joelfinkle

joelfinkle

  • Commented on App store annoyances
    You are correct that there is a similar set on Google's Play Store, but at least I can 'un-buy' easily. My current peeve is restoring a device: I have a shiny new tablet, which had a DOA microSD slot. Fixing...
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    "In a plot-driven novel we usually have a simple progression: from the initial status quo to some source of disruption, then growing tension as the protagonists grapple with whatever's going on, to a climax where the tension is resolved"... unless...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Hmm... I'm thinking that the Fermi Paradox has to figure in here somewhere: All that empty out there, and nobody talking to us... what's keeping them quiet? HPL predates the "I Love Lucy leads to Berzerker invasion" stories by about...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Isn't this stuff just basically Silly String with a higher resolution print head? It hardly seems earth shattering....
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I hate word... but it's been good to me in terms of selling tools to improve it. I deal with pharmaceutical research docs, whose lifetimes span years, multiple editors and thus multiple versions of Word. I've built tools to help...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Futurama shout out: "Bureaucratic snu-snu" is one I'm going to have to use now....
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    Minor point of order: The newspaper is the Chicago Sun-Times, the #2 paper in the city. They also decided to eliminate their food/grocery shopping section recently....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: 419/Rule 34
    ...and of course elements of the Advance Fee Fraud research made its way into Neptune's Brood, and cleverly finding a way to avoid the mere 20 beeelion limit....
  • Commented on Why I Do Self-Publish
    So glad to hear you're writing adult fiction again -- your nanotech books are among my favorites in hard sf: real characters, novel situations, stuff that opens up the back of my head. A lot of my first exposure to...
  • Commented on Press release
    So will this trilogy have six books like the first Merchant Princes trilogy? [sic -- I've read your notes about how they developed]...
  • Commented on Incidentally ...
    I've had something much like that happen printing PDF files to an HP OfficeJet that power-cycling didn't cure: It'd be fine on screen, mind-bending horror on paper. In that case it was probably something not quite right in the PDF...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    In the US, there is a similar "Do Not Call" list, which can be ignored by non-profits, and by for-profits with whom you have a prior relationship. The most evil of those who ignore this is the prerecorded "Rachel from...
  • Commented on 2512
    Language is an interesting one: English is about to be overtaken by Mandarin in number of web pages, but I suspect Mandarin is a long way down the list in terms of audio and video content (yay Youtube!). Arabic as...
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