Robert van der Heide

Robert van der Heide

  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    In 2117 "engineering" will involve almost no innovation. Rather it will be all about understanding what already exists, so when you patch one of the patches on the patches on the patches on one of the (multiple, interdependent) Legacy Systems...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    How about leaving the reactor in a nice big concrete building next to a chemical plant that sucks in air and spits out kerosene, which you then use to run your diesel locomotives? Hydrocarbon fuels are really convenient in many...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    On a radio show on NPR (USA non-commercial radio) I heard a sample of synthesized text-to-speech as used by the blind when they want speed-read. If I recall correctly it was about 340 words per minute. I coulldn't follow it,...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Did you ever use any KY2K Jelly?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm in the USA and don't know the British governmental structure all that well, but there's a player I'm surprised I haven't heard mentioned. Doesn't the House of Lords have the power to not approve the act that pushes the...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    That doesn't sound right. My personal theory regarding CD/HB/NN is that there really is some sort of transhuman entity involved; one that has used a long series of female humans as a meat-puppet I/O devices Sometimes, when the meat-puppet has...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Hot Banana = HB/CD/NN?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    It's worse. (I'll let someone else fill in the details.)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Ineligible, wrong continent. Just having fun. NAME Lanyard, Identification Badge Holding, Occult Attack Resistant CLASSIFICATION String BACKGROUND With the increasing ease of performing magic there is an ever increasing risk of security breaches due to entanglement/contagion of personal items, either...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    And the writers haven't lost their flair for black comedy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/18/gunman-kills-1-wounds-5-at-annual-zombie-themed-festival-in-florida/...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    To give credi where it's due, there's been some pretty good eye candy. Jumbo auroras, blue-flame volcanos, etc., and Pluto turning out a lot better than anyone expected. It does seem rather odd to have spent so much effort on...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I agree that watching a vehicle capable of maneuvering through the atmosphere at Mach 3 heading towards your city would be inherently scary. I also believe that manned vehicles traveling through an atmosphere full of weather and other vehicles will...
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