Paul

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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You might try the "Merchant Princes" series by, erm, Charles Stross....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The ethnic cleansing in the Second American Civil War won't be black vs white, it will be Democrat vs Republican. There may well be racist overtones, but that will mostly be due to the fact that most african-americans are Democrats....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Consider the alternative possibility for that sociopathic-side-effect, focus-on-self nootropic: "Ahhh, Carlson. His Division reported record profits, but internal audit noted a jump in staff turnover and questioned the accounting; we sacked him for a failed drugs test and breaches of...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    But I see another huge blind spot: (Dis-)Ability. I know little or no SF where folks with different or less cognitive abilitiies simply live in a society. Either their disability is center of the story or there's none present. I...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Which spells "market opportunity" for a company that can, for example, be the employer of record for lots of remote workers in a country and then hire them out to international employers. Whether this is a gig economy, a tax...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The way to colonise the moon is to send robots. The robots build factories. The factories build more robots. The robots build whatever you want. What if all the messy extractive and manufacturing industries were on the moon, done by...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Like all science fiction all through its history, current science fiction largely ignores the social changes that will be wrought by technology. The classic example is of course the sexual revolution wrought by the Pill and motor cars. Here are...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Which leads me to wonder: just how democratic is the Commonwealth of Timeline 3? Miriam doesn't seem to be worrying about re-election, but she is deeply concerned with avoiding the attention of her own security forces. Granted the Timeline 3...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'm not as pessimistic about the possibilities for future change. I get it about the beige dictatorship and the choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee for Prime Minister. However I do think there is the possibility of articulating something better. Jeremy...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    > Imagine the Brexit referendum and the US Presidential election results were flipped: where would we be now? What, you mean if the US had voted to leave the EU and we had elected Trump?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Sorry that should have been "The War on Terror"....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It sounds like this might make a good episode for the long running TV series "The Waringstown Terror", as reviewed here: http://paulspontifications.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/a-review-of-joint-cnn-and-bbc.html...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'd suggest more like "If it has a network connection it will be hacked. If it doesn't have a network connection then it might be hacked."...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    How about this one: Electric cars are almost silent, so in the future governments everywhere have passed laws requiring synthetic engine noise. Car manufacturers have responded by making the default noise resemble a sewing machine and selling upgrades to V8...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Have you read about this hack? https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/10/iot_worm_can_hack_philips_hue_lightbulbs_spread_across_cities/ The recent release of the CIA hacking tools on Wikileaks suggests that they have been looking at options for hacking smart vehicles....
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    I had just finished Empire Games. I went downstairs and turned on the news, and it was Trump announcing the ban on muslims from certain countries entering the US, even if they had already been determined to be good muslims...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Good book to read on the KGB is "Next Stop Execution" by Oleg Gordievsky. Imagine a Dilbert cartoon where the PHB can have you arrested on a capital charge....
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