is the bad ones are for sale. It would be nice if we didn't have places like the Chicago School providing cover...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I've been intrigued by the mention of "technological means" for border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, so that the border can be simultaneously open and closed. This blog is one of the finest possible places to...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The Stone Boatmen is a mystical fantasy by Sarah Tolmie, published a few years ago. It is most unusual. It is about people choosing science and love and sharing over superstition and fear and division. (When I describe it that...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    There's an article in the latest Atlantic about textual analysis to determine employee morale. The same technology could be used to scan social media. Then it's just clustering to identify suicidal and potentially violent subgroups....
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