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  • Commented on The internet of decay
    My take on the family database problem: https://gist.github.com/dhasenan/ab20eb46df885186aad7d87b253d3ca6 It encodes the relationships you talked about and supports most of what you asked for. Not exactly minimal, granted. Removing the possibility of sharing with dead people isn't terribly difficult (it's one...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Regardless of the precise percentages, there's a spectrum. At one end, you have people who actively murder immigrants or black people, and those are relatively rare. This trickles down to passive supporters of overt racism, then those who aren't willing...
  • Commented on The Day After
    If the lawsuits against Trump hold water Rape is punished so rarely in the United States even against normal rapists. Add in Trump's power and money and there's no chance of any charges sticking. That's even assuming the plaintiffs are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    How much "you" is left right now, from the perspective of "you" circa age 4 years? It would be morally wrong to murder a 4-year-old, even if I replaced them with a synthetically created adult. It is not morally wrong...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Minor tweak: you need to give the bot an optimization criterion, not a win condition. With golf as an example, the win condition is getting the ball in the hole. It's a binary thing -- it doesn't tell you how...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    Remember that the stored biometric data is a function of the input data (e.g. a fingerprint retina scan) AND the algorithm used to encode it. For biometric data to be used as an authentication method, the data sent from each...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    One thing that can rescue some of those technologies from being doomsday devices is restricting the area of effect. You can negate gravity in a 10cm area for almost free, 50m radius cheaply, but at 500m and higher it's absurdly...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Oh, something I forgot but that came up in the last scifi novel I read: never send a human to do a machine's job. Machines are cheap. Humans are expensive. For instance, if you have contemporary automation with FTL communications...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Novels where women are not seen as sex objects by men How about novels where, three thousand years in the future or in an alien society, gender dynamics work exactly like they do today, because gender isn't socially constructed and...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Social implications...the most notable will be increased urbanization, I think. At least considering wealthier countries like the US. If you're out in the country, you are reasonably likely to rely on satellite communications, whether for Internet access or television. Those...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    I'd be shocked if Kessler syndrome at ~200Km (low Earth orbit, where communications satellites are) produced enough debris with sufficiently eccentric orbits to cause Kessler syndrome at ~35,000km (geostationary orbit) or 20,000km (GPS satellite altitude). At 200km, you're talking about...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    The reduction of languages, making communication and shared media much more practical. Probably not in the top five, though. Similarly, the completion of urbanization and the development of arcologies....
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    rcetqeix, do you intend to highlight the difference between those two scenarios? You're comparing altering a book against an author's will and altering it with the author's blessing. But you can accomplish much the same thing with censorship with summaries...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Decorations. They're pretty much the only thing I've thought of that makes any sense. There are some minor things that you can do -- dishes, coasters, coathangers -- but that's a bit expensive....
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