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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Yes, I noticed some similarity myself and asked if The Krugg's Syndrome was in any way an influence (months ago, actually) but to no avail. (And I second it is a funny little novel - I got it through a...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    If you like this kind of things maybe you will appreciate Solo, by Zozer Games. I recently bought a copy but haven't had the time to do a full read-through so far, but the idea is to build upon the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    the ">" was actually an attempt to write "not equal", but the first angle bracket was eaten up, so please interpret it as "!=" and not as "bigger then"......
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "Adopting enemy tactics because these proved effective" <> "aligning themselves with enemy's philosophical/political stance". For your (undoubtedly interesting, but IMHO completely off the mark) example to actually disprove my point you should find Allies generals deciding that yes, Jewish and...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I'm not a huge fan of Banks, and felt like he'd badly missed something in the "Player of Games".... While I am perfectly fine with you (and undoubtedly many others) not liking Banks too much, I would like to say...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Not a fan of plebiscites myself. Unfortunately one of the less favourable effects of internet becoming widespread is that some political figures are using Twitter and other social networks as a sort of Instant-Poll and are tuning their own announcements...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ok, but would this have helped at all with Brexit? I.e. - the vote was not to put someone in power, and even if consider BJ and Farage to have "won" it, they weren't the ones who started the referendum....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ok, first of all - I am grown more and more skeptical about UE in the last ... hmmm... 5 years or so, therefore what would have sounded like anathema 15 years ago (basically: proposing to leave the UE for...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Ok, so Memes are another form of advertising/propaganda. On this I suppose we can all more or less agree. And ranting about your own awesome meme-interpreting skills to a small audience of people who are basically immune/impervious/uncaring helps precisely how?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Perhaps first you could point out where I suggested that domain-specific problems should not be solved by domain experts? That's the point: CS graduates are domain experts in Computer Science, not in "Practical Application of Programming To Solve Real-World Problems"....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Either computer science is unique in damaging the abilities of those who study it, or there's a systematic bias against CS grads by those who might employ them. Allow me to offer a different perspective. Usually the main hurdle in...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Something similar is described in World Enough, and Time by . It was apparently the first volume in the New World series, but I only read the first so no idea what happened afterwards....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    So a sort of 戸籍 (Koseki) on steroids? Interesting......
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Local media did not mention this at all (just checked), but you can find an (Italian) report here (it's the Regional Environmental Protection Agency - logging that they took care of the container and checked radiation in the area)....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The original post was about British nuclear deterrent, so even if we are past way #300 I suppose this might be of interest: Germany debates having their own atomic bomb (The Economist)....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I saw this commented in another forum and someone quickly pointed out that a circular room will make fitting any kind of non-custom made furniture a real pain: lots of wasted space, and this will be even worse considering that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    In other words, you didn't read the book and googled it up quickly in order to dismiss it. You apparently favour breadth to depth. Google is great, but - even if it costs time and effort - I still prefer...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    ISBN: 978-0393710595...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    An answer: certainly since the days of the Turk's Head. Which is now the site of the New Loon Moon. Filed away....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A lot of people have known this (either explicitly, or intuitively) for a long time now. Just out of curiosity, for how long have you - specifically - known this?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    We don't forget threats, either. Same here....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Since you seem interested / wanting to dance, let us return to Host's OP-Ed: I am in general interested (I wouldn't stick around, otherwise), but I am not much of a dancer, sorry. Regarding the whole Russian Domestic Violence thread,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I am afraid that you are actually preaching to the choir, here, regarding the whole Chinese Whisper thing. And yes, I am aware that The Economist, like any other media source, can never be particularly impartial - especially when, as...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Sorry, I managed to mangle both links in my previous post. * Italian article based on the NYT one - not much to use I am afraid, even you read Italian. * This one from Medium.com, instead, is at least...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The article you linked has a sub-header reciting: Between 12,000-14,000 Russian women are killed every year because of domestic abuse. I would really like to get some "authoritative" numbers about this - best I could find is Wikipedia reporting: 2009...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The NYT article has been (partially) translated on an Italian newsite, too where I am trying to sort out more details because so far I have seen a lot of name dropping but little about what, exactly, is "inspiring" Bannon....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Gill Branstetter has written a decent article on Evola's influence on the Alt-Right movement. With "decent" I mean that she seems to have actually read Evola, or at least some in-depth article about his ideas. I have some doubts on...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Regarding the book: I am an Analyst myself (not Intelligence, just Business) and I have always been on the lookup about analysis tools in the widest possible sense, this book is really a treasure trove of ideas on how to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I personally find it helpful to attempt to assign probabilities. It depends on what your goal is. The book I mentioned includes various techniques to try to remove human bias from the analysis, and it soon becomes obvious that this...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    As he explains in the very first sentence, he is applying a technique called "scenario analysis" - you can get more about it (and other interesting analysis tools) from Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis. The point of this exercise...
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