ilya187

ilya187

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    As an aside, now that I mentioned it: iRobot has the most comically inept customer service I have encountered in at least 5 years. Love their product, but iRobot's internal communications seem to be still in DOS era. And I...
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    And then, based on my experience, you get to spend the next 2 weeks trying to ring them back That never happened to me. Over last 12 months or so the only entities which called LEGITIMATELY called me and left...
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    I never answer a phone call if it is not a number already in my phone book, or otherwise identifiable. If it is legitimate, they will leave a message....
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    I know this is a radical notion (so far), but I am convinced that within 40 years some government is going to bite the bullet and make child-raising an occupation, and will start paying people a competitive wage to do...
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    It doesn't matter whether the belief is in a supernatural deity or a possibly deceased superhuman leader In many cases it is the belief in The Market. With von Mises and Hayek as the prophets....
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    Wrt. your orcs, you maybe want to read "Chasm City" by Alastair Reynolds. Which features a very memorable uplifted pig ... Did you read the rest of Revelation Space series? "Redemption Ark" has an even more memorable uplifted pig, and...
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    I keep running into people for who pacifism is a way of life, and they don't plan to start the second civil war, but they'd be happier than most imagine to end it with enormous finality. Maybe you are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    lots of authorly fun to be had telling tales about things that still think they are human, and the consequences of said contradictions Even more interesting (IMO) is the opposite -- people who know for a fact that transcending humanity...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    there is rather more doubt as to whether any of them still are But this raises another question: If they are no longer human, is it a problem for them? And is it a problem for the people around them,...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Possibly stupid idea, but if it is, I'd like to know why: Solar power satellite is on a 24-hour highly elliptical orbit. Perhaps on a 12-hour or 8-hour one, with multiple receiving stations. For most of its orbit it stores...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I meant "first entrance in Gary Gygax's game". But you are right, he did not invent the names. Here is what Drow wiki article says on the matter: The word "drow" is from the Orcadian and Shetland dialects of Scots,[5]...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    My thinking on life extension, is that if you get the treatment, you should have to leave Earth. This would both stop rule by gerontocrats and push development of space. This presumes there is a single "immortality treatment" that one...
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    What bothers me are the little bags of dog poo hanging from tree branches and sitting on fenceposts beside paths. Why carefully bag up dog poo and then leave it like that? Most likely because just leaving dog poo on...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    you could color-switch your D&D elves: make the surface dwellers African in appearance, while making the Drow very very white. That would put them in harmony with their environments, given that troglodytes are usually low pigment critters. Few remember it...
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    There's been recently talk on the internets about the colonialism and imperialism in 'Dungeons & Dragons'. When the main idea of the game is to go about, kill people and take their stuff, the imperialism and colonialism is quite near...
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    In '93 or so, it was estimated there were at *least* 100k outright, declared Pagans in the US, and growing rapidl. I was one of them. Stopped being a Wiccan few years later as I had to be honest with...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    In one of the comments James Nicoll quoted a line he is very fond of (in sarcastic sense): "The living will envy the dead" Which made me wonder: Did it ever actually happen in history? And if it did, what...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I like a model where humans etc. spread into the stars but individual colonies have little to do with each other for millenia at a time A lot of Alastair Reynolds is like that...
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    To create a true Heinlein-class personal mobile assault armor, I suspect you're going to need (effectively) direct conversion of matter into energy (which would also make "blaster"/"phaser"-type weapons feasible). Much ink has been spilled on Golden Age SF failing to...
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    I mean, you'd think the guy who did Robocop could do powered armor. No? I had read that production companies considered the power armor, and decided they had no budget for it. No idea whether Verhoeven argued against it or...
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    Remember the horrifyingly bad pun (or dad joke) at the end of Star Beast? And how Heinlein in 1954(!) smuggled a John Thomas into a book published by Scribners' kidlit imprint? I never read "Star Beast". What is the pun,...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    On the other hand, the Soviets didn't have to let their military services become hell-pits. I grew up in the Soviet Union, and my understanding is that infamous dedovshchina was (still is) somewhat of an accident. Before WWII Soviet army...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    If he went wrong it was in assuming that everyone would notice the parody. To be fair, one of the humans wears an actual Nazi uniform so it's not like he didn't try and make it obvious. Verhoeven has a...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    As for Code of the Lifemaker, I've said before that it's one of the best prologues in the entire corpus of science fiction literature, tacked onto an otherwise forgettable novel. Brilliantly accurate summation of "Code of the Lifemaker". Hogan should...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    To him, everyone had an idea and fairness was implementing a fair share of ideas. We did it your way last time, it's my turn now. Please don't tell me this was in commercial diving?? "Sure, yesterday we used 1.6...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    That is absolutely hilarious. And I can see why it works!...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I'm wondering what a fully atheistic person would be like-- someone who not only is irreligious about the usual religions, but is also disconnected from nationalism and excessive belief in specific economic systems. [ Raising my hand! ] Very common...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I can assure that it has at least as much tribalism as most forms of Christianity, and it definitely has an ill-defined collection of revered individuals and texts. Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman and increasingly Ayn Rand are exactly these...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    frame Communism as a religion, even though it doesn't make the sort of metaphysical claims that what are usually called religions make. I would say Christianity has more in common with Communism than it has with most polytheistic religions. The...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Why are you responding to me? Did I say anything that contradicts your point?...
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