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Barry

  • Commented on The Pivot
    ""We don't really need a non-military manufacturing sector"." Unless you need to support a large military manufacturing sector. This assumes a major separation....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "So the UK government held the referendum, and tried their very best to rig it. Read that again: at the time of the EU referendum, BOTH big UK parties were pro-EU and BOTH were trying to rig the vote in...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Whether damage gets fixed or not is the critical question. If the state can't afford to repair itself after an ARkStorm or the Big One Earthquake (and note that the storm is forecast to cause about three times as much...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "According to Wikipedia, at least at time of writing, identity politics began in the civil rights movement." That's using the definition of 'identity politics' which classifies [whites over non-whites, men over women, Protestant over Catholics and Jews] as something other...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "I'm certainly intellectually lazy, but I figure that one of the classic signs of a bubble is someone saying "this time it's different." So far I haven't read Factfulness, but it looks like a classic work in the vein of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "Bezos wants, to quote him directly, "trillion of people living in space". This is beyond anything Earth or Mars can support, but is trivially achieved by living in space. Once you have a first O'Neil habitat built in high Earth...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    "ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: You might notice that you're now seeing the blog via secure HTTP (URLs begin with https:, padlock icon displayed in some browsers). This is entirely intentional -- my sysadmin finally got around to switching on a feature to...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "In that sort of environment, would you REALLY perform such a career-limiting move as to document that?" I don't expect people to file memos saying "she's dumber than a screen door on a submarine, but we need to promote her,...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "The converse happens, too, especially when politically correct organisations react to a low proportion of promoted women by 'positive discrimination', completely ignoring relative merits. " Has this *ever* been documented? It's more like the (right-wing) urban legend of some Poor...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    " The people who voted for DT are a very good example of this - I think." IIRC, working-class people opposed Trump, and usually vote Democratic. There's a book 'Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State' which covers this....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I would add that slavery is a foundation to all white right-wing evangelicalism/fundamentalism/Calvinism in the US. Remember that during various religious movements in the USA, defense of slavery was 100% required by slave owners, who ran both several states and...
  • Commented on On hold
    It does scale up nicely. You can hack data lakes and even oceans of stuff....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Signed in through Movable Type, using Opera on Windows 10....
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    "I recall reading about something like that happening during WWII. The production lines soldering VT fuzes (the first radar proximity fuzes for AA shells) were staffed entirely by women. Working together for so long their periods synchronised and the change...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "There is an increasing belief among the people who analyse such things that those features have increased danger as much as they have reduced it. Because of those, people now driver faster, further, and often closer to the edge. "...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "...It will be interesting to find out why, say, the French don't make the UK glow in the dark the moment they realise who's in charge over the tea-sippers now." Because their diplomats, spies, tourist and business travelers are sending...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Note that this curve will probably go non-linear in a very impressive way at some point, depending on manufacturing capacity of batteries." 1) Battery capacity. IMHO, when EV's have a 200+ mile (real) range, then for most purposes, charging becomes...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Upshot: by 2020-24 this stuff is probably going to affect you personally — large numbers of reasonably affordable electric cars coming off production lines (both Tesla and the likes of GM and VW who are pivoting hastily to compete), and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Don't Christian Democrats, immigrants, and Muslims get uploaded to the computronium, too?" Remember that the basic core of the right's beliefs in the USA (and probably everywhere) is that some people should be more privileged than others. If you think...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm also wondering about that Clan offshoot in (TL 4?). IIRC, they have access to TL1 - when they jump in, and it's in nuclear winter, they might wonder (of course, they don't have the ability to figure out that...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "It's no spoiler (by the end of DARK STATE) to admit that the Commonwealth is funding JUGGERNAUT because it promises to be a whole lot cheaper and more effective (!) than a nuclear bomber wing that soaks up 25% of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Charlie: "So the Commonwealth by 2030 will have the paratime bandwidth to support diplomatic missions to other countries ... but as of 2020, it's straining the limits of their capability." I disagree with your view on the logistics: Diplomatic missions...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Sorry, 'done any'...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    At the risk of derailing, Charlie - has the Clan done an diplomatic efforts with other countries in Timeline 2? Every government (and large organization) would dearly love access to paratime....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Do you really think I'd have put that gun on the mantlepiece in book 1 and polished it lovingly in book 2 only to refrain from pulling the trigger repeatedly in book 3?" ISTR a 20 megaton bomb missing from...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    "Dark State spoiler-ish. Also wrong thread but does the Clan/NAC realise how provactive JUGGERNAUT is? Something that could cause a Kessler Cascade just by lighting off its main drive in orbit above the US - yikes! I'm reminded of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "That's the next error, assuming Occupy and Black Lives Matter failed because non-violent protest doesn't work. Actually, it works about twice as often as armed violence, so were I trying some violent means of taking down the banks (say, nuking...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    BTW, Charlie, that test *****stack mentioned is rather interesting. Especially if it makes an appearance for an hour or so in TL2. Just as a reminder.................
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "I was thinking that Col. Smith knew who Liz Hanover was. This was a plan to provoke a nuclear war between the French Empire and the NAC. This would solve the problem of a high-tech TL with nuclear weapons, without...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    It's really surprising that they did that. Passive observation was risky enough, but tickling the dragon's tail was really, really f*cking stupid. At this point it's clear that the US can use ARMBAND to move a large number of times...
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