Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We would also have to ditch the concept of sexual and reproductive freedom. After all, economics doesn't make people. Sex makes people, and if you need less people, you are inevitably going to have to control how they have sex...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The next question is: would someone stupid enough to plan a drastic depopulation be intelligent enough to recognise that a shortlist of 'people with skills I deem essential' isn't enough of for an effective resilience plan that would preserve a...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Strong disagreement. Young adult dystopian fiction usually personalizes the adversary (makes it a single evil person with a punchable face, rather than a systemically perpetuated injustice with no obvious single point of failure), personalizes the solution by portraying a single...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Resiliency plans work at enterprise level, but a lot of our supply chains depend on small businesses that have zero hope of coping if just two people go down with flu -- the wrong two people -- because they only...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE I see that in the past 20 comments, the usual nuclear/solar energy strange attractor has eaten the comments. NO MORE NUCLEAR/SOLAR/DECARBONIZATION TALK ON THIS THREAD. It's derailing and off-topic....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    In fact, anything Charlie writes can usually be summarized as "Fyodorovian Panopticon Deep State Cthulhu", or variations thereof. I totally wish my blogging system had a comment upvote mechanism right now ......
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    That easily translates to a system for bartering physical commodities Yet barter, as Graeber points out, is what you get when a society that is used to money stops trusting money. It's a symptom of wide scale social breakdown. I'm...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Will the population in 2100 be lower than it was in 2000? I've already published my guess (yes), but I'm not sure if those deaths will occur out of sight because Big Brother tells us not to look, or because...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Greatest military tragedy since the second world war You forgot the Second Congo War of 1998-2003. Trivial! Only 5.3 million dead, per official estimates. Or the half million to million violent and/or surplus deaths in Iraq following the US invasion....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Some libertarians would argue that cryptocurrency could address the elimination of cash, but I'm somewhat skeptical. You're right to be skeptical; libertarianism -- and cryptocurrency -- are themselves symptoms of the disease. Have you noticed that many libertarians have drifted...
  • Posted Happy 21st Century! to Charlie's Diary
    Here's the shape of a 21st century I don't want to see. Unfortunately it looks like it's the one we're going to get, unless we're very lucky....
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    It's a long time since I last looked in the phone book -- cellphones aren't listed and many people have gone ex-directory to avoid phone spammers, so it's a shadow of its former self -- but about a third of...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    EU directives and laws -- e.g. the ECHR -- tend to include blanket loop-holes for national security, public health, and public safety. They often (although less often in recent years) contain get-outs for "defense of public morals". (The USA is...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    GDPR needs to be ambiguous; too much specificity is what brought us the not-fit-for-purpose EU cookie directive. That is: the intention behind the cookie directive was good, but cookies were a specific technology, they could be used in various ways,...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Whitroth, before writing any kind of data handling app that organizes peoples' names, you should be sure to read falsehoods programmers believe about names. Once your head stops hurting, Unicode will seem trivial....
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    @Host - if anyone requests any of our multiplicity deleted (rather than via Legal Note), just disregard. Noted. (I can see why that might be an issue.)...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    You believe that a person's privacy should be constitutionally protected from other than government intrusion? Here in the United States Yes. I am not in the United States. GDPR was drafted because the EU (and Europe in general) runs in...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Unfortunately there hasn't been any such thing as a "normal" website since probably 1996-97. More realistically: the web, as we received it, was built out on the back of advertising and retail revenue. Consequently, we got into an advertising arms...
  • Posted GDPR compliance notice to Charlie's Diary
    Some of you might be aware of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that comes into force throughout the EU on May 25th. (For a broader lay person's introduction, see this essay by Jacques Mattheij.) Here's what you need to...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: You might notice that you're now seeing the blog via secure HTTP (URLs begin with https:, padlock icon displayed in some browsers). This is entirely intentional -- my sysadmin finally got around to switching on a feature to...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I can definitely see that, but it's short-sighted. It's also insanely stupid, long-term self-destructive, and cruel. But looking at our current crop of so-called "leaders", from Trump to Netenyahu to Orban by way of Erdogan and Duterte, isn't it a...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    If we assume that the Brexit vote reflected the first steps towards the dystopia Bad assumption: I'd say the wheels had been turning for close to 50 years at that point, at least since Richard Nixon articulated the Southern Strategy...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    The RN is down to six destroyers, seven attack submarines, thirteen frigates; the Army has only three tank regiments; the RAF only has a handful of fighter and bomber squadrons. Yes, but a modern Type 45 destroyer is the size...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    But how are the "sides" going to be divided? Got a blog entry coming up when I can get my head out of this novel for long enough to write it. Shorter version is: it'll be "us vs them" rather...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    If you think that ANYTHING the banks do is even INTENDED to protect the customer against the bank's system being compromised, I have this historic bridge for sale. Correct. Also: the banks can't add biometric authentication on the server side...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Absolutely NOT! You completely misunderstand the problem. The dongle has to be user-specific at the server end, too The dongle is your next (or next-next) smartphone. In theory. Right now, I have a 2 year old iPhone with TouchID (a...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    My question was, why don't companies just use slow, outdated hardware to handle their password recognition systems, thwarting the patience of those trying a brute force approach Because that'd make no difference. The hackers aren't trying to log in using...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Host isn't bored; Host is busy wrestling with a recalcitrant novel, because a few years ago Host unwisely committed Trilogy and is now required to deliver a trilogy-sized climax....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Greg, Judaism fails some or all of your tests except #1. Meanwhile, Shinto fails all of them (except 3 and 4, but to get those fails you have to go back close to a thousand years). Neopaganism fails all of...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Greg: IIRC, CHarlie said, about a year back, that when bhuddists go bad they are REALLY bad ( With the implication that even worse than xtian or muslim? - not sure about that ) Buddhism is as prone to splintering...
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