Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Um. Er... mumble... Maybe the stressed teenager in the house was poltergeisting? Just a mumbled thought....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I wouldn't say "Faux News" so much as suggest that you consider the conspiracy theories of the U.S. Left. But what I wrote above is unsatisfactory. The most significant part of the text is the first sentence, where he says...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Yeah, and its nice how we don't have to worry about an opoid crisis either. *Shakes head sadly.*...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ooops! I should have addressed this issue in my post above. I don't completely disagree with Brin on this issue, but I do find him absurdly enthusiastic about it. I'm simplifying outrageously in writing this, but empires do get it...
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    I'm also not sure I buy the prediction, but I found it interesting enough to amplify for multiple reasons. First, there was the comparison of the Commonwealth to Iran in a couple posts by OGH above. Are we going to...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Dr. May got his Ph.D. fairly recently, I think. Just in the last year or two. The dude's a real-life Buckaroo Banzai....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    One of my huge regrets in life is my failure, at 20 years old, to purchase a hang-glider at a garage sale for $150.00...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "What do you think Cthulhu is?" Under construction....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since we're over 300, did anyone else read David Brin's prediction of war with Iran? Most interestingly, note the second word in the main text....
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    What's worth realizing in all this is that even in a theocracy the priests don't have nearly the influence they'd like. If they started rounding up everyone who uses birth control they'd be overthrown in a heartbeat! Also note the...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "I didn't have the nerve to explain to that Stross's 'Vile Offspring" were nothing more than metaphor; that the bizarre creatures who had given up their humanity to practice 'Economy 2.0' were already here."...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    And there's the phrase "Wave a dead chicken over it," which has always amused me....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Apparently a lot of the prosecution of witches happened along borders between Protestant and Catholic areas, where anyone who seemed a little less than perfect in their religious practices might be leaning towards the other side. And I wouldn't be...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I've been playing Dungeons and Dragons since before the "Advanced" game came out, so it would probably work fairly well for me. And some kind of tree-like diagram structure would probably be good for learning Juniper commands, which are very...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    That was a marvelous book. Maybe I should reread it. And then there was the mansion the family lived in, which was pretty much a memory palace as it stood. In webcomics "The Mansion of E" is very interesting from...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I've often contemplated the problems of setting up something like a monastery, where the technical and scientific accomplishments of our society could be preserved through what will certainly be a very dark age after the temperature tops out and the...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    First of all, congratulations on a good looking game. I don't have a VR rig, but if I did I'd buy it. That being said, the discussion on magic/ritual as a way of encoding knowledge is very interesting to me....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since they were trying to keep the PC from IBM's upper management, I have to wonder who they had review the contract? Was it in fact the Nazgul, or did they hire an outside law firm?...
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    For extra spiffiness, the piloting system would be "fly by wire" and it would run on Windows CE!...
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    What makes me crazy on the subject of filesystems is that every new operating system, phone, or tablet wants to organize me. The problem is that I've been organizing my own files since DOS 3.3, and I've already got naming...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Humbug!...
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    Yes, we can. Now get the fuck off my lawn!...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "Ever spent a quarter of an hour at a Tesla showroom?" Laughs. On my budget? "...taking an hour or two off for an enforced meal/sleep break while the car recharges for the next four hour drive would seem like a...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Interesting. I wonder whether there was some kind of unexpected inconvenience factor involved, or whether people who buy electric cars do some odd subset of driving in which they can perfectly plan their routes, times, etc. I know that as...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I've suggested the same thing a couple times and nobody seems interested. It does seem obvious, however. The problem, of course, is that you end up with multiple batteries for each car, probably at a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    How about a timeline in which Commodore allowed Borland to develop the "Turbo" softwares development environments/compilers for the Amiga? That would have been an interesting future!...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The first computer to sell one million units was Commodore's VIC-20, which had 5K, (of which about 3.5 K was available) for the built-in ROM-BASIC. They sold for around U.S. $300.00, and I'm guessing that Miriam's friend could find one...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    And maybe some kind of document formatting language....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I should have written "...don't have enough military advantage to dominate the locals cheaply anymore."...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "Complete absence of AK47's in all three examples." It's not really about AK47s. It's about what happens when the locals pick up enough education and technology that it becomes expensive for the colonists to keep them in line. This happens...
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