Joe in Australia

Joe in Australia

  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Vernor Vinge has an amazingly prescient scene in his space opera A Fire Upon the Deep. Our heroes are fleeing the Blight, a sort of reified computational virus that can infect most things with even moderate computing power, including human...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I saw this photo on Twitter and thought, wow, it's the sort of thing that the late(?) lamented Angleton would have sent Bob to check out before everything went pear shaped: This power line happened to be laid straight through...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    All the pieces of the neo-Nazi solution to climate change already exist. Walls: look to the West Bank barrier or the Mexico-United States barrier for examples I presume everybody here knows what walls look like. If you have to reach...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    material indistinguishable from Nazi propaganda posters of the 1940s. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were a Nazi poster or cartoon or whatever with similar visuals, but the source shown is a couple of stills from a movie...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I wanted to buy The Girl With All The Gifts the other day. I'm in Australia, but my Kindle is registered to the USA. The price on Amazon USA was around US$13; the price on Amazon UK was was a...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I don't understand the sequence of events in the warehouse, at the end of the book. We start with Pete and Alex entering the office, and not-Marianne sending them into the warehouse proper. Basil takes them over and commands Pete...
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