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  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    To be fair, he's fairly open about it being an author tract. That was basically the point of writing it and the story was substantially improved when he revised some of the early sections to make it more clear that...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Also, forgot one. http://unsongbook.com/ "So for two minutes on Christmas Eve, while a billion people listened, three astronauts read the Book of Genesis from a tiny metal can a hundred miles above the surface of the moon. Then, mid-sentence, they...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I agree, Worm was something else. The superhero story I realized I always wanted. Pact fell flat, I think, because he was trying to get away from the almost mechanical aspects of the system in Worm and was trying for...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    My only issue with this article is that it seems to only pick confirmatory items. And while it hinges on collusion, many of the things like shorting British stock are options open to *anyone* with money at short notice. For...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "To get a mass audience it really needs to go TV/film ... which in turn means it can't interrogate the corporate values of its financial backers too directly." I'm not so sure about this. Capitalism long ago successfully monetized anti-capitalism....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "what if the end-state, or even the middle-state of global warming is an environment where Balinese-style rice-farming is the ideal way to grow food." What if the ideal housing is old-irish peat houses? I'm reminded of a talk years ago...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Are you sure you're thinking about the right episode? The various synopsis mention nothing of genocide. Rather a disease became religiously associated with immorality such that nobody was willing to admit when family members caught it and since some believed...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    damn, my attempt at quote tags didn't work. This should be in a quote in my above comment: We are still trying to untangle the twisting references of emotion by which humans might prefer pleasure to pain, and yet endorse...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    re: fascist time traveler alien thing. Honestly I don't think that's weird enough. For either time travelers or aliens. People read history books, see coherent narratives, and think that's how Time works. Underestimating the surprise of the present, they overestimate...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I'm pretty sure fault and criminal responsibility are 2 different things. A child or someone in the middle of a severe psychotic episode doing something that would normally be a criminal offense may lack any culpability or criminal responsibility for...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Sorry, left off the end of a line in the second paragraph. If it can't legally drive on the roads on it's own then all the crap with phone apps seems superfluous since you can't guarantee signal and presumably you'd...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Can we request that this not end up getting turned into another boring trolly problem. The world does not need yet another inane "but what if the car has the choice of sacrificing a baby inside the car for 5...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Re: the oxfam papers claims. I've grown to not trust oxfams papers. I'm starting to think of how they do their math as "oxfam accounting" There tends to be a lot of tricks in their wording and methods. They'll also...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Those are some mighty mighty broad brushes you're using there. It's like the claim that there's only N stories in the world where N is small... if you simplify it to the level where the story description is "bad thing...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re:target and pregnancy. That story appears to be a myth based on a hypothetical: https://www.kdnuggets.com/2014/05/target-predict-teen-pregnancy-inside-story.html Where a journalist was proposing a scenario that never actually happened. Also another example for the pile re: social media optimizing for emotion. http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/12/17/the-toxoplasma-of-rage/ "So...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Where "high enough fidelity" is arbitrarily high I could argue that it will take a fairly long time to reach the point of being totally undetectable. Not because of it being impossible to detect tampering but because everything is at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Individual producers may be in trouble but when you see a sector that's unprofitable because competition is so fierce with countless outfits.... I'm not sure that it's a sign the industry in general is failing. Almost the opposite. If people...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Even if 50% of the population went for something like that it's inherently a self limiting problem. Similar to a large fraction of the population signing up as shakers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakers A generation or 2 later the people most vulnerable to...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Currently if you look at [class of product] on some site a few times you'll start seeing ads popping up for it around the place. One fairly obvious and fairly trivial application of the same idea might see algorithms picking...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There's a lot of crypto-currency madness right now. A few years back when bitcoin suddenly exploded I was hanging out at a local hackspace on the open night when some young women visiting started asked if there was anyone who...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    To be fair: the £100 version I carry around with less cores ram and about half as much storage can pull off most of the same tricks. Some of top models I'm pretty sure experience a certain amount of vanity-pricing...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    @gasdive Also, here's a graph for PV output, notice that it's from Cali which is a better case than scotland. Notice the dropoff coming up to 6PM. https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/images/2014.11.19/main.png...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    COMMENT DELETED. Keep it civil....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The linked graph was for demand over the year, look at the dark green line and it does show you that peak demand is in winter with demand almost at it's lowest around about july. Daily patterns also matter. Solar...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I think it's important to inject some real numbers here. Scottish peak electricity demand is in winter, to be more exact it's in winter around about 5 or 6 in the evening when people get home from work. During summer...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Sorry, I forgot to specify the issues. A. The problem isn't that the scam is actually counterproductive, simply unproductive, it helps but it's like sending water to doubt affected farmer in test tubes. And it's an unproductive approach to preventing...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    What scam would I run if I was going to run one and trying to make some cash off of efforts to deal with climate change? I'd probably go with something that's not entirely a scam but which is merely...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I think this may be leaving out elements that are contradictory to the narrative. For russia the best thing would be for the US to tightly restrict drilling within it's own territory. They're selling oil and gas. reducing the supply...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I think you make a very good point and that may be why I get that feeling from so many Xpunk stories. many of the things that niggle at me tend to take a form similar to "you can do...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I get that the spider thing is an iconic image from WWW but I don't think I tick any other boxes from that film with that description... I don't remember most of the film. Did Abraham Lincoln get a steam...
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