Re: Holy damn that angr!
I also think someone should play with the Bayeux Tapestry Editor for illustrative purposes!
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Looks like I do not get to the coiffeur today, just reading this got me coiffed.
"psychohistory", a set of methods which could be used to manipulate the behaviour of large populations without their knowledge
LOLNO!! "psychohistory" was not about "manipulating populations" at all. It was about predicting what history has in store given the present political "state of things".
This is of course fanciful to the utmost as one cannot even predict the weather pattern one week out, and, as anyone how has glanced at von Mises realizes, history or economics are not physical system allowing scientific predictions, let alone tests. So stuff that. But this is Sci-Fi, so why not.
Now, if your psychohistory was working, you could position yourself NOW so that natural development of events lead to a preferred outcome in THE FUTURE. Thus, setting up a gaggle of archivists at the edge of the Galaxy would lead to new Galactic Empire in a few thousand years with high probability.
This probability being not 100%, it turns out that one has to finagle things behind the scenes using the "Second Foundation". In modern parlance, hack. Sadly, this is underwhelmingly done using another magic device, telepathy.
If suspension of disbelief is used, one could consider that psychistory sees history as a cellular automaton. One can then do a few billion runs of "history in the box" and select an outcome advantageous to oneself, then change a couple of cells at the NOW...
IIRC Sheldon could do the predictions using a slide ruler. Talk about "underspecified boundary conditions" doesn't even being to describe this kind of Mathematical Magic.
0) Get address from dox
1) Go into downtown bar
2) Hire some muscle
4) Percussive attitude adjustment of person of interest
5) Repeat for a couple of months
a trading treaty for all signees and thus fair and equitable to all
These kind of treaties are amazingly easy to set up and generally just say "repeal subsidies and import duties, let's have some free trade here".
The one where special interests are promised taxpayer money, protectionist rules are haggled over and legal weapons of mass destruction are handed out naturally take some time. They also need to be discussed in secrecy and leakers best be considered terrorists.
Quick, call a politican! Something MUST BE DONE!!
Millenium Falcon heavy!
Whether she can do the Kessel Run remains to be seen, but she's heavy enough for you, old man. What's the cargo?
"John Wayne was a fag."
Shouldn't that be "had a fag?"
Inb4 "Mussolini hearted faggot-bearers"
IBM spokespeople have further observed that the company currently has around 15,000 job openings available.
Reskill, reapply. Welcome to the real.
Stability can be had as much today as in 1932 Weimar Germany.
I worked with RAID5 arrays in the '90s and there was always at least one hot spare.
Secondly (as already pointed out) using the cost of replacing a single disc vs. leaving the array untouched for 4 years. No apparent consideration of someone popping in once a month to replace failed drives as a bulk process.
"Chief. About this disk array down in Antarctica? Can you have PFY pass by for a fast repair once a month?"
Except that my employer has been doing this for years.
No he hasn't.
You are confusing "I'm gonna do something along these lines like a rabid monkey with some fast guesses" with optimization.
The six sigma events, three days in a row of the financial crisis
These have as much to about "reliability" and sigma whatever (which is something that comes from manufacturing, too AFAIK) as does hoping to survive repeat attemps at playing russian roulette. Just saying.
"Yes M'lord we never managed to reach relibability significantly above 3 clicks in this game."
"So. I hear you made threats against the FBI on the Interwebs?"
It is always possible that someone found the problem through sheer weight in numbers.
Only if these "numbers" were all testers. Consider:
1) Most people would only do the "expected thing", thus not proceeded into fresh, wild areas of the state space
2) Most people wouldn't know what they were looking at if a problem occurred, neither would they detect that it is a security problem
3) Most people upon encountering a problem would just say "DUH" and click on the back button, maybe reboot the PC
4) Most people wouldn't even bother to tell anyone about IT weirdness
This leaves people who know about IT, perform new operations, know what they are looking at with enough time on their hands (or are foolish enough, considering how these things may pan out) to tell somebody.
"the dark cloud"
Clearly the horsemouth nebula.
The price of freedom is eternal vigiliance, followed by merciless arse-kicking.
Unfortunately, the former is sorely lacking and the latter cannot be properly deployed at the polls.
So, basically a drive-by voting?
Downvoted for stating facts. Are there communists here tonight?
So who downvotes mentions of Cryptonomicon? Fess up.
So is "Cryptonomicon", of course.
American manufacturing, Russian blood and British brains
Nice for a speech at Yalta, but one immediately notices that there is no word about chinese blood and General Winter. I won't get into how bureaucratic ineptitude of both the german and the russian socialistic regimes played into the hand of the russians over the long run, even though most of the russian military skillset had been "purged" a bit earlier.
The one where Scooby hammers on the door, crying for Wilma?
And then you start thinking about embedded crud with problematic glibc libraries out there that is not going to get any updates soon.
...because of 6 hours social media downtime.
How about some EC2 time?
Pretending this is not meant to run the alien Persona/AI once download has occurred.
(You heard it here first!)
It depends on how near you reckon yourself to be to your preferred abrahamic/nofunallowed $DEITY.
Directly from Jimbo's Floatsam Bucket of Retconnable Knowledge:
▶ August 6, 2013: A fatberg roughly the size of a bus, consisting of food fat and wet wipes, was discovered in drains under London Road in Kingston upon Thames.
▶ September 1, 2014: A collection of waste fat, wet wipes, food, tennis balls and wood planks the size of a Boeing 747 aeroplane was discovered and cleared by sanitation workers within a drain beneath a 260 foot section of road in Shepherd's Bush in West London.
▶ September 3, 2014: The sewerage system beneath Melbourne, Australia was clogged by a large mass of fat, grease and waste.
There is clearly a large market for autonomous robotics still to be opened.
Also, new El Reg units will be in the works. Soon.
But can one light a match?
H2S attacks are nasty.
Once you have cleaned your cellar a couple of times of mucky backflow from the public sewer pipes due to some heavy rain considered unlikely 20 years ago, this won't faze you.
Wanting ot exchange a little freedom for the safety of Malaysian Airlines?
Making a deal with the devil, you are.
An AI will not have much in common with a young lady's behavorial logic.
People seem to assume that this is some kind of criticism of womankind. This is not so, it is just a criticism to anthropomorphize the AI a bit much.
SAL 9000 just was a blue eye, for example. Won't pull in many viewers, mind.
I hate to be that guy, but tensor calculus has not much to do with steepest descent.
Why is it a fembot?
An AI will not have much in common with a young lady's behavorial logic.
Even in GiTS, the female lead still has an organic brain.
every door has to be accessed with a keycard and half the facility is underground
Yep, I can see where this going, but hopefully I am wrong.
It’s rare to say something new about AI
Because in the end it is just another management system, hopefully quite a bit more refined and widely read than the drooling reflex bags wearing suits currently in charge. Vote for AI? I would.
sphincter-tightening terror of HAL
Next: the sphincter-tightening terror of tensor calculus.
"YOU LIED TO ME! I'M TURNING BACK!!"
> People unsure about billion being anything else than 10^9 are still posting on the Internet
Just get with the times, FFS.
Sometimes being clever doesn't help you to go far, you easily forget a lot of people aren't
But then you open the morning paper and read what various branches of govnm't are doing. And then you remember.
Get out of here, gramps!
This one I repost regularly, it's from October 11, 1994 (Newsgroups: comp.society.folklore, Subject: Re: Folklore and stories re: excessively clueless for-profit users). I wonder whether facebook gets complains about various content on the 'net from obsessive-compulsive content correctors?
"One guy posted a MAKE.MONEY.FAST slime to a few groups, and I sent a message to his postmaster, and attached a curtosey copy to the poster. I get a message back a few hours later, with NO quoted material in it, systematically responding to everything I wrote. He (she?) said that if I reported it to his postmaster, he thought it was very unfair. He was a newbie and didn't know, blah blah blah. Then he asks for the address of his postmaster, so I give it to him. Not long after that, I get _another_ message saying that I shouldn't expect to keep my account for very long because he (she?) reported "my abusive attitude and harrasment" to his service's support. (AOL) I sent another reply back explaining the fine points of the net. I don't know if he ever responded to that; I set slocal up to kill his messages."
Some people just want to watch the world burn.
"And nothing of value was lost"
MZARG from ROLZOR XII agrees.
Who comes up with this kind of bullshit.
6.39 pm on Monday
Can't even into timezones. Flat Earth Society, I presume?
1) This mass is so small that any General Relativity gravitational effects are totally swamped by gravitational noise your St Bernard dog creates when moving around the house. Indeed, we can use Newtonian gravity to get good results about trajectories of the N-body system under analysis.
2) "Gravitational waves" are very weak (Directly from Jimbo's Dubious Font Of Knowledge: If we use the previous values for the Sun and the Earth, we find that the Earth's orbit shrinks by 1.1×10^−20 meter per second. This is 3.5×10^−13 m per year, which is about 1/300 the diameter of a hydrogen atom. The effect of gravitational radiation on the size of the Earth's orbit is negligible over the age of the universe.). They also propagate at lightspeed, so are soon gone.
No, but your are now flagged by Paul Krugman.
I don't suppose that there would be much or any warning and certainly no defence against it
On the contrary. You would have about 100'000 years of increasing comet passages. You may fail to build up a defense in that time, but you only would have yourself to blame.
It's called "mission lead time".
How long was philae in the development stage?
Now, if we had a few VESTA-powered nature-violating goodness in silos down in New Mexico, ready to go, we could. But we don't.
It would actually be nice if EULAs had a legally binding hashsum...