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  • Commented on Down tools
    Oh, absolutely! Scrivener's a pro tool for pros, while WordGrinder's a toy I wrote in my spare time. I'm not suggesting you use it, because that might interfere with your workflow and none of us want that, but merely that...
  • Commented on Down tools
    I don't know Scrivener or Emacs org mode, but my text entry tool of choice is WordGrinder (binaries for Debian, Ubuntu, Windows, plus it'll build on other things): http://wordgrinder.sourceforge.net/ It does plain text with a little style --- italics, bold,...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    I was actually somewhat flabberghasted to discover an article on football which was actually interesting: http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/06/meet-the-england-team-that-could-win-it-all-in-brazil/ Oddly enough it turned up in my RSS feed next to this one. But I will be so glad when it's all over. (We...
  • Commented on Interstitial note
    Don't forget the bit from the Lensman books where they go to a universe with a different speed of light, find a planet going at trans-c velocities, and bring it back to ours... without changing the velocity. They weren't quite...
  • Commented on Heartbleed note
    Ada. Fast, robust, secure, provably verifiable, designed for writing software that really, really needs to work, and it's been around since 1980. Turns out that people don't really want languages which are fast, robust, secure, etc, so it never really...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    ...I went to a traditional English boarding school (in Scotland, but that's another story). The school chapel --- a lot bigger than the local church --- had wooden panelling all round one end. This was the WW1 war memorial. There...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    Hmm. If Charlie's near-future science fiction keeps coming true, I wonder if there's any mileage in a Kickstarter to get him to write a thoroughly dull piece of optimistic utopian SF set five years from now......
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    What, you think it's a coincidence that tin foil has largely been replaced by aluminium foil? Research has shown that aluminium foil hats can actually amplify commonly used frequencies produced by the orbital mind control lasers: http://web.archive.org/web/20130228182846/http://berkeley.intel-research.net/arahimi/helmet/ (Note that like...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Frankfurt Book Fair
    Please let them not use the word 'interactive'. Please let them not use the word 'interactive'......
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    c.f. _Toolmaker Koan_, John MacLoughlin. Hmm. ICBMs are stunningly expensive, so much so that the amount of resources required to maintain them in working order requires some degree of rationality. How much of this cost is in the warhead, and...
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