Dave Berry

Dave Berry

  • Commented on Ever Young?
    For me, being an adult means taking responsibility for oneself (and while hale and well, depending primarily on oneself instead of on others). For me, it was taking responsibility for someone else. First, my son; now (shared with my siblings),...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    It's not clear to me that "No British government can afford to deflate the housing market". They can't trumpet this as policy but there is a clear demand for more housing and I think all the parties are proposing increases...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    What does FWCS stand for? I assume it's not Fort Wayne Community School, which is what Google returns....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I doubt that Section 29 really amounts to a veto. If the UK leaves the EU and Scotland stays in the UK without amending that law, it will just become one of the many obsolete laws that everyone ignores. It...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I see this as a precursor to running Android apps directly on Windows 10 Like an offical version of AMIDuOS?...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Shibboleth: the complete absence of religion. Or one religion that everyone believes in. Or, gods that are just super-strong monsters (a la D&D). Actually, this applies to much SF as well. Even though I'm an atheist, I don't expect everyone...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    I read somewhere that this sort of arbitration clause has been standard in trade treaties for a while. They were mainly aimed at preventing countries from nationalising corporate assets without due compensation. What has changed is that recently corporations have...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    My 16-year-old son swears by Homestuck....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    In reading this thread I'm reminded of my reaction to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Leckie did build a different society, with a different religion and a different outlook on life. As SF, it worked and was interesting. But the characters...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I'm trying to think of something else that's currently not socially acceptable that may become so in future, but drawing a blank. One possibility is that the progressive notion of progress is at least partially rejected. So misogyny, racism, homophobia,...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    The discussion of safety in space habitats reminds of The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress; that of future panopticons brings John Varley's Eight Worlds Society to mind, particularly story "Blue Champagne". Perhaps in these societies, openness will be the norm...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Older population means more pressure on the social security budget, which is already mostly state pensions and eats the lion's share of the UK government budget. This BBC article gives a number of ways of looking at the UK's government...
  • 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?...
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