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  • Commented on Upcoming events
    No discussion of roundabouts can be complete without an obligatory mention of the one I took my driving test around. Swindon's Magic Roundabout - renamed by the locals by popular demand from whatever local dignatory it was originally named after....
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    You think that's bad? At the blackhat conf just gone there was someone who thinks they have cracked the CAN network isolation between the entertainment and telemetry buses on the 787. Only the actual level 1 control CAN to go....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Perhaps we'll get lucky and it will be a nuclear powered Ekranoplan instead? Or for bonus points a nuclear powered, ground effect cruise missile?...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I did see that on theregister.co.uk but leaving aside the the potential foolishness in installing a touchscreen for something that has to be grabbed on wildly pitching deck, the actual problem seems to be a UX fail - allowing separate...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Don't bet on Bosch any more - it's a sample of 1 of course but we've have nothing but mechanical trouble with our 3 year old washing machine, and the same aged tumble drier whilst mechanically reliable has major UX...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Out of genuine interest isn't the Type 45 under armed and over specialised? Looking at some of the more general purpose Frigates and Destroyers it seems only capable of having a good place in UK/US/NATO CBG's? It may just be...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    To Charlies point I rather suspect they would regard a classic MTB well beneath their capabilities.. To whit : https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/meet-iran’s-“mad-max”-navy-missile-armed-motor-boats-60607 Also worth reading up on their submarine fleet linked in that article. I rather suspect Bolton and the rest of...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Also special post for Greg (Charlie/Mods delete if too off topic) Your Stella just absolutely p0wned Arron Banks (the public face of Brexiteer/UKIP/Leave funding) https://mobile.twitter.com/stellacreasy/status/1158371703917072391...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Sadly becoming less correct by the day. There is currently a huge stealth privatising of Post Office branches going on with many Crown (main) Post Offices now closed and replaced by franchised branches in W H Smiths. A uk stationers...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Talking of own goals Im puzzled why AMZ have never fixed that Publication sort order issue. No other "normal" sort of their brings up translations and audio books. I can only assumed its designed in stupidity for a use case...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Since most titles are sold on digital platforms these days it occurs to me that it should be possible to A/B test both Titles, Covers and even the Author name and bio. Whilst it wont work for name author's it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I agree with this the extradition request is pure vengeance for Mannings leaks, however I expect it not to happen as Asshat has at least 6 months to serve for bail jumping in the UK and as that was whilst...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's deeply ironic that Ass-hat has spent more time in the Embassy than the offences the US is trying to extradite him for have as a tariff. 7 years vs 5. The man seems to be nothing but a first...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    If you enjoy Modesit try his Scifi The Parafaith War and the sequel the Ethos Effect. Easily his best 2 novels imo and I read big chunks of his output until Recluse got a little bit samey. Explores the nature...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    This. Whilst Cryo and DI were fairly average entries in the series - both GJARQ and CVA were decidedly above average imo. Possibly the sign that the Miles arc had run out of steam or possibly just the law of...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I'll bite and take the brickbats :) You could do worse than look at a JD Robb novel which inhabits the somewhat unholy intersection of Scifi, Police Procedural/Crime and Romance. Are they formulaic - yes. Will the Scifi lite setting...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    near future SF, aka thrillers AKA urban SF/Fantasy perhaps?...
  • Commented on What I published in 2018
    Yes but mud sticks the pages together and ruins kindles....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Dammit sorta beaten to it! The solution to the Irish border problem is blindly obvious, we re-impose English control across the entire island of Ireland, under enlightened English landlords and their NornIron cousins, uniting the British Isles once again. We...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Ref point 4. The speculation on the blog and I think semi-comfirmed by Charlie is that the Mandate was still levelling up/ manifesting over the events in the Apocalypse Score and the Delirium Brief. I also rather suspect the SA's...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I think you are missing something with the SA - he maybe a lot worse than a qusiling, from the last 2 books there is reasonable circumstantial evidence that he engineered the whole New Management take over from years back...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Dear god NO! One of Charlie’s peers did this fairly recently with a big name of the genre popping into the series for no apparent reason, playing a big part of a plot point before disappearing again. It was totally...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    There was a bit in TDB about the gears I didn't get, from memory it was implied that the geas had transferred (by the SA) to the Mandate before he actually became prime minister. But it was also implied that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    One point I dont believe anyone has raised yet is the purpose/function of Continuity Ops. (Am I the only one who mentally substitutes IRA for Ops?) On the one hand it looks like a desperation play on the part of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I think there are are 3 options here: 1. Charlie lost track of a good million words and accidentally did a retcon. 2. Bob is an unreliable narrator and he wanted us to think Narky, BP and the Sleeper are...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The most recent occurrence of dismantling an organisation without engaging brains on its replacement is the Invasion of Iraq. Admittedly it was a time of "war" but similar principles apply....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    AFAIK there is no mention of any treaties between humans and the cythonians. Only Blue hades with both other parties, and the arrangement with the Deep Sevens is characterised as a truce or a standoff....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    More interesting imo - where are the description of ordinary life where there is a reasonable chance of grandad/ma living to 500? Normally the scenarios are Noir or Dystopia driven where the Meths are a dominant class, but if you...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I'll bite :) AFAIK what Graydon is proposing fits with blockchain-as-a-subclass-of-distributed database (its just a database innit!) model, not batshit-libertarian-cryptocurrency-pyramid-scheme and there is no particular lower bound on the efficiency of the signing processes for such a database. *Disclaimer I...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I'm not convinced, nearly all of the inactions in the article can also be put down to simple paralysis, and I don't believie Corbyn is capable of the amount of comprise needed to truly appeal to the Kippers....
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