Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    I have family in Leeds. I'd normally take the M1 to Leeds, break overnight, then ... A68 cross-country, joining the A1 north of the Newcastle stationary car park if the weather's really good, or straight up the A1 if the...
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    It's not nonsense: I mostly get what Catinadiamond is doing. If you don't, you're not using your brain properly. Question everything. (I'd even accuse CD of being Straussian in outlook except Strauss was a fascist-apologist and CD really doesn't seem...
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    I'm probably going to regret asking, but do you have any examples to back up those models of male vs female fantasy? Forget specific examples, there's a fair body of scholarship on the subject of standard fictional tropes and female...
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    PS: The UK's mean population density is so high that if the continental USA was inhabited at the same density it would outnumber China and India combined....
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    So, in commute times, the settled parts of the UK and TX are kind of comparable? The Texas triangle is about two-thirds the size of the entire land area of the UK but has a quarter the population -- and...
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    Buran got built -- along with the Energiya stack to launch it -- because the Soviets saw the shuttle and the politburo assumed it must be the essential/public part of some shit-hot secret weapons system (as indeed Energiya was for...
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    A few years ago I visited a maritime museum in Sydney harbour. One of the exhibits was a retired Australian navy diesel-electric sub (formerly British, 1950s vintage, acquired when the UK began moving to all-nuclear SSNs, retired in the early...
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    CatinaDiamond; please will you use the "Reply" links when starting a comment in reply to someone else? It provides a back-link (as at the top of this very comment) to the thing you're responding to, which makes it much easier...
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    It was a worthy attempt at a new approach Wrong. The design was flawed from the outset because it suffered from exactly the same problem as the F-35 program: to get the necessary funding it had to satisfy customer bases...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Driving is also a lot more convenient if you've got a big-ass diesel-powered estate designed for long-range cruising, a reasonable stereo, aircon, cruise control and other bells and whistles, and one or more co-drivers to swap with every 2-3 hours....
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    Our usual route is: drive EDI-Leeds (240 miles), visit my family and stay overnight, then drive Leeds-LHR (180-200 miles). Do convention. Then on the way back, drive LHR-Manchester (210 miles), visit Feorag's family, then drive home via M72/M8 (220 miles...
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    Train from EDI to London takes 4h30m, then another 1h30m on the Piccadilly line to get out to Thiefrow, and finally 30m on a bus to get to the hotel. So, 6h30m. Driving EDI to LHR takes around 8h, plus...
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    The cheapest routes seem to connect through LHR We don't fly via the cheapest route because PAIN. (This time we're flying business class, using a mix of KLM and Delta codeshares -- we're Air France frequent fliers. Avoiding the London...
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    Now to go suit up, helmet and all, and the shuttle defenders gear up. Shuttle defenders hereabouts will be mocked, rudely. That turkey with wings and fireworks probably put back the US manned space program around 30 years. Yes, that's...
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    No idea. Depends if anyone wants to turn up and video it....
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    The USA can't imagine fighting limited wars where they lose aircraft carriers. That doesn't make sense as a concept. Forgotten the USS Forrestal fire already?...
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    No, wait. if somebody's losing, particularly the side that's less dependent on that stuff, why not threaten to take it out unless they get a negotiated settlement? Why settle for losing the war? Nobody -- at least, nobody who can...
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    If you actually have a real honest-to-goodness war between the US navy and somebody who hoped not to lose, would you expect GPS to last more than 15 minutes or so? There is this thing called Kessler Syndrome, and you...
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    I've seen articles in the general press citing the TCO of a modern US CVN at around $100Bn over their lifetime, in current dollars. Even though the hull only costs $14Bn or so. I'd expect shipboard maintenance to be rather...
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    Now you tell me. What runs Barter Town? It's called Faith - and nobody is playing by the old rules anymore. It's almost as if the Masters Of The Universe stared the abyss in the eye in 2007/08, blinked, then...
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    CatinaDiamond: that's because you need to be writing raw HTML in this comment system. You can only use a limited range of HTML tags (<b>, <i>, <em>, <a href="some_url">link caption</a> -- those are the main ones), and to type certain...
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    That was marvelous; mind if I abstract it (with credit) and make it a front page blog entry?...
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    (quite apart from the fact that even a CVN built to a wildly inflated price is only coming at $14 billion, so a $100Billion submarine would be rather special). Total cost of ownership will get you every time. CVNs are...
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    ... And the A340 is out of production and not going to be replaced by an equivalent four-jet derivative of the A350XWB: it's not needed. But single-engined airliners simply ain't going to happen. While a modern wide-body twin can fly...
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    I find it a bit depressing that a discussion of postcapitalism and what the coming years of ongoing automation and net-ification will bring has devolved into a major digression into airframes, fighter jets and the like. You posted comment #307....
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    never one iota of bullying over there I was referring to what MSFT was like to minority-platform folks during their reign of terror, from roughly 1992 through 2002. The anti-trust settlement mostly cured them of the more florid tendency to...
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    MSFT today isn't what it was even five years ago; I think the effect of the Old Guard retiring (the folks who were there in the mid-1970s and promoted until they ran into the Peter Principle combined with delusions of...
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    No, I was driving to Hertford, not Watford, at the time. No, I don't get on with Herts., even though I lived there for about a year....
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    There were -- back in the day -- plans for a military version of the BAe-146/Avro RJ-85. Originally a freighter, but: four engines, STOL capability, and they considered in-flight refuelling. Capacity-wise it overlaps with the smaller end of the A320/B737...
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    I think it would be good if it was possible to get a lot of modularity. Create a collection of engines that fit various needs, and for each need use the engine that comes closest to fitting. You just described...
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