Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    The concept of a WalMart GSV hurt my brain. I blame the insomnia mostly....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I suspect that the appeal of magic is that it isn't available for sale. That's often not the case. Max Gladstone's setting, for example, everything is based on magic, including the currency ("soulstuff"). Similarly, there's Walter Jon Williams' Metropolitan. (And,...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    And water is dihydrogen monoxide, and excited molecules are warmer. Your retort is trite, adds nothing to the conversation, and does not, despite what you seem to think, mark you as having deep insight into the political process. Now, please,...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Stop squabbling. All of you....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Comments with multiple links are flagged for moderation. Long comments are as well. Certain keywords are as well. Posting the same comment multiple times won't generally help. I do apologise for the delay; I saw your comments had been held,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    Please stop it, both of you....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    That's not exactly true, as civil rights are a federal issue, no state border crossing required. It's confusing for Yanks and non-Yanks. eta Also, insurrection is always up to the President to handle, as that is an executive, not legislative,...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    I would like to gently remind people of two things: 1. Long comments get held for moderation. So there is a benefit to keeping your thoughts short, and not quoting large portions of someone else. 2. I, personally, would prefer...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Congratulations! Now go play with the cat....
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    Y'know, you don't come across as witty, scathing, or fearsome. You just come across as young....
  • Commented on Message for GISHWHES participants
    Please do not feed the troll. Charlie can deal with his post later, if he wants. Subsequent discussions that do not include polite mocking of the troll are likely to be unapproved pending Charlie's involvement....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    First: No, they're not, not at all. To give one very important example: the password file is on a read-only root, and cannot be modified. Second: Given that it was decided to be single-user, and that the user name was...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    It isn't going to happen due to decreasing how many devices you might buy; it isn't going to happen because the issue of security, access, accounting, and many other issues gets much more difficult. Note that the Apple TV is...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    They're not "making Thor a girl." They're making some woman be the Thor. (As in, "the captain.") There is a large difference between those two statements....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Most app shops are one or two people. Maintaining different versions of servers and protocols is beyond their limited ability to support. It's not rocket science; it is janitorial, and it's a lot of work. Do you work on adding...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Er? iBooks on the Mac syncs new books to my iPad, so I'm not sure what you're describing? Note that I don't buy books from the iBook Store; I get them, and add them as ePubs. So I don't have...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    In no particular order: The upgrade thing was a major feature of it. It allows security upgrades and feature upgrades to be rolled out for free, and painlessly. If an update is optional, then the support costs -- for apple...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    I do find myself wondering how much of this is to help the movie arm. Actors have to be replaced, for a whole bunch of reasons. Being able to have Thor XVII: The Gerrymandering replace the 65 year old Chris...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Being able to buy an amazon.co.uk ebook is difficult, if you are not in the UK. It's not impossible, but neither is removing the DRM. It's simply difficult enough that most people won't do it. (And I think setting up...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    I thought Charlie had covered this elsewhere, but publishers began demanding electronic rights quite a few years ago. It's very difficult to get a contract with a publisher that doesn't include electronic rights, and most authors are simply not in...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Huh. It just occurred to me that you have, in fact, set things up such that all of humanity could be destroyed due to CNG, and Bob could still document and narrate it. Clever of you....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    There are very good reasons that most computer systems can't support that much memory: physical space and heat. Having large amounts of memory means you have to have space for them. If the lines are too long, there's delay (even...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Greg, I have removed three comments of yours. You think you're being funny; I think you're bordering on offensiveness and insults. Stop doing it, please, at least unless and until Charlie says I am a stick-in-the-mud Colonial who ought to...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I just refer to them as stupidsports. E.g., "We can't go downtown, because the traffic is screwed up due to stupidsports."...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Use of basilisk cameras is not appropriate for personal Zen rock garden, no matter how much your wife's chihuahua annoyed you. [Just to make it clear, I am not entering the competition, just participating in the fun.]...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Where you live and what your political orientation is not required; those may help others understand your biases, but you should not feel required to proffer them. (Mind you, I think you're wrong, but I don't know enough to participate,...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Do pre-orders help you in any way? (I pre-ordered it anyway, through B&N, because of AMZN.)...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    All of the epub sellers did that. I got credit from both Amazon and B&N....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Multiple things. First, a lack of interest in ebooks initially. (Baen was an exception here.) Second, an insistence on DRM, which made it harder to just have a distribution network, you needed to have an entire ecosystem. (Baen was an...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    Please stop....
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