John Oyler

John Oyler

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Children that grow up in an environment where few adults around them have children, or who only have one child tend to internalize that as the norm, and when they grow up that number becomes a ceiling for them. They...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Potlatches could be a loan, of sorts. Or they could just be weaponized charity. Likely they were both from time to time. I wonder what sort of resentful behaviors you would have seen in the recipients of the latter. Imagine...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    How can you abolish money-as-a-commodity when all transactions for anything are simply trading one commodity for another? The only difference that money has is that it's a highly standardized commodity with a (generally) well-known value for your next transaction. It...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Hey Charlie, didn't you at one point in the comments (maybe in the past year or so) recommend an ibooks/ereader app replacement? I've been struggling to Google for it for two days and I'm not up to the task. Do...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Re: 1116 There's also the problem of commercial incentives for healthcare providers to demand spurious tests so they can bill the insurance cos. Apparently the US healthcare industry carries out 3-5 times more diagnostic tests per patient as the NHS,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Heteromeles @ 801: Defecting isn't a crime by itself. You could go to Russia today (supposing they'd have you), and you'd be committing no crime. And this also discounts the possibility of ditching them. There have been times when there...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    It will be 100% Russia. There is no other place to flee to. Putin gets something out of this too... propaganda. The propaganda value alone of a US president in Moscow shouldn't be dismissed, but when Trump declares himself the...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    @617: Not any improvement requiring a constitutional amendment is masturbating in public. For instance, there is one improvement for which an outstanding amendment is already put before the states for ratification... one of the original 12 in the Bill of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I offer a prediction. Trump will contest the election results for a few weeks, but not to the extent that some are suggesting. Then, there will be an emergency summit in Moscow in late November or early December. And he...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    Mr. Stross, While it is a big and scary universe out there, I think there is a more plausible explanation: resource depletion. Now, the first inclination is to be critical of that suggestion. Even if it looks as though humanity...
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