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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Think about it. No space effort. No Mars mission. No base on the Moon. World population drops below two billion, with everyone slouching towards OZ(Utopia). God help us. The Kessler Syndrome is a serious problem, but largely misunderstood. The thing...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    It seems silly to focus on killing techniques given all the more important subjects, but hey. Jean-Léon Moore in 118 is absolutely right: 3D printing (and homemade weaponry in general) is not going to be much of a factor in...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The thing about all this talk about about secure languages, proof-based design strategies, and the like is that they're ignoring the societal reasons why these sorts of security catastrophes happen. I mean, let's step back for a moment and look...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    By the way, in case anyone wants a TL;DR history of ULA, here's a super brief and possibly wrong version: Boeing and Lockmart had been building giant space rockets since the days of the ancients, but since the failure of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    #1 United Launch Alliance is 2006. ULA is a weird combination of Boeing and Lockmart created due to the combination of industrial espionage and the bizarre way military contractors work. Before ULA, the two companies ostensibly competed for launch contracts....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    DC is under presidential or congressional control depending on the issue. I think you misunderstand me, or we're just talking past each other. D.C. local government has a limited amount of power as Congress allows, but my point was that...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The US hasn't formally declared war since WWII, has certainly been conducting wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen... In the context of "Treason" the law actually refers to "enemies" so presumably Daesh would qualify and Scotland would not....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    DC banned death sentences... FYI: DC city rules are just municipal code and have no relevance to Federal law in the district. There's actually a lot of antagonism between DC residents and the US government, so the city often makes...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    What protects elites from being charged with high treason? Aside from the obvious point that they're elites and hence are essentially immune from receiving a parking ticket much less a capital felony, treason is essentially unheard of under US law....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    ... also note that a hypothetical trade deal can be a source of internal leverage just as much as external. "As you know it's very important that we negotiate this trade deal with Theresa May quicky and in the American...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Trump is a bully: he has to be the winner, and his adversary the loser. I feel I should point out the cognitive dissonance involved in concluding that on the one hand Trump is a psychopathic fascist bent on destroying...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    We describe six pairs of monozygotic twins [...] five pairs were homosexual [...] from a series of 55 pairs [...] all the female pairs [...] one male pair was concordant for homosexuality, while the other was not clearly concordant or...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed, but might that be a survivable event rather than extinction? I was under the impression that the noble thing to do given such a question was to volunteer one's own ethnic...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    A couple of specific examples: I have been dumped/blacklisted by at least on recruiting company for saying I will not work [...] gambling, drug pushing, murder [...] I've also been fired for repeatedly objecting to putting illegal rules into a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I.e. yes, I agree with you. FWIW, I don't. Specifically, I don't agree with SFreader's argument that the problem is a lack of University ethics classes among the paid labor class. Anecdotally, many software engineers and IT people are very...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Much like nobody is going to declare Miami lost to the sea and the lawsuits about "misleading property values" will go on as long as the court system lasts. I've noticed a definite theme in a lot of the comments,...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Have any other of our USian members encountered the question? Anecdotally I've had friends tell me that this sort of question is asked in the bible belt and to some degree in greater Trumpland. One is typically required to swear...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    [...] the elephant in the room, namely how to regard the inevitable replacement of nearly all workers by automation and computers, right now in the present mundane world economy. I don't really buy this sort of thinking about all jobs...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    A good analogy might be the economic viability of Perth in Western Australia (not the Scottish Perth). I think this is a useful analogy, but more as the start of an idea than the end of one. Perth is, after...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Random SFish thought, but has anybody written about terraforming Australia? Indeed they have! Some fellow apparently wrote a whole book about it. ... which spawned a short-lived political party! The more you know......
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Which is one of the reasons I get quietly grumpy about discussions on how "...we'll never solve the problems of going to space because bulldozers won't work on Mars." There is of course a certain population of space cadet types...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I know this is all preaching to the choir but... The more difficult questions about colonizing an unfriendly world like Mars, or other space colonization ideas like O'Neill colonies and the like have to do with economics and biology rather...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    This whole conversation basically reads to me like: "Boats are impossible, because my Volkswagen sinks in water. You may think it would float since the tires are filled with air, but that just shows how little you know." I would...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Cloudflare is acting as the SSL/TLS termination endpoint. So the browser's connection is encrypted until it reaches Cloudflare, which decrypts it and can see everything. They're doing this because various Cloudflare services need to be able to see and modify...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    #5 C error? Lol. No. Games, Games, Games. Or, "Why would President Obama take the halter off the security sharing horse just prior to leaving office?" Your faith in their engineering organization is touching, but surely misguided. Or to put...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    This is mostly reiterating what David L said, but I'll try to give a little more information. Cloudflare sells their services to web sites and operates as a sort of middleman between the web site's own web servers and browsers....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Just looking at this Cloudflare issue... This is almost indescribably bad. It's not clear how many of their customers are affected, but expect the number of emails from affected web sites recommending passwords change to be... Large. As part of...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    That is almost as worrying as the initial attacks by Trumpolini I'd say that ultimately, it's much more worrying. It's good to keep in mind the point Bob Altemeyer made in his book: murderous dictator types are a dime a...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Sorry to bang on about this, but I'm just a little upset ..... I didn't mean to imply that creating a new account matters in any way... Though I guess it would be funny if it mattered to Wōdan given...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Busted. Hello Langley / Box 500. Proved. Now get me my fucking cookie and kill these fucking psychotic wankers threatening my life. [....] The real Greg was killed ~7 months ago. Derp. So I just pointed and clicked a few...
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