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  • 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...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I agree though I didn't name the 0.9c figure. at 0.01c it's about a kiloton worth of energy from a 1kg object. Any absurd velocity works. Even merely orbital or interplanetary speeds are enough to drop a crowbar through most...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I wasn't intending to describe Wild Wild West, I was just sort of describing the most steampunk hero and villain I could think of. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-06-15/news/ct-lockport-steampunk-tl-s-0619-20140615_1_lockport-gallery-norton-building-art-series...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    ""punk" equals, *must* equal, a focus on the underdog, the dissempowered etc." So, to be clear, they took the position that a story about Abraham Lincoln getting a steam powered cannon arm and charging off to fight a villain with...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Sure, but if you're flying around in your interstellar space ship anyway.... @M Harold Page If you asked a few dozen geeks for creative problem solving methods I think they could suggest a few things nastier than rocks... I'm aware...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Betcha they could do something equally crazy, *especially* if they have no velocity. :-D...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    This may sound odd but I think a major aspect of the X-punk genres is that the economies aren't too well thought out and both the heroes and villains need to have ignored things like an evil overlord who lacks...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I was not aware of that statement. While it looks like it's non-binding, a statement from a party member not the leadership but it does make it much less likely they'd oppose Scotland. Thanks for that....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Actually it's looking like the 8th is likely to get repealed. paddypower is offering 1/4 that the vote will remove it. Nitpick: the ECHR ruled that Ireland had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to provide an...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    On a Comedy note: I came across one workaround/hack for Scotland to re-enter the EU faster. Scotland votes out, immediately declares war on Ireland then immediately surrenders conditional on being annexed by ireland. Of course it's ridiculous and wouldn't work...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It does seem likely that some of the other EU member states would want to make things awkward for Scotland, namely Spain since they really really don't want to encourage their own separatists to try a similar plan. You're right...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    https://www.wired.com/2015/12/2015-the-year-the-internet-of-things-got-hacked/ Medical devices. it makes sense to allow medical devices like pacemakers to be reconfigured. After all, a doctor might need to change the settings slightly to suit a patient. Unfortunately security is not a strong point of the medical...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Update, the statement in the post appears to be incorrect. Apparently a french Neurologist from the 1800's asked about neolithic remains was where the supposition came from and wasn't entirely unreasonable since many mental problems routinely got attributed to demons...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    "The source for this slander against the medieval surgeon comes from a sociologist who saw a skull with such a piercing at an archaeological site, and was asked to speculate on why such an operation might be performed. From what...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    That would seem to be some evidence that they are taking the issue into account. There's a lot of knee-jerk hate for the finance industry but in reality they've got a lot of very capable people. They're not infallible but...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    ok. So you know they probably overstate their reserves. The banks know they probably overstate their reserves. The banks have written public reports on this. Investors and shareholders know... but are ignoring it to their own detriment rather than, just...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    ..... This sounds like you're predicating your position on the idea that the analysts managing trillion somehow don't realize that fossile fuels will one day run out.... or are you asserting that the market hasn't recognized something you have recognized?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Batteries are an expensive fix. If you sit down and do the math for the whole grid, how much power you'd need to store to keep the grid going at night in December and where you'd get that power from.......
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm not aware of any reliable mechanism for doing that but yes. That might be viable along with a lot of other things. But my point is that just because there exists a "could" for X does not mean there's...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Of course you run into the problem where every minion involved also knows that even if you paid them a good wage they now have dirt on you which could utterly destroy you no how rich you are and can...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    You're confusing economic activity or productivity with wealth. If you build a castle and burn it down and then build a new castle there's been 2 castles built, lots of economic activity but the world is only richer by 1...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    @W┼Źdan Shodan You're attributing the worlds pests and diseases to a genocidal right wing conspiracy? your "data points" are, shall we say, more akin to what you'd expect in clipped newspaper articles pinned to a wall with wool linking them...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm not so keen on that method. If you count the entire rail network, including the tracks or the entire airport, not just the planes that's like counting the roads, not just the cars. You get a big impressive number...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    On a related note, there's far far right bloggers who claim almost the exact mirror of this post, that their enemies actually agree with them on matters of fact , that their enemies are actually just lying in order to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    your figure of $70Tn of installed infrastructure for processing fossil fuels: this seems fishy. Total world wealth is estimated to be in the region of 250 trillion. Claiming that a full quarter of all wealth is just fossile fuel infrastructure...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It's just a matter of how many people have to die if you think about it. Kill off everyone in the current line of succession and the crown goes to some more distant relative following some set of rules. Kill...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I agree with your general point but I'm not sure how that relates to the monarchy. The British monarchy has basically no power any more beyond that of being wealthy hereditary celebrities who hang out with a lot of senior...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It's rare that South Park struggles to match real life..... It's kinda surreal that we're all so used to politicians blustering and not doing what they say they'll do that I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in having assumed that...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I've not yet read the new book yet and I of course don't know what you have planned later but are you sure "Outside Context Problem" is the term you want? "An Outside Context Problem was the sort of thing...
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