Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

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    WHY are the US so obsessed with voting machines? Simple paper WORKS. I got to see an American election postal ballot back in the mid-90s. The thing was about the size of a UK broadsheet newspaper sheet — both pages....
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    getting the police to realise that black people aren't there for target practice; taking the lead out of the water supply in Flint, are all obvious things that spring to mind. Indeed, why there isn't far more outrage about that...
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    Funny you should think that. A lifelong friend of mine who is a non-smoker, aged just over 60, has recently been diagnosed with emphysema. She lives in London (in the east end) fairly close to some busy major thoroughfares. Correlation...
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    I never use a torch for walking at night. I want to see all my surroundings, not just a wee yellow oval in front of me. Well, here we differ: I usually carry the most powerful torch I can use...
  • Commented on Typo Hunt: Empire Games
    Do notices done on Kindle devices eventually percolate to you? No. Please do not report errors through the Kindle app. Firstly, they don't get to the authors. (Or even the publishing folks, in some cases.) Secondly, Amazon use some whacked...
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    I think you mis-spelled "money" as "praise". (Mind you, to Trump's way of thinking they're probably the same thing.)...
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    Smart-arse! (I know of three definite typos in the book, and where there is one there will be more lurking.)...
  • Posted Typo Hunt: Empire Games to Charlie's Diary
    So it's that time in the book production cycle again, and in the next couple of weeks "Empire Games" is going to be finalized for paperback release this autumn. Which means it's my last chance to hunt down and fix...
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    Re: Rx in US drinking water ... Not really a problem. No, seriously. Let's pick one at random, Ventolin (because I'm on it): 18.2 million prescriptions per month. Each prescription is for a 60-dose inhaler ... but the drug delivery...
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    That is just a projection however. Hopefully lepen won't get though! Don't say that! ... Yup, Le Pen got through. (Polling suggests Macron will steamroller her, but we've been here before so often that I am now steeling myself for...
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    Because this is a political thread, and we all need a giggle right now ... Some of you might have noticed that in addition to Theresa May calling a general election, the Scottish council elections are currently in the campaign...
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    It's the first obvious crime of its kind (as in, the perp was caught more or less red-handed), but it may not be the first ever; by definition, if earlier incidents had succeeded, we wouldn't have heard about it. Also,...
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    That won't work. (Graydon missed out the other, obvious, qualifier: "zero carbon inputs, and must produce the same output per hectare as carbon-fuelled agriculture.")...
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    But politics should be ... Stop right there: you used the "S" word! Here in the real world we have to work with what we've got, not what should be. You get points for idealism, but your side loses every...
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    it's quite impossible that the Home Secretary had had them sworn in as special constables. He had that power, under the Police Act 1996. Not in 1984-85, he didn't!...
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    When politicians come out with this kind of nonsense I can only think they are either dishonest or deluded - both reasons not to vote for them Nope, not at all. It is a sad truth of life that probably...
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    It's fairly obvious that May is holding this election because (a) her support is unlikely to get any higher from now through 2020, and (b) it'll increase her majority, which in turn (c) will allow her to ignore whichever barking...
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    As has been noted elsewhere, Theresa May's policies appear to be a 90% fit for the 2005 election manifesto of ... the British National Party, aka the Fascists. In Charlie's world, if it goose-steps like a fascist and salutes like...
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    I side with the latter Me too :-(...
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    I presume wind generators work differently to airscrews in this respect then? There is the slight difference that airscrews are mostly operating in an airstream moving at 100-300 knots, rather than 0-30 knots. Aside from that ......
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    It's much less understandable to me why anyone would want to go back to 1950s Britain I think they want to go back to no-later-than-1920s Britain. The last decade when the nobs were really in charge, the proles kinda-sorta knew...
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    Note that the UKIP/Green vote ratio can be swapped, almost exactly, in Scotland. (Greens get about 8-10% in parliamentary elections; UKIP poll around the 2% mark.) Indeed, the current SNP administration in Holyrood is a minority, which relies on the...
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    The other mil-tech to watch out for is the supercavitating torpedo (article dates to 2006) like the Russian Khischnik — second generation, main design goal being to add guidance on top of the existing, achieved 200 knot speed of the...
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    If solar goes below gas in price per kW/h installed in the UK — I expect that to take a few months to a couple of years longer than in sunnier latitudes like China or the USA — then the...
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    the SNP abstained en bloc Cleft stick. The SNP know they're going to sweep Scotland. Currently there are one each Labour, Conservative, and LibDem MPs in Scotland, and 54 SNP. There may be some seat shuffling but when the dust...
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    "The King" leading a coup - really? Came very close in 1688 — depending who you believe. (The King did lead an army into battle a year or so later, and not on parliament's side, so ...) Then there was...
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    Greg, the "named person" proposal was an unconstitutionally intrusive but nevertheless well-meaning attempt to deal with a real problem — namely the failure of existing social welfare checks to save children from being murdered by their parents or guardians, after...
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    Andy: for the record, I am not a Labour member. Or an SNP member. I am a paid-up member of the Scottish Green Party, which is a separate party from the English and Welsh Green Party....
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    theres a hung parliament.. and UKIP get to call the plays.. st some point someone makes Farage Chancellor and... My money is on UKIP getting zero, one, or (at most) two seats. In other words, they'll be outnumbered by the...
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    You seem to forget that Maggie was also religious. The big difference is the role of the big market institutions — which was a lot smaller when Maggie rose to power. Maggie, too, was an instinctive authoritarian centralizer: I suspect...
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