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  • Commented on Book day!
    It's obviousl that the ALundryverse had a different geography to our UK The "East Coast main line" DOES NOT go through Leeds - it goes through York & almost all Liverpool-LOndon trains & certainly the proper expresses don't go through...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Bob doesn't seem to play games that much, either - though obviously he doesn't write everything he does into the work journals. He plays more in the early stories. Part of his job is to monitor online games. In "Pimpf"...
  • Commented on Book day!
    She hasn't seemed the type who would even know what kind of game Portal is On the other hand, Mo knows what Ingress is which raises the question of Frog or Smurf? I don't think Mhari is a "gamer gurrl",...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I interpreted that line more literally. As in: Fabian is minutes away from literally ripping the SA's soul out of his body, which is why the SA is in such a rush to give his final instructions to Bob. Yes....
  • Commented on Book day!
    I was more suprised to find out that Iris had permission to attempt what she did to Bob. Did the SA know she planned to do it to Bob, and hope this would have been the result (Bob = Bob...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Finished the book last night. Because of "Real Life" I couldn't just sit down and devour it in one chunk. I'm thinking about some of the implications. I beg to differ with the argument that Bob is no longer human....
  • Commented on Book day!
    To convince an MP that any of the magic was real would require exposing them to real magic, and like Fred, the chances are that you would kill a few MPs along the way. And the problem with this is?...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Arrggg! As mentioned above I got the confirmation email from B&N, and my copy was shipped on the 11th. Here's it's path according to UPS' tracking: ... Apparently I'm getting a copy cursed with wanderlust. UPS tracking is about as...
  • Commented on Book day!
    The Laundry, like other intelligence services, was designed for a specific foe, and wasn't ready for threats they knew about. The Laundry doesn't seem to be "designed" at all. It grew will or nil out of a wartime expedient in...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I hope your loved one will have as easy, peaceful and pain free a passing as is possible....
  • Commented on Book day!
    It's a horrible thing to say about someone, but I will be glad when Rupert Murdoch is dead. He has been a cancer on Western democracies, in the most cynical and destructive fashion. Dumbing down debate and setting new lows...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    In the US most of the chain stores have small printers which will fill out the check for you so that all you have to do is sign it. To speed things up. Of course the older people who take...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I don't know anyone else who still pays for things with checks. I do it because it's convenient for me. If it wasn't, I wouldn't do it. Plus, in certain transactions, any inconvenience it may impose upon the recipient is...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Book nine is already locked in on some of the near-term consequences of the New Management's arrival, and a look at what's going on in the USA in the meantime, which is far worse than Raymond Schiller. Yeah, but is...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Seconded. I was wondering about Bob's cat too. I still in the waiting stage. My local library ordered 19 copies back around the time the first chapter became available on-line. I'm number 12 on the hold request list, so I'll...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Hate to say it, but none of those actors are young enough, by at least a decade ... Hadn't really thought that much about the age factor; just responding to "I have no idea who any of those actors are."...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I have no idea who any of those actors are. I assume they're American, though, so that'd be a no. All three more or less played "manic pixie dream girl" characters. Pauley Perrette plays uber-geek/goth/punk forensic scientist "Abby Sciuto" on...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Even if you want to make the argument that amphibious assault ships are aircraft carriers, they still belong to and are operated by the Navy, not the marines The USMC falls under the "Department of the Navy", although they claim...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You pick the item off the shelf, scan it and put it in your bag which is open in the trolley or basket. When you pay you don't have to take the items out of the bag to put on...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    With the system I was discussing the customer scans the items as they were put in the bags. So at the end all items are already bagged and scanned.You just scan a code on the automated till, approve the purchase,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    ... now I do almost all my spending on credit cards for point and mile runs. I do have the Costco VISA and yes a 4% rebate in nice. Plus the added 2 years of warranty. But I've given up...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    And the "Fewer than 5 items" checkouts had queues at least twice a long. I've noticed that the kind of people who will get in the "fewer than X items" lines with cart loads of stuff are the first people...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I go the the cashier so the cashier can stay employed. The cashiers are often people I've seen again and again over the years. While they're scanning my items, I've got time to fill in the check & chat with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Deregulation during Reagan's presidency led to a Savings & Loan Crisis that wiped most of them out. @242 The greed of the S&L's management had nothing to do with it. Trying to avoid getting into U.S. politics before 300 (is...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    @177 And while I do have a credit card, I only ever use it at the ATM to draw cash, which I can do worldwide free of charge (or to buy something online, if no other method of payment is...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "the poorest NEED a bank account because the government will not pay benefits in cash." Not actually true, but they do try very hard to stop people realising that. There is a post office account specifically for the purpose, Unfortunately...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    You might consider using a building society. Most of them have services much like any bank - with the difference that they are owned by their members. Nationwide in particular has better coverage than some banks. I think that would...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That depends a bit; UK credit unions can't offer chequeing account services (book, guarantee card or ATM card). So my local one is no good to me; I'm at work when they're open, and I need to access my accounts...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Troutwaxer @ 38: IIRC, less racist and more homophobic. The Republicans are happy to run on the Southern Strategy and FOX news is explicitly racist. The Gay Liberation movement had been in full swing for 10 years by 1980. The...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It might be "an optimistic and exciting future for mankind", but the displaced passengers would be thoroughly screwed. Shooting the plane down is probably the kindest thing that could be done for the passengers....
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