Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Hugos, 2022
    Congratulations, I am very happy for you even if I am sad at myself....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Radioactive iodine?...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Please write more squeecore please. Another factor you didn't mention is Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who turns out to have a nigh-Jobsian level of charisma and audience-awareness. (The fact that he used to be a comedian no doubt helps with that.)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Apple did have some ... weird ... research Macs. Including an 88k and an am29k, although I can't speak to how functional or not they were. (I saw the motherboards, but they were not powered on. And right after that,...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Oh dear Moore I'd forgotten that part of it ;)....
  • Commented on Outage report
    The Pentium did have an FPU error, yes. It was one of the primary reasons Intel started adding microcode patches to their chip. (That, and F00F.) The error was actually fairly small, and wasn't discovered until quite a while after...
  • Commented on Outage report
    So the trick you mentioned couldn't be used to gain root access on a computer that had a math co-processor? Yes, it could. Because the OS mapped the single user page regardless. (And even SCOnix had it mapped if there...
  • Commented on Outage report
    But out of curiosity, what did the OS do if there WAS a FPU (I think Intel called it a math co-processor). The CPU wouldn't generate an exception, in that case. The exception vector contains information about the segment...
  • Commented on Outage report
    And I worked on the OS part of it :). My favourite x86 UNIX story was a big security hole, which was uniquely caused by the x86 architecture: the user page was writable. And was mapped at a fixed location....
  • Commented on Outage report
    I really hope all the tools get up to speed on everything -- as it is, in order to, ahem, back up my books, I have a Mac VM on which I turned off networking while leaving Kindle running, and...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I am biased, as I read several versions of this during its birthing, but: this really is a good book. There's SF, dystopia, political drama, and, shockingly, a fairly upbeat and hopeful ending! I'm looking forward to reading the published...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Would you mind explaining that? One of the things that MPEG4/H.264 did was recognizing large portions of objects. E.g., the portion of a background image that doesn't change can be compressed once, and then referred to even if the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Really disliked Hanna-Barbara - the cartooning was so crappy. Hanna and Barbera created television cartooning: they were the ones who realized you could only do partial cells for each frame; this dropped the cost by orders of magnitude. It's also,...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    I mostly interpreted it as an elder god tool similar to vampirism: the slow-soul-eating one grants the host power / divine communion / whatever. At the cost of, literally, consuming the soul of the host. This allows for autonomy and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    if it costs the odd human sacrifice ... Surely he's going for prime numbers of human sacrifice....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I got to read this book a while ago, and it was good. It was clearly set in the horrible, depressing Laundryverse, and yet... it's a shockingly up-beat book, about love and family. Also about hate and family, evil and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Am I allowed to offer some non-spoiler commentary on it?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    https://theintercept.com/2020/09/10/oregon-police-beg-public-stop-calling-false-reports-blaming-antifa-wildfires/ We are currently in Beaverton....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Correct. Although I don't put it in the mail, I take it to a drop-off location....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Why are there tentacles on it? (And, yes, I'm looking forward to buying it :).)...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    They've said employees will continue to be paid, and receive benefits....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I liked it. (Caveat: we've got a somewhat social relationship, and I do hope to meet him in person some time :).) You clearly grasped something I wish more people did: sometimes, I want a story with lots of smiting,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    If it has enough velocity when released, it could achieve escape velocity. I seem to recall a discussion a couple of decades ago that showed it was not possible for any such balloon (even if it had an infinitely-strong and...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    That's the plot of an episode from The West Wing....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    This blog's readership is just full of people who can wave around the biggest server, so if you're going to do so, do it light-heartedly....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    UNIX uses the metaphor that everything is a file. MULTICS used the metaphor that everything is memory. Most other OSes have different APIs for files, printers, shared memory, etc. NOS used the metaphor that everything was a tape. A file...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I enthusiastically endorse this hypothesis....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Apple are still committed to Intel for power processing and their preferred CPU supplier is struggling to get their sub-10nm process lines working properly. Apple went with Intel, instead of AMD, because AMD simply couldn't meet the expected demand....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Her secret love child is 37 years old now, and Warren is not over 100 -- it supposedly happened while she was dean at wherever-it-was. As I pointed out on Twitter: one of the new Surface devices runs Android, but...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The House can decide not to impeach even after opening an Impeachment Inquiry 5-4 odds that SCOTUS would rule that the 5th amendment applies to impeachment Republican Presidents, and thus attempting to impeach him once means they could not...
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