Jamesface

Jamesface

  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I have real fun with longer ebooks and the sense of duration. Idea: A virus which infects ebook readers and subtly Markov chains progressively more extra sentences into the narrative, resulting in a book of infinite length without the reader...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I can see some sort of friendly Citizens United-style legislation coming along saying that because so much of the amazing future relies on the mass interpretation of behavioural data, it's no longer a legal right to opt out of data...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    To repeat: I want to know what the working relationship is between The Guardian and APAX. The working relationship (from my fallible memory of my brief period as a GMG employee) is that a consortium of GMG and APAX called...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Take her input for what worth you want to ascribe to it, and chill. Personally I've always treated it as a dadaist tone poem....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    This is what always confused me about nuclear war narratives in the age of MAD - what are the limited war options? Presumably a first strike that only, say, decapitates the government can only be a deliberate choice to precede...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Hypersonic cruise missile anybody? Why is the Silbervogel so out of fashion?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    [HOTOL/Skylon] ...doesn't exist. Greg's responding to my deliberately silly proposal to cobble together an indigenous weapons delivery system out of what the UK has in the back of the cupboard. Reality is a secondary concern....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Repurpouse HOTOL/Skylon as a nuke-delivery system? Actually the SABRE engine does seem to make a lot of sense for a weapons delivery system if you don't have in-house rocketry expertise. What does the horizontal takeoff give us... the ability to...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    We have had 25 years' of deliberate elimination of most of our technological capability in cases where it competes with the USA Agreed. As far as I understand it, we retain the ability to produce, enrich and separate weapons-grade plutonium...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Seeing as the main aim of Brexit is apparently to return to the roaring Fifities, presumably just as the UGM-133s become unavailable we'll have Blue Streak coming onstream to deliver Yellow Sun warheads? (My rather more serious point being that...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I can only assume that to those rich enough to insulate themselves from the fallout of current affairs, this must all feel like a jolly rollercoaster of an immersive game. Must be nice for them....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    AMZN do not acknowledge any existence of a Kindle version on their web-page Does this link work for you Greg?...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Charlie uses Scrivener which isn't a word-processor, it's an IDE for producing written text. At the end of the coding process he "compiles" it into words-on-a-page which goes to the agents and publishers since they don't want or need his...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    In an environment where advertising has been banned, And in an environment where photons are made of watermelons, everyone's afraid of leaving the dark. I'm going to scope my contributions to this thread back to only responding to people with...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    It's really hard to imagine that a pure-subscription model and a reporter collective wouldn't do a better job than the New York Times does. I spent all of 2014 and 2015 trying to work out how to get sufficient people...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    As for the "funding" matter, my general reaction is "oh shut up and stop being so greedy". For one thing I find that the signal-to-noise ratio of a website is inversely correlated with its dependence on advertising. Wikipedia is perhaps...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    "Malicious billionaires/a defacto aristocracy" is a different problem than "whups, we've gone and build a machine for amplifying the public id and giving society panic attacks"; the fix for an aristocracy is income and asset caps. Ah, so all it...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    1) You do pay for the product. It just not a plain money transfer. You pay by watching ads with possible following click on them with sincere interest in an advertised product. You're not wrong, but there is nuance in...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    (I don't buy "can't be funded any other way"; a truly public internet could fund creatives from public funds based on some measure of public interest. This "measure of public interest" would surely only be the most trivial thing to...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Dammit, typo. "financial support" should read "financial variety."...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    The even more obvious solution is to forbid advertising. In a world with search engines, it has no public-good justification whatsoever. The Washington Post contained ads when it broke the Watergate Scandal. ITV created The World at War. Very, very...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    As I've said before on this subject here, I don't think microbilling is the answer. My experience of user attitudes suggests it's too late to make the switch (and my job is such that if you're currently paying a digital...
  • Commented on The Day After
    My greatest fear is that this isn't as bad as it gets. In an earlier thread we were talking about Structured Deindustrialisation, large-scale unemployment and the resulting unrest. I'm not talking about the outcomes of a Trump presidency, I'm talking...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I really don't see where you're getting your last paragraph from: I see space colonies as requiring extremely communitarian norms, not conservative -- if by "conservative" we mean religious/patriarchal. Hm, perhaps I was conflating conservative values with restrictive taboos then....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    More controversially, the development of effective counter-infection strategies may in the long term militate against conservativism I'm dancing around landmines here, but if we're talking about this cultural link purely in terms of the energetic cost of infection, then isn't...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "Randroid" is an unflattering term for the more fervent followers of Ayn Rand If less fervent followers of Ayn Rand exist, I've never observed one in the wild....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Given that this worked so successfully, why hasn't it been picked up & run with by everyone else? This is a category error, in that you're assuming political policymaking is driven by evidence, rather than tracking your party ideology up...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    You cannibalized your children to survive. It's worse than that. They didn't do it in order to survive, they did it in order to give a small slice of the population Porsches....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    (Not entirely sure what we were supposed to learn from this, other than "some things are more radioactive than others", which is kind of obvious, but hey.) I had a lesson like that where the point was that alpha, beta...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Lest I be accused of arrogance I want to quickly unpack this sentence... After all, it's not like the wisdom behind any given statement I make changes depending on what I'm wearing. Please read the word wisdom with tongue firmly...
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