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    I think it's more than time based, it's also skill/training based. A programming analogy would be learning produce to code without performing garbage colllection, or sanitise inputs, or allowing buffer overflows or walking over core memory. Think of K parasites...
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    become monsters with a memory of what it was to be human once I guess at least if we choose to become monsters we can choose not to become monsters at come point. Where there is life there is hope,...
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    I remember Alex thinking it was?...
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    I think we can safely file that one under problems we'd wish to have :)...
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    Your point being? Unless the Tesla is made of unobtainium its not massively germane to the overall goal of getting ICE cars off of the road....
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    IMO plastic consumption is such a low proportion of a normal cars oil consumption such that its almost irrelevant compared to the opportunity of stopping oil burning for motive power. ~10-20% of lifetime hydrocarbon usage - I reckon based on...
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    One name - Hank Scorpio...
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    And if Mr Z even manages to achieve half of that stuff I'd elect him World President. I would note hoewever that his ex-wife^2 is probably a good model for the femme fatale that distracts Bond during the fateful scene...
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    If this is your last post - god bless and fare thee well. You were strange and beautiful and I did not comprehend you....
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    Out of curiosity how much of the stuff we are reading now that links back 5-6 books was planned, how much is hooks whose creation was deliberate but the purpose was not crystallised and how much is serendipity?...
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    It's only in thinking on this that something so obvious has just hit me that I'm kicking myself. Bobs unreliability knows no bounds. Firstly he doesn't want to admit to his full capabilities OR that he may be a monster,...
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    6 is pretty much covered in TAS. He wanted to be their boss i.e. High level civil service role probably stepping over to private secretary and then replacing one of the cabinet....
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    Not sure that's entirely fair. Re-reading the relevant sections of TAS with the benefit of hindsight - its pretty clear that The Mandate was not a supervillain but something else. Think the Iris point is a little more valid but...
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    Which also begs the question what was the Black Chamber guy on the flight with Schiller up to?...
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    Not sure that's quite correct. Don't forget Teapot had a host before Angleton - which was the mad servant of the black Russian, followed by the summoning of the Teapot into the (braindead? or damaged? ) body of Angleton. Its...
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    Not a consistency problem as yet. We see Bob try to bite down on Mhari and explicitly fail. We haven't seen him chomp another Phang since. We also see from TDB that the main power of the Eater of Souls...
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    Another hint when Mo confronts the Mandate with Lecter - Lecter is nervous. The only other time Lecter tends to react is when Bob is around - which goes to suggest the Mandate was probably TEAPOT level back then, and...
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    3. Were we given any hints in the Annihilation Score that the Mandate was more than a human given magical mind-control abilities? Because I'm sitting here feeling rather stupid. When the Senior Auditor went to him I still thought he...
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    Different in my UK Kindle copy "Johnny's idea of getting about town is a matte black Kawasaki..."...
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    Thank you Charlie - that confirms my assumptions/speculations, better playthings for an elder Cat God than Crotch-crab Zombies. One more comment - can I just congratulate you on the masterful way you did the creeping reveal that the Laundry were...
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    Whilst I agree with the general gist of your comments I think the following is incorrect : "There was no storage vault full of wards ready to slap on to soldiers and tanks. No warehouse full of Banishment rounds to...
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    whoops! A TRC re-read is in order....
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    Can you be more specific? Afaik everyone knew George - they just didnt realise he was a Phang or how long he had been in the Laundry. Did I miss a suggestion that Angleton knew what he was beforehand?...
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    One more question - did we ever find out why Bob had to bug Paxo's guest chair?...
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    A few musings now I have had a chance to sleep on TDB. How far back does the Laundry and the Black Pharoah relationship go? The conversations between Iris and the SA suggest at least some of what enabled Iris...
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    It's funny you should say that, for me tonally TDB was the closest yet to Charlie's A Colder War , however in my mind it was ever closer to Ian Tregillis' The Coldest War. (WWII fantasy horror and recommended if...
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    Admittedly Im a Prime member - but I can say I have noticed any pre-order problems ever. They usually turn up on the day or sometimes even earlier....
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    Can I just say SQUEE to properly working footnotes on the UK kindle edition! They now appear as popups rather than annoying bookmarks that take you to the back of the book - at least on the Kindle App for...
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    Begs the question of how much of a marine wasteland they leave behind. I'm betting total destruction. Bet AL would know....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    And, finally, the Big Picture is, to me, as a red diaper baby, that Communism is a secular religion; the difference between it and capitalism is that it wants to not merely remake society, but the individual Think you are...
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