Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Actually, the market has been known to spook even when external reality is calm. I'd give you that it's a lot *better* at making predictions if things remain as they are, but there are too many people involved who make...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    It's sillier than that. Almost all the time science fiction writers are not trying to make predictions, except about how people might react in some situation. And they will often set up the situation in a rather off-hand kind of...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Well, you've got a bit of time, but "LED agro" implies that you don't have a lot of room. If you want to raise chickens, you'll need a bit more space than you seem to be expecting. My grandfather had...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Re: [quote]Canned food I suspect might be the best currenct if push comes to shove... Gold is not as good for digestion...[/quote] Canned food is good, but whiskey might be better for trade. It's not as compact as gold, but...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Sorry, but *you* are the one who added the "cheap" constraint. I'd be willing to pay a reasonable surcharge for a safe nuclear reactor. Which is why pebble bed is one of the ones I consider. My guess is that...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    OK, that would be a good answer to nuclear waste too. But when you just leave it in a holding area, you are inviting catastrophe. I'm not really sure ANY of the currently operating designs could ever be considered by...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    No. A pool of water is not a good place to store nuclear waste. It's a reasonable temporary dodge. OTOH, I haven't heard a good argument against glassification, i.e., grinding it up and stirring it into a pot of molten...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    When the government is anti-racist, it's normal for the racists to claim to be libertarian. I think that's the basis for your observed correlation. (Some will even go full-anarchist.) I don't believe that there's any inherent correlation between libertarian and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It's unreasonable to attempt to make long term predictions at this point. And long term has shortened to about 15 years. So don't make any guesses about what 2075 will be like. It tells you more about you than about...
  • Commented on Test Case
    You are talking about people who are (or allow) themselves to be dominated by sadism. As a minor component of the psyche it's probably a universal, and certainly a near universal. And you need it to be able to understand...
  • Commented on Test Case
    My French is probably worse than yours, but as I understand it, all words in French are gendered, mountains, rivers, trees, etc. so it's probably a bit less tightly linked to sexuality. FWIW, even in English grammarians insist that gender...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Unfortunately, not having a Facebook account doesn't mean they don't have any data on you. If you want to bet, bet they have all they can lay their hands on, even if they have to pay someone a bit....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I use transit all the time (I don't drive) and *I* don't like it. It's far less convenient than a car was back when I was driving, and I never liked driving. It's not the selection of other people, it's...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I must disagree. Sadism is a necessary component of empathy. You can't understand the feelings of the other without understanding the feelings, and one of those feeling is almost always going to be sadism. Who is without, e.g., schadenfreude? It's...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Yes, it's pretty sick. It's also not uncommon among teenagers...in multiple countries, though the details of their actions vary. The thing is, if MOST people are decent, that doesn't tell you much about the edge cases. To me it seems...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The problem is that people *can't* quickly switch from "I'm just observing" to "I'm in control". It takes, IIRC usually around 2 seconds, and it may have been longer. So if the autopilot freezes, the pilot needs time to assess...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Geofencing that can't be overridden via "hacking" requires at minimum that the software can't be updated. Nobody seems willing to accept the idea of selling things that can't be updated by the manufacturer...they just don't want the end user to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Unfortunately, it's not just poorly written programs that sometimes produce bizarrely unexpected results. Look at the plastic turtle that an AI thought was a rifle. Sometimes an AI will think something that just looks like noise to us is clearly...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Don't have the bitcoin wallet on a USB stick, have it on a CD or DVD. USB sticks evaporate their contents after a year or so without electricity. ... Unless, of course, the idea is that the wallet is just...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The thing is, good world building has always been extremely rare. One of the classic examples, Hal Clement's "Mission of Gravity" has lots of ways in which it doesn't really work. That said, Science Fiction, properly, is the exploration of...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Mack Reynolds answer to what people would do when most jobs were automated was that most people, the ones that couldn't find "jobs", would drug themselves with "trank". I suspect that he was thinking of marijuana, but he was never...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Sorry, somehow this got mislinked. Comment 233 was supposed to be a reply to comment 231....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    To be fair, it is literally impossible to report the news without being biased. There's too much stuff, so you've *got* to filter it through *some* set of biases. Ideally, though, each news source would have multiple sections, each with...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    In the area of the US where I live the dormitories are not palatial, and many students live in apartments...and relatively cheaply, if not as cheaply as when I went to school. The school of business is, indeed, rather palatial,...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Actually, I think very few people *know* where the Mason-Dixon line is. I knew at one point, but I haven't thought of where it is for decades, and if you had asked me I couldn't have told you. I learned...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    It may have depended on exactly which century you were in. OTOH, I heard of the Hadrian Wall in Latin class, but never heard of the Antonine wall, so that may also be right....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Well, the Romans thought of Hadrian's Wall as the border between Scotland and Britain, though they used different names for the areas....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    This is a US centric response. I don't know enough about anywhere else. Having capital is currently increasing in value more rapidly than labor? Not exactly. Having *some kinds* of capital in increasing in value. But treasure notes and savings...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    This is just the ramp-up in process to the Singularity in process. But expect it to get more intense over the next decade, and to peak within two decades. If we're lucky the peak will be just because we can't...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Well, my definition is only a slight extension of Vernor Vinge's, and he wrote the paper that it's all based on. Of course he called it The Technological Singularity, and I don't limit it to that as I'd include a...
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