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  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    The primary job of the VP is to replace the president if they drop dead. That's not a job you give to a 74 year old. Hillary would already be, I think, the second oldest president (after reagan) at the...
  • Commented on Quiet in here, isn't it?
    You might want to take a look at Resonance, by Chris Dolley, its pretty much a novelization of what you just described. The main character has stuff like the obelisk happen to him every day of his life. Whilst I've...
  • Commented on Magic, ecospeak and genre distinctions
    You know how it is, you get peckish, the bowl is empty, the human's throat is, like, right there... And, speaking of C J Cheryh, if Dune counts, then the Gene Wars series does too, particularly Hammerfall, which has your...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    "Could you post a link to that Guardian article?" Seconded. My google-fu is weak....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    ..."I know virtually no readers who judge an author by age, though such lunacies wouldn't astound me about the publishing industry." "I suggest you go into a bookstore and look at the dust jacket author photos"... I'm not buying this....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Is this really blog spam? A link to a genuinely related site, by a poster who's been posting here on a regular basis for at least 6 months, and has no apparent links to the site? Its not even derailing,...
  • Commented on Ia, Ia, Google Fthagn
    "I'm having an idea as I write this for a story about poverty-trapped, benefit-deprived people who resort to eating corpses as a means of survival, and subsequently things go... badly. Hmm. Filing under Short Film #5. I've been wanting to...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    I'm going to have to come back to this thread later, far too many comics I've never heard of that I don't have time to look at now. Most of my favourites have already been mentioned (Schlock Mercenary, Order of...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    "studios have the clout to release all over the world simultaneously" And yet, a lot of the time they don't. Another thing that, looking for the outside, seems crazy to me. You'd think that releasing in one market first (typically...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    A couple of box office disasters would break it. Possibly. 2 sequentially maybe, and 3 sequentially definitely, would break the movie series, but the TV series ought to be able to soldier on, and provide a core viewership for 5...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    The era of stand alone blockbusters may be coming to an end, but when you look at what Marvel is doing right now, and what DC (or rather Warner Brothers, who are in the driving seat on that relationship) are...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    May depend on shape of buttock, weight of user and position of pocket, of course. cf. bent iphone 6s. But it was repeated loss (possibly theft, possibly just fell out when sitting down when out and about) that did it...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Keeping an oyster in a back pocket is standard right? Guys? Depends how often you want to replace it, after its been stolen/broken (by sitting on it and flexing the card enough to eventually break the chip). So, no, I...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Solution would seem to be to get a shielded wallet. You can buy them for reasonable prices now, though I can't speak to their effectiveness. I wonder if anyone has done any tests?...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    From context, the current government -> this bit: " (Alas, thanks to our beloved conservative government, my PLR payments are getting cut, in real terms, and are down 50% since the coalition came to power in 2010. Bastards.)"...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #3 It's the Archetypes, silly!
    Clearly the ethical solution here is to pirate her books and donate the official price of them to a charity dealing with child abuse. :)...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    According to the BBC, the conservatives now have a majority of 12, having won 331 seats. Can anyone explain the maths behind that? I understood them to need technically 326 seats, but in practice 323 because the speaker and Sinn...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    "the LibDems do appear to have been a moderating influence on the Tories' more insane authoritarianism" Really? I probably don't pay enough attention to this sort of thing, but off the top of my head, I can't think of any...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    "The really best we can hope for is some form of coalition, again, where the really worst/most insane "ideas" of the larger partner are held back by the minority members." That's what I was hoping for when the ConLib coalition...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Hmmm. Not sure I like where that article is going there. Starts out plausibly enough talking about Cruz not technically lying, since he is delusional and believes he's telling the truth, but then it starts going very dodgy places: "there...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    "nothing prevents people now from decompiling e-books, running their own search-and-replace, and recompiling them. If I was ever in a situation where I felt I needed to do that (heavens forfend!) I certainly wouldn't rely on someone else's app to...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    "Link your study participant family members' supermarket loyalty program records to their health records. Done. Why would we need to wait 20 years?" Given the current state of UK government IT, implementing that link would probably take all of those...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    If equine plagues of similar virulence to smallpox et al spread back to mainland europe, that should shoot colonisation squarely in the head for a few generations, given the Europe will now be in a massive famine and social upheaval....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    You might want to check out the Trail of Glory series by Eric Flint (the first book used to be available for free online, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore). The basic premise is alt.hist where the...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    No, you've got it almost exactly backwards. The original points were: That the tech (400 mile battery) is now in place that you CAN do the virtually any 1 day drive, since whilst you may have to stop to charge...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I should perhaps have defined "reasonable" more precisely. To capture the mass market, you need to be selling something with ~400 mile range and other characteristics (size, capacity, build quality, performance, etc, ) roughly equivalent to a Ford Focus. To...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    "it's actually safer for you in a crash if you have an empty bladder" Really? That's a new one on me. Can you elaborate? Or link? (my google fu appears to be weak on this)...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    "1) It's not for you to criticise my driving." You're quite right, I always hate it when people do that to me. Sorry. Regarding the driving distance, the point I was going for was that whilst your 478 mile drive...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Did you drive those ~8.5 hours non-stop? Most people would have stopped for a meal in there somewhere. If not, you should have - driving that long without a proper break isn't particularly safe. If so, you could have charged...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    The primary advantage of space colonies over gobi desert (or wherever) colonies in the lifeboat scenario is spatial separation. Your lifeboat city won't be very useful if the dinosaur killer lands smack on top of it... More generally, any catastrophic...
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