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  • Commented on Rule 34 reviews
    "...and [most] tangibly convincing depiction of our cyber near-future since Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash." Which would make it a more "tangibly convincing depiction of our cyber near-future" than _Rainbows End_; that's good company. :-)...
  • Commented on Rule 34
    "Do the eBook versions for Nook and Kindle have to have different ISBNs?" Self-published books that are only on the Kindle platform do not necessarily, and often do not, have an ISBN -- and as far as I know, it's...
  • Commented on Rule 34
    "B&N lists a nook pre order." Aha! Indeed it does: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Rule-34/Charles-Stross/e/9781101516645/?itm=2&USRI=rule+34 $12.99 -- available July 5th, they claim....
  • Commented on Rule 34
    Darn. I don't want to wait for this; might have to get that Kindleified version and apply some make-so-I-can-read-it-on-my-Nook-voodoo. Or, well, I guess I could go down to Powell's and buy one of those big, heavy, folding doodads with the...
  • Commented on Virtually there
    Runs fine in Chrome 13.0.761.0 dev, and in the more recent Canary builds....
  • Commented on Public appearances
    Nice to hear you'll be swinging through Portland. I look forward to dropping by Powell's. If you're going to do any beer drinking in N. America, Portland's the place....
  • Commented on While I've been gone ...
    A slickly cut down screenplay of KSR's _Mars Trilogy_ might end up better films than novels, provided one had at least 1 billion USD to spend on three, 3-hour films. _Ringworld_? Well, _Halo_ almost got made. ;-) ...I kid. Any...
  • Commented on While I've been gone ...
    I suppose in contemplating what in the way of SciFi literature one would like to see translated to film, one should keep in mind the rarity of 3 1/2-hour, $500 million USD films....
  • Commented on Normal service is about to be resumed
    "They're already caterwauling and gnashing teeth in an extremely loud way because, oh horrors, the price has just gone up, past the "horribly high" number of one dollar per gallon." All the worse that it's bumping around $4/gallon in substantial...
  • Commented on Normal service is about to be resumed
    "...US $8.60 per US gallon..." Oh my. I'm trying to visualize the caterwauling and gnashing of teeth were USers to wake up tomorrow to that price....
  • Commented on Question ...
    Meh. There is a problematic thing happening in Japan. Nuke-wise...no doubt. As bad as it might possibly get, it's not _that_ bad. On the other hand, people are still checking out in wave-mangled cars. In the thousands....
  • Commented on Five year retrospective
    "...so I think we can expect typical phones in 2017 to be as powerful as a high-end gaming PC in 2007..." On that point, looks as if you may have been a bit conservative: http://www.techspot.com/news/42429-nvidia-intros-quad-core-tegra-shares-roadmap-through-2014.html And in related news, a...
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    46 is @ 39. Sorry, thought I hit "reply."...
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    "After all, the iOS UI is really brilliant for people with cognitive or learning issues (young, old, or illness-impaired)..." Beats Honeycomb in those cases hands down. No doubt about it. And there are of course a ton of superb tablet-specific...
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    And my earlier point about Honeycomb tablets cutting into iPad2's sales was not so much about iTunes lock-in. My assumption is that Honeycomb-optimized apps will be good enough in quality and quantity that, coupled with some really fancy Android tablet...
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    "You're proposing that you wouldn't recommend a tablet which is iTunes locked to your family friend, presumably because either a) iTunes is too complex, or b) the cost of a computer with iTunes (purely as a device management application) is...
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    But, darn you Google, having a hard time justifying any sort of tablet since that Cr-48 arrived on the porch -- enables the doing of work, no Bluetooth keyboard required....
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    "The alternative would be allowing a USB connection to a mass storage device or data duplication to a similarly large flash memory device. Now I want to see you ensure that your 76-year-old family friend remembers to do her backups....
  • Commented on Boxing clever
    I still can't take a bite, what with that nasty, engorged iTunes worm at the core of the ecosystem. And iTunes isn't just an issue for snooty geeks. A friend of the family -- a 76 year old woman --...
  • Commented on Next weekend: Boskone
    "...where the laws of the universe are so strange and incomprehensible that physicists are driven mad trying to understand them. From what I've seen of a lot of physicists, that day isn't far off!" As far as deep physics problems...
  • Commented on "It doesn't have a major theme or anything"
    I suppose so; but I thought the "I have a Ph.D." bit was amusing....
  • Commented on "It doesn't have a major theme or anything"
    On Gene Wolfe's _The Book of the New Sun_: "Cured me of insomnia. It was torture getting through all four volumes of this incomprehensible story of a very far future dying Earth with aliens and cyborgs traveling back and forth...
  • Commented on Apple's next step
    "This magic thing will contain the sum total of human knowledge, beautifully typeset and presented to the user in whatever way injects it into their brain with maximum efficiency." And will still be locked to craptacular iTunes, I fear......
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