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  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    It wasn’t my fault! Ya gotta believe me! Rudy’s running the coverup, thank god. So far he’s got them thinking it’s all about Trump. What they don’t get is it’s all about Nakomoto’s hoard. Quiet chess-obsessed mathematician at the Odessa...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    And that's how out of touch we are. So out of touch that when you mentioned "computing or information technology", most of them started talking about things you run on a desktop or laptop. How quaint....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't really think there is that much commonality between the Koch brothers at over $30 billion apiece and the average member of the "global 1%". Yes! That's the point! The fact that being in the global top 1% gives...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    City of London IIRC is technically offshore from the EU City of London is very much part of the EU, and has the 'passporting' privileges thereof. Theresa May's Brexit deal failed to get British banks 'passporting' privileges to the EU...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    That's the stupidist model I've ever seen to determine anything economically. It's obviously putting national income in, say, the DRC and Pakistan in with the UK and the US. What, you don't think people in the DRC and Pakistan count?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don’t know why I bother, but alas it was not orbital weather control lasers fired from secret government space shuttle data that caused Dorian to stall... They're not orbital. Trumps lasers are fired ballistically, from Greenland....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    So parliament has * refused to pass the only deal that's available * refused to ask for an extension * refused to allow no deal * refused to withdraw the article 50 declaration Yeah. And now they're assuming the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I frankly don't think she really cares, in a "The country has survived worse" kind of detached way. Oh, I think she cares a lot. I remember when George W's was president, and was pushing a strongly anti-globalist agenda, attempting...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Switzerland isn't a big financial center on the global stage. It has less than a quarter the financial jobs London had pre-Brexit-madness. The idea that London could grow to "beat our Switzerland" as a financial center by leaving the EU...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I think you're dead wrong about fines to corporations stopping corporate crime. Corporations are not rational agents. They don't think, they don't feel, they don't care. From the outside it can be a convenient shorthand to treat them like they...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    “365.2425, which is usually only relevant for financial calculations.” Oddly, how long a year is in financial calcs is less and less tethered to reality as one ascends into high finance. There are a lot of different algorithms for turning...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Question: Which 'classic' SF story would you most enjoy doing a rewrite of (or sequel to, or other story in the world of)?...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    « From Pre-Roman times to at least the Renaissance, the idea was that the magic happened when the rite was performed perfectly. The state of the performer didn't matter. » My understanding is that science and magic were not distinguished....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Take off and summon Cthulhu on the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Democracy only works when you prefer losing your cause to losing democracy Only if you also have enough popular support for your cause. Otherwise, push it too far and a REAL popular backlash can happen. The NRA-loving gun nuts who...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    well, yes. They won’t make a Laundry Files movie or TV series just because they thought name recognition would get half a million bums in theatre seats. Not a big enough star for that. But given this decade’s fashion in...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Traditionally the film industry often had a film-maker who wanted to make a film, and also had the rights to a book or graphic novel that they possibly did not know, care about, or even like. Industry execs wanted a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Isn't what will happen obvious? The UK will crash out with No Deal on 29 March. Because accomplishing anything else from here would require either co-ordinated competent leadership by the UK Govt, or courage by May and her inner cabinet....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Maybe plenty of things Scientists can't be bothered studying, but nothing they're prohibited from questioning. 'Prohibited' is the wrong word. There are questions that the scientific method is ill-suited to answering. Whether the Mona Lisa is better than Picasso's Guernica,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There was a fairly clear arc up until Memory, I disagree. I will agree that the early Miles novels had Miles as a quite a consistent character, and were mostly very much military SF. And 'Memory', where he left the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    don’t extradite Julian back to Australia Given current Australian practice of taking Ozzie career criminals in their 30s who moved to Oz from NZ aged less than three, and deporting them ‘back’ to NZ, you can take your bloody Assange...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    a system that relies on an engaged, clueful and informed populace has failed, dismally Indeed, it has. Alas. And so Socrates is dead. The demos was never engaged, clueful and informed. And yet, we seem to have muddle through....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Running for President was the first I ever heard of him. I first met Trump as a character in the cartoon 'Bloom County'. Who got stuck in Bill the Cat's body due to a mistaken brain-transplant. I didn't realise...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    After Munich, Chamberlain told the Cabinet "It would be madness for the country to stop rearming", Also, Chamberlain gathered support for a declaration of war. FDR would have liked to do more to stop Hitler, but the US congress and...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    The actual Vorkosigans would probably be better, neofascist tendencies not disregarded. They would, at least, recognise Australia as the half-arsed job of terraforming that it is. Or should I say “angloforming”? The acclimatisation societies of the British Empire tried...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    "Traditional tribal chieftainship?" I'm not sure there is such a thing, There very much is such a thing. Or maybe "many such things". Rangatira, and rangitiratanga both were and are really important parts of Maori culture. And when I lived...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Well, the number of people living in extreme poverty in China, about a quarter of the world population, has definitely been declining, for specific Chinese reasons. True in its smaller lookalike rival Vietnam as well. But leave them out, and...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Aotearoa elected a young, almost-pregnant woman as Prime Minister on a platform of undoing austerity and reducing the impact of climate change. I think the "almost-" is in the wrong part of that sentence. She was fully pregnant. Not just...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Anyway, humans do not suffer from the tragedy of the commons. Sorry. It's been disproved, and it's an urban legend. That will be great comfort to the North Atlantic cod industry. People who talk of the "Tragedy of the Commons"...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    You say "proliferation is a political problem not a technological one" like that makes it easier. So is climate change... To take this thread back about 800 comments... so is the issue of "individuals owning cars" vs "using a car...
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