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  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I'm using a Windows phone, so this idea of too many apps is foreign to me. :)...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I see that a lot with my hobby, photography. People in the UK, Australia, Brazil, etc salivate over the prices in the US. Meanwhile, we look jealously at the prices in Japan. There's actually a thriving market on ebay of...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    A lot of people get confused because Corporatism more or less died with fascism. So they try to pin it to a current system, and fail. The closest might be State Capitalism, which seems to be doing well in China....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    They seem to have gotten better about simultaneous releasing of a title in both the US and UK. I can remember ordering books from the UK because the US edition wasn't being released for another 6-12 months. But at least...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I'm wondering how the elves dealt with their own version of CASE GREEN NIGHTMARE. I assume that being advanced magic-using humanoids they must have at some point drawn the attention of Elder Things....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    With Old George, just changing the last name to Stevenson or Stephens would probably do the trick. Doesn't look like anyone famous with those names was born in the 1780s....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    With Old George, just changing the last name to Stevenson or Stephens would probably do the trick. Doesn't look like anyone famous with those names was born in the 1780s....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Another thought I had about the vampires is what would happen if you pooled the blood of a lot of people. Maybe not the sort of experiment that the Laundry would want to run, but if multiple vampires feeding off...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Yeah, I suppose it comes down to which work better old tricks or new. :) Bob's character seems to be at the point where he is basically a superhero - and one of the more powerful ones. Threats need to...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Since it doesn't seem like Angleton can eat vampires (or he would have just eaten Old George), I don't think Bob can. Unless that arcane singularity was Old George's last ditch effort to stop his soul from being eaten......
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Bob is kinda too powerful to make a good narrator now. He's at demigod levels -- look at how he shredded the vampire hunter with a thought, getting only a nasty taste. His base power is equal to vampiric necromancers...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    As horrible as Bob finds the violin, it is not entirely obvious that it is evil. It hungers to destroy two inhuman monstrosities -- Mhari and Bob. Only Bob is more powerful than it is. Though that may also be...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Yeah, that was my thought too. Despite Bob's worry that he will develop K-Syndrome it doesn't seem like he is really at risk any more. If Angleton didn't get it, he likely won't. Bob died a while back, what we...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    After having gone through the courses, I've come to the conclusion that as a discipline, Business is what you get when you mash together mathematics with understanding and manipulating people. And it is rare to find people who are good...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    I wondered the same thing about George Stephenson -- it may just be a coincidence, but the dates put him rather close to the historic figure. Though that got me thinking about other historic figures and what they might have...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    The bits mentioning Iran made me want to read more about what other countries and groups are doing about Case Nightmare Green. We've had some glimpses of other organizations such as the Black Chamber, and of private operators. How is...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Great book, love the way that vampires were worked into the Laundry universe. They fit so well I found my self thinking "of course vampires work like that!". It would be nice to discuss it more detail with spoilers, but...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    For those in North America, it looks like Google is selling the ebook for $2 less than other places....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Ah, good old Chicago Manual of Style -- had to use that a lot for my undergrad degree in history. Later decided to get a masters degree in business, and had to learn the American Psychological Association style. Because apparently...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Using Laundry facilities to launder personal articles of clothing....
  • Commented on Vacation
    I used to live in Orlando in the 90s, there's a ton of stuff to do around there though I'm not up on the more recent things. It looks like there are a lot of good suggestions above. In general,...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    The difficulty with Amazon is that they are so damn convenient for just about everything, their prices are good, and they are involved in so many different industries. Plus they used their first mover advantage very well -- for books...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    I don't see much written about it, but it seems to me that most superhero fiction is by its nature inherently libertarian if not anarchist. While heroes are not actively acting to overthrow the state, they quite often ignore laws,...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    An ideal solar system might be a gas giant (Jupiter or Saturn) in the habitable zone with multiple terraformed terrestrial worlds in orbit. Though besides Earth, Venus, and maybe Mars I'm not sure we have enough large terrestrial worlds to...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Cloud cities are small potatoes. If we really want a project to soak up excess capital for centuries, try spinning up Venus and giving it a moon. Ideally, move Mars into orbit around Venus and terraform both. Or failing that,...
  • Commented on Checking in
    I liked Leviathan Wakes, though it was mainly the Detective Miller sections that I really enjoyed. Jim Holden's character was kind of annoying -- which is my main problem with the second novel....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Native Americans came from Siberia, Siberia belongs to Russia, ergo the Americans are properly Russian....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    From what I've heard, religion has made a comeback in Russia. And whether or not he believes, Machiavelli notes that a prince should appear pious to the people....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    I think the story would actually sell quite well in the US. I've heard people say that Putin is the candidate that the GOP desires. :) It is still far out from the election, but right now the leading candidate...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    In the English-speaking world (many other areas too) there is still an idea that idleness is sinful. Maybe we don't call it sin anymore because we aren't a very religious culture, but the feeling is still there in the background....
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