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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on October 22, 2020, 09:14:43 AM »
I await the day I see one of your works come up on the Amazon Kindle freebies/First Reads  :)
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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by neXus on October 22, 2020, 02:10:42 AM »
Interesting!


Some food for thought for you that may or may not use....


- Magic in the past or in stories is often considered "Magic" but it is simply more advanced technology that people do not understand. Back in the 80's a lot of electronics companies even used that phrase "As if by magic" often in adverts.


-  A lot of stories have faith and belief very much linked to gods existence and their power. That Black and white game was all about getting follows either by them loving you or scared of you but either case worshiping you to give you more power. All the greek god stories are that they lost power as a result of people worshipping them less.
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General Discussion / Re: The US Election
« Last post by neXus on October 22, 2020, 01:47:47 AM »
Where to start, yes Biden was barely ahead of Hillary Clinton, but the weaponization of information that Trump's backers used, including his masters in Russia and elsewhere, doesn't seem to be anywhere near as effective this time.

The Senate basically isn't doing anything apart from trying to shove through as many Republican biased judges as they can at the moment. Even if something dodgy did go through it would then face congress. That's why Trump's last covid relief package, designed to give the rich a huge boost but the average person nothing failed.

in the end, Trump could win, but if the Senate turns Democratic he's still in the sh*t pile.

With the USA polls there are so many possible variables that you could end up with both sides claiming victory, depending on how you assess the numbers. Remember that there is the public vote, which elects selected people to the electoral college. It is then these representatives in the electoral college who vote for the President. It is only the result of their vote that matters in electing the President. Hillary won the purely numeric vote. Had it been proportional, a highest public vote wins, she would have been President. Trump won the numbers translation game, same as in Britain you can get more votes but the other party gets more MPs due to the distribution of the vote. So don't read too much into those polls.


What shocks me is that "He could win" with him basically doing nothing!


If he wins where:


- He has made rich richer and average person poorer
- Failed many other areas
- Failed to handle COVID-19
- Failed on job growth despite just saying its bette
- Lied, cheated, insulted and just been a down right person.


And in the run up to the election:
- Lied
- Insulted
- Basically been a dick
- Done rallies
- All but ZERO policies or Roadmap for the future


IF he wins that is on the American people and they are beyond saving if enough of them voted him in.
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General Discussion / Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by Serious on October 21, 2020, 22:02:40 PM »
I gave a friend a copy of one of my books to read. Apparently they liked it but their preference is fantasy rather than sci-fi. So, ostensibly for her but really because I'm incredibly bored and am having difficulty getting engaged in anything else at the moment I pulled out one of my book stubs. Something that I had started, got a couple of thousand words into but then abandoned.

Idea, produce a ***SIMPLE*** blat, blat spell based story, with the option of some modern and future tech left open. That was easy, colony ship arrives at planet after decades of traveling through space, sets up colony of millions of people. Leaves, or in this case cannot get back because the colony world, and it's sun, has vanished into a bubble, a pocket universe split off from our present one.

That allowed everything I wanted, limited access to modern and future technology up to the point the bubble happened. Modern production screwed as it's been destroyed by earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, asteroids, other disasters. They can make steel, and use trees for wood but gunpowder production is extremely limited and medieval weaponry has become the normal.

Due to the magic requirement I introduced an underlying structure, this is where the gods and chaos lords exist, essentially they are the different aspects of the same thing. Some of them want to pull the bubble down further, others want to push it up again and the vast majority are just looking on in interest. So great, I had a workable system. Then Quantum stuck it's UNWELCOME nose in the door and said hi. That meant the number of gods/chaos lords was indeterminate, and at the worst end plausibly infinite, or at least that great it didn't matter.

Then the chaos realm, to give it a name, changed, it had a sort of 'door' to the bubble for things, like magic, to go through. Of course once you have one door it's like opening an infinitely long tube of crisps from a well known maker, once you pop, you can't stop... There has to be a indeterminate and potentially unlimited number of doors, to an indeterminate and potentially unlimited number of universes/bubbles.

I'm now in "hiding" having not opened the word processor I'm using in several hours. What was "easy" several days ago had turned into a physics and ethical nightmare. Instead of climate change deniers I have dragon existence deniers. The ethics of enchanting a weapon (was simple, now goddam horrid).

Excuse me while I go get a drink (alcoholic)...
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General Discussion / Re: Life after COVID-19
« Last post by Serious on October 21, 2020, 21:37:14 PM »
The Tories are again going for economy over people's lives.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't; the people losing their jobs, livelihoods, shops or potentially homes as well as their health probably hold a different opinion. This is a no-win situation for Bojo the rhesus monkey, there's no point pretending that another party would have managed the situation any better.
That would depend on when the change happened in time.

Had 'another party' taken over at the last election there would have been minimal time. The one thing you can be sure of would be that Brexit would have been postponed until another referendum could be run. That would have pushed things back to June/July at the earliest. We would still be in the EU and able to use their resources fully. There would be no vast lorry parks being constructed. The money spent on Brexit could have been instantly ploughed into the NHS. People sick in OAP homes would have been moved into the special emergency hospitals that were barely used. Had the government simply reacted two weeks earlier rather than dithering the death toll might have been halved (not my prediction).

Take it back further to when Mrs Dopey May lost her majority. Had that election gone to 'another party' then they would have started investing in the NHS. Could have changed the tax burden to economic growth rather than 'austerity'. The NHS this year would have been better placed to deal with the influx of patients. They would have listened to the experts, paid competent companies to supply equipment rather than the fraud and scam schemes that the Tories pushed money into.

HELL the government might have actually been competent.

So yes, another government would have meant we were much better off now. You're welcome.
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General Discussion / Re: The US Election
« Last post by Serious on October 21, 2020, 21:18:29 PM »
Where to start, yes Biden was barely ahead of Hillary Clinton, but the weaponization of information that Trump's backers used, including his masters in Russia and elsewhere, doesn't seem to be anywhere near as effective this time.

The Senate basically isn't doing anything apart from trying to shove through as many Republican biased judges as they can at the moment. Even if something dodgy did go through it would then face congress. That's why Trump's last covid relief package, designed to give the rich a huge boost but the average person nothing failed.

in the end, Trump could win, but if the Senate turns Democratic he's still in the sh*t pile.

With the USA polls there are so many possible variables that you could end up with both sides claiming victory, depending on how you assess the numbers. Remember that there is the public vote, which elects selected people to the electoral college. It is then these representatives in the electoral college who vote for the President. It is only the result of their vote that matters in electing the President. Hillary won the purely numeric vote. Had it been proportional, a highest public vote wins, she would have been President. Trump won the numbers translation game, same as in Britain you can get more votes but the other party gets more MPs due to the distribution of the vote. So don't read too much into those polls.
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General Discussion / Re: Boris and EU play deal or no deal.
« Last post by Serious on October 21, 2020, 20:50:53 PM »
Boris has claimed that the talks have ended, except, nobody believes him. Oh the real Brexiteer loons are beating their shields like crazy saying how he's done the right thing and that a no deal Brexit would be so good for us, but that's it.

Even with that statement it's obvious that talks haven't stopped, all you have to do is watch the EU negotiators and what they are saying. Previously when Boris made such a statement the markets reacted negatively, the pound dropped. This time they didn't even blink.

The EU didn't believe him, the markets didn't believe him, the politicians didn't believe him and I certainly didn't either. Boris is like the little boy who shouted wolf far too often. He's a well known liar and being treat as such.

Brexit isn't there to limit the shafting that average people get, those with less than ten million pounds in investments and property,- excluding home value. It's to protect those with hundreds of millions to billions, and international corporates. from having to pay their fair share, and so that the Tory backers in disaster investment can make a load of money from our loss.

Brexit happened, I got over it, except, as I've said before it hasn't died and it won't. We now have the specter to deal with and covid-19 won't make it any easier.

I wonder if I can invest a few billion I haven't got in government loans? Would be a great income for the future, with everyone else paying.
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Command & Conquer Remastered on Steam
« Last post by Serious on October 21, 2020, 20:32:35 PM »
Even with the minor issues it is still the most playable game of it's type I have tried.

I think we have all bought "unnecessary tat" from time to time. I have a collection of decorative plates that shouldn't be eaten from because the pigments contain elements like lead. They just sit on some shelves, still in boxes or wrapped in paper. Every time I look at them I think of the albatross hung around the ancient mariner's neck. There's no point in selling them cause I already have over the government limit and can't even spend what they give me. I was getting the level down but covid-19 compounded that issue.
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General Discussion / Re: The US Election
« Last post by neXus on October 20, 2020, 05:32:27 AM »
A lot of other people by the way have stake in President Trump possibly loosing the election and I think some have been caught out with the 4 years passing already.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is seeing the writing on the wall and has been desperately trying to push a variety of things through in the last year. He would be gone for a start.


Interesting times ahead.
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General Discussion / The US Election
« Last post by neXus on October 20, 2020, 04:45:31 AM »
This is going to be interesting. This will be a movie of strange and crazy events.


Win loose or draw what Trump does will be nothing like anything we have seen before.


The US election

This election is going to be fascinating on so many levels. (A long post)
Trumps campaign has been little about policy, roadmap and future but about misinformation, lies, social media turmoil and, accusations and insults.I am sure you all know of US voting, electoral votes, the jeririgging of seats to voting catchment areas etc. Republicans play this game the most and when ever they are in power always try to make big changes to hold on to that power so even with less votes they can still win. There has been movies on this very topic if I recall. Apparently this has been going on again this election plus the fake voting boxes and voter suppression efforts and of course Trump and co saying voting by mail has massive fraud issues which is untrue but setting the seed to have something to call upon if they loose.

Biden leads by 11/12 points but so did Hillary Clinton so who knows how things will go but Biden should win unless something dodgy happens. If he looses what will happen? I can imagine shock for one thing but how he lost will be in very hot debate or voter fraud claims made and investigations taken place.
If Trump wins - God help America.
If Trump looses his tweeter feed will be a thing to behold I am sureIf Trump looses how he will act and what he will do will be fascinating. Does anyone think he will go quietly?Trumps campaign was as many  a case was a means to make money.  It is silly but people make money on the campaign trail. When for what ever reason legal, aided or not that he could win and how he partnered with Republicans in a love hate relationship and then won I think in part was a surprise. As in, they tried but managed to pull it off. From there he has tried to do his best to make him and the people like him richer.

I think coming out of the election at a loss he and his family will literally be up schitt's creek. That show with the rich family who are now poor. I can see this happening with the Trump Family.

The Republicans have no one else, if they loose they will be in a bit of a mess and for a while. I think you could see 8 Years before they can get another chance. They have relied on trump to get mostly what they want and put up with him to have the power but as time has gone on it has become more strained and you either have the people doubling down with him, spurting increasingly crazy actions, chucked out for not following him or just quietly putting up with it. Now has he has got more crazy and may loose they are already prepping to distance themselves from him with some already doing so.If the Republicans loose you will see the “Blame Trump” for nearly everything occur, anyone he thought with him will turn against him as they look to avoid any of the possible actions, legal and retaliative that come with him loosing the power of a president.
What do you think will happen?
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