Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

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    We're talking at cross-purposes: as Sealion was a plan for a 1940 invasion of the UK, I assumed we're discussing how it might have worked (turns out to take a lot of butterflies all flapping in unison, and maybe a...
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    Also: school is less about lessons and more about socialization through mixing and enculturation with peers. And you can't deliver that through actually-existing AI....
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    Drive by about Beirut. We had multiple live video streams from different angles, and I saw some of them. There are multiple stages to the explosion. Initially, a low warehouse building where either fireworks or small munitions are cooking off....
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    Sealion might have worked if a bunch of different dominos had fallen Hitler's way first. First, the Battle of Mers-el-Kebir needs to go the other way, and the French battleships in Plymouth and Alexandria on July 3rd need to put...
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    If Germany had found out that the Allies were also working on the atomic bomb, they'd have probably would put even more resources into their project. They could hardly have put less into it; their project was run by the...
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    The British most likely would have lost N. Africa to Rommel without the US tanks that would not be in mass production. That's not clear. Look at Rommel's logistics chain: he had to ship everything across the Med, which was...
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    What could possibly happen after that? All you need to do is to add in aliens or psionics and you've got a nice, alt-golden age SF universe. Oh, how about this? Extended jungle campaigning as the USSR and its allies...
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    I'd been in Boston in February during a couple of storms from the north east a few times and thought I knew cold, then I went to Detroit in January. -10 plus a steady wind off the Great Lakes was...
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    That old smoothie Winston Churchill pulled a fast one on Hitler by declaring war on Japan without waiting for Parliament to act, causing Hitler in turn to declare war on the U.S. in a tit-for-tat response. What else happened on...
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    The EU doesn't get to tell its member states what to do. The EU is its member states. It's also a legal framework. This is why the brexiteers have run into a brick wall trying to "negotiate" the terms of...
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    Why the URL shortener? Because the target is a PDF of a pre-print on a file hosting site, rather than a web page, and my attempt to grab a link off the upstream place I found it just gave me...
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    I wasn't aware the warfarin was multiple active compounds, It's not! "Coumadin" is a trademark and proprietary brand name slapped on a drug that's been around since the 1950s ("warfarin"), which is one of a class of coumarins (chemicals produced...
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    Actually, Vit D and COVID19 has been a topic of discussion since back in Feb/March. Can't recall the precise source but I'm on the stuff as a supplement anyway (Scotland! Winter! Everyone is Vit D deficient to some extent) and...
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    It's a link to a legit newspaper, the article passes the sniff test, and the commenter's email address isn't a thinly-disguised link to a MAKE MONEY FAST scam. Could plausibly be a lurker? We do have them, you know. (Caveat:...
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    Perhaps upgrading movable type will yield better performance, i see they are on ver 7. Alas, this blog is running on the last open source release. They took it closed source and currently demand a minimum $1000/year price for a...
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    Wrong. "Coumadin" is a trademark for a proprietary brand of Warfarin (the generic pharmaceutical). It's one of a bunch of coumarins (polycyclic lactones) that are found in plants (notably sweet clover, from which warfarin was first isolated) as plant defenses...
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    Please note: it's too hot to work creatively today, so I have finally plugged in my new KeyboardIO Atreus ergonomic keyboard, and am back to hunt and peck for pretty much anything that doesn't fit on the default QWERTY area...
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    Children legally have the right to an education. In Ontario, schools can't legally exclude or send home troublesome kids? (UK schools have that power and tend to overuse it for trivial shit like uniform infractions or casually racist attitudes to...
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    You fucked up: you failed to make a working society. Your influence on the rest of humanity was corrosive. You managed to allow the corrosive elements to ruin and then gain power within your societ. Correct. And the UK escort...
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    Reminder: blog entries are served as static HTML pages, but whenever you (or anyone else) posts a comment it forces the server to wake up and prod the grumpy MySQL database sitting on a 10 year old PC and re-generate...
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    New blog topic now up (as the comment thread on this one is getting kinda cumbersome). COMMENTS HERE NOW CLOSED...
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    Post-infection cardiac damage found in 78% of recovering COVID19 patients That's 78% of a cohort, average age 49, of whom 67% had recovered at home (ie. disease was not categorized as severe enough to need hospitalization). Cohort was normalized with...
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    It also frequently signals a sympathy with the underlying ideas that support racism Well yes: libertarianism is a stalking-horse for support for chattel slavery. After all, if you're a sovereign individual and the only real rights are property rights, surely...
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    Volvo did make a decent estate car (sorry, "station wagon" is just wrong to my ears). Then Ford bought them, imposed parts commonality and ... things didn't go well. Now they're owned by a Chinese investment vehicle and seem to...
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    Which in my opinion is ODD, because you can still (or you could still in 2019) get a Focus Wagon, aka "Focus Estate", in the UK and Europe. Nope. The European/UK Ford Focus is not the same vehicle as the...
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    Btw, a new survey from IEEE Spectrum lists among the most interest/wanted by jobs... 43 is COBOL. That IEEE survey is measuring vacant posts, not full ones. I'd rather see a survey of number of programmers employed by language/platform: I...
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    My comment about how nice it would be if Windows had a package manager did not go over well with the IT person at work... It's kinda half-assed but Chocolatey kind of does the job for third-party apps (at least...
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    Jumping back several threads... There's no need for radiation hardened computers on a 22 year cold sleep voyage. Yes there is. At 25% of c you're traveling fast enough that neutral hydrogen in the interstellar medium is going to behave...
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    No current human-made commerical flying device[0], including all .mil spec stuff, even acknowledges reality, it all uses vast energy/thrust to beat the problem Not true (FSVO "true" that acknowledges certain experimental micro-drones and ornithopters). The real issue is that human...
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    I haven't come across references to "Micro$oft" and "Windoze" in over a decade. Don't tell me it has achieved religion status over the intervening years. It probably has achieved religious status. Me, I kinda-sorta began to forgive Microsoft when Steve...
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