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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The big downside of customization is that unless you can transfer it easily to any machine you need to use you are screwed. And any poor bugger trying to use your machine is likely to scream at you. As someone...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "No, it's not about reversion to C19 rules; it's about reversion to C16 rules, or earlier." I think ever eariler - pre-feudal. At least as I understand it, feudalism involved at least some reciprocity; you owed your lord fealty (and...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It’s too late now but the really smart thing Iran could have done to really, really, tweak the Orange Idiot would be to make it seem like nothing had happened. Find a good stunt double of the general. Tart up...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Storage units causing a problem? Try RVs and fifth wheel trailers. Common as cassette tape used to be on Merkin roads. Nobody pays much attention to them, especially when parked in a storage lot. Blow the bloody doors - or...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    There are a number of TV models that have slots for the Raspberry Pi compute module; sorry can’t be bothered to look up exactly which one(s)....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    @502 - yes, yes, I am actually fairly familiar with all that as I’ve been using them for 40 years or so. Which has not made me think kindly of any of them. Like I said, thank Ghu for Smalltalk....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    “Linux desktops suck? Really? Of course. Every OS Sucks:” Exactly. Obviously it’s one of those things that is very much a personal taste issue but equally obviously my taste is better than anyone else’s. The least-sucky OS for many years...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    @425 "So, they were buying into the advertising, and getting overpriced commodity hardware? " I don't know about them but pretty much all my colleagues - and we are variously high-experience software engineers, cpu designers, engineering VPs, CTO, intelligence officiers...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "inject an entire 486 or Pentium class microprocessor and its own boot ROM into the dopant layers of the Management Engine of a next-generation chipset." You don't need anything like that much complexity; remember, the first ARMs we built used...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    With regard to the block tube/nanochain products, I must point out that the description was not in fact generated by some random process. I am deeply insulted that any of you could think that. It was in truth the product...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @1052 - you know how boys are wont to claim so-and-so throws like a girl? Well, little girls the world over joke about how the least throwingest of them throws like a tim. :-(...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    @76 - “Does it have nanotubes and use blockchain?” Hell, my company has it with nanochains and blocktubes. Does the whole Dymaxion CyberNeuroExpert thing really well. Provides ongoing best-in-class optimaxualisation of resource matrix acceptivity parameters for whole-problem visualization and transitivual...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    That’s Harbor Air, my local floatplane company. They’re working to go all electric over the next few years. The nice thing about float planes is that should there be a problem you can almost always land just as normal -...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @595 - it’s because they’re ‘ions’. Everyone with some ‘ology’s knows that anything ending in ‘ions’ solves stuff. Rulanachur....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @496 "Any suggestions as to titles, please?" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-J-W-P-Rowledge/s?i=stripbooks&rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AJ.W.P.+Rowledge&page=2&qid=1575486874&ref=sr_pg_1 has a few. Generically googling "jwp rowledge" does the job. Of course, it on't find the ones he ghost-wrote. I seem to remember a lot 'brian hare' or similar titles going through...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Sounds like you’re probably in possession of at least one book written by my father. Maybe several since he ghostwrote a lot for “bigger names “. He worked at the tiger bay works when I was born and then moved...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    @402 - the local chip shop when we still lived in Milpitas (southern tip of SF bay) was a) really good b) possessed of a fryer made just down the road from where I was born - in Caerdydd. A...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    “Never mind Concorde” Hmph. I’ve had actual arguments with Americans that refuse to believe Concorde could do super-cruise on the hilarious grounds that doing so required ceramic turbine blades and only ‘murica could ever be that advanced. Clearly, explaining to...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I’d think thrice about Vancouver - you’ve only got the one hundred billion to spend, after all. Could you manage in a mere 2000 sq.ft. apartment ?...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Re: #186 And once you've bought your private security force, what means are you going to use to ensure their loyalty? After all, they're the ones with the guns. IIRC David Brin (jokingly?) pointed out explosive collars were mentioned at...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Since I already have an underground laboratory in the rain forest on a Pacific island, I guess the first thing would be a white Persian cat. And since I’m thereby doomed to be the mad Blofeld in the narrative, I...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "Notice that the driver was "arrested on suspicion of murder"." It's also possible it is a way to keep driver locked safely away and safe( r ) from being silenced. People committing these crimes are not generally posessed of a...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    If you want actual functional cross platform portability, use Smalltalk. It’s the only software system good enough to be worth critiquing. Anything else is just...less....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    #133: - "Fluent in English, French, Italian and Latin, gets by in German and Spanish." Unfortunately he's only fluent in lying in all those cases....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    No Charlie, it's *not* April 1st 2020. It's the End; you're in Tipplerania. This is number #5698576464574548765 of {NaN} reruns....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Hah - I bet we crossed paths either at worldcon or Aber! I was over from Vancouver island for WC, ESUG, work time at Raspberry Pi Foundation and family visits. I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever seen anyone proclaim the...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Re: appliances - from experience US domestic appliances are even worse than US cars. We replaced a 22 y.o. Asko washer with a Miele a couple of years ago - same price fo4 a new Asko but better warranty for...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Re: immigrants being cheap labour; I am an immigrant twice over - UK to US and US to Canada. Both times it was by invitation because I filled a need that only a dozen or so people possibly could. I...
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