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  • Commented on Checking in
    Your talk about a superhero book made me wonder, has any of your work ever been put into a graphic novel/comic form? I think some of the Laundry novels might work quite well....
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I was born in 1980, I earn an average wage for the UK, and I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I will never own a house. The British government has if not prioritised, at least helped to keep...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I'm far too lazy to google, so I'll just ask: Which month can we expect to be able to read "The Rhesus Chart" please? Also, elves in tanks? I thought they hated iron? Composite armour maybe?...
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    Possibly apocryphal story about Lord of the Rings: When they were testing the AI, they were setting up the battle at Helms Deep. They'd set up all the defenders, and just to test they dropped in one orc. The orc...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    (You're were almost correct with the title it's Homicide:Life on the Street. It was based on the work of David Simon, who later went on to co-write The Wire)....
  • Commented on Lovebible.pl
    You cannot comprehend the magnitude of the forces you are meddling with!...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Within the next ten or twenty years we should have telescopes capable of detecting at least basic life on other planets, in ideal circumstances. For example detecting raised levels of chemicals such as oxygen which would indicate something like photosynthesis...
  • Commented on A likely tale
    That last pun had me in actual, physical, pain Charlie, you diabolical monster (creator) you....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    It's up the hill from Lower Slaughter, what else would you call it?...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    When I first heard about all this jingoism about what a great war WWI was my first thought was that it had been said much better than I ever could; The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Oh, I've just remembered, when they were digging the pit for the septic tank for the house I grew up in, they unearthed a Roman era burial which is now in Gloucester museum, so I guess there's been a settlement...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    A friend of mine is a chorister at Windsor Castle, and has an apartment there which wikipedia tells me was built in the 1490's. Here's a view out of the window when I last stayed. His daughter is presumably going...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    If Our Gracious Host is going to write utopianism, I'd love to see the Stross take on the Culture. Mind you, I'd just like to see more Culture books :(...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    For those wondering why users commit inexplicable crimes like not doing the formatting last, it's because different people do things in different ways. Working in IT support, my rule of thumb is to show them the "correct way" to do...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    @56 Yep, that's how he fixed it in the end.* However, just to prove myself wrong I found this picture of a series 3 which has a snorkel that goes up the edge of the windscreen, probably allowing it to...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Actually, I've just thought, if you had a snorkel fitted you wouldn't be able to push the windscreen down. Um, sorry I didn't mean to be all nit-picky*. * in Dutch I believe the phrase would be "ant fucker", which...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Small correction; the "snorkel-shaped exhaust bolted to one side of the windscreen" is more likely to be an actual snorkel. The exhaust doesn't need to be above the water as (long as you keep the revs up) hopefully the water...
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    The Basilisk gun apparently works through glass, so pointing it at a jetliner might get someone looking out of the window at short range. Mind you, now I'm wondering if they're restricted to visual wavelengths. The weapons mentioned so far...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    We did learn that all you need to do to stop hijackers with knives taking over a plane is better locks on the cabin door....
  • Commented on The latest news
    @58 Theoretically you can't trust a compiler, but practically what would it take to subvert one? You'd need some code that could detect when it was being used to compile something that looked like an encryption protocol, and to hobble...
  • Commented on The latest news
    (Sorry for the double post) If the USSR still existed, surely their internet access would basically look like China does now?...
  • Commented on The latest news
    Just joining a few dots that others have mentioned, but the news* that the NSA has been working with hardware (and software) manufacturers to insert backdoors puts a slightly different spin on the complaints about equipment from Huawei (et al)...
  • Commented on Cheap Reads!
    @NMN oo, if Amazon did AutoRip but for books, that would definitely make them my favourite monopoly evar....
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    @13 akicif Your prediction was a bit late, the Telegraph have already run that article. To be fair, he almost certainly was carrying information, but not "information that could potentially destroy the entire security apparatus of the Western world"*, just...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    If "job for life" is a indicator of the generation you grew up in, then the next one is "buy your own house". It's pretty much taken for granted by most people over a certain age that getting a mortgage...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    "in the Lake District where it rains sideways six days out of every five" That's a redundant sentence if you've ever been to the Lake District. (I kid, it's a lovely part of the world, but it does rain a...
  • Commented on Deeply annoying realization ...
    We have a TV in our (shared) house, but I can't remember the last time I saw someone watching live TV, except possibly sport. Instead it's used as a screen for watching pre-recorded stuff. Personally I consider the license fee...
  • Commented on Deeply annoying realization ...
    I too found some similarities between Transitions and Palimpset. Partly it's that they both feature some kind of 'alternate dimensions' idea, and a main character who is part of a secret, powerful, organisation that controls access between these different dimensions/timelines....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    I always got the impression (and I don't know if this was intentional or not), that the fragile were helped on their way. Perhaps not killed, but more subtly nudged away from other people into interacting solely with their robot...
  • Commented on His Master's Voice
    Do tor.com pay you anything for your short stories, or is it just free publicity (for both side I guess)? Sorry if that's a rude question, I'm just being nosy. Either way, I'm sure I'll enjoy reading it, all of...
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