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I'm the baddest man alive and I don't plan to die...
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  1. In Topic: (Content warning) So it turns out that David Eddings was a convicted and jailed child abuser

    18 May 2020 - 02:05 AM

    I bought the Belgariad books way too many years ago, as they were published. Over the years I'd read things one or two statements Eddings had made that seemed a bit... off, but they struck me more as cultural and generational difference stuff more than anything. It's was very shocking to find that this was what was hiding in their closet.

    I'm with Abyss on this, I don't regret enjoying his/their earlier work back in the day, but this definitely puts a new wrinkle on it. And, much like the Zimmer Bradley horror story, it definitely puts the blocks on me actually recommending them to anyone in future
  2. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    27 April 2020 - 04:28 AM

     Puck, on 26 April 2020 - 05:37 PM, said:

     Whisperzzzzzzz, on 26 April 2020 - 02:23 PM, said:

     Mentalist, on 26 April 2020 - 07:40 AM, said:

     Briar King, on 26 April 2020 - 12:07 AM, said:

    Cell phone tracking is scary to. Just saw a report a few days ago that Louisiana received a failing grade for social distancing by tracking the gps's of our phones.

    And that's why people would turn off Location services.

    That and the amount of data/battery those services hog.

    Turning off location services doesn't disable location tracking. Cell carriers can and do track your location via the pings your phone makes to cell towers.

    This. They don't track through GPS. The phone service providers also collect and sell that movement data whether there's a pandemic going on or not. Here they generously donated that data when our shut down started to government agencies to enable them to track how many people were complying, but what it actually did was have people finally go "You sell what normally?".

    To be fair to the phone companies (I'm sorry, I won't do it again) they quite literally have to track your movements - in order to send you a signal via the nearest tower (or the one with the best reception), they must know where you are. One of the downsides of having a phone/personal computer that you can carry around without trailing wires behind yourself, I'm afraid.

    Whether they should be keeping and/or selling this location data is, of course, another issue entirely.
  3. In Topic: Ben Aaronovitch - Peter Grant urban fantasy series

    07 April 2020 - 08:06 PM

    View Postpolishgenius, on 29 February 2020 - 10:12 AM, said:

    View PostAbyss, on 29 February 2020 - 05:01 AM, said:


    It's a Creole too yeah but it's 'official' name is Nigerian Pidgin.
    There's even a BBC Pidgin news page (for the whole of West Africa not just Nigeria).

    iirc Peter calls it Krio when he first brings it up. Read phonetically, it sounds a lot like West Indian patois (which I do understand, as my parents are Jamaican). Although a lot of these, let's call them, English-adjacent languages do sound similar to my ear

    Dialects, Creoles, Pidgins and Patois overlap in strange and complicated ways, so I'm told. Many years ago, a Linguistics person of my acquaintance tried to explain the differences to me, but it bounced off my brain.

    Tech-bro characters who are very obviously based on Elon Musk do seem to be showing up a lot in fiction recently and, even when their motives are benign, are portrayed as consummate arseholes. If I were Musk, I'd be tempted to do some self reflection. I suspect he's incapable of such, though.

  4. In Topic: Reading at t'moment?

    06 April 2020 - 10:22 PM

    I've read a couple of the sequels to Rendezvous With Rama, and my advice would be: don't read them. I wouldn't go as far as Rothfuss, but they are certainly Bad Books. And life, especially these days it seems, is too short to be reading bad books.
  5. In Topic: COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus, aka 2019-nCoV)

    06 April 2020 - 06:47 PM

    If he has to go to an ICU, it almost certainly won't be private, as the private hospitals generally don't have them. In fact, private hospitals are pretty infamous for transferring their extremely sick patients to the NHS specifically so they don't die on their premises; even in cases where moving the patient is not advised. Deaths on their premises make their care outcome figures look bad.

    So next time you see a private hospital bragging about their care outcome figures, especially in comparison to the NHS, that's something to keep in mind.



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    11 Nov 2019 - 19:41
    and again
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    11 Nov 2016 - 16:06
    Happy birthday you old bastard :)
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    17 Jan 2014 - 06:30
    I wrote "linguistically" even though it's technically only about language not vocabulary because I couldn't find a way to use "lexicon" with so few characters available. Good thing I don't use Twatter then.
    Maybe "palaver", "cant" (there's a word the Yanks have ruined) or "glossary" ... ? Nope. :P
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    07 Feb 2011 - 06:22
    The BBC link to Infinite Jest talk seems to be down already. I am in the US though. Does it still work for you?
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    31 May 2010 - 09:44
    Heya SM,
    At least you don't kill threads :P
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    stone monkey 

    30 Apr 2010 - 23:52
    I guess no one wants to speak to me... I feel so alone :(
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