Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "I am scared of new twenty year old things! I shall go to this - checks notes- science fiction writer's blog to complain about it with no self awareness"...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I'm mocking the idea that sat navs are some sort of lethally distracting device, and that being anti them is normal, rather than crotchey old men grousing about how slide rules and abacus are better. They're useful, and they're close...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "However, the prat nav fanatics are missing several critical points." Ah yes, those fanatics saying hundreds of millions of people use them successfully and routinely. Yes, it's them that's wrong. I know I can't be having with this map nonsense....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    You can get voice actors for, I think, Wayz and probably others - Yoda was one of them, if memory serves....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Truly, tests and laws should definitely based on the habits of weirdo outliers....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Certainly. But that's my larger point - comparing car drivers to train engineers is just not a meaningful comparison most of the time because the conditions are so different for a lot of reasons. (Although people committing suicide by car...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    About half of (US) train engineers have been in control of a train that killed someone on the tracks. Nowhere near fifty percent of car drivers have. There's about 40K engineers and 1000ish railroad deaths per year (not all necessarily...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The base assumption that billionaires have some extraordinary hustle is one that needs to be examined. "I work sixteen hours a day, seven days a week" or whatever is a different animal when your work is talking to people and...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I think you reading that as 'not needing AC' rather than 'you use less power for the AC' and the latter was the intended meaning, I think....
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    Man, between comics and cats the 'I am very certain about things I don't actually know that I don't know a lot about" tendencies around here are coming out strong lately....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Nah, the specific source of the Covid Anti Vaxx thing is not the general anti vax movement. The Covid Anti Vaxx movement is purely political, couched sometimes in pseudoscience, but the pseudoscience is not the reason. They're owning the libs....
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    "There's a large group of people in the US and I assume on most of the planet who feel that DOING SOMETHING and something bad happening means it is their fault. But doing nothing and having something bad happen is...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I wrote a (pretty good - it's one of my favorites of my own work) graphic novel about a group of well trained people cutting off a city. Or rather, a chunk of one, in this case Manhattan. I did...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "People dial to what they want to hear. In the US even in the rural areas, most have access to CNN, Fox, msNBC, etc... They just ignore the ones saying things they don't want to hear." For some context: I...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Before we go too far down the "Amuurrrica is dooooooomed" thread, I'd point out in living memory, the US had The assassination of political leaders, including our president. Large scale riots The National Guard shooting civilian protestors ...without us actually...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "How common is it to have extra jurors be there for the trial but not be part of the deliberations?" Extremely. It's normal to have alternates (in case jurors need to leave, for whatever reason) "And how common is it...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Not at all common. Most legal people that have been talked to have never heard of it happening before....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Tribalism always wins. But you can shift the mores of the tribe (which is insanely difficult rather than impossible)....
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    Yes, it was intentionally non equally representative. In a variety of ways. You're talking about some of the reasons it is, not refuting it. But I am aware you take any potentially negative comments about the founders personally....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Agriculture (or rather, non foraging) enables density. There are limits to how dense a population can be when foraging (as there are with agriculture - technology changes the limit)....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Anytime you're talking about the fracture of the US, it's important to bear in mind that the divide is fueled by our decidedly (and intentionally) non equally representative system. Lots more people voted for Biden. Lots more people vote for...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Acute scarcity and chronic scarcity are two separate things. Saying 'on average, pre agricultural people didn't have to spend each say desperate for food' doesn't mean they didn't have periods where that was exactly the case. One thing agriculture does...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Negligent homicide is pretty much what you'd expect - causing the death of another through criminal negligence. A kind of involuntary manslaughter - in the US some states define it as that and sometimes it's a separate category. In English...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    On bears: The most common type of bear in the US is the American Black Bear (who despite the name, aren't all black) and they're about the size of a large man - males average 250 pounds or so, females...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Nothing deters me from murder. I don't want to murder people, so I don't need to be deterred, In general, deterrence is stopping someone from doing a thing they would otherwise do. And I don't point this out as JUST...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Even here in Merry Murderland, the vaaaaast majority of murders are impulsive acts, and even the ones that are premeditated are themselves almost all in circumstances that wouldn't actually repeat....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    There was a border wall speech in Alamo, it was last week....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Just so. Which is probably a good argument for doing it. Developing the tech to survive on Mars would make it easier to survive here post ciimate apocalypse....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    What's going on here is that the border wall, such as it is, is near Alamo Texas, which is a city, and a different place than THE Alamo, a historical site in San Antonio - they're 225 or so miles...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "His followers didn't riot and destroy things." You know, TODAY....
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