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  • Commented on Book day!
    Or maybe everyone with accurate first hand information about the subject is dead, along with the rest of their species....
  • Commented on Book day!
    George wasn't in the laundry. His mortal enemy Basil was the laundry mole/employee....
  • Commented on Book day!
    you are fortunate. Last time I tried it the textbook I had ordered still hadn't arrived 3 months after publication. The only thing I got from the experience was a fortnightly email promising that it would be sent in the...
  • Commented on Book day!
    They have been rubbish with preorders for years. You are far more likely to get what you want by ordering on the day of release. I don't know if this is policy or crappy software, but it goes back further...
  • Commented on Book day!
    The books are written in universe so they won't know the answer until the people cleaning up the mess stop finding bodies....
  • Commented on Book day!
    So presumably the new management decided to stay in its cell at the tower because it wanted to. A bit like Angleton pretending to be bound. I wonder if it is hiding out here as well....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    True, but the common habit of pretending previous decades were somehow immune to terrible music annoys me a bit. My parents told themselves comforting lies about the music of the 60s, my generation conveniently forgets all the real dross from...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Given the utter shite circulating at present, NOT a good omen. Sturgeons law applies to music just as much as anything else. If you pick a random sample of popular music from any decade you will mostly find crap....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Time travel was declared illegal in 2024. You have been judged and found guilty. 20 years" "But..." "Disagreeing with a judge. 20 years." "Buh.." "I am the law!"...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    So the sun is moving relative to the galactic centre at around 30km/s. That's 946080000km/year. After 20 years you would probably need a fairly decent radio telescope to detect the aircrafts beacon. Are there any X-prizes for radio astronomy?...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Now there is a plot that would be resolved in about 30 seconds with modern CCTV coverage. "Oh look. All our suspects are having a sneaky meeting in the airport departure lounge. Again."...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Where I was at school in the 80s racism was common and homophobia was pretty much mandatory. To the extent that it was dangerous to be unenthusiastic during the two minute hate. I can't say I miss the 80s much....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I had a look of the stories. The kind of "gosh! wow! science!" stuff I thought had gone out of fashion in the 50s. I think skipping this one was probably the right call, although I am half looking forward...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Any chance of getting it repealed? No. Every now and then a government will pretend to dabble in evidence based policy making, think about the tabloid headlines, shy away from the idea and increase sentances instead....
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    They carry bright uv torches so that they can make one another explode. It's called being competitive....
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Have you seen how bright some of the torches designed for fell runners are these days?...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    The skull headed spider in the comic might just be grumpy because it is infested with hypercastrating parasitoids....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The quick way to build a post scarcity society is to build a post people society. It's for our own good really....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Onr pedantic note There is no such thing as Heysham B. It is Heysham II. The operating license for Heysham is for a single 4 reactor plant, which was implememented as 2x2 reactor plants. A,B,C refers to colocated plants with...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Politics seems to be going more Cato the Elder this century....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Plenty of countries have been investing heavily in earth observation satellites over the last few decades. I wonder what happens to the things they observe....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Two rounds of voting allows people to see a preview of the results of their protest votes or apathy and give them a chance to rectify matters....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Desperately looking for a bright side, people have kind of known this about the DUP for years but nobody gives a crap because it all happens in a province far away. Now their noses will be rubbed in it daily....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Is "Cthulhu Farted" Ayn Rands contribution to the mythos?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Some of them get to die. "Call no man happy until he is dead" and all that....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The only real crime you need to commit before being tried for war crimes is losing....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Wasn't quibbling about that. There seemed to be some confusion about what the loadout in the book was and whether they were carrying radar guided stuff at all....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    You just gave me an idea... The elves don't have planes and bombs but they do have various weaponised magic animals. Imagine the reports if she had seen some old Godzilla films instead....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I re read the book last night. Ignorance of nuclear weapons isn't an excuse as she specifically mentions how much she enjoyed watching Dr. Strangelove. Also, in reference to another conversation upthread, the QRA Typhoons in the book were carrying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    We aren't dealing with sealed evil in a can, we are sealed food in a can? something something ketchup....
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