Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    could there be ways of doing that with the specific neural network in the visual cortex? Dave Langford got a Hugo award for that back in 2000: see also....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    You really need working audio to appreciate the sketch (in the video). It's the accents that carry it....
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    Am now envisaging a hotel evacuation at 3am in midwinter because some prankster scribbled FIRE on a whiteboard in the hotel lobby....
  • Posted Lying to the ghost in the machine to Charlie's Diary
    (Blogging was on hiatus because I've just checked the copy edits on Invisible Sun, which was rather a large job because it's 50% longer than previous books in the series.) I don't often comment on developments in IT these days...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Anyway, to summarize: religion (in the sense of which sect you adhere to) is a political position in hereditary monarchies, because religion confers legitimacy on the monarch's person and policies. Stop thinking of English legislative history wrt. Test Acts in...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Disagree. You're both trying to interpret a pre-Enlightenment ideology in post-Enlightenment terms. (Yes, the Enlightenment was largely a Protestant heresy, with a bit of Catholic heresy -- eg. Voltaire -- thrown in.) Go back to antiquity and monarchs had two...
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    Parenthetically, this is also why the UK national media are currently all over a non-story about Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, alleging she covered up (or didn't cover up? It varies depending on the agenda of the accusations) her...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Edinburgh is the slow spot for some reason even though they've got a global top-50 medical college. What's their problem? I'm in Edinburgh and got my first shot on Sunday. If I had to guess: Edinburgh's population skews younger than...
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    Reminder that in the UK, The Spectator has always been a batshit-crazy right wing rag, adjacent to if not to the right of the Daily Telegraph: I suspect the free sub you offered was for an Aus-localized offshoot, so something...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Frankly, since all of the medical community knows that every person getting the vaccine must be watched for 15 minutes, why not just schedule people 10-15 minutes apart. That's pretty much what they seemed to be doing in the big-ass...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    And the data is still not there that if you do get infected but with little or no symptoms (because of the vaccine) as to whether or not you can be a spreader. Wear a mask, but the latest news...
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    Greg: I am indeed 56, but I got bumped up the list due to health conditions that put me in the at-risk category....
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    In other utterly irrelevant news: I've just had my antivirus firmware patched, come back in 12 weeks for a second update, and don't ease up on the masking/distancing in less than 21 days. But at least there's light at the...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    And then there's these bad boys that screw into a light bulb socket so you can plug an electrical cord into it. Yeah, there was something similar in the UK, too! When I was a wee thing my mother had...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It depends on habit, tolerance, etc. My beer consumption has crashed over the past year (it's currently around one litre of 5% wheat beer per week, down from the equivalent of 4-5 litres/week prior to COVID19) and my spirits intake...
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    It's been called LGI since at least the early 1980s ......
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    A lot of the grousing from clinical pharmacists is about the "stupidity" of nurses, and how they have to have their hands held to make sure they don't make mistakes. Same as it ever was, in other words, but in...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Interesting. Did these deliver to individual rooms or to "desks and stations" where people then dealt with the final delivery? Leeds General Infirmary (not "Leeds Infirmary" -- there are two major hospitals there: the other is St James's) doesn't have...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Yep, that's why I think any US single payer system is doomed unless it operates at Federal level. (Although "freeloaders" in healthcare are largely fictional: nobody wants to get ill, after all, and I don't see any tourists from England...
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    I'm absolutely certain that's it's impossible for a federation the size of the US to just "switch over" to universal healthcare. You need to make it grow, gradually. You've already got Medicare and Medicaid: your "growth" strategy is to (a)...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Starlink satellites are in an orbit that should degrade naturally within 3-5 years. Starlink sats are in such low orbits that they're equipped with ion rockets for station keeping/reboost, and when they hit end-of-life they function as retro-rockets, slowly de-orbiting...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The key question therefore is: where does the income go, and how does that skew the politics of medicine? Let me help you with that ... If you socialize your healthcare system, for starters you remove the corporate profit-seeking motive....
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    Cryptocurrency is best viewed as an artificial commodity currently in a bubble -- think of it as magical/virtual gold. Bad times drive goldbugs to buy up all the gold. Whereas cars are a practical necessity for those who need to...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The House of Lords, despite sounding archaic, has evolved into something sufficiently useful to the British government that it hasn't been abolished. Unfortunately it has been neutered -- the Parliament Act means that if the Lords throw out a bill...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    But also opportunity for profit, because why sell a once-off cure for something when you can make it an annual treatment? A daily treatment, you mean. That's the razor blade model (for antidepressants, for example, which also explains a hell...
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    Greg: the Murdoch clan's dynastic struggle appears to have been more or less won by Lachlan Murdoch, who is so far to the right that he makes Rupe look like Jeremy Corbyn....
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    Moz: You have *three* companies running 80% of your media? We have one. Rupert. Technically only 57% of the newspapers, but he sets the narrative and the other media company position themselves very carefully slightly to the centre of him....
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    Do you think the problem is the UK electoral system or the UK electorate? It's the UK electoral system, and the carefully curated electorate energized by the UK press oligarchy. Our media ownership is very centralized: just three companies (News...
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    Most likely the smart to do is update the iMac to Catalina Catalina is obsolete: Big Sur is just about stable enough for daily use (I've upgraded to it in the past month). iTunes no longer exists, except on Windows...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Since there are three parts to this problem (Genomics, metagenomics, and education) You haven't read Ira Levin's The Boys from Brazil have you? Or seen the movie?...
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