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  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    No. I think you're assuming everyone installs everything that comes by. I'm not quite sure what the most successful malware we've seen was, but ILOVEYOU has to be way up there. But like biological viruses part of its success was...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Not necessarily. If your smartphone/PC etc. or even someone's at the NSA gets horribly corrupted, then it's not actually a catastrophe. It may be a nightmare for you, it might be a national security headache, but it's not a catastrophe...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There's a balance in all these things. While I don't think your position is unreasonable, I wonder how many people would. Because if you do that to all devices you're essentially insisting that every smartphone and every tablet have an...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Even the NSA uses Windows and Microsoft Office internally. Many of the Snowden leaks started life as PowerPoint presentations. WTF. These agencies have large, stable budgets and security concerns that go beyond 99.9% of the commercial world. Why are they...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I kind of know that - I just feel somewhere in the process between the author and the editor and whoever it ought to get caught. I try to be tolerant, and mistakes in process and fine detail I'm usually...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There are equally authors who go through the whole editing and publishing rigmarole and still produce turgid prose that really needed to edited more heavily. I won't name names because one of the worst offenders I can think of is...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    The trouble I have when I read "there are some seriously abusive sexual behaviour patterns floating around in porn" is I always wonder about the people that read them and how they take them. I'm in a happily kinky RL...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I don't have a problem with the second half of your statement, and I pretty much avoid shopping on Amazon. I'm not sure how "all of this" assumes Amazon is an honest broker though?...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    The other model I'm seeing, not necessarily in erotica, is the smack, smack, smack self-published novella. I've just finished one such series that actually blurred the UF and the erotica lines left, right and centre and was definitely not YA....
  • Commented on Default Option
    I agree with all your reasons why Grexit is a bad option for the EU. That doesn't mean it can't happen. The new Greek parliament has to ask for something vaguely palatable to the other member states. There's a load...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Throwing money at a problem isn't the answer, putting money in the right places is. And the thing that public schools in the UK always do well on, and state schools less well, and that always comes out as a...
  • Commented on Default Option
    To be honest, it might be a race for Grexit and Brexit and with the way the rhetoric between Greece and the rest of the EU sounds like it's ramping up, Grexit is sounding the more likely to happen first....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Ah so that's a no then. People have always left school unable to read and write. We didn't like to admit (and we still don't) but it's always happened. I asked for primary research... you know that academic research you've...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Since the mixed-ability model is discredited and you claim to know whereof you speak, I assume you have well sourced primary research to back up your claim?...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Before these elections I don't remember hearing anything about Greek politics. Heck, I'm kind of a news junkie and I'd struggle to name Greek presidents. I did at least know they had them. Syriza may not be radical in the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    "stealing in its various legal forms" - I meant to say in its various legally defined forms, the differences between theft, shoplifting, burglary, etc....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    A lot of the problem with the war on drugs is the language. Why do we (as a society) decide that some drugs are OK and some are so wicked they must be made illegal and any attempt to use...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    As Gini coefficients and wealth inequity in the UK has risen in this country over my lifetime, so has the use of food banks and the like. Coincidence? Possibly, but I doubt it. A society which acts to punish, stigmatise...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    There's an argument to be made, indeed it has recently been made by a recently retired Chief Inspector of Education, that the best thing for education in this country is actually to do nothing for at least 5 years. Not...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I honestly don't remember hearing them say that. I will admit I haven't made any effort to read their manifesto and the rhetoric I remember hearing has made me think if they were elected in sufficient numbers to give us...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I don't live anywhere near Thanet. If I did, of the two, if I didn't have a viable alternative (I'm much more likely to vote Green in practise) I'd vote for Al Murray before Nigel Farage. One consistently acts like...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    You could always vote for Al Murray since he's going to stand against Farage et al....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I like 38 Degrees, and regularly express my opinion via their campaigns. I particularly like them since they were name-checked by some politician (I wish I could remember which one) for being a PITA and filling his inbox with emails...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Allegedly there is life outside London. OGH for example. Or more pertinently for actual terrorists, three of the 7/7 bombers lived in Leeds, the other lived in Aylesbury....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I sincerely hope this irony. But as someone that used to "speak" passable ESL you have missed at least one obviously loophole. Although I was never able to do it, I know someone who could hold parallel conversations, one spoken...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    When all it takes is someone with expertise in online security from the treasury saying "Sure, do this, the banking system will collapse, the London financial industry will collapse, HMRC's ability to collect VAT and Income Tax will be severely...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    And he's so inept he only listened to one advisor?...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I'm scratching my head with this announcement trying to work out wtf they actually want. The public announcement makes no sense. It won't achieve the stated aims and as rather succinctly summed up here it will fuck over HMRC and...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    That sounds great for my iPad or your mobile phone. It sucks lowish power and will last for an age on one charge. I could back of the envelope for a car but it might work or not. It's only...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I've never seen (or heard) a military drone in operation. I have heard and seen videos with different claims about "OMG the noise keeps us awake at night" and "They're so quiet no one knows they're there." Of course they...
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