William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on The referendum question
    The non-UK born population of Scotland has been increasing at a greater rate than the rest of the UK (from a lower level to start with). In Aberdeen where I live the non-UK born population had reached 16% by 2011,...
  • Commented on Service update
    It seems possible to me that the gap between the support the SNP has in Scotland and the lesser support for a YES in the referendum is due to many voting for the SNP as a bulwark against Westminster given...
  • Commented on So ...
    Congratulations! Is this likely to fast-track any of your forthcoming books?...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Apple control the horizontal and the vertical as far as what runs on their hardware. There's no reason a new full-fat Apple OS (it might not be called OS/X) capable of running heavy-hitting code on desktop or even server setups...
  • Commented on A footnote about the publishing industry
    The most discussed recent TV drama True Detective had all episodes written by the creator, Nic Pizzolatto and all directed by the same director Cary Joji Fukunaga. All the episodes of Broadchurch were written by Chris Chibnall. All the episodes...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    The Rhesus Chart eBook preorder is £7.99 for Amazon Kindle and £6.99 for Apple iBooks today. So I can avoid Amazon and save a pound :-)...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Orphan Black is getting a crash repeat on BBC3 because season 2 starts on BBC3 in the UK on 30th April at 10PM (already started on BBC America last Saturday) and they would like it to get a bigger audience...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    Yes, there are no midges in Aberdeen either. Apart from two or three wasps a year the most annoying critters to show up in our home here are crane flies, called 'daddy-long-legs' here. Probably get more spiders than anything else...
  • Commented on Embracing Bugpunk: A Little Science, a Lot of Magic; Stir Until Frothy
    I live in Aberdeen, Scotland, and whole-house tented fumigation is unheard of. We also have no mosquitoes and I have never seen a cockroach outside a vivarium although apparently some hotels and restaurants have had infestations. We do get the...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Kameron Hurley
    I bought God's War on Kindle straight away because all the books brought to my attention by Charlie have been most excellent. I particularly enjoyed Ian Tregillis' trilogy and Harry Connolly's series....
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    I think there is something of a consensus around the idea that programming languages are for people to read and understand. There is so much unused computing power even in a smartphone nowadays that optimising to the hardware level is...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Apple has sold more than 700 million iOS devices since 2007 and Google has activated more than 750 million Android devices. The oldest devices will have been retired but since sales were much lower in the early years and are...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Yes OS X is a real certified UNIX™ like Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX and a few others. Linux and BSD are UNIX-like. From Wikipedia : "The most common version of Unix (bearing certification) is Apple's OS X, while Linux is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Merchant Princes
    I read the first original volume in paperback, the second in the briefly available ebook edition. I had a feeling I might have read more but my LibraryThing said otherwise. So far I've read the first two in the new...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    Hip hop, for example, was dependent on an affordable second-hand market for samplers. Technological watershed moments like that don't come along that often. Good point - the piano, amplification, the electric guitar/bass, the synthesiser, the sampler, sequencing, auto tune -...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    I don't follow popular music trends much but aren't dubstep and K-pop more recent than hip-hop/rap? And I'm sure there are lots of other genres I haven't even heard of. And what's wrong with classic rock? Check out Nik West's...
  • Commented on Why I don't self-publish
    I've actually read Turing's original paper on 'The Imitation Game' and it's subtler and cleverer than the bastardised versions that are usually discussed. The point is to fool the interlocutor by being sophisticated enough to imitate, to act a role,...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    And Clarence Darrow...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    Those societies that didn't have elites who liked to justify themselves ? Those elites that all the philosophers were part of? ""I used to think that I was stupid, and then I met philosophers." -- (Terry Pratchett, Small Gods)"...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    Isn't 'free will' just another incoherent idea used by the one percent to rationalise why they have so much and everyone else doesn't? Then they can blame poverty on 'bad choices' ;-)...
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part 1)
    Re Django Unchained If it annoys Drudge and Spike Lee it has to be worth seeing....
  • Commented on Unbreakable (part 1)
    Sucker Punch - Zack Snyder previously made '300' and 'Watchmen' so he is equal opportunity when it comes to semi-naked people in fetishistic costumes engaging in slo-mo hyper-violence. It just happens to be the case that the protagonists of Sucker...
  • Commented on Understanding Reader Reviews
    If one doesn't use * or ***** in a five star review process then one is actually using a three-star review process of -1, 0, +1. I prefer to rate such that anything above a sufficiently high level is worth...
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