Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: CARD Decks (Civilian Attack: Recovery & Denial) Classification: CaaS/CCG: counter magic class Deployment: Triggered by the incident at the 1998 (and final) UK Comic Art Convention the 2001 International CaaS/CSG treaty forbids the use of Collectable Card Games (CCGs)...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    I'm another person who's interested in the inclusive design / accessibility issues for VR. As somebody without binocular 3D every VR box I've tried has just given me a headache. I'm going to be interested to see what the VoiceOver...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Maybe the media studies reference got seasick crossing the pond. In the UK it is the stereotypical worthless degree epitomising the dumbing-down of higher education, the archetypal degree created simply so that any muppet can get a degree and whose...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    There were people employed to teach who were not bringing in research grants, and to whom the administration denied facilities (office space, academic database access, lab access) that the grant-funded staff were allowed. Teaching was not, at least not always,...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Now that this thread has made me think about it — I've find that I've purchased surprisingly little new technology in the last year. Or, indeed, the last two years. I'm still using my 2013 MacBook Air — and not...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    Microsoft ended long term support for XP in 2014. That senior banking folks think it's entirely realistic that banks will still be using it in-house in 2030 should tell you something about the banking industry. A few years back I...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Ahem: Bussard (sic) ramscoops do work (probably); but they're incredibly good brakes, rather than being good for acceleration. Indeed, they're so good at slow-down that they may have a role to play on interstellar missions for that very purpose; use...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Things that annoy me enough to stop reading on occasion: 1. New books that ignore old science/discoveries. e.g. We know that Buzzard Ram Jets don't work now. I prefer magic technology etc. to known inaccurate science. 2. Quantum Computers as...
  • Commented on A small research question
    This might be of interest. A bunch of mostly-fish parasites just got reclassified as Cnidaria — the same phylum as jellyfish & sea anemones. Partially because folk spotted structures very like the stinging structures in jellyfish. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/11/13/1511468112 Fun!...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "Maybe I'm not understanding something correctly? But Firefly doesn't strike me as "that USian"." As a UK viewer the whole freedom loving Browncoats vs single-governance Alliance civil war seemed a pretty blatant riff from the various media tropes around the...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    "I'm guessing that if we look forward to 3015 from here, the cultural legacy of white male dominated 19th/20th century America will still be visible in the background -- something called "English" will still be widely spoken on a global...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    but it also turned out that the result of reading substantively all nominated works and then voting on perceived merit differed from doing so only in some details. This. Exactly this. I'm possibly a bit odd — but I can't...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Speaking personally I'm reading more new authors (although not more books) since I started reading ebooks more. Because things of things like: The nearest even vaguely good book store is an hours travel door-to-door, at a location I don't regularly...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    If there are 20,000 new SF novels, paradoxically, the sheer volume of choice and difficulty of knowing what to pick means that we just say "screw it" and re-read Accelerando instead There's a bunch of studies around this sort...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    "Ah, the Hugos thread is about embedded microcontrollers, I see!" At last — the whole Hugo fracas makes sense! In addition to embedded microcontrollers, the following year's Hugos are networked. In three years, Hugos will form the largest sector of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Did you read the text from those pages? The PS4-webkit bug did not permit takeover of the system, but was described as "the first step towards the PlayStation 4 hacking." Likewise, the Wii Opera crash is described with "The hackers...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Also within a couple of minutes I found a Sony PS4 webkit exploit and a Wii Opera vulnerability… With Google....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Since we seemed to be heading towards the site's strange attractors… <aside> Actually, that can be finessed. If you're really serious about security, you use traditional electromechanical controllers rather than embedded microcontrollers to keep the plant running -- hey, it...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Fair enough, but remember that for an aging SF author to neglect entertainment value in favor of anvilicious political messages is the definition of brain-eater syndrome. You're a professional entertainer; you can't afford to be tedious. Curiously exactly my thoughts...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Not quite. It seems to me that the notion of the slate itself was being rejected, not what was on it. They did have Guardians of the Galaxy get through ;-) Speaking personally I was sort of dreading voting this...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Sigh. That's the saddest thing about this whole debacle. We lost a year we will never get back Maybe somebody will tweak the rules for Retro Hugos. In which case 2065 will be an interesting year for any of...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Yup, E Pluribus Hugo passed Awesomesauce. I'd missed this, and after a quick skim read it looks like a sane solution. So only one more year of puppy slates fouling things up....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I have to admit to enjoying a large juicy slice of schadenfraude with my morning coffee this morning as I scrolling through the tear stained tweets of the puppygaters. I have a nasty feeling they're not going to go away...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    (Actually - ping me at the new twitter account @YoReadingWomen — if a Friendly Moderator could change the @adrianh in the previous post that would be lovely. Or not. I was the idiot after all ;-)...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    The easiest first step is for fans of the genre to seek out both books and writers new to them. It's never been easier to sample a new book. With ebooks you can usually read at least ten percent for...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    (Disclaimer: I am not a serious charts wonk, but I have worked with some serious ones on occasion. I've also had to deal with a couple of situations when a few "annoying" charts "helped" people make some dumb ass decisions...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Yes, but to demonstrate the bias we want to show, we should also have them remember five male writers they read in the last year and see which is easier. Yup. I did....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    The point was you can prove anything, if you draw those bounds appropriately. Yes, but you have to start somewhere. And you have to draw those boundaries in sensible places. We have some numbers around some of the major awards....
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    I thought the protagonist in Merchant Princes was not particularly convincing as a woman or an American. I suspected Charlie felt the same way, as he took every opportunity as the series developed to run away from his protagonist, usually...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    It wasn't until my late teens that I realised Andre Norton was a woman ;)...
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