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scott-sanford

  • Commented on Generation Z
    The San Francisco Bay Area, where 2/3 of our airports and 6/7 of our heavy runways are within easy sea level rise inundation level... If the rise gets truly annoying it might be deemed practical to throw a very large...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    As an Aside ..WHY does our Hosts Dwelling Place have CIRCULAR ROOMS? If he writes in an office with right angles, the dogs come from the woodwork out; this disrupts the creative process and scares the cat....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Having thought this over, I think battery swapping is the wrong way to go about this. Let's flip the problem around. Instead of slipping in a new box of electrons and trying to patch around all the problems that brings,...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    You'd rather I used the time to write more fiction, wouldn't you? Well, yes. As has come up before, we can find web nerds under every other rock - but the global supply of Charles Stross fiction producers is sharply...
  • Commented on April Fools Day is Cancelled this Year.
    Reviewing the Rhinoceros Party Platform, I see several proposals that seem like fine and reasonable political stances. (At least as many as I find in a lot of Libertarian screeds.) Encouraging higher education by building taller schools is no sillier...
  • Commented on Implications
    On tree ecology, there's also the concept of the 'tree line', which is basically the point beyond which trees don't want to grow, due to cold. Go too far upwards, or too far North, and you stop getting trees. For...
  • Commented on Implications
    Keith, try HTML tags such as <i> and <b>. That should get you italic and bold. Use the preview option, though, because getting your markup tags wrong can be embarrassing......
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    There's a dirty trick... Wouldn't it be easier to just grab a Gulfstream in the first place? With an improvised warhead it would do damage comparable to the jetliners of 9/11, it would be much easier to grab, easier to...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    What a lot of people's comments are missing is simply that this is a ridiculously public and inefficient way to smuggle stuff or people. It's simply too big and public an operation to expect to get away with over time....
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Maybe the military don't want to admit how much they actually can see? All output from military radar is classified, presumably, because you don't want the others to know how well you can see, even if it is quite well...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Looks like Satoshi Nakamoto has been identified... Wait, wait... So the mysterious Libertarian genius evaded identification by other Libertarians and paranoid cranks by the cunning plan of...logging off the internet? After using his actual real name? And this worked for...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    This was probably not a good time to invent and release to the public a Bitcoin ATM, but it's out there. For the last few weeks, people in Boston could do their Bitcoin banking without the fear of being tracked...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm probably missing something myself. Jonathan Ross seems a pointless choice. (I'm American and like the first poster was substantially unaware of Mr. Ross' existence.) But a quick perusal of Jane Goldman's biography suggests she'd be a fine addition to...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    ...it strikes me that people who dislike being snooped on could massively troll the NSA's webcam spying... Create a programme that automatically sets up video connections between users (without actually displaying them), sending, oh, I don't know, the best (i.e....
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    This reminds me a bit of a theoretical 'bank tax' -- sort of a reverse interest -- based on the idea that a currency should actively discourage its own hoarding. A digital currency could do this automatically, without necessitating it...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    Bob himself is on the record musing about humanity's talent for getting into trouble compared to, say, BLUE HADES. I've rather assumed that BLUE HADES went through this long ago in their own coming-of-age era millions of years ago. They...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    My goodness; the MtGox collapse makes the Bitcoin wallet theft by botnet story completely trivial. Unless you have a Bitcoin wallet, I suppose....
  • Commented on Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia?
    ...the idealism and optimism at the core of the governing ideology... So naive idealists signed up, and then became tired, cynical, disillusioned functionaries... Yes, this. One of the easiest, if over-simplified, ways to explain the Prague Spring of 1968 is...
  • Commented on Can We Merge Minds and Machines?
    Moreover, an examination of actual human output demonstrates that many people speak, or post to the internet, much faster than they think. In some cases, thinking may not happen until several days later, or at all......
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    That's an interesting question. I'm not sure how someone would code "interesting" into a landscape generator, though there's probably somebody out there trying already. Charlie has made the point that writing a novel is a hard problem for artificial intelligence...
  • Commented on Why Make A Movie Within A Computer Game?
    Off topic for machinima, but of interest to some people here: Fridge Sends Spam Emails....
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    I have seen one of Mr de Haviland's early designs for what he has chosen to call a "jet aircraft". He appears to be addressing the heat issue in a number of manners, including the use of scoops and vents...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    And what might be carried by an aviator that could not be delivered by the telegraph? Consider, Milady, the great increase in speed and accuracy in relaying pictures by transporting actual pictures - be they paintings, woodcuts, or daguerreotypes -...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    The Bolo is a self-driving car with the dial turned up to 11...And what would the code for a self-driving car also do in the world of the Laundry? Brains may well still have an OGRE game on the shelf...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    [New Space Opera] will always be sexy, and needs to be incorporated into every series! I'm looking forward to you adding a space opera plot to the Laundry series. Just wait until the music starts and characters burst into song....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Oh, and now I see that io9.com has posted an article titled Is Bitcoin evil or just dumb?, with a link to this thread. Prepare for more visitors!...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    "I do agree with mr Stross though. No matter who controls the currency, they all seem like money grabbing bastards" - Can you please tell me who are those bastards controlling bitcoin? Now that's an interesting question. As an example,...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I wasn't specifically going to bring this up, it having nothing to do with Bitcoin, but your 'cash hound' comment is on the mark. For example, this article in the LA Times, which quotes Australia's wealthiest person complaining that, well,...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    You make a good point; dosage is important, as are proper experimental protocols. We don't need a repeat of the 1962 Tusko fiasco, even if Texas has more politicians than elephants....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I have just seen a Tweet from our Prime Minister, announcing that 2014 is the year when the whole country can rise. I certainly hope he doesn't mean like Warsaw rose......
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