Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Posted On the road again! to Charlie's Diary
    I'm off to New York on Thursday, weather permitting, and won't be back until late in February. I'm in the US for business, and while I'm there I'll also be appearing at Boskone 52 in Boston from February 13-15; you...
  • Commented on Default Option
    More or less, yes. According to my (late) Fitbit, going from my front door to Princes Street was equivalent to climbing twelve storeys. And it's less than half a mile. (I forgot to add something else that affects my attitude...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Charlie, may I be the first one to introduce you to a newish concept in cycling? It is called the modern mountain bike, and it has gears. Dude, that's what we've got. Hint: they don't get on well with fifty-year-old...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Air France have cancelled most (but not all) of their Tuesday flights to New York. Wednesday flights, not yet. Thursday ... we'll see. Yes, I'm following the weather news with interest....
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    So - is it time yet? No, because I am working on Laundry Files #7 first (which is under contract with a delivery date), not to mention Merchant Princes #7 (as soon as I've got the next batch of edit...
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    Hah. My destination is Manhattan. For important business meeting(s) on Friday. Luckily I'm not flying economy and I suspect the big-ass A380 superjumbo will be the last thing flying into JFK that they try to divert (because who the hell...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Fairly low-impact aerobic activity. What's not to like ;-) This is my subconscious bias from living in Edinburgh :) My wife has a bicycle. It's used on camping/out of town recreational trips, not for casual use around town. Because getting...
  • Commented on Default Option
    I know; I'm not flying until Thursday. (Hopefully it'll be under control and JFK will be open by then.) NB: I've been in Boston when it got hit by a record-breaking nor-easter about a decade ago. I know what kind...
  • Commented on Default Option
    What you want, indeed absolutely NEED to do is give each house enough land around it to have a garden, space for a garage (not for cars, but for bike storage etc), off-road parking for at least two cars, plus...
  • Commented on Default Option
    n conclusion we can note that privatization is looting, deregulation is pillaging and that libertarians think civilization is the only free lunch, like the little parasites they are. I said it once and I say it again, libertarianism is the...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Coping with a member leaving the EU is one of those sorts of things, but I dare say it'll happen fairly soon when Britain walks out. If Britain walks out of the EU, then (a) this will almost certainly be...
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    We already have a LARGE population of low skilled workers who have no real economic role, and our response has been to criminalize them. You are insufficiently cynical. The threat of unemployment is a discipline on the wage-serf class, who...
  • Commented on Default Option
    The problem with "welfare for those who demonstrably can't work" is that you end up killing the people who can't work but can't prove it other than by starving to death. Spot-on. And we've got that right now with the...
  • Commented on Default Option
    That's very different from the experience of austerity in the UK. Where it's been used as an excuse by the Rich Folks' Party for selling off state assets to their cronies, then renting them back as "services" (for more money...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Nope, he comes back in a major role in Merchant Princes book 7, "Dark State" (hopefully due out in early 2016). And hopefully a surprising role, at that....
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    I will also note that the UK doesn't build council housing any more. Hasn't since the 1980s. That's when the bubble really began to inflate, as Thatcher privatised the housing market in order to financialize assets and generate revenue for...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Au contraire, the origin of that phrase pretty clearly tags it as a US libertarian talking point. In other words, it's freighted with unspoken ideological assumptions....
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    the house is still worth £800k & inflating. ( Location fro good transport & quiet road ) I have no intention of moving out, except in a box. Then the house is valueless to you except as a house. If...
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    Yep: one corollary of a basic income is that you don't need a minimum wage. (However, I'm very wary of the barracks/rations model. It's too damn close to the 19th century poor house model which evolved when an earlier dole/basic...
  • Commented on Default Option
    their main objections boil down to it being sinful for people to not work, and evil for governments to use their power to take money from those who do work and give it to those that don't. It all depends...
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    On the subject of a guaranteed basic income: 1. The cost of living in a metropolis gets addressed two ways. Firstly, a Piketty style wealth tax. In the long term that's going to hit the cost of housing (which badly...
  • Commented on Default Option
    "Full employment"? Isn't that pandering to a Reformation-era puritan shibboleth? "The devil makes work for idle hands" and all that? I'd rather see a guaranteed basic income and subsidies for certain labour-intensive/caring jobs -- including teaching (and being students)....
  • Posted Default Option to Charlie's Diary
    It is Saturday January 24th, 2015. Greece is going to the polls tomorrow, in an election triggered by the main centre-right coalition's inability to form a consensus on who the president should be. (The Greek President is elected by members...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    It might be even cheaper to move energy using sailing ships (which work in the 5-10 knot range), but I don't know of any modern data on that. Hmm. It seems to me that sailing ships have certain insurmountable...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Given that going East will cross the "circle of fire" twice, and spend what 6_000 miles under water, I'd still say that the Western route is better. Naah, you just need to get creative. Electrons don't have to move at...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I just meant go in and buy the land. You're assuming that the people who live on the land are (a) the people who hold legal title to the land, and (b) are willing to sell/move out. This is usually...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    UPDATE: And I have just checked the copy-edits on THE ANNIHILATION SCORE, seen that they are looking good, and returned the CEM to the managing editor for production. (Then checked my calendar and realized I've worked at least 12 consecutive...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    There's a big difference between "freedom" as an ideological touchstone in American folk-politics, and actual freedom (which must paradoxically involve the right to reject it)....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    One issue is the "Dead While [Anglophone] Male" problem. There are a lot of awards in the field but the folks they're named after mostly come from this one category. It's not exactly encouraging to non-DWAM authors. (The current issue...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I believe that trilogy dates to Wright's Objectivist period. His hardline Catholic turn happened subsequently. It's always illuminating to read the copyright date on a novel, subtract two years (one year to cover post-submission production at the publisher; another year...
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