William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    I (nearly) finished changing all my home lighting from CFL to LED. I found early off-brand LED bulbs to be very unreliable (as were CFL) but I managed to get free replacements for defective ones and reliable brands like Philips...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    Gating would work well I think....
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    The terminology seems to be converging on gate and variants thereof. Apart from OGH there was Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel and sequels and the enormous Stargate franchise which will probably see a revival....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    But - ever more British actors are appearing in Hollywood, either cinema or television - and sometimes portraying Americans. Must be a case of the empire striking back... Because of Netflix and Amazon and multiple cable channels all getting into...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    The future looks grim for the indigent elderly in most of the world. Immigration helps for those places which can attract young people but that just makes it worse wherever they left. Pensions will fail to provide the promised incomes...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Dark Matter is based on written material of course, in the comic book/graphic novel format rather than prose. It was originally intended as a TV series, then developed as a graphic novel with the intent of getting a TV deal....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    TV is supposed to lag decades behind written SF and yet SyFy channel's two recent new space opera series both have multiethnic female leads (Chinese/Canadian Melissa O'Neil in Dark Matter and Nigerian/Norwegian Hannah John-Kamen in Killjoys). As for written SF...
  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    So, what SF/F first published in 2015 was worth reading? So filtering what I've read this year for SF/F, good and published this year: Books two and three of The Great Way trilogy by Harry Connolly. Something Coming Through, Paul...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    theologically sophisticated Oxymoron. Theology is childishly credulous driveling nonsense. Why argue about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin when there are no angels? Why discuss the nature of god when there is no god? Facepalm....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    And bald is a hair colour....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Not only that, we don't exist either!...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    (5) doesn't follow from 1,2,3 and 4. The entity you don't believe In might choose not to reveal its existence to you for reasons. In addition if you did experience a conversion it would only be evidence of psychosis not...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    If I compile a program for ARM and x86 the physical actions in the computer hardware are completely different in each case but it is still exactly the same program....
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    But like, electrons flow through a computer chip according to the laws of physics and chemistry. So how can there be any such thing as a computer program when there's nothing but electrons traveling from negative to positive poles? Because...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    Theology is like astrology - the study of superstitious nonsense by blithering idiots. The idea that one would have to study any of it to reject it all as hopelessly daft is ridiculous....
  • Commented on In Defense of Fantasy: #2 The Imagination's Sandbox
    Since you mentioned Howard and Conan I must mention Karl Edward Wagner's Kane series. Some of Moorcock's Eternal Champion stories are better than others. If Traditional Fantasy is Quasi-Medieval then His Dark Materials isn't? What about the Locke Lamora series?...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    Sorry, I can't swallow that. Try Dunsany versus Hodgson or Lovecraft - same date, latter two harder to read, but it's the former who's posh. I found Lovecraft the most readable of those three. Hodgson's The House on the Borderland...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Nothing says you've gotta' use an up to the moment Apple. My sister uses an eleven year old iBook and my mother a twelve year old iMac. Both are stuck on Mac OS 10.5 (the last PPC version). My own...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Apples "latest" programming language for iOS is an Objective-C variant - basically a nicer, better C++ and C++ was already around in 1983 and is based on OOP ideas from the late 70s. DOS itself was low-tech - UNIX is...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    It seems to me that if a group has violated the spirit but not the rules by block nominating the correct response is not to also violate the spirit by voting NO AWARD rather than on the merit of the...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    I'm 2/3 through your epic fantasy trilogy and it is a page-turner. Just waiting for the last part to come out tomorrow. It's disappointing the Twenty Palaces series couldn't find an audience but I suppose that is the risk of...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Happy Birthday! Having recently turned 54 I feel I may have usefully unlearned more than I have learned. The physical discomforts aren't as annoying as the senior moments. Things seldom turn out as planned and if they do it was...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Ferrite core storage was introduced in the early 50's and by 1960 cost around $5,000,000 Mbyte. So the GB of RAM for an iPhone would cost about 5 billion dollars and fit in a building. Hard drives cost about $3600/Mbyte...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Reverse engineering an iphone a century ago would have been virtually impossible in the detail needed to replicate the technology. And apart from the issues you point out, producing sufficiently pure substrate would be a problem. The machines used in...
  • 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 :-)...
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