Adrian Howard

Adrian Howard

  • 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...
  • 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...
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