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  • Commented on The crazy years
    ObSF: Arthur C. Clarke did something like that in his short story "The Light Of Darkness" in 1966. But I think an observatory telescope was involved....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The $1.5 million is the lifetime limit, sort of. Anything above $15,000 a year you give to one person means you are supposed to pay gift tax on it. Alternatively, you can take it out of that $1.5 million. If...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Perhaps this is a dumb question, but if one were to institute a 100% estate tax, how do you stop people from gifting their assets to their children before they die? Presumably the same way it is done now with...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Mack Reynolds also wrote Trample An Empire Down in the same or a similar setting. In that one some bored guys on GAI (Guaranteed Annual Income) decide to start up the "Subversive Party" aka the Suedeshirts. The initial concept owes...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Of course the US never got Muffin the Mule or other British kid's TV classics... We don't know from Noddy either....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "There's nothing an agnostic can't do as long as he isn't sure whether he believes in anything or not." - Monty Python...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Now I am thinking of all the snarky Culture ship names that he couldn't put in the books. What?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    ObSF: The 15,000 AD chapter of The Man Who Awoke. Most of the population spends their life in virtual reality via surgical implants....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Good point. In the 50s and 60s we were selling stuff to rebuild the rest of the industrialized world. Which was in ruins because they had had wars fought through them, been heavily bombed, or at least been overstrained in...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Just ran across something relevant, MIT is working on how to alter pictures to induce empathy. Now I am wondering if I got shown that because I posted or browsed this thread....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Auricoma @ December 12, 2017 17:01 Like what they are trying to do with fake rhino horn to ruin the rhino horn market? Murphy: SirenWare™ will do this for susceptible people, but only the ones who have at least some...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Oops, forgot your cited one, "Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty"....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think people may be confusing different treaties. Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968) - Non-signatory (India, Israel, Pakistan, South Sudan) Withdrawn (North Korea) Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963) - As of 2015, 126 states were party...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I think you're right. In a scare deep way, that Charlie's windows are indeed the key to survival. So is Charlie going to have to deal with hordes of time travelers trying to adjust this time nexus? (Actually I recall...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The better proposals (IMHO) are to link the value of currency to the basic cost of a day's rations for the average worker. That was actually the basis for things like the denarius and the talent back in the...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    My snark is that HBO should go all in and just license SM Stirling's Draka series. Just as offensive and controversial but with more lesbian sex scenes....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Harry Turtledove did write a novella Must and Shall about an alternate where the post rebellion treatment was much harsher and the South is still a tumultuous occupied territory 77 years later....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Pasting into google and adding "translate" suggests it is Tamil: Hello brother of four, we have seen your work. Fifty million souls to strangers using and North Korea. Much drama. Although my mind can't help thinking Doge and adding "Wow"...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Meanwhile, various comments in this thread (and elsewhere) have repeatedly put me in mind of one particular Monty Python song. Not this one? Rather out of date with the Euro, though....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Good question. I'd be inclined to call it all one war, and still ongoing even though Egypt and Jordan have peace treaties with Israel. But I don't know the history well enough to know if there were formal declarations. Of...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Digressing slightly, how many proper wars have there been since WW2, whether or not the US was involved? By proper war I mean one where a government, or something closely resembling a government, formally declares war before or at least...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I recall hearing a decade or two back that one of the benefits of the end of the Cold War was that marine biologists got to use old SOSUS tapes for whale song research....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    In Brave New World they downlift the lower classes via intentionally induced birth defects. Including poisoning them with alcohol, presaging Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. I think they also do some breeding level eugenic selection in choosing which cultured gametes to assign...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Back in the 70s I took an overview course "The Biology of Sex". The professor said late puberty was more a Northern Europe ting, the result of eating cornmeal* mush and not much else all winter. Fresh food all year...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    As I recall it, servus and drakensis are infertile with each other, this was one of the first things they designed in....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    At least in GURPS Traveller the immediate cause of the Long Night is an interstellar banking crisis. Maybe the crisis was when the ship mortgage bubble popped....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Quibble: You are thinking of Heavy Time about asteroid miner skullduggery, with the sequel Hellburner about space fighter procurement skullduggery. Rimrunners is about fugitive marine Bet Yeager ending up working for the other side in spook ship skullduggery....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    In the Hitchhiker's Guide series they had the Galactic Survey Ships: GSS Daring GSS Audacity GSS Suicidal Insanity For the Culture my candidate is ROU An Acceptable Level Of Collateral Damage....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Of course, there's going to be a plucky resistance, hacking and securing all the things to help the poor and oppressed. Radical Stallmanites: Free software by any means necessary. Now I am picturing a hacker Harry Tuttle in the cyberpunk...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    See Star Trek IV aka Humpback to the Future. While time traveling, Sulu gets a head injury and is taken to a 20th century hospital. They are about to drill holes to relieve the pressure as above, but Dr. McCoy...
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