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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Me? Middle of the road social democrat?! That's like insulting me by calling me "normal". Where's my round black bomb, and the frizzy-haired black wig? Based on what I've read here in the commentariat, I'm pretty sure that you, me,...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Well, on the one hand, Valve is an American company. On the other, the videogame industry as a whole has been rather effective at avoiding political attention, so I don't know if we can really say that the US controls...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    My understanding is that those diseases that hit the young and healthy hardest generally (if not always) did so via Cytokine Storm - essentially making the immune system go berserk and make a mess of everything. See Wikipedia...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I looked for Linux training. I need to learn how to do this. These days most Linuxes are downright friendly. While most have little quirks* to get used to, some take great pains to mimic the Windows UI to make...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    What is and is not technically an emulator is probably not going to matter to you. The big context where it makes a difference is competitions based on old hardware (generally speed running games that were built for old consoles)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    What do I do about Windows 7. *snip* I know that Linux had a Windows emulator called WINE, but I don't know how well Photoshop will run under it. Plus, I don't think it's really been updated since Windows95. Anyone...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The Third Reich was doomed by the insanely racist ideology that powered it, and it would have fizzled faster had the German generals, drunk on success beyond their wildest dreams, ignored all of Hitler's input. Be careful about the sources...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Thanks for posting that. I was in the middle of figuring out what sources would be required to address it. For those looking for an easier-to-digest source, I would recommend either the nuke section of the AskHistorians FAQ or the...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    It wasn't a matter of old folks being old, the planes of the 20s could not carry enough boom far enough to decisively defeat a fleet of post-dreadnought battleships. Yes, they could do a lot of increasing amounts of damage...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    You might find these two interesting: they have decidedly different approaches to keeping their worlds' defaults gender neutral: Forward and Kill Six Billion Demons....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I have never agreed with Jefferson once We have fought on like seventy-five diff’rent fronts But when all is said and all is done Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none "The Election of 1800", by Lin-Manuel Miranda....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Their fire slackened off when 2 of our Sherman tanks appeared in support. As we got into town there were 2 German Mark IV tanks down the street to the left. Our support tanks however would not enter the town...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    My recollection is that it took 4-6 Sherman tanks working together to take out one German tank. They were "great" tanks in that our much vaster production was able to wear the Germans down. But Trump probably doesn't know that...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    [0] My father detailed in some memoirs an infantry ambush of Mark IVs with a bazooka(he was an operator and carried the rounds) and rifle grenades, because the Shermans refused to enter the town until the Mark IVs were destroyed....
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    From what I've read, it is significantly cheaper to own your own hardware as long as your usage doesn't change too quickly. Cloud providers trade a lot of performance for flexibility, and it seems to make the most sense at...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Many Americans have a ... loose ... grasp on world geography and will lump together disparate groups with abandon in order to think about fewer moving pieces. Sometimes it's conscious. In this case, the process would go "Palestinians are Muslim,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The biggest problem I can see is something that's already a problem: what happens when one's SSN is stolen? The SSN system is horribly designed as a means of authentication. Many of it's problems would go away if everyone's SSN...
  • Commented on On hold
    Recently I was linked to this, and instantly thought that this community would immensely enjoy it in the spirit it was written: https://www.reddit.com/r/transgendercirclejerk/comments/8f9bzy/2084/If you find yourself getting offended, note the subreddit....
  • Commented on Excuses
    From how the people I know have aged, 'middle-aged' seems significantly more flexible than just calendar decades. A couple people in their sixties are active enough physically and mentally to keep up with most mid-forties people, whereas some others in...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Sadly, not really on any body with an atmosphere. Orbital speed is very, very fast, and decelerating in space is just as energy-sapping as accelerating in the first place. The closest we can get to decelerating for free is hitting...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I don't think "Trump and Pence both being impeached" would have an appreciable effect. Anyone finding themselves suddenly in the hot seat (not to mention the rest of Congress) will be quite eager for some good, unite-us-all, news....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    My experience with Fedora of late (the last decade or so) hasn't been terribly unstable. Until I started ***ing with the graphics drivers, but that's on me! Mind, be careful you don't wind up on the testing branch, cuz there...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    People are really bad at keeping an accurate record of how bad the past was in their heads. The really great things get even greater, the really bad things get even worse, and everything else fades into a muddle. And...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    As a particularly interesting version of olden money, take a look at Rai stones. They aren't moved during transactions, just the consensus on who owns them....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    If you can stand history via Youtube, there's another take you might find interesting: Extra History's The History of Paper Money....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I can't imagine having a rational discussion about global warming with Eric "that looks like FORTRAN to me" Raymond. I thought that was the joke......
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Anything in particular that we should be going to W3Schools for? Definitely a good resource, but I missed its relevance. Related, I misread ECMWF as ECMA more times than I should admit....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    the cheapest thing most people ever come in contact with = Air? Linkie or hint, please? This applicator might be out of most people's pocketbooks (depending on the state of your country's armed forces), and its fuel consumption will definitely...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    That's a problem that's been on people's minds for a while now. A couple years ago (I think? Anyhow, it's been a while) I came across an article on genetically engineering bacteria to produce a particular plastic. I can't find...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Arg. I meant to hit preview and missed. The first school was supposed to be striked out, but <del&rt; doesn't appear to do it....
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