Neil W

Neil W

  • Commented on Sitrep
    Cthulhu drives people mad. The mere fragmented memories of the dragon-octopus-god begets nasty cults that conduct unspeakable rites. Surely the best thing for Cthulhu to do is to sleep away the ages until mankind can cope, or is gone. And...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    ... if someone has the power to rapidly stop any fight without loss of life, your first impulse is to speedily nuke that person so that the "damage" ... doesn't spread. This is so wasteful! Instead we need the robot...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Something like this is in Stephen Hunt's novel Secrets of the Fire Sea; one of the plot lines is searching for the God-weapon that can be used to kill a god, and it turns out it's to use the formula...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Hasn't there already been a CCTV case where the defence was simply 'it's not me'? Well I have a friend who's a lawyer and that defence has definitely been tried. Doesn't usually get to court unless they're pretty sure....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Superman's glasses are made from the windscreen of his Kryptonian space rocket and so make his disguise impenetrable, yes, even to facial recognition, and if someone does penetrate it he uses (sigh) super-hypnosis on them so they forget. I feel...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The only time I was sick crossing the channel was on a hovercraft. And it was a lovely still day. Might have been the excitement (I was fairly young), or too much sunshine, or the vibration. I've felt nauseous on...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Seriously: What's going to happen to the housing market? If housing prices collapse, are the banks/mortgage holders going to allow their customers to hold mortgages well in excess of the asset value? As long as they're making payments, what's the...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Sure, but what if you and forty of your mates can block just one vote in parliament and then blame the minor disruption to your constiuencies (somewhat less minor in other areas that vote for (ahem) other parties) so that...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Community is a good thing; for a variety of reasons I'm now living on the street my parents have lived on for thirty years so everyone is in my business whether I like it or not. Usually this is fine,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Preserved food and canned goods are a sensible idea, and a stock of luxuires isn't bad. But trading tins of spam for fresh vegetables is not a long term solution. Sadly it's time to be sociable, to let your neighbours...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I for one look forward to a No Deal Brexit in which, to keep food and vital supplies flowing, we have no customs controls at the borders. I seem to recall that Leave voters had some concerns about controls at...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Personally I find it hilarious that all Ukranians, including childhood friends and my first teacher in Primary school, are thieves unable to prevent themselves from stealing anything not secured. I'm confident that if this was a widely spread opinion in...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Well for some reason I've recently read Jack London's dystopian political thriller The Iron Heel. Since it's from 1909-ish it's in the public domain. Slightly unsatisfying in structure, it does a fair job of predicting fascism. Worse news is that...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Every now and then our friend in the White House[1] has a brief thought for the future and his legacy. The Wall, a physical monument several thousand miles long that saved the United States from hordes of &etc is one...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Surely the only correct way to reform the US military is to subordinate every other branch to the Coast Guard....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    sleepingroutine @204 They did not come to their new land with intend to clean it from "barbarians" or "foreigners" and claim it for themselves, but rather to live in peace, protect it from danger and bring up to civilization. Even...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Fundamentally Trump does not care what the Saudis do to Qatar. Unconditional backing of the Saudis is hardly a depature for American foreign policy. So the most likely scenario is that the Saudis pushed against Qatar, Trump fell into line...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Edmund Dantes at one point substitutes a message into the French (sempahore) telegraph system, knowing that there is a regular leak of official government messages (via a mid-level functionary to his mistress to her husband, a financier) which allows them...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    (We leave in the lesbian elopement and the enormous amounts of hashish from the original Count of Monte Cristo)...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Okay, so our protagonist spends several years in the cell next to Nakamoto. It's either secret CIA black site with no electronics that they keep the world's most dangerous hackers (action movie style), Guantanomo Bay (topical! The most infamous prison...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Whoever can draw forth Bitcoin Zero from the wallet is the rightful king/queen/monarch of England....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Satoshi Nakamoto is a refugee from an all consuming alien empire. Bitcoin is intended to stimulate 1. production of advanced graphics chips to facilitate the uploading of human intelligences to kickstart the creation of an inexplicable super-waepon; 2. an increase...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Maybe they should wait a few months/years/arbitarily longer untilyou can get robot tow trucks to take them away so that no human being need be involved at all. Pretty sure I saw one of these being used as a dead...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Disappointed that my plan to make money from the crash of Bitcoin with a cryptocurrency called DeadCatCoin has been pre-empted by the somewhat cuter CryptoKitties....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    War criminal drinks poison in court declares, "I'm drinking poison", isn't top 5 implausible. Satire is impossible, farce is current affairs, morbid surrealism barely makes an impact any more. We're running out of genres. Soon straight forward action adventure heroism...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Bad news for my friend who invested about 200 quid a few months ago. (Being able to afford it, and admitting it was a high risk, speculative investment. Which is true! Just higher risk than is generally advertised.)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Blockchains are an excellent solution to a very specific set of problems and 99% of the people talking about them would do better to implement a less data-and-energy intensive process. For Example: There was recently some terrible bit of news...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Oh, it's gone. Well the devil needed a better advocate anyway....
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    There's an insight here that I think you're in danger of losing by using the pithy and provocative "plot is character" and "exposition is plot"*. If character means anything distinct, then what you're sort of saying is that character is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Check if your surname originates from the Scottish- English border. Sigh. Paternal Grandmother from Alnwick. Clearly horse theft is in my blood. My brother is allergic to horses, while I have not stolen any thanks to sheer willpower....
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