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  • Commented on Generation Z
    I deliberately said a "whole mess of" because I didn't want to get into details of what they were. Some, like Child Benefit you get regardless of your work status, unless one of the parents is a top rate tax...
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    Employment Stimulus (WPA, etc) for the American Working class has been deliberately sabotaged by the agents of the 1%; And I am assuming this is the model being emulated in the UK. Not quite. There's a real mess of benefits...
  • Commented on Checking in
    If you take the line that SF holds a mirror up to society, or part of society, the thing that OB does nicely is give us a mirror on women's roles in society. A chunk of that is the brilliance...
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    It's hard to know if you'd like Orphan Black or not - you're not keen on a lot of TV. It's not clear to me if that's a fault of the story-telling in general or the mechanisms of the medium....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    From the outside it seems the US electoral system is designed to encourage a government where nothing getting done is very easy. It's not, currently, helped by having lunatics in government that won't compromise on anything, preferring to make sure...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    You're taking a rather narrow view of "the economy." Yes, take home earnings is a valid measure of part of it. It ignores the impact of VAT for one. It ignores the impact of rising house prices. And while house...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Economies are complex beasts, and don't stand alone. Osborne has shackled his plan to a very weird set of policies if the plan is to stimulate the local economy, the US went with the old set of policies and has...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    That doesn't mean you're not an oligarchy. Just your oligarchs didn't get swayed by the latest bit of (fake) data and believed the old truth that you spend your way out of recession. Our lot bought into a set of...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Have you looked at the size of the population in China at the time? Compare the death tolls to the populations and compare them to say the English Civil Wars (either of them) as a proportional exercise. Or the French...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Two winters ago in the UK....
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    Just as a point of information, if you're going to make it a vitamin B producer for a purely vegetable diet, you're unlikely to have to make it a vitamin C producer too, since fruit and veg, certainly fresh fruit...
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    OTOH I'm not supporting your side either. Programming may be an option for some people. But honestly? You're not going to get a full time job without an impressive portfolio or a recent degree. And putting together projects that in...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    if you're going to programme from home you're in an odd situation. You'll probably find you're competing on freelancer.com and other such places. Until you start to build up a reputation you'll be competing with students doing it for beer...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I think you mean MOOC Multiuser Open-ended Online (Learning) Community....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I'm not saying that I want to live in modern China. A more ancient model of Chinese government with modern technology - don't know. Probably not. The whole thrust of my argument is that the structures of government are largely...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It occurred to me, on reading this, that the Chinese model for governance might be the most sustainable one we've seen. The policies and tools of authority have changed over time, and the labels that get used, but the actual...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It's not a randomly picked description (although I didn't know someone had implemented it in Android) but I've thought about what I'd do if I had to and I have enough coding experience and understanding of crypto to write the...
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    Apple is a notoriously poor payer because they're regarded (rightly or wrongly) as a cool place to work and one of the places that the very best "must have" on their cv. There was quite an interesting piece I read...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Thanks to Maggie I think a return to the social housing system in the UK that we used to have with council houses is out. However, alternatives exist and continue to work here in the UK. I'm kind of migrainous...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    And by the standards of a lot of those on the left IDS has done a fair number on those on benefits, particularly those with large families, those living in London, those with disabilities and the like. The right-wing of...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    I realise it's a matter of personal taste (and I don't know I've read all of Charlie's short stories but I think I have - I don't know I remember them all) but personally I'm pleased to see the decline...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Actually no, I don't read much in the thriller/detective fiction area. Sometimes I read fantasy noir that crosses over into it, but not that often. But the locked room mystery is still a well enough known sub-genre that I know...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    To head back towards the original post's thread, anyone out there read Piketty? I'm not an economist and I don't have time to read the full book right now but there's a good summary in yesterday's Guardian that makes interesting...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    WAY off topic, but the follow up to London Falling, The Severed Streets is due out late May...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Perhaps oddly I don't think of many haunted house stories as architectural stories. All too often the house itself isn't integral - you could move the events to a different house and not notice IMO. Quite a few stories set...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Ah sorry, I see where you're coming from. Ages ago I'd said central legislation so the UK has interchangeable battery packs by law. The actual pack doesn't have to be, but it must mount in a rack like this, the...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    There are authors who don't hide their magic in modern fantasy settings. For example, Ilona Andrews (who are actually a married couple that write together and publish under her name) have two series that defy that convention. The short-lived "Edge"...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think it requires some form of smart tracking of battery packs. I don't know what the Irish petrol stations are (I'm not sure what the current UK ones are actually) but in the UK we used to have Esso,...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I was watching Masterchef last night, or maybe the night before. One of the former champions (so not a regular member of the public in many ways) was in his 50's) and went to college to train as a chef...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    It strikes me that's quite possibly a reaction to the demand for a monopoly rather than a problem with the business model itself?...
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