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  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Well, there's always this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/south_of_scotland/6958191.stm...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Meanwhile in Northern Ireland... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-northern-ireland-referendum-irish-unity-sinn-fein-second-scottish-independence-indyref2-a7628591.html How about a Celtic union?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Ransomware made Flesh Pretty sure Greg Egan already wrote that one....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    There's DEFINITELY a market for video/movie production in zero G. Like, OK GO did a video in "zero g": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWGJA9i18Co...
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    The Uber/CNN merger was already predicted by Neal Stephenson in Snow Crash....
  • Commented on Administrative note
    I'm sure you have backups as well as mirrored drives....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/14/secret-papers-royals-veto-bills...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    > *Welcome to the Free City Of Leicester-we voted remain. There is European History on our side. That would make a wonderful satirical SF novel, a future Britain split into "EU" and "non-EU" enclaves, with distinct laws and internal borders...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I guess that's what happens when you're actually an honest politician....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Greg Egan's _Permutation City_ had spam-bots using increasingly sophisticated targeted AIs pretending to be your friends, and you'd have a filter-bot pretending to be you to try and detect the spam-bots before passing your actual friends on to you. That...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    My problem with the direction that Apple is going, and why I prefer a "security fleapit" like Android, is that I do not see my phone as a credit card, I don't want access to my money dependent on a...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    How about the Slippery Jim stories?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    How about Walter Jon William's "Drake Maijstral" stories?...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Pride and Prejudice and Pseudopods?...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Pluto is a lot more interesting now than it has been since it was discovered. Also the outer moons. It's not the swamps of Venus, but it's got potential....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Have you read the kind-of-a-sequel to Vacuum Flowers, "Stations of the Tide"?...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Queendom: I would definitely agree, the first book was optimistic and expansive, the latter books had the feel of an orbital version of "The Postman"....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Damn, I was going to use the Quantum Thief trilogy as an example of an in-system space opera. You stole my point. Bollocks. OK. I think the original Ophiuchi Hotline series counts (though the reboot less so). How about Vacuum...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    I guess I'm one of the three. I'm not sure about the Culture being an existential threat to the changers. I got the impression that the changers becoming extinct was a side effect of them picking the wrong side in...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    The "primitives on the planet, sophisticates in space" thing was nicely lampshaded in _Stations of the Tide_....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    ISTR that C. J. Cherryh has had spaceships running into problems with plumbing and waste-water....
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    There's no end of problems with Aurora. ^^...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    I don't think you'd need an accurate reduction gear. You'd get lots of "wow" but that wouldn't keep it from being understandable. Keeping the speed "about right" would be a readily learned skill....
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    If you could make the "clay phonograph" scheme work, you could use flywheels and some kind of super-fine porcelain instead of wax cylinders....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    "About the only good idea in Rick Cook's Wizardry series..." I thought the stuff in the later books about how Zumwalt's magical system upset the ecological balance between humans and naturally magical creatures was rather good....
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    "somewhere there's a novel that needs writing about the magic-world equivalent of the Hanford Site, or maybe Pripyat ..." The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump was about keeping that from happening. Lands blasted by magic? There's Mordor, though that...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    [disclaimer, "fantasy that works as science fiction" is one of my hobbyhorses]...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Magical economy: there's Harry Turtledove's "The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump" and Poul Anderson's "Operation Chaos", though they would be filed under "urban fantasy" these days. Randall Garret dos talk about the effects of the magical revolution in the...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Regarding Malthus, have you read "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass" by Frederik Pohl?...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Or the _Taltos_ series by Steven Brust?...
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