Mike

Mike

  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    My first calculator was a Rockwell which ran on a 9V battery and used RPN. I adored it's brightly glowing red display. A bit later my little sister asked for a calculator for Christmas and my parents foolishly insisted, as...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You said, "And at least the UK still retains an independent court system that threatens to deal with leaders who misbehave, which regrettably can't be said about the US." and I've been wondering about that. Boris the First says that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The usual, Charlie: topic drift as is inevitable in such a long thread and some hurt feelings but I don't think anything you need be concerned about. The star keeps shining, the planet continues to simultaneously revolve and rotate and...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Before I let myself get too worried about Charlie's prognostications I try to remember that in the past he's had to scrap an entire novel into which a lot of hard work had passed because the Real World made it...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    An older friend in my teenaged days told the story of returning from his tour of duty in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic and ending up in Texas, where they processed his discharge. In those days you were discharged from...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Brexit seems to have disappeared from the news in the States and on the BBC's website from here. Is everyone going to ignore it until two weeks before it takes effect again? Also, I'm curious about campaigning in Britain for...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Greg @261: I thought the royal family were figureheads these days, with perhaps some minor approval duty for actions the government has or is going to take but no real authority to actually do anything. How wrong am I?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Way back in 152 Greg said, I think if it really looks like it's going down the tubes, the REAL emergency powers comne into effect - Orders in Council Noted that William ( NOT Chaz ) has been given full...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    We should be okay if nobody asks for a definition of "chips." Now that you mention it, I've always wondered... :)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    (Read on Fark but it seems so appropriate today) Great Britain - determined to make US politics appear rational, since 1776....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I admire all of your optimism, determination and stubbornness but isnt it time to spend less energy on stopping the tsunami and more on surviving it, particularly those of you dependent on specific medications which might become scarce after your...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    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...
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