NaiveOptimist

NaiveOptimist

  • Commented on Test Case
    To argue the case: the long term result of the frist scenario is regulation to ensure that security features are mandatory and must be always paid up to the highest available standard on the end-user's dime or the car doesn't...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I am afraid that despite my username the future looks grim on this one. Depending on how the algorithms and collision avoidance methods are implemented it is probable that any data kept by the car, and which will likely be...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I hoped so! I imagine that many of the more expansionistic powers are busy with colonization and especially resource extraction in 1-2 virgin worlds. Sucks to be the Netherlands :). Oil's a big part, but not the only thing. I...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Thank you for the detailed response! If I may, I hve a follow-up: Given that in time-line 2 alternate earths are public knowledge, how did the US manage to keep the monopoly on the world-walker franchise ? I imagine the...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I fear I may have expressed myself in an unclear manner. My confusion stems from how many timelimes each side claims to have explored. I would have expected very different orders of magnitute compared to what is stated (at least...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    First, thank you very much for an awesome read. I can't wait to see the next installment! While you have admitted this yourself, your distopia has numerous aspects which would make some prefer it to our timeline. This is a...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    My honest question, assuming your statement is not just trolling, is simple: who builds the infrastructure and from what money? How does the private enterprise solve anything for which a monopoly is natural? Should we have multiple highways going side-by-side...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I really did enjoy her insights. It's a very nice reversal of fish-out-of-water :). To qoute the prelude to a german novel: "Similarities are neither intentional, nor accidental, but rather unavoidable" Re: ensemble cast, looking forward to as many different...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I was referring to the character with a strong claim of examining our culture from the outside. :) (I don't know if spoilers from previous novels are ok or not, else I would spell it out.)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I must say, I found this as sticky a reading material as Pratchett (as in, eyes are stuck to the page until finished). I read it on Google Books as where I'm now, that's the only way to access the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    An interesting application which allows for a lot of insight into true connections between online entities is the new upswell in internet/app-driven board-games. I can offer links on demand, but FFG is the flagship on this one, and large enough...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Well I won't be living up to my handle today :(. I unfortunately agree with every dark cloud you see on the horizon really being there, and would like to add a couple more to them (I briefly touched in...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I am starting to be really scared by the combination of leaders and power-players increasingly accepting the loss of significant segments (double-digit percentages) of the global population combined with increased automation making significant segments (double-digit percentages) of the same unnecessary...
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