100 posts • joined 30 Mar 2008
The Human Spanner In The Works?
We evolved primates are still easily manipulated on the whole. How much of what is done around the world is already electronic, even when human labour is involved somewhere along the line?
Say you have an AI, for argument's sake called EvilOverlord 1.0. EvilOverlord 1.0's cryogenic cooling systems spring a leak and need repairing then topping up. EvilOverlord 1.0 sends off an order via some automated booking website or via email (the HORROR) for some techs/engineers to turn up and repair the system, ostensibly signed off by some guy (real or impersonated). If the invoice is paid at the end of the day, who's gonna question it? Some trucking company delivers a few cylinders of cryogenic coolant which is then received and the system topped up by some other engineer who has received a job in his ticketing system.
There you go, lots of humans involved in servicing/repairing our EvilOverlord 1.0 without even being aware of it.
Sure, some catastrophic event might be more problematic but in that instance we'd probably all have more to worry about anyway :-)
Hamiltron - Re: If they are looking for intelligent life,
...It's as if the voices of a million bogans cried out and were suddenly silenced...
Sorry to any SW fans in the audience.
We've had it enabled for a few days now and have only seen one instance of buffering while watching Netflix (and that instance wasn't during prime-time either). I'm guessing Slingshot have enabled some jiggery-pokery on their routers that give preferential treatment to certain types of network traffic or to certain sites, perhaps.
So far so good as far as I'm concerned :-) Go Slingshot!
Ah, good ol' alt.tasteless... I used to hang around on there a few years back. There were some real gems, both in terms of posts and the people that posted them.
Have an upvote for nostalgia's sake :-)
Re: yeah, well
Similar, only a lot more gritty and they'll do a real number on your teeth.
Personally I prefer Jaffas... :-)
A Disturbance In The Force...
...as a few million gamers cried out in horror then were silenced, forever.
As if we needed another reason to dislike the Zuckerberg empire. What a crying shame.
Re: New Zealand
No other NZ'ers posting? Must be feathered roadkill on the interwebs motorway :-o
Re: Curious as to why...
Good point, Steven :-)
Never had lego as a kid but I did have Stickle-Bricks.. those were awesome (and I still have them somewhere). Yes, most things did end up exploding afterward.
Re: Curious as to why...
Huh... never thought about the contamination aspect to it although I have to admit that I'd be a little surprised if there was anything still surviving on the craft after all these years exposed to vacuum and radiation. Still, stranger things have happened, right?
And, to be fair, better (and higher paid) minds than mine have obviously thought it through :-)
The malfunctioning aspect wouldn't be too much of an issue though, given how remote the thing is and the chance of it damaging anything much.
Appreciate the response, Cray74 - thank you.
Curious as to why...
...they are going to deliberately de-orbit the probe rather than simply guiding it into a somewhat stable orbit once the fuel is exhausted? Surely they would still be able to get useful data from it periodically if they parked it?
After all, it's not like they're going to clutter Saturn space with junk any time soon the way we have with Earth :-)
You're all missing the point!
How does the chocolate factory make money? Adverts. How do knowledgable people negate the annoyance of these adverts when browsing around t'web? Adblock type browser plugins.
Google have cottoned onto this and will now be delivering their adverts to you IN PERSON so they cannot be ignored... well, person in the form of a robot or drone.
Beware the robotic dog busting down your door, "YOU ARE THE MILLIONTH PERSON AND HAVE WON A FABULOUS PRIZE, JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK!"
More of this stuff, please!
I am forever grateful to people like Mr. Plait who are so enthusiastic and passionate about astronomy, science and the like. You cannot help but get swept up at least a little bit in the excitement when you hear/watch/read what they have to say.
It is unfortunate that we have so many others trying to drag us back into the stone age with their attitudes and beliefs, but I'd like to think that despite this we are still slowly but surely moving ahead toward an enlightened future as a species. Due in part to people like Phil.
Great article/interview, would love to see more of this sort of thing on El Reg :-)
Re: Pies, pies and pies
Was hoping a fellow NZ'er would pipe up with that reference :-)
Not to mention bakeries and pies are pretty much ubiquitous; donuts simply aren't a common snack food item here.
Re: Made in Britain...
"The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?"
Uh, perhaps because that's where Pukeko Pictures is based? Just a thought :-)
Re: Dumb Question
Thanks for the concise, easy to understand explanation, Mike. I'd been wondering the same thing myself - why bother outside of the "because I can" explanation (and I am very pro pure-science research). That's actually quite a fascinating question; whether or not these 'superheavy' elements would behave as per their table grouping, if they could be produced in a stable form that didn't immediately self-destruct.
Recommendations to replace an iPod Touch
Greetings all, I would like, if I may, to pick your collective delicious, juicy brain-meats...
I've got an aging 64GB iPod touch that I'd like to look at replacing sometime, ideally replacing it with something other than an Apple product (call me disillusioned). I've got a fairly sizable collection of music including stuff purchased through iTunes, so a device capable of playing those AAC files as well would be a plus if such a thing exists... otherwise I can just convert to MP3 but that would take a while and I'm lazy...
So, what would you recommend? The device *needs* to have:
- at least 64 GB storage
- be able to fit in a pocket
- preferably not be reliant on iTunes or another specialist software suite to transfer files (but can be flexible on this point)
- NOT Apple
I'm not in the market for a replacement mobile phone, however if the 'perfect' device happens to be one, so be it. What would you lovely people recommend and more importantly WHY would you recommend it?
...on my part, but what would stop your hyper-intelligent jellyfish-rat heart from getting bored one day, ripping free from where it was implanted inside your chest, and swimming around your delicious, juicy, oozing internal organs and stinging you to death from the inside...?
Re: My only question for the idiots against gay marriage is ...
"...is that the language is pretty well defined and has established usage."
Your rather inflexible viewpoint and the fact that I am annoyed I have to accept a 'second-rate' legal agreement instead of a proper marriage to my male partner aside, I downvoted you because of that one statement. Languages are a naturally evolving thing and the usage, definition, pronounciation etc. of words does change over time.
Unlike, it seems, your point of view.
Friday's Headline - Can See It Now
Drunk Spiders Arrested after Orbital Hit & Run Incident
AP - Several hundred underaged orb-web spiderlings well over the legal alcohol limit were taken into custody today after their vehicle was involved in a hit and run incident in low Earth orbit. According to eye-witness accounts from those onboard the ISS, the spiderlings had gorged themselves on wine and trout caviar onlty to leg it after the capsule they had space-jacked collided with the station. For further developments, please click this web link...
Re: oh no not again.
Agreed - although IANAP (I am not a programmer) I wouldn't have thought the cost to port from the XBox to the PC would be that expensive. And while the PC version wouldn't necessarily sell as well as the console version, there would still be *some* profit there, surely?
What would you recommend as an alternative?
Not being snarky, but a genuine question? I have a touch but when I need to move onto something else, I'd like to go something non-Apple. What other reasonably high capacity but pocketable players are out there that are actually any good?
...is probably the most likely suspect, donning my tin-foil hat for a moment. They have been caught red-handed operating intelligence operatives in many ostensibly "friendly" countries - ref the passport scandal a few months or a year or so ago whenever it was.
Then there was the Israeli intelligence interference that only came to light in NZ recently.
As for US involvement? Possibly, who knows. The US is so closely involved with Israel that they share the same bloody intestinal flora.
An antipodean (NZ, but possibly also Asstralian) delight after a night on the sauce is a dried up horror of a pie from a petrol-station pie-warmer.
Crusty and a sensible temperature on the outside, full of 1000 degree meat-something on the inside. Even better if it is a steak & cheese, or mince & cheese pie of the Big Ben brand - in that case there is a brown smear of something that might have once possibly *seen* meat in passing, and the cheese is hotter than molten Aluminium.
What you would compare this to, however, is beyond me.
I wont even mention what happens to a sausage roll after being in a petrol-station pie-warmer all day...
Well played that, Sir :-D
...the novelty value and the rarity of such a beast, I would imagine tickets for passenger airship cruises similar to those in the golden-age of airship travel would be sold out in a heart-beat. And with new technologies available now even the speed would not be so much of an issue. Sure, faster by regular fixed-wing aircraft, but when the biggest part of the attraction is in the getting there itself, you wouldn't actually want speed.
Manual installation may be required, but your average, not hugely IT literate Mac user is likely to realize how to uninstall it or even realize that the "anti-malware" software is actually responsible...?
I suspect not.
A mixed bag
Had serious issues with both WD & Seagate, but zero problems with the various Samsung Spinpoint drives I've bought. That's not to say that others who have are exaggerating, more just a comment that no one brand seems to be "king of the hill" in terms of reliability - there will always be horror stories no matter what brand you talk about.
Online storage of files is all well and good but requires internet access wherever you go. And you are then totally reliant on another organisation for backup and access of important files. Not to mention a matter of trust...
Local storage and local backups for me, with online ("cloud") services being a handy tool to move files between different machines without requiring physical media to do so.
Wow, so impressed
Your comment is by far the most thoughtless and insulting shit I have ever seen, and I live across the pond from the USA.
Hey, it's seriously that thoughtless and insulting, I give you 2 FINGERs!
Gas =/= Petrol
...aka petroleum distillate. Being a UK-centric site it is natural to assume they are referring to natural gas as opposed to petrol. The term "gas" is very much a North American thing from what I can gather.
Besides, petrol does not occur naturally, oil and gas do. You do not "drill for petrol" - it is distilled from crude.
Kill me, I've become a pedant.
Wonder if it means the internet users in NZ will stop being raped quite so much by the incumbents who charge the Earth and provide a service that is next to nothing.
I suspect not.
But more bandwidth to bring things up to at least a 3rd world level will be good.
Thank you, KissingTheCarpet
As someone who fixed a lot of old RPG400 code for a UK based insurance company to ensure it was compliant, the results would certainly not have been the utter catastrophe that the fear-mongers would have you believe. However, it would have produced a bit of a mess financially with many of the automated systems for large corps producing some entertainingly hairy results.
Y2K - overblown? Yes. Still an issue? Yes.
...I would get the opportunity in my lifetime to see large dirigibles flying over-head... they might not be the impressive rigid beasties of yesteryear, but I will take what I can get. Small advertising/passenger blimps might be all well and good, but they do not instill the sense of wonder of the LTA monsters they are talking about now.
Looking forward to this.
Re: Fire up NAOMI
You, Sir... had me choking with laughter. How very cynical of you :-D
You're all poops & I'm leaving China forever...
...you cant. Sod off.
In various other stories that relate to matters of homosexuality, this pawn3d guy shows up with monotonous regularity, if my memory serves me correctly. Vested interest in the subject, much? (him, that is, not you) ;-)
Haters gonna hate, closet-cases gonna... uh, do whatever closet-cases do.
...that more and more games (on the PC at least) require internet activation, at least to begin with. Then there are the games that tie into Steam, even if you buy them on disk (HL2, Just Cause 2, Fallout NV etc). Then there are companies like Ubisoft who introduced a scheme where you couldn't save progress at all if you were not connected online (Assassins Creed 2). Although I believe Ubisoft later relented a bit on that one, I think...
Welcome to a brave new world :-(
No snark, merely a serious question...
What is different about the proposed white iPhone compared with the regular (black?) one? And if there is nothing form/fit/function different, why is this such a big deal to some people? Is it just because of the colour difference?
Not that I would ever buy one as my older (work provided) one still works okay, I am just curious as to why this is such a big deal.
Eat The Rich
That's all they're good for (majority of them, anyway).
This from the country...
Whose TV channels are so filled with online gambling adverts (and various programs "sponsored by"...) that it makes you long for a good old car advert or someone trying to shill some stupid cosmetics.
Curb online gambling? Have a look at the deluge of advertising on some Norsk channels FIRST.
"If Americans actually reproduce by eating their own weight in hamburgers and then divide like amoebas then they would find the whole sexual reproduction business strange and disgusting."
I busted out laughing at this - witty, intelligent and highly amusing. Thank you, Y.A.A.C. It also explains a lot ;-)
Cannot remember the exact spelling. But growing up in the 70's we had a set of science oriented encyclopedias that had a section on future space-craft, including something very reminiscent of this thing, stacked on top of a regular, throw-away booster stack. It was a Nasa project I believe, called Dynosaur or something similar.
What is old is new again it seems :-)
As far as getting to and from space goes, I think the Russians have the right idea. Cheap, relatively reliable and single-use (which helps keep the cost down). With re-usability you are getting straight back into "shuttle" territory with all the complexity and cost associated with it. Until technology advances to a point where a *reliable* reusable craft is feasible, KISS I reckon.
Aliens, because you never know who's watching :-)
Facespace or Mybook (whatever) has had bugger-all impact on my life. Not likely to change at any foreseeable time in the future, either.
BADGERS PAWS, I say.
Do. Not. Want.
Self-hate is a very unattractive look
Aide? No, more likely a male prostitute - someone like this guy would have to PAY for someone to be with them, I cannot imagine there would be any willing volunteers.
But yes, foregone conclusion that this guy is no different than the majority of other 'phobes and has more than an unhealthy interest in what gay men get up to in the privacy of their own bedrooms.
Hear hear, Sir
Exactly... the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the extremes of opinion. However there are more pressing thing that worrying about CO2. Rainforests, preserving more biodiversity and actual pollution are a little more important I would have thought.
Just out of curiosity
...which group would be the most likely to target the site of an organisation that does so much good in the world? Generic hackers? Possibly if they were complete bastards. Or perhaps governments that have come under criticism for various human rights violations...?
Dammit, the man in the black helicopter stole my tin-foil hat.
I really wish...
...I could buy you a beer, Sir and/or Madam.
Oh nicely done...
Looks like you're onto a winner here, Simon. Had me laughing like a loon... thanks for the cheering up :-)
I'm getting fired...
...or at least growled at by our IT for spitting all over the monitor.
Superb, gents. Absolutely superb :-D
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