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 on: Yesterday at 10:06 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Pilchard123
Landon looks sorta like Randall Munroe, and "Landon" is a biiiiit like "Randall" to hear. Or maybe I'm grasping at straws.


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 on: Yesterday at 09:01 
Started by jwhouk - Last post by N.N. Marf
I still suspect Yay isn't mentioning the millions of datastreams from the Internet of Things (IoT).  Either for reasons of tact, or because that isn't nearly as poetic.
Perhaps Yay aren't aware of any particular datastreams, or even that their perception is based on them. Think of it like how you "see" a 3-dimentional world of persons and things, but not any photons. Even if you know it's just photons in your eyes, how often do you think about photons? Too much photons. Too much datastreams.

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 on: Yesterday at 08:00 
Started by BenRG - Last post by N.N. Marf
Perhaps Munroe Robotics is a startup. That would be one explanation for why we haven't heard of them yet.
In terms of the XKCD coincidence, Femto is Beret Guy.

Yeah, bureaucracy sucks. I just applied for citizenship (in New Zealand), and they'll get back to me in 3 months or so. Honestly, what are they doing in the meantime? Shredding my application and then putting it back together as a team building exercise or something?
I take exception to that attitude. Bureaucracy is serious business. How would you feel if you got wrongfully denied? In order to ensure all applications are properly processed, every task must be requested---signed in triplicate---sent in, sent back, queried (lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, finally buried in soft peat and recycled as firelighters.) Without our forefathers practicing such proper processing, where would our society stand today?

The specifics of how they go about modifying your behavior depends on how dystopian the story is. More utopian stories have mostly-painless solutions, nastier ones have serious mind control solutions like brain implants.
In my experience as an avid reader of sciencey fantasies, overt utopias are the most dystopic, compounded by the fact that their characters, readers, don't recognize to what they're complicit.
Incarceration is like democracy. Itís a pretty bad solution to the problem, but better than all the other solutions weíve tried.
Aren't you glad we haven't looked at what others do?

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 on: Yesterday at 07:15 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Baleanopter
Munroe Robotics: My guess is this is a reference to Randall Munroe's XKCD (another favorite comic strip).  Even if not, I approve!
Glad I'm not the only one who immediately saw this.

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 on: Yesterday at 05:51 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Gus_Smedstad
Incarceration is like democracy. Itís a pretty bad solution to the problem, but better than all the other solutions weíve tried.

In some SF backgrounds, committing a crime gets you therapied until you stop wanting to do that again in the future. The specifics of how they go about modifying your behavior depends on how dystopian the story is. More utopian stories have mostly-painless solutions, nastier ones have serious mind control solutions like brain implants.

Itís pretty clear in the QC universe, they havenít figured out an answer, so theyíre still taking the deterrent approach. That is, crime gets you punished, which discourages crime, and since they arenít barbarians the punishment isnít flogging or losing body parts.

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 on: Yesterday at 05:50 
Started by Welu - Last post by Method of Madness
So have any onscreen parents not been complete toilets?
I appreciate the examples.

Also holy shit, am I proud of Walky.

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 on: Yesterday at 04:48 
Started by BenRG - Last post by chris73
I get the feeling I'm missing a joke here.

Oh well.

Abolishing the carceral state (if it ever happened) would be a helluva joke, not a very funny joke mind you

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 on: Yesterday at 03:59 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Perfectly Reasonable
Hi Femto!

... and Celia is not named after a fruit.

Wonder if Munroe Robotics is hiring? Looks like Emily would fit right in.

(edits)
I think the poster yesterday says 'Uncanine Robotic Companion'. Have we seen it before?

 19 
 on: Yesterday at 01:44 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Tova
Harkening back to earlier this week...

Todayís good news: they found a new prehistoric wombat! Canít have too many

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 on: Yesterday at 01:15 
Started by jwhouk - Last post by pwhodges
I'm crawling behind like a baby, at a mere 73 11/12.

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