Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on A reminder
    For instance, and ignoring our shared dislike of Thiefrow airport, planes have made more sense than trains for Charlie and I for the last several London Eastercons, because the venues and accomodation were at the airport, ... Which explains why...
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    I'd give it about a 10% chance in the next 30 years... Optimist: I'd say 25-50% within 4 years. It all depends on whether the financial sector goes crunch again, and how well or badly the next crisis is managed....
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    The "engine bay" of a Tesla is full of motor, transmission, control, cooling equipment etc. pretty much up to the rim No it isn't; the engine bay is largely empty -- replaced with a "frunk" (front trunk). Don't believe me?...
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    Shinkansen had to be wholly new stations/tracks (as Nojay probably knows but Greg may not): Japanese railways pre-Shinkansen were narrow gauge, Shinkansen was the first standard gauge track (wide loading gauge) in Japan....
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    There are lots of actions which might be, naively, perceived as being good conservative choices for governance in the United States ... but which are politically unrealistic because of the dependency of politicians on soft money for winning elections in...
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    So, given that none of them are racists ... [ Because, if they were, they wouldn't be there ... ] Greg, that's a charming misconception, but it's a misconception nonetheless. Racists aren't happy to rub shoulders with people they...
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    The recurring theme seems to me, to be insecurity. Fascism offers certainty ... So - if the causes are bottom-up as much as top-down, how does a bottom-up solution look? Wild speculation here, but might this account for the sudden...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Yellow card for going wildly off-topic: there is currently no far-left international insurgency to worry about and it looks like you're tugging your forelock at the false-equivalence doctrine promulgated by the US news media. ("Here's some news about global climate...
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    Dave, yellow card for being a patronizing wanker. (Hint: you just mansplained the UK's electoral system to a Brit.)...
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    Possible ray of hope: Exxon-Mobil flipped to supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. Yes, Exxon now support decarbonization, and said this after the Trump election. (Presumably they're trying to pivot their business model to take advantage of the way they see...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Similarly I wonder why Iran wanted to build "standard" nuclear reactors when a similar level of investment would probably have given them the chance to perfect a thorium or pebble-bed reactor and sell the living heck out of it! Same...
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    If you're right, then it's going to have to be a bottom-up, ad-hoc push against fascism, because as they seize the established levers of power from the top down they're going to try and block change. (The Elon Musk as...
  • Posted A reminder to Charlie's Diary
    I'm distracted at present (sorting out the final edits to "The Delirium Brief", finishing the first draft of "Ghost Engine"), but I can't help thinking that it's about time we all re-read Umberto Eco's magisterial essay on Ur-Fascism, published in...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Stop it. Just stop it. Merely retaining a solicitor to respond to an allegation of defamation would cost me thosands of pounds and I do not have legal liability insurance that would cover third party idiots playing in the blog...
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    SnU: CONGRATULATIONS, you just got me a threat of legal action for defamation. Hence the removal of your comment about Big Floating Circus Corp. I think you struck a nerve -- but, please? Don't do it again unless you plan...
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    So, you are claiming that there are "hidden forces" which do not correspond to our reality ( i.e. the laws of Physics ) at work here? Metaphor, Greg, metaphor....
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    CALL FOR INFO (Meteorologists/environmental scientists only, please): I gather there's supposed to be an El Nina event in progress. Is this the case, and if so, how does it usually affect northern polar temperatures?...
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    Yep, Heinlein really had no time for theocrats. Was into the free love movement in his youth (in the 1920s); in the late 1940s spent a couple of years moving cross-country in a camper van with Ginny to avoid being...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    ** Here meaning "opportunistic arsehole who'd suck up to whoever gets them cosy placement", the real liberals seem to have been too busy (and stupid) to notice them leeches until it was too late. Such people are everywhere. (I don't...
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    Hey - SF authors! I could really use a warm & fuzzy set-in-the-future book just now! Urban Fantasy is second door down the hall on the left. (Don't go too far and take the third door, that's New Lovecraftian --...
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    I'd like to call this out as a contender for the "excessively vague but superficially plausible curve-fitting exercise" of the year prize. My problem with it isn't that it's not a valid observation, or that it doesn't fit the facts:...
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    Btw, I would love to read your thoughts on HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis (since you are still a citizen of the UK and can legally see it :). I don't generally watch long-form video -- or short-form, for that matter;...
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    It shouldn't really be necessary to point out that the US has a decades long history of self-destructive paranoia precisely because there was such a thing as a non-peace-loving left. Actually, it shouldn't be necessary to have to contradict the...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    the importing of people into Western Europe, in their tens of thousands, who have attitudes and beliefs that make the most rabid of American paleoconservatives look modern and agnostic? Because that's not actually what's happening, and if you think it...
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    The DGSE were completely bonkers and off the map over Greenpeace; suffering from internal groupthink they thought it was some sort of CIA/MI5-sponsored black op, with KGB support, to deprive France of the Bomb, and they went haring off to...
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    Scathach: I unpublished your less-coherent comments from last night. Let me know if, in the sober light of day, you think they really belong here....
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    David: Then it is just the matter of the Republicans and Pence, which of course are conservative and crazily religious respectively but not purposefully destructive as DT. For you to have written that sentence with a (metaphorical) straight face, I...
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    You're out of order: yellow card. (I've been reading Bannon's writing. The only way to make him more of a nazi is to put him in a Hugo Boss uniform with a swastika armband.)...
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    So why persist with the agenda-pushing? I'm afraid, after decades of watching Rupe from afar, I am led to conclude that he is not in fact a Machiavellian evil genius with a plan for total world domination: he's a very...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Eight years ago Barack Obama got elected as President of the USA in spite of all the reactionary forces opposing him. Since then we've had eight years of old timers dying off and post Cold War children growing up and...
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