William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Congratulations on the Hugo nomination! Unfortunately I can't vote for you as my last Worldcon was Intersection in Glasgow in 1995....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    And this deprivation was under Labour Councils and MPs who were happy to do nothing to ameliorate it, blame the Tories, and enjoy their safe seats. Then the SNP got into power and led a successful program against knife crime,...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Supernatural is presently in its 14th season, of 20 episodes, in the USA and has been renewed for a 15th and final season of 20 more episodes that should begin filming around July. That will bring the total number of...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    I've seen accounting that says Scotland has been subsidising the rest of the UK more years than the other way around since Barnett was introduced. That is the revenues raised in Scotland and sent to Westminster exceed the monies sent...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May is threatening her reluctant MPs with a general election if they don't support her deal on the fourth attempt. On the one hand this means postponing Brexit which is an effective threat against the ERG but since (I think)...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    The Dexter TV series found its own path to awfulness. Season one was close to the source material and the best; the subsequent diverging seasons trended worse and worse with occasional bright spots, culminating in He's a lumberjack and he's...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    If a wig is good enough for Daenerys Targaryen it is good enough for any character....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    I think there is there is some growing awareness in the TV and Movie industries that faithful adaptations of books tend to succeed more than the 'reimaginings' that used to be the norm and were justified by 'different media have...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Fake journal published by crank. He’s back. The weird mastermind behind the Journal of Cosmology and Cosmology.com has created yet another fake journal, The Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews, and has made another bold claim. By looking at...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    How much do Labour in Scotland hate the SNP? In the 2017 Aberdeen council elections, the SNP won a plurality. Labour refused to support the SNP and entered a coalition with the Conservatives to keep the SNP out....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Unless we lose all technology, and are reduced to bands of savages roaming the ruins looking for tasty grubs, we should be able to eventually build and launch von Neumann probes. If we don't lose technology entirely then it will...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    There is freedom to roam in Scotland which has different laws than England and Wales....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Tomorrow's vote to rule out a no-deal departure will probably pass. I'm not sure what weight that has given no-deal is simply the default if nothing else is agreed before the deadline. Thursday's vote to extend article 50 is problematic...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I was unclear. I meant starting reading a newly started series now when the final volume probably won't be published until around 2045 when I would be in my eighties if still alive. Going by the amount of time it...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Apart from the issues of the publisher cancelling a series because of low sales or the author failing to complete it for reasons of health or age, another reason readers might be wary of starting series is that the reader...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Atheism isn't about religion. Atheism is just not believing in god(s). Worshipping Gaia doesn't make Gaia a god by the usually understood definition(s) of god(s) I listed and therefore there isn't an atheist position on worshipping Gaia any more than...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Different religions define god(s) differently is sometimes overlapping and sometimes contradictory ways. The typical overlapping areas of definition are that god(s) are supernatural, immortal, divine, deities, creators of the universe and/or mankind, intervene in human affairs, reward and punish humans,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Atheism is not the inverse of religion. Atheism is not believing in god(s). Religions are systems of belief with stories, maybe about the creation of the world and mankind and other stuff and various rules and proscriptions, that may be...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Absolutely! The most obvious resolution to the Fermi paradox is that when intelligent life arises and develops a technological capability it then faces a series of existential hurdles. We have (so far) avoided nuclear war. It seems likely global warming...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Clearly the only way forward is for people to have to apply for a permit for each sexual encounter, at least thirty days in advance, and for the act to be attended by umpires to ensure that everything is as...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Or a Unionist conspiracy to rob the SNP of Westminster third-party status and further sideline Independence. They just need another 26 barrel-scraped back-bench useful idiots from the two main English parties to deprive the SNP of funding, facilities, a presence...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    OK under this proposed taxation system let us suppose there is a company (C) with a part-time job opening that pays £10000 annually. Now suppose there are two applicants for this job, A and B. A is unemployed and this...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'm not sure the EU has a reason to extend the deadline if it only leads to protracted deadlock. There seems little prospect of any attainable deal getting through parliament but there is a deadline for leaving with no deal...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    As the linked article itself explains this is one of many approximation methods for the travelling salesman problem. The NP-hardness relates to exact solutions. For some kinds of problems an approximation works very well, for others (such as finding an...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    If a slime-mould could solve the problem then a Turing machine could also solve the problem by running a simulation of the relevant features of the slime-mould (if necessary all the way down to the atomic level). NP-hardness isn't merely...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Corbyn: Brexit would go ahead even if Labour won snap election Exclusive: opposition leader says he would go to Brussels to secure better deal if he was PM [...]Corbyn said: “We have to recognise a number of things. One is,...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: The Labyrinth Index
    UK Kindle (6" Display, 8th Gen 2016) Orbit; location 838 "At the front of the room sets a podium and an A/V desk." The 109 superscript error also appears in this edition as does the "fly anohter" error....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You had a Doctor/Lawyer making 100k a year. At 90% that is actually 10k. The USA has marginal income tax rates like most other countries. That 100k would have a deduction an exemption and then fall into several brackets, none...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    22 years from now, no one will ever mention "Global Warming" again.It's looking bad but I don't think we'll all be dead by then! If Global Warming doesn't happen it would be very much mentioned because that would require either...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    This post is 'not even wrong'. I haven't got the time or patience to address all the fundamental misconceptions here but 2) If it is true that there are problems that can't be solved with math, then the idea that...
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