Philippa Cowderoy

Philippa Cowderoy

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Mobile (not smart) phones were the big deal for that. Line rental at home has always been a thing so it was a natural extension and offering the "rent-to-own"-style contract really did make them more accessible right until the cheap...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Take "always" in its milder hyperbolic form (compare and contrast with "everyday") and normalise for population density so you're talking about people rather than landmass covered: does it still seem that implausible? I'd be entirely unsurprised if major cities get...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Could be worse: were I in that position I'd be charging the shaver from my phone/tablet via USB OTG!...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's possible with a modicum of conscious effort or plain practice to tell whether a sound's coming from approximately level or significantly above you. And the level of obtrusiveness a drone's measured against is frequently that of a significant number...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yes, you're coming from the wrong end. The bigger total battery capacity buys you not having to think much about when to charge: if you're on the move a lot, having to find a socket on arrival and unplug when...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The problem with blockchains for voting is that we've yet to see a cipher survive a voting lifespan since general hardware computers came into being. So if the blockchain itself ever leaks (which is basically a certainty), you now have...
  • Commented on Book day!
    As a quick point: CASE NIGHTMARE * => Bob and Mo losing each other. We'll never know how much they care about everyone else unless something is actually worth losing each other for. Eldritch parasites effectively feed on the threat...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Somewhere on the way, any kind of intersectionality gets dubbed an "extremist ideology" by at least one major western government because it's a challenge to divide&conquer and the usual media bullshit alone isn't working. There's a generation of disabled adults...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Yeah, I learned to have more than one hobby even if there's knowledge crossover! I even appear to be using different ones to respond to different unpleasant exes... Then again, I'm way past "enough stress to work" and into "too...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Lucky! I think it's fair to say that it's into hit territory given how long it's been running and how much the budget keeps growing (comparing the anime of Bakemonogatari to Tsukimonogatari, say) rather than being yet another chancer "cute...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Netflix have licensed Bebop, and it's accessible to considerably older audiences given its own influences. It's also still the go-to gateway anime in a lot of communities, not least because the English dub is still the usual end of argument...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Ships hang around a long time and have Minds of their own - they might not have just the one type, but they're going to end up with types just as a means of social navigation....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    GCU Dear ELIZA...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I imagine I'll hear, but give me a yell if you're in snotts? I might not make your main event, but I'll most likely I'll be in the city in the event you need a drink somewhere quieter. And yeah,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Best of luck....
  • Commented on A reminder
    I know damn well what British and English plurality looks like. Every single party that's had a serious crack at politics in the last 20 years has been happy to put me and mine in situations likely to kill us....
  • Commented on A reminder
    Does it matter whether it's single-party or not if all relevant parties collude sufficiently with the same businesses? Because that's what's been happening in the UK since, oh, at least 1997....
  • Commented on State of the Charlie
    Risk of excessive SADness is definitely one issue with what I'm starting to call my Exbrit plan, yeah. I guess it wouldn't be hitting quite as bad given that I'm that further south right now except for my sleep phase...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Which figures! I never felt she was actively bad at it so much as in a situation where she hadn't got the means and thus had to shake up opportunity just to get to the point where it was possible...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    As I made my way to the Office, something started to occur to me. It couldn't be fatal, but I could actually get away with a suitably-finessed LARTing... On being invited to take a seat, I reached out and gripped...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Given how much I found myself thinking of Tony Blair? Many, many more....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [Ineligible: Not my first, failed to apply to its own entry] Name: Temporal Adjustment Realigning Deadlines for Improved Service (TARDIS) Classification: Cheating Description: It can look like whatever the hell it wants, it's still not going to win, okay?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Having done rather a lot of what might be seen as "ongoing emergency response" for loved ones and often getting to be the one to be blunt about the nature of a conflict, Mo's crying to a timer was perfectly...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [Ineligible: Not my first] NAME: GREEN GLASS Classification: Environmentally-Friendly Recycling and Manufacturing Description: GREEN GLASS employs SCORPION STARE with custom optics enabling it to see (and thus transform) carbon dioxide, providing a range of materials depending on the exact amount...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Being eligible myself I'm rather regretting not thinking of CLIPPY RELOADED sufficiently closely to ORACLE - it didn't feel in the spirit of the thing to hoard ideas until the last moment, though!...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [Ineligible, not my first] Codename: MILTON KEYNES INFRA Classification: Emergency Large-scale Crowd Management (Experimental, failure) Description: Designed as an emergency system for deployment in circumstances such as CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, MILTON KEYNES INFRA attempted to use the Law of Contagion...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Yup. GCHQ do worry about state-level actors. I merely account for them, though I seem to've had fair instincts for how much to do so by. I once got into an argument with a Simon Singh fan who hadn't clocked...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Sure - "how much data you can eat" came up in the context of the Panama Papers, though some places may well actually have a degree of internal compartmentalisation and surveillance in place and an employee may well not know...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Or whether your keyboard's part of a mesh network. It didn't take me too long to figure out a plausible means of extracting dangerous quantities of info from somewhere like the Graun offices given that and a few (for redundancy)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    FCVO "should". Reasonable assumption for many of us is that if they want us, they've got us - there comes a point where the sheer absence of anything interesting about you itself becomes interesting, after all. And being seen to...
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