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  • 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    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!...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    Why are you responding to me? Did I say anything that contradicts your point?...
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    A devout christian do not believe in N-1 of the known gods, whereas an atheist disbelieve all N of them, given that N is in the thousands, that seems like a rather trivial difference? Perhaps I never met a "militant...
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    she stated that clearly 'universities have fallen behind the times'. My response was that we've become confused about the purpose of higher education. It is not about job training, that is known as trade school. It is about learning how...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    With luck, this graph will go upwards few years from now...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Even if that box had been a solid block of Osmium, it would not have come close to the limit of what you are allowed to lift (6.6kg) After reading this I just had to calculate the mass of a...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "Sheeple" is essentially a conspiracy-theorist's word: it is a word conspiracy theorists use to dismiss everyone who "buys the official explanation" (i.e. does not buy into their nonsense). And back in the 1980's conspiracy theories were more of a left-wing...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    In all fairness, it was John Ringo who came up with these particular evil aliens that are simultaneously stupid and overwhelmingly powerful. And given the initial material, bringing in the SS was not much of a stretch....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Does it ultimately matter? The only way Sears could have prevented the rise of Amazon was to become Amazon. Had that happened, nobody today would have known the name of Jeff Bezos... and Sears would be the Great Villain Who...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    nasty little bar steward What does that mean? I never heard such an expression. BTW, I utterly detest Stainless Steel Rat books, but not because of Jimmy diGriz. Well, because of him too -- diGriz is one of the worst...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    It also benefited from what's probably the most awesome first line in the history of science-fiction Apologies for what may be seen as blatant flattery, but for years I have believed the most awesome first line in the history of...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Speaking of Gibson, why do so many people love "Neuromancer"? As a foretelling of cyberspace, I find "True Names" by Vernon Vinge much better. It also predates "Neuromancer" by a year....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    There's a lot of research on deterrence that tends to the conclusion that deterrence can work, but it has nothing to do with the severity of punishment and everything to do with the inevitability of punishment. Unfortunately anecdotal (AFAIK, Soviet...
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