Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "London Bridge has Fallen" -- civil service code for "Queen Elizabeth just died". Utter chaos is only the beginning. Two weeks of official mourning? Short-notice public holidays? State funeral? Process of government disrupted because suddenly, hey, new King? It's actually...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Scotland hasn't got much capitalism; it's certainly not much involved in the machinery of loot-hiding You need to look into Scottish limited liability partnership law, then. There's dirt there. That clip of Rees-Mogg in the Commons glaring at the back...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I am of the opinion that Scotland (where I live) has been horrendously badly served by the Union of Crowns for the past half-century and more. And Brexit will only make things worse -- much, much worse. However. One obvious...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's ... kind of inarguable? Also, deeply depressing when you're stuck in the middle of it. (At least Scottish politics isn't as fucked-up as UK-level British politics; if there were to be an independence referendum and independence got >60% (preferably...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yup, you're absolutely correct. Editing the OP to reflect this!...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    How can the other parties be losing? It helps to be aware that the media environment is toxic. 80% of the newspapers are owned by extreme right wing billionaire tax exiles (Lachlan Murdoch is typical of this crew), the BBC's...
  • Posted CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2 to Charlie's Diary
    I'm speechless. Since the previous blog entry with this title (on August 28th, a scant 8 weeks or so ago) British politics has gone mad. The Prime Minister seized power so enthusiastically, that when he grabbed the levers of power...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    CrapCrapCrap ...! Am now imagining an updated rewrite of Richard Condon's "The Whisper of the Axe", in which our anti-heroine, rather than planting nukes throughout American cities, has funded an underground biowar lab to brew up a GM smallpox-like virus...
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    Marmite is great and I buy it by the half-kilogram tub (and get through several a year). Best toast topping ever. Strongly contraindicated for folks on monamine oxidase inhibitors, or with PKU, but that's about it. Contains a lot of...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    it may be people are getting tired of a qualification of "someone I could sit and have a beer with". I know plenty of fine people who are great to have a beer with and who hold strong political opinions...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Personally, I have always favoured the larger bombards. None of this new-fangled nonsense - a ton of rock has authority just by itself. The RAF has your back; apparently during the Iraq invasion they discovered that GPS-guided bombs are so...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Yep. I note the Glock-18 can also fire three-round bursts, which sounds a whole lot more reasonable as something a specialist anti-terrorist unit might want....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You might want to hit up YouTube for videos of gun enthusiasts test-firing a Glock-18 before you conclude that "machine pistol" is synonymous with the 1940s. (It's a variant of the Glock-17, for military/SWAT use only: capable of full auto...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Linked images from where, exactly? The alt-right are extremely good at manipulating search engine rankings to push their own agenda. And every antifa I've met or known of has been anti-violence—far less likely to be waving Saturday night specials about...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The commentariat are a kind of anti-fascists in the sense that, in fascism the Leader is supposed to mystically embody the collective will/nature of "the masses". I speculate that Fascism generally doesn't work well on folks on the ASD spectrum:...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    if your unit of cluster size measure is "cores" or "machines", you're probably running small clusters. The only unit that makes sense is MW. This is why we URGENTLY need to dismantle the moon and convert all the regolith into...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I know Peter. His account is rather different. It's important to note that he isn't a "gangly and physically slight middle-aged writer"; at least at the time, he was over six feet tall and ripped. (Also, only barely qualified as...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    UK law does actually still allow a defence of "that is not my vehicle". Not unreasonable, given the availability of cloned plates—they cracked down on it a decade or so ago but it still happens. My favourite was the acquaintance...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Here's a use case: you're travelling for business and you need to travel light for some reason. But every chain hotel room everywhere these days has a TV and they take HDMI input and will do 1080p. So with the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Your proposed solution to "disparities in policing and sentencing" ignores the fact that those disparities are the entire point. The rationale for criminalizing narcotics and waging a continuing war on drugs in the USA was to give the white ethnostate...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    One alternative to the carry case for the Cosmo, that I've been using with the Gemini: if you poke around on eBay you can still find the Proporta hardshell case for the original Psion Series 5 coming up second hand...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Attention, Greg: The first batch of Cosmo Communicators have shipped to Japanese backers. The pallet of UK/EU models will be dispatched to the UK in another week, so I'm guessing yours (and mine) will arrive in about two weeks' time....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Mere tens of thousands of CPU cores is kinda passé. Modern GPUs are SIMD devices with up to thousands of FPUs running in parallel per processor, and folks put them in racks by the thousand just to mine Bitcoins. The...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    nobody succeeded in integrating their facilities into a WYSIWYG editor If you've ever seen the laughable jokes that pass for GUI regular expression editor/composers, this is no surprise (and a regexp composer is just part of what you'd need for...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    InDesign was an entirely new clean-sheet product developed at Adobe to replace both Pagemaker and Framemaker. More emphasis on layout than Framemaker, staggeringly good at importing Quark projects, and underwent rapid initial development and feature upgrades: it started out with...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I'll ask again, could someone tell me the difference between time-sharing on a mainframe, and the cloud? Sure. Time sharing: multiple users get to enjoy a terminal experience with a command interpreter/scripting/job control language. The mainframe can multitask. Virtualization: the...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    FrameMaker was very good for its time; alas, Adobe killed it (in favour of InDesign, which admittedly is very good at the page layout side of things—good enough to have totally eaten Quark Publishing System's lunch in the publishing world)....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    And to add to the glorious mess that is Windoze 10 Updates This is only a mess if you don't flip the switch to tell it to reboot and install updates outside of active hours, then set active hours to...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    To expand: Looking at the USA/UK. I'm going to apply a cut-off age of 75; while some over-70s grew up using computers, they're a tiny minority, and while some folks adapted to them in middle age/adulthood and kept doing so,...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I am seriously unconvinced by your implication that yours is representative of the masses. Of course my use case is bizarre and ridiculous and unrepresentative of the masses! I never meant to imply anything else! What I'm getting at is...
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