Charlie Stross

Charlie Stross

  • Commented on WTF
    Are the directory names generated via "ls -al" command actual directories somewhere on the same machine where OpenGPT is running? Or are they complete fabrication? They're complete fabrications. There's no filesystem there. OpenGPT just has a statistical model of human/computer...
  • Commented on WTF
    One that'll hopefully do for financialization and derivatives what "Quantum of Nightmares" did for supermarket deli counters. Just to be clear I'm talking about RocketPj's original idea, and I'm mulling over how it would work with mana/soul-stuff instead of bones,...
  • Commented on WTF
    I'm not going there, but I am making notes for the secondary plot thread of a hypothetical New Management Book Four (assuming the sales track of books 1-3 justify continuing the series). One that'll hopefully do for financialization and derivatives...
  • Commented on WTF
    What the whatting what now No Linux? No problem. Just get AI to hallucinate it for you...
  • Commented on WTF
    securitization and hedging of those same relics, with increasingly opaque derivatives markets driving an asset bubble That is an absolutely awesome high concept horror-fic idea, and somebody (not me) should write it. Not me, because I'm elbow-deep in space opera...
  • Commented on WTF
    Huh. You read it as a club for collectors of billionaire bones? Yeah, I could definitely sign up for that. (But it wasn't my first interpretation.)...
  • Commented on WTF
    Haven't seen the movie ... but I note that mailing list sign-ups are marketing gold dust: the conversion rate is sky-high compared to any other form of internet advertising. So it's worryingly not implausible....
  • Commented on WTF
    Start by reading the linked pages from left to right. I suspect the captions on some of the images are a clue that it's satire -- find it hard to believe a Bezos would really allow their name to be...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    New blog entry is up. (Sorry it's been so long, I've been head-down in redraft work on Ghost Engine. About to bunk off for a long weekend in Germany from Thursday, so downing tools for a bit. Feel free to...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Does Charlie still not want us to post direct links into NYTimes, WaPo, and WSJ? You can post links to them, as long as you also include a brief synopsis (a paragraph or so) to summarize the article. Assume your...
  • Posted WTF to Charlie's Diary
    I thought I was unshockable. But if this is real—I think it's most likely a hilariously bleak piece of internet satire, but there's an outside chance it's what it says it is—well, I don't want live in a world where...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Musk has very much gone native in the USA, though. (Much as I have in Scotland.) You tend to pick up the perspective and outlook of your new homeland ......
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Administrative notice Musk fanboi comments deleted, fanboi account banned. (Cause of ban: it wasn't because he was defending Musk's business ventures, but because he had nothing else to talk about -- he came here looking for a fight, not discourse.)...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Everything I know about the history of social media tells me that maybe 1% of the public are willing to pay for it. If that. The rest have been trained to shrug and pay no attention to the significance of...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Random drive-by, ignore. (Will be banned if they return and out themselves as a Musk fanboi.) It's currently being reported that S&P just withdrew Twitter's credit rating. Oops....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Before you go dinking with Wikipedia pages, first check the other contemporary helicopter monographs! You may find it's just one of them that's out of line, but more likely the specs are ordered completely randomly across hundreds if not thousands...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    That is true, but they are not really showing any desire to recreate their empires' territory, which is the strict meaning of revanchism. You are mistaken: a lot of the political rhetoric coming out of Russia today is all about...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I can't take that (i.e., that one shouldn't say "the Ukraine") argument seriously. It's not an argument: it's what Ukrainians want to call their country, so you should call it that. Unless you want to be deliberately insulting?...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Saudi Arabia is waging an ongoing war against Yemen (and using soft power to subvert and coopt other Sunni nations into their ongoing cold war against Sh'ism). Turkey is effectively at war with the Kurds, and has been engaged in...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Is a desire to rebrand oneself as a hero a peculiar disease of American malcontents, or does it infect others? It seems to be universal, at least in developed nations....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I am pretty sure Putin is not that stupid, but a lot of Russian nationalists are, and they have a lot of power. Also Putin is 70 and by some accounts has cancer. Only one Russian or Soviet leader in...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    A quick check reveals that "Jams O'Donnell" has posted one solitary comment on this blog, and it's full of pro-Russian misinformation. Consider this a provisional yellow card: I'll keep an eye on him if he shows up again. Otherwise, though,...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    ... On top of which, the North Atlantic Treaty forbids accession by new members while they have outstanding territorial disputes. Ukraine has had a territorial dispute ongoing with Russia (see: Crimea) since 2012 if not earlier. So Ukraine can't be...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    On the one hand, the King of Norway has very little political power and zero diplomatic impact outside Norway -- he might be a target for crazies, including the kind of lone wolf domestic terrorist who believes he has a...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You don't need an ISBN to publish via Kindle -- Amazon assigns you their own ASIN (unique product identifier). Anyway, you can buy ISBNs yourself: publishers typically bulk-purchase them then register the Library of Congress or British Library metadata later....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The money laundering thing is happening all over amazon. Crook: horks up a GPT3 generated nonsense book, gives it an obscure title and crappy cover (deliberately unattractive to random bystanders), and puts it up for sale as an ebook at...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The cheapest way to fix it is to fork out $1000/year on an ongoing basis for a license to the latest version of the software this blog runs on (it's stuck on the last open source release before Six Apart...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    *(Charles Stross can swap in whatever intel he is willing to share from his own experience) 6% royalty to author 54% retained by publisher (editing, printing, advertising, distribution, graft to store clerks to re-position displays, with whatever profits yielded offsetting...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    It's not necessarily that crimes are being committed in the poorer neighbourhoods as that those are where the criminals live, so if they're being pursued they high-tail it home and ditch the (usually stolen) wheels. If they get there before...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Welcome to international treaty law! And in particular to stuff that the WTO tries to handle, to do with corporations and other legal entities operating across national borders....
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