Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    You mean like in the filming of HELP!? The movie in question was released in 1965. They probably filmed it before I was born ... (Now consider the state of environmental protection in the early 1960s.)...
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    I don't know about the U.K. but in the U.S. you're going to have a hard time finding that many drivers. Oh, there's always the IRA car bomber tactic. You identify taxi drivers/truck drivers who (a) have families, and (b)...
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    That's the problem: bring a city to its knees? Sure, that's doable. But then what? It's a lot harder to rebuild a city, and still harder to run it as an occupying force. I really don't think the people we're...
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    M25/M1 is 3 level I'd forgotten that: it's a long time since I last drove that way (it's 400 miles from home and I try to avoid driving into London at the best of times). Unsurprising, given the volume of...
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    Excuse me? Capitalism is an economic system, not a political system. You're using verbiage that implies a political system. A statement semantically identical to: "Excuse me? Communism is an economic system, not a political system. You're using verbiage that implies...
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    I decided to model how you could pull down a major Western civilisation with a couple of hundred people willing to take orders, and a couple of months of prep, assuming that the plot was uncovered at some random time...
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    How would they go about blocking off London? The IRA nearly succeeded in the early 1990s. London has an orbital motorway, the M25, which carries a huge volume of traffic around the periphery of the city and keeps other motorway...
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    No, it's his Dead Cat tactic. Hopelessly poisons search algorithms. (In this case, it swamped news of the care bill fracas in parliament, and it's making it impossible to find news of the ongoing pig cull necessitated by Brexit-induced veterinary...
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    Skulgun said it better, but I'll put it this way: you're not Batman, and going up against gunmen with a non-gun is generally a bad idea for anyone who isn't Batman. I blame decades of NRA propaganda for confusing people...
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    That event could have been a tired PM having a bad day. Or maybe distracted by some as-yet not announced disaster looming Nothing so accidental. Boris likes to "throw a dead cat on the table" to distract the press and...
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    Yes, English-english uses the definite article more -- especially to disambiguate the subject of an "of". We also apply plural to some items Americans treat as be singular, e.g. collective nouns like hospital, or team, or allies. I spent years...
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    Amtrak would take longer to get from JFK to DC than a connecting flight, wouldn't it? And I'm not convinced the air conditioning on their trains would be better than that on an airliner....
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    Whitroth: Looking forward to seeing some of you, including you, Charlie, at Worldcon in a few weeks. I'll be attending Worldcon by Zoom, not in person. Which sucks, I know. However, it beats the alternative (and I hope to make...
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    Remember in the UK, anti-vaxxer/anti-masking sentiment isn't a touchstone of the main right wing party (i.e. the conservatives) -- it's caught on with the far right (i.e. the neo-nazis) but they're marginal. Also, there's no distinct urban/rural voting pattern distinction...
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    Welp, that's absolutely batshit-bonkers, and at the same time, makes for a plausible conspiracy theory. Lots of vaguely handsome/pretty but dumb-as-a-brick high profile right wing campaigners in the USA are linked to a talent search agency that was active a...
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    NATO does not have a UN vote of any sort Ahem: the USA, the UK, and France are all UN Security Council permanent seats. And they're all members of NATO (the treaty, not the integrated military command structure in the...
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    No. I'm not convinced the US has enough social cohesion to come together after a disaster (and in any case, a 10% death toll is wildly worse than my prediction for a civil war: indeed, that's getting into 30 Years'...
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    A postscript I need to add: most Republican politicians -- lunatic white supremacists like Boebert and Gaetz aside -- understand the importance of stability. Widespread economic collapse is very bad for money-making, which is why they went into politics, and...
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    I fear the least bad outcome for the current situation in the US might be a solitary atrocity along the lines of the Oklahoma City bombing: some radicalized lunatic goes full Tim McVeigh, and instead of it leading to a...
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    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict has been announced. I will delete any comments on the subject that show up here within the next week. Tempers are running high and it's a probably flashpoint for a flame war if a...
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    Sadly, not all high-power laser ads are fake. A friend of mine who's a radiation safety officer goes off on rants regularly about the insanely dangerous laser engravers he sees advertised on kickstarter/Indiegogo -- things that can ablate metal and...
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    Ah, found a pic, can't find my receipt. Mine might be... 5mw. Legal. Hate to break it to you, but 5mW is not going to be very effective: it's a bog-standard laser pointer/cat toy. The "visible at 5km" marketing statement...
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    You know, if it's a green laser visible at a range of 5km and you hit someone in the eye with it, they'll be lucky to get off with retinal burns that leave them blind for a couple of days?...
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    The armed cops in Heathrow had H&K MP5s, 9mm semi-auto carbines, with a selector that could fire single shots or three round bursts, no fully-automatic fire. Same ammo and penetration as their pistols, but considerably more accurate. (Also good for...
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    Damian, I think you're confusing "in the United States" with "In US Law", when it's clearly used to mean "within the territories occupied by the United States". Yes, the US intel/military agencies kidnap foreigners off the streets and hold them...
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    The "cutting corners" I referred to was the usual regulatory/paperwork delays. Everything that could be parallelized was parallelized: lots of very big trials got run really fast, just as in the USA, and then the approvals process was fast-tracked like...
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    I saw a news report today on a new vaccine starting clinical trials in January, with a probable date for roll-out in early 2025 (it's not a state of emergency any more so they're not cutting corners). What makes this...
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    The problem with jailing the 6/1 asshats as fast as possible is that the US judiciary is riddled with Federalist Society judges and prosecutors, all the way up to the Supreme Court. The FS is as much an entryist organization...
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    A UK pub double (about one shot glass) of Scotch Do you mean an English double measure (50ml) or a Scottish double measure (70ml)? Because there's no such thing as a "UK" pub double -- they differ between nations, and...
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    I'm not really up for Fisking him either: I've got a book deadline ahead! I just felt the need to take apart just one of his bullshit contrarian comments, as an example of how badly off-base he is. Now he's...
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