Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on The ends of education
    Same experience but for HTML authoring(!) with five years experience required: posted on a W3C mailing list in 1994. As someone replied to the recruiter, "I'm sorry but Tim Berners-Lee is busy right now."...
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    Not sure what to do about it. I am really tempted to just fold the blog. I have very few essay-length things to say these days. Blogging even monthly has become an onerous chore (as you might expect after 20...
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    Part of the problem, I think, is that modern programming languages and their associated libraries are huge: to properly get to grips with one and learn it inside-out really takes 6-18 months of full-time employment-level engagement. Even if the core...
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    Rather it's in 'diversity consultants', or 'health and wellbeing manager' - fluff jobs that don't positively support real earning and trade You are really, REALLY, wrong about that. Seriously: "health and wellbeing" means that you don't get sued into a...
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    I don't think you understood my underlying assumptions, which are that education is a social good, but our universities have been monetized and turned into diploma mills to certify people as being appropriately submissive employees, thereby requiring them to get...
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    Have the Tories become so self-centered that they're deliberately blinding themselves to what goes on in the rest of the world? Yes. They even turned down an EU offer of reciprocal short-term visa waiver travel for performers out of fear...
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    A higher degree isn't the same as what I did -- going back for a first degree in an entirely unrelated field I had greater aptitude for. (It's officially an MSc in comp. sci., but as a conversion degree it's...
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    PS: My beating on Rishi Sunak is emphatically not an endorsement of his rival Liz Truss, who Dominic Cummings rightly described as "a grenade" (you don't want to be around when she goes off). Typical Truss here....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I think you're a bit over-optimistic about the prospects for the USA. Hint: the faction who never recognized they lost the war of the Slaveowners' Treasonous Rebellion are back for round 2, and it looks like they're winning right now,...
  • Posted The ends of education to Charlie's Diary
    So we're into the Conservative Party leadership run-off campaign, and the two candidates are throwing policies at the base that, to outsider ears, sound increasingly bizarre. But there's a lot we can learn from them about how the Conservative elite...
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    Similarly, look at South Korea v. North Korea. Roughly the same land area, although the South had fertile lowlands and the North is crinkle-cut: also the South had a larger demographic base. But when the dust settled in 1953 both...
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    Given that in modern air warfare to be seen is to be dead, working stealth is more important than how many missiles you can fire blindly in the dark when something you can't see starts shooting at you....
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    I'm be shocked if Russians don't remember this history, and I'd be equally shocked if they don't anticipate something like this happening if a denuclearized Russia descends into civil war again. Agree completely. Although only an utter lunatic would want...
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    Putin was not President of Russia during GHWB and Clinton's administrations, so almost certainly did not deal with them in person....
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    Posts get renumbered AUTOMATICALLY if a moderator removes a comment prior to the numbered reference -- either a duplicate, or spam, or just needed deleting for whatever reason. Which is why the "reply to" links are important....
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    Putin test-fired a new ICBM design last April. So I agree with you, failure of the nuclear deterrent appears unlikely at the moment. With nukes in place, Russia won't be invaded, even if it is in a civil war. Ahem....
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    1276 - I don't get why Finland bought F-35s (any). The Swedish JAS-39 was more or less designed for the Finnish climate. JAS-39 went into production in 1987, has been in service since 1996 -- 26 years. It's a very...
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    IF by some miracle Russia was able to extricate itself from Putin's war tomorrow AND found some leadership devoted to improving Russia's economy (internally AND on the world stage), do you think they'd be able to repair the damage? Sadly,...
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    what part of their "society" is that "murderous autocrat" actually going to allow to enjoy the nice things? Is he going to change his society to allow women to be full human beings? I gather that Saudi Arabia is changing...
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    I think Putin, in particular, didn't understand how this change completely altered the world he was operating in. Disagree, strongly. Putin has been President (or, for 4 years, Prime Minister) of Russia for 22 years. He's seen out: George W....
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    I think Russia as it exists today will break apart if the war goes on another five years. Russia relies on air and railroad transport, and western sanctions are devastating to them -- airliners can't be repaired, signaling and locomotive...
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    is there a tv trope for that, like the opposite of a mary sue, making your villain a ridiculous caricature of your own political bugbears? It's generally a trait of conservative SF writers who don't recognize how far out of...
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    The last time "the Scots" went South, they made it all the way to Derby before withdrawing.* Which was a disaster -- they overran their supply lines. If they'd stayed home they could have held the Scottish border against England...
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    Planned cities get a bad rap, but this one seems to mostly be getting it because (a) it's on a faultline (it's a fair cop, guv), (b) product of a murderous autocrat (also a fair cop), and (c) Saudi Arabia...
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    Putin was behaving rationally until up to a year or two ago, when he seems to have completely lost his marbles As I keep saying, Putin's behaviour is entirely consistent with an autocrat who received a terminal cancer diagnosis in...
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    If you don't realize what magnitude 7 shockwaves will do, traveling down The Line Pshaw! Build the Line out of synthetic rubber: it'll bounce. It'd also provide a use for all that tasty tasty Gulf crude they won't be able...
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    Yup. By the way, if Trump wins in 2024, Britain is encouraged to take us back again... You wouldn't want to be taken back by the UK in 2024. Frying pan, fire, you know the drill. By 2024 the UK...
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    Whitroth: YELLOW CARD for the "F* You". I know you take it personally, but you have no idea who else is on here and I do not need you stirring up emotions by using inflammatory language and insulting other people....
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    Yeah, that same logic would support the UK re-asserting sovereignty over India and Pakistan, not to mention Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think not ... (at least two of those countries have rather more nuclear weapons than the UK, and...
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    USA hawks then launch a 'preemptive' nuclear attack on Russia's nuclear sites and submarines Not likely. Whacking the Russian subs in port: possible, indeed quite do-able. Whacking the Russian SSBNs at sea: much much harder to guarantee success, and consider...
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