Tim McCaffrey

Tim McCaffrey

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Jerry Pournelle died Sept. eighth....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    If only there were a device that could locate where you are and display it on a map. Wow. What a great Sci-Fi idea!...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I have not read the study, but I can see the reasons for the flip. The car insurance industry charges probably approx. (within say x4) the same amount as you pay for gas. That is a big money, and a...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I read the first 6 books when they first came out in PB, and have not read Empire Games (yet) :) It seemed in the first 6 that the timelines seemed to diverge just about the time that the world-walkers...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Time to re-watch "The Man in the White Suit"...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    You're thinking of The Gumball Rally ( Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia ) vs. Cannonball Run ( Burt Reynolds, et al). Very similar, but Gumball Rally was actually out first (by 5 years)....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Interesting that people have been dancing around this idea, but not mentioned it: Blockbuster movies filmed on location in SPAAAACE!!!! With budgets in the 100-200 million dollar range, sending the cast & crew up to film stuff in extended zero...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Charlie, I'm sorry, Disney already figured out the answer to this scenario. See "Zootopia". :) (As for the venom thing, "Night Howlers") :)...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Merian Caldwell Cooper (October 24, 1893 – April 21, 1973) was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director and producer. Cooper was the founder of the Kościuszko Squadron during the Polish–Soviet...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    To me there are two different alternate timeline scenarios here: 1) There is an event/person/situation that suddenly requires an extraordinary result and technology is pushed to the limit, but all the pieces are there to accomplish it. All that is...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Depending on the minimum size/output of the FiaC, lots of things could change: Obviously, ships (freight ships, cruise ships, etc.) potentially become much more efficient. A bit smaller and you can put one in a train engine. A bit smaller...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Early tubes were indeed unreliable. So were the ones that were used for the first computers, but since they needed to be more reliable the investment in research was made to create what was needed (it was silicon poisoning). Eniac...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    I think it is interesting that many things are possible to get invented are delayed because nobody perceives a need. For instance, digital computers were possible as soon as the vacuum tube was invented (1901), but didn't really happen until...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Coyote by Allen Steele - Uncomfortable predictions of the future with the current Presidential campaign. Octagonal Raven by L.E. Modesitt - Media controls the world in the future. Boy, is that far-fetched (Both of these written near 2000) Old Man's...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: ZANI (Zombie Algorithmic and Numerical Implementation) Classification: General Purpose Deployment: The ZANI tool set is used to harness idle zombies to implement a compute platform. Tools include a limited number of enforced commands, at least one abacus (for speeding...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    For just resurrecting the people, Farmer did that in Riverworld (and sequels). A great way to get Mark Twain and Richard Burton (the explorer) to meet (and others)....
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