Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I had reason to check on Consumer Protection laws today. The Tories seem to be doing stuff to make it easier for business to deceive us. The OFT has been replaced by the CMA, meaning that Google links are pointing...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    One of the problems in the UK is that businesses don't seem to be keen on paying to train their employees. They expect everyone to be ready to drop into a job. I have seen claims that other European countries...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I think you and Charlie are on different pages of the same hymnbook here. Any new technology's proponents seem to be a bit inclined to gloss over such details. And I have seen people extolling the benefits of self-driving cars...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    From my own personal medical history, I know how Doctors can ignore the evidence when a treatment has unwanted side effects. I know how many good ideas have fizzled out. And if something doesn't work it is the patient's fault....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    My slight experience of international travel, pre-Schengen, suggests to me that the UK organisations have such a very different culture, because of a lack of experience of land borders, that they're always going to look a bit bone-headed. Yes, there's...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Grimsby was "interesting". The old MP. Austin Mitchell, was retiring. He's old-style Labour, and won last time with a very small majority, at the level where whoever won the overall election would be very likely to win. Melanie Onn, the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I am coming to the opinion that what every sane blog needs is an active comment threat without politics, but knowing you lot somebody would start something. And we have a pretty decent set of regulars here, all things considered....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Random Thoughts: In the 1980s there was a fanzine called "Fuck the Tories". Today, you'd expect a blog. But would anyone dare publish it? (I would like to see GCHQ implement a crypto backdoor for a hand cranked Gestetner 300.)...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Lest anyone get over-excited in the next few days, polls always have a margin of error, even when the media never mention it. On the Scots referendum, the margin of error in the last polls was less than the margin...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I don't want to get too lovey-dovey with any Irish political party, but despite the hatred, they eventually made a deal that has held to an uneasy peace. Whether Dr. Paisley was your enemy or Gerry Adams, those men had...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    There's a fairly famous story which argues that Psi depends on humans being able to do more than machines. So, while the explanation-target has genuine talent, machines do the jobs with more power. Telepathy or radio? Telekinesis or a JCB?...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    A few years back, my NaNoWriMo effort was a Triplanetary-influenced furry adventure centred on two vixens, undercover officers of the Solarian Patrol, with a taste for perverted sexual activities which would start John Norman running away. I had fun writing...
  • Commented on Inverted realities
    I suppose one possibility for the sexy side of things is that the characters are a mix of the strange and the familiar. They are the travelling salesman taken to an extreme, an outsider available for sexual purposes, with no...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    OK, I have come to a somewhat hard decision, because there are a few respectable writers and editors who will be caught. I shall not put the name of any puppy-slate candidate on my Hugo ballot, and I shall finish...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    I think you're missing the context. But my context may not be yours. I first saw "SJW" being used as a label for people the user wanted to abuse. The people who were using the term then have been pretty...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The VD company was operating in Finland before the change in EU law on VAT-rate location. That was done, many think, in response to Amazon exploiting a very low VAT-rate on ebooks that applies in Luxembourg. Under the old system,...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Nothing specific here, and I am not going to suggest details here that would de-rail the thread, but I see appearances of the very simplistic Left-Right labelling of politics, and surely we're all smart enough to know how inadequate such...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The obnoxious crowd happened to push Guardians of the Galaxy, which makes me uncomfortable. Film and such isn't something I get worked up about but the comments when it was in the cinema suggest it would have been nominated anyway....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    For myself, if I forget whether to use parentheses or braces or square braces,... Your trousers fall down? Try using a belt, though there's always the application of string theory, I suppose....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Some things are relatively low cost. Adding probe-and-drogue to a flying-boom tanker aircraft needs some extra internal pipework, but could be done with a couple of underwing pods. Adding a centreline system is a bit harder, because of where the...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    There's room for argument for this, but at least since the Lanchester Law it's been believed that fighting power is not in linear proportion to the number of units. Let Fighting Power F=k.xn where n ≥ 1 and x ≥...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I think this may be am expression of bias towards the side with the best story. Non-theistic science tells stories which some people don't get. They want things explained by some anthropormophic entity. Er, hold on. Does this mean that...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    You hit on a couple of interesting points there. 1: Non-Combat Losses were significant in 1940. It's a bit tricky getting a number for them, but with several hundred aircraft flying on any operational day, some would be lost through...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I had a look at the numbers for the F-22. Six AIM-120C missiles with a range of about 50 miles Two AIM-9 Sidewinders One 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon. I'm assuming that a Sidewinder can lock onto a piston-engined aircraft. Without...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    I hadn't kept close track of the timing of the story and your trip. The political fallout involves Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint who moved from being big boss of HSBC to being a Government Minister, and anyone interested can look...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    It's worth remembering that Publishers have their own cash-flow problems, but their tax structure is different. Corporation Tax, and equivalents elsewhere, don't have the rate jumps that Income Tax has. So shifting a payment date between March and April has...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I have been using a computer since Radio Shack brought out the TRS-80. I cannot recall ever having to modify the BIOS or the hard drive firmware. Why must it be so easy to do that it can be done...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    The last company making manual typewriters has closed down....
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    That's the worrying part. It looks as if the hard drive firmware is unprotected. If there was a jumper that needed shorting before the memory could be modified, that would stop a lot of possible malware attacks. I am now...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    What it comes down to is that hardly anyone writes machine code any more, but there are so many people out there writing code that "hardly anyone" is a lot of people. (Yes, I know there is a difference between...
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