Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • 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...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    I'm presuming there are physical differences between the UK & US print edition books, but what about the text itself? The text is identical: the UK publisher buys the InDesign files from the US publisher and re-runs them for their...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    I have no idea: sounds like a license server error at Kobo's end. Can you get a refund? (If you can buy the US edition it's DRM-free.)...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    See also: tactical diaper bag....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    What is pre-renunciation (or just renunciation) in this context? This guy revolutionized men's fashion from about 1790 to 1820. (That it coincided with the French Revolution, which also had fashion side-effects, is probably not an accident.) Prior to him, upper-class/well-dressed...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I've had this problem too (with Apple magic mice). It generally happens when dust or dirt gets on the optical sensor -- blowing on it or using a cotton bud to clean the optics works, and maybe also thoroughly cleaning...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Closed now!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Greg: ISRIB is not a licensed drug: it's currently under development. Lots more testing required and it'll probably first get licensed for conditions like Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, and Down's Syndrome (which apparently it can improve cognitive functioning in). Use for...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    There will be a delay in shipping, but it's not on Mike -- first I have to take a lateral flow test, confirm I don't have COVID19, then I have to hike up to his store at a pre-agreed time...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    everyone here seems to have forgotten that trains frequently have multiple locomotives. What is a "locomotive"? The line in question is mostly used by diesel multiple units -- a series of passenger carriages with underslung DE generators. Every carriage has...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I agree with you as far as the GMO goes. We're going to need it, and big time, in 10 years time. What triggered the anti-GMO campaign in Europe and on the left was Monsanto's "roundup-ready" terminator gene product, which...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    it is noticeable that they aren't actually submitting the letters to remove him IIRC a 1922 Committee leadership challenge can only be held once every 12 months. So there's a strong built-in incentive -- even for enemies of the PM...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    However, I suspect today's PMQ's should be good circus - lay in some popcorn. I changed my mind -- I think Boris is in big trouble. Reason: I just went out to collect a prescription, and stopped at the pie...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Lithium batteries are hazardous materials well yes, because some pillock might stick a screwdriver through the back of the phone and set it on fire. I don't think the EPA's regs have caught up with the reality of EVs yet....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Unfortunately, my little Volvo is a Euro V Diesel, thus will be banned from any Edinburgh Low Emission Zone My 2006 V70 diesel is in a similar position. Plan is to MoT it in March, drive it to Heathrow and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Finally, my "Who ordered that??" was the Boeing 737Max scandal. It should have been impossible to get as bad as it did. That was a long-overdue reckoning for Boeing McDonnell-Douglas. After the takeover of McD-D by Boeing, Boeing lost the...
  • Posted Brief commercial interlude to Charlie's Diary
    Thanks to COVID19 I'm not currently attending SF conventions in person, or traveling. This means that for the time being there is only one source of signed copies of my books: Transreal Fiction in Edinburgh. Follow the link to order...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Getting steadily worse, of course, but being replaced with 6 months to go before Parliament is dissolved for the general election Disagree. COVID19 provides brilliant cover for the Brexit supply chain up-fuckery. When COVID19 is clearly on the wane, however,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Oh, it's not just personnel outsourcing. Back in 1990, I was working as the sole technical author for a small company. And I got a better job (50% pay rise: what's not to like?) so gave my month's notice. It...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Faulty memory. Probably 6kV....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The Forth Rail Bridge isn’t that long. Just hit it at 80 kph and coast. You're going to have to go pedal-to-the-metal to get up to 80 kph before you hit the bridge: Dalmeny and North Queensferry are very close,...
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