Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Quite an interesting irony to bookend your comment with themes about self-awareness. But this proposal that because there existed compatriots of the victims who profited from their exploitation, it therefore isn’t all whitey’s fault, doesn’t really bear a lot of...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think there are good arguments for everyone just doing less of the things that are harmful due to the way that things currently work. I really do. It’s all very Kantian, and if everyone really did it there would...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Help me out here: I’m riffing on the idea there was no such genre before Tolkien (although many of the themes existed in other forms of storytelling)....
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    This is one of those situations very similar to the one where people try to read Shakespeare and complain that it’s full of over-used cliches, or complain that Tolkien is only using the standard monsters of the genre so isn’t...
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    Absolutely right. I’ve long described the resources industry in general as a much-glorified work-for-the-dole scheme. It’s the same thing with logging, and in Australia much agriculture. In most cases the indirect subsidies are considerably greater than the returns to the...
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    There was a piece of graffiti in an improbably prominent place that stayed there for years and years encouraging the reader to “Sink more piss!”. I forget where exactly, but it would have to be somewhere in Sydney or Brisbane...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    “Not Tamara, to die!”...
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    I’ve been working on mine for a while, and I think I’m getting good at it. Last year I’d never heard of hepatic encephalopathy, now I are one....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “ If I'm going to run Photoshop in a VM, can't I run Windoze7 in there and use my existing Windows version of Photoshop?” Yes. In fact that’s what you would be obliged to do, or at least it is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    “Looks like Scribus is a 32 bit Mac only application, which might be a bit of a problem going forward even before the apparently steep learning curve.” Really? The once or twice I’ve used it was on Windows. Looks like...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I would love to add to this, but I’m happy just to point to it as something positive to remember. It gets hard considering some of the better 20th and 21st centuries we might have had, of course. But you’re...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The fires are enormous and terrifying. Some areas (including SEQ) had rain over Xmas, but it clearly hasn't helped that much. The politics has been exasperating, as you might imagine, given the general election in 2019 was supposedly won on...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Well, while they might be a feral pest in NZ, they are still a protected native species in Oz (well there are two species prevalent in the eastern states at least). Heck, *moving* one from its range (which might include...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    This reminds me that most of the ideological background to prepping fails the categorical imperative. It doesn’t matter much which formulation, but “what if everyone did it?” is a pretty suitable one. That’s totally leaving aside the idea that wilderness...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Fruit trees would t attract kangaroos so much, as they tend to suppress grass, which roos eat. Fruit trees do attract lots of names I’ve birds and Australian possums. No one eats either of those, nor could possibly want to,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Hate to say it, but sr’s comments here were very predictable, almost algorithmically predictable. Not that it means much, it just isn’t worth spending a lot of time arguing....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well yes, I didn’t understand the “x speed CVT” thing either. I did my usual trick which is to ignore it, talk as though my understanding is correct anyway and go blythely on. I say I perceive that CVT would...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The first is pretty familiar, it’s actually what I was referring to when I say this very new auto transmission almost always seems to pick the gear I wanted anyway. But there’s still the temptation to bump it into manual...
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    Little 6 speed auto Mazda, from long habit I still alternate resting my left hand at 9-o’clock and on the gear selector, In Drive, it’s trivial to switch to manual gear selection and while I will occasionally do that going...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    “ If the result shows anything it's that there are far too many people who rate their fantasy existence as a rich person who doesn't pay any taxes disproportionately highly in relation to how they rate anything actually likely to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    You’ve more or less proved my point, though, the one that Moz was responding to and amplifying. If you or I or Moz or Pigeon need to take proactive steps, using special or obscure (to the average user) tools, then...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Keynes was at Versailles at the end of WWI. No WWI, but a war starting in 1927 suggest a radically different economic situation in 1929 through to the early 30s. Would an art-deco 20s war kill off enough aristos to...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Utility is one thing, but in our timeline no-one sunk any capital ships by air attack at sea until Japanese torpedo bombers did for HMSs Prince of Wales and Repulse in 1941. One would imagine in this 1927 scenario something...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Naval war primarily meaning all-big-gun battleships. I forget whether the limitation treaties started before or after WWI. The interesting thing then would be whether 1927 is late enough in the development of aircraft and carriers, that the air-power-beats-battleships lesson from...
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    I’m not sure about exactly what happens in the what if, but this is part of the background world building for the classic novel series that dieselpunk has needed ever since Porco Rosso....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I think OpenWRT was great in the days of the good old Linksys/Cisco WRT54G it was originally made for. The caveats were always the need for closed-source binaries in the drivers, which definitely don’t give you that “this is definitely...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Exactly what I mean, really. A computer is the size of a stamp, and wifi/cellular/gps peripherals add at most another stamp. The power requirement is tiny. Manufacturers will not be checking what’s on that chip, that board, that module -...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    just DO NOT USE any "internet of things" devices in anything remotely critical. The big question there is: how on earth would you know? I mean, I’m pretty sure I’m be hard pressed, without special equipment and access to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Coming late, I saw this comment first and thought “isn’t that from So long and thanks for all the Fish?” then scrolled up and followed the link. I still want to think this is something literally everyone has read, but...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well it’s been a long couple of months. Found a similar device today, after a bit of hunting. The lower end purifiers have been selling out, the one I was after was listed as being in stock quite a way...
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