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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Thank you for that, I had no idea. As with most countries (and people), the US has a way of forgetting the things of which it should be ashamed. My own Canada has plenty of shameful histories as well....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    My understanding was that the Culture tried various ways to deal with sociopaths and megalomaniacs, but if all else failed they just plonked them into a simulation and let them live out their issues there. If we take the Simulation...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There is a whole global industry of 'outsourcing' that does exactly that. For a couple dollars an hour you too can hire a personal assistant, outsource much of your work and look good at the office....
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    Any pub intentions for Vancouver? I can recommend a couple of you indicate neighbourhoods......
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Presumably a society that can produce an STL expedition to another system will be in a high state of technological development. That is not inherently a stable state - higher technology tends to result in increased specialization and faster rates...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Social and economic processes are more important and potentially disastrous than we might assume. We have innumerable examples of social systems that are at least nominally based on norms that can be upended or 'hacked' by motivated and/or charismatic sociopaths....
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    If you are going to be hanging around Western Canada after/before Vancouver, I'd like to recommend the Sunshine Coast as a great place to visit and explore. Take care of yourself Charlie....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Canadians have historically followed a pattern of open hostility to newcomers for a generation or so, followed by the newcomers children joining the rest in resenting the newcomers from the next place. I can give a chronological description of that...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    What article are you referring to? Certainly not the one you linked anyway. A fine example of how the Fox/Breitbart etc machine works though, in that you ascribe things to the article that are not true, and assert them as...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    That would be the need for a war to keep him in power....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Forgetting and finding the old stuff in perpetuity was the fate of the Moties - building their civilizations up to a peak, collapsing into a war that takes them back to an earlier level of development, then rebuilding. In perpetuity....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Might we see separated vehicle/pedestrian areas - more so than currently? If we take as a given that autonomous vehicles will become economically more efficient than human operated, then we will see a series of fatal AI-human interactions, followed by...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Games can make the otherwise banal seem fun. In this context, a decent VR design could transform a ride on an exercise bike into a breathless (scaled) escape through enemy lines with the Maguffin. Or change a drudge on a...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I grew up in Alberta, right in the very heart of oil country, and there was an intense but bizarre cognitive dissonance there the entire time. In the 70s and early 80s, during the OPEC embargo, the province was utterly...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Red States are also slowly depopulating as their economies collapse. Several of the 'red states' are limping along largely based on military expenditure/ porkbarreling (i.e. transfer of money from blue states). Northern Canada is a difficult place to set up...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I gather your response is roughly 'Mass Transit won't work with my current lifestyle, therefore it won't work'. A pretty standard response from people who want to have their cake etc. Mass transit it a fantastic solution to most transportation...
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