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  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    a) Good point, and builds nicely on my #4; Again the USA actually varies laws on these items at sub-National level, so we now require "age and location" of the purchaser verified to produce a legal and correctly taxed transaction....
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    Well, I know we've had a previous case on this very blog where I was "looked at funny" for saying that I was happy to let my local supermarket keep a record of "what I buy there", in exchange for...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    By Nation or National, I mean a county which is a member of the United Nations in its own right. This discussion gets even more complicated when we consider a Nation like the USA, where "sales tax" can be set...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    And that's without the bit, where at least by repute, publishers used to include a few deliberate offsets in their log and trig tables, to help prove when someone else had copied their set rather than calculating from first principles....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    "...torpedoes", or spear guns. SF book covers - Generally agreed. Chris Foss - Popular, but as you say he seemed to paint by the yard, and cut off as required! ;-) Josh Kirby - Also @Pigeon #102. First you had...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    At least he was sufficiently honest to say "ignore this review unless you're another intellectual onanist" up front!...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Sadly, Colin Kapp has been mostly out of print for years. That leads to the sort of algorithm demand led price you've quoting. Also, AIUI you're correct about "best seller status" still being units led rather than revenue led....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Genevieve Cogman's "Invisible Library" series uses unwritten works and alternate variants of works as plot McGuffins....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Well, MMDV on "discovering Charlie", but more because I happened to hear him chatting with a stall-holder at an Eastercon, which gave me an additional impetus to try something by him. I can't help with your last paragraph, but Colin...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Assume access to hard copy, or genuine access to random samples of soft copy:- I tend to ignore map shaped objects and regard cast lists as a negative. I then open an interesting looking book by $new_author "somewhere in the...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Well, my Canadian relatives all feel similarly. There's one narrow road (about 12 feet) where my Dad overtook one of the Canucks (we were going to meet at the same relations' house, about 5 miles from where he overtook them)...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Well, I was thinking of knife missiles, not bombs! But for bombs, I agree with the suggestion of Dark Star....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    In the UK, there are roads narrower than 7 metres that are used for two-way bus traffic I know; my mother lives on one of them....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    ("Why would you put a full Turing AI on a munition?") Because you're the Culture, and can do it for LuLs!...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Nojay has, in the past said more or less where he lives, and in this conversation, says that he's on the Edinburgh Light Rail, er "tram", route. I think that Dalry Road, which is a bus route, might conform to...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    That's an argument about the UK loading gauge; does it still apply if you use the European or North American LG?...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The tram lines require maintenance too, of course -- after only three years of operation we received notice the tram company is going to be working overnight to refurbish the lines outside our front door. The noise from the thermal...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Well, the noise footprint of a suburban electric railway can be pretty wide. I just measured from my Mum's house to the nearest line (which I can hear movements on), and got an answer of 323m. The next nearest line...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Agreed; any errors or omissions in my comments up-thread are my own and the result of selectiveand/or failing memory, combined with not having re-read the book in years....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Personal account - Nothing to do with Coe and his Chaika lanes:- I was doing a course in London, and just outside the trainers' offices were a couple of free-sheet distributors. Starting on Monday it took til Wednesday for them...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Yes, I could have been clearer. Still my point was that you had to serve at least 2 years, and there were routes which could extend your term of service considerably....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I could see limestone quarries being of use, and indeed slate quarries, and any other quarry or mine where the tunnels are into stable rock....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    (1) No. It only discusses how "a term of service" confers a right to vote after you complete it (and how a term is "at least 2 years", and possibly until you reach retiral age if you opt to go...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Well, my memories of ST as a system of government are about how it explicitly says that "government by those who had served" arose because the veterans who developed the concept trusted each other and no-one else, explicitly says that...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Well, this is/was also normal practice for the UK fleet (except the entering service Astutes)....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Sorry, but that's a misreading of the actual argument. The actual argument is not "we can't have an assembled Saturn V in the Kennedy Space Centre Vehicle Assembly Building next year so we can't build one again ever" but "we...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Agreed. Based on observation from my Mum's front window (bus stop opposite, half-way from town centre to large housing scheme where many residents do not have access to personal transport) peak usage tends to be more like 20 persons in...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Yes, many people do say that energy saving does not improve situation at all (more people just start use the same amount of energy available) I've never been entirely convinced by this claim. Personally, if my environment starts to get...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Not the same author, but I've had similar feelings about a few other books recently....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Well, I've never learned to use a slide rule, partly because electronic calculator were a thing by the time I got to secondary school. I'm also slightly bemused by the use of log tables for anything that doesn't involve quantities...
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