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  • 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...
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    I'm not sure GPS would initially be badly affected, I believe those are higher orbit satellites. It sounds like a cascade event is more of a low orbit issue, the geosynchronous satellites are much further out. I think you might...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    I think you would have run in to an inverse square problem: making the tanks bigger to accommodate an additional crew member plus the radio plus spare tubes would have meant a lot more weight which would have required a...
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    Thank you EVER SO MUCH for tying me to YET ANOTHER bundling site. So now I have humble Bundle, Bundle of Holding, and now this. I really needed to flood my Dropbox with more ePubs. Makes me increasingly glad that...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    Thanks for the suggestion, I never heard back from them but St. George's (it's in a very nice neighborhood) replied immediately. It was a bit dicey with the Calais strikes and a postal strike, but I was able to pick...
  • Commented on Book Launch
    As it happens, I'll be in Berlin around the time of the launch. Do you happen to know any bookstores there that might have the English language edition? I'd love to buy one there rather than waiting until I'm back...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    I currently have an Air, previous was a MacBook Pro circa 2009 that was retired to be a desktop computer with a 24" monitor after the internal display went bad. I declared my Air inadequate and eventually want to get...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I understand why they want to sell off vital government services like they have, it makes gobs of money for their friends. I've never understood why the opposition doesn't try to force them in to doing a trial experiment in...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Moral rights in the USA? Uh, yeah. This is the state where Indiana introduced a law that's likely to pass that makes it legal for retailers to discriminate against gay customers, and a Texas congresscritter said "Freedom of Religion doesn't...
  • Commented on Cheap ebook!
    Charlie, are there plans to progressively release the entire series at lowered ebook prices, or is this a one-shot thing? Personally I'd be willing to pay an additional $2 or $3 to get an ebook along with the hardback, but...
  • Commented on Cheap ebook!
    Yay! I occasionally think about buying Knuth's series, but I work in higher level languages and databases and eschew C et al. I just don't have time to get back in to the trenches and learn low level stuff....
  • Commented on Bundle of Laundry
    Mikko: they shrugged off a paperclip audit and mandatory sexual harassment training? They are, indeed, made of sterner stuff! This is a pretty cool game, I think it definitely captures the feel for the Laundry 'Verse. The mechanics are based...
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