Posts by Rich Lock

  • Legal Beagle: Cameron Slater: computer hacker?, in reply to BenWilson,

    So when HAL tried to kill Dave, he was right, it was actually all down to human error.

    Well, the book explains that HAL malfunctions because he is unable to resolve a conflict between his general and known-to-the-crew orders that require him to to relay information accurately, and a second set of secret orders requiring that he withhold information from Bowman and Poole regarding the true purpose of the mission (a pre-launch experiment where humans were made to believe that there had been alien contact revealed deep-seated xenophobia, which was unknowingly replicated in HAL's constructed personality. Mission Control did not want the crew of Discovery to have their thinking compromised by the knowledge that alien contact was already real, and withheld the information from the crew).

    HAL reasons that with no crew, he would not need to lie to them, so he kills them. So, yeah, human error.
    Um, yeah,

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    Risking derailing the thread, but I'm curious to know if anyone has ever read any good depictions of women in literature written by men.

    Thoughts?

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  • Hard News: Deep Dream: Looking at clouds,

    Oh yeah, it's all fun and games now, but just you wait until these things rise up against us....

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to TracyMac,

    Cheers Tracy, I'll check those out.

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  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to steven crawford,

    Just to remind readers how bogans are cool with queer rockers too.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    This 'Go Ask Alice'?

    As long as they know it's a work of fiction written by Mormon youth counselor Beatrice Sparks, and not an actual diary written by 'Alice', which it's often presented as.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women, in reply to JessicaRose,

    How about people not whining 'why won't she go out with me?', 'why won't he go out with me', and perhaps focus on how you can be someone that another person would want to go out with. Get a hobby, learn a useful skill, contribute to society, create something ..or yes, read a book. This is useful for whichever gender you identify with.

    Yeah, this.

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    Just remembered a couple of others:

    Anyone mentioned Cynthia Harnett or Joan Aiken yet?

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  • Up Front: Well, Read Women,

    Any other fantasy readers ever get into Julian May?

    I read and re-read 'Saga of the Exiles' half-a-dozen times as a young teen.

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  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to Nick J,

    can I cross credit my Iron Maiden, or is that too middle class?

    Iron Maiden is a quintessential metal band, existing as they do outside of the constraints of time and space that might in any other group cause at least a miniscule change in fashion or style.

    So you get a pass.

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