Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Or can we chalk this up to slutty voting machines? The UK does not use voting machines. It's pencil on paper the whole way, with a very resilient counting protocol to prevent fraud (I've attended a general election count and...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I sympathize with your "school run" abolition, and I, too, am old enough to have been making my way unaccompanied across a busy city twice a day from age 10. (Too far to walk/cycle, but I got in the habit...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Replacing cash in the short term is a total non-starter. You can bring in a contactless cash-like system, sure, but making it mandatory will run foul of the over-70 demographic, who not only dislike change, but in many cases are...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Correct, 100%. See also (from 2010)....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    "You can see all the oranges and coffee grounds," he says, raising one lid. "All that makes great compost. You can put that in your compost bin and buy it back next year in a bag and put it in...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    using our revolutionary new sensor provided by the silicon valley start-up sHITKAN The correct silly vally noun formation would be Shittr™, but do go on ......
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Hmmmm, how about putting shouting advertising messages on your coffee maker with wireless connection. If your coffee maker has a wireless connection, sooner or later it will be rooted and added to a botnet to send spam. This is why...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    I'm planning to one-up "Intrusion" if this novel gets the green-light (not before next year and scheduled publication of all current work in progress)....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    That is the very rare situation of "what if a child is following a ball and running towards a road? Will an SDV be able to predict their behaviour?? How will it stop in time if the child runs out...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    I may have misunderstood, but I think Cameron is saying that democracy is a central part of the one British culture, the culture that must be maintained against all other cultures. You're American, aren't you? Democracy is not a core...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    The best part is that the collection society has no actual expenses other than lawyers... I like (and fear) the way you think....
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    It's background plot noodling from my grim meathook future fantasy dystopia novel (which I'm thinking about writing maybe next year). This particular element is just fine background detail. It's been said, truthfully enough, that 50 years ago the best and...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    * Shudder * No, because that would imply my fictional universe was real, in which case merely committing suicide is no way out of the approaching horror ... Last week, on Twitter, I was reduced to making up innovative scatological...
  • Posted The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all) to Charlie's Diary
    I've been away for a few days (family stuff) and the travel gave me a lot of time for thought (you can't type on an inter-city train going at full tilt on our crappy lines). As we seem to be...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    (Been busy for a couple of days; still busy, ducking in briefly ...) "Get that: glorifying terrorism was to become an offense." How is this different from 'inciting to riot'? See comment 60. Your end state for this vague and...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Dirk, I think you completely misread the entire OP, both context and substance. (You're not the only one: Mencius Moldbug didn't get it either, and wibbled in my email inbox.)...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Dang, forgot to post it on HN myself (I'm trying to grind my karma up over the 10,000 mark)....
  • Posted Thoughtcrime to Charlie's Diary
    Last week, our newly re-elected Prime Minister, David Cameron, said something quite remarkable in a speech outlining his new government's legislative plans for the next five years. Remarkable not because it's unexpected that a newly formed Conservative government with a...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The "Fasces" - a bundle of sticks. Er, no. That's a bit like saying that a rifle cartridge is a lump of brass filled with various inflammable chemicals and capped at one end with a lump of lead. The fasces...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    (Long stupid attempt at logical formulation deleted) ... Dirk, if you say something which you think is fair comment about another group, but which a bystander in a different group (such as Noel) interprets as a racist slur on that...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    You were actually able to memorize multiple phone numbers and focus for hours at a time? Wow. What you describe as your condition now is what I was like at my peak, late teens to mid twenties. I've always had...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Noel, comments from Dirk are almost always odd....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Seriously , you don't think the raise in IQ via Flynn Effect has made our society better over the 100 years since 1914? All it means is we get lots of practice at solving IQ-test type logic puzzles during our...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    full blood transfusions ... There's a reason Putin is so manly for his age Monkey glands, I'd hope! Transfusion blood is expensive. (I did some background research for "The Rhesus Chart" -- turns out typed whole blood provided by the...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Because people are still, en masse, too stupid. Sigh. Strong suggestion? Go and read the short story "Our Neural Chernobyl" by Bruce Sterling (collected in his short story collection Globalhead) before you spout ill-thought-out rubbish like that. Hint: we don't...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    AFAWK there are no pathogenic bacteria and bricks on Mars. Ha ha no. All of us carry around, all the time, a bacterial colony containing 2-3 orders of magnitude more prokaryotic organisms than there are eukaryotic cells in our own...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    f these extra signalling elements were present, it's not unbelievable that brain function would just naturally start using them. And it would be even less unbelievable if they triggered a wide-scale immune response in the brain, leading to lovely little...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Actually, 3D printed replacements for chunks of skull during major surgical reconstruction are a thing that happened a year or three ago. However, you're dead wrong about one thing: we don't want to make the brain more accessible. Making the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Working hypothesis: we're all living in the fallout of the French Revolution, ideologically-speaking. The three slogans of the revolution are a good thing, when combined and not taken to an extreme: "liberte, egalite, fraternite". But ... Take "liberte" to an...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Now, medical technology is not the same as digital technology (even when it heavily incorporates it). At the best case, this curve will be slower. And in the worst case, there won't be a lot of price decline. That strikes...
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