William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • 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 :-)...
  • 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...
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