Dave Berry

Dave Berry

  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Charlie wrote: Because he's writing SF set in a world perfused by mechanised, systematized magic. We need a word for this: the standard genre tags are too limiting. I've seen the word "Magitech" used for a similar concept. E.g. In...
  • Commented on The morning after
    As for what will happen, the cynic in me says, "probably little", but I'll take whatever extra powers are on offer. My optimistic side would like to see a cross-border campaign to establish a devolved English parliament. That would answer...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Some comments above have said that we "lost our nerve" or "bought the fearmongering from the No side". Well, no. We looked at what was on offer and decided that what was best for Scotland was to remain part of...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    In the clip from Haywire, why did the Gina Carano character put a pillow over the man's face before shooting him? Is this a real thing or another Hollywood gun myth? This series of posts has been interesting and educational....
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    To me, it depends on whether the art form is actively pretending to be something it is not. When I watch action movies or swashbucklers I'm doing it for the escapism. Hero is beautiful to watch and I know it's...
  • Commented on So ...
    Congratulations, Charlie!...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Hm. Maybe I'll give "Equoid" a shot after all. I don't usually do Lovecraftian horror but references to Trumpton, St. Trinians and the inestimable Constable Savage make it sound more appealing. Meanwhile, I second Sean's comment and suggest the addition...
  • Commented on Special offer: Neptune's Brood (UK only)
    Also on the Kobo store...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    I doubt that I, with my minimal social media presence, could start a decent size campaign for Devo Max. IMO it would need backing from some well-connected people who have significant social media presence, preferably in different fields. 10,000 signatories...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    It seems that lots of people want the Devo-Max option - OGH and myself included. The politicians have decided that this option won't be on the ballot and we seem to be just accepting this. On reading this thread, it...
  • Commented on Why AIs Won't Ascend in the Blink of an Eye - Some Math
    Try and get [a computer] to play, say, "Puerto Rico",... That's been done. See the Puerto Rico Evolver....
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    I reckon the second volume of a trilogy is an ideal opportunity to write a tragedy. The first volume has established the world, the characters and the overall situation. The third volume can pick up the pieces and head for...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    From my point of view as a manager in a corporate (well, university) IT department, the key phrase in Charlie's post was "management headaches". My team is relatively small at 50 people and even so I have many, many more...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    Markdown looks a bit like a wiki language. History seems to be moving against wiki markup. I notice that several wiki systems are moving to using a "user-friendly" editor for all user interactions and hiding (or removing) the wiki markup...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Frankfurt Book Fair
    Too bad no one has a greenhouse near you, Charlie. There are a few if OGH fancies a midday wander: Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh Glasshouses. (OGH knows about these, of course)....
  • Commented on Time tourism
    I agree with Charlie's argument but I'll happily enjoy a good time travel story regardless. Doomsday Book was indeed unusual in having a female time-travelling protagonist. I do want to mention Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius, just because. They hardly...
  • Commented on Another commercial ...
    Congratulations!...
  • Commented on In the pulp
    Do we need to read Saturn's Children first or does Neptune's Brood stand alone?...
  • Commented on In the pulp
    Charlie, There are a number of alternatives to using the Post Office. My sister runs a mail order business and has had to find alternative delivery services since the Royal Mail significantly increased their charges for large but light parcels....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    China's disasterous one-baby policy ensures both a gender imbalance and a rapidly aging population which will get old before it truely gets rich. It also, in concert with major civil engineering projects and control over major watersheds in the Himalayas,...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    This seems to be one of the key "corrupt centralised corporate nannying" that Cameron et al rail against - do we really want to lose this? http://stopemploymentwrongs.org/why-does-david-cameron-hate-the-working-time-directive/...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    I once turned down an opportunity to go to a week-long conference in Hawaii. My colleagues thought I was crazy, but to my mind it avoided two 24-hr flights and 5 days of 11-hour-time-zone-shift torture, all in order to endure...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    I always wake up early after an East to West flight, even after following the recommendations outlined above. I just put up with that (and don't plan to be too active in the evenings). For the return journey, part of...
  • Commented on Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship
    I'm glad you wrote this reply because it captures many of my doubts about Charlie's post. You also add more points and to cap it all you write with the experience of someone within the system. To other posters on...
  • Commented on Press release
    ... and how many milli-Hamiltons are there in a milli-Martin?...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part2)
    Off topic, but on reading these comments, I can only assume that the word "gangbanger" has a different meaning in the USA than the one that comes to mind in the UK. Ah - a quick check of Wikipedia tells...
  • Commented on It's a Wonderful Life
    All those countries don't use diamorphine for managing pain? That is appalling. My flabber is well and truly gasted. Here in Scotland it's even one of the standard options for pain management in maternity wards. So lots of kids (mine...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    This article by John Lanchester might prove to be relevant, especially the following passage: In the October edition of its regular World Economic Outlook, the IMF studied the question and announced that governments had been basing their calculations on the...
  • Commented on The Algebraic Properties of Equality in SF
    Elizabeth Moon has two space opera series with mainly female characters. Some of the characters are almost Heinleinian in their overall competence but they aren't just male characters with the names changed. I'd describe both series are having a retro...
  • Commented on 2512
    Wars are enormously expensive The Taliban seem to be doing reasonably well on a shoestring. while desalination is not cheap, it is a minimum of one order of magnitude cheaper than engaging in warfare OGH is talking about large parts...
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