Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on Oh dear
    I am still rather badly lagging in NaNoWriMo, but after an orgy involving pagan priestesses and the guys who got the contract to fix the roof, and a shooting in a mosque, I have had what has turned out to...
  • Commented on Leading question
    You're making the same damn mistake as everyone else. A nanobot marking a tank for a smart bomb? Trouble is that it has to be able to radiate a useful signal. Those tiny drones, the size of large insects and...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Sorry, Charlie, but I think there's a huge amount of wishful thinking lurking just off-stage in this thread. Just avoiding a complete economic collapse, without exacerbating climate-change, is going to be a huge problem. There's maybe going to be some...
  • Commented on Leading question
    That's a remarkable feat. But it only flies for five minutes before it runs out of power, less than a mile, and the range for sending pictures back is a hundred yards. That's a long way from a weapons system...
  • Commented on Leading question
    As a general point from what I said above, we have a lot of big-solution problems facing us, and we stuck with the fixes we already have. Our politicians, and possibly the financial institutions, have already missed their chance. An...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I think we're straying a bit away from the core of the topic. And I am sceptical about small drones, especially as swarms. Something small for recce is possible, but once you want to take action you come up against...
  • Commented on Leading question
    This is more of a general thing than perhaps some realise, prompted by my own experience. The more xenophobic elements of British politics are going to crash head-on with reality. I have lived all my life in rural England, brought...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I may be wrong about the figure, but what I recall is there being a possible prison sentence necessary. Was it four months? There's some room for abuse, and maybe room for improvement in the details. Does the Polish government...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It all looks pretty dodgy science from here, even if there's something to the history. But, in the last couple of centuries, just about everywhere has been moving from tradition to science in their handling of health and childbirth. It's...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Interesting... I am, like OGH, old enough to be starting to see the world differently. You will experience the next half-century, and we're not likely to be around that long. I suspect that there are a lot of people who...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Way back, the model that was chosen as the basis for nuclear safety was simple: a linear relationship between dose and effect. They had some good numbers for people who had suffered a high dose, and what had happened to...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    That angle on the Luddites might be what the austerity-mob are missing. Cut the benefits and you make people desperate. Desperate people will do desperate things, and they will do things that make sense to them. So, Austerity, and what...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I'd agree that the admin can be awkward. It doesn't help that there are so many admin fingers in the pie. In the case of my parents, I saw how the privatisation of Social Services messed up the admin. What...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    A decade to build a lot of nuclear power? Between them, the major political parties have painted us into a corner. We should have had a next generation reactor design in service now, whoever might have built it. We should...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Just what would a vote for the UKIP be a vote for? We know what they say they are against. The Official Monster Raving Loony Party would be a better choice as a protest vote....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    That referendum was for a proposal rather close to the ballot for the Hugo Awards, close enough that many of us here were looking at the anti-change campaign and seeing some pretty big lies. It wasn't identical. For me, it...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    If you go by the actor's ages, which can be a starting point, Diana Rigg was born in 1938 and Patrick Macnee in 1922. It is possible that Steed is a few years older than the actor, but he might...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Something else to remember: agriculture. It cannot be run to a clock as other industries can. Britain depended on importing food, and still does. Population has risen from around 46 million to about 64 million since WW2, and it wasn't...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    There would certainly be a lot of corruption, but I wonder if there would be the extremes, as least as seen by ordinary people. Something such as Rotherham would have to pay off both the local police and the Secret...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It's a bit more complicated. The old calculation was done with the ESA 95 rules. They're now being done with ESA 2010 accounting rules, which change the effects of such things as Military Expenditure and general R&D on the GDP...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    As I remember that DWP office, it had architectural features that made is easier to defend against a riotious mob, things like windows overlooking the entrance which allowed machine-guns to set up a crossfire. Shops are easy to break in...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I don't think it absolutely needs citizenship as long as you pay taxes and obey the law. I noticed, eyeing the Sark situation, that the Barclay brothers are trying to get out from under the Law of Sark, which they...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It's one of those no names moments, and there aren't that many small parties in the UK so it would be hard to invent one, but what if something similar to The Apocalypse Codex afflicted a politician, but it only...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Your examples are very different. They're changes that happened well after the book was published, even after the author was dead, and are what make the novels period pieces. Do you, perhaps, expect Poirot to use an iPhone? Actually, I...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The Woolworths business was a bit of a shock, and quite a few branches ended up with similar businesses in them. There are certainly regional chains that expanded to fill a gap. Boyes started in Scarborough, and doesn't want to...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Another Tombstone epitaph: "Soon be your turn to find out."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    This BBC story is a marker for how medicine is changing. Spinal cord damage is appearing to have been partially repaired. There's going to be a TV report on the 21st October (and that's another sign of a different change,...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    An epitaph... "Epitaphs are for the living. I only live in your memory."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Rule 1a: Be nice to nurses. Rule 1b: if a medic laughs at your joke, you maybe shouldn't tell it to ordinary people....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Your section 4 could be summed up as: “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” ― H.P Lovecraft Might that mean that R'lyeh is a starship, and could it be shaped...
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