Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Royal Family merged with Disney. The Queen takes us to a unincorporated territory of the United States where the UK becomes half Disney World UK + half Epcot centre....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Finished it at lunchtime. Random comments: * Damn. That was good. Thoroughly enjoying the slide into awful. If this carries on the end of the Laundry Files is going to make A Colder War look quite light and fluffy. *...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I listen to a lot of free specfic on various podcasts. The Escape Artists podcasts especially (Escape Pod for SF, PseudoPod for Horror, PodCastle for fantasy, and Cast of Wonders for mostly specfic YA). All SFWA qualified short fiction markets...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Is the correct question, "Doth the gentleman protest too much?" Or is something else going on? The "something else" is that this dude has a long history of filibustering and blocking bills in. He did the same to at least...
  • Commented on Test Case
    For the law student exam questions: Mary places adversarial image patches purchased from Etsy on her kid's clothing to prevent them being picked up by automated image/face tracking by her abusive ex-partner. When the children legally cross the road on...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "because the culprit in this case is a corporation" Do we know whether that is true? Legally I mean. If it does turn out to be the car side that caused the fatality is it Uber the corporation, or the...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Probably too SF for technothriller but… 1995: Project DOMINION, an experimental NCA data centre, goes online for the first time. The fruits of a dark project on experimental parallel processing technology 20 years ahead of what the world currently thinks...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Without spoiling anything, was it your intent to make every named character both engaging and sympathetic (or at least competent), or was it a consequence of the world-building? I don't know how to be more clear without spoiling stuff, but...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Finished it last night. 'Twas jolly good. Thank you :-)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    if BTC delivers what its supporters promise, then how will the oligarchs react? I was listening to the news this morning and I thought the characterisation of Bitcoin as an "unregulated financial product" by one of the business folk is...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I'd add accessibility/inclusion to the list of problems that not many VR/AR folk seem to be poking at. For example: * I don't have stereo depth perception - so I need other depth queues * A friend of mine in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    That really bothered me because it doesn't reflect the way I see the Laundry spirit. I've had a sneaking suspicion since we've learned a bit more about Mahogany Row (and its longer-term history before it sprouted off into the OSS...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Plus Halting State, Rule 34, Glasshouse. But they are all only realistically happy, not far off neutral, except for Trunk and Disorderly, not saccharine happy. I'd say the end of Glasshouse stretches the definition of even "realistically happy" myself :-)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Hmmm… I wonder if there are going to be any interesting interactions between election purdah and coverage/discussion of the EU/Brexit/Initial negotiation stuff....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    UKIP is likely being reabsorbed by the Conservatives, now that they achieved their victory. So expect an enlarged Tory share of the vote, and a further drift towards the extreme right. Does the ex-Labour UKIP voter go back to Labour...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Do UKIP have enough donors / political machinery to run candidates this time around?...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Silver linings… * Strong possibility of 100% SNP Scotland * It means the election will happen before the proposed 2018 boundary changes. Other than that… arse…...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    What I failed to find out is whether she thinks she can get the turkeys to vote for Christmas, is going to support a vote of no confidence in her own government, or is just going to ignore the law....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I agree that a bunch of the folk in the valley (and over here) have those problems — and that they're evil, embedded, and systematic problems. However that lack of ethical knowledge on the engineering / product / management side...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    FWIW, I don't. Specifically, I don't agree with SFreader's argument that the problem is a lack of University ethics classes among the paid labor class. Anecdotally, many software engineers and IT people are very concerned about the ethics involved in...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Er, after some 50 + years of conscious existence in the US, I have never, ever been asked that question in any situation and would regard it as a sign that I should back slowly away or regester a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Another thing I wonder about is what social & "family" groups will look like in 2117. For example… a) I know a fair number of "successful" people in their 20s-40s who are living in shared accommodation. The major driver for...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Google for the book titles via amazon.co.uk. Those links go to the US kindle store because she's published by DAW in the USA and that's her main market. I did - that was the msg from kindle page on the...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Welcome! Medieval surgery? Now that sounds fun! Any way to get the ebook in the UK? (Amazon goes "This title is not currently available for purchase" for Kindle)...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    Greg, your complaints about the resident Vogon (I prefer that title) are completely ineffective. Ignore, add a filter to your browser, whatever - please just stop. Seconded. So much seconded. I wondered earlier why it had been so long since...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    But if you've already read Empire Games (the novel), you might want to ask yourself just what function Kurt (and his background) serves in the context of time line two Things that occurred to me after reading… The Clan was...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    I like Dark Matter, too. It's not Great Science Fiction, but it's good fun storytelling with developing characters and a constant air of suspense and mystery. In addition after last year's awesome Jessica Jones and how that approached women's issues...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I again repeat the point about quality of picture. Corporations I worked at, would never accept teleconferencing meetings set in taverns using elf and orc avatars or their equivalent. (now, I know a couple of guys at London headquarters who...
  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    LITTLE BLUE BASTARD is now part of my Laundryverse headcannon ;-)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Dear OGH / Moderators, Can we have a new fun post. Spoiler thread for The Annihilation Score, competition winners, incipient collapse of civilisation due to climate change, etc. ? Something to distract from the current sh*tstorm. Ta. Love, Adrian...
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