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  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Just a reminder that assholes are useful organs that do quite a lot to keep your body healthy. Trump, on the other hand, is a malignant tumor of narcissism and quite possibly a serial raper of children -- I hope...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Then what did the vote against a no-deal Brexit mean?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Supposing the EU vetoes an extension, and supposing Parliament continues to faff around not doing anything much; given that they have voted against a no-deal exit, does that require May to wait until the last few seconds of March 28th,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A corporation is not a person. Only natural born persons are "persons" and only natural born persons have rights. Why do you hate AI?...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    If they're in range, firefighting water pumps are excellent anti-drone defenses. 100 meters is a plausible knock-down altitude, and you don't have nasty lead or steel projectiles coming back down. Airports tend to have firefighting equipment to hand; possibly even...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    You are all ignoring a basic tenet of modern political thinking: this is a post-truth era. The correct thing to do is to assign the deal-making to a junior attache while loudly announcing that Brexit is taking place on December...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    /Space marines to shut it down/ That's very 1970s, isn't it? I would expect the SPS to be fully automated, and that means that the attack surface starts with script kiddies noticing that the OS hasn't been patched in the...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    All sorts of infrastructure is wearing down due to lack of maintenance, lack of replacement, and short design lifetimes. Two of those boil down to lack of money. One option is to ask what happens when it all rots away;...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Toby Buckell just published this one: http://www.tobiasbuckell.com/free-short-story-the-alien-from-verapaz/...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    How did I miss mentioning The Fall of Doc Future at http://docfuture.tumblr.com/post/62787551366/stories and Seanan McGuire's Incryptid stories at http://seananmcguire.com/icshorts.php (a few others from other streams can be found around her site)....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    No, Worm is full of supervillains who are doing what they perceive of as the right thing and superheroes who are sadistic bullies with good PR. Dead people remain deceased, abused people remain damaged, and horrendously nasty people do not...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    All of the stories and novels we've been mentioning are free-as-in-beer. What do you think we're "signing up for"? Elizabeth Bear is an occasional contributor to Charlie's blog, an award-winning author, and a nice person. It's either coincidence or a...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Shadow Unit is (was) one of my favorites. And a prominent author in there is... Elizabeth Bear. Just how many times will I end up mentioning her? For those who haven't had the pleasure: Shadow Unit is organized as a...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    And as long as we're discussing Canadians, Karl Schroeder has made Ventus available: http://www.kschroeder.com/contactdetails and Cory Doctorow makes everything or nearly everything he writes downloadable at https://craphounds.com/ -- but it's not as obvious as it used to be. Click on...
  • Posted SF For Nothing, Stories For Free to Charlie's Diary
    Hello strange people: by way of introduction, I am Dan Ritter, occasionally seen in the comments section as -dsr-. I live outside of Boston and work in Cambridge, doing various bits of computer work just off of the MIT campus...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The primary purpose of every ICO is to enrich the issuer. There may be secondary purposes, but I wouldn't (ahem) bet on them....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    A is for Algorithm, which must not be too complex B is for Bureaucrat, who starts each form with name, age, sex C is for Cultist, a villain armed with knives D is for Deep One, under the sea they...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    For what it's worth, my spouse (occasionally employed by PW as a reviewer) says that is an amazing review....
  • Commented on Book day!
    AXIOM REFUGE is (my guess) a project to lifeboat a substantial chunk of humanity off to another world, then cut all the ties between them. Another possible take: The Laundryverse is a simulation. All the multiverse is a simulation. AXIOM...
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    Most of the pizza places also do subs, though. And given general restaurant turnover, we're only one universe away from Michael's Pizza (and subs) being Michael's Subs (and pizza). But what do I know, I like Tresca's....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    What you can't do is... "basilisk something you can't actually observe as long as you can construct a simulation" ...because the simulation is not quantum-entanglement-connected with the thing it's a simulation of. All you end up doing is basilisking whatever...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Is there good Mote fic? Oh, there's better than that: Outies, by J.R. Pournelle. The authorized third book. J.R. is Jennifer, daughter of J.E., and she does an incredibly good job of answering questions that you didn't know you had....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    What other urban fantasy or sfnal thriller universes are at least arguably compatible with the Laundryverse? (Yes, I'm thinking about crossovers.) Shadow Unit is completely, 100% compatible....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Bob could be sniped, but it would not be fair to the reader. Also, it's been done: Harry Dresden was shot, in the head, by a sniper, at the end of a book. He spent the next book dead for...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    You might want to stop reading the ongoing soap opera of Manticore and pick up (at fanfiction.net) Honor Among Thieves, a 230k word (i.e. normal novel size for that series) wrap-up that provides a satisfactory ending for the whole damn...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It's true: the Alfar were doomed. They were also doomed on the world that they came from, so they are going to go somewhere: - they culturally know that all government is monarchical-feudal - the Queen is the monarch, therefore...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Can anything more accurately represent the Laundry series than coffee-stained paperwork menaced by tentacles? Of course not....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    All the trainophiles I know are comfortable with the term bogies instead of trucks. Discussion of problems on Boston's MBTA usually use the term bogies....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Over 50 MY, there's nothing preventing another industrial tool species from developing. It's a really long time: Humans/chimpanzees/bonobos have a common ancestor about 10MYA, so the Earth could reasonably have 2-6 complete cycles in that time. Think of the arms...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    (Not to mention how to construct a continuously operating gigawatt laser array in space) Not to mention the political implications of having built a continuous gigawatt laser array in space....
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