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  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Just happened across the 2015 movie Eye in the Sky, a forensic examination of a drone strike in Nairobi, flipping between the Whitehall COBRA meeting, (Alan Rickman's last movie appearance as the general in charge) to Helen Mirren running the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Responding to the original question, this is one consequence that nobody saw coming . At least half a million dead cars in a city that only works if you have four wheels. Or maybe, just two ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41312810...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    From the wikipedia entry on the V1 flying bomb, one unexpected problem with the fall-of-shot deception was presented by an off-the-reservation Abwehr agent Ostro, safe in Lisbon, fabricating reports from his wholly fictional network in the UK. " He told...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The queue for Charlie's reading from Labyrinth Index at WorldCon75 was surprisingly short. Which is to say it only went round a couple of corners and we all fitted into the room, just. Mhari's perspective is illuminating. Her developing problem...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "For example, it is common place that with increased amounts of solar PV and wind on a grid eventually it will need some form of additional energy storage. And everyone starts talking about batteries and then Elon Musk. And we...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    Kim Stanley Robinson gave a keynote speech at a recent(ish) WorldCon that might be loosely summarised as "Infodump? So Sue Me"....
  • Commented on Book day!
    These scenarios can all be gamed out, kinda, in the Cthulhu Wars board game with (awesome) miniatures. Arguably aimed at those with more money than sense (or my case, less of both after buying this sucker) Onslaught Three, with new...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Let's not forget Angleton calling out Old George by name in The Rhesus Chart. At least one Deeply Scary Sorceror was aware that PHANGS existed....
  • Commented on Book day!
    My second favourite Paxman moment was actually Chris Barrie impersonating him as quiz master on the Red Dwarf Universe Challenge, for about thirty seconds, until the real Bamber Gascoigne blew him away with a plasma cannon and took over....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Yeah,uniquely, he is free of unconscious bias. No, wait, the other thing. My favourite Paxman moment was his interview of the loathsome Ann Coulter. Neither of them had ever encountered such a total lack of respect on live TV. He...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Felicia Day is the functional equivalent of Olivia Coleman, in the sf&fantasy tv domain. Normally she's in everything. The one, the true, the only manic pixie dream girl actress is of course Zooey Deschanel, apart from her turns as Trillian,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Sorry, should have referenced tbd. What sticks around is sometimes just sticky....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You wish....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If MH370 appeared out of nowhere right now and began its unheralded descent to a major city, it might very well get shot out of the sky. That might even turn out to be the right move. After all, what's...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The Poles? Well Poland was invaded by the Soviet Union in concert with Nazi Germany, and then had thousands of their officer corps murdered while resident in Soviet POW camps. When the Soviet Union was invaded, the Polish POWS either...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Crying Fire - or in this case "fires out" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Stock_Exchange_Fraud_of_1814 Followers of "Lucky Jack" Aubrey's career as documented by Patrick O'Brian may recall this affair from 'The Reverse of the Medal', but in our timeline it was Lord Cochrane who...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    One significant development after the election is the sea change in the attitude of the PLP to the unbiddable hordes of Momentum supporters who turned out in large numbers to canvass the heck out of the marginal constituencies and return...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    In the matter of air combat ... The ineffectiveness of the ASRAAM missiles against warded firewyrms was due to the effect of the cloaking magic on their Infra-Red image recognition firmware. However, the dragons definitely gave radar returns, so the...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Meanwhile, back in chapter 1 ... "two jet fighters" ... buggrit. I thought the second Typhoon was going to survive its encounter, as "they circled each other warily"...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    It's an article of faith among the the tinfoil hat cabal at the Daily Hate that the EU is about to disintegrate, so Le Pen's program of disintegrating the EU is well received. Also, a neo-facist as President of France...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The Momentum campaign to deselect Stella Creasy appears to be mostly inside Greg's head, although if he's been hearing this at Labour Party meetings I will gladly accept his word. In the Wantage constituency meetings the hot topics are NHS,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Last last chance saloon. The odds of preventing an explosive bolts separation from Europe are not high, but they do actually exist. It all depends on what reserves of sanity the PLP and the labour leadership can dredge up....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    That rather depends on the god doesn't it. Some have moral authority. Some are dicks. The necessary attribute of a god is power of some kind....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    "What is that leads [...] genitalia against?" At a guess, Somebody got blitzed at the universe wrap party and tried to photocopy their reproductive apparatus with the Total Perspective Vortex....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The Argentine Excoets were demonstrably not disabled during the Falkands War. HMS Glamorgan was damaged by a land-launched Exocet on 12th June 1982....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    There's more than one way to skin a single-track-running cat http://rebrn.com/re/footage-of-the-leap-frog-at-coney-island-which-demonstrated-the-3159444/...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    I might be more concerned about low level biological effects of body scanning systems at airport security, if the next step wasn't a doubling of daily exposure by boarding an airplane and climbing to ten thousand metres. Elsewhere, this BoingBoing...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Last Friday I went to public meeting held by my MP, Ed Vaizey. This is Oxfordshire, so he's a Tory, and a Remainer, and the crowd was stuffed with very unhappy nuclear scientists and engineers from Culham and the Harwell...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Technical point. Gerrymandering (and over-concentration of Democrat voters in urban centres) favours the Republicans in the House, to the extent that they have a working majority having lost the popular vote. It has no effect on the Senate, or the...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    You've lost me there ... Unhappy King Charles takes one for the Divine Right of Kings - check Subsequent monarchs, starting with Charles II, take this lesson to heart, and gradually relinquish political power, generation by generation. OK, very gradually,...
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