Michael.

Michael.

  • Commented on COVID-19
    A long time ago I read (and now of course I can't find where*, because search engines are all shit and focussed only on the now now now) that the main threat to airline business class travel was teleconferencing. So...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    @Charles H @ 432: Sure, do whatever you like. The point is to reduce the inherited wealth and power. As our gracious host points out at 469, that is good for everyone. @withroth @ 436: Again, I'm not wedded to...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm rather busy and won't respond to individual comments. But regarding inheritance tax, make it 100% over two million or even five million pounds if you like. It'll still massively cut down inherited power and wealth. As for corporations, you...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Eh, I'm not actually British, and I don't actually care about the details of ownership of various bits of stuff there. But Wikipedia sayz: "The Sunday Times Rich List 2017 estimated [Liz's] personal wealth at £360 million, making her the...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    (Re: The Greens - not that I think that any of the rest of them are any better.)...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Yes, the legislation is already there. Two nasty pieces of legislation passed in the last five years (with the support of the craven Labor party) are the 'Telecommunications (Interception and Access ) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015' and the 'Telecommunications...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I love to tell the story of how a Brit and I once had a, only mildly in jest, argument about the best way to get rid of the royals. He wanted to take them down to the basement and...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Panic buying is stupid. Being prepared is not. Having two (or preferably four or more) weeks worth of supplies gives options. 1. If you are in a high-risk demographic, or if you cohabit with someone, then you can isolate yourself...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    As mentioned up thread "we're all going to die!!!". Eventually. The advice where I am is to ensure that you have at least two weeks worth of food etc., because of potential issues with supply chains. Hopefully for folks in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've gotten to the point that I actually don't care what happens. It's all happening a long way away, and I've done all I can. In fact, just for the death of the UK, I'll say yay Brexit! I support...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    --- Also balaclavas, so that when you are out throwing bricks through *bank* [not brick] windows, you are less likely to be identified. Anyway, as to how to store food stuffs, and what food stuffs to store, there is a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    "In 1990 came the Trafalgar Square poll tax riots. For Class War, those who took part in the violence were working class heroes. For the enemy is the ruling class, anyone with enough money or property not to need to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Apart from issues mentioned previously by other commentators, the fact that the Australian constitution is a lot harder to change than the UK one, makes it a lot easier for the UK to drop the monarchy than for Australia to,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Oh, but overall, I tend to be a bit of a cautious optimist. I don't think things will be as bad as some people think they might be. Sure things can get bad, but will they really get that bad?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    <Insert long and convoluted discussion of preppers/survivalists and prepping here, which got removed due to going off on too many tangents> In conclusion, if I were in the UK (inc. NI), I would be stocking up on misc. products (particularly...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I'm not sure Mr Y is actually Australian any more (Wikipedia says not since 1985). And I'm not sure that 007 is really the being to put down this current mess of villains. After all, Bond is a tool of...
  • 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...
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