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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Pigeon at #856 is not the only person who should have learned Welsh as a littlun and didn't. I'll not forgive my father for insisting that English was enough....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The Stainless Steel Rat does include someone modifying his own personality, IIRC....
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    I know we're nowhere near 300 comments here but I'm hoping to be forgiven... I'm also hoping nobody else has posted this here: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/i-am-part-of-the-resistance-inside-nyarlathoteps-death-cult...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Apologies to Troutwaxer: I mistook Mr Dubois for Chip Delany, who is still with us, I'm glad to say....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    I recall watching [i]Sex, Lies and Videotape[/i] and commenting that the violence (one character punched another, IIRC) was quite shocking, much more than (say) the killings in [i]Die Hard[/i], from about the same time....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Given the mass penalty, we'd have to hope that the engineers involved have properly internalised the lessons of the Chernobyl incident....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I think this might be Robert Gilman's Rhada books, of which The Rebel Of Rhada was the first IIRC. I have The Navigator Of Rhada somewhere....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Forgot to add: That applies mainly to single-engined fast jets, and not at all to variable-geometry designs like Tornado......
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Fighter pilots whose engines have quit certainly use ground effect to land and have been doing so for decades. The RAF and the RNLAF certainly do and I am sure others do as well. (Engines quitting can be due to...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    One of the reasons I went off classical music (as a player) is that some instruments are _always_ transposing. Ridiculous; nobody can write anything involving half the instruments without having to deliberately write the notes in the wrong place....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Nonetheless, someone crewed it. Well, I can't blame them for not wanting to admit their colossal screwup. I'm just wondering if someone else had an active hand in their silence....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Re MH17: Do we know who the missile-launcher crew were, and what they are doing now?...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Interesting. Thanks for this. I'm now trying to reply directly to _Moz_'s comment, and the link provided there does the same thing....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    For some reason since the site server update the "replied to this comment" linking has stopped working. It sends to somewhere much earlier in the replies (still on this page though). The endpoint doesn't seem to relate to the replier...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Even better. The Doom, perfect :) (Well, there had to be some sort of reason St C's wasn't receiving vast amounts of Academy funding and being touted as a shining light of British education.)...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Firefox on Ubuntu Linux, not https. Lets me comment....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I am reasonably used to believing that corporations are organisms. IIUC, Charlie's thesis, loosely, is that some social media organisms are becoming pathogens. Can we then expect a transition from pathogen to parasite to symbiote, at least for some of...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Many thanks for the essay. I'm impressed, and frightened, and convinced....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Couple of typos, if OGH is interested: - World Health Organization should be capitalised. - "usless". - either "because" or "when", not both. I think....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I always thought that word was [b]Metraton[/b]....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "How about a browser extension that selects a website randomly then clicks aimlessly on outgoing links until it can explore no more, then starts the process again." There are probably testers' tools which do this. (I've never tested web stuff,...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Indeed, many Americans seem not to. I offended someone deeply by pointing out that if guns don't kill people, then Americans kill people a lot more than other nationalities do. I've resisted using this argument since, because the standard response...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Probably not wise to try this with Peter Watts :)...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Logical extension of Photoshop, as I said to a colleague at the time. He couldn't understand what worried me. I wonder if he gets it now?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Weapons manufacture: IIRC, Aum Shinri Kyo decided it was too hard to smuggle in as many automatic rifles as they wanted, so they bought an entire AK-74 manufacturing line from an ex-Soviet general and (tried to) ship that instead. It's...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My SAAB 95 and later SAAB 96 both had four-speed manual shifts mounted on the steering column. Plus the centrifugal clutch, which I loved to bits - take your foot off the power, and it coasted....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Doesn't work like that for me. Answers in order: - Yes. - No. Not an option for me. - Doesn't work like that here. Empties are recycled through local council pickup; cooler box is not a thing I have; bags,...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Anyway... That wasn't quite what I was asking (should have been more precise). Those with more money than sense will buy their supercars, no doubt. What about the 20-year-olds? What will they do, when cars are no longer a thing...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Well, I was kind of attracted to the E-type conversion, briefly. But then I thought of the Ford Anglia conversion someone tried to sell me, must be nearly 30 years ago, with a V8 in it. I think something like...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Thanks for the clarification. I take your point....
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