Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    One quite commonplace feature is that the same job can be advertised in multiple places, and that can throw off figures for available jobs. I suppose the classic instance is the travelling salesman. He can be covering a large area,...
  • Commented on Checking in
    The crash repeat, early hours of the morning and two episodes per day also gets it onto the iPlayer servers, which is probably the best way to watch it. (I changed my ISP, and without any changes to the wire...
  • Commented on Checking in
    OGH has commented several times on how his vision problems interact badly with current TV/Film visual style. Something I sometimes struggle with is the soundtrack. One effect of age, and also of hearing damage, is that we lose some of...
  • Commented on Checking in
    Orphan Black is on BBC Three, currently the first two episodes available on BBC iPlayer. So I shall have a look. But does it really have a chance? Not this year....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    No names, but I see one or two instances here where people have missed what OGH has already done. Short fiction is more work than it seems, but I do rather wish it wasn't so obscure these days. If looks...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Which is what the French have been mocked for doing. There's a bit of a logistic problem arranging cover for what's seen as a "normal" working day, but with so many places running for far more than the default 8...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The electric vehicle ranges in that article are misleading. Using a test sanctioned ny the EPA in the USA (much as petrol consumption figures come from standard tests) the Tesla S, depending on model, has a range of between 200...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Battery-electric vehicles, pure battery or hybrid, how long does the battery last, and can it be replaced? I have seen some detailed instructions on the web for battery maintenance on the Honda Civic Hybrid, involving special charging to "recondition" the...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    This comment thread needs a bingo card....
  • Commented on I'm back
    As I recall, pictures on Facebook are in rather different territory. One very big point is that we have to go by local law; UK law not US law, and that can make a huge difference. And some of the...
  • Commented on I'm back
    It's the thought of big tough cops having to dress as anime schoolgirls while on duty, instead of as big tough soldiers... It would backfire badly, I suppose. Clarkson is certainly difficult, but the latest fuss seems to be an...
  • Commented on I'm back
    It's a stress-detector rather than a lie detector....
  • Commented on I'm back
    Google for "thrustmaster warthog", which seems on par with the Thrustmaster games hardware of the 1990s, and which can set you back over GBP 300 for a throttle and joystick. The Oculus Kickstarter got you a full development kit if...
  • Commented on I'm back
    I doubt my writing is good enough, but I think some things might hit that target. But I didn't see any sign of furries in the video, so maybe Andromeda Todd wouldn't work in that market....
  • Commented on Implications
    Kipling, of course. He didn't have to build the world you see in, for instance, Kim, but he has to describe it without smothering the story. And India is definitely a character....
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    There was reputed to be 20 billion Euro, cash, flown into Moscow from Iraq, which is sitting in an airport warehouse. This is likely in standard air-freight containers, secure from casual pilfering and relatively anonymous. There are many secure bonded...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    I have my own experience of that, at the county agricultural show, and no way am I going to get into an argument with cop about firearms safety. I got my lessons from various elderly relatives and acquaintances whose speech...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I won't claim the prospect of Jonathan Ross at the Awards Ceremony made me feel unsafe. I can see him being an interesting contributor to a panel, he has the knowledge and enthusiasms to fit. But, with his history and...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Are you an American? I hear they do some of that stuff differently. I wouldn't be happy about the Police being around the actual Worldcon. I have been at cons where the site and convention had agreed on uniformed private...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    I am not competent to judge the different sources. I only know that they exist, and are not mentioned by Wikipedia. As for the article from the Saudi Gazette, that was in October 2008, and I would like to see...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    That's pretty obviously the Prophet's marriage to Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr, who is herself a very significant player in early Islamic history. The traditional account has her marriage at age 6, and the consummation at age 9, which...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    All those illicit viagra distribution rings are clearly Al Qaida front organisations. We're hypothesising that the child porn crazies would use Yahoo, but reports on court cases suggests the stuff is distributed on some sort of dark internet. Have there...
  • Commented on Can We Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia?
    It does sum up a change in thinking. But it is at the soundbite-level. That's what Tweets are. Blade Runner, as a movie, has the flying cars and the urban dystopia, and that's almost enough on its own to demolish...
  • Commented on Publishing - We're All On the Same Side
    It may not be worthwhile buying a dedicated e-reader. Anyone who decides a tablet will be useful for other reasons can add an e-reader app. I have a Kindle. It's been useful. Most of my current ebook reading uses a...
  • Commented on Publishing - We're All On the Same Side
    I think I have said this before, but there is evidence of a difference between the UK and the USA. From the UK, Amazon also looks rather less helpful for self-publishing. You end up dealing with a US company, working...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    I suppose everyone who reads fiction about AIs and robots keeps track of the Freeefall webcomic Florence Ambrose is an AI with some interesting "failure" modes. There's also the problem of whether "safety" features such as the Three Laws can...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    The multiple generations of improvements in hardware needed for the Singularity still have to run under the same laws of physics, and "Ye cannae break the laws of physics". There's something that biological brains do, to get the performance they...
  • Commented on What's The Future For Virtual Reality Movies?
    I recall that Mr, Stross has reported that he struggles with the camera movements in modern movies. Not nausea as such, but the limits of his eyes' ability to see the scene changing as fast as he does. So is...
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    It does seem strange to claim that a game cannot be art, but the interaction between artist and audience is very different. And the "art" label can affect what people think. But get a bunch of musicians together in a...
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    Cabbages, and the related plants, all share special problems in flavour. They contain glucosinolates, containing sulphur, which if overcooked release hydrogen sulphide. The glucosinolates can also be converted to isothiocyanates, which is similar to Phenylthiocarbamide and which some people cannot...
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