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  • Commented on Gods and genre
    It is now apparently impossible to find Yellow Doc Martins ‘Drench’ boots, because they’re perfect for cosplaying the new costume. That's not a coincidence. Unlike many superhero costumes that feature arbitrary, imaginary, or obviously fanciful footwear, the new Batgirl costume...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    As the article on Banker's Drafts notes, paper instruments for transferring money are going away. As will surprise nobody who's read Neptune's Brood, that's coming hand-in-hand with the assumption that everyone will have nigh instantaneous communication over all distances at...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    >BILLION CORPSES is not an acceptable project codename. Please choose a less accurate one. That just broke me up. On codenames, I thought highly of #187: "It is difficult to take a threat to reality seriously when it has been...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    Heh, I'm just happy the break room fridge is finally going to get replaced. :D Yeah, lost equipment replacement forms are standard. You can get them from Amy....
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    I hope you enjoyed the Amy story, at least; I wouldn't know how to judge it either....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Never mind the dollar mini-payment. How about a one cent payment for webcomic artists? Or a 1/20 cent micropayment? There's nothing to support that, and I don't see anything coming soon. It's not that it wouldn't be useful, either. Imagine...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Off topic, but an amusing question came up at the SF Match Game event at Westercon 67. You can google the Match Game show if you're not of the right generation or nationality to have seen it on TV; it's...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    Everyone seems to be reading too much passive-aggressive message sending into Bob's squid-eating behaviour. He's just not that subtle: geek guys who are incompletely socialized don't generally go in for subtle messaging. Nice to have that officially established. That's how...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    You forgot 'successful' tristate hardware developed in the 60's, 70's, etc. All of which could make the same claim about being outpaced by conventional approaches. Well, yes. It's not as if someone playing with electronics - for pure research or...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Agent [REDACTED] reports that BLUE HADES does in fact taste like chicken. In response I am requesting an auditor team to find out how he knows this and a memory erasure for myself. I'm sure I don't need to know...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    They'd developed a test to evaluate how well the students were learning and, in the best tradition of serendipity, accidentally gave it to the students before they'd done any classes. It turned out to be an excellent (and somewhat depressing)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Guys, I don't know what's going on over there but "dead, replaced by android" is outside our area of operations. Can it be handed off to someone who will cover up whatever the hell is going on over there? Preferably...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    It is unprofessional to tell new employees humorous stories for amusement. For example, BLUE HADES does not taste like chicken. DSS Angleton does not have a twin, either evil or working at Harrods. SCORPION STARE is not routinely installed on...
  • Commented on One week to go to THE RHESUS CHART
    A quick check tells me there's a 30+ person waiting list at my local library, which seems pretty good for a book that's not in stock yet....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Agent assigned to clear personnel to know of the existence of COCKROACH LABYRINTH is not cleared to know about COCKROACH LABYRINTH. Please advise....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Thank you for the note, Ace. We've been wondering where, and when, Amy had gone. Unfortunately, our current budget does not cover travel to other galaxies. Journeying billions of years into the past is right out. How about that professor...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Let's get this out of the way and forget about it as soon as possible. Bagpipes are musical instruments. They are not flamethrowers. (Yes, we were all impressed by the party trick. Everyone saw what happened to the ceiling, too.)...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Mitchell, yes, I've seen the new 3D printers and I do understand how they work. Three is in fact the number of dimensions in which they can print. Don't listen to everything Pinkie says. [hand-written on Post-It note:] 3D printers?...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    ...(except for elephant polo on ice skates, which oughta be fun, as long as the elephants give their informed consent beforehand)... I'm not sure why nobody mentioned this already, but it's been experimentally proven that elephants can be taught to...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Upon investigation it appears that it is indeed the same lunchbox, and they said they could send Amy back... but they noted that there would be "some assembly required", should this matter be transferred to HR? Wouldn't that be a...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    In wake of LOBSTER MAYONAISSE HALFBRICK we would like to remind all agents that BLUE HADES should not be brought out for "a blokes' night out with the mates at the pub, eh?" or any similar events. A list of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Would the individual responsible for leaving a lunchbox containing a localized spatial tear in the refrigerator please remove it, or at the very least ask whatever is on the other side to stop judging the eating habits of our employees?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    From: pfy@cls.gov.uk To: ALL Re: README - mass mailings People! The entity RED PRINCESS POISSON is not related to any banker anywhere in any universe. It does not have any money. How do you think it would even get pounds...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Several points should be made about the employee commissary and Wednesday's little surprise. First, no matter how unappealing one's food may be, "Kill it with fire!" is not an appropriate form of complaint nor does it convey the level of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    As a reminder to everyone, there are no circumstances in which profiles of Residual Human Resources should be posted to [REDACTED] or other dating websites. Last year's Valentine's Day fiasco should be lesson enough for everyone....
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Regarding your request, we all appreciate your need for a replacement laptop but these items are issued by the IT department. In the meantime, this incident may serve as a learning experience that the "mailer daemon" cannot be contained within...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    The entity known as The King in Yellow should not be confused with Elvis 'The King' Presley. Operatives should not use this as an excuse to bother Mr. Presley....
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    [Turing's] "objection" is that something might count as thinking even if it doesn't pass the TT, so if a machine can't pass the TT, it might still be thinking. Likewise, I've encountered humans who don't pass the Turing Test to...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    I'm told that the VLC media player...will play any DVD, irrepective of "jurisdiction". Whether this is actually tue, I haven't yet had the opportunity to verify. Maybe someone else knows tha answer to this already? I use the VLC media...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    ...and none of their exorcisms ended with a heartfelt 'Now piss off.' I have no trouble imagining Bob doing that after a long day at work....
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