Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Simple question: in the UK, irradiated milk is common, and needs no refrigeration. How do they do that in that kind of quantity, and couldn't an identical facility be used to sterilize PPE? AFAIK milk is not a food that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I think Johnson and the Objectivists (hashtag band name) are gonna get away with blaming the bad side effects of brexit on covid. They're already starting up the blaming covid-on-China line. The local tory-loving folk down our way are out...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I suspect a bunch of the bad reader reviews on "The Annihilation Score" weren't just from random misogynists but from people who couldn't imagine how a married couples' view of events prior to their separation could be so profoundly different....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Congrats on finally throwing Invisible Sun over the wall to the publishers for the (fingers crossed) final time :-)...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    So I'm going to stand my ground. Stop hand waving, read the literature, light at least one fire, and figure out how something that's radically nonhuman in shape can make all four of these, can transfer a coal to tinder,...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Shhhh: Sixteen publicity seeking hate mongers (Katie, Piers etc.) shut in solo hotel suites for four months. Only interaction via custom mobile app — faked to convince each one they're winning. IRL none of this is broadcast — the show...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    And the headrest screens will go away, replaced by a mounting frame you can slot or clip your own device to, or rent a dumb screen from the cabin crew if you don't have a device to watch. This...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Oh… just realised I managed to skim over the "You can spend up to 1% of your portfolio per year on whatever you like, without consequences for the rest of the portfolio. Above that, for every additional dollar you liquidate,...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Okay — rough first stab: * $25b for either purchasing the Murdoch media empire, or rebuilding one on the same scale. Because if the last 20-40 years has shown us anything propaganda is some powerful shit. Set a ten year...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    They've got ring-fenced state pensions and the NHS so they're buffered from the worst consequences of austerity They're not buffered from all of it tho… and the care/community cuts have hit many retired state pension folk I know very,...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    4. Note that what killed Windows Phone wasn't the devices, but the lack of a viable app ecosystem. By running Android, MS will make an end run around this; and by encouraging third parties to plug into their API, they'll...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Britain and Japan are reasonable sized countries. The US and Australia, not so much. The flip side is that I've encountered a fair few USA chums coming over for a five day break and wanting to know what to see...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    After the first month, don't bother topping it up unless you need to make outgoing calls—it'll accept incoming calls even if there's no credit on it, and you can leave it in a desk drawer with the ringer turned...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Looking like Ruth Davidson may be resigning tomorrow. (fetches popcorn) I am finding it hard to see how Boris losing four or five days of Parliament scrutiny is worth this shit show…...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I find JRM's cavalier approach to punctuation … disturbing and, furthermore, pretentious. The whole style thing is typical of him though. It's a callback to "old" standards, and is wrong. It also plays into his eccentric Victorian bullshit — which...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    An amoral weak-godlike entity runs overclocked sims of your good self + your publishers/editors and delivers complete final copyedited versions of all the remaining laundryverse + clan books to your laptop — then kills the sims. 1) Do you read...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I know you're not a telly series person — but the recent DC Doom Patrol TV series impressed me. They went full on for the Grant Morrison-esque weird-ass Doom Patrol. Which shows some kind of fortitude by TV execs somewhere....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I think the Independence chancers are a dangerous distraction at best and a fifth column at worst Another thing… they're not actually a party yet. They're not registered with the Electoral Commission. Why not I wonder? One reason might be...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Clever folk successfully grew human esophageal tissue in the lab for the first time. Ethiopia & Eritrea finally made peace after twenty odd years of hot & cold conflict. Hopefully it will stick. Folk fold some evidence for surface...
  • 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...
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