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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Back then... (100 comments)

'A Scanner Darkly' is his masterpiece.

Maybe so. I really like some of his less-known stuff, like "Martian Time-Slip" and "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch."

4 hours ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Wrong way to end (100 comments)

Sounds like you haven't read the book, which is not at all one of "those" stories. It is not a "what-if," or at all historically motivated, that's not the point at all. It's about something much deeper, the nature of reality as both objective and external, and as a collective, disjoint hallucination of multiple subjects.

4 hours ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:It's not fair (100 comments)

Dick's struggle with schizophrenia, which you trivialize, did involve drug addiction. You're wrong about his ambitions however - he always craved mainstream popularity for his work.

4 hours ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Back then... (100 comments)

"High Castle" is widely considered his most masterful work. "Do Androids" is really well-known now, because of the movie adaptation.

4 hours ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Blade Runner's script had little to do with Rid (100 comments)

I can also say that, having read "Man in High Castle", that's not an easy book to put to film. It's a huge, complicated story that's not easy to follow. I just hope that they put the work into making the story work, and not gloss over it just to work in explosions and effects.

I think it's my favorite work by Dick, and one of my favorite books period. I would love to see a good film adaptation (and the miniseries format is probably well suited to it). The complicated story (with all of its bizarre, but essential, elements) does pose a challenge. I'm also worried about how Imperial Japan will be handled. Contrary to some other comments here, the Nazis are basically a non-presence in the book, and the relations between the Californian characters and Japanese occupiers are racially fraught. I think there's a risk they might swap Nazi Germany for Imperial Japan, which to my mind would be a huge mistake.

I believe it was [Scott's] call that the world be dystopian rather than utopian.

The book seems pretty dystopian to me, but in retrospect Dick probably wished for things like the emotion controlling device. The Wikipedia article makes it sound even more dystopian than I remember. Does your comment only apply to the movie script?

I had heard that Ridley was interested in Joe Haldeman's "The Forever War" -- [now] *that's* a movie I want to see. That book blew my mind, and I really, really, really want a good movie of that.

Yeah, me too. The message has only become more relevant in the decades since the war in Vietnam, and the interlude on crime-ridden future Earth and commentary on human sexuality could resonate with mainstream audiences now. Plus there are plenty of opportunities for explosions and effects in the original story (unlike "High Castle").

4 hours ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

reve_etrange Re:Considering his history... (100 comments)

Which version of Blade Runner?

There is the original version, without the noir-style internal monologue, and the director's cut, which has it. It makes a big difference I think. Harrison Ford supposedly was against the monologue, and performed it poorly on purpose. Then Scott / the studio cut the bad monologue from the theatrical release.

5 hours ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

reve_etrange Re:Get used to this... (231 comments)

It's rare to find internet users who think slower speeds and greater congestion are "in their interest." Thanks to you we know there's at least one.

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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

reve_etrange Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

Your statements seem calculated to dismiss to the reality of food insecurity in the United States without including any relevant factual information. Here you - or any earnest reader - can find the USDA's 2012 report on domestic food security, which is (in contrast) an excellent source of such information.

An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The change from 14.9 percent in 2011 is not considered statistically significant. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.7 percent.

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

reve_etrange Re:let me correct that for you. (613 comments)

I think we're just potentially post-scarcity. That we could feed and clothe the needy, at least domestically, doesn't mean much when we don't want to do that. (We can tell that we don't want to, since more food is wasted than is needed to eliminate domestic food insecurity. About 20 million Americans suffer from some level of food insecurity, but Americans in aggregate waste about 40% of their food).

about a week ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

reve_etrange Re:Fuligin (238 comments)

Wolfe even anticipated that the material would make folds, wrinkles and creases invisible, just as described in TFS.

I started re-reading The Book of the New Sun last week and there are numerous references to this aspect of cloth of fuligin, the color darker than black.

about two weeks ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

reve_etrange Don't you mean... (198 comments)

I think they mean, the first carbon fiber. (Not really, but certainly prior to synthetic carbon fiber).

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

reve_etrange Re:Amazon provides a service (218 comments)

Some pieces of software are intended to be feature-complete replacements for competitors. Others approach the same or similar tasks using very different methods. This doesn't change the relative merits of the software and soda analogies to books. Software is a much better analogy than soft drinks.

The rareness of feature-complete replacements for books, except in certain non-fiction areas, detracts from the software analogy to be sure. It still makes a lot more sense than 'coke vs. pepsi.'

about 2 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

reve_etrange Google Search just doesn't work very well (108 comments)

The bottom line is that Google Search doesn't work very well - at least, not anymore. While it previously supported search expansions which could be taken advantage of by skilled searchers, it's since been focused on quick, lowest-common-denominator responses to the most common questions. As a result, searching for slightly abstract notions is virtually impossible, and some searches which should be straightforward also fail.

One example of a simple failure: "fireworks today" or "fireworks today san francisco" returned nothing after I chanced to see fireworks the other night. Using the date ("fireworks san francisco may 21 2014"), the only relevant result was a set of Coast Guard and DHS documents describing safety precautions for the event (Giants game). Of course, fireworks games are well publicized outside of interntal government safety documents.

A more abstract example: try to design a search for articles about names which are or have become insults, such as "Dick."

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

reve_etrange Re:Amazon provides a service (218 comments)

Software is a MUCH better analogy than soft drinks. Pepsi and Coke are really interchangeable except for personal preference. Software or books are not interchangeable because different pieces of software have different features, and different books contain different information.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

reve_etrange Re:Paywalls (218 comments)

Using Incognito Mode / Private Browsing saves you the trouble of deleting cookies manually later on.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

reve_etrange Re:Paywalls (218 comments)

Use Incognito Mode (Chrome) or Private Browsing (Firefox). The paywall is a dumb cookie sensor.

about 2 months ago
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Agree or Disagree: We are in another tech bubble.

reve_etrange Re:Tech bubble? (154 comments)

Exactly; in fact there is a savings glut and inadequate demand along with it.

about 2 months ago
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Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

reve_etrange Re:Schistosomiasis (118 comments)

A mother who had been infected for a long period of time might have multiple strains due to accumulated mutation. About 25% of the time the fetus becomes infected, and in about half of these cases only one of the mother's strains will appear in the infant, which is usually assumed to mean that only a single virus of that strain was able to penetrate the in utero defenses (which are quite good, considering 0 viruses get through ~75% of the time).

To be clear, it's not that all the infections across individuals begin with the same strain, it's that each individual infection (frequently) does.

As dreamchaser said, HIV isn't actually all that easy to transmit, so in many cases it is only a single virus which begins the infection. In the other cases (heterogeneous initial infection) there was probably a unusually high viral dose.

about 3 months ago
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Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

reve_etrange Re:Reasonable, no smoking gun. (118 comments)

Thought I would also mention how bizarre the schistosoma (genus) parasites actually are (more details can be found e.g. on wikipedia).

The eggs are deposited into water by infected humans, and infect certain snails. The snails later release a larval stage which has a tail, but no functional digestive system. These penetrate the skin of a human host, losing their tails in the process. The next larval stage is a few micrometers in size and has a sucker; it can now eat. They typically migrate to the lungs, where they will mature for about 1 week, living off the blood of the host.

As they mature into adult parasites, which are up to ~10 mM in size and visible to the naked eye, they migrate again, often to the liver or intestine. If possible, they will also find mates. The female parasite lives in a canal formed of by the male flatworm's body rolling up. The breeding pairs are monogamous and individual parasites may live for decades. During this time, the pair will reproduce continually, producing up to thousands of eggs per week (depending on species).

The eggs are deposited into the infected person's feces, where they find their way back into the water supply, but about half of the eggs become trapped in the body. These eggs mature normally, releasing many antigens which contribute to an active immune response which leads to most of the symptoms of the diseases.

The parasites are highly evolved to fit their human hosts, to the extent that they depend on human enzymes in order to complete certain essential metabolic pathways. They also have genes which are highly similar to human genes, which may help the parasite evade the immune system (such genes could have evolved or been acquired through horizontal gene transfer).

about 3 months ago

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