Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The morning after
    [1] Note: Polish Grandfather. Polish co-worker. Some of this shit is kind of personal to me. Just a little. Add the suffix -Jewish in "Polish Grandfather" and you just described me, too. Direction of UK travel remains an utterly and...
  • Commented on The morning after
    The FUD from the "no" campaign over state pensions probably had something to do with the age profile of the "no" vote ......
  • Commented on The morning after
    They've got to be seen to do something. Failure to deliver anything, after putting their names, faces and signatures to that vow on the front of the Daily Record - an image that gained a hell of a lot of...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Parenthetically, there is a regular-expression based Bad Words/Nanny filter running on this blog's comments. You're free to say shitfuckcunt as often as you please ... but certain bad words will get your comment held in moderation. As those bad words...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Oh, I didn't say it was a great idea - but stratifying the society on a geographic basis has some significant advantages as the collapse rolls on. Think triage. That's why I voted for independence in the first place! If...
  • Commented on The morning after
    That's almost plausible ... except that the financialization of the British economy is based on debt leveraged on housing, and the housing bubble in the South East is catastrophic right now. (I've been seeing ads lately for a new development...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Welp, on a micro-personal level, this outcome sort of rules out writing an explicit sequel to "Halting State" and "Rule 34". I am not too upset about that -- I began world-building for that universe in 2005 and it's a...
  • Commented on The morning after
    You're assuming oil is the main, or even sole, economic backbone of Scotland. Not true. Oil is important, but it peaked in 1999 and is in long-term decline: meanwhile we do other stuff here besides drinking whisky, playing bagpipes, and...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I think this is going to be just as interesting as after a parallel universe win for the Yes crowd, except that now we all get to play constitutional reform. Optimist. I don't believe we're going to get anything meaningful...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Those are pretty much my thoughts exactly. Apres moi, le deluge applies in spades to all those who bought the fearmongering from the No side. A standard tool of political propagandists is projection: whatever you're doing that you know doesn't...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Absolutely correct. I think we (Scotland) are going to get screwed ......
  • Commented on The morning after
    Nope, because the Scottish Political Singularity still isn't over yet. There's the whole Devo Max issue to contemplate -- promises were made in the last week of campaigning -- although I expect them to be forgotten or kicked into touch...
  • Posted The morning after to Charlie's Diary
    So: the referendum is over and the count is underway. I'm about to go to bed; when I wake up there should be a result. The final YouGov opinion poll today (not an exit poll) gave No a 54/46 lead,...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    OK, fed up now. I am closing comments on this thread. A new thread will open on Friday, for discussing the results, and "what happens now". Until then, I'm going to be nose-down rewriting a Laundry Files novel and/or chilling...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: We are now less than 24 hours away from the polls opening. I will close comments on this thread tomorrow morning. I will create a new blog entry for continuing the discussion from a different perspective ("what happens...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Wait, what? I put up an entire comment with data and links and all that shit (put in a nicer format here) stating that the Tories will not gain much from losing Scotland and it completely disappears? Noel: I have...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    Movies about making movies? Like "Silent Movie", by Mel Brooks? (You may season this comment with emoticons to suit your personal interpretation.)...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    4K, by its very nature, is going to require big-ass downloads/high bandwidth streaming; it's still the same frame rate, but each frame has roughly four times the pixel count as a 1080p HDTV frame, which in turn is a whole...
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    the best way to describe coming out of the flow state with three scoring shots to go, was to describe it as "waking up". Going from utterly focussed to the exclusion of all else, to not. You'll probably be unsurprised...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Oh, I think an independent currency initially pegged 1:1 against Sterling would be fine. Eventually transitioning to either peg against the Euro if convergence is deemed safe and useful, or free-floating once the post-separation FUD dies down. There's no reason...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    In the large, all major publishers traditionally played the casino model: take on 20 new authors, publish them, maybe one will go bestseller, half will make a loss, the others will make a small profit. The 19 who don't go...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    So, with both sides accepting (or pretending to accept) the idea there are new powers on the table, what does Hague do while standing in for Cameron at PMQs today? I'm pretty sure Hague stood up to ritually hit himself...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    There isn't time left in this parliamentary session to push through a new deal for Scotland before the next election in May 2015. At which point a new government can say, "not our problem" about any previous government's voluntary commitment...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    So to sum up, it would seem that you are wrong. By your own value system, you should favor larger federal states. No, larger trade blocs/treaty zones. I'm all in favour of an independent Scotland being tightly integrated into the...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    If I went by overheard mobile-phone conversations I would assume the non-UK born population to be much higher. Also, selection bias: we notice non-Anglophone cellphone conversations much more....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    And you left out Russia. Which seems to be on a slow march to rebuilding the Russian Empire or USSR or some version of it. Do it by force but slow enough that none of the other big players are...
  • Commented on Drink Me: The Horror Hotel Story, and Where Ideas Come From
    No, but I'm tempted to reminisce about the hotel I stayed at in Poznan, Poland, during Pyrkon this spring. It was a Communist Era hotel with some lovely art deco touches, but it had been privatized in the early 1990s...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Well FUCK ME PINK whatever next? This is the silliest mistake that the English Royalty has made since the Princes Diana’s Death shambles of long ago. Wrong. Salmond took her out of play by saying it's official SNP policy to...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    As a Yank, I don't have horse in this race, Charlie, but I'm a shocked that no one on either side of your border has been doing any real planning for what will happen if Scotland votes yes for independence....
  • Commented on The referendum question
    The southern secession thing in the US had other, less familiar, roots; remember, a lot of the southern plantation owners were refugees from the British Isles in the wake of the Late Unpleasantness of the 1715 and 1745 uprisings? There...
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