JayGee

JayGee

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I promoted JRM from harmlessly eccentric and largely irrelevant young fogey to outright dangerous when I heard him arguing against mitochondrial DNA treatments. He can camouflage it as concern over unforeseen long term effects of novel treatments all he likes...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    “Option 2. Find a survivable beta site through a gate and get a sizable chunk of the population there.‘ Because that went so well in A Colder War didn’t it... :-)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    “When you meet someone from Them, they typically spend their time avoiding the subject, being suitably vague, or denying their membership. Anyone who claims to be in UKSF (or even nods, winks, and implies it), almost certainly isn't. ” My...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    That would be a hell of a Checkov’s gun to leave randomly cluttering up the narrative scenery, but on the other hand there’s plenty of dramatic potential In somebody *not* being pregnant, particularly given the allusions we’ ve already had...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    “I'm pretty sure that Spooky the Cat is just a cat...” Right. Just a cat... As in “just a strongly god-like AI” or “just a multi-megaton thermonuclear device”, or “just a functioning FTL drive”......
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    ...and The Last Starship From Earth by John Boyd....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    “So it must follow that a tiny, tiny percentage of Culture humans, which might be a substantial number of people given a total population of trillions, may be sociopaths. It's a shame Banks never lived to explore what the Culture...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The smaller (800-ish up to 1275cc) BMC/BL engines were the A Series which, while sharing a common ancestor in the form of Ye Olde Auftinne A40 Devonne Lumpe, and having a very similar (Harry Weslake designed) combustion chamber arrangement were...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    ...and finished. My god that’s dark and twisty. Be assured that the time spent writing that wasn’t wasted as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll be recommending it highly to a carefully chosen selection of acquaintances I think will appreciate...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Just finished the first chapter. So far it’s simultaneously exactly what it says on the tin and not at all what you might expect from the title, which is a neat trick... :-)...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    “So it's comparatively easy to go towards or (more sensibly) away from London, but particularly by rail, going crossways is a monumental pain in the arse, and you find yourself having to go into London and out again to get...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    “I wish that worked in California, but we've got 60 mile commutes now as pretty standard, and that's a bit long for a bike.‘ I’ve found that problem to be easily solved by the addition of a modestly sized (I...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    ...or we could just go back to using tetraethyl lead as an octane booster in petrol. And as an added side-benefit, my old Triumph T160 would run better, particularly if I could get hold of 5-Star and put the ignition...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    “It is a great pity that Clegg fucked up his chance to change the electoral system, and destroyed the Liberal Democrats.” Clegg was stitched up on electoral reform. His ultimate mistake was putting what he perceived to be the interests...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Well, I was thinking of this one... https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/spring_2007/fiction_missile_gap_by_charles_stross/ ...but yours would probably work too. :-)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Somebody really ought to use that idea in a story. Maybe for added interest you could have a distinguished former cosmonaut in command and set the story in an archipelago which is a recreation of Earth’s geography set in a...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    “Working sail boats did indeed use either a gaff rig or something closely related for the reason you cite, and general ease of handling with a minimal crew.‘ Mrs JayGee and I had the pleasure of spending a morning trundling...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I think this whole mess has already poisoned political debate, generational relationships, and friendships for a generation on the mainland, add that to Ireland’s, errr..., “interesting”, pre-existing situation and the social implications are beyond messy......
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    “At the end of the day, a hard border doesn't explicitly violate the letter of the Good Friday Agreement, but many people in NI will feel (quite rightly, in my opinion) that it violates the spirit of the Agreement. And...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think “plausible deniability” would be a reasonable description for the relationship between the “official” and “provisional” wings of the leave campaign......
  • Commented on The Pivot
    It is I feel a huge mistake to assume that because an artist produces a piece of work which examines the world from a particular viewpoint they’re endorsing that viewpoint, somehow I don’t see Robbie Robertson as a Kloset Klansman....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think you (along with a lot of other people) underestimate the depths of TMs vanity, the lengths she was willing to go to, and the price she was willing to pay to get her name on the list of...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The whole thing damned thing lost any connection with reality (or indeed EU membership) long ago. It’s all dog whistles, special interest hijack attempts, self interest, and cynical ambition from top to bottom now and there’s simply no point trying...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    “The Moon is basically a giant vacuum chamber so tenuous that for some applications you can ignore insulators altogether: put your circuit components on a substrate, solder the contacts, haul it out the airlock, weld a lid on it, and...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I like Americans. They’re funny......
  • Commented on Test Case
    Speaking as a semi-communist who isn’t a member of either Momentum or the Labour Party... That’ll be because it’s not really a thing at all, it’s an enormously successful smear campaign whipped up by a bunch of nut-jobs equating anti-zionism...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “The big drawback with transit in the U.S. is the "You can't get there from here" factor. Routes are often too limited. You can get close, but you're still going to have to walk a long way to your destination.”...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “...there are well understood adversarial attacks against the algorithms, and there are services which are more than happy to help a litigant modify their submissions to take advantage of these flaws.” Or “Lawyers” as we technical people would call them......
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    If there’s a sneaky way of encoding information in the blockchain you can bet multiple people have done it (probably in multiple different, mutually incompatible ways) with multiple motivations, and in the furtherance of multiple agendas. Pick any conspiracy you...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “ASSUMPTION - that it will fail. Maybe it won't - then what?” The you’ll know it’s a hoax perpetrated by the same people who fabricated the Apollo lunar landing footage, presumably for the same purposes. Because New World Order, the...
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