Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons

  • Commented on I can't keep up
    In re the whole air gap thing - after reading the article, I'm highly unimpressed. Given some of the things possible with Tempest, “air gap” has been pretty much a useless defense for at least a decade. Heck, as far...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    The folks who did the spell instructions in re Trump should get some sort of an award - maybe a special Hugo for Tongue In Cheek Above And Beyond. I especially loved the allowable substitution for the candle, the grounding...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    According to page two of this report, the answer is somewhat different (and more complex, surprise surprise) that what either Thomas or Norjay claim. I'f I'm reading it right, when you remove the subsidies and try to get real cost,...
  • Commented on Theme, Fiction, and Empire Games
    ...you might want to ask yourself just what function Kurt (and his background) serves in the context of time line two...Been asking myself that question since he showed up. In re the dome: I dunno what has more interesting implications...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    Finished it last night - why yes, I do live in the USA. Enjoyed it a lot, left me immediately itching for the next one. Well-done....
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Seriously: what is a STAR WARS novel, or a STAR TREK novel, if it isn't official approved fanfic (with a pay cheque attached)?Intending no disrespect (and somewhat off-topic), I think the only distinction that matters is whether or not it's...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    I'm doubting it will see print this year. What Varley said in July 2015 wasI am finally at work on IRONTOWN BLUES! I hope to have it finished by the end of the year, and it should see print sometime...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    FYI, I'm pretty certain that "Ghost Engine" is going to shape up to be my big fat Iain M. Banks tribute novel. (While also being a thing in its own right, of course.) Because we need more Iain M....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Software Foundations, 4th edition. linkIf that book is even 10% of what it claims, it's going to change the world of software development. Downloaded the public copy....
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I didn't get the impression that she was bad at long-term planning, more that she simply didn't think it was necessary. Her long-term goal seemed to be to get out of the current situation and not much beyond that. After...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    This winter I read the recombined books. They seemed a lot smoother this time around, though that could just be the result of reading them close together rather than as the paperbacks came out. At least based on my experience,...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Tried reading Pines, gave up half-way through. Story wasn't bad but wasn't great. Writing was definitely bad. Enjoyed The Fireman by Joe Hill, but it got weaker as it went along. So even though it was over-all enjoyable, I wasn't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Boris gets debriefed on the internals of the Laundry, a process which gets him the standard geas. Oh, did I say standard? Sorry, this one has two mods. One, Boris is unable to do anything with respect to eliminating the...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Hmm...and perhaps I left out my real point. One of the goals of things like the EU and the US federal government is to improve and optimize commercial activity by things like a common currency, minimizing or eliminating flow of...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Inconsistent "VAT" tax is the least of it. My wife is a tax accountant for a company that sells aviation fuel across the US. The state, local, county, city, and sometimes per-airport taxes are wildly inconsistent. Some of the venues...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I beg to differ. What looks like attractive pay depends a whole lot on what you were getting before. Sub-minimum page and horrid working conditions look really good when the alternative is starvation, war, the threat of a radical theocracy,...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Er, that should be "stay in the UE", not "say in the EU."...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    In re "leave doesn't mean leave" - this morning (your afternoon) I was listening to the BBC saying that different folks who supported leaving had wildly divergent reasons why and equally divergent expectations of what they'd get out of it....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    According to the coverage here in the States, the ex-pats found the logistics of voting very difficult - hard to do, hard to find out what you had to do. It seems pretty likely they've have voted to stay; I...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    As the series progresses, the books are getting to be heavy work to read . . .This bugged me too. Then I happened to re-read the first couple of books, and now I blame Bob. He thought he understood how...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    Mo and Bobs marriage as presented by Mo rang true for me - at least, speaking as a 60-something who's within hailing distance of his 40th wedding anniversary. It rang truer than Bobs presentation, too. In re Bob as unreliable...
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