Bill Stewart

Bill Stewart

  • Commented on Empire Games
    Is Empire Games eligible for Hugo nomination in 2016, or does it count as 2017?...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    The first program I encountered on a Mac that didn't Just Work was the MS Word port to MacOS (around 1990.) It had a few problems of its own, and a lot of problems passing documents back and forth to...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Somebody also mentioned Peopleware. I found two-person offices with doors to be more productive most of the time; most of the work I was doing back when I had them was system design, lots of reading, a bit of programming,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    The joke is too old, and too obvious, but it's in context; it's hard for the Republicans to claim their party isn't run by Lizard People when their probable VP is named Newt... (He's probably about second or third in...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Dumb EU Rules Question: Does the EU have rules for what happens if a member state splits? Are both halves still in, or both immediately out, or does one half get to stay the "official" EU-member Country X if it's...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    The problem with Corbyn? England used to have a Labour Party and a Conservative Party that disagreed on issues, back in those pre-Blair days before the Tories, Labour, and LibDems all got homogenized into pretty much the same thing, and...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Back in the 90s and early 00s I used to go to international libertarian conferences (about half in Europe, half in North America.) The EU was still new and a number of people didn't approve of Yet Another Layer of...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    While it's more effective to reinstall the OS onto SSD, you could put in some convenient size and use it for the storage for some of your VMs, or maybe move /usr (if you're running a Linux-based hypervisor as opposed...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Your aliens will need to be able to make fire before they can make fancier stuff, but they don't need to be able to use friction to do it; assuming appropriate local chemistry and geology, flint+steel works fine, or whatever...
  • Commented on An Apology
    My question about a Charlie Stross bodice ripper is whether the bodice would be ripped from the inside (as in Aliens), the outside (along with the chest underneath) by a monster, or the outside in some emergency medical procedure (in...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    RDSouth@92 - So in C22, all we have to do to save the world from Dark Energy is to *not* jump into a black hole? Count me in!...
  • Commented on 21st Century: a complaint
    They've been promising to finally make the "flying car" episode for way too long now, but keep getting distracted and rewriting the war-and-terrorism plots instead....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    El@40 "Autocorrect insists he should be Clog btw." That's because "Clog" is the past tense of "Clegg". Charlie@190 TRX@249 US Postal Service scanning and OCRing everything The USPS can only carry the amount of mail they do because of heavy...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Peter@119: "And we all get ponies." They'd better be Shetland ponies, or the Isles are going to exit en masse and go rejoin their Viking forbears in Scandinavia. Maybe even offer to take Dublin with them. Ok, seriousness aside, what's...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Nate Silver's 538 elections prediction group is calling for about 49 seats for SNP, 280 Tories, 268 Labor, 27 LibDem. (That's with fairly wide error bars on the two big parties, smaller for the others, and their recent tweets have...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Solar in Scotland is a non-starter; solar elsewhere affecting world oil prices might still have a big effect there....
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
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  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    The one place I've seen Pterry (and his doppelganger Silas T. Firefly) was the North American Discworld Con in Phoenix. He'd introduced himself when he came on stage as "Neil Gaiman" (Neil having been introduced as "Terry Pratchett" at a...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Re: Bikes for old people The last time I saw one of my uncles was up in the mountains of Colorado. We'd driven there from Denver. He'd biked. I think he was in his mid 70s at the time. (And...
  • Commented on Default Option
    At an extremely crude level, which I'll make no attempt to defend seriously, what Socialism 2.0 looks like is a less corrupt version of what Greece had before they let the Eurozone buy them out....
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    One problem with supersonic aircraft in the US, besides noise, is that the air traffic control system wasn't really designed for it. I last worked on ATC back in the late 80s (we were the lucky team that lost; IBM...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    John Perry Barlow's description of privacy in small towns was "it's the kind of place where you don't need to use your turn signal, because everybody knows where you're going anyway."...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Pretty much the only privacy I have on the net is because "Bill Stewart" is a relatively common name, so I'm down on page 5-10 of Google unless you add other search terms, the more incriminating of which will get...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    The one thing I've wanted that would have been a totally obvious use for a 3D printer was replacement battery doors for a laptop. The laptop was a couple of years old, so the manufacturer was no longer doing spare...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    For board game pieces, while I haven't seen much done with 3-D printers, laser cutters have become very popular the last few years. Pieces are either made of wood, acrylic plastic, or sometimes cardboard, and if you're not going to...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    My dentist has the sort of milling machine Marcus Rowland mentioned; he got it maybe 10-15 years ago, along with upgrading to digital x-rays, and it's made crowns much more practical. It does have limitations - the shapes it can...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I don't think that the Singularity has been killed off as an SF theme by reality; I think it's just been slowed down a bit by Having Been Done Already, plus being really hard to do without running into universes...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    In Soviet Britain, TV watches *you*. One of the fundamental questions if things had gone that way would have been what happened to the British and French Empires, now that Britain and France were part of the Soviet Empire. Would...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Feorag got to the "Can you write [ X ] into your story so it can get overtaken by current events" way faster than I did, but it's still good to know authors who have useful superpowers....
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    "Parallel Construction" is the version of the term they've used more commonly. And if the purposes aren't immediately obvious to non-US readers, they're partly to hide the NSA spying, which may be illegal, and partly to hide the fact that...
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