quote 18:04:50 When you hear a libertarian talking about “disruption” and “innovation” what they usually mean is “opportunities to make a quick buck, however damaging the long-term side effects may be”.
Charlie Stross, as part of talking about What Amazon’s ebook strategy means.
quote 15:14:36 Rather than looking up at the stars, I believe the Pirate Bay should be looking down at the sewers. Their robot minions would be better modelled on the humble sewer rat than on the soaring seagull.
quote 21:15:05 Since 1911, democractic government by a republic has gone from being an eccentric minority practice to the default system of government world-wide – there are now more democracies than any other system, and even authoritarian tyrannies find it expedient to ape at least the outward symbolism of democratic forms, via rigged elections and life presidencies.
Charlie Stross, in his USENIX 2011 Keynote: Network Security in the Medium Term, 2061-2561. I’ve been thinking about this point for a while, and Stross puts it in a usefully succinct form.
quote 18:43:26 Driven by the need to fix the decaying federal system before it collapses under a mound of Medicare bills, overseas adventurism, and decaying infrastructure, she’s willing to use self-denial, entrapment, predatory mercantilism, dirty tricks, and any other tool that boosts the bottom line.