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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I've read a lot of Jack Chalker's books which... actually all follow identical patterns related to his own sexual perversions. I no longer recall the other guy with the master/slave obsession but, I threw out his books instead of passing...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Heteromeles, you seem to be making overly-broad assumptions about what a religion is. I cannot see that disbelief in any gods can represent as a religion. It may be similar but, it's not the same. Saying that women are equal...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I don't think you want to call it a "Climate Change War" on the grounds that it hopefully isn't a war, where your government will be sending people off to kill or, anyway, come back in a body bag. Ideas...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "I'm surprised that complex numbers are a problem in computer languages. Isn't algebra a mechanical process at that level?" Err. Sure, I guess it's a mechanical process. That doesn't mean the results are correct. While computers can do wonderful things...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The lesson here appears to be that you should get better pedals, possibly made of substances including metal of some sort....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    902 @ gasdive "No one needs it explained. You pick up the controller. Click mode and the display cycles through a picture of a snowflake (make it cold) a sun (make it hot), water drops (make it dry)..." No one...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Ah, the Shegull, always so clear, concise, comprehensible and, above all, genteel. I've never seen anything quite like it....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "I think Charlie had a good point that under the UN Charter of 1948 it's against International Law for one country to declare war on another. It's an idea that had not occurred to me previously, but it does suggest...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "So Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Panama, Kuwait, Grenada, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc weren't wars?" Oh, no! They were "police actions". Only Congress is allowed to declare war. In these cases, they decided to just let the President use his position...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    I grew up in USSR at about that time, so I am well familiar with what you are describing, but how exactly is it an "out of context problem"? Sorry, I'd been channeling the Seagull, which is fairly brain-scrambling....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Not to add into Seagull voices unnecessarily but, I am also feeling an "out of context problem". I've been to Russia, but it's been about half a century, so this is grossly old news. They were also grossly impoverished and...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    "Wouldn't do any good. The southern part of the state is all limestone - fractured with caves, sinkholes, and other nasty stuff. Seawater would likely pour in from underneath faster than anybody could pump it out." On this, I'd note...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, I've just solved the problem of why you never read about toilets on spaceships: humans metabolic systems are genetically engineered to be far more efficient, as is their food, and so they only need to use the pissoir....
  • Commented on Omicron
    Trump isn't remotely Libertarian. They're strict Constitutionalists. Solipsistic anarchist, more like....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I loved The Naked Ape when I was a kid but, reading it again in college left me nonplussed. Desmond Morris liked to state things as absolute truths, without mentioning any controversies or alternative explanations, or providing any footnotes. It...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    "There is no common culture anymore, and the value systems of the successor subcultures don’t overlap enough to coexist amicably." When was there ever a common American culture? You may have thought you glimpsed one in "Leave It to Beaver"...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Welp, on languages, I might note that my first language is English, and my second was Latin. I didn't find Latin unduly difficult but, I was into the magic of Computer Science, which routinely requires you to download massive amounts...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Studying for an SAT is time-consuming and expensive (study guides, tutors, coaches, etc*). I've heard of studying for an SAT but, I am not aware of anyone who actually did this. Is/was this a big thing at some point?...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    461 : Republican efforts to justify "shrinking the government so we can drown it in the bath tub". You may be thinking Libertarians. The Republican party has never been interested in shrinking the Government, only in shifting the main expenditures...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "My advanced starships in my new novel are covex cylininders..." An apparent science-fiction author and computer geek might do well to discover what a spelling checker is. This is not a recent or novel technology....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    MENSA level just doesn't require a high IQ (your definitions may vary). I am not clear on the idea of the IQ being on a "use it or lose it" basis. It largely seems to be intrinsic. You can forget...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "The last four years have marked the utter failure of the Republican idea that the best government is no government" Eh, what? This has never remotely been an idea of the Republicans or even Libertarians. How did you confuse Republicans...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    This blog has many memorable posts from very intelligent and educated people. I frequently enjoy learning from it. I've ordered books based on some of your random meanderings and, of course I'm a fan of Mr. Stross since Accelerando, which...
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