Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    You probably can't. I'll be doing the multi-author event at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge tomorrow, then at Boskone all weekend ... and flying home on Monday....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Don't forget to do some shopping if you're not going to be back in the US for a while. Hah bloody ha, with sterling at this level you expect me to go on a spending spree? (Well yes, I'm doing...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Interestingly humans are most comfortable at 28-30 degrees Celcius. Speak for yourself, tropic boy! Speaking for myself, subtract ten celsius from that range and you'll just about be on the nail. (I have difficulty sleeping in a room that's over...
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    The NHS is doing just fine in Scotland, compared to the train-wreck south of the border — but then, the SNP are committed to public ownership and are buying out public-private partnerships rather than trying to privatize the whole system....
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    I have strong ethical objections to many of the current and past activities of the British government, but that doesn't stop me having a UK passport. Politically, the climate in Tel Aviv wouldn't be uncongenial — much as Scotland doesn't...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Your key text in understanding herbalism as it relates to the modern pharmaceutical industry is Trease and Evans' Pharmacognosy, now in its 16th edition (when I was a larval pharmacist it was in the 13th edition). Note: it's not cheap,...
  • Posted Upcoming travel to Charlie's Diary
    Assuming nothing goes too horribly wrong, on Monday I'm flying out to New York for a few days of meetings—my regular annual business trip, basically. (My agent and my publishers are all based in NYC so it makes sense to...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Looks as though you might need to make sure those social media accounts are ready to hand. Divulging usernames and passwords no longer optional They're not asking for passwords (at least not on the ESTA online travel application for visa-free...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I meant 30-35 degrees, it doesn't get *that* hot here. Actually, it does hit 305 degrees in Aus ... 305 Kelvins, that is (33 Celsius)!...
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    Eric Raymond and drones remind me of something I bumped into years ago fwhen reading about him, mainly his views on guns. I've been on a shooting range with Eric. He's enthusiastic about making holes in paper targets, I'll give...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    The editions available in the UK are imports from the USA. Kindle titles would normally only be sold in the UK if licensed by a UK or EU publisher. (It turns out that Amazon are so insistent on territorial rights...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    the idea is to "break the will of the people to resist", No. The idea is usually to pursue a strategy of tension. Objectives: 0. A small vanguard faction of radicals conduct terror attacks against the public, in the name...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I won't be surprised if the Kremlin decides it needs to nationalize the oil industry four years from now. Who could complain? The WTO could complain, that's who. Much less complainable: suppose in a few years Rosneft unaccountably realizes that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Do not feed the (banned) drive-by....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Petrochemical industry balance sheets reflect their fixed assets. If they write down tens of billions of dollars worth of fixed assets in the ground (oil and gas reserves) it's going to look really bad to their shareholders. And everyone over-states...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I am wondering how cheaply we could build V-1s these days. Kitted out with a Raspberry Pi and DGPS navigation, or maybe a terrain-matching system based on published Google Earth images and image recognition (we have enough raw number-crunching power...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    In fairness, although there are exceptions, precision bombing wasn't available to von Clausewitz, Well, if it had been, the Napoleonic wars would have ended much earlier, wouldn't they? (Carl von Clausewitz, 1 June 1780 – 16 November 1831.) Less facetiously,...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Google for the book titles via amazon.co.uk. Those links go to the US kindle store because she's published by DAW in the USA and that's her main market....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Greg, purely coincidentally, from today's fishwraps: Brexit to cost 30,000 finance jobs, says thinktank....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm using "carbon bubble" in the strict financial sense — there's a market asset bubble in the carbon processing industries which are horrifyingly over-valued because their valuation is predicated on business-as-usual being possible in the long term....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I see no reason to suppose that the military machine can't run on various forms of biofuel and nukes. The US navy projects a dramatic shift towards nuclear-powered ships over the next 50 years — not only big-ass aircraft carriers,...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    This sort of presupposes familiarity with Rush. Personally, I dislike Geddy Lee's voice (and Morrissey, go figure) and don't like giving money to Objectivists, so ......
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Re the recent sale of 19% of Rosneft, regardless of who the buyer is, ... What mystifies me is why any buyer who isn't part of the Kremlin inner circle would imagine he could enforce property rights in Russia. Unless...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Capitalism actually benefitted from poor economic planning on the part of the Chinese Communist Party’s central bureaucracy. Ahem: China pouring some 2.5 trillion yuan ($364 billion) into renewable power generation by the end of the decade. Looks to me more...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    They run almost entirely on click-ratings, up-votes, likes, tweets or whatever social media bullshit that drives their "metrics". ... This means that they all favour "noise", Yellow card: for deploying a false equivalence between neo-fascists and folks marching to protest...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A branch of the caste systems tree? Wrong, wrong, nope, and you didn't even fucking follow the link to the easy definition. Start to pay attention before you comment, or I'll ban you for sealioning....
  • Posted New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose to Charlie's Diary
    As you probably noticed, I (me, Charlie) am a bit busy right now. (Actually, I'm in a three-book production deadline pile-up, and next Monday I'm off to New York for a bunch of meetings.) So you'll be unsurprised to learn...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Keep calm, take your meds, and carry on. If possible move to a small town less than 50k people, 100 mi. from coast, 400 mi. from nuclear power plant. There is no location in this nation (the UK) that is...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wrt. your modest proposal — that might well be one way for Canada to deniably obtain a strategic nuclear deterrent, right? (Snorts into sleeve.) But seriously, once the banking/investment sector deserts London for Dublin/Frankfurt/Paris, Englandshire in general and London in...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Your word for the day is Kyriarchy. Seriously, go read and then have a think about it....
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