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    The EFF hates it on grounds of stifling freedoms,...

    The EFF hates it on grounds of stifling freedoms, probably focused on aggressive copyright enforcement. I don't know the particulars.
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    Figures Finland is low -- who wants to try...

    Figures Finland is low -- who wants to try learning the language?

    But on a whole, desirable countries will certainly have a strong supply of potential immigrants. The question is whether they...
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    I hope this post was a joke (which would be fair,...

    I hope this post was a joke (which would be fair, given what it was responding to).
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    I just code-named a product with a variant...

    I just code-named a product with a variant spelling of "Logrus", which is a concept and quasi-character that was introduced in the latter half of Zelazny's Amber series.
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    Fascism at its founding in Europe was...

    Fascism at its founding in Europe was nationalistic in a racist way, connected to a real or imagined past. (Presumably the Roman Empire version of history was more realistic than the German barbarian...
  6. That depends upon the evasive action taken by the...

    That depends upon the evasive action taken by the meleer. Consider, for example, the swordsman vs. gun duel in Yojimbo -- although, upon review, that's something Daario would be more likely to win...
  7. So on what basis do people think Jaime was an...

    So on what basis do people think Jaime was an eilite individual fighter? I know he's generally believed to be such, but what did he ever do other than on the practice field?
  8. Another argument against Jaime -- was he even in...

    Another argument against Jaime -- was he even in the tournament celebrating Ned's appointment as Hand?

    IIRC, the finalists were Loras and The Mountain, and Loras won on a trick (the mare in heat),...
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    Indeed, you inspire her to use the metric system.

    Indeed, you inspire her to use the metric system.
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    I just got tired of bullet points and stopped...

    I just got tired of bullet points and stopped partway through. But to continue for a while:

    As I said in the post, I like Leguin a lot, but don't reread her much. The Dispossessed would be an...
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    So looking back at this thread: Heinlein was...

    So looking back at this thread:

    Heinlein was great. He was a bit didactic, and what he preached at was a somewhat different era than ours, but so be it.
    Asimov was prolific, with great ideas...
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    I haven't read much SF/fantasy in recent years,...

    I haven't read much SF/fantasy in recent years, but:

    Cryptonomicon is a tour de force. Stephenson said he wanted his writing to be "vivid", and boy did he deliver.

    It's sent in WW2 and the then...
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    Necroing this post to reply and say most things...

    Necroing this post to reply and say most things are available as e-books now.
  14. Did Robert face any Kingsguard in battle?

    Did Robert face any Kingsguard in battle?
  15. Well argued. Syrio Forel is also an odd...

    Well argued.

    Syrio Forel is also an odd omission from the list.
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    I know it's not Western Europe, but the Turks...

    I know it's not Western Europe, but the Turks think women started running things after Suleiman the Magnificent, and not for the better.

    In the modern world, we see family status outweighing...
  17. When I saw the thread title, my first thought was...

    When I saw the thread title, my first thought was "Drogon". :grin:

    I don't think it's The Mountain -- his specialty is beating up on the helpless.

    Ned isn't on par with the others. His big win...
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    That's one way of looking at it. Another way...

    That's one way of looking at it.

    Another way of looking at it is to understand that noblewomen are raised to exercise power DESPITE the constraints on them doing so.

    To see that historically,...
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    I couldn't parsec that at all. (Actually, I...

    I couldn't parsec that at all.

    (Actually, I really don't know what that meant.)
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    Thanks. Actually, I think she was even younger...

    Thanks.

    Actually, I think she was even younger than that in the books, as per the conversation with Cersei about whether she was menstruating yet.

    I was about to add that she couldn't have been...
  21. Grand Cayman has feral cats with few known...

    Grand Cayman has feral cats with few known problems, but:

    It's one small island.
    They don't have rabies.
    There are plenty of vermin as prey (crabs, actually, more than rodents, so far as I know).
  22. I doubt he actually has me on Ignore, given how...

    I doubt he actually has me on Ignore, given how often he responds to my posts (while of course claiming that he never does so).
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    Only if the pun seems too forced.

    Only if the pun seems too forced.
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    One can go quite far reducing all motivation to...

    One can go quite far reducing all motivation to fear and greed. Further, one can try to reduce one of the two to the other.

    Such analysis works pretty simply in financial or business contexts,...
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    Interesting thing to write to somebody who's been...

    Interesting thing to write to somebody who's been known to make a big deal about comma placement. :grin:
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