Mark

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  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    "Cheaper to have hi-rez telepresence rigs. Moving meat is a sucker's game." Maybe, one day. Or maybe not... I am one of those slabs of meat that gets regularly shuttled around this ball of dirt, on a more or less...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Never mind a 3D fab, I would love someone with some serious money to build a real updated Schienenzeppelin, using state-of-the-art aircraft engineering, a nice Pratt & Whitney PW100, or similar, proper variable geometry propeller, etc. Not because it's a...
  • Commented on Down tools
    @strummist #60: I stopped listening to John Peel when he started playing stuff by people who couldn't sing and couldn't play properly, and told us it was great... And further; insisted that stuff by bands that *could* sing and *could*...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Late for work. Again. And no, disruption of the Tube network due to demon incursion is not a valid excuse. See policies and procedures - punctuality ref: SOE0983738/83 Para 21.4.3. Where it clearly states: "21.4.3: Punctuality (Exigent Circumstances) Employees of...
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    Bah! Reptoids get a bad rep. Most of the ones I know are just ordinary guys who like a few beers on a Friday night down the pub with a few mates (if it's warm enough), or just vegging on...
  • Commented on Monarchy versus the Panopticon
    *Now phonecams are good enough that the Chicago Times has fired their photographers, issuing iPhones to their journalists: a move which is either very prescient or very foolish, but which shows which way things are going. * Really? I have...
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    It's rule by focus group. It doesn't matter the actual ideology of the party. They know that public opinion on everything probably tends to a normal distribution, so they know that to be electable they have to hit the maximum...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    2013: Notice: Glass Not Allowed in these Offices. (OK might actually mean something to the population at large next year) 2023: My AR overlay update failed and I ended up in Bayswater. Which would have been OK, but I don't...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    “The Ride of a Lifetime” The brightly painted fairground sign proclaimed. I paid my £5.00 and waited in the queue until a silver cigar shaped carriage swung into view. “Lie still and let the helmet clamp slip over like this,”...
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