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  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    Ah so the elves nick the running Tiger from bovington and attempt a bank heist targeting the bank of England gold reserves. an hoc team of laundry WOT players attempt to stop them using the TOG :-)...
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    well the laundryverse does have some odd continuity/geography glitches :-) The HOC is obviously on the other bank of the Thames in the laundry verse. And its implied that nuclear physics is considerably advanced with the comments about GAME ANDES...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Interesting slightly similar to Ian Banks use of weapons - which for those of you that haven't read it is two stories interleaved one told forwards and one back. You haven't been tempted to try that?...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Interesting not surprised that its got Microsofts grubby paws over it - presumably bob is after getting the raw data and doing analysis on the laundry's own black clusters Though you do wonder if the Laundry has access to GCHQ'...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Which was my thought that Mo was the originator of the suggestion....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    hmm you can certainly front end the results of a big data run using excel to query the output or a data warehouse that containes the summary data from a real big data system to make the "purty" pictures. But...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    MM Bob certainly has chutzpa snarking about Andy using F77 when he's doing "Big Data" in excel :-) Or is this forshadowing that Bob is Guilty of the same mistake as Andy. Hint you don't do big data in excel...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    +1 me to please...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    You know there is probably an ISO 9000 standard document for hot beverage provision at the Laundry and a 2 day H&S course for consuming it I once when working for BT ex GPO (which had documents for every thing)...
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Hmm so you could have a set of recognition cards for eldritch abominations....
  • Commented on Crass commercial interlude
    Damm why didn't this come earlier I would have loved a laundry T shirt to wear at the recent prospect conference. (that the union that represents the scientists and techies in the civil service). Still maybe at the next one...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    You do wonder if around the time the Arpanet tenders where being let if their where letters in Astounding - pooh pohing the idea on a self healing network :-)...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Presumably it's an MOD site for weapons research or now probably a privatised organisation. CIT at Cranfield has apparently a cool black museum of bits and pieces of weapons v2 v1 parts and so on...
  • Commented on Checking in
    But also at the time you had Authors like Asimov and Vance using SF to write about the civil rights movement....
  • Commented on Checking in
    That a common trope in SF going back a long way the first example that comes to mind is "Mike" in the moon is harsh mistress. And back in 84 in neuromancer both Neuromancer and Wintermute do this...
  • Commented on Checking in
    You would have to be a rather poor sf fan not to grok that POI is a Hard SF show - realistic cyber punk one might say. Some of the little asides that Finch makes are real CNK moments -...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The first one was basicly rewrite of one of the elric books - I think Moorcock had finacial probs at that time and bashed it out for monatery reasons....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Er does not Persephone Hazzard count? And presumably Mo could rock the mioror shades and leather look when she's doing her Direct Action work ala CLUB ZERO Unless you mean a CP novel where you have to have some radical...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Actually I think this is machine politics playing out - all the pics I have seen of the protesters are young hipster white kids with African Americans, Latinos and Women not to be seen - all those sort got gentrified...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Actauly child soldiers are not known for their humanity as the poor sods that got kidnapped by the Lords Resistance Army. I suspect that as some one else has said this is Girls und Panzer one of the less bonkers...
  • Commented on Implications
    Indeed and thats what really turned me into sf when I started reading Delany and Cordwainer Smith. Who doesn't want to go to the ice cream parlor on a moon of Neptune - after reading "Time Considered as a Helix...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    The problem is this seems to have been rushed and then various committee members seem to have had a rush of blood to the head. Have the not heard of collective responsibility. Makes me thinks is the Loncon committe to...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I suspect that Bob and other humans/monkey boys have the grass is always greener view on BLUE HADES - it would be fun to see a POV from their equivalent of Bob whuld woudl be as equally pissed off by...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    There have been a number of local/alternate currencys set up in the UK we have the Brixton Pound and Bristol Pound...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    There is a company that works in the same space as Autonomy called Palantir Technologies, Inc run by a rather odd chap who like most non brits totally misses a lot of the sub text of LOTR....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I always wondered what the Vatican and Israel would run as an OCINTEL. I could see MOSAD being an interesting group to run across presumably using a mix of computational and traditional kabbalistic magic plus GOLEMS. And the Vatican would...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    Vitamin D increases calcium uptake from your normal diet....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    That's the problem with converting big fortran systems to c++ the amount of work to reprove the model is immense. I laughed at a recruiters whose trying to find C++ guys to convert a big Fortran CFD system would be...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    "Testify brother testify!" Surprised that FORTRAN hasn't got a shout out in the laundry series as I suspect that Bob has to work with legacy code. Redoing the services tools in kiddy c and c++ would be risky as the...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Yes I was surprised by how close CP/M was to RT 11 tokk me ages to work out digital research wasn't a subdivision of Digital and of course originally the IBM came with the option of CPM/86 as well as...
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