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  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Plus the USAAF found that they couldn't hit dick from high altitude in their shiny B-29s so it was fill the bomb bays up with incendiaries and go in at low level boys. That brilliant idea courtesy of Curtis Le...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Yep. I totally get the dislocation thing. My war was the first Gulf War and while we sure weren’t slugging through paddy fields taking fire you do find that when you come back there’s this wall of incomprehension that you...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I’d kind of understood his book to be a riposte to the joyful militarism of SST in the form of a yeah well that’s nice but here’s how it really is being a conscripted grunt in the longest war....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I never really understood the obsession with RAH. Andre Norton’s juveniles were IMHO much better written with a far greater sense of wonder and as a juvenile I sought them out first, while his adult novels were plodding and didactic...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Plus SST spawned John Haldeman’s The Forever War. Which is kind of where we are right now....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I'm definitely thinking that when things start to get really hairy as the stars come right I'd be staying very clear of AI clusters. Uber engineers trying to bust through a ML bottleneck by throwing GPUs at the problem could...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Oh yes, on the general principle that oppositions don't win elections it's governments that lose them, all Labor has to do is keep their nose clean. Note however that the primary votes for both sides are currently statistically the same...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    You mean the same guy who 'stopped the boats'? Nothing to see here Greg move along. :) More seriously what you're seeing is the slow death of the LNP. The problem is (for them) that Australian politics with it's compulsory...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    IIRC the starships were operated by a priest-hood who were slowly rediscovering technology like electric lighting from studying the starships? I remember one throwaway line where a character pointed out that one cargo compartment was for light infantry who stored...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    On Kilimanjaro they still use a similar one wheeled litter to casevac climber's suffering from severe mountain sickness. You're up above the helicopter flight line so it's walk, crawl or be carried. Terrain's pretty rough but of course you are...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    There does seem to be a god shaped hole in the human psyche. We seem to have a hardwired need to establish a mythic pantheon and, then gossip about their goings on. Hera and Zeus meet Angelina and Brad or...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm afraid so. I mean of course the Dems....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm afraid my opinion of the Greens is somewhat coloured by their origin story, as a lifeboat for Don Chipp when he ejected from the Libs, and their good work of moderating both parties in the Senate not withstanding (mea...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I think the story concept might be taken... :)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Very true, but if you scale up the design and strap a nuclear reactor in the back you've got a vehicle that can happily cruise across a planet that's predominantly water. Add some VSTOL drones and you've got a potential...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Well I was aiming for a bracketing shot of Labor and Lib-Nat. :) My view of the ‘minors’ is that they’re essentially cults of personality rather than a ‘party’per se.,. I’m reminded of what Lenin remarked about the Australian political...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Well perhaps if 'they' studied say Gibbon's Decline and Fall or politics in the Medici state then yes that English/History graduate might have something valuable to say in regard to the question at hand.. But seriously the proposition as to...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    These days in Australian politics the race between the two centrist parties is so close that neither can govern without the assistance of the cross bench in either the house of representatives (our commons) or the Senate (our elected Lords)....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Really the only thing that arguments about fractional c space battles convinces me of is that it’s a really bad idea. Ditto for manouevering fractional c in system. Double ditto for doing near c near a planet. A lot of...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I'm reminded of the 'washing of the debts' undertaken by Solon who viewed debt servitude as just another form of slavery....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    If you get a chance to visit Moscow and travel on the metro check out the resemblance between it and the London Underground, especially the escalators. Metro-Vickers engineers designed and oversaw a lot of the initial Moscow build, then they...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Yes, I'd definitely be careful about selecting 'brain in a jar' as a lifestyle option. For example memory is enhanced by epinephrine outside the brain stimulating the vagus nerve, interestingly the vagus is also called the wandering nerve as it...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Undersea mounts are your friend. For aircraft you park over a designated spot on the tarmac and survey the IMU in and for a mission of hours duration that's good enough. For a sub you find a sea mount (which...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I guess my model for Sino foreign policy is that of a irredentist 19th century mercantilist imperial wannabe that's intent on establishing a set of overseas dependencies/clients in order to secure critical resources and geo-political leverage. So I view these...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Yes there's a lot of hand waving post facto explanations out there for all that excess capacity but the real reason for all the ghost cities is actually pretty straight forward. Fundamentally China needs to keep it's growth rate at...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In other words there's always some smart arse with a hankering to build a V2......
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    IMHO around the end of the cold war the west fell into an intellectual coma of the 'myth of inevitability'. Once you assume that its all 'inevitable' you don't have to pay attention, and we didn't. I think it was...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I scored ILIE, no surprises there really....
  • Commented on Excuses
    "...full of baffling people doing inexplicable things for unfathomable reasons and enjoying it." Having put aside childish things I still find that still to be the soupe du jour. Mind you for me the best books written about childhood were...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Apologies for the length of this, but I was in a hurry. :) The [why] is pretty simple, they're scared of the Americans kicking off round two of the Korean war thereby wiping out the glorious kingdom of the eternal...
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