Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    GURPS is not, in fact, "another RPG", but rather a set of rules for any type of role-playing game (Generic Universal Role-Playing System), intended by Steve so that you didn't have to learn a new rule system for every bloody...
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    Off topic: Neptune's Brood is one of the books in the Tor essay/list/review Not So Fast: Five Books Featuring Sublight Space Travel by James Nicoll. No doubt some of us here will have read some of the other four mentioned...
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    I won't pass judgement on Robocop as satire because I've never seen the film. Go ahead, if action movies are your thing. I think one of the reasons Robocop is well regarded is that above and beyond any message or...
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    Never said I thought Bond was satirical. But it isn't a realistic, though — which is what my acquaintance thought… Legend has it that back in the day Soviet counter-intelligence sent someone to see every new James Bond film, so...
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    I think the use of the terms 'American' and 'America' just evolved from common usage. Any deeper analysis is probably silly. On that note, why do we insist on calling a country 'Spain' when its citizens call it 'Espana'. Italy,...
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    I think he was talking about the two words strung together. Yes, this. If there had never been a Nazi party it would be entirely plausible to form a "National Socialist Conference" or similarly named organization. As we should all...
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    I have behind me as I sit and type my late-seventies Fortran textbook, "Fortran for Humans"... This sets up the joke is that you've been writing Fortran since it was only Threetran. *grin*...
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    Shorter: actually witnessing someone being executed for crime (X) does not deter some people from committing crime (X) at the very same time. I'm reminded of something I saw many years ago... An American police force came up with the...
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    I'm not sure if I've even heard of Showgirls, but I now know exactly what kind of thing it probably is and am similarly unsurprised at its failure to convey the supposed message. I've not actually seen it myself but...
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    Thinking about reasonable mechanized combat armor for mobile infantry, I've got a modest proposal: Codename ECHIDNA. It's a suit that does what infantry is supposed to be really good at: digging in. Using it, a warfighter can dig a foxhole...
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    I'm sorry, this is Charlie Stross' blog. He's a very well known fantasy and science fiction writer, so I just assume everyone knows that Glasgow's bidding for the 2024 World Science Fiction Convention, and that would be the reason I'd...
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    For decades, I've been saying build a magrail launcher up Pike's Peak from Denver - at 14k feet/~ 4.3km, you're above a lot of the atmosphere, no first stage needed... and enough milage to keep the G's low. One of...
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    Is this reasonable or batshit insane? I think they've left reasonable behind many spins ago. I'd like to hear more about this simultaneously dropped counterweight. Where does that go? How do they safely stop something moving at near escape velocity?...
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    You think that *now*. But when the results come back and you find out that you're a labradoodle I bet you'll be shocked. Ah, yes, the SMBC self-domesticating dog model. Better a labradoodle than a yappy lapdog, I guess. Observation...
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    You probably haven't been following the NFT news - I certainly haven't - but Kotaku ran an article observing The NFT Market has Collapsed, Oh No. The author observes that the Bigger Sucker game was short lived, with the NFT...
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    Oh no, there are rules? What if I've been doing it wrong all these years? Will I have to be spanked? Unsurprisingly, The Wet Spots have sung about that too! :-)...
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    I'm going with the first option pending further advice. First two references I found: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Obscenity_Enforcement_Act https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_obscenity_statute I suppose you could argue that Alabama is a decade or two behind current events :) Whereas Texas is Texas and don't need none...
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    Page has no content, but no, you were right the first time :) Strange, the https://www.cryptomuseum.com/covert/bugs/thing/index.htm link loads for me. Thanks for the Selectric article. The IEEE article mentioned that gimmick in passing but the author cared more about antennas...
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    ...in the building's ordinary fittings. I may have jumped to conclusions. Were you remembering the multi-element Yagi found in a chimney back in the late 1970s? That prompted some excitement when the Americans finally found it, from what I read....
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    There is an old Cold War story about the American embassy in Moscow finding themselves being bathed in microwaves and wondering exactly why the Russians were trying to cook them. Eventually they figured out that what was really going on...
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    In today's news, police raid suspected cannabis farm, find pirate Bitcoin mine. It's the 21st century and satire cannot keep up with reality....
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    Regarding the earlier bits of this thread that were about kingons and queenons traveling faster than light: this SMBC makes the case for disinformation being supra-luminal. It will not surprise you that I already saw that strip. Because the model...
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    Then there was the friend my first wife and I would go with, who had a car. Turns meant telling her "make a driver" or "make a passenger", because otherwise, it would be random. Back in the days I hung...
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    I had an ex who used to say things like "right through the lights" which she thought meant straight or "left at the next" which didn't mean left at the next intersection, but rather, left at the intersection she was...
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    In that case I am baffled all to fuck. ... Gain is quite simply output-over-input (whether of actual signal level or in a more abstract sense as with coding gain etc), and nowhere have I ever encountered any variation from...
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    The "her emails" thing has become something of a litmus test. Indeed. If someone cares deeply about Hillary Clinton's email server but not Colin Powell's private email server, the RNC email server (over 5 million emails "lost" as soon as...
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    I hope New York State does convict him of racketeering, because that would mean he'd most likely have to serve his sentence at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, although it's named after Clinton County, NY, not Hillary. Still ......
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    Could the move to criminal investigation of the Trump Organization be a prelude to a RICO act prosecution? As others have observed, it's not a direct link - but it's in the general neighborhood of a RICO case. There's an...
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    ... then "cyber ninjas" MAY have screwd with AZ voting machines ... Maybe they did and maybe they didn't; Arizona has no budget for checking for this kind of sabotage. The group's name certainly implies they think they have the...
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    And since Bitcoin is nothing if not an efficient way to lose money quickly and stupidly, here's I Forgot My PIN: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000, wherein a tech journalist for Wired poorly secures his Bitcoin stash....
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