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  • 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...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    And the best way to make something inevitable is to assume that it is. (On the other hand, it didn't work for the US/USSR version of WWIII.)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Are these GMO crops also the ones that won't breed true so the farmer must buy new seed from the company every year, because he can't replant from this year's crop? That gives another string to the genocide bow, when...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    While I'm not fond of Woody Allen, I think his example of playing clarinet in the band every time the AA Awards are on is worth following. Warning! RAS Syndrome detected! Danger! Danger Will Robinson!...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I'd favor the Mailman from Vernor Vinge's True Names....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I suspect the added ellipsis (plural?) messed them up. Let's try: BenoƮt Hamon tops poll in first round of French Socialist primary race A Robot Tax Is a Bad Idea...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I bought a Schwinn in 1985. It spend most of the next 25 years sitting in storage. Eventually I started riding it again and needed a new tire. The bike store couldn't get their 26"* tires to stay on my...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Good news for ill-advised supersoldier development projects everywhere. On the "Third World" question, I recall a college class where they broke the "developing nations" into the "Third World", those that were developing, and the "Fourth World", those that were in...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Another nasty side effect: Angsty teenagers in giant robots....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Satellite photos showing a giant shining humanoid figure straddling the continent immediately before are dismissed as Photoshopped swamp gas....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I think we need an anthology of stories about the hilariously wrong theories the RRNR have about the Great Extinction....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Are the rabid Bavarian raccoons also radioactive, like some German wild boars? More importantly, who will direct the superhero movie about them? Argh! Ninja'd in preview!...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Not to worry, Trump has his own private security that he is using instead of the Secret Service. Of course, as a private sector operation, it is infinitely superior to any government bodyguard....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    See the elite Tokyo Police Cataclysm Division in the webcomic Megatokyo....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I thought that was the monster under Jabba's palace. The one Luke killed and broke the beastmaster's heart, the bastard....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    "Cameramen on strike. Slides at eleven."...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    So, you can buy politicians retail now, instead of wholesale?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Is Austalian the nationality created when Austin, Texas secedes from the 2nd Lone Star Republic?...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    As I recall, for big stationary power plants the residual heat is about 10% at shutdown. So 200 MW you need to keep cooling. Less if you haven't been running it full power for an extended period. Not sure how...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    While many authors including OGH have had prospective books derailed by the election, Jerry Pournelle now has a rationale for rebooting his CoDominion timeline. The premise was that the US and USSR unite to prevent any other nations becoming powerful...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I'd only ever seen it in The Liberators by Victor Suvorov referring to a Soviet military prison. I'd vaguely assumed that OGH's book was referencing that, not that I know anything about the book. Now I assume that VS grabbed...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    My brother put it this way: "The lesson isn't 'We have to make sure They never do this to Us again.' The lesson is 'We have to make sure We never do this to Us again.'"...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    He also had a recurring thing about how the typical people of small town America are wonderful, kind, generous, and friendly. While also being narrow-minded, intolerant, ignorant, bigoted jerks. A dichotomy much discussed in the past week....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    But now the Hound will fly! And it won't be books they are after, so much as offline data encrypted without NSA back doors....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    SFReader @ 273: You are thinking of "If This Goes On-" the Story FC mentions in the post I'm replying to. It is the story of the overthrow of a US theocracy. "Coventry" is a Heinlein story set after the...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    You're probably right, but that eliminates most of the potential benefits of truly driverless cars and trucks since there is still just as much need for drivers, they just have better working conditions. You still have to have someone awake,...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I've never been clear on how dueling works as dispute resolution. Not the challenge and fighting part, but the resolution of the alleged offense. Lord Jerkface calls Lord Snotnose's sister a slut. LS challenges LJ, and LS wins. So the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I am worried about this "pull out of Japan and Korea and let them build their own nukes" idea. So many ways for that to not go well....
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