Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Am I falling for a red herring here? Yes. That's because in most cases these operations amount to self-publishing -- not by amateurs but by long-standing professional authors (some of whom, like Linda Nagata, are past Hugo and Nebula winners)...
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    Do you know who the other panelists will be on each of the panels? Yep. At least, provisionally. I don't speak for them and it's possible some of their schedules may change....
  • Commented on Keep the money in the family
    Formatting fixed (by me -- Charlie). The blog CMS can be a bit of a beast at first, especially when writing long entries with multiple links and a below-the-fold section ......
  • Posted Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule to Charlie's Diary
    If you're attending Loncon 3 and want to see me, bookmark this blog entry. I'll update it as things change. I'll be at Loncon 3 from Thursday August 14th through Monday 18th. Afterwards, I'll be travelling to Dublin for Shamrokon,...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Uiop, if you read the heading properly you would see that this is a guest blog entry by Nicola Griffith, who lives in the United States. Charles Stross, to whom this blog belongs, lives in Edinburgh, Scotland....
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    And Smith came from a time and culture where the idea that somebody could be guaranteed "morally incorruptable" seemed as plausible as lie detectors that worked 100% of the time on 100% of the populace tested ... and the idea...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Regarding 'homosexuality' and religion: it's all about control. Yes, absolutely. And it's not just about homosexuality, either: if we view all organized religions as systems of social control, then they make a lot more sense (whether or not their overt...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    What we are told or think of in the present as reasons for religions creating various rules on sexuality and relationships, the original reasons might be completely different and not necessarily obvious from a modern perspective. Absolutely true. I'm just...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I think you're forgetting that reliable birth control only became available in the 20th century. Before that, sex always had a substantial risk of pregnancy. Not actually true: Germaine Greer took a look into this myth in "Sex and Destiny"...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    Of course, I could be talking utter bollocks. Yes, you are. The proof being that those original, earliest recorded codified tribal beliefs didn't actually obsess over what we today call homosexual behaviour. (Historical cultures had radically different attitudes to human...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Apple really really really wants to define the usage model as personal. Not shared. Then explain why they patented using the fingerprint sensor on iOS devices to log in different per-person user IDs -- both work/private profiles for one person...
  • Commented on Who Owns SF?
    I lost count of the number of reviewers, for example, who complained that Slow River was all queer, that there's no straight sex at all. Which doesn't surprise me, but it doesn't always work that way. When I sent "Rule...
  • 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.)...
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