Troutwaxer

Troutwaxer

  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    A hamburger stand run by the undead; Wight Castle....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I think my general feeling is that minor entities show up when they're called. Major entities show up when they feel like it, and may have more important things to do, like aestivating or cleaning their tentacles tips. And whatever...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Ah, let's you and he fight!...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Always double check your math if there are explosives involved....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    More to the point, what does an infovore do with a soul? It discards the information it doesn't want, or perhaps turns the unwanted information to energy, and adds the information it wants to itself. If you're an infovore, you...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I think the preta was bound to the convicted murderer in lieu of execution, rather than after execution....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The other issue here is that books like the Necronomicon or Pnakotic Manuscripts are usually written by mad-people, or translated by those who have become mad by the time they're done with the translations, or those who have gone mad...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The other issue here is that Blue Hades (at least per Lovecraft) had gods of their own who already lived among them. Do Dagon and Hydra exist in the universe of the Laundry Files, and does the Black Pharoah acknowledge...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I think Angleton might be hiding someplace spooky....
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Digger is awesome. Good enough that it has become comfort reading....
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    "Twenty-five or more years ago, I read that the *average* American's *normal* vocabulary was about 500 words." "Me like beer. Me love Trump! Liberals bad!" Duuude! Are you sure it's that many?...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    On the subject of AI, I can imagine it being useful for rejecting MANUSCRIPTS where the writer OCCASIONALLY writes in ALL-CAPS or sends poetry to a magazine that doesn't accept it, and maybe rejects material obviously written by people with...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    This looks like a corporate giant learning to game the epub system. I'm impressed, but I'm not sure I like it!...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Formalisation, making it easier to automate maintaining them." Which would be great if everyone got together, created a new RFC, decided that every file in /etc should use yaml and created a command-line tool to make the /etc/netplan/50-init-etc file in...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Agreed. There have been some real improvements and some really amazing programming, in particular with VMs, containers, and automation. There's also been a certain amount of wankage - like the .yaml files in the /etc directory. To the programmer who...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I could rant for a long while about how the endless need to make a name for yourself is causing people to innovate over something that already works really well, not to mention that Unix configuration files were all supposed...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Redhat/Centos (Centos is the free version) are the two biggies, but Ubuntu, Debian or SUSE should also be fine. I think FreeNAS runs off one of the BSDs and the NAS in FreeNAS stands for "Network Attached Storage." It's a...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Yes. And if you click on the "Fewest" button it does the same process, but in reverse, and you can watch the blue states rise to the top....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Oh. You're quite correct. But the link is still astounding either way. (And I suspect that deaths will follow cases pretty closely.)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Total COVID deaths by state according to political party. Fucking Wow! https://dangoodspeed.com/covid/total-cases-since-june...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    One smart Star Trek author realized that you can transport stuff by simply keeping it in the transporter's pattern buffer and holding off on turning it into matter until you need it... there's a twist that could fuel a story...
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    "...don't disappear from the sending station. Instead when the receiver reports that you came through correctly, the sending station staff kill the original you." I've come to the conclusion that the best explanation for Star Trek style beaming is that...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    For those of us who write, but don't have any interest in making publishing our business, what's your opinion of simply putting a book up on Amazon or some other e-publishing venue? Is that a decent alternative that might make...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Trump is feeling good."...
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    Honestly, Greg, it's really hard to tell right now. On one hand it looks like Trump getting COVID plus his deranged crap after getting high off the dexamethazone has really, really alienated a lot of people, and he just screwed...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Come now! Next you're going to tell me the fellow was in software or something! The very thought is absurd!...
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    I think you want to be replying to Moz at 586....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I struggle with that. I realise the USA is a forced-labour society in many ways, so a lot of those people aren't there by choice. But at the same time... really? They really have only the two choices "work at...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    ...other than the poor guys from the Secret Service, of course, or the White House cleaning staff, or similar people....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Got it. Thanks. It's nice to finally see those fuckers doing their experiment in herd immunity on their own herd!...
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