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Malcolm

  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    huh ... would you know any titles of these? that sounds like an interesting read ......
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    currently (re-)re-reading Alistair Reynold's "The Prefect/Aurora Rising" at the moment which is very interesting on many of these points. Also, I like the treatment that Greg Egan did of this in a number of his works ("Diaspora" and "Permutation City"...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I do feel a certain kindrid spirit in Bob, to be honest ... I found the Laundry series in mid 2012 - just a few months after I'd joined the Public Service for my own State Government in Australia. It...
  • Commented on Outage report
    I still have a net4801 in working order when I booted it a year or so ago ... sadly, the net5501(iirc) died ... had wondered what I might replace them with but that question has been more-or-less rendered moot by...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I recall reading a piece that featured alternate timelines where accessing those that were similar required much much more energy than those that were dissimilar ... or perhaps as has been noted previously, if a jaunt requires something akin to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    no panic, just a datapoint I thought you'd want to know about ... I looked again and now I can see the kindle version, so we appear to be all good, ta...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I am also looking at amazon.com and amazon.com.au and finding that the editions available to (pre-)order are audiobook, hardcover, paperback ... no sign of ebook as far as I can tell from my PoV of Melbourne, Australia...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    emoji are a pain to use in general - my aunt sent me a message in support of her beekeeping son, however the cutesy bee emoji she picked on her ipad turned up looking like a yellow-jacket wasp on my...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    bravo for this image ... logged in specifically to say that ... :)...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Patrick Tilley made very good use of the compressed-air powered rifles in his Amtrak Wars series - I did not know they were based on a real weapon though ......
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I guess it depends on how much information is required in the engram - I'd imagine that they'd be analogous to a QR code or maybe an Aztec code, each of which has the ability to ramp up the amount...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    having thought about it, I'm wondering whether the 'braid' screensaver by John Neil from jwz's XScreenSaver collection might be close to it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUhJq56ViGM (from https://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/screenshots/ )...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    there is one thing I would like to know, actually ... I'm currently re-reading Empire Games and wondered whether there was any example that Charlie could point at of what the knots are intended to look like - I think...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Heteromeles - I thought of "exctinction burst" more as the overbright failure mode of a filament light bulb as it burns out, but your explanation makes sense too ... Charlie - we like what you do and appreciate what comes...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    oh man ... the multiple cliff-hangers at the end of Dark State have me internally jumping up and down in anticipation for their resolution ... :)...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    even with an established series, I have found that it's a bunfight to find them named even semi-consistently within the same platform ... in the current series I'm reading I've seen: [book title]: Book [n] of the [series title] series...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    (hoping I don't inadvertently drop spoilers in here for those that haven't completed the released books - if the moderators deem this to be the case, please censor as required) I was curious to know if the US is the...
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