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  • Commented on In other news ...
    Excellent read. It also explains why there's been a steady trickle of kudos on "At the Mittag-Leffler Instiute", something that's definitely increased in the last few days. In keeping with the tradition of having Significant Cover Identities And Code Names,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Bear in mind that the English translation of the Swedish cognate of "heimskr" is "horrible"....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I once attended a talk by the man, it was (partially) that, but partially His Thing. Adventurous Stuff simply wasn't worth doing unless you powered the Stuff entirely with your own body (he was looking at a trans-Atlantic rowboat trip,...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    If Swedish folklore is correct, he did, on one of his butt-cheeks....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    In the "quietly bonkers" camp, there's Göran Kropp, who didn't think life as a military officer was sufficiently adventurous and decided that becoming an International Adventurer sounded more exciting. As it is a fact commonly acknowledged that any International Adventurer...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I must say that there's a few small things that I miss in Scrivener that my alternate workflow makes trivial. I would dearly like a way of sharing research/character notes between projects, since it seems the alternative is "bung multiple...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Digital computers require more than just vacuum tubes, they require working memory. That means core memory at that time...and it took awhile for core memory to be invented. Objection. There were two variants of delay lines in use prior...
  • Commented on Administrative note
    There's probably in-canon ways (for both canons) to explain this and make a cross-over work. But, it would be at best a bit awkward. There's already priors for "some can work magic without frying electronics", the Rivers do, after all....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Finished The Nightmare Stacks which was good, but probably should have a re-read (possibly a "whole series re-read"). In recent re-reads, Williams' Drake Maijstral series. Because who doesn't love Jeeves and Wooster with aliens, and Wooster as a professional burglar....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    It's probably ℵ0, as I suspect the number of documents on the Internet is countable....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Name: FCG (Field Containment Grid) Mk 2 Description: A large sheet of canvas, with embedded conductive thread and flexible components. This piece of equipment comes with a dedicated carrying bag / water-proof cover and is suitable for bringing along on...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    There was a proof-of-concept wilderness survival assistance jacket made by (IIRC) a Finnish company in the mid-late 90s, that used various flexible fabric to track your breathing, sensors to check your pulse and skin temperature (and, possibly, blood-oxygen saturation), a...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    I'm happy to chat, should we find ourselves in close proximity. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but I used to spend quite a lot of time talking to people writing voice synthesis programs, so I know what the "state...
  • Commented on The Invisible Library and its perilous Christmas obsessions
    When I was reading The Invisible Library, one of my co-workers happened to ask what I was reading, so I showed him. At that point he said "Oh, I remember Genevieve, I used to go to school with her". Sadly,...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Genevieve Cogman
    Having read both The Invisible Library and The Masked City, I can heartily second the recommendation....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I can't speak for anyone else, but my thoughts on the whole thing is that I agree on "a starfaring species need to be able to cause fire at will", but I don't agree that the method for that necessarily...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    They already tried banning encryption by any civilian citizen (late 90s, if memory serves me right), no matter in the world they were....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I suspect that the occasional m/39B round won't to appreciable damage, but if you're in the habit of using overloaded ammo and do a lot of long-distance paper-punching, you will, sooner or later, be very very sorry....
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    The main reason the Swedish Army moved from a 9mm pistol to a 10mm pistol as the general service weapon is that people insisted on breaking the one rule of pistol firing, "never use the 9mm SMG ammo" (it's over-loaded,...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    There's certainly some element of that. I guess it depends crucially on how good resolution you actually need for the sensor package. With a beam follower, you can probably get away with somewhere in the region of 30 pixels total,...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Well, we've had "terminal phase steered grenades" for roughly 30 years. This is grenades that are not communicating with anything for the steering, mind you. It's programmed with an approximate target IR profile and once it's in the descent part...
  • Commented on Nom de Teleport
    If that becomes a recognisable (or even better, popular) name for matter transportation, there would be a great need for a short story called "Scaper Flow"....
  • Commented on The sky's gone dark
    Actually... Most of global Internet (and at this point, quite a lot of phone network) is in assorted landlines and undersea fibres. At least if you count by traffic volume. If you count by area covered, satellite-mediated transmission is probably...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    Dirk Bruere @ 81: One example of that in books would be The Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis (it's pretty grim, in many many ways, and describes an alternate WW2, so take that in mind before diving in), where 9one...
  • Commented on Magic systems and my world building process
    Vanzetti @ 24: The need or non-need for having a systematic approach to an element of writing is, I think, one of those "it depends on the writer" things. It is probably good to have a fairly firm grasp on...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Rumours have it that the Hugo committee from this year will provide raw, anonymised nomination data to the EPH peeps, and will do so once the final ballot has been announced next year, specifically to allow them to show that...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    It passed with more votes in the affirmative than the normal total attendees of the WSFS business meeting....
  • Commented on Where Have All the Women Gone?
    I can easily give you a list of authors I read in 2014 that I believe to be female. Some of these I have read books by in the last 12 months, some I haven't, for one reason or another....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    The Laundry sees Mo as de facto irreplaceable, but treats her as they had ten replacements in waiting _and_ that her current mission can be written of without consequecenses if she break downs a week before endgame – while (at...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    I've previously spun up (I think it was) MoinMoin, which is pure Python. But my memory says it needed some tweaking to do what ex-workplace needed it for (but, then, so did MediaWiki and it was much more palatable poking...
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