Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

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    It depends which mercury compound we're talking about. Totally horrible death-on-a-stick territory is reserved for the organic mercury compounds: dimethyl mercury, for example, is the measuring stick for neurotoxins. Metallic mercury is bad mostly because it has a low vapor...
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    hire a bunch of actors to carry out the actual summoning* while telling them that they're filming a cheesy YouTube video You haven't by any chance been reading an early draft of LOST BOYS, have you? (No, didn't think so,...
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    if you were summononing Cthulhu, would you a) be at the ground level, just above the Thames, or three or four floors up, where you could see what you were doing to the Thames? I would summon Cthulhu in the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You are mistaken: Chelsea Manning is in jail right now (after an initial 28 days in solitary). No, it's not the same charge: but grilling her in front of a grand jury over 2010 wikileaks stuff, then jailing her indefinitely...
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    There will be no international norms US will adhere to in the near future - only fear, greed and madness I disagree with you very strongly about Assange, but agree completely with your statement above. (There's no way, in my...
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    And they're collectively a lot calmer about Reality Winner so I really do wonder if there's something we're all missing about the information Manning released. Transphobia doesn't have anything to do with it, in your view? (Given the inherent tendency...
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    I don't sing, don't dance. (Neither my voice nor my knees are up to it.0 I am … not amused … by the way the beige dictatorship has broken, to say the least!...
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    At least a week. Bear in mind that hotels are never cheap, but there are loads in the city centre, and the core is entirely walkable, being mostly mediaeval/18th century—with good public transport to outlying areas. Don't even think about...
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    Hopefully not this Lennon? Because I'd be kind of sad if you turned out to be a Nazi supporter....
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    it is probably going to be used as a club to beat Chelsea Manning, who's had more than enough crap laid on her already. Yes: I totally agree. I will note that I doubt Assange will be extradited to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Are you denying that wikileaks got heavily involved in the 2016 US election campaign? Or did a carefully timed leak of emails from Macron's presidential campaign in France—a couple of days before an election he was contesting against a no-shit...
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    I'd advise you to avoid Edinburgh in August—it's Festival month. Which means the population doubles, and hotel/BnB rates more or less triple, and you can't move without a machete. (It's about five different simultaneous arts festivals flying in loose formation,...
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    A few points about Assange/Wikileaks: 1. Assange is, personally, a deplorable asshat (and quite possibly a rapist). 2. The idea behind wikileaks was a good one, but it appears to have been co-opted by the FSB/KGB some years ago. 3....
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    Yes, but most of the beer is fizzy keg shite. And I include Guiness in that category (cask conditioned Guiness hasn't been a thing in decades). This has changed in the past ten years or so, and there are even...
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    There aren't any specialist SF bookshops in Dublin so I won't be doing a signing/reading there outside the convention, but I'm likely to announce at least one public pub session after the con (before driving to Belfast)....
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    It's April 2019, and to my surprise I find I haven't been to any SF conventions so far this year. But that's going to change. Here's my (abbreviated) calendar: 18-22 April: Ytterbium, the UK eastercon, Heathrow, London. No, I'm not...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    [Northern] Irish sectarianism is a really vexing headache, but it's best understood in the context of a colonial administrative caste who steadfastly refused to assimilate into the colonized caste—not least, because of religious differences. (Ethnicity, not so much: the Ulster...
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    Can one dismiss all these people as being racists, authoritarians and xenophobes? Big picture time: The EU is the end product of a succession of treaties that were kicked off circa 1948 with a single goal in mind: to make...
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    I posted that essay before Tindr and Grindr were on my radar. (And one of my regular boozers is a gay real ale pub. I see a lot of that quietly going on in the background.)...
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    You need to read up on zero hours contracts. That's where pretty much all employment growth in the UK since 2008 has been, and it's really grim stuff (not obvious from the wikipedia article). Basically there are a lot of...
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    What do Brexit's proponents have in mind? The only suggestion for a new growth model I've heard calls for a further dependency of the UK on the financial sector, A sector which has hurriedly moved its nameplates across to Frankfurt,...
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    I'd like to refer you to this (still-scary, IMO) blog think-piece I did back in 2012, about app-mediated geolocative genocide The zinger is in last three paragraphs, but read the whole thing leading up to it: I think everything I...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    This. So much this. It's pretty obvious, when you consider that the folks screaming about the dangers of Brexit include the City of London Corporation, the Chambers of Commerce, and the Institute of Directors, that leaving the EU has nothing...
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    Does this mean this would be a good time for Argentina to make a second attempt on the Malvinas? Seems like the UK has dissolved its military might and might be distracted… Not yet. Argentina's military is largely un-upgraded since...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    One ray of hope is that the austerity-driven hollowing out of the state has hit the machinery of repression, too. In 1972-ish, during Operation Motorman, the British Army deployed roughly 30,000 troops to Northern Ireland for some months. NI has...
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    You didn't mention riots ? We had big anti-austerity riots in 2011. I'm pretty sure Operation YELLOWHAMMER is all about the riotz. Including using the Civil Contingencies Act to bring in the Army to support the Civil Authorities, and it...
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    Wasn't that pretty much what ended up happening ? Yes: and an awful lot of people died, and it wasn't inevitable. There were any number of points prior to March 1933 at which Hitler could have been derailed, discredited, or...
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    The only way to discredit the "ideology" behind brexit is to let them get away with it. Like the only way to discredit the "ideology" behind Hitler in 1932 was to let him win an election and give him a...
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    Back to Brexit: Okay, so we have some idea what will happen in event of a no-deal Brexit. And we also know what will probably ensue in event that May somehow bribes, blackmails, and beats her deal past the HoC....
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    This also misses the hollowing-out and privatization of the legal system! The legal aid budget has been axed savagely. Only criminal defendants on a low income have any hope of getting a government-funded lawyer, and the lawyers in question are...
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