Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Bluetooth for cars is easy and quite a good idea: why have an in-car music player/radio/CD system when you can just pair your phone and play your own music collection on whatever vehicle you’re in? Earlier iterations used USB cables...
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    Ahem: the TERCOM guidance for SLAM was under development in the mid-60s, the era from which the Minuteman Guidance Computer hails—the same guidance computer that basically wasn’t obsoleted for decades because it did a simple job and did it effectively:...
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    Yes, but if you've got an unrefueled range of 8000nm you can fly just about anywhere in an entire hemisphere where an airfield still exists. AF1 could be airborne over the central USA for a couple of hours when a...
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    The old Air Force One aircraft were VC-25As, based on the Boeing 747-200B. The replacements are VC-25Bs, based on the 747-8. Range of the VC-25A is cited as 6,800nm (via wikipedia): a regular 747-200B maxed out at 6000nm. The stock...
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    Again, the Soviet designers had form for using air propulsion to augment rockets: the Gnom ICBM project (cancelled in 1965) was for an ICBM with a first stage that scavenged air in the early stages of flight for ramjet augmented...
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    My immediate thought is that it's something not dissimilar to the USA's Project PLUTO, aka the Vought SLAM, cancelled in the 1960s (although the guidance computer and terrain-following radar they developed for it was used in the Tomahawk cruise missile)....
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    Other known points of robot vacuum cleaners are that they're dumb enough not to have a sensor and auto-off trigger to stop them running into feline or canine diarrhoea and spreading it everywhere. Basically the current models are extremely incompatible...
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    Inference, but: the bus replacement between Newry and Belfast is running from the 27th of July to the 23rd of August. Normal track maintenance happens overnight or at weekends, something that shuts the main line down completely for a whole...
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    So I am now checked in for my flights to Dublin. Did I say "flights" plural? Yes, I did. Assuming one does not ever ever ever fly Ryanair, it turns out the cheapest way for me to get there is...
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    I think you've forgotten just how freaking far away from everywhere (except Argentina) the Falklands are; 747s don't routinely come equipped for in-flight refueling, and the Black Buck raids were about 150% of the 747s range with that external load....
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    Among rich powerful male pedophile[0] associates of Epstein. Don't assume all (or even most) of Epstein's associates are paedophiles. Serial predators like Epstein often try to attach themselves to influential/famous people because it gives them access, star appeal by proxy,...
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    I'm guessing from the name that he ha(s|d) pale skin. Did he survive?...
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    Correct. This building dates to roughly 1820 but was listed in roughly 1972. Electricity and a TV aerial on the roof are grandfathered in (but not a satellite dish)....
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    Depends on the drier. (A big part of my reason for sticking with Miele is that their drier stages are really efficient, as long as you don't overload them.)...
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    Be afraid: it takes six weeks to run a snap election and there are suggestions that Boris is planning to use Purdah time to prevent the Commons or subsequent caretaker government from cancelling A50 during the election campaign. It all...
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    On the bright side, based on population trends, the Republican party may not be viable after 2030, which is something I am hoping for… Pray that its death throes don't resemble those of the UK's Conservative party, then. Because that's...
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    I just had to pay the DHS for an ESTA application (my old one had expired and I need to make a pre-Brexit business trip to see my publishers—my first US trip in nearly 3 years). Paypal gave me an...
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    I'm going to be charitable and say there are Brexiters who are misguided optimists, and Brexiters who are angry and want to Stick It To The Man (and have a very bad understanding of who The Man is). But Dyson...
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    If you've got a choice I'd prefer to sign books in Belfast. (This is because my Dublin signing overlaps with another—non-public—event I'd like to rush off to, so a worldcon-length signing queue could be inconvenient.)...
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    Yes, I'll be doing a pub meet-up at some point. Not sure when or where yet (I have to shake down some stuff in my schedule that's not public—meetings with my literary agent and editors, private parties, etc). I'm doing...
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    is the vaccuum cleaner the only really worthwhile thing Dyson have ever made? The ball-barrow looked like a good idea for folks with big gardens and/or soft soil. Otherwise, you're on the nail....
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    As it happens I do have a bath (with shower) … but the bathroom is tiny: it was hived off the original kitchen, so there's no window and it's ventilated solely by a fan. Drying clothing in there would therefore...
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    I'm going to note just now that British (and European) domestic appliances aren't like American ones. They're built to fit a smaller standard kitchen unit (60cm high by 40cm wide), they run on 230vAC via a mains plug, gas-burning driers...
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    You have a utility room and a garden: congratulations, I live on the fourth floor in an apartment that predates indoor plumbing. There were pulley-airers designed for tenement apartments—wooden frame below sash window, you winch the clothes out and crank...
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    Oddly, that's where I went for a service wash this afternoon. (Got soaked to the skin, despite waterproofs! England is having a major grid black-out, Scotland just gets drenched ….)...
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    Many years ago I had the displeasure to be forced to use a Henry (in a business environment). Maybe it had been kicked around or badly maintained, but it sucked, and not in the vacuum-cleaner sense. Dyson, alas, make superior...
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    The old Miele washer-drier took a hammering: 3-5 loads per week, including drying (there's no suitable drying space in this top floor flat other than a tiny airing closet), for about 15 years. One caveat: you've got to read and...
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    The one that died on me is a Miele. It's probably repairable (at a price) but as it's about 15 years old (and was an end-of-life model at the time) I'm using this as an excuse to replace it with...
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    Next week I'm off to the land mass to the west of me, visiting Dublin and Belfast for the World Science Fiction Convention, then the following weekend Belfast for Titancon, the EuroCon (European annual SF convention). This is not without...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Greg, that's the current US administration that are backing white supremacist terrorists. I was referring to intel assessments during the Obama administration, which warned of a wave of white supremacists being radicalized by the mere existence of a black POTUS—and...
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