Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    editors, sales personnel, and buyers having untested biases about what they can sell, and conforming to those biases Yes, that's pretty much it. The trouble with your suggestion about refusing to use gendered name tags is that an author's name...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    It's bad storytelling and unrealistic characters that will push women out of the spotlight again, not some imagined misogyny. Bullshit -- and you're treading very close to a ban (for stomping on one of my bunions). Here's a hint:...
  • Commented on What Goes Around...
    David Eddings' Belgariad, Brooks'The Sword of Shannara, and so on. Seriously, where have you been living that you didn't notice this stuff?...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    Yes, the "M" in M. Harold Page is short for Martin. Just to confuse things he lives in Edinburgh, too....
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    I know the numbers well. Numbers notwithstanding I make a good living as a writer: it's another correlation/causation gap. But that's fundamentally irrelevant to the subject under discussion'm in this thread. Those writer memes Martin complains about? They're real, they're...
  • Commented on Please ignore those damned writer memes (and don't repost them)
    HB: you are pissing off the guest blogger and the moderators. Stop it. You are also annoying me because I am jet lagged to fuck and distinctly unamused by outbreaks of self indulgent crap while I am away on a...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    That's actually fairly like a small rural British village, pre-war (or post-war, the main difference being everyone has a car, or cars plural (some on bricks, with mice nesting in the glove box)). Note that there's a lot of poverty...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    1. It's on a moral continuum. 2. You're fishing for an argument. I'll happily concede that human ethical frameworks are internally inconsistent if that's what you want, but if you persistently try to guilt-trip me for lulz I'll ban you...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Yes, but the last word was had by the Daily Mail ... who in a remarkably unusual spasm of well-meaning investigative journalism confirmed that Roosh V lives in his mother's basement....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Charlie, do you eat meat? Yes, and I don't view it as any more morally defensible than cannibalism. I continue to do so because I don't actually like most vegetables (read: am unwilling to ingest) and because I was trained...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Carbon Monoxide is the best choice for that kind of murder. And with luck you can make it look accidental Oh dear no. Maybe in the 19th century, but these days we have cheap carbon monoxide detectors with alarms attached....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    The question is not whether animals suffer, but whether we should care. Animals are amoral agents of low intelligence. They eat each other, and you can not sign contracts with them. They don't usually eat co-specific individuals unless the other...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Yes, I agree: Greater LA -- like most of US suburbia -- would be unable to exist without the automobile. That doesn't mean it's a failure now but it could easily become one in the future if there's a realignment...
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    I am guessing the common chloroform/murder technique is: * Enter bedroom of sleeping victim * Grab a spare pillow or cushion * Pour a bottle of chloroform on the pillow and apply to face of sleeping victim * Wait Someone...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    #1 Host happens to be Jewish By ethnicity rather than belief. (Born Jewish, grew up going to Synagogue, realized I was an atheist at age 8. "Chosen people" my ass -- it's the punchline of a particularly horrible joke, like...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Any anaesthetic gas/vapour strong enough to cause rapid loss of consciousness by direct inhalation is potentially lethal unless the breathing mixture is being controlled by someone who knows what they're doing, with forced ventilation. See also a certain Russian theatre...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Well yes but that's a lot harder because many such organizations are multi-generational projects that indoctrinate said half of the population with a belief in their own inferiority in childhood -- and use this belief to convince the other half...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    No, disagree quite strongly. People become CEOs because they go into business management -- large-scale business -- from the get-go with the intention of getting into the top slot. If they're not ambitious and driven they get beaten out by...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    As a rare [actual honest] opinion: personal spirituality / faith seems fine, but the organized kinds strangely always seem poisonous. Personal opinion on that: it's because the people who end up running the organized faiths are the sort of people...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    When you think about it, democracy is a failure. Put a job ad out for a CEO of a multinational and you would have hundreds of high calibre applicants, each one liable to be at least a safe pair of...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Surely the 2K22 Tunguska is more like it? (Or the ZSU-23-4 if what you really want is to mow down insurgents in urban areas, its original anti-air role being a bit obsolescent). Mind you, GREEN MACE is ... impressive, albeit...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    I am tempted to offer a prize to anyone who can get as far as Beijing without taking a ferry/going via Paris Gare du Nord....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Bad idea. Society that accepts intelligent animals used as robots as moral, will accept human slavery just as easy. The end result will be Charlie's Crapsack Freyaverse. Ah, you noticed! (Signs of empathic neurotypical behaviour somewhere unexpected.) Yes, the Freyaverse...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Liverpool and Sunderland are geographically NOT EVEN CLOSE. In American terms they're the same city. No, seriously: get in your car on the M62 in Liverpool, head east, and you hit Manchester, then Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds, and finally Hull....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    The joke being that people who think they're the different/the same don't understand Boolean algebra (or Venn diagrams). Which some of us learned in school aged 8-9 ......
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    (Just back from three days without a laptop in the presence of people with an average age of 89.) Only One has Claimed a Mind that's a Combat Enhanced Meta-Cognitive Winged Beastie Who Can Fuck Your Shit Up. Sadly, given...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Ahem: the bicameral mind theory is, to put it bluntly, a load of pants. Fascinating stuff and an excellent play-pen for fiction, but it holds up about as well as Velikovskyan catastrophism....
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Go google on Sir Bob Stross. (Died around the time I was busy being born.) NB: forced out of office by MI5 during the spycatcher witch-hunt because they thought he was a communist spy for the Czech government, because he...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    4. The median boomer is in their 50s now. US healthcare is worse than Europe's, but not THAT much worse. The cliff isn't going to hit within the next 15 years. Your definition of boomer is wrong; the baby boom...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Teenagers and easily-concealed semi-automatic weapons: two flavours that taste better together!...
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