Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    PS: in fact, the LEO clear-out will be so abrupt and extreme that it'll exceed the worst Kessler Syndrome scenarios by some orders of magnitude. So the Mars colony is going to have to make do and mend, or die....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I haven't seen the movie. If I understand the premise, it's a dino-killer asteroid impact with six months warning. A couple of angles you missed: There will be no satellites left in low earth orbit -- an impact that big...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    As Admiral Rickover said almost 70 years ago, sodium reactors And he should know: he's the bloke who put a liquid sodium cooled reactor in a submarine. (Spoiler: they had a rapid re-think and replaced it with a water-cooled reactor...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Since I'm wrong, can you say who is going to be paying the compensation for shutting down those plants? What compensation? These are old and uneconomic plants, being phased out and replaced by gas peakers and renewables. The UK coal...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Sssh, I'm arguing with Aussies, who just don't get latitude!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yup, can confirm. Toronto in summer hits 35 celsius during the daytime, which is definitely "turn on the a/c" weather. And PV cells can deliver while the sun is shining. (They're not so much use during the winter nights.) I'd...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    There's a (licensed, above-board) crowdsourced translation of the remaining Merchant Princes books in progress. Can't remember the name to search on, dammit ......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    They failed for two reasons, one fundamental and the other entirely avoidable. Nope. The fundamental reason was neutron-induced microfractures propagating in the moderator blocks, which were not intended to be replaced during the reactor lifetime: the amount of spalling was...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    has to provide electricity and heating for as many as four residences, fifteen people and (usually) a commercial shop on the ground floor. In my case, that would be for six residencies and four commercial properties on the ground floor...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    that mill owners could get some use out of that overnight power for continuous production means we have to have continuous production or else. Some industrial processes cannot be shut down -- if they don't have reliable power 24x7, huge...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Moz: Sadly the chances of them being compensated for retiring their stranded assets are following BoJo's popularity trajectory. You are dead wrong. In 2020, coal plants provided a whopping 1.6% of the UK's power, and the UK went for 5202...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Of course the trouble with figures like this is that you can't tell whether they're actually realistic A huge problem is that the convenient sites for tidal power are environmentally sensitive, and vice versa. The Severn estuary, for example, was...
  • Posted Obligatory Hugo eligibility post to Charlie's Diary
    Because the novella publication date slipped into 2022, I have just one Hugo-eligible publication this year. Obviously Invisible Sun is a no-hoper in the best novel category—it's book nine of a series in a deeply unfashionable subgenre—but it's also the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Without solar there's no way to stay in the UK in large numbers and long term. What's wrong with wind and tidal power? Renewables produced the equivalent of 97.4% of Scotland's electricity consumption in 2020, mostly from the country's wind...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    If nuclear really was the only alternative for above 45 degrees (it isn't) then above 45 must be abandoned. There will be climate refugees one way or the other. Yes, and now I invite you to re-read this think-piece of...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Solar works above 50 degrees, but it's crap. Firstly, where I am the sun never gets above 11 degrees in midwinter, so you get a fraction of peak energy out of any PV panels. Secondly, most of us live in...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    the population above 45 degrees is very roughly 10% of the world population and uses roughly half the energy in the world. If it continues as it does now, staying warm by burning things, its current energy consumption of roughly...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Actually, you have it arse backwards. What you said, while perfectly true, in no way contradicts what I said about its strategic use. You were looking at it from the point of view of the physics community, I was looking...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Laundry proper: first there's "Escape from Yokai Land" coming out in (checks watch) about 6 weeks' time -- a short Bob novella. Next, there will be another novella: it's only half-written and on pause while I write "Season of Skulls"...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    We now find that most countries don't actually want nuclear weapons because in so many ways they are more hassle than they're worth. Not only that: nuclear weapons are militarily obsolete. That is, they were invented to solve a specific...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    $$$ to finding out he's actually the boy friend of the Arts Editor is like "waste my bandwidth" already Spoiler: he isn't (the reviewer is 78 years old and mostly retired). In fact, I'm surprised to see his name on...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    a lesson we’ve learned is that a govt bureaucracy trying to divide “worthy” from “unworthy” travel is going to have a very hard time if it. It also plays directly into the hands of the xenophobic/racist extreme right, who will...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    If you're running Calibre on a machine other than the one with the Kindle app, even with DeDRM tools it almost certainly can't find the DRM keys it needs to open any Kindle files whatsoever. You need to install it...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    What's REALLY insane is any flight of under 1000 miles, if there is a civilised surface alternative ( HINT: HS-Rail ) Surface rail is geography-dependent. For example, if you (Greg) want to nip across to Paris, it's trivial -- about...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Oh dear. There are issues with Calibre; in particular, to use the DeDRM tools you need Calibre 5.x, not Calibre 6 (Calibre 6 migrated to Python 3 and the DeDRM tools have not yet been ported). You also need to...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Per the figures I looked at, if I wanted to fly round-trip to the UK or Korea, it's more-or-less one ton of fuel per person for the trip. You're in California, so about 5,500 miles from the UK or Korea...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    A ton of aviation fuel is about what you burn per 3-4 passengers aboard a 747 or A380 flying to the antipodes. It's WAY more than a return trans-Atlantic flight or a hop across the USA. I'd also like to...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I note that Airbus builds A320s in China, with a completely Chinese production line, because otherwise the Chinese Communist Party wouldn't allow their airlines to buy Airbus. And both Boeing and Airbus carefully outsourced so that just over 50% of...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Did your SO buy the Tor.com ebook from Kindle? If so, it's almost certainly a non-DRM'd AZW3 file. Which won't be readable in most e-readers other than the Kindle one ... but can be converted into epub using Calibre. (Hint.)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Ahem: Boeing is about to pull an IBM. IBM mostly exists due to inertia of the use of their legacy products. ... The problem is there is no other player in the US economy to pick up the slack. There...
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