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  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Laundry Files novels are now pretty comfortable—I have a Method The last one I read was a lot like that....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    You should probably read this: http://barthsnotes.com/2014/04/06/cliff-kincaid-sees-aleister-crowley-link-in-russian-politics/ Putin or at least some of his mates certainly like the idea of portraying themselves as a global reactionary power, like 19th century Russia, and this seems to speak to some conservatives like Peter...
  • Commented on Because people keep asking me ...
    I see Bob Howard has a Palm Treo again. 1) Really? 2) Where did he get it? 3) Blackphone surely?...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/14/us-malaysia-airlines-radar-exclusive-idUSBREA2D0DG20140314?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637 It made *several* changes of course, at standard waypoints, routing northwestwards towards the Nicobars. *Someone* was in charge....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Further news: the supposed debris location was visited and nothing found. At this point, the only person who I'd believe a denial about the engine management data from would be the CEO of Rolls-Royce walking out of the front door...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Quite a few long haul aircraft have a crude public satellite phone service built into the IFE. It's send only and very, very pricey, but if you're desperate... On September 11th 2001, a flight attendant on one of the planes...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If I had to guess at a scenario I would go for the total electrical failure. As someone said on PPRuNe, turning west by magnetic compass and staying high until you reach the west coast, then following the coast south...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    If you broadcast a Mayday, you'd do it on good old VHF 121.5MHz, which wouldn't involve satcom and would be a matter of switching to the VHF you keep tuned to guard and hitting the PTT button....
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Worldcon should be safe space for fans, and inviting a high profile media personality who has been targeted by the tabloids is going to cause collateral damage, even if nothing happens, simply by making many fans feel less safe Paul...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    I have to say I'm a bit pissed off at the implication that they put it on Google as in the public search engine or Blogger or something, which pretty much everyone who has commented on this has adopted. It...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    production is slower than changes in demand. Interesting market That's the typical condition for "cobweb" behaviour - you get a regular oscillating cycle of overinvestment and bust. And that's kind of what we see. Misery memoirs. Sparkly vampires. Etc....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Apparently so. God knows how they'll manage - Hamburg is expensive by London standards, on a different planet to Berlin....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    As for London being a powerhouse of productivity and tax revenues the numbers are mostly based on the Big Casino financial operations of the City, gambling with Other People's Money rather than actually producing anything tangible. When it goes wrong...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Among other things, if you want to get anything industrial from the West Midlands towards Europe, you'll be going that way. Or are we going to evacuate the car industry to somewhere or other as well?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I think HS2 is a great idea, the major change I would make to it would be to prioritise the Manchester-Birmingham link boosting local industry and population and only add the London segment later The only problem here is that...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    If you're a fan of Erik Lund's awesome blog, the unity of Lovecraft's cosmic dread and racist loathing is very clear. The cosmic vastness? It's all the stuff you'd have to admit if you admitted your real New England family...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Take a look at this: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/printed-liquid-crystal-lasers/ now I'm off to print diffraction gratings all over myself before I go dancing. It's Friday and Friday means violently brilliant structural colour dependent on viewing angle!...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    And by the way, don't ever suggest that the secretary who's been given responsibility for producing the product manual really ought to go and read Word For Dummies. Borderline Asperger's Nerd + Secretaries low self-esteem = floods of tears and...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    There's a big difference between re-assigning the role of the protagonist (i.e. the guy with the gun) and having the same plot observed from a different view. The first just Mary Sue-ises somebody, the second is genuinely interesting....
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    It wasn't - it was one of mine....
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    Potential zimboes: the mentally ill, children, people of radically different cultures to one's own, people experiencing transient physical illnesses or drug effects, Asperger's sufferers, people whose cognitive development was harmed by poverty. Women/men? How many men/women have claimed to struggle...
  • Commented on Do Zimboes dream of Electric Sheep?
    Your zimboe sounds rather like someone affected by one of those diseases where you lose your memory, but don't notice, and confabulate nonsense to fill in the gaps. Which raises an interesting objection: very few people would fail to observe...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    where "books" were written in a way and to a standard that meant they could only be read and enjoyed once Tristran Tzara, IIRC, actually published an edition of some of his poems printed on sandpaper, so reading it progressively...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    We already see supernormal stimuli around us today, in the form of the ubiquitous photoshoppery applied to photographs of stars and models: take this trend and extrapolate until sex with ordinary humans looks icky Or until this becomes a specialised...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    A question: not long ago, it seemed that the post-American era was upon us. these days, I think, not so much. The US may be in crisis, but it seems remarkably resilient. the statistic that reifies this for me is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Fuller Memorandum
    Elleston Trevor/Adam Hall. I just randomly remembered a bit from Volcanoes of San Domingo the other day - the protagonist suddenly suspects that he's been served poison, when his alleged Pernod fails to become opaque on dilution. He decides to...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Accelerando
    Is there a good alternate-history novel in which ZETA worked? "By George, we've got it!" Butskellite Technocracy Rules....for good or ill....
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    The biography you're after is that of Karl Mayr, who was literally Hitler's army intelligence handler, and later the Nazis' top fundraiser, doing the rounds of rich old ladies in Munich and being the Völkischer Beobachter's diplomatic correspondent, before he...
  • Commented on Books I've written
    C.S. Forester, who I consider to be a hard-SF writer whose subjects happened to be the past (Hornblower) and the present (The Ship, The Man in the Yellow Raft), wrote a rather great companion to his fiction with detailed maps,...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Years ago, I occasionally handled police SOC photos. What sticks in my mind is that they are an artistic genre in themselves. Highly saturated images of places that were never intended to be lit like that. Like Martin Parr with...
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