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  • Commented on Dead plots
    Myself, it's not so much a matter of I won't take the COVID vaccine as I CAN'T take the COVID vaccine since I'm not immune-competent. I'm going to have to wait until my doctors at the National Institutes of Health...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Two things bother me about Americans, and I am one. We (not me) scream about Our Rights. I have a right not to wear a mask! You also have a right to get sick and die. But you're also going...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    One of the beautiful stories of the pandemic here in the USA is FEMA getting defrauded by a serial telemarketer previously convicted fraudster in Florida. First time Federal contractor (create company Friday, awarded contract Monday sort of setup), they sold...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I had to drive 90 minutes to see my ear/nose/throat doc for a CT/culture for a sinus infection last week. Went to a big box store to pick up a pre-order: my wife said maybe 20% of the people in...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Here in New Mexico, we had an annual convention called BuboniCon. I was really hoping that we might be able to start attending, now that I'd gotten in to steady work. Oh, well....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    My parents are pretty much doomed: my mom turns 89 next week, though she's in reasonable health my dad is currently fighting leukemia and he's 86 and his white blood cells are below half of what they should be. Me,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I have often said that I can answer ANY question! Accuracy and relevancy to the question may vary wildly. In the tradition of Firesign Theater, Why does the porridge bird lay its egg in the air?...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I wish there were an ebook of Dragonhiker's Guide to Battlefield Covenant at Dune's Edge, Odyssey Two. I'd be happy spending a fiver for it, but I'm not going to drop $20 for a copy. Sounds like a hoot....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    YAY! [Kermit arm flail] Are we talking animated or live action? Quite looking forward to the additional news!...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    One of the problems the USA will have in a couple of decades is that 70% of the population will be so concentrated that they will be represented by 30% of the senators, which means 30% of the population will...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    USAin here. Charlie, I think you're a little off in calling Trump supporters the party base. The party has morphed from financial conservatism to some weird warped religious fundamentalism that twitches whenever Fox News shouts. Their biggest fear is a...
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    Thank you for pointing me to Outland in '15 for your (then) new book release, I was able to pick it up there despite the French postal or dockworkers strike, whichever was fashionable at the time. Wonderful bookstore, and lovely...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    While I'll be voting for Hugos, I won't be nominating. I don't read much new until the Hugo epubs hit my iPad. And since Barnes & Noble, in their infinite wisdom, decided to eliminate their New section in Science Fiction...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    That really disappointed me. Lois got my vote, that was one of the two that my vote wasn't the winner....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There was an article on Slashdot yesterday: 17-23% of all bitcoins are lost, based on studying the blockchain. http://fortune.com/2017/11/25/lost-bitcoins/ https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/11/27/1517255/nearly-4-million-bitcoins-lost-forever-new-study-says That's a lot of virtual coins....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    If you want to comprehensively boycott the Kochs, then you need to boycott Mad Max: Fury Road, Wonder Woman, Ready Player One, It, Dunkirk, and a lot of other movies: they invested almost half a million dollars in RatPac/Dune Entertainment....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Mike, that is amazing. I should not be surprised, but I did not know that they were doing that. I've been a photographer for 40 years, I wonder how long before non-digital photographs start getting tagged with location and name...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Actually, Allen, it precisely is Cloudcroft. My wife is an astronomer at Apache Point Observatory, so she's constantly on the lookout for the stars being right in addition to frequently blasting the moon with a laser, just to keep the...
  • Commented on Book day!
    YAY! As it happens, I'll be traveling to Las Cruces Thursday and will be able to pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble (probably: they usually carry his work). Even better, I haz COUPON! I live actually in the...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    It's much worse than U.S. Customs asking to "see" your phone, here's the story of an American citizen who was detained by Customs for secondary screening who was more or less forced to unlock his phone. It was taken from...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Also currently available for $1.99 on Apple's iBooks store, my preferred venue for ebooks when I can't get 'em DRM-free from places like Humble Bundle or Story Bundle. I didn't check Barnes & Noble or Kobo....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    When "45" (I will not type his name) did not use the words Democracy or Constitution in his inauguration speech, and then went on to thank "The People of the World", you knew we were in for an even wilder...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    While Tom Clancy is, indeed, rich, he also died three years ago. So I'm not certain if that counts as a win....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I'm curious if you have information on Japanese dueling between samurai. My brain is, of course, flashing on Seven Samurai. I'm a huge fan of the play Hamilton, and it has three tragic duels in it, though my favorite movie...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Currently working my way through Nightmare Stacks, though that's on hold for a few days. Recently re-read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and am about to re-read Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Basically life served me up a shitstorm recently,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    "the stench of hypocrisy and opportunism" -- if that doesn't sum up politics, I can't think of much better. I came across an excellent Groucho Marx line that also does a nice job of summing up politics: "Politics is the...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    I was reading yesterday about a ransomware pkg that infected the MBR then faked that it was running a CHKDSK while it encrypted all the files. Apparently it was inert against locked boot chains....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Also Microsoft's SQL Server 2016 will run on Linux next year to get a chunk of Oracle's market share. The Four Horsemen of the Dorkapolypse are approaching!...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    Interesting take, I didn't realize how big a pile of cash Apple was sitting on. One problem with iris recognition as a biometric marker is that your iris changes over time and as medical conditions and potentially as medications change....
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    I live in New Mexico. The census bureau breaks down the state as 83% white American, yet only 64% speak English. I lived in Las Cruces for two years and there the white American number is below 50%. And I...
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