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  • Commented on Cover reveal! The Nightmare Stacks
    That was how i read it too! or at least that they tried the blood of an animal, thought it was horrible and didn't work, and then a little later found that blood from a dead human didn't work either,...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    Here's a modern version of a flettner version ship, commissioned and run by the wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Ship_1 http://www.enercon.de/en-en/2381.htm It was built a few years ago, but has been out of commission for most of that time due to...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    To historians of the 30th century, a pretty big thing could be the change from more resilient storage media such as acid free paper to digital storage media. I think it's possible that the period from the mid 20th century...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    This seems like a good point to mention that Ben Aaronovitch wrote a Dr Who/Culture mashup in 1995: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Also_People I read it back then, and don't remember much apart from the drones used emoji. Due to the rights for the...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Also, the MS paint adventures auto-save function is a brilliant idea. It would be great if more webcomics used it....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Manly Guys Doing Manly Things is very entertaining. Strong Female Protagonist is fucking fantastic, and the Feral storyline is heartbreaking, and complicated and wonderful. It shows how good and interesting superhero fiction can be when it's not tied to...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    This is the problem right now with automated shipping. ships can already steer themselves port to port with minimal human intervention (apart from the occasional dodging of other ships), but fixing the shit that breaks continually? You need a team...
  • Commented on Even More Obligatory Author Shilling
    I'm currently rapidly working my way through the great way (and will be recommending it to fantasy reading friends as it's great), so the shilling does work!...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    "The Greens don't care about education, except insofar as it might relate to their central thesis of environmentalism." They seem to have quite a comprehensive version of don't care: http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ed.html The environment is only mentioned in three of the 265...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    Reading the State of the World 2014 over at the WELL, Bruce Sterling says he's writing a lot more short fiction than long fiction now: http://www.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/topics/478/Bruce-Sterling-Cory-Doctorow-Jon-page06.html#post144 (probably because his main income appears to now be speaking and design criticism rather...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    Wow, there's more than i thought! Kim Stanley Robinson seems to be a big fan of that style, as most of his novels seem to be written that way....
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    There's also the cross over between short stories and a novel when you have a collection of short stories with common characters and/or setting which build up to a larger narrative. I've always thought of them as episodic novels. Seanan...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Cool! Are there any books films or comics we should read before this comes out to fully appreciate it? Equoid was partially a satire of cold comfort farm, which i totally missed, never having read it, so id loke to...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Rather than sanding or filling to get rid of the grain, you can use acetone vapour to smooth off your print, only works on ABS though. Looks pretty but you wouldn't use it for fine tolerance parts. http://makezine.com/2014/09/24/smoothing-out-your-3d-prints-with-acetone-vapor/ At work...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    You don't need to print wax to do lost wax casting, you can use PLA: http://3dtopo.com/lostPLA/ i;ve designed a replacement for a tripod top plate i lost, i just need to get round to printing it down my local makerspace....
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    In the Apocalypse Codex, it's strongly implied that the parasite that has infected Raymond Schiller has eaten/replaced his penis rather than his tongue. I don't think it's ever explicitly stated, and it's not expanded on much. It this me imagining...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Good question! i'm not sure. The options are: a) stop everyone doing it, enforce harsh penalties, make it explicitly illegal, shut down companies etc b) make it legal, tax it, claim it was your idea all along, and it's a...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I think governance may start to separate. the current system will carry on, with the mandate of the old and the established, but voted in with a very low turnout. Beneath that, in day to day life, people will continue...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    True enough, for the big things (although you can change props whilst still in the water now, depending on the prop and coupling design). but a lot of pod failures have been for bearing problems and things that would have...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Sorry, i may have been a bit unclear. Electric propulsion is great, especially when you have a large hotel load, eg AC, galleys, weapon systems etc. it's just the pods themselves. they give you great manouverability, but if they break,...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I've worked on some very large electric drive ships, both with pods and with internal electric propulsion motors (i used to be an engineer on p&o cruise ships). No navy is going to be using pods, as if there is...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I think what the previous comments have inexplicably failed to address , and which completely invalidates everything said before this particular comment, is the fuel efficiency of the Vulcan bomber drastically reduces when over it's operational flight ceiling of 15,000...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Has anyone seen any buried news released yesterday? Seems like it would have been a great day to do it......
  • Commented on Going to the source
    Thanks for the posts, Tricia, they've been fascinating!...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    Well, there's my honeymoon reading sorted....
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    I did this on a 2007 MacBook Core 2 Duo a couple of months ago, as well as having windows 7 on it (so i can use autodesk inventor on it). The latest 32 bit cinnamon mint installed and worked...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Postal services could be packetised. Just drop off your package in a car, and it takes it to the depot, where it gets switched to a car that's going closer, and so on.a bit of fettling with the addressing and...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    Over time, driving becomes a niche activity, looking much like it does already for a lot of petrolheads. Driving yourself becomes a point of pride for certain groups, the people who would be in the Institute for Advance Motoring anyway....
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