Where Angels Fear
4 min readOct 13, 2023



See this?

Now read the comments.

You see all those people debating the likelihood of the hypothesis being true based upon the energy costs involved in simulating our universe … because ‘the laws of Physics’ …


El Reg used to be a place where you could rely upon the ‘commentards’ being

  1. knowledgeable — not only about IT but a great many other things besides.
  2. intelligent.

In recent years, I’ve seen people questioning why the decision/reasoning process of neural nets ¹ not be ascertained by ‘examining the logs’ … and people not simply declaring HTML to be a programming language but getting upvoted for it! ²

But you don’t need to be a physicist (I’m not myself) … nor a genius (likewise not me, guv’nor) … to realise the futility of trying to apply knowledge gained within a simulation to the external reality in which it is simulated — that’s like the inhabitants of Sim City debating the accuracy/fidelity with which Godzilla is simulated within their world … because their laws of Biology.

Now take a look at this.

What does it do?

Once again, check the comments (or, rather, reviews).

Notice the one by Gnarf (on 22.09.23.)

Pay especial attention to the final remark …

Let me get this straight …

Not caring whether a webpage is saved into a single file or not, this person proceeds to install a webbrowser extension, the sole purpose of which is to save webpages as a single file.

And then complains about it not functioning as they would like on a specific website.


That’s like saying you don’t care whether you get wet when fly-fishing in the middle of a river and then complaining that the waders you tried didn’t keep you dry when you went spear-fishing in the ocean.

Seriously … What. The. Actual. F**k!?

There really ought to be an intelligence test before one is allowed to

… well, anything really … but especially before one is permitted to read/watch SF books/films/TV/etc. — particularly things like The Matrix or The X-Files ³.

Or use technology.

I swear … the human race is getting ever more stupid by the year (if not the day) — stupider, ignoranter and shamelesser .

¹ A forty-year-old technology … not something new and obscure, about which it is not unreasonable to be ignorant of the fundamentals of how it works — it’s not like there hasn’t been ample educational material available in various formats for a very long time now.

² Those of you with experience of programming paradigms beyond the procedural/production-rules, yes, okay, an argument might be made that HTML is as much a programming language as something like PROLOG. But it is to languages like that as emojis are to everyday modern tongues — more a pidgin (not even a creole) than what most would understand by ‘programming language’. And, moreover, in the specific contexts in which I saw it mentioned, it was more than apparent that those describing it as one had no such experience/knowledge themselves. So the point stands, as far as I am concerned here.

³ Or anything else likely to excite people in the Paranoid Schizophrenics International group on Facebook/wherever.

⁴ Frequently turning the air around me blue with invective that makes even me blush, never mind a teamster — but that’s a different matter 😉

⁵ Oh, yes, it is; just read its comments and status updates — I guarantee they will contain ‘stupider’, ‘ignoranter’, ‘shamelesser’ and ‘irregardless’ (thus proving the point).



Where Angels Fear

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.