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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "BARBEQUE! ...Southern Hemispherians: What do you do and like re: food cooked like this?" Depends what you mean by "like this". The USA BBQ idea of spending a long time slow cooking tough food to give a tender results is...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    " Admin sucks time and mental/emotional energy away from the primary task. (IMO, that's the real reason behind the Peter Principle: You get someone good at 'job X' and you shove them into admin where they do zero'job X' -...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "I'd also assume that a lot of disease will have cures." Why? We haven't cured a lot of diseases in the last 50 years, AFAIK, so why do you expect the next 40 to be different? We've got better at...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "I'd suggest your numbers in the healthcare professions are low, although it's a bit hard to estimate by how much. There are two elements to that." Hmm. I was about to write that I thought they were too high. Assume...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "lifeboat utilitarianism" What happens depends on how true that really is. Anyone who thinks intelligent people will behave rationally and won't go in for unproductive stupid in-fighting has never worked at a university. So just how utopian an ideal are...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ The U.S. Right has been badly coddled (that means allowed to become spoiled) since the Reagan years. I think the necessary thing to do here is to treat them exactly like they were ordinary criminals. ” Far longer than...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ A century ago, they'd have been hung, or faced a firing squad.” A century ago the good ole boys putting up the nooses and storming forth would have been wearing white robes and hoods. And they’d not have been...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Procedurally, you're on the wrong track" I had no procedural details in mind myself, I was trying to figure out what Moz meant by his comment about Belgium. And I'm as surprised as he is to hear the history about...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "The suggestion was that Trump be handed over to the ICC." I know, but then you referred to what happens if Belgium wants to arrest Obama. Maybe you meant the Netherlands? The ICC is based in the Hague....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "That would help a great deal when Belgium issued arrest warrants for Obama" I think you are eliding two different things. Extradition vs the authority of the International Criminal Court. If the ICC wants to try Trump for crimes against...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Some USAians manage to make 3 syllables out of Maori, that sounds odd!" That is odd, but I can see why the mistake. It's correctly spelt Māori with a macron over the a to indicate the a is a double-length-vowel,...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ So why do millionaires carry on working? ” A decade ago the leader of NZ’s extreme right party (ACT) complained about the fact that here in NZ a chap who founds a startup and makes $50 million usually then...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Every time this happens it makes shutdowns of free speech easier.” I share your unease. I suspect Martin Luther King’s speeches would also have violated a strict reading of the terms of service of the social media companies. Particularly...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “ Unfortunately, Charlie, States' freakin' rights. Any state, or county, doesn't have to require federal vetting.” Beyond that, it’s a systemic flaw in how employing public officials in the USA works. The working conditions for cops are set, for each...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    If magic relates to computation, then those positing historic magic need to confront just how foreign to us historic mathematics was. Maths did not come from algebra, or arithmetic, or computation, it came from geometry. Geometric proofs, like Euclid did....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    ‘ Where does this leave Don Jr, Javanka, et al, in terms of having a political career? “ Awesomely placed to FIGHT BACK against the EVIL DEEP STATE and the CORRUPT DEMOCRATS that have PERSECUTED their dad! YOU ARE NOT...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Oh, and it also utterly destroys the major British city I grew up in, because revenge is a dish best eaten cold. That explains things. It seemed a bit harsh at the time....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    "Ah, I see you're not familiar with the 1632 shared world" I've read 5 of the novels. If that's not "familiar" then you have rather high standards....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    I've been at the ROFCON this weekend, and the other day, talking to Walt, one of their editors, I pitched my new novel... and he invited me to submit it. Many congrats! ROFCON looks like an interesting thing culturally....
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    So paying the rent with writing is getting harder and harder these days ... Is it? I mean, I know it's really, really hard. But was there really a golden age when it wasn't extremely hard to become someone who...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Apparently Trump just took a joyride. Got into the Presidential limo with a driver and either a medical or Secret Service person, and drove around the fucking block then back to Walter Reed again. I suppose it might have been...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Most recently: Trump's had dexamethasone and required oxygen a couple of times... more realistically, he's got a 20-25% probability of dying in the next 3 weeks. The dexamethasone news seems like quite a big deal. Because as I understand it,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    ‘ The thing about Trump is that he's very overweight and elderly, ‘ His official presidential medical report says 6’3” and 248 lb. More likely is 6’2” and 255 lb. Which is overweight, but not very. Does not drink, or...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    ‘ individual neurons in the human neocortex are computationally sophisticated‘ I attempted to build a neural net that could simulate a neuron when I was a grad student, but gave up as it was just too hard. I think we...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Sorry, that comment was meant to be a reply to Heteromeles @755. My reply to Greg was: hard to know. The critical battle of the war was definitely the British vs French naval fight in Chesapeake Bay, that led to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    That's the other problem: plastics break down slowly, even under microbial assault. They will clean up our plastics problem and probably render further plastics and petroleum use rather harder. Unfortunately, they won't do it fast enough to stop civilization from...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Why steam? To stay in keeping with the proposal for a steam-punk weapon. I regret the absence of clockwork-punk as a genre....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    @ Greg: IIRC Schlieffen made a good plan, then made things so overly complicated it wasn't a good plan anymore. I disagree. You fail to mention the big issue with the plan. It involved invading Belgium as a way to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    on roads (not wilderness) Many of those roads were really wide dirt paths. Not even gravel. Let me sing the praise of wide dirt paths! A mounted platoon moving in untracked NZ bush in the 1860s carrying a decent...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "(Yes, I've been researching circa-1800 travel times for a future writing project.)" Out of interest: In 1919, an extremely competent young Lt Colonel named Eisenhower attempted to take a US Army motorized convoy across the USA from Washington DC to...
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