Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    There's a conflation of terminology at work, because public healthcare is about epidemiology-driven policy initiatives (eg. vaccination for childhood diseases for all infants), but the NHS is a public service, so some folks think public health means national healthcare....
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    Yes, mental health issues are significant, but don't underestimate ambulance response times. The two main acute lethal conditions that result in a 999 call are heart attacks and strokes. In both cases prompt care can save lives. The "golden hour"...
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    Yes, these are significant problems that we shouldn't have, but they do not add up to a breakdown in public health. I take it you've missed the news about the near-total collapse of ambulance response times to emergencies in England?...
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    Maybe what we're seeing now is the exponential upslope of an ongoing trend? Very plausible. And it's global, not just in the US....
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    Going back to the original post (OGH's), it isn't just the petrochemical states - the USA is seeing its hegemony threatened and responding in exactly the same way. You know the USA is one of the world's leading oil producers?...
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    Is this sort of disruption (in publishing) still a major thing, out of curiosity? Nope. The Big Five got it under control pretty fast. The printers are another matter -- they need a lot of in-person workers to run the...
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    but could some of it also be due to disarray of the publishing industry (due to the same common factor)? No: I'm tracking self-published authors as well. (I know about trad pub disruption -- if you wander why "Dead Lies...
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    One side-effect of COVID spooked the hell out of me, but passed relatively fast: I lost the ability to count. As in, to count out pills into a pill case, in single-digit numbers -- I kept having to go back...
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    I would like to note that my 2017-22 output has been hit by depression, but I'd like to think you can agree that losing both your parents and then going into pandemic lockdown is a valid excuse for being moody...
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    I follow a number of authors via Amazon (to get notifications when a new book drops) and I have noticed the output of a number of folks who used to be regular as clockwork dropping off. Falling back to reissues...
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    Wide spread damage to the capillaries and it damages every tissue that depends on capillaries. Latest happy fun finding reported by researchers in the UK yesterday: A new research paper, published today in Nature Communications*, shows that COVID-19 vaccination during...
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    the last time anyone tried to 'exit' the USA in 1861, got a bit loud as family squabbles tend to... 2% of then population, estimated 620,000 soldiers (and a guesstimated 75,000 civilians) died in American Civil War... Yes, we'd heard...
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    Police Scotland is headed by a Commissioner who is answerable to a committee appointed by ... the First Minister of the Scottish government, not the Home Office (who run the police in Englandshire). Police Scotland ain't gonna arrest the people...
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    I note that we had a Brexit referendum in 2016 ... and an earlier one in 1975 (the "remain" in the EEC vote won). Similarly we had a Scottish devolution referendum in 1979 (which Thatcher ignored on coming to power)...
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    some French plants aren't coming on-stream for winter as they usually do, I don't know why I believe I read elsenet about the French reactor fleet undergoing extra maintenance this summer precisely to prepare for high demand in event of...
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    CAI = Child Abuse Imagery. (Subtly different from CSAM = Child Sex Abuse Material.)...
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    I was running at 70mph indicated on the M8, overtaking an articulated truck I have PTSD from driving the M8 into Glasgow ... specifically the Westbound Junction 17/18 exits, where the motorway is four lanes wide and J17 forks off...
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    he could milk it like a cash cow for all those sweet advertising revenues No he can't. Firstly, advertising is much less lucrative than selling cars or space rockets. Secondly advertisers are very sensitive to reputational damage and Musk has...
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    Mastodon instances are no different than regular old-time forums, and that no amou That's not actually true. A much better metaphor is that Mastodon is to Twitter as old-time email was to Gmail (which has gradually subsumed almost all other...
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    I can't see how "suburbia" can be congruent with speeds approaching 70mph being anything other than flagrantly illegal I assume you've never driven in the USA. What an American means by "suburbia" would in the UK be considered open countryside....
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    trans men generally find it much easier to pass, and hardly anyone feels threatened by their existence Not according to transmasc friends of mine: while most old-school TERFs (remember that's an acronym to Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists, which almost invariably means...
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    That's a parody account. ALWAYS check the user profile of unfamiliar twitter accounts before retweeting possibly-inflammatory content. Thanks!...
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    Greg: mention Trans women in female toilets You're citing anecdata, and you know it. In my experience most racists can be friendly towards individual members of groups they despise collectively if they know them personally for some reason -- co-workers,...
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    UKPM Truss was noteworthy for having not tried to lynch Jews-trans-blacks-women-gays (in some combination) prior to resigning... She didn't have time -- she was in and out in 55 days, most of them crisis management (dealing with the death of...
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    Elon Musk just gave the remaining employees until the end of the day (Thursday) to decide whether they want to continue working for Twitter It gets better: he gave them until the end of the day on the US east...
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    Transmen aren't completely ignored, but yes, you're broadly right: 90% of it is hating on transwomen....
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    Mastodon logins rose by 1000% over the first two weeks after Musk's twitter takeover. You can find me on Mastodon, too: I'm primarily @cstross@wandering.shop....
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    You also missed Jobs' other "hobby" company, Pixar. He didn't found Pixar, but he bought a majority shareholding in it for $10M when Lucasfilm sold it in 1986 ... when Disney bought it 20 years later, Jobs took more than...
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    I've yet to read anything in the Guardian that's anti-trans ROFL. Two thirds of their leader writers are violent transphobes, and their coverage of any trans-related news story is vitriolic in the extreme....
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    Commenter you are replying to is now banned and their comment unpublished. Reading it I checked their history. Random non-emailable email address, history of right-wing positions, and finally a position on "free speech" that mimics neo-nazi rhetoric I've seen elsewhere....
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