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Glaurung

  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Re: Word freezing. It's 2017, and Microsoft's flagship document creation software is still only marginally less frustrating than OCRing pages produced on a manual typewriter. Once again, I am so happy I adopted a policy, long ago, of never ever...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    "What are the other possible commercial applications of the ITS, besides sending a million optimists to Mars?" A booster capable of sending 500 tons into orbit would be a game changer -- its at least a 20x increase in the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    What we don't know is how non-astronaut phenotypes... fare, and what the long term effects are (the record-holding astronauts and cosmonauts have still spent less than five years in orbit at this point). We also still have no idea of...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    "A related question, then, is how much do you want to trust Apple with your data?" Wrong question. If you wish to have a smartphone that functions as intended, you will be giving your data to a corporate conglomerate. Which...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    (assuming FTL is possible because it's not really space opera without it): -There's just one loophole in physics that permits FTL travel, -Which has just one method of implementation, so -All FTL enabled spacecraft have have the same kinds of...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    "Out of Tolkien came the clones." Don't forget the *huge* influence D&D had in kickstarting the market for Tolkien clones. Yes, nowadays it's a niche game for a small number of extremely nerdy players, but back in the late 70's...
  • Commented on A small research question
    I have a story in which brain-eating amoeba meet cold war politics meet environmental regulations. Mid 1980s, one of Reagan's pet projects for ramping the cold war back up again was to increase plutonium production even though the US had...
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