Chrisj

Chrisj

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    True dat. I should probably have said "misguided and monumentally stupid (but what else is new, with quitlings?) attempts to impose martial law despite not having more than about 1/10th the number of enforcers required". I do occasionally worry about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Cool, dark, dry places, if at all possible. Remember to get at least a couple of days worth of bottled water, too, in case of supply interruptions. (Or suitable purification gear, if you live close enough to a river, large...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Why would you wait until October to stockpile? Stockpile now, because prices are only going to rise, and supplies will only run shorter, as time goes on. Also, the more people stockpile earlier, the lower the stress - both on...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not convinced of that. While (allegedly) around 1/4 of the population is currently stockpiling, that leaves a lot of people who aren't but who might panic buy in the last couple of days before a crash exit. So while...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm somewhat alarmed by the number of people who think that the UK can resolve brexit-related import problems by just adopting really lax customs habits. There's a massive hole in that view, because every lorry that enters the UK needs...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    If someone told you that you HAD to name a stuffed toy tiger, what would it be called?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    gone straight to firing off A50 without thought for what comes next, There was absolutely nothing coincidenta about the timing of May's A50 notification. Like much else to do with Brexit, it relates to the absolute need of the UK...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Least scary possibility is that the hacker alters an okayed doc (story) just as it sent to the printers. This actually offers you a potential way not only to bankrupt publishers and authors pretty much at will, but also to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    You can also mix them together for variation; for example: Satoshi Nakamoto is a resistance agent from the future, sent back to convince the alt-reich that the Jewish banking conspiracy they talk about is actually real. The goal is to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I see that Steam have declared they're no longer accepting bitcoin, because the value fluctuates too much and the transaction fees are too high. It seems likely that other non-blackmarket retailers who allow bitcoin for purchases will follow suit, for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Charlie has probably already seen this, but it might be as new to others here as it was to me: "Blockchain-based competitor to Wikipedia proposed". Given that one of their arguments is that Wikipedia is too interested in covering history...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The fact that "Billionaire announces plan to launch car into space" isn't even in the top five most implausible stories of the week shows just how lazy the writing for the 2017 season of "Human race" has become....
  • Commented on Excuses
    No, for maximum dystopian effect, the Charlie Stross in that universe doesn't do SFF at all; he makes his living from Harlequin/Mills and Boon romance novels, specialising in a semi-historical "Wild West" setting....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That description is missing one vital point about smartphones though, isn't it. Yes, I have a more powerful computer I bought a couple of years ago for rather less money sat on my desk. But it needs to sit on...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The most likely answer is that it'll get bought by one of the existing private agencies, who'll then be able to crank their prices back up since they'll no longer be competing with a non-profit-making alternative. That is, what matters...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Well, there's the curious case of the NHS' internal staffing agency, which well-known leftie news sources like the Financial Times report is being prepared for privatisation (paywall); a more recent story from Sky names bidders and says that "[the] sale...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Perhaps it is not to be wondered at that people with heads so full of soup as to even consider such a fucking ridiculous idea in the first place are stone blind to the existence of people who just won't...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Apparently, lost deposit money goes to the Crown, which is surreal. It must have made a bundle this year...) Crown as in central government treasury, and ha. Estimated cost of having the snap election was around GBP130 million, so to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The EU neither needs to stall (the UK is transparently quite capable of stalling ourselves at this point), nor does it have any desire to do so. All the wavering and uncertainty is bad for everyone; they'd like to know...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    There is quite a bit of variation in constituency voter count, yes. The smallest constituencies (in terms of eligible voters) are various Scottish island groups - I think the very smallest is Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles/Outer Hebrides in...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Does Peril Panda wear Joo-Janta 200 Peril-Sensitive sunglasses?...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Alternative alternative is that someone in US intelligence is leaking Manchester stuff because they think it'll shut down all non-vital sharing from non-US agencies (to the US) before someone else gets burned the way MOSSAD did. (And while sharing suspect...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Likewise, in case that wasn't clear. "Terribly convenient" is in large part shorthand for "No editor in their right mind would let you get away with this in a novel unless it was (going to turn out to be) a...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I worry a little about my cynicism levels occasionally. But yes, terribly convenient that just after May screwed up her u-turn on a screwed up policy and suffered a huge drop in the polls, everyone else stopped campaigning for a...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There are also some utterly terrifying proposed cuts to things like preventative medicine, disaster management and epidemiology. When the first external emergency hits the Trump administration, everything so far will look like a slideshow of kitten photographs....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Or fit it to the back of a passing Spacewhale and make Sophie Okonedo queen :)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Since we're well past 300, and to provide some light relief from the grim overnight news have a link. Apparently a kipper has tripped across one of this blog's usual attractors, and is proposing that "Brexit provides a major opportunity...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'd assumed that a past wreathed in shadows was rather difficult to achieve these days Let me rephrase that; I'd assumed that the prerequisite condition is rather difficult to achieve. The actions leading directly to being awarded the achievement (provided...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To return to a discussion and metaphor from some time ago (sorry for dropping it at the time; disabilities limit my keyboard use rather)... I'd assumed that a past wreathed in shadows was rather difficult to achieve these days, at...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I will wonder how the huge number of Soviet tanks is a much better solution to being invaded than, say, the Maginot Line. If the attack comes from an unexpected angle, tanks are rather easier to move to new defensive...
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