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  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    I diss both Gor and Mills and Boon. They're both awful and churned out to a simple formula to maximise writing speed and returns with minimal effort. You can apply the classic romance tropes - put massive obstacles in the...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    Oh yes, thank you. Obviously some brain cells still just about work....
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    At the time it was being written MDT for leprosy weren't generally available or well understood. The drugs were available (from the 50's) but using them in combination to treat leprosy really didn't start until the 90's....
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    It seems moderately unlikely to me that there hasn't be an earlier upwelling of the female voice. But history, as the aphorism tells us, is written by the victors and the victors are clearly male if it's ever happened before....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    My partner's colouring and roots suggest she's from the obvious group I omitted from ejection list. Why did I fall in love with a bloody Saxon?!...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I enjoyed reading the post. I predict very little hope for a sane discussion though, there's a million and one hot buttons in there. Over the Christmas period we've had the first news of a globally distributed environmental pathogen resistant...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I must admit I find myself wondering just how limited we would be. We currently organise our knowledge into prose books and chapters, and at a higher level into papers and journals and we write in prose. But we transmit,...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Qwerkywriter. A pause and pesky autocorrect takes over!...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Interesting list. 2015 might be the first year i bought no new gadgets. I had a time machine meltdown followed almost immediately by a hard drive meltdown. Unrelated but really crap timing. By the time I'd replaced the time machine,...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Technically I have no fantasy shibboleths, I want a good story. Well-drawn characters., a decent plot and a somewhat reasonable world (in that order) and I'll forgive other things. The problem with fantasy being such a broad field, and having...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    If you agree to commit Space Opera, you can either go for really hard science, or commit handwavium. If you go down the really hard science route, you're not really committing Space Opera, you instantly exclude a chunk of the...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I'm in no way trying to support any of the rest of the nonsense that often goes with the statement - AIDS-associated mortality is crazily high (way over 99%) if untreated and we should treat people, absolutely. But it isn't...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Having integrated the gene originally from a virus into your genome, or requiring a plasmid for toxin expression do not a viral infection make. Please learn some microbiology....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Actually the diseases with the highest mortality rate tend to the opposite extreme. Things like Marburg and it's more famous cousin Ebola. Long incubation periods tend to give you lower mortality rates. And even things like HIV which ought to...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Farming planets don't ring my alarm bells until they say they're a monoculture. I don't have an issue with farming planets in the same way many countries (currently) have agricultural areas and urban areas. Nothing forces the farming planet to...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    I think there are times when inaction is the worse course of action, and it's really hard to distinguish them at the time. We, to steal some lazy terminology and very emotive, "The Western Imperialists" tend to have an interventionist,...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    All of the people in power are remarkably good at saying no to requests - except to requests from the armed forces it appears....
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    It won't surprise those of you that know me that I'm opposed to bombing in Syria. And Iraq. It's not clear to me that it gains us anything except increasing the risk of being targeted and convincing people that we're...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    There's been a rise in non-token LGBT characters as well. The Russo Test attempts to provide an equivalent to the Bechdel Test for LGBT characters. Film does terribly, generally speaking (I've seen 1 film released this year and one at...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    No data so no speculation. I suspect it is but I have 0 data points. Whereas I have data points for anglophone SF....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Dark Matter is based on written material of course, in the comic book/graphic novel format rather than prose. SyFy is also producing a series based on The Expanse series. While the on-going POV character is a Montana-born Earther, his crew...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    On a social level, I'm surprised no one's mentioned equality for women, non-whites and the like. We've had a century since women worked in the land army and in the factories during the first world war, then they did it...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    You don't need a smartphone for a chunk of that. If you pay by any EPOS system you're tracked at some level. if there's a law saying "all purchased must be registered with your karma tracker" even if you pay...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    I would guess (having just been doing a scoring system for job postings) you start with some reputation (say 500 or 650 since that's the average) and you get your marks up and down. If your score falls too low,...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    In terms of social change, I think for the developing countries isn't going to be an interesting question. If they rely on satellites for broadband now (saying there's 0.5s latency sounds a lot like a first world problem) will they...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Does the US culturally really believe in "Space, the final frontier" any more? There's a core of geeks that recognise the quote of course, and the Elon Musk's of this world seem to want to go to the 'roids but...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Assuming there's no clearance, and no Seventeves catastrophe like blowing up the moon, I guess we're most likely looking at something in LEO since there's a lot more that's been happening there. Geosynchronous orbits are relatively emptier because although there's...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Ah, yes, I agree it's technically easy for the MPs to do. But it's really stupid. The people that elect the new leader have spoken really strongly... and it's not just the "cheap seats" that could be dismissed as "they're...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    You could be right, Corbyn could be gone for any number of reasons. None of the reasons you mention seem to be obvious crises for him as much as for Callmedave or as they could have been pre-2015. Scottish Independence...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Corbyn has certainly galvanised the rank and file. In a time when for about 13 years membership of all UK political parties has been in decline, the Labour party grew by about 30% or so (and not just the £3...
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