Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

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    Trying to remember the title, but there was a fairly famous story from the late 1940s/early 1950s that's basically the same theme, only with survivalist/warning of Soviet nuclear attack, heads for the wilderness, sees mushroom clouds in the distance, goes...
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    I also do not want capitalism, or the wretched idiot binary of "red cardigan or blue cardigan?" when the actual problem is that it is raining. Big picture: Both capitalism and socialism are doctrines based on 18th and 19th century...
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    Incidentally, Derek Lowe reports on some clinical trial data on Hydroxychloroquine. TLDR: nothing conclusive, but it doesn't appear to work against COVID-19. Note that HCQ has potentially lethal drug interactions with Metformin (the #1 go-to drug for Type II diabetes)...
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    Both those pronunciations are wrong in UK English (at least, in pronounced RP): "vase" is pronounced with a flat-a, as in "ah". "Daven" is pronounced with a flat and short "a" as in "at". (Don't get me started on the...
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    The wikipedia article is short and inadequate: see the other (non-wiki) essay I linked to!...
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    10% to 30% losses per mission in the early days of allied bombing was "factored" in by the PTB. No: the losses were factored in at 1% to 3%, and a bomb group that sustained 3% losses on three consecutive...
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    where do you get your replacements from? You can't e.g. phone up Lockheed-Martin and request another 100 F35Bs within the next month please Forget the airframes (and yes, the lead time on new production of military aircraft in peacetime is...
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    If you read a bit around the subject you run across the hysterically funny picture of a cult/commune (the Rhennish commmunity who later turned into the Silver Sisterhood/St Bride's) suing their landlord ... the Atlantis commune, aka the Screamers (who...
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    Speaking of intentional communities/collectives, here's one I'm considering lightly fictionalizing in a future novel (see also, the Silver Sisterhood/Aristasia)....
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    The tl;dr is to substitute a plague of clued-in drop outs for zombies, and to see where the novel goes from there. As a critique of late-stage capitalism, it's almost as good as a zombie apocalypse. I have a (meta-)...
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    I don't understand why you let events here on our copy Earth prevent you from writing about events on another copy Earth, but I digress. Because I am a commercial artist with more ideas than time to write them in...
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    Greg: The Wee Fiswife has forced the resignation of a higly competent professional medical officer for reasons of political spite. You're wrong. Catherine Calderwood resigned after she was spotted flagrantly violating the very same lockdown regs she's supposed to be...
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    Not pronounced that way in the UK (try "daven" as in "davenport"). Remember, it's from Yiddish, which itself is a creole of German, Polish, and Hebrew, and how it's pronounced by Americans probably differs from how it's pronounced by Brits...
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    I am pretty sure you can't deter corporates at all. You can't deter a corporation. You can, however, hang the CEO, CFO, COO, and the entire executive hierarchy down to the most junior vice-president for janitorial services. I think if...
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    But didn't the Sheriff start out as both? Yes ... and note that it's not an office in English/Welsh law at all, it's specifically Scottish. (Remember Scotland was a completely separate nation until 1606 -- often at war with England...
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    There absolutely must not be, because it's a leak in the feedback, and it's a leak in the feedback used to get around the constraints by shifting things from the domain of constraints ("don't kill people") into the domain of...
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    Reminder that I'm discussing economics and using Marx as an analytical reference point. (Marx is outdated insofar as he was working in the mid-19th century, but his work was groundbreaking.) The core distinction in Marx's class terms was "is your...
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    That's the post-WW1 definition. Remember WW1 was a huge social rupture point? Servants enlisted or went to work in munitions factories and never went back, and that's just for starters. My father's father and his brothers were Jewish wool merchants....
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    Until about 1950 Nope, for the big picture I'm talking about the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, and specifically the urban working classes (rural was in slow, steady decline throughout this period). Things changed post-1950, which I'm assuming is within your...
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    I've been trying to explain to people that if they have to work for a living, that makes them working class. Even if they feel like temporarily inconvenienced millionaires and own some stock or even an apartment they can rent...
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    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE I plan to go to bed shortly, and I don't want to wade through sewage when I check back here tomorrow morning. (Per comment 144, yes, Hacker News and the horde of dudebro tech startup wannabes is on...
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    Wrong about the "class struggle" of course, because even Chartered Accountants on £250k a year are "Working Class" from the p.o.v. of the tiny oligarchic minority trying & failing to run things. Working class needs redefining, frankly. If you...
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    This frame worries me a lot. On the plus side, Bill Gates has apparently stepped up: he's funding seven vaccine approaches in parallel, Manhattan Project management style: develop them all, scrap the ones that don't work, no need to ramp...
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    We note that Sir. K Star, meritorious Knight of the Realm, member of the Trilateral Commission has been successfully yoinked into power with all the attendant cheering of the middle classes and obvious blue check-marks. Fix is in, well done...
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    Second person grates, as it always does whoever does it. The reasons for second person in this case: 1. It's a trilogy. In the second person. Because I'm stunt-writing. Deal with it. 2. The narrator, who in normal circumstances would...
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    All of these problems can be solved depending not on money available but on time. In 1970, the CD (in prototype form) was only a decade away; the video LaserDisc hit the market in 1978. The reason CDs didn't arrive...
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    To add to your happy fun misconceptions, Scottish juries have fifteen members, can come to a verdict on the basis of only 12 of them (so some jurors can be discharged mid-trial without causing a mistrial), and there are three...
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    Offhand I don't remember the Scottish equivalent of a District Attorney but I'm confident there are government employees whose jobs include saying, "This guy committed a murder. Bring him in!" District attorneys don't exist in any version of UK law....
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    FWIW, even a bricked (or in our era, infected) DBS can often be replaced, if that would provide a useful plot out. I was planning for this to be difficult, expensive, and dangerous -- widespread antibiotic resistance and a crapsack...
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    is chapter title U R DED inspired by the German title of “Halting State”, or by computer games in general? Neither: it's a statement of narrative viewpoint. (The rescuer who is intent on the zombie is himself a zombie,...
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