Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    So your take-away should be "blame Thatcher" (or at a pinch, "blame Major") for the ongoing trainwreck that is public transport privatization: the gift that keeps on giving!...
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    The "beats rugs on the wash line" thing went out with burning coal in the open fireplace -- you had to get the smuts out of the weave otherwise over time they'd rot the fabric (IIRC coal smuts are a...
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    Demographics were constantly changing. I note that preferred family sizes were dropping from the 1900s onwards, as each child's probability of survival to age 5 rose past 80% (in the early 19th century it was 60%, sometimes lower). It dropped...
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    EVERY SINGLE FAMILY I know who has someone come in talks about cleaning up first so they don't look like slobs. I have a cleaner who comes once every couple of weeks, and I do this too. But I live...
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    THIS FIASCO - any thoughts from "closer to home"? Yeah: it's bullshit. Yes, the shipyard is problematic. But the article is a hatchet job commissioned for The Scotsman, who are almost as foamingly anti-SNP as The Daily Telegraph are anti-Labour....
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    I grew up in a house with servants' quarters. (Servants plural: biggish house, designed for a staff of: cook, nanny, chauffeur, gardener. Built in 1920 by an architect for himself and his family on an out-of-town lane in what would...
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    But live in servants, let alone several of them? Get real! I think it was Agatha Christie who wrote (I paraphrase from memory): "When I was growing up I never imagined I would be rich enough to own a motor-car,...
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    So Steve Jobs taking a $1 per year salary was a nice stunt but it was only a bad idea if Apple had wiped out. Jobs taking $1/year was a very public vote of confidence in AAPL -- the C-suite...
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    Single digit millionaires do make sense. A "standard" 9-5 Mon-Fri job [snip] Not saying you're wrong. However, our definitions have changed. Back when being a millionaire was first really definitional for "rich" -- talking about the mid-19th century here: before...
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    Jobs also founded and ran NeXT, until it was bought by Apple in a $250M stock swap (which turned out to be a reverse take-over as Jobs surfaced as interim CEO and replaced Apple's top tier with his exec team...
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    2011 "putting their lives at risk every day by punching routes into the devices while on the move" The last satnav I bought -- more than 5 years ago -- refused to take inputs while the vehicle was in motion....
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    Ahem: Aeroflot flight 593 crashed due to pilot error -- the pilots recklessly allowed a couple of kids to take both front row seats in the cockpit without adequate supervision while the plane was in the air! If either pilot...
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    your car does not have Shat-Nav You have a smartphone, right? They've got it. Or you have a (increasingly rare) stand-alone/separate portable satnav. Or an iPad. Satnav is ubiquitous and I suspect in extremis the driving examiner will put their...
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    Agreed, not due to deafness, but because prat navs have done things like tell me to turn right at a junction clearly signposted "Left turn only". Well of course! That's why they added satnav to the driving test: you're supposed...
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    And on a related note I recall reading a newspaper report of an inquest into a woman who died of cancer acquired via a transplant organ in the UK. It was a tragic accident: it's forbidden to transplant organs from...
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    I have never seen "I Love Lucy" -- only heard it mentioned. Still don't have any concrete idea what it was about....
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    BoJo is actually a reasonably good speaker -- or was before the brain eater got him. (And Churchill is over-rated: a bloody-handed reactionary imperialist murderer and thug, it took a Hitler to make him look good in contrast.)...
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    (1) It's meant to indicate that Boris is a clownish Churchill cosplayer. (Which he is.) (2) Desi is a Hindustani word. Seems to be little known in the US....
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    Ahem: I prefer to refer to the PM as "Clownshoes Churchill". It's descriptive, OK? (And the Home Secretary is "Desi Himmler". Also descriptive.)...
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    You missed a couple of extras: It is illegal for a corporation to employ prison labour or slave labour, or to subcontract labour to another corporation or shell company (if somebody performs work at your instruction, then you are their...
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    Do you need that much RAM in an iMac? Depends on what you're running. Photoshop and video editing, sure. In my case ... it was a cheap-enough way to deal with web browsers leaking memory incontinently (and I wish I...
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    Two common problems are that whatever killed the donor rendered an organ unusable, and the organ was too long outside a body and no longer viable. I will note that the major source of black market transplant organs is China,...
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    Right, well, that makes my point even better: the commercial space launch business that lofts more than half the world's surface-to-orbit freight today consumes in a year about as much fuel as a single 747 servicing the London/Sydney route for...
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    An iMac (Intel 27" model, discontinued a couple of months ago in favour of the M1Pro/M1Max Mac Studio) could well have 128Gb of RAM -- the one I'm typing this on does. (If you're willing to cough up £2500 for...
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    Billionaires are obviously evil. (at least on average) ... So getting rid of billionaires should eliminate all the evil. Sadly, billionaires do not have a monopoly on evil. To eliminate evil you'd have to exterminate humanity, and quite probably a...
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    If the human race ever goes on to a real war footing to stop burning fossil fuels and start actively decarbonising the atmosphere then fripperies such as space exploration get shunted way down the priority list Reminder that a Falcon...
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    Also it's wild to me that people will kill each other over a few hundred dollars, but we think that billionaires with health problems are all going to play by the rules and source a replacement organ ethically. I don't...
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    an Ipad with 128 gigabytes of memory There is no such thing. If you want an M1 iPad Pro you can get one with 8Gb of RAM (storage capacity up to 512Gb of SSD), or 16Gb of RAM (the 1Tb...
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    But in the US, ALL income should be taxed at the same rate Wrong, that's a regressive tax. Ideally you want income tax to be progressive, banded so that above a certain threshold you pay a greater percentage of your...
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    Wrt. the water cos in the UK -- you may have missed that in Scotland the water boards are still in public ownership. And provide better service than in England, for a lower price (yes, it's loaded on top of...
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