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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Who let Catina Diamond in? I think they are off their meds again......
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Schools seem to be institutions designed around forced socialization of pre-adults, socialization to fit specific societal goals based on historical requirements (so always a generation or three behind the times). Yes, socializing kids is a very good thing, and I...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    No component of any doctrine I learned about when I was growing up Jewish. If you go to Israel and observe people who consider themselves Jewish, but who aren't actively religious (the ones who have no idea what the word...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    far enough in the future, nanotech that just eats up the problem, That far enough in the future, the nanotech would just eat up people in their homes and reconstruct them at their destination. Or just eat them up. Read...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Individual pods mean bigger taxis. Significantly bigger ones. And claustrophobia triggers. It's probably cheaper and easier to have slightly more somewhat smaller open-plan taxis. But aren't we postulating that some people might find open-plan taxis dangerous, because of possible harassment?...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Not to the same extent, insofar as the presence of third parties usually has an inhibitory effect on peoples' willingness to act out. Larger public spaces (buses, trains) are easier to police and easier to get away from the bad...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The objection that "you can always pay more to travel alone" is, of course, inherently discriminatory against people who are already marginalized/disadvantaged. Can't the same argument be applied to any public transportation system? A plane, a train, a bus? You...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Because it's overrun by Brits and Americans (citizens of a former aggressive imperial hegemonic power and citizens of the current one). Next? Yeah, no. I'm pretty sure 99% of the commenters here are anti-imperialists. It's more of a typical sci-fi...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Capitalism is gone. People will kill you for saying you want to make a profit, and if the recording -- of course there is a recording -- is clear that, yeah, you said that, it will be legal." "Well, there's...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    >>OK, so here's your exam question from Database Design 101: I assume you are aware of this: Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    UK should talk with Israel, I'm sure they can sell some Jericho III missiles......
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Bangladesh is on the opposite side of the globe from USA. If any country is going to prevent Bangladeshi refugees from moving across the border, it's India. Would they? I don't know. I don't see how American drones would need...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    >>>Seriously: what is a STAR WARS novel, or a STAR TREK novel, if it isn't official approved fanfic (with a pay cheque attached)? If it's official and/or canonical, it's usually not called fanfic. Aliens move is not a fanfic of...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    ...Solution? Global ban on ad-supported social media. Instead, micropayment architecture funded via ISP subscriptions.... ...Since we can't do that, the obvious solution is to pull the net, like the roads, into the public realm.... ...The even more obvious solution is...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    >>> The problem is morons who believe everything they read, and the solution is education. While I agree with you, this is like saying "the solution to hunger is food". Yes. But how?...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Here is a somewhat optimistic trend (taken from here and here. See more here): If the trend continues, at some point the whole edifice built on the concept of selling eyeballs will implode. It will be a sight to behold,...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>(That's somewhere between 10 and 100 Jupiter masses of blazingly hot neutronium, which isn't quite massive enough to remain gravitationally bound, so it decays to protons, electrons, and neutrinos with a half-life on the order of 10 minutes. The only...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>>But the catch is they can only generate one wormhole between two volumes of space at a time ... within a radius of at least a billion light years. And it takes measurable time (single to double digit milliseconds to...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >> The Ekumen comparison isn't so good, because Charlies universe clearly lacks a unifying philosophy, and is also hundreds or thousands of times bigger. THe Ekumen, whilstl clearly suffering from a certain amount of centralisation etc, was not as gangster...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    >>>and make that two-thirds of a million years of every dipshit with a political ideology or religion and a CRISPR editing kit trying to invent their own version of New Soviet Man 1. I hope there are going to be...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>> faithless electors are a well-known and well-documented feature of the system Faithless electors in USA are like the Queen in UK. They have power as long as they never exercise it. The first time faithless electors determine the outcome...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>I'm hoping (though not holding my breath) that the Electors will do their actual duty and vote for the actual election winner. No, this would make everything worse. You really can't assume that Clinton would have won if USA elections...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    We are working on it......
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>This contrasts very sharply with some Jews I know, who voted for Trump precisely because of his view on Muslims. (They like Le Pen too.) There are two lessons that were learned from the Holocaust. The first lesson is widely...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I gotta say, your shtick is really getting old. It's Charlie's pet lunatic, on his/her fourth nickname already. *Waves at Catina Diamond*...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>Let's just say the case: Whales vrs Humanity...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    You are still crying wolf....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>I was in Tel Aviv last month, talking to locals. >>>The atmosphere there with regard to the Knesset and the current Israeli government is about what you'd expect in New York with respect to the incoming Trump administration in DC;...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    >>>and the big lesson places like China and Singapore is that you can have a working modern capitalist system without democracy. I'm not sure about that. Working modern capitalist system need fair competition between businesses. This requires the Rule of...
  • Commented on The Day After
    >>>Some of the models they use to create these "probabilities" actually run many thousands of simulations, which are your alternate worlds. No, they are just models. There is no way to know if they are correct, because you can't replicate...
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