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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Paul @ 162: Puts me in mind of the afterlife in a Doctor Who episode (spoiler: it turned out that this afterlife was run by Missy). The souls remained in contact with their dead bodies, and experienced the sensations of...
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    icehawk @ 155: Oh, and it also utterly destroys the major British city I grew up in, because revenge is a dish best eaten cold. That explains things. It seemed a bit harsh at the time. It doesn't explain why...
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    whitroth @ 151: Oh, and while we're at it... *all* of this seems to be Western/JCI "soul". I learned that the Buddha (directly) said, "If you light a candle, and then light a second candle from the flame of the...
  • Commented on Upcoming Attractions!
    whitroth @ 8: Y'know, I have heard it said that if someone flashes a laser pointer across someone's face, the recipient won't be able to aim a rifle. Not something I'd personally be willing to field test....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Update on the NAS server I'm building ... if anyone cares. I have all the drives for both RAID arrays on hand. I've got the mother board, DVD ROM, SATA SSD for the boot drive & both drive cages mounted...
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    Niala @ 1045: Do you have any good questions for a clairvoyant? I've gotten rid of nearly all the nuisance calls BY SHOUTING THEM DOWN EXTREMELY POLITELY AT THE TOP OF MY VOICE. But the lady "Calling you from the...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 137: I have never understood why so many (even eminent) scientists have a religious determination to hang on to the deterministic dogma, despite strong evidence against it. That has nothing to do with the issue of mind,...
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    Nuisance Calls: "Press 9 to be put on our do-not-call list" DOES NOT WORK. I've taken to pressing 1 :"to speak to a representative" ... I ask them where they're calling from, which kind of disconcerts them, especially when I...
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    Ongaku @ 1033: I too heard it as wheelbarrows, straw and a factory guard. First saw it in a book of "Russian Humor" which I received as a birthday gift from my twin in 1968. Funny thing was I sent...
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    JHomes @ 1028: That's been around in one form or another for a long time. I've heard it as a joke, as one verse of a somewhat satiric comic song, and even a Sir Pterry short story (with of course...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    whitroth @ 49: I like your suggestion re "truck nutz". And for the last few years, I've gone to referring to it as "American football". UAV? In their teens, my twins reffered to them as Stupid Useless Vehicles. One of...
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    whitroth @ 105: Yeah, well, the Greek rulers that ran for what, 300 years or so, till Cleopatra.... They too were Africans, even if they did have the odd Macedonian general hanging from the family tree here & there....
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    Heteromeles @ 102: And we won't talk about the racism/orientalism inherent in that whole "black pharaoh" meme. It gets into this whole awkward notion that the Ancient Egyptians couldn't be very African, let alone black, apparently because they were so...
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    Pigeon @ 1013: There was a short story using that same invisibility of stereotyped actions gag: a chap who on wet days would spin some punter a sob story and persuade them to buy his brolly. He would then pop...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    whitroth @ 39: "Beach music"? That's, like, the Beach Boys, and Jan and Dean, and....? Yeah. You're not from around here are ya'? FWIW, NO, surfer music is not the same thing as beach music....
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    Robert Prior @ 97: Not really a Cthulhu fan, so I may be wrong here, but it strikes me that there's a big difference between summoning something (ie. compelling it to show up) and something deciding that it wants to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Scott Sanford @ 91: ... we have been told for several books that summoning the Black Pharaoh is quite difficult ... We have also been told that correctly disassembling the zombie-onna-stick fence around the Sleeper's pyramid is difficult, but not...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Charlie Stross @ 60: Yes. Bob is an unreliable narrator: Bob is in denial about, basically, everything to do with being Bob. At least up until the last book (which isn't planned in any detail yet) when Bob has to...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Keithmasterson @ 1009: @949 said: "don't have another relative close enough I feel like visiting. I no longer have anywhere to take the backup disks." Maybe a bank safety deposit box is large enough to contain your essential backups. Don't...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Charlie Stross @ 54: But either way, it's still the Eater of Souls, and the first soul it ate in either incarnation was that of the previous owner of the body it's wearing. But it still thinks of itself as...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    grs1961 @ 967: Trying again... "JBS @949:... it's a RAID-1 mirror, so I haven't lost data yet Disclaimer: I used to be in storage at SGI, paranoia was a way of life! I don't trust mirroring for data storage, it's...
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    Robert Prior @ 957: What do y'all think? I want one :-) Thank you. I was hoping someone might have some suggestions what flavor of Linux will give me the most favorable results for the RAID arrays. All the computers...
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    Heteromeles @ 950: Most of the stuff up there, if de-orbited, is probably small enough to burn up on re-entry, so keeping it intact to the ground is a challenge." Strapping something onto a bit of debris means that you...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Just FYI: Beach music (aka Carolina Beach Music) :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7r2TysVKqg Newer song & they're not from the Carolinas, but maybe the best representation I've found of what the dance looks like when it's teenagers dancing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZYOJQ79DOw...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 37: As I understand what you wrote, she was an agent but had also 'gone native' to some extent, which seriously complicated the issue - is that what you meant? I read it as Iris and the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Not a great day around here computer wise: Got up this "morning" to discover one of the disks in my NAS has died. Fortunately, it's a RAID-1 mirror, so I haven't lost data yet and I was already in the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Allen Thomson @ 940: Just how much the "proprietary encrypted email system" really had to do with the matter isn't totally obvious, OK, I found the indictment linked at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ceo-multibillion-dollar-software-company-indicted-decades-long-tax-evasion-and-wire-fraud and it contains numerous instances of "BROCKMAN, using his encrypted...
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    JHomes @ 936: "Start of the Kessler cascade tonight?" It appears not. This time. How hard might it be to build a system that could rendezvous with stuff like worn out rocket bodies & defunct satellites, clamp on to them...
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    Scott Sanford @ 933: A question: if you're replying to something I posted, why do you just post, and put a post number, rather than hit "reply" on my post? As Moz pointed out, a post number is not always...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    whitroth @ 16: Meanwhile, I sent an email to an ex a few weeks ago, offering condolences on the name "Karen" becoming Web thing for the idiots.... Not just idiots, but bigoted idiots with bad haircuts! Growing up in central...
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