Mike

Mike

  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    After reading your workload I'm unaccountably tired. 20 years ago I'd have laughed in derision; now I think I'd like a nap. Good advice, though, except that I'm at an age where I fear that the inertia of a body...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Do you folks not have scooters? Over on this side of the pond they're quite popular. Think of them as vastly upgraded Vespas. Inexpensive to buy, economical to run and very popular with those who have no driving license as...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    This. Although for every COBOL program storing dates as two digits there were at least two dozen RPG/RPG II/RPG III applications on (usually) IBM minis doing the same thing. Disk space was expensive; I vividly recall the day the IBM...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I've spent the previous eight years (Obama's term as President) listening with increasing amazement to a litenany of off-the-wall conservative (USian) conspiracy theories including how he was a sekret Muslim, how Christians were all going to be rounded up intp...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I half-suspect that once AT50 is triggered, a hard Brexit will be forced on the UK by the EU, pour encourager les autres (i.e. "stab us in the back and we will disembowel you slowly, to watch you squirm, as...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I have to hope that not all UK manufacturing goes the way of the Dodo in coming years -- for purely selfish reasons, admittedly. Ilford (now Harmon Technology Ltd.) makes nice photographic film and now that Kodak has priced themselves...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    It seems as though the Laundry has a need for their own counselor, someone with the highest security clearances. Be funnier than hell if they thought the whole staff were seriously delusional and didn't take a word anyone said seriously....
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I'm grateful to see that you're doing your part to make this miserable year a little more bearable. Thanks! Mike...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Hoosier here (resident of the state of Indiana, of which Pence is currently Governor.) You are right to fear Pence. He's been a corporate lap dog as Governor of Indiana and there's no reason to think that his new post...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I think that adulthood begins when you take responsibility for the welfare of someone other than yourself. Kind of an old fashioned, I know, but there it is. Marriage can qualify, as can having children or care of parents or...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Given that we almost never figure out how what something like this is good for until we build it and use it for a while (and until the pioneers who built it go bust,) I have to be just a...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I wonder whether there's value in being able to put an infantry company anywhere in the world within 30 minutes of 'go'? If it's important enough for a few more boosters, how about a battalion? With armored vehicles? First step...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Eh, it's been done. Chimps for the brains, Gorillas for the muscle. And Charlton Heston for the giggles....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Given the uncertainties as to whether Brexit will ever in fact be implemented, perhaps you should structure the novel as one of those "choose your own" books. You know, "If BREXIT is implemented, go to page 37. If BREXIT is...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    Nooooooooooooo! :) It's an existential recommendation to take the weekend off and renew acquaintance with the local pub. Or something....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I started the summer with a taste for lit-ra-chure, don't you know, and since I'd read and liked The Great Gatsby last autumn, I began with F. Scott Fitzgerald's wonderful The Beautiful and the Damned and then his depressing but...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    I rather like the concept of paracitical hairpieces and it really explains quite a lot of Boris's and The Donald's behavior, I think. On the other hand, wprking Clarkson in with May and Hammond has serious potential......
  • Commented on Don't blow your top!
    Hello, Charlie! I hope you're enjoying your "working vacation", if it can be called that. It will be interesting to eventually read your thoughts on your country's unexpectedly hasty prime minister replacement. I believe it was just last week when...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    If this is true and not another troll or splot for attention then I'm very sorry to hear it. It would help to explain that enormous chip on your shoulder and maybe some of the free verse masquerading as pithy,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Being from across the pond and its oddly litigous society, I have to ask: Since a great deal of the Leave vote was heavily influenced by the Leaver's claims of money and immigration, which were admitted to be incorrect before...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    How about mass migration's effect on the short term destabilization of societies? We've entered an era where technological and financial improvements in transportation make it possible for large numbers (millions) of folks to pick up and move hundreds to thousands...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    As entertaining as is the thought of large raptors dueling with AI-commanded drones in my own personal airspace, the thought of a shotgun is still more exciting. But then, I'm an American and we tend to view shotguns as both...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    It occurs to me that a writer could make a pretty good career in SF with the contents of this thread. :)...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I don't mind technologies not directly extrapolated from known: knowledge accumulates and I'm perfectly willing to accept progress in technology sufficiently advanced as to appear to be magic, so long as it isn't posited to be, say, tomorrow. Down the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Today's cartoon at WWW.XKCD.COM has some commentary on the current issue. :)...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Slate magazine chimed in yesterday....
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    In a past life I was IT manager for a small manufacturing company here in the US. Having spent years fighting off bugs, viruses and malicious macros from MS Office, I spent considerable effort convincing my organization to give something...
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