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  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    For comparing and contrasting, there's the term "Rocketpunk", as claimed here: http://www.rocketpunk-manifesto.com/2007/04/on-rocketpunk.html The author of that blog, Rick Robinson, focuses a bit more on hard science fiction, with the sort of exhaustive breadth that would probably appeal to Elderly Cynic....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Sorry about that; I looked at the first screen on the Economist before its paywall kicked in, and missed the relevant page in the pdf. The SQUID does look interesting; especially with this thread's timeline in mind. Not likely to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Sub detection via magnetic fields is very old news. Look up the fortifications put in place at Scapa Flow during World War 1. We've been in an arms race of getting better magnetic sensors and better demagnetizing our boats and...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    That's definitely the correct order to do things. I probably shouldn't have been that glib....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I have rarely seen a business lose customer goodwill to a rival so fast. The stronger the network effect, the more exponential the growth and decay. Coordinating is expensive, especially when the move one is coordinating is away from the...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    This is now overdue, and some time in the next few weeks I'll be updating the server here—extremely carefully, though! Ooh, does that mean it's feature request time?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    :sad panda: There are a number of potential meanings here. The most obvious (M-1, if I understand your terminology right?) is pandas are cute + endangered, so a sad one is an attempt at instant heartstring tug. Then there are...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Some schools have been getting better about that. Mainly, the ones with connections to the industry so they actually get feedback. Mine had a mandatory course on that. Looking back, it should have gone farther with it, but on the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    REAL programmers use a butterfly....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The company I've been working at prefers to train SysAdmins as coders to training up CS grads for the most part. A lot of what a CS degree teaches is only useful for CS research, specialist programming, or a project...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    When I say "mediocre programmer", I'm actually talking about several different classes of syndromes. One can be extremely clever yet still be mediocre if one isn't wise enough to know when being clever is foolish (which is almost all the...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Agh. They in the first paragraph => British nuclear planners. I forgot to replace a pointer with the actual value when I deleted the original....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    For those questioning the UK's willingness to plan independently of the US, keep in mind it wasn't too long ago (Okay, it might have been around a century ago...) that US long term naval planning was dominated by the prospect...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Small correction on police, specifically county-level. The United States is a big place, with each state doing things a little differently. Sometimes, there's differences from county to county. In mine, there's County Police, who are not far removed from City...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I look like a fucking psychopath to you all I've been parsing you more as just operating approximately 60° out of phase. On top of that, your writing's coherence is a bit trigonometric. Re Poppy: I'm not an old fart,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    When you poke the bear, the bear strikes back. Except in this case, the one doing the poking is healed as much or more than hurt (the same force drives their recruitment, only better, because the bear hits more) while...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I really hope so. It's an awesome game, with writing that will appeal to many a Laundry fan and definitely needs the word-of-mouth cuz no publisher's gonna send marketing money towards something that mind-twisting. I had forgotten about that corner....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A (almost certainly) incorrect posit. (I put it at 95% against.) In English, I said: Praise the Sun! Praise the Sun! Praise the Sun! That said, I really doubt she's a sunbro. Her aspect screams purple. Though, I should note,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    There are plenty of people in the US who have the capability of home-brewing cruise missiles. If you combine the fly-to-location software that grew big with quadcopters and the endurance, payload, and dash speed of model planes (rocket-boosted for last...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Silly, it refers to: \[T]/ \[T]/ \[T]/...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Those are certainly some dark clouds on the horizon, but we are clever monkeys. We'll do our best to brighten the future. Don't forget to \[T]/...
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