Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on App store annoyances
    The end of Moore's law is what will do it. That, and gigabit-plus wifi. The limits to atmospheric networking are on the order of 2Tb/sec, which is plenty for farming out your parallelizable rendering code to GPUs hosted in external...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    That's because they're mostly push-feed media devices. They're the "set-top box" that 1990s marketers wanted so badly, except it manifested as a "phone" instead of a "TV". No, they're the smart terminals your corporate IT department asked for. And they...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    As I said earlier: smartphones and tablets are the third generation of personal computer. Gen 1 was everything from the Altair 8800 to the original (MS-DOS, 8088/8086) IBM PC, by way of the Apple II, the CP/M ecosystem, and I'll...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    You don't include Greg Egan? Oh dear....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I loved KDE 3.5 -- great mature desktop. Then they brought out that whole KDE 4.0 thing, and I did not understand the visual metaphor. I simply couldn't figure out how to make it work at all. I've made a...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    You might want to think about retiring that 2006 Mac Pro. Seriously, if it's the dual processor G4 model, it burns electricity at an insane rate. My wife had one, and when she fired up photoshop the fans would kick...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Greg: I don't use the official twitter app -- I use (and paid happily for) Tweetbot, by far the best twitter app I've seen on any platform. (And there are no ads/promoted tweets: Tweetbot filters them out.)...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Actually, Amazon licensed Mobipocket first -- their file format, with added DRM pointing to Amazon's servers, was the first iteration of the Kindle file format. Then they bought Mobi rather than risk being dependent on an external supplier, and the...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    It is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE to design any protocol your app uses to START THE FREAKING SERVER CONNECTION by saying "Hello, I am device [IP address/Unique ID] running Protocol version Foo". And for the server to gracefully refrain from choking...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I feel your pain. I for one could happily live without the iOS stock market app. (Why can't junk like that be optional free app store downloads, Apple?)...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    If you delete an app from all devices, you will not get updates or prompts. I have 3 Macs, 2 iPads, and 1 iPhone. I would rather not have to do the same chicken dance six bloody times on six...
  • Posted App store annoyances to Charlie's Diary
    (Popping back in briefly: Nicola will be back again with a new essay on Thursday.) I have a heavy iOS habit. And (you're not going to be surprised by this) I also have a couple of Android devices. My first...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    You missed the Gossamer Albatross crossing the English Channel in 1979? Really, the limits to human-powered flight are now down to human physiology. You need a huge, very light lift surface (because the propulsion device has a low power output)...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    "Hey, we want to add a strong female character to our lineup, but we think so little of her we can't be bothered to, like, actually create a new female character, so we'll just change a male one." Or,...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Returning from Edge-Lit 3 ... "Fables" is very well executed, but the implicit political agenda underlying it does not, shall we say, enchant me. Worth studying, but gets increasingly heavy on the Christian eschatology -- especially visible in "The Good...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    From this I can see what Elf's point is: men are compelled, driven to sex and sexual interaction and a lot of the time aren't actually very good at it, or particularly good at deep emotional interaction either. Being driven...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Look, one of the reasons that comic books aren't taken seriously Aren't taken seriously by who? Strong suggestion: go and get your hands on the first collected volume of "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis. (Yes, there are ten volumes. Yes, it's...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Also worth noting: the Apollonian/Dyonisian dichotomy, and Camile Paglia's usage thereof. (I'd dive in and say more but: packing for trip tomorrow.)...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith
    It occurred to me at the pub that: if Marvel's new female Thor hasn't replaced the hammer with a labrys, they're bottling out of doing it right ......
  • Posted Introducing new guest blogger: Nicola Griffith to Charlie's Diary
    I'm going to scarce around here for a wee while; I'm one of the guests at Edge-Lit 3 in Derby this Saturday (which also involves spending most of Friday and Sunday on trains), and then I've got to get my...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    Administrative note: I am still waiting to receive a postal address for: Nils Bruckner, Grant Privett, Mark Draughn, and the entities known as rk.radiohill BigJay2K (I can't mail you prizes if I don't know where to send them! Please email...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Does/did the US banking system not have something like Bankers' Drafts? Looks like a che(ck|que), smells like a che(ck|que), settles like one. But instead of being drawn on your personal account, it's drawn on the bank's own suspense account. You...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    ADMIN NOTE Today I was offline due to being at a wedding instead of hanging out on the internet. I've received most of the contact details now. Tomorrow I'll collate them, make sure I've heard from everyone, and get stuff...
  • Commented on Competition Redux!
    Email not received. (Are you sure you sent it to the right address?)...
  • Posted Competition Redux! to Charlie's Diary
    The Laundry HR competition is now closed, and I have some winners to announce! I make no apologies for this announcement being a couple of days late. There were a lot of entries, and while some of them were...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    ANOTHER NOTICE: I'll be announcing the competition winners tomorrow. Results delayed due to roughly 500 entries ...!...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    No comment on any of your questions. Let's just say they probe the stage backdrop a bit too closely ......
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    I believe the last Laundry novel was the first time Bob started speculating about what must have surely happened beyond his sight You missed the bits in "Jennifer Morgue" and "Fuller Memorandum" where Bob does this....
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    GOOD NEWS: They've re-typeset that chapter heading (printer had a template oopsie) and it will be fixed ... both in the ebook, and in the second hardback printing! Because it sold out in the UK in hardback and they're going...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    REQUEST: Can someone who has bought the US e-book edition of "Rhesus Chart" please confirm that the first chapter heading is: "Prologue: One Month Ago"? And can someone who has bought the ebook in the UK please tell me if...
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