Michael.

Michael.

  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I look forward to seeing the results of your hard work, regardless of what form it takes (though to be honest, I am more looking forward to Empire Games than the other stuff). As for problems with Word, I do...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    I swear I remember you writing about how Snowden revelations made it necessary to re-write chunks of these novels, 'cause the spying wasn't sufficiently over the top... I had just been saying I wished, not that Snowden hadn't gave the...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Most anticipated book of 2016/2017! It's such a shame that real life events made it necessary to re-write large chunks. Let's hope that future events don't make it necessary to rewrite large chunks of the following two (also very anticipated)...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Not only cannot sit at the same desk two days in a row, but to encourage collaboration between people who otherwise might not, and to discourage nepotism, people are not allowed to sit next to the same people two days...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    That document is funny. Some of the misc headings: "Combine Bug Fixes With Upgrades" "Change File Formats With Each Release Of Your Product" "Custom Script Language"...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    I am a little surprised no one has yet mentioned the classic "How to write unmaintainable code", which is a great source of tips for the budding programmer (and manager wishing to drive a company into the ground). Policies could...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    In the interest of cost savings, and using IT time efficiently, introduce VoIP and remove POTS. Moreover, ensure that staff that do "fundamentally" the same job share telephone numbers (rather than one number per person). Also, it's cheaper and more...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    If your intention, by posting this, was to get us to go out and buy your novels, well, in this case at least, it worked. I was happy to discover I could get the Invisible Library DRM free, so well...
  • Commented on Confessions of a (half-assed) news avoider
    In the last year I've gone from obsessively reading all the headlines on four different news RSS feeds, and reading most of the articles, to doing virtually none of that. I don't avoid the news, I just don't seek it...
  • Commented on An Apology
    OK, I'll live :). How about a bodice ripper? I understand that many of them are actually written by authors from other genres......
  • Commented on An Apology
    I look forward to everything. Also, if you're taking suggestions for your next unrelated to anything else novel, can I suggest something similar to Lobsters, and/or your Scottish police procedurals? I.e. a small step into the future. You've already got...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    I can't see that any one mentioned drugs. Drugs like cannabis and opium were (as far as I can tell) only widely restricted in the late 19th and into the 20th century. I.e. it's only been in the last 150...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    It's funny, but if I think too much about magic in fantasy, I start thinking about the corollary to Clarke's third law: "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology." I.e. given a non-irrational and non-illogical system of magic, and...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    I was talking about Douglas Adams the other day at work. The way the bastard went and died too early. Well Charlie. If you die too early, I will attempt a method of bringing you back to life, merely so...
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Ah, I think that post needs re-checking and editing. You're repeating yourself a bit. And the list of URLs at the end looks odd. I'm guessing you tried to do something with Markdown or similar and it didn't quite work....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I'm less qualified to speak about the second half than the first half (last third, second third?). But in 2034, I predict that much of the world will be virtually unchanged technology wise. Millions (even a billion or so) of...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I have no dog in the race, but I'll be hoping for independence, merely because I'm a strong believer in small being more beautiful than not. (I also hope for a break-up of Spain.) Except you'll still end up with...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    Wait, I think I just outed myself as one of the set {deranged,damaged,just plain homicidal}. I didn't mean to do that....
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    I've been making anonymous online death threats against the president of the USA for years now. I've yet to receive a single visit from the SS, or even a nastygram. I'm really disappointed actually. Maybe I should switch to non-anonymous...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    My answer to this question is invariably, "nothing much". It seems to throw people who expect a more concrete answer. (Or recently I said, "I play poker all day", a terrible exaggeration.) And if people walk away when you tell...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    It's funny. I often have trouble thinking of those sort of Marxists as, well, actually Marxists. All the autonomous Marxists, and similar are on the far-left of the Marxist spectrum, and in some ways are even more left (and/or libertarian)...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    *cough*Karl Marx*cough* Capitalism is wonderful, because it essentially increases production, allowing there to be enough production, so that we can all work less. E.g. factory farming is massively more efficient (when it comes to the number of people working), so...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    I had intended to reply to people. But I think it's a bit late now. Instead I'll just leave three things: 1. Cryptocurrencies with built in inflation exist. (Bitcoin itself could also change to an inflation based model, if the...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    No. I got my directions all correct thanks. I exited stage left, 'cause that's where all my compatriots and comrades are hanging out. (I'm not your typical anarcho-capitalist bitcoiner. I'm not any sort of capitalist at all...)...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    I understand perfectly well that money is, as you say, "worthless". Regardless, I still think it's a good idea to move control of money from the state, to, well, everywhere. If we have to have money (and we can't live...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    Meh. I don't care. If anyone ever asked my advice (not that they ever have), I would be saying "don't keep your cryptocoins at an exchange". In exactly the same way I would say "don't keep money with Paypal". Think...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Ah, I think I missed a word or two in that post. What it prevents corporations from controlling money. At present, three corporations can cut off most international money transfer for things like buying over the Internet. And I disagree...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Heh, I didn't realise you had such a large Twitter following, and I underestimated the other forums. You might not like Bitcoin, but can you see that (as someone on /. put it, and as g.emory alludes above), this is...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Congrats Charlie. You've successfully trolled probably thousands of people, hundreds of which have commented on how you are wrong, or right, or whatever. I was a bit perturbed by your post, but then I read the first hundred or so...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    A bit late to this particular party, but to swing the thread back to "Halting State" (those two books are awesome, by the way, albeit scary in some ways), is your new not-Halting State book also going to be written...
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