Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • 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...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Attacks on mobile phones are a rather obvious method. It used to be than Bond tossed his hat onto the hat-stand and flirted with Moneypenny. Now she would pay more attention to putting his mobile phone in a soundproofed box...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Commercially available audio bugs are coin-sized already. A shirt-button bug seems pretty small, but we're talking of something similar to an AG1 or AG3 battery. Dress shirts appear to often use an 8mm shank button—no holes through it—and if you're...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I've written stuff that involves 1930s aviation technology. I know the Zeppelin's lift more than they should, but I try not to be silly. And I know what a Coffman starter is. But I am trying to give an impression,...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Wrenching back to the original post—people else-net have commented on our tendencies—the possibilities of making oodles of boodle from ebook erotica isn't totally impossible. I have written such scenes. and even when the authorial lug'oles were emitting steam my typing...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I am not sure that you are wholly right on that, but that is the territory. Amazon, generally, arranges things to minimise sales tax liability (VAT in Europe is, from the PoV of the book reader, a sales tax). They...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Amazon looks very different from outside the USA. So do some of the rivals, which dodge some of the other bad points about Amazon. I'm not sure we need a detailed analysis of that here. It's down to things like...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Guy Martin has announced he plans to retire from motor-cycle racing at the end of the season. I hope he carries on with his TV work. He's done some good stuff. Silly thought, but is Top Gear looking for a...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Is it racism to have problems with understanding some English accents (not dialects)? People from India sound very different, until they have been in the UK for a few years. Some of it might be my age-worn lugholes and bad...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    We're all Africans anyway. It's just that the Americans arrived by more diverse routes than most....
  • Commented on The Faces of Publishing
    It goes all the way back to the pin factory (and beyond). Maybe typing your book into a computer changes the balance between the different tasks, but printing was a skilled manual craft for centuries. And I have heard a...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Even good old culturally monolithic England isn't, and the stories we all know are lies. Did the Celts conquer Europe, or was it more a case of "Oh Lord, won't you buy me a new Halstatt shield?" Start looking for...
  • Commented on The Faces of Publishing
    It's a bit simpler, I reckon, if you're in the USA, but the way that the virtual Walmart* handles taxes, forcing Kindle self-publishing to deal with the US tax system. is hardly encouraging for those of us elsewhere. I have...
  • Commented on The Faces of Publishing
    The history of the Guinea doesn't support that origin. The Pound Sterling was 20 shillings, silver coin, while the Guinea was gold, and the relative values went up and down. The Guinea was eventually fixed at 21/- and used as...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    In the village where I grew up there was a young lady who studied the local accents and dialect, and my mother was told that they were very mixed. My parents came from different places, and I had a mix...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    There were a lot of old books in the house, acquired by my grandfather in farm auctions. He liked reading and buying the books was one way he could help when somebody went bust. Similar things were being done by...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    I've also been seeing mentions of Bass Reeves in various places. Now I have seen the latest author to be mentioned in his Wikipedia entry. His life sounds almost like a John Wayne movie, except for one minor detail. Start...
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    It depends just when you wrote that scene, and how much of the novel you had at the time, but I think its place in the final book would make that analysis worth it. Late-written, does it fit well with...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    My father, who was farming in her days when horses did a lot of the work, would tell a few stories of agriculture-related political protests. They were sober, responsible, men who were wearing heavy boots and were not intimidated by...
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