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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Mikko Parviainen (he/him) @93: I kind of think there have been stories about accidental AIs which either don't care about humans or are actively malicious. Sadly I can't name any, but it feels like a regularly used trope. Harlan Ellison...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Troutwaxer @1568: Just out of curiosity, has anyone played with a language called Julia, and if so, what did you think? One of the seconded-to-a-recently-purchased-data-science-company managers (who is really a programmer, but let them know he has people skills) from...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Leszek Karlik @1497: Commuting to work by bicycle reduces all-cause mortality by 20% compared to commuting by car (for cardiovascular diseases, it's a 24% reduction), according to a cohort study by Patterson et al in Lancet Planetary Health. There are...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Re: Bicycle Helmets... Just ask the poor bastard of a neurosurgeon who is on-call at the nearest emergency hospital how much more time they've spent with their family since the helmet laws came in. Oh, and while you're at it,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    dpb @1217: That's the kind of thing that I used to come up with when I was an undergraduate. I bet that most of the people who turned up were bored students. In town, on a Saturday, over Easter??? Not...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Argh!!! Try this one it works. (Mods, please fix at your leisure.)...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    whitroth @1194: Y'know, folks, all this discussion about the "kingdom of heaven"... it just struck me to be surprised that the funnymentalists aren't fighting the space program tooth and nail. They do. There was a rally in Bourke Street, Melbourne,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Elderly Cynic @944: Actually, no, they wouldn't have helped in the Falklands - and I have done essentially that. Yes, they are a lot easier over many terrains, but boggy, tussocky moorland is not one of them. The boggy conditions...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Wheelbarrows and warfare?? Graydon will be along soon......
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Elderly Cynic @1851: Not in the UK nor, I believe, most countries. They are required to manage them for the BENEFIT of shareholders, but that can be to increase the share price at the expense of return, or simply to...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Why are you lot required to use cars or bicycles? I live within 15 minutes walk of four adequate supermarkets, two Woolworths, one Coles, and an ALDI. Decide to walk a bit further, 32-45 minutes, and you can add three...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    whitroth @622: Before I forget: several folks have mentioned killfiles - and I don't get that. How are you reading this blog? I'm on a computer, in a browser, and I go to antipope.org, and scroll. I also don't understand...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    SFReader @514: Re: Putin screwed up I've been trying to think of what consumer products with any distinctive well-known 'Russian special sauce' high tech are or ever have been in high demand globally and can't. Thought you (and possibly...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    SFReader @514: Re: Putin screwed up I've been trying to think of what consumer products with any distinctive well-known 'Russian special sauce' high tech are or ever have been in high demand globally and can't. Thought you (and possibly...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Looks like the constant 'nym-shifter is back, under yet another 'nym, no doubt taking advantage of OGH's absence to annoy and aggravate....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Greg Tingey @209: Re: Power and telephone lines... Until you go to something like the NBN we now have in Oz. Ignoring the mistake in not delivering Fibre-To-The-Premises thanks to Rupert, it's all VOIP, so even if you do have...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Here in Oz locking fuel pumps were banned about the same time that self-service pumps came into vogue, on a state-by-state basis, so the mid- to late-seventies here in Victoria. I think Queensland didn't allow them until 1988 or thereabouts...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Well, in any discussion about Orcs, there has to mention of "Grunts" by Mary Gentle. It's about what happens after the Last War. :-)...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Greg @1187: Oh shit [ MicroShaft new OS ... please say it ain't so! ] Lots of us have no effective choice, but to use MS. Hahahahah! Don't worry about it - if you haven't recently purchased a machine with...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    gasdive @968: ... Without waste collection our urban life and all that brings would be completely impossible. In Niven & Pournelle's "The Mote In God's Eye" the "Crazy Eddie" archetype is explained by, “When a city has grown so overlarge...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    And there's a slight problem with using "United States", are you referring to: The United States of Mexico or: The United States of America ????...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Toby @356: This thread has been absolutely fascinating because of peoples responses. My interpretation of Heinlein's intent, is that JBSs response is exactly the response he wanted, but I don't know. But (apologies to our host if this breaks his...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Damian @303: I think this sort of cuts to the main fact that would have been obvious to Verhoeven but isn't to many here, and that is that Heinlein is niche, and outside a certain audience he is really (like...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Juan Rico's family were Filipino - the use of Tagolog, of course - but I recall no real information in the book as to where little Johnny grew up. (Could have been KC, maybe he and LL were neighbours??? :-)...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    icehawk @813: To see what I mean - this is Graeber on the creation of Apple computers: "Apple Computers is a famous example: it was founded by (mostly Republican) computer engineers who broke from IBM in Silicon Valley in the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Greg Tingey @848: Didn't Larry Niven suggest that a bacterium evolved to eat PVC, so humanity had to stop using it? Can't remember which novel, though. You may be thinking of "Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater", by Gerry Davis and...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    One of my favourite first lines is Ed Bryant's (unused): "One morning the Pope got up, and forgot to take her pill."...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    JBS @1201: I currently use iDrive Personal (https://www.idrive.com), USD150 for two years of 10TB, going up to USD200 when the promotional period ends - but it has been "Limited Time Only" quite a while now!! You control when you prune...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    White Cricket Balls ==> before or nowhere near night cricket ==> Hockey Balls....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    whitroth @119: Well done! Dancing rodents, etcetera!!!...
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