Mike

Mike

  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files
    Well, crud: you're getting to be an expensive habit. Now I might have to buy a TV. On the other hand, maybe they'll stream it. :)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Is it just my crappy old tablet or is there really no mention on the BBC news page of either yesterday's march or of the online petition? I would have thought them topical enough for first page mention....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    If I'm reading this right (and even accounting that I'm on the ignorant side of the Atlantic that's an ever larger stretch,) there's a significant chance that not only will you folks crash out of the EU with no plan...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Damn it, you've given me hope. What did I ever do to you (that you know of?)...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    At the risk of drawing OGH's wrath onto my bald-ish head, I don't understand the votes occuring in your Parliament over Brexit. The first vote, whether to accept the negotiated deal, was obviously necessary but nothing since has been binding....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Take care of yourself, Charlie. I've been through this myself over the last couple of years and last week my wife was in the hospital for a few days with critically high blood pressure. I told her she had to...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Alas, air traffic controllers are not so easily replaceable as one might think. There is a shortage at the moment and controllers are already working 60-hour weeks in some cases. FAA's training academy is shut down and almost 20% of...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    So the Prime Minister's head is being measured for a platter and it's, what, two and a half months until Brexit? Call an election and who could govern when it doesn't seem as though any position on Brexit commands a...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    While not really anything good for either 2018 or 2019 ( under almost any definition of 'good' in the dictionary,) our (USA USA USA!) Toddler-in-Chief is widely expected to declare yet another National Emergency in a television address tonight. Anyone...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    As I said before, I believe you folks are headed for a hard brexit, as had always been the preferred endgame for those soul less extremely wealthy individuals who started this charade to begin with. I doubt there was ever...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Considered specifically as speculative fiction, if the gunpowder plot were to occur today I wonder whether that sort of abrupt change of government would alter the Brexit debate, and in what way? From this side of the pond I think...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Personally I think this goes along with and is probably a first order correlary to the (highly unwelcome from my point of view) steadily increasing militarization of USian society. People are getting larger, in part, because larger people are seen...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    A side note: Bookpub this morning lists Dark State e-book on sale at Amazon for $2.99 US....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    You don't need to actually write the Mouse Man story. My imagination has already taken flight with the scene where he gives his tell-all interview with the incredibly beautiful but remarkably innocent cub reporter. The imposing desk he's seated at...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    As both an American and a Christian I am completely at a loss to understand why the fundamentalist Christian community is so fanatically supportive of weapons whose sole purpose is to kill other human beings. What part of 'thou shalt...
  • Commented on Test Case
    It appears that at least the preliminary police findings in Arizona are pinning the blame on the pedestrian: CBS News Looks like this maybe won't be the test case folks were assuming (hoping?) it might be....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Maybe the hardware is the goal. Marooned AI/alien entity/elder whatever needs better computing resources FAST and introduces bitcoin mining as an incentive to development of better computational hardware. Or, Started as a drunken university pissing match/practical joke, perhaps to see...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I have a hard time believing that the author of 'Accelerando' would have a hard time with this. I bet if it were lobsters instead of kitties you'd never have even noticed....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Congratulations, your memory is spot on! A 1971 Opel GT was my car after the VW Beetle. Stinking impossible dual carburetors and a fiberglass body that a small American town body shop coped with by pop-riveting new rear-end skin on...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I learned to drive on my mom's 1960's Oldsmobile Rocket 88 (floor it and you could watch the fuel guage drop as you passed Warp 1!) which was typical American outfit for the era - automatic transmission with a lever...
  • Commented on Excuses
    1.Read a story this AM (forgot where now and finding it on this phone is painful,) that said the Equifax theft is no big deal because a lot of the customers had already been compromised elsewhere. 2. Wife and I...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Back to the original topic for a moment, I don't think it will happen. Too much risk of having to make the Apollo 11 speech that didn't have to be made in return for reminding everyone that it was another...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I think the odds are at least as good that the Russians will stop taking US astronauts to ISS, just to rub it into Trump's schnozz who's really in charge. By Apollo 11s anniversary it might be that the US...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Speaking of SF author Jerry Pournell, he died on Friday. I didn't often agree with his political views but his stories were entertaining and interesting. I'm going to miss him....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    CBS News reports on the shortage of construction labor in Texas. It says that before Harvey, shortages added a month and a half to the construction time of a home. Also shortages of skilled labor in commercial construction -- the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Vanity Fair reports that pre-Harvey the GOP was considering taking $1B for Two-Scoop's border wall from FEMA's budget. Probably dead now but it is depressing to see Congress exhibiting the same morals as drunken freshmen on a scavenger hunt....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Also to consider is a nationwide shortage of construction workers. Between a booming economy luring them into other industries and a concerted effort to persuade foreign nationals to leave, things may take longer and cost more to replace than people...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Given how the revolution in communications was sparked by the explosive public adoption of the internet and in turn enabled fringes of all sorts to build audiences, I wonder what the world would be like had it stayed a semi-private...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well, crap. Aldiss was one of the good ones. Take care of yourself, will you, Charlie?...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Any chance of seeong elves and/or dragons in this next one? Rather fond of the idea of integrating them into combined arms teams but not if they're just going to be exterminated. They're entertaining......
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