Matthew

Matthew

  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I've been a web developer for some years now, so I'm very familiar with this, but before that I was a complaint handler for an insurer and the same thing happened there. Handling complex complaints can be surprisingly like debugging...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'd bet good money that a lot of Leave voters are at least somewhat royalist, and so might be more accepting than you'd think if the Queen did veto it. Not that it wouldn't cause a political shitstorm of epic...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    I always liked the idea of calling them a "telegate", although that only makes sense if it's implemented in a way you can step through....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I can at least take some comfort in the fact that Mark Reckless lost his seat and it's just been confirmed that Nigel Farage lost in Thanet South, and with only a few seats left to declare it looks like...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I agreee entirely with this sentiment. Nowadays, any time I want to write any kind of document, I do so in Markdown. It's simple, easy to use, and it's plain text so I can use Vim to edit it, and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    Charlie, Something I've wanted to know since I read The Apocalypse Codex - was the tongue-eating parasite based on Cymothoa exigua? The images of them in fish's mouths are pretty unsettling, and I can easily imagine seeing that somewhere and...
  • Commented on Deeply annoying realization ...
    The setting of Palimpsest seemed to me very reminiscent of Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men. Was that an inspiration when writing it?...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    The argument in favour of retaining a nuclear deterrent that I've heard bandied around most is that it lets the UK retain its permanent seat on the UN Security Council despite a shrinking influence on global politics as nations like...
  • Commented on "We're going to need book covers. Lots of book covers!"
    I have to say, the UK cover bears a more than passing resemblance to the Leviathans in Mass Effect 3....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    I've looked at a couple of other web-based services and they all seem OK, but there's now the nagging feeling that anything I choose may also go the way of the dodo. Ideally I want something I can get at...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    It seems to me that the way to deal with these kinds of spammy automated calls is to use automation at the receiving end. I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard Asterisk can be run on something as low-powered...
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