Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    York place rebuild for the tram extension, yes? Correct. Although they're not actually building the tram extension yet -- they're rebuilding York Place as part of the road infrastructure for the new shopping mall/hotel complex up Leith Street, which...
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    Speaking of COVID19 ... I've just been out to a local shop for supplies we'd run out of. (Tesco Express, small supermarket nearby, plus local organic grocery store.) For the duration of lockdown I've been able to judge how tight...
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    So Lederhosen not a thing there as I understand it. They are Bavarian. (As are dirndls.) Kind of like the way Texas is into big hats and elaborate boots, it's a regionalism from a region with its own idiosyncratic quasi-nationalist...
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    I was about to add we're a shithole nation but I think some shithole nations may have had competent responses, so... Not to worry: England is collectively saying "hold my beer" John Apter, the chair of the Police Federation,...
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    The 4 days by coach was the 'express' service, and £2 was within the means of only well-off people Checking those tables, that'd be 2-4 weeks' wages for a skilled male worker, 2-3 months' wages for a maidservant or footman...
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    My big plan for this summer, cancelled by COVID19, was my first ever trip to New Zealand. Worldcon is there this year which made it a business trip (expensable), I've been saving air miles for a decade, the plan was...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    White Van Man's US cognate isn't Florida Man; it's Pick-Up Truck Contractor Dude (probably with truck nutz and a confederate battle flag bumper sticker, and maybe a MAGA redcap these days). Drives a Ford F250 because F150s are for quiche-eating...
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    Most fit people of working age can walk on relatively good going at 3 MPH for over 8 hours for up to a fortnight, so 25 miles a day was feasible in summer in good weather - and about half...
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    That said, you want to write the great American Novel about living in a generation ship? Everybody seems to assume that you can live for generations in a cramped apartment hurdling between stars, and not go insane doing it. Yep:...
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    See also this Metafilter discussion, and in particular the very first link posted in the OP (all about travel times/constraints in 18th/19th-pre-railway England)....
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    We are apparently on course for 400Tb LTO magnetic tape cartridges by 2028 using Strontium Ferrite (per FujiFilm), which I have to say is a mind-bogglingly large amount of HD video. If you've ever seen a big robotized tape library...
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    And I'm really glad that it turned out that way, but you gotta' admit the success of the American Revolution was an extreme outlier. Name another country where "the revolution" hasn't degenerated into tyranny within less than a generation. Reminder...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I don't know how the Tories' blundering is affecting political opinions in the (kinda) United Kingdom, Johnson doesn't face re-election until late 2024, so we're fucked (at a UK level). However, his own party might well replace him as leader...
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    Administrative note Commenter "Really?" never posted before this thread, has posted nearly 10% of the comments so far, takes a contrarian view on climate change, epidemiology, and a bunch of other issues, and appears to be a racial violence denialist...
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    Long story short, this is what happens - local administration and health organizations receive money from federal government, sometimes from local governments, but instead of giving it as help to people as ordered, these organizations invent new reasons to not...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Incidentally, I break into your regular scheduled discussion with a news bulletin I just had to share: Moldova Shuts Down Bootleg Helicopter Factory The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organised Crime and Special Cases and investigators from the Police General...
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    The difficulties in Nations infected with "Contemporary conservatism" are anything done must reward someone with profit It's as ideologically bankrupt as Brezhnevism. (The late-Soviet ideology which gave us the management of the Chernobyl B reactor.)...
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    Insane monkeys are running the show over here. I don't know if the monkeys in the UK are more or less sane, or a different species. Did you spot the bit about the Attack Macaque in Downing Street spaffing £500M...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Billions of vials are needed, and there really really isn't enough out there. I don't see where you get that from, unless some Milo Minderbinder entrepreneur has just bought up every pharma-certified glass factory on the planet? We already churn...
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    Remdesivir is not a simple molecule to manufacture. There's a reason the recent price cut per dose dropped a course of treatment to only about $3500 for five days of injections. (Here's what wikipedia says about Remdesivir synthesis. Note the...
  • Posted "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2) to Charlie's Diary
    On April 16—gosh, it feels like an entire year ago—I made some predictions about where we were going. How do they hold up? Vaccine development will take a flat minimum of 12 months. Too soon to tell; it's only been...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    So if trump's bought all of the avaliable doses of remdesivir for now what happens once a vaccine becomes avaliable? Will trump claim it all and what for the rest of us? x.x That appears to be his plan. However,...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    They fly a plane to the correct airport for the hand off and no one shows up to sign the paperwork? For Boeing -- and I imagine Airbus are similar -- the hand-off is almost always carried out at Boeing...
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    That's my thought. But note that he will not stand down unless defeat appears to be inevitable, and by an ignominious margin. If it's within a couple of percent or Fox News keep telling him he's got a chance, he'll...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    How fast can you write? Sorry, just now beginning to get back to pre-COVID19 writing speed on the downslope to the end of a novel I started at the end of last October. I can maybe start the Trump-suicide-alternate-history some...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Remember he's an extreme narcissist: being a "loser" is incompatible with his self-image. It's a trade-off in his head between the dissonance of being a "loser" and worrying about the future, and narcissists are generally terrible at forward planning (as...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I expect a fair few hyper rich to be fleeing to socialist states because nobody wants to be in the country estate in a bush fire (and no irony will be felt). Waiting for the first reports of billionaires sheltering...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Yes - but it cannot possibly work in a modern society - can it? Not without the universal surveillance and secret police, as used by the PRC, that is. Not to worry, they're changing the rules iteratively. You might have...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    What's the PROFIT in dismantling the Mid Class? What's in it for them? They see themselves as the Elite: landowners, oligarchs, aristocrats. Morally entitled by birth to rule, like the descendants of feudal nobility. What's in it for them?...
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