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  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There's plenty that *should* be done (zoning, planning, preparedness), but I predict that (apart from some local politicians that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time), nothing will fundamentally change. The Americans don't like a strong...
  • Commented on Book day!
    If you are referring to the non-english message given to Bob near the end of the book: Googling the phrase will return a result in the Fuller Memorandum, where it is translated....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    No worries; wouldn't want you to waste valuable lifetime hunting legalese. In the meantime, TDB is now available from both Tor and Orbit for pre-order on Amazon.de. Interesting pricing from Tor: to get TBD two days earlier, one would have...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Currently, Amazon.de only has a listing from Orbit for TDB, slated for release on 2017-07-13. I don't care about price, but I care about DRM (a bit) and release date (very much!). Should I wait for Tor to list TBD...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    each dictionary word is replaced by a directional ideogram swiped across a QWERTY keymap, until eventually the ideogram replaces the alphabetic word or is auto-replaced by a corresponding emoji While I think that your thoughts go into the generally right...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    IOT - The S stands for security. I share the pessimistic outlook: the amount of unpatched, unsecured devices is growing exponentially....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Finished the book today and really enjoyed it, but the character intros were really jarring. It might be my German background, but Kurts bio going from "fled over the wall" to "is a StaSi sleeper" rubbed me entirely the wrong...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Perhaps I'm naive, but I don't foresee a future where the UK categorically bans foreigners. Skilled immigration won't stop (as long as the hurdles are not too high). Sure, the German doctor or the French engineer will have to fill...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    As a German watching from the sidelines, I disagree with the most outrageous predictions (a European war within the next 15 yeras, major job losses in the next six months). True, today was a bad day for GBP and FTSE,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    There's actually only one thing that really lead me to dislike Mo: Her infidelity. Her other flaws seemed to be pretty normal to me, but either I strongly misread the series, but my understanding of Mo and Bob going into...
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