Olivier Galibert

Olivier Galibert

  • Commented on The Day After
    As a frenchman, I fail to see much difference between Sarkozy and Le Pen. Well, Le Pen's economics may be slightly more on the left. Socially, they're the same. He's proven it already. OG....
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    There's an interesting variant as seen in Damages, and differently in Quantico (and arguably in Use of Weapons): you start in future timeline, then jump into past timeline, and alternate between the two. Damages plays smoke and mirrors with the...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    And a good book it was. But that's reality, in the "Stranger Danger" and "Shoot first, don't ask questions later" country. If that doesn't give you a modicum of hope......
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Pokémon Go is making people go out and interact with strangers cordially....
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    I notice you've added "Things I won't work with" to your sources of inspiration. Very good use, too :-) OG. [[ Malformed HTML fixed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Plus you have political (brexit, oil prices, eu instability, Trump, panama papers, cryptography ...) and technological (AI, mind -machine interfaces, reactionless drives, weird materials, Csipro, nanotech...) singularities brewing, so now is not a good time for near future extrapolation....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Wait until you really understand genetic algos I do. Obviously you don't really. and what it means to writing code. Nothing much. Working chromosomes-equivalents are too hard to design for anything interesting. What will happen is a natural language interactive...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Sense of wonder definitively. Sense of scale, too. Plus seemingly big things happening. If it's not big, it's not space. Big ships, big infrastructure, big planets, big organizations, and yet, still so human. Mostly, the idea that little old me...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Flash memory is definitively a physical record, but I think the "gateway" aspect saves you. Unless the mosfet gates are gateways, but we'd end up in Laundry territory eventually......
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    Personal suitcase full of dinosaur eggs? ;-)...
  • Commented on An Apology
    It works if your coordinates are in Z/2Z, or in other words the position along each dimension can only be 0 or 1 (and 1+1=0). For CS guys, the universe number is an integer, and a knot does an xor...
  • Commented on Not-so-Invisible Ninjas
    Is it possible to see a blurb for Updraft written by someone who actually knowns what's in the book? I don't trust cover blurbs......
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Well, for the equivalent lighting to a 60W incandescent you need a 13W CFL or a 6W led. Ten times less electricity used is not negligible. As for the electronics... most of them are made in China, remember? OG....
  • Commented on New guest blogger: Judith Tarr
    Yahbut... where are the cat pictures? OG....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    It's even more complicated than that... inflation happens when you create money only if the money is actually used. But when you're in a deflation it's better to keep money than to invest, so the money stays put and deflation...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The government spending/GDP correlation varies probably with the absolute value. An interesting result on the last 10 years or so for the USA shows a decent linear regression with a slope at 1.3. In other words, reducing the spending by...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    But it looked damn good....
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    Two questions if you don't mind: - is the broken french in the hotel name deliberate? (it should be "Hôtel Mon Chéri" or "Hôtel Ma Chérie", theorically) - being a non-native of English, what is the peculiar language style of...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Errr, is there a primer somewhere on the political leanings of all these parties for non-scottish people? OG (French)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    There is a need for sophisticated experiments. Gravity is one of the less understood parts of physics. First, there is nothing that currently mandates that inertial mass and gravitational mass are identical[1]. And it's not an easy question, why would...
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