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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Yes, exactly. The only credible use case is a Fithp invasion...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    > Why couldn't North Korea create an old school Orion Nuclear Pulse space craft, and how soon could they launch it? It's old school vapourware (chemical explosive demonstrators not withstanding) with some *very* exciting failure modes. You need a very...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    >> and let the mad hackers loose on them Okay, it only involves 1000s of cores rather than millions, but this is essentially what has happened with NVidia GPUs being re-purposed as deep-learning engines, and now explicitly sold as such...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Going back to the original question: Intergenerational issues. Is it a fair assumption that current generational patterns will still be extant and that if so they might impact language use? As per the Greg Bear Eon references way upstream, people...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    GCU Thrown Teddy...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Aha! Hence the frankly preposterous cover up for the recent fire at Allenby Barracks, Bovington (some Forces TV / Daily Mail nonsense about junior officers duelling with flare pistols). Obviously the dragons returning from the gunnery school at Lulworth....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    "Digital Apollo" by David Mindell. The central question examined by the book is "Who should control the flight: the astronauts, the guidance computer, or mission control"? The book has some great insights into real rocket science, and the clashes between...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    CODENAME: VISCERATE REALITY CLASSIFICATION: JOLLY-SENSITIVE, Laundry eyes-only BACKGROUND: Although RIFT OF OCCULUS [Ref 2] showed considerable early promise, the hand signals used by ROO lusers to interact via MS Kinect with entities in the virtual environment unfortunately resembled a set...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    'Plucky Britain' could 'stand alone' only if it could rely on massive resources, esp. food from its colonies. Well yes, but the people who would care about that detail aren't the target demographic for my tongue-in-cheek alt-history novel proposal....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    There has to be some sort of "Worldwar: In the balance" variant here... WWII, 1940: Plucky Britain stands alone. But strange alien interference takes out Chain Home Low. The Spitfires are wiped out on the ground. The Martians land in...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    "Lonabar, in the Second Galaxy." Close, but they also exported exotic dancing, if I recall correctly....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Okay, how about "VR is still an April fool, AR is the story that you aren't really sure about"...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    2-3 years down the line and it'll all be VR/AR interface. AR/VR are definitely Aprils Fools (as I think you are suggesting :-) ). I think that VR and AR will at best diversify and extend the PC space...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    once a biometric authentification factor is compromised, there is no way to repudiate and replace that factor Remember that the stored biometric data is a function of the input data (e.g. a fingerprint retina scan) AND the algorithm used to...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    Is Leeds the one that doesn't have a twin town, but is in a suicide pact with Grimsby? Disclaimer: lived in Leeds for eight years, initially as a student, very cautious about going anywhere near Elland Road....
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Awesome! Although what the Imperium hasn't realized is that switching genres to Cyberpunk will allow the wife (deactivated but still deadly tech ninja assassin) to join the fight...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    So, I checked out the intro to the 1974 Aldiss collection ‘Space Opera’. He put it thus: “Science Fiction is a big muscular creature, with a mass of bristling antennae and proprioceptors on its skull. It has a smaller sister,...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    > Actually, now I think about it, wasn't the Apollo 13 problem caused by a malfunction in some part of the service module's fluid infra? I just wanted to pick up on Apollo 13 because it illustrates some of the...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    The classic romance industry (e.g. Mills and Boon) doesn't so much have low quality control as the expectation of an undemanding product. In fact they have seem to have a well-defined checklist for desired content, with variations for contemporary, historical,...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    Interesting question. I wondered whether one way to test the trend would be to: 1) collect a representative corpus of fantasy fiction from the last few decades 2) read them all and determine whether each passes an equivalent of the...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    At work I finally got people to start writing in the active voice by observing that the passive voice can obscure the agent that had responsibility, and that this can have contractual implications. "X and Y will be done" vs....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Laser-based weapon emulations are still in wide use in many NATO countries. Once the kit has been acquired, its much cheaper to use on a per-exercise basis compared with firing real rounds, especially for tanks, etc. The technology is more...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    The trick, IIRC, is to sever the trunk of one of the charging Elephants. The others aren't positively motivated by the ensuing screaming and panic. // Horrible thought, though....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Also has an initial map that must unique in being a chart of power structures and not terrain...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    I felt that China Miéville managed a readable mix of magic-based technology ('steampunk' is a simplfication too far in this context) and factionalised left-wing politics in the Baz-Lag books, especially the third book ('The Iron Council'). The contrast with the...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    On second thoughts, the IL world also contains a variety of mystical creatures and magic (avoiding spoilers here). So I guess it is entirely reasonable for specific types of object to have special properties....
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    I'm certainly prepared to wait for an answer, especially if it leads to some backstory or even a prequel. Since the library can be invoked using any large collection of records (not just books) it would seem that the message...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Yes, the End of Eternity. A trans-dimensional organization influencing multiple alternate epochs. And, in Asimov's view (as I'm sure you remember), constraining the overall development of humanity....
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    I would have commented earlier but in fact I’ve been immersed in Irene’s adventures. Superb stuff! I don’t know whether the following influenced their development, but I was reminded of Asimov’s eternals, Eco’s library in the Name of the Rose,...
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