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troutwaxer

  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    Three notes: First of all, a very good book. I've read it twice so far and loved it. Second, I noted a typo on page 126. It reads "blood-born" and I think it should read "blood-borne." Third, I figured out...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    I thought of that too, and then decided that OGH might have written it any number of ways and perhaps I shouldn't attempt too much precision......
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    What I find interesting is the possibility that Mo knows much more than she's revealing to Bob. Someone put the project Bob is working on in the suggestion box. Someone in upper management obviously thinks the project might be useful....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [REDACTED] translated the Necronomicon out of its native Javascript......
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    P.S. Is a review of Christopher Priest's new book on your to-do list? I really think you should make the time!...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    I'm glad the collaboration with John Scalzi is no longer part of your schedule. The whole idea of a starship made of nano-bacon was groundbreaking, as was the concept of a solar sail that could double as some kind of...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    I'm not sure I agree. While the pattern will become obvious in time, it may take twenty years of ugly behavior before everyone learns to recognize life-ruining software in action. (Note Bruce Sterling's comments on The Centipede - as usual,...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    I liked your cites. They are very good and very interesting. While you are correct that this is already being done, it's essentially a boutique effort mediated entirely by human beings. What your cites describe is, in my mind, the...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Otherwise I would just fire up my ConspiracyFramer(TM) application and put the kind of false evidence into those devices that gets you convicted. IMHO, this (and Vanzetti's comment above) are the two smartest comments in this thread. (not to insult...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    Why be afraid of the kettle? That only tells people that you've had a spot of tea. Your vibrator, on the other hand, knows all the really nasty secrets! If someone really wanted to spend money on learning about your...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    ...will probably stop it gaining traction in the USA until after the coming revolution. Please send lawyers, guns, money and good encryption. :)...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    I've gone the other way with the question. You've got a spray can that shoots small fibers and an adhesive to hold them together. What else can you put in the can that uses this same technology? Carbon nano-tubes and...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    It's absolutely certain that more Chinese soldiers died fighting the Japanese than soldiers of any other nation, certainly by at least one order of magnitude, possibly by two. However, the Chinese did not take their casualties "while destroying the powerful...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    Sideshow? 10-20 million dead, plus two nukes, is a "sideshow?" Taken by itself the Pacific Rim is probably the third largest total number of deaths in a war ever.* Charlie, I don't want to be unpleasant, but your phrasing is...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    @ srogerscat Agreed! The very idea that you don't have to go back before 1945 boggles the mind. For the very tiniest, most ignorant minimum for understanding the modern world, one must go as far as Versailles, where (aside from...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    You're commenting on the camel's nose under the corner of a tent. The nose being an angler fish lure attached to the body of a Lovecraftian horror the size of a city... Lovecraftian really is the only word for the...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    @ Various KDE is a very good GUI, but I don't like the fact that when I install it I get 25-30 new apps, none of which I use, all starting with the too-cutesy "K," added to my menus and...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    I was once a Gnome user and loved it. Anything in the neighborhood of 2.2 - 2.6 was lovely to use. It was easy-on-the-eyes, intuitive, and had an appropriate workflow. Configuration involved the right amount of stuff, by which I...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    Here are three neat tricks I use in XFCE. The first is to make one transparent panel, set it to be horizontal, and cause it to be hidden on the left-hand side. Then put your most-used application-launchers into the transparent...
  • Commented on Polemic: how readers will discover books in future
    Repeat after me: "I will always seperate my code and my data."...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Hey Charlie, speaking of spy-media, how about a story in the style of The Prisoner?...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    I suppose, for those that have not seen it, I should post the URL for that hideous example of Unicorn-Evil called Charlie The Unicorn The animation is crappy, but the story contains an important lesson!...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    I thought there were going to be 9 books. If so I'd guess number nine is either "The thing in the pyramid*" or "All hell breaks loose at once." When Bob learns that old-bat-wings _does_ exist, that's going to be...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    I know that "tentacle monster" is a term of art. I tend to associate it with Hentai, so I noted it because OGH might not want to go there. (Or he may have deliberately gone there.) I pointed it out...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    Typos and etc: Isn't it DEEP SEVEN? Or are we introducing a new race for later use? "lithospheric colonies of BLUE HADES and DEEP SIX," Referring to the same gun: Actually, I’m not sure how to load it in the...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    This is a truly excellent piece of Lovecraftian horror. In particular, I was interested in the dialogue at the very end; does Shub simply assume that all human males are the same, or does she specifically recognize Bob Howard as...
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    Hi Dave, For me the issue is very simple; the need to stop terror versus the damage to our constitution. If you pay any attention at all to the numbers, you'll notice that domestically in the US we average about...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    I didn't find the information density overwhelming either, but I read both "The Cuckoo's Egg" and "The Hacker Crackdown" in the mid-nineties and I've paid at least passing attention to the issues since. On the other hand, someone who hasn't...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Arnold, please don't be silly. If I was creating theology I would insist that Sterling was automatically right, and of course I don't believe this. But since Bruce is a very deep expert in this issue, anyone who can't decode...
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Sean, I think the problem here is that Bruce's piece is gigantically full of "meta." To really understand it would require that you either follow Sterling's work and the work of some other seminal people, (going at least as far...
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