[ExI] Current uploading sales brochure?

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Apr 23 13:27:17 UTC 2013

On Sun, Apr 21, 2013 at 01:59:46AM -0400, Alan Grimes wrote:

> I probably have enough material to work with but to make the story  
> resonate with people, I need to hammer people with logic and inescapable  
> chains of causation. At the same time, I don't want to say anything that  

People don't care about that. They want a good story.

> would cause the entire piece to be dismissed out of hand. (It is  
> acknowledged that many would dismiss what I have to say out of prejudice  
> but that can't be helped at this point.)
> My problem here is that while the process of upl04d!ng t3h br4!nz is  

Are you writing about h4x0r z0mb13z? Seems a bit narrow.

> extensively discussed, the day to day problems of running an upload in a  
> simulation are almost completely ignored. Stross actively avoided  

[citation needed]

> getting too technical for fear of writing something that would become  

The actual fear is to write something incomprehensible which still
has to sell. E.g. http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00B1UDSS4/
is a great book, but the target audience is a bit limited.

> dated too quickly. Egan did reveal some technical information but his  

Egan is chronically prone to physics goofs. Don't look for technical
detail in SF.

> claims about performance were not well justified. I would definitely  
> prefer to work from more primary sources such as technical papers rather  
> than have to rely on other people's fiction.

What do you want to know? Your earlier question about clocks to synchronize
low-level stuff: you don't need clocks for that. What else?

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