Philippa Cowderoy

Philippa Cowderoy

  • 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...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    If that means we've worked out how not to perform self-awareness at the same time that would probably reduce the dissonance if anything. Of course, there's always the "define awareness" problem: FCVO aware, there are Smalltalk-like systems that're reflective enough...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    If you're operating with extreme paranoia, there's a pre-boot system run by Intel which typically has access to main memory and is under the OEM's control. Anything that can touch System Management Mode is really not your friend. To put...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    I'd imagine they make it a crime to leak a copy such that anyone who's got enough to invoke GPL rights normally has obtained it by illegal means and the agency has no obligation to meet them....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [ineligible: amongst other reasons, not my first entry] Codename: CLIPPY RELOADED Classification: Security-critical Inventory Management Usage: CLIPPY RELOADED is a smartphone application used to catalogue potential information leaks using the serial numbers introduced after the HR incident now classified as...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [not an entry, got that in ages ago] Codename: JOY DIVISION Classification: Covert manipulation and assassination tool Description: Employs a geas on two people with an intimate relationship, with variable strength resulting in anything from a disagreement to one or...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    [Ineligible, not my first try and just for funsies. Besides, I told enough bad musical jokes last time] Name: BLUE MONDAY Class: Unconventional weaponry/Crowd control Deployment: BLUE MONDAY uses psychoacoustic techniques to manipulate the minds of anybody in the affected...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    NAME: ORACLE - Occult Rig for Acausal Cracking with Limited Expenditure Classification: Portable equipment - Network intrusion and disruptive demonology Deployment: Connected to a system using any form of login system, encryption key or similar, the ORACLE is capable of...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    What're the odds of the temporary consensus, as we first experience the systemic effects of our society as something we personally do, being an overwhelming wave of suicidal ideation? (hint: I've seen this happen intermittently to enough individuals with twitter...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Do I want to know your immediate reaction to my contest entry riffing on this? (Obviously too reliant on D&D humour to've been in the running) Badly-designed software libraries/embedded languages in the Laundryverse: soon to become a capital offence?...
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    I think kung fu films are perhaps the most honest about what they are - I'm reminded of the difference between John Woo's Hong Kong and his later Hollywood work, or wuxia as an analogue of superhero works (where Batman...
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