Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I'll take a look at if when you're done if you'd like. I'm currently three-hundred pages into my new effort, and I've spent the last two weeks addressing issue with backstory, so I have considerable sympathy for your current problem....
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    I think you should sum up the already offered evidence and go straight to the arguments about why X is bad (or not bad,) because the drama isn't in the evidence. The drama is in the arguments over the evidence;...
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    It sound like floating is only useful when there's no way to hitch a ride. Like if you're say... terraforming, it might be very useful to have a plant or animal which does that....
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    there is a close relative of bamboo that is really light and doesn't absorb moisture when properly cured, an engineer who thinks like Buckminster Fuller (think tensegrity structure, rather than Zeppelin's heavy triangle-mesh aluminium frames or even S-L's better geodesic...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ...research labs filled with exactly the sort of people that would decide to write their own window manager ‘for efficiency ‘ etc, I can speak from experience that you rapidly run out of swear words and have to start learning...
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    Damn! I hate it when I blow the punchline!...
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    Sorry. "Don't eclecticute yourself."...
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    As I used to tell people in a very different context, "Don't electicute yourself." To unpack that, you're completely correct, and everyone should have a "digital will" and be sure that someone younger than you knows what they're doing with...
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    I am totally aware of this, but for the individual user, configurability is very useful. A programmer's workflow is very different than an editor's workflow, which is very different from an accountant's workflow... also, I find that the sheer ugliness...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    And I should mention much, much more secure, at least from the casual hacker. (I'm sure for a TLA abusing my Linux machine is as easy a abusing a Mac or Windows box.)...
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    The necessary productivity tools aren't there... Exactly. The software ecology just doesn't exist, except perhaps for server applications accessible via a browser. These tend to be a mixed bag, and may add to the complexity for a corporate IT dept....
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    If you are looking for a Windows-like experience, I'd suggest using the Graphical User Interface called XFCE, which is near-infinitely configurable, and making the taskbar large-enough to fill the bottom of your screen. Once you've done that there are very...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's not as though there's a rich job market for former right wing hacks who've decided that the climate catastrophe needs a sensible response (etc). Maybe there should be. As much as I'd like to see these people burn, a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Greta Thunberg is right: to avoid it, we need to all be mobilizing to save our lives. I am one-hundred percent with you. We are contemplating major life-style changes in our house. Unfortunately, it's a rental, so we can't solarize...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You should mention it by name: Buckaroo Banzai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=345uegSj-zQ And a similar quote from the same movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8w16SCFBo4...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    You'd have to find a way to burst an oxygen tank right next to the vehicle you needed to take down without using fire, possibly getting the windage right if your container wasn't big enough/didn't burst with enough force. I'm...
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    If I wanted to kill an engine I'd give it way too much oxygen for 5-10 seconds, thus increasing the power of the combustion, but I'm not sure how to properly deliver the oxygen under battlefield conditions....
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    Fuck it. They knew better. (Damn, are all the comments pissy today, or is it me?)...
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    Whatever dude....
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    Agreed completely, but how does that relate to one country bagging on another for its (bought and paid for) lunatics, particularly given the time and effort OGH spends doing the very work you'd like to see done; that is, calling...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    What we're currently dealing with is a globalized system for creating fascism and nourishing nutters, as financed by big businesses (and Russia.) Castigating the Brits for Brexit, the U.S. for Trump, or the Italians for Berlusconi is to very badly...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Yes, after the last two elections, do tell about how you dumped all the nutters in the colonies and left the smart people in the homeland. I don't think that's entirely fair. We've certainly got enough nutters of our own...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Just to work the math, that would mean around 210-220 rather than the current 6000, which would be quite an improvement....
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    Agreed. But other than that no one other than the head of the entire department (of Treasury, for example) is constitutionally required to be nominated by the president and approved by the senate. The rest of the hires may constitutionally...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The USA hasn't had, and arguably can't have, such a civil service without rewriting bits of the constitution. IIRC there are currently about 6000 appointees in the U.S. Government who are required to be approved by the President/Senate. However, the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think he was joking. (Have some more coffee?)...
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    I think Trump could end up being the first president to lose a major fleet, then throw a nuclear tantrum over doing so....
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    All I can say is that we're gardening anyway, with careful attention to trying to plant some stuff that does a good job sequestering carbon. And we'd like to be practised enough at the art/science of gardening that we can...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It looks to me like global agricultural productivity has been going up. Of course, that doesn't mean that profits are going up. The flip side of agriculture breaking is that I'd expect back-yard agriculture to become useful and ordinary again,...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The core question for politics right now is "when does agriculture break?" I'm guessing that it will start to break in 10-20 years, at about the same time as the oceans break. We'll get by with some useful tactics like...
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