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  • Commented on Lost in Translation
    Snap!...
  • Commented on Lost in Translation
    To be fair, the translation says "a error is vomit"; presumably an idiomatic, polite-company translation would be "throws up an error"... Why in the world GT doesn't handle the a/an distinction is of course the more perplexing part....
  • Commented on Why Wikipedia is the writer's friend
    Well, the whole "wind turbine" concept of Red Mars was a bit naff... it just screams "I've never heard of the conservation of energy". Under the circumstances, it can't be explained away as character ignorance, either - these were the...
  • Commented on Interview
    Thirdly, it takes 10,000 hours of application to get good at something ... the guy who fiddles with a guitar at the weekends, or makes furniture -- how good will they be if they keep it up for 50-100 years?...
  • Commented on Space Cadets
    Corrosive, toxic, is there any way we can make it radioactive too? Let's go for the trifecta here. There's always the Orion drive......
  • Commented on Insufficient data
    One interesting question is what degree of autonomy is desired; for a Mars colony, shipping information to-and-fro is reasonably cheap, so most of those designers can be on Earth. Rare elements in small quantities can be shipped. Of course, then...
  • Commented on Closure
    Well, the probability of anything with the word "eventually" in it is usually either zero or one (because of Kolmogorov's zero-one law), so it's pretty unlikely to be half......
  • Commented on iPad: Writing stuff
    Hmm, or maybe taken advantage of the multi-touch to say that a four-way/eight-way touch resets the location of the home keys... so that when you rest your hands on the home row, it shifts the keyboard to match. However, that...
  • Commented on CMAP #8: Lifestyle or Job?
    @Skip, $250/month is $3000/year, which is fully half of the £4000/year median income. If half the median income doesn't count as "prohibitively expensive", I don't know what would....
  • Commented on Why Content Is a Public Good
    If it takes five years to (arguably) catch up to Windows then OS X is over the horizon and goodbye. Not really. A lot of that was a question of building up momentum and putting together the technical and institutional...
  • Commented on Why Content Is a Public Good
    In various forms, this consensus has been around for about 25 years now, with items migrating from list "B" into list "A" as time goes on. It's possible, of course, that this trend will now stop; but it would be...
  • Commented on Why Content Is a Public Good
    After some consideration (about twenty years) I have also come to reject the "arts are like software" analogy. [...] If you've ever seen a publisher's slushpile you'd begin to have some idea of the magnitude of the problem; This should...
  • Commented on Why Content Is a Public Good
    ...at this stage it's already pretty obvious that Free Software (produced by the Open Source method) is gradually out-competing proprietary software. And yet Linux is still 1% of the desktop. Quite so. The desktop seems to be lagging behind the...
  • Commented on Why Content Is a Public Good
    Well, if we mention RMS, we should perhaps also mention Free Software... at this stage it's already pretty obvious that Free Software (produced by the Open Source method) is gradually out-competing proprietary software. Is it optimal? Probably not. But it...
  • Commented on Team Red
    What Clifton @16 said. Also, whatever you do, don't write another Laundry novel. The MV Arctic Sea incident was enough. :-)...
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