Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Dirk: The CDC estimates the lethality of Covid-19 at 0.26% The CDC has been gutted and handed over to a Trump appointed apparatchik. Buy hydroxychloroquine! Gargle with chlorine bleach! (The UK has already experienced 0.1% surplus mortality across the population...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Dirk: it's not just the acute, prompt death toll from COVID19 you have to consider. Or even the 10x multiple of people with long-term health consequences like cardiac, lung, and kidney damage which will on average shorten their life span...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Between 6 & 7 percent of people have been infected with C-19 - a much larger number than previously thought, I think. Great!!! Based on current deaths, we can expect to hit herd immunity and 70% infection rate (in...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    My understanding is that Thatcher publicly rejoiced when Tony Blair ended up in Downing Street. It meant the Other Side™ had accepted her legacy: Blair was acceptable to her, even though she'd have preferred a Tory (but not the crapsack...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    in terms of international cooperation, I'd note that the Chinese do not appear to have engaged any other nation in space cooperation, including their neighbors Russia, North Korea, and Japan. From the PRC's point of view -- even before the...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The only decent purpose of politics is to support and improve society as a whole. Thatcher (initially) genuinely did try to do that, whether or not you agree with her approach Thatcher, today, would be seen as far too left-wing...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    How does this theory explain what's happened in the UK, where we had a fairly left-wing labour party under Corbyn and ended up with Johnson with an unassailable majority and the license to fuck the country for ever? I've seen...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Bottom line: Boris and Cummings are going nowehere for at least 4.5 years. We will "crash out" of the EU and nobody will notice given the economic damage the lockdown has caused Worse: they'll blame the economic damage on lockdown...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Actually a not-quite-four year monopoly, last Chinese manned mission to their space station was October 2016 (Shenzhou 11). But you were nearly right. Not to worry, they just flight-tested (without humans on board) a much larger next-generation capsule, comparable to...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Greg: Pretended to empahsise civic nationalism, whereas they are actually a NATIONALIST party, with all that that usually implies, unfortunately. Eye roll. If they're "pretending" to be something other than what they appear to be -- as a collective organization...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Why not, if Labour is in such trouble? If the choice is partnering with SNP and remaining the Loyal (but Powerless) Oppostion, why not? Asking as a Yank. Because Labour still see themselves as a primary party of government. Coalition...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Federalism is dragged out occasionally as an argument against Scottish self-determination. Nothing has materialised as yet. Federalism can't happen in the UK short of a civil war or actual peripheral independence arriving first, because it would strip the executive in...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Speaking specifically to Scotland: Those on here who live in Scotland will be able to comment better, but Labour has 2 inherent problems - first, they have managed since Blair to lose Scotland. Second, the results seem to indicate, much...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Before I get started commenting, I'd like to offer some good stuff: this past weekend was Balitcon. On a related note: I just accepted my first SF convention guest of honour invite since COVID19. In theory they're running a national...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The Edinburgh New Town was 1760s, not 1860s. (Signed: A. Resident.)...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I will be unsurprised if an known-effective treatment exists in duly tested form by the end of 2021. I will be flat astonished if it's available in sufficient quantity by then. I've seen reports of reasonably good clinical trials of...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Any guesses as to who would be offered the crown? QE2 (or would she be known as QE1 of Scotland?) / Charlie / William? Or some descendant of the house of Stuart (provided there is one suitable)? Or someone else...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Greg: I think your prediction has already come true. It happened in the run-up to the 2019 general election: did you notice UKIP/BXP entryists in constituency conservative parties working to deselect anti-Brexit MPs and actual ministers? Reminder that Soames, Clark,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Administrative note NERVARestarted gets a Red Card for being an egregious fuckwit, to wit, the medical/epidemiological equivalent of shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre. I note that they posted relatively sanely during April, so I'm tentatively saying not a bot,...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    But I don't see how I can tell him this without him taking offense. At this point, all you can do is risk giving offense and tell him, bluntly, "if you visit mum and she subsequently dies of COVID19 I...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    So what exactly is your problem with the frightening cost of Ambulance Subscrriptions in the various states? Welp, here in the UK I have called an ambulance precisely ... twice? ... in the past 30 years. So your subscription fee...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Greg, the mapping tool you're using doesn't show gradients, does it? With the exception of Drummond Place, your proposed destinations are both steeply uphill. And Queen Street Gardens is then in a valley which requires another steep uphill to get...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    If I wanted to spread a conspiracy, I'd ask what Cummings has over Johnson that is preventing him being sacked. Hypothesis: it's not what Cummings has on Johnson that's keeping him from being sacked -- it's what Cummings has on...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I've got it! We take the subsidies the Tories have been paying to their cronies and pay them to Elon Musk instead, to: 1. Put all the Tories on the Moon. Nearside, for preference. 2. Douse the Moon in oxygen....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Don't y'all at least get to go outside for exercise? Nope. We can in theory, but I live in an upper-floor apartment in the middle of a city. No garden, the nearest green space is half a mile's walk away...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Forget a wicker man; you'd need a wicker Borg Cube to hold all the guilty parties. Low Earth Orbit ... we get fairly visible passes by the ISS and Skylink clusters from time to time—naked-eye visible even to someone with...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The extra-special sauce is that Cummings: a) Drove 270-odd miles while feverish/in respiratory distress (which almost certainly qualifies as a road traffic offense -- it's certainly not safe) b) Broke lockdown c) Went to see his 70+ parents, thereby recklessly...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "Those rules we say you're to follow are for you, not us giant Boltzman Brain political advisors to the Hairpiece-in-Chief. Filthy proles! What do you think you're doing out and about, anyway? Get back to work!" (No, I'm not mad...
  • Posted Cough Cough to Charlie's Diary
    You better watch out You better not spy Don't go out I'm telling you why Dominic Cummings is coming to town He's taken a test And ignored it twice; COVID19'll take him in a trice Dominic Cummings is coming to...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Iron ore: either you need a domestic steel industry, or you don't. If you don't, no problem. If you do ... a) Subsidize a domestic specialist production facility by placing orders for slightly non-standard exotic steel for submarine hulls or...
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