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Maybe someone can elaborate further. The article author assumes it is a common knowledge term, though in the context described in the article, it seems that it is in reference to something particular in the story. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gillwill (talk • contribs) 00:36, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Social Commentary on Genarlow Wilson Case: Inaccurate?
I'm not sure that we can say that Jack's being convicted for a sexual encounter is a reference to the Genarlow Wilson case. Stross makes absolutely no connections to Wilson's case and the circumstances are very different between Jack's and Wilson's cases. Bc.rox.all (talk) 15:32, 15 March 2008 (UTC)
- Yeah, there's some broad similarities, but basically I'm not seeing it. In addition, I can't help thinking it'd be a bit odd for a Scots writer, describing a hypothetical future Scottish law, to be specifically referring to an American incident. Also, it's not exactly a major theme of the book; you might as well say Stross's take on how the Jobcentre will work in the near future is social commentary. Daibhid C (talk) 20:04, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Ironic 419 email?
Ummm... in the true spirit of irony, the email at the end from a Nigerian banker is NOT a 419 scam: that's where Hackman stashed his ill-gotten gains.
Funniest ending ever!