* Posts by Mephistro

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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

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Re: MiniLove recommends...

Nice link! A recommended read for anyone who wants to be informed on the mindsets of the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear, except when I need to hide something" party.

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Re: Mephistro (@ Vociferous)

"With the enthusiastic cooperation of the EU security services."

All of them? from every country? I'm not aware of the existence of any EU security services able to play this trick across many different jurisdictions in such a short time frame.

As I said to Matt, I'll be glad to invite you to a virtual pint if you happen to be right. :-)

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Re: Mephistro (@ Matt Bryant)

You made a good point, but Sony's lawyers won't be able to get anything useful from this seizure, given the way the Tor network is designed, as it leaves behind basically no data trails. If Sony is involved in this, it's either a PR stunt, to show the unwashed masses that "they're doing something", or some 'under the table' arrangement with some TLA so the case can be used as an excuse to disrupt/investigate/corrupt the Tor network.

Anyway, if/when we learn the truth about the matter you happen to be right, I'll be glad to invite you to a pint of ElReg's delicious virtual lager, if you agree to do the same if I happen to be right.

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@ Vociferous

"Read the article?"

Yes, I did.

Just to clarify: I don't think anybody can 'grab' all the servers listed. The list provided in the article lists the owners of the server's addresses, not the physical (or 'cloud') location of said servers. Again, I'd bet most of this servers are in the States.

Alternatively, some American TLA might be planning to'seize' -i.e. 'hack' the servers, even if they're located in other countries.

Or some nutty American judge could be planning another 'Finn job' and authorize one of those TLAs to pwn the servers located in foreign countries, without bothering with request letters and all that legal red tape. Not the first time it happens.

I'm not saying these are the only possible explanations, just the most probable ones. Hence the 'betting' part.

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The references in the article regarding seizure of the servers seems to point clearly to a government agency. Not sure where those servers are physically located, but the USA seems like the most probable place.

Join the dots. Any bets?

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Google SUES Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: I wonder... (@ kainp121)

he would not be in general population, but segregation.

True that. Anyway, I think that sending this kind of criminals to 'normal' prisons would work miracles fixing the awful conditions in said normal prisons.

"he would be housed in prison that houses with non violent and low violent criminals."

You mean, like cannabis consumers?

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On a more serious note...

... I hope Sony's management and legal counsel get the book thrown at them also. You need at least two parties involved to perpetrate political corruption.

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I wonder...

...how long an Attorney general would survive in a Federal prison.

With a little bit of luck, we may soon learn the answer to this question. ;-)

And Mr. Hood, don't worry, 'cause "if you have nothing to hide..."

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Thank you++

The site is much more usable and nicer to the eyes now. Tops!

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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(@ Loyal Commenter)

Well, there seems to be two -as of now- NHS's "HR bods" reading this thread, hence the downvotes :-).

I've several friends and clients working for the Spanish equivalent of the NHS. From the histories they tell, your comment is totally spot on. In the best of times it's a really stressing job, involving all the factors you listed and then some more -e.g. 'departmental politics' and backstabbing.

During the height of the last financial crisis, the staff working hours were raised a lot, causing lots and lots of stress-related leaves. In those cases, the management -usually politicians, in the topmost levels- resorted to tactics that can only be described as bullying against the workers on leave, further worsening the issue. Several of those cases are in the courts right now.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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"Placing an English Christmas Pudding within one's luggage seems to upset the bomb detection logic in the scanners."

No wonder, that. From the way it upsets my digestive system, a puny bomb scanner has no friggin' chance!

Nice taste, though.

And Elreg should add a new article category -"Clickbait"- for articles like this and any thing related to AGW. ;-)

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Survey?

C'mon, Elreg, you're missing the opportunity to make one of these reader's surveys.

It should be something like:

Who do you think hacked the ICANN?

-a) China

-b) The USA

-c) NK

-d) Russia

-e) The Illuminati

-f) Others (please specify)

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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ROFLMAO

Dear Spanish Government:

Nice shitstorm! Can I take a video? And you still have plenty of time between now and January to screw up things even more! I have lots of confidence in your ability to turn the most menial tasks into fuckfests, and I know we will be enjoying.

Yours truly: A. Spaniard

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Dear members of AEDE:

PLS FOAD AND BURN ASAP, TY!. OTHRWSE WLL DOIT FOR YOU!!!

Yours truly: Th. E. Blackhand

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Slough or Antarctica? Well, at least Antarctica has penguins

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"He's also called Nigeria home."

Nigeria Home? That's the most stupid name I've ever heard!

;-)

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: Any good?(@ Elmer Phud)

"...when a cheap Maplin fogger is used to try and counter it?"

Don't know about Mapplin foggers, but read somewhere that pettyfoggers can be terribly expensive. ^_^

On a more serious note, it wouldn't be too cheap, accounting for scale and Industrial/Military Complex overhead.

A more economical system would probably include some kinetic weapon (probably a Phalanx or similar) shooting projectiles tailored for creating big columns of water droplets along the laser's trajectory. A few of those 'water columns' would probably turn the laser from a deadly menace into a pretty lights show. My guess is that 20mm including a small amount of high explosive and sodium would create lots and lots of droplets, smoke and water vapour.

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"...under the terms of the Geneva Convention it can't be used against humans directly..."

I foresee lots and lots of 'unfortunate accidents'. I mean, you won't be much help piloting a zigzagging boat against a warship if you are blind. Ditto about enemy gunners, plane pilots and drone's cameras and targeting systems.

OMG! What can this thing do to a periscope?

An enemy with whom you can only engage in fog or rain... This could have very interesting tactic implications.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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How... Machiavellian of the Spanish Govt.

It has taken me most of the day to find the courage to write a comment on this new Spanish Law. Amongst other reasons, cause it makes me ashamed of being Spanish, and I can't stop finding negative consequences every time I stop fuming long enough to begin thinking clearly about the issue.

They have severely curtailed the Spanish People's right to quality information. They have also curtailed the Blogosphere's ability to find and disseminate data. Small news papers and small on line news sources will find it far more difficult to reach potential readers, and their content will be crushed by the weight of Big Media and their higher rankings. And Big Media is easier to control than Small Media, so several levels of censorship can be applied.

At the end of the day, the public and Big Media will be the ones paying for the drinks, the public by losing access to quality info/dissenting opinions and Big Media when they notice that they are actually losing money with this Law.

And it's a nice tool for censoring any opposing public opinion from blogs. It's trivial to use this shit to block access to dissenting sites.

Goebbels would have been proud! Spanish Govt.= Motherfucking thieves!!!

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Steam pressure going down. For now...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

Hmmm... At least 18 IE commentards -as of now- using IE. Prepare the pitchforks and torches!!!

Disclaimer: 'Devil Icon' used for comedic value only. 'Joke Icon' would be, arguably, more appropriate . ;-)

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Re: What browser are you using?

Holy shit! Time between reading bug report and identifying the issue: 15 minutes!!!

Kudos to you, DrewC.

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"...there might be a correlation between your stated skill level and your perceived ability to carry out the task..."

You mean, like, an inverse correlation?

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Re: One thing...(@ Flat phillip)

I agree with your comment, except for the little part about "its non-US competitors would sprout some (if it is upheld, actually valid) FUD about any US based cloud service". Something can not be true and FUD at the same time. ;-)

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DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

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"the outcome could have potentially serious implications for data protection in the EU"

This is like saying that "the Chixulub meteorite could be potentially harmful to dinosaurs."

And I totally agree that a 5% of total %company% turnover would probably put a stop to this malarkey. Better yet, rise the fine another 5% for every subsequent breach and accuse the person ultimately responsible for the data breach -i.e. the mother company's CEO- of a crime, so they can never again lay a foot out of the USA without fear of being arrested, judged and serve time for a crime, just the same as we would do with a spook/narc/terrist operating from some rogue state and ordering/perpetrating criminal acts in Europe.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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@Ted Treen & Christoph

ROFLMAO^2

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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Small omission in the article.

"“There is a general agreement among politicians ans spooks now that if you review regularly you can stop the dangers that people have identified”

Here, fixed!

And Mr. Blunkett, FY, with a chainsaw.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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I'm sorry for Sony's employees who had personal data stolen...

... but I'm not sorry about Sony-the-company-itself. I still remember the PITA that was removing the Sony rootkit from client's machines back then. It seems that getting almost scott free from that crime blunder gave management a sense of invincibility regarding security issues. "Why bother expending money in good security? If we could pull out of the rootkit scandal unscathed, we can do as we fucking please".

I hope the shareholders pull out their fingers and fix the situation, starting by removing several of the topmost management layers.

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

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Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

The right hand is the one without a watch, isn't it? But if you are upside down, then...

Brains hurt!!!

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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Re: Chile(@ Riku)

" If the English can stop mentioning the war..."

In my opinion, this might not be the best of times to stop teaching the younger generations about WWII.

Knowing and understanding Hitler, Stalin and their "business models" will come really handy for preventing a new wave of extremely dangerous sociopaths from reaching power in the most powerful/advanced nations of the world.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

George Santayana

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Re: Chile

"We live in a different world, sustained not merely or even necessarily by the ability to enforce our wishes, but actual moral principles of state-to-state behaviour"

I wish you were right here, but in my opinion it's sadly obvious you aren't. The rest of your comment is quite on spot, though I wouldn't consider some of the moral justifications too overwhelming. E.g. 'Granada invasion', 'Panama invasion', and 'Contra' .

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Violet, you're turning violet! Imagination unveils graphics-tastic hobbyist board

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Re: "The Ci20 will cost $65 (US)/£50 (Europe)"

Yes, you're totally right and I was wrong. I just checked prices in the link and they include VAT.

My confusion came from the fact that -In my locale at least- prices are usually listed without VAT unless stated otherwise. It would be nice on ElReg's part to include this information when listing product prices, to help avoid such confusions.

It's amazing what a small cultural difference can do. Ask poor Beagle 2. ;0)

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"The Ci20 will cost $65 (US)/£50 (Europe)"

So, they have to 'localize' the units? Or are they shipping them to Europe in private jets? I mean, we Europeans have to pay 78.36 USD for the same product. A 20% price hike just for crossing the Atlantic? What else?

Well, it could be the case that each unit weights 20 kg., making them very expensive to transport, but I have a hunch -somehow- that this isn't the issue.

Oh, and

"The Ci20 will cost $65 (US)/£50 or €63.30 (Europe)"

FTFY ;-)

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It was SPACECRAFT vs BOAT at ORION LAUNCH. The boat won

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Re: Aaand another hold... (@ AC)

"What can be going through a man's mind at this moment?"

"What the *beep* is the *beep*ing problem now??? The*beep*er is having a *beep*ing tantrum! Again!!! And, most *beep*ing important, who the *beep* could I blame for this???"

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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What???No reference to midget porn???

PHEW!

;-)

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By the Rivers of Babylon, where the Antikythera Mechanism laid down

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Re: Lost in translation? (@ JacobZ)

Though I agree with your post, there's also the fact that human knowledge suffers always some kind of entropy. Documents get destroyed, misplaced or lost, the language they were written in vanishes, the science and technologies used get superseded by newer technologies and new scientific paradigms.

A few months ago, in this same on line publication, there was a public call made to identify lots of ancient electronic kit from Bell Labs (if my memory doesn't fail me). In this context, ancient means less than one century old, from an age with printing presses, telephones and faxes. Most of the information regarding this keep was probably considered obsolete and not worthy enough to be kept.

And the fact that similar mechanisms haven't been found in every shipwreck or in every astrologuer's den from the period probably implies an economic reason, i.e. a device that needed hundreds of hours of very skilled labour vs. using some astronomical tables and doing some calculations.

Let's see how much information remains regarding Kurta calculators in, say, two centuries. Or regarding Reciprocating engines.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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" ...even has a Twitter account"

Yep! A true Twitter account, with their own followers, the sixty four of them! They could put some adds in there and they would be swimming in money, at least compared to the rest of the North Koreans! (minus the ruling elite, of course ;-)

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Re: Safety features?

"Perhaps a small, well wrapped up person might be taken to a different world one winter's day?"

... or to a different gender... [shudders]...

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Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM

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ROFLMAO++

Funny as Hell, but also a little bit scary.

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What We Do In The Shadows? Laugh ourselves silly, mostly

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I'll make an exception...

... and watch this film in the theatre instead of waiting for the porn version. "Who we do in the shadows" doesn't sound as such a great title.

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Roll up, roll up, Microsoft's rolled up dozens of OS fixes

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"Many reviews are unreproducible in this publication"

What??? Are they written in Klingon??? ;-)

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Re: Erm..

"Warrants 20 lashes from a multi-plug power lead and a dozen Hail Adas, at least."

(ROFL.)

For good measure, I'd add 20 genuflections before A. Turing's portrait. And those who don't repent and do their penances will see their geekdom badges publicly removed from them and destroyed, and nobody in these forums will ever invite them to beer again. It's worse than hell! ;-)

And I totally agree with the confusion between netcams and webcams you pointed out.

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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"...that the Panel considers to threaten freedom of expression, the openness, stability, resiliency, or security of the internet"

So are they going to dismantle the NSA at last???? About fucking time!!! ;-)

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Just because they're organic doesn't mean they're biologic...

"The idea of whole, viable bacteria brought in over interstellar distances over stellar timescales is downright silly"

Sorry to -at least partially- disagree, but comets would be an ideal method for disseminating bacteria. They provide lots of cold storage, protection from UV and other harmful radiation in the surface of the comet (thick dust), and protection from harder radiation in the inside.

Even some scientists believe that some comets could have liquid cores maintained by heat from radioisotopes. And comets being thrown off the solar system were a common occurrence in the Solar System's early History, according to computer simulations.

The part of your comment about complex compounds in comets acting as precursors for life makes also a lot of sense, though.

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Re: It leaves you wanting more. (@ Terry Cloth)

"Panspermia is ultimately unsatisfying."

Truth and science don't need to be 'satisfying', at least not in the sense of the word that you are using.

Yes, I'd also prefer to know the whole history, but there are also many things we will never know for sure, more so when they are related to things that happened many millions of years ago and/or many thousands of light years away.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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"KKK has been a disgrace to rational human beings of lighter complexions for 150 years."

For some time they were an even bigger disgrace to rational human beings of darker complexions. ;-)

In case he exists, this little guy in the icon is probably waiting for them with a big smile.

Fuck'em all with a cactus, mate!.

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This makes clear -again- that, some minor gaffes aside, the fine lads at Anonymous have their hearts in the right place. A well deserved pint for them.

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Uber exec wanted to sic private dicks on critics ... Hey, Emil Michael, COME AT US, bro

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"... if you're not causing trouble, you're not doing it right."

This should be engraved in 1 foot tall typeface in every news outlet's office walls.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: Bloody rubbish (@ Ketlan & ashdav)

You beat me to it! Good reflexes, Sirs.

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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Re: What's a female BOFH? (@ Anonymous Dutch Coward)

Holy Mother of Cheesus! I need another dictionary just to understand words.exe's output! :-)

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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Re: Extrapolate this?

A measly 100% chance? I want to know when we reach a 200% chance!

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Danish lit star Helle Helle, Marianne Faithfull and Jim Al-Khalili on Quantum Biology

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(@ DavCrav)

"well, computers have rules they have to follow"

Just like human brains. In the case of brains it's a set of biological (genetic, chemical, physical, etc.) rules. Those rules can be 'emulated' or even 'simulated' in a 'normal' computer. The 'entity' resulting from such a simulation should show the same kind of behaviour as a human brain.

"there are things that you can say about the system that you cannot prove within that system. In particular, the statement "this system is consistent" is one of them."

That's true both for human brains and for computers. No human brain can say about itself 'this system is consistent' without lots of external data. Actually, no human KNOWS whether human brains are consistent or not. :-)

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