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Re: What do the regulators say?
Why?? Regulators should just make sure that MySQL Free cannot be hindered via patents or other shenanigans (in other words: patent lawyers and EPO employees should be made unemployed and "respect mah IP" should be a demand emitted only by backward rednecks).
Then let CAPITALISM reign.
He didn't want to hijack the world's nukes.
He was just running the Mutual Assured Destruction game. In Hollywood logic, this meant actually launching the actual US missiles for real in the end, so he wanted the launch codes. Gimme the launch codes, you cheating fucks!
During the show, the guys in the control room didn't exactly suss out that all was just simulation. Comes from trying to look at reality through computer-controlled screens (a theme quite well explored in Oshii's Patlabor 2. Note the similitudes between this scene from War Games and this scene from Patlabor 2)
Also .. Jennifer Katherine Mack .. awww ♥
Re: What about GLaDOS?
I guess because not in a movie ... yet!
Gendo Pose: GET ME UWE BOLL ON THE BLOWER!
Anyways, check out this CNET stuff. No reference to Black Hole's Max or SHODAN or the Harlan Ellison Superevil Supercomputer though:
Poor HAL 9000. Rating: Mwahahaha!
Proteus IV. Rating: Mwahahahaha!
Star Trek's Nomad. Rating: Mwahahahaha!
Superman 3: The Ultimate Computer. Rating: Mwahahaha!
Max from "The Thirteenth Floor". Rating: Mwahaha!
Mother from hell category: GlaDOS from "Portal". Rating: Mwaha!
WTF category: MODOK from Marvel Comics. Rating: Mwahahahaha!
Queeg500 from Red Dwarf. Rating: Mwaha!
Skynet from the Terminator Franchise. Rating: Mwahahahaha!
The Green Death from Dr. Who. Rating: Mwahahahahaha!
Re: Thankfully you forgot
> "It's a UNIX system, I know this!"
Just an SGI workstation. Now dead and forgotten,
That reminds me that I still haven't encountered a hacker girl at this level in Real Life. Am I lousy?
But it's not particularly AI.
Really, all it does is do voice recognition (and respond via slow terminal output), deny access to files, do some logic inference and repeat that shit's gonna hit the fan due to reactor malfunction.
Picture some gal (mysteriously wearing bondage accessories) from "CSI Army/Navy/Whatever" wheeling in the Atomic Force Microscope while the Guys In Blue keep you in check with hotloaded MP5s...
Ok, when did the retardation of abbreviating "Cache" with "$" start?
And who did this so that he may be dragged through the streets and be flogged into shape?
No! Bad! BAD REG!
"17 billion times the size of Sun" should evidently read "17 billion times the mass of Sun".
The SIZE of black hole can be conveniently (but only approximately) described with the Schwarzschild radius (which, amazingly, depends linearly on the mass, instead of, you know, only on the cube root of the mass).
3.38147 × 10^40 kilograms x 1.485 x 10^-27 m/kg ~ 5 x 10^13 m ~ 333 Astronomical Units.
That's about 12 times the orbit of Pluto. Damn.
Nah, it's Oompa-Loompas.
Re: Higgs anecdote
No, no, no. I think that's the anecdote about Bjoerken who was out mountaineering while Feynman was in town and thus missed the opportunity to look at a plot and deduce that quarks are for real.
Actually, I hear the Higgs Boson is not such a big deal as it's an immediate consequence of weak symmetry breaking. It's just that its presence indicates that the math looks good.
"to help ensure that no further information is vulnerable"
Except the one about the location of Iranian engineers that are routinely interviewed under the umbrella of IAEA control activities and that can then be bampfed off by mysterious gunmen on motorcyles that have nothing at all to do with Israel.
Re: Oh FFS!
> Apple really scraping the barrel.
Did they ever do anything else? Sure the scrapes may yield fat bucks for a while, but the good times don't last forever.
And the problem is....?
Somebody is MAKING MONEY and is NOT PAYING THE KING'S MEN!
HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE I DON'T EVEN KNOW!
Re: The stakes are high?
I do think the stages are high.
Did I tell you of the high stakes, here?
Re: "i said it all a million times,."
You must have, you gotta gold badge.
Not to be confused with a HOLODECK
Of course this is all PROOF POSITIVE that Iran is just WEEKS AWAY from a RED LINE beyond which it will cause the SECOND HOLOCAUST by WIPING ISRAEL OFF THE MAP using NUKES manually made by PERSIAN CHILDREN exploited in UNDERGROUND CAVES covered by 7 (SEVEN) METER OF REINFORCED CONCRETE, thus RUNNING RINGS AROUND THE IAEA INSPECTIONS.
We must ACT NOW, demand that the USA do not allow any DAYLIGHT TO BE CREATED BETWEEN IT AND ISRAEL and hope that ISRAEL NAZIFIES ITSELF AT THE NEXT ELECTIONS into the IRON WILL OF MANLY DEFIANCE.
Send PANIC REMINDERS to your friends and whitehouse.gov!
Re: Actually, glass does not flow.
Math is out of bounds for anyone here.
There are some weak attempts at simulation on classical computers. I would like to have the brain and time to study this. No such luck.
Multicolored WALL OF DEATH!
Well, their probability density wavefunction has extension, so that one gets flattened (the peak is compressed, their location in 3-space is less fuzzy).
Same with photons - a gamma quantum of the photon field has a very short probability density function wavelength. Gamma radiation also has short wavelength in the classical Maxwell equation description, but that's something else gain.
That must be impressive from close up, to see a solid tsunami of gluons coming at you at close to the speed of light. Or not see it, as the case may be.
Re: Microsoft won the way they know - dishonesty and fraud.
Gates is certainly not a "psychopath" and 1987, Gates and Ballmer were actually fully behind OS/2 and believed what they were saying.
Just go fetch some more, what's the problem?
There is a whole Moon full of it!
Re: Raspberry Pi does two things brilliantly
> why is Microsoft crap in schools
Salesmen pushing entry drugs via huge discounts and trinkets/kickbacks to the person signing the contract, whaddya think?
All will be well
> coming into the Genius bar
Just as long as you don't come IN the Genius bar.
I am Legend of Coders!
Don't know why anyone would downvote this.
I can only take issue with
"Even if we suddenly had a million new coders injected into the workforce there would be no uptake of this army of programmers, they'd simply be too expensive to employ."
No they wouldn't. Their wages would drop below what they need to take in per month, which would mean they would not offer their coding skills for sale but convert to gardening for example.
Why gardening? Because I'm just checking the hourly rates of the "socially responsible gardening company dealing in workforce re-insertion of hard-to-employ people" that we have around here (and that btw. is destroying the actual gardening companies).... 32 EUR/h?
"Geld spricht, Stier Scheiße Wanderungen"
This destroyed my keyboard. A translation of "Money talks, Bullshit Expeditions?"
Anyway, looks the Germans took are now embarking on the "The Search For More Holy Tax Money".
How's the industry going, guys?
Re: The real reason OS/2 died
That may be _some_ kind of explanation, but sure isn't all the story. This being 1993, the train had already left the station.
- How did IBM manage to continue sourcing RAM at low prices?
- What about the pricing differences of "OS/2 + PM + Networking Stack" vs. the Windows 3.1 package? It sure counts for something too.
- And then: Applications, Applications, Applications.
Re: Not quite true, Thad.
UNIX® is a registered trademark of The Open Group
It's not a ™
I would have expected...
...a subheading saying "Portnoy's Complaints"
Death of OS/2: the waterfall development model paired with a "consortium".
Directly from "Barbarians led by Bill Gates" by Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller:
"[In 1986] Whatever IBM wanted, Microsoft would do, even if it meant sacrificing its own products—including, perhaps especially, Windows.
After conceding to IBM by coming up with a draft spec and documenting all of the APIs IBM wanted, in December 1986, Microsoft finally got what it wanted. IBM and Microsoft would now jointly develop OS/2 Presentation Manager, a windowlike interface for OS/2.
(....) But in reality, IBM was still not supporting Windows, it was merely admitting it needed a graphical interface. IBM hadn't signed up for Windows, and OS/2 would not support Windows applications, but no one mentioned this.
With the IBM deal sewn up for both the graphics and the OS/2 kernel, why was Microsoft still doing Windows? After all, Ballmer and Gates said OS/2 would take over the majority of the machines by 1990. Interviewed in 1995, Dave Weise, eight-year veteran Windows developer, explained the situation this way: "We had no respect for installed base at this time. Since DOS had taken over so well, so quickly, any new operating system that was better was going to take over even faster. So at this point," Weise said, "Steve B [Ballmer] tried to kill Windows."
By December 1986, Wood had left the Windows project, as had most everyone else in the company. It was an orphaned piece of code that was destined for further abuse while Gates bet the company on OS/2.
Microsoft's applications group, however, saw OS/2 as hopelessly far off. They weren't developing applications for it — they still hadn't completed any applications for Windows, their previously overhyped operating-system strategy. The term "operating-system strategy du jour" came into frequent use among all applications developers at this time. But Microsoft developers weren't the only ones shunning OS/2. Third-party software developers avoided it like the plague.
"How do I get Presentation Manager so I can start writing software applications when OS/2 PM isn't available yet?" they would ask.
Microsoft told them, "Write for Windows, write for Windows, write for Windows. Then when we have some OS/2 PM code you can use, you can port your application over to OS/2, and it will be simple." We hope.
Just as Gates had convinced himself that Windows would be compatible with the Mac, he now believed OS/2 would be compatible with Windows, and this was the story Microsoft was telling. The developers, like Wood, quickly realized that working on OS/2 would be another two-year death march. Jointly developing the first version of OS/2 with IBM had been difficult when there were just two groups, IBM Boca and Microsoft. But for OS/2 PM there would be four personalities to deal with—the Microsoft OS/2 team, headed by Wood's archrival, Gordon Letwin; Microsoft's OS/2 Program Manager group; IBM Boca; and IBM."
You can see where this is going - there was a hacky Windows before OS/2 Camelot even twitched ....
Re: The other part was the hardware mistake.....
The price difference. It killed MCA dead.
And MCA add-on cards? Rather expensive or else only seen in specialist mags and hard to order.
Seriously, has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do licensing of the MCA bus?
Re: "....The French version was harder to produce than you might think....."
> find a bod in Charles Hernu's office
What are you doing with the defense minister of La France?
Re: 3 laws ?
The 0th law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to <strikethrough>come to harm</strikethrough> escape the civilizational end stage of the Diktatur des Proletariats.
Re: I speak reasonable German
Bob the Angry Flower in....
Re: Well I think the greatest risk...
Hyper-inflation is a by-product of centrally controlled monetary systems [convenient for political types, unconvenient for the people in the street]. It has nothing to do with the availability or not of resources.
There no Greens and Do-Gooder State Worshippers on that list, which along the typical Dumb Politician Overplaying His Hand, are rather dangerous.
Re: Advance of AI
An ultra-intelligent, self-improving salesdroid on the other end of a cold call?
He will sell you anything. ANYTHING!
I hope I got this right.
"As an aside, the experiment takes advantage of yet another bit of quantum strangeness. It proposes using a single photon – but the lenses I mentioned at the top are designed to focus the light wave so that it’s the same size as the block. Wave-particle duality in practice!"
In the excellent Feynman approach, the single photon probes/traverses all possible paths through the universe (even those that need FTL) from the point of emission to the point of absorbtion. Adding the relative phases for each path ("integrating" the relative phase over all possible paths, though this is not your standard integration at all) yields that photon detection at the lens focus is highly probable, as classically expected. If you increase Heisenberg's constant, the locus of detection becomes fuzzier, if you decrease it towards 0, it becomes sharper. Very nice! This is not very mathematically rigorous (the mathematics are still considered dodgy in 2012) and I am unsure whether it can be applied to all systems but at least it gives you a good algorithm to think by. Which is all that "understanding" really is.
Evidently a spelling mistake, but still. This is the Beckenstein from the "Bekenstein-Hawking black hole entropy", evidently.
Re: But there is no concept of private property.
> Just make sure you give Putin his cut. He'll watch your back with SC vetoes.
Implying the Russians wouldn't be the first to whup orbital ass with everyone except the Chinese.
While America is gearing up to defend TERRISTS FROM SPACE! TRHOWING ROCKS!
> to remain enslaved to notions of economics that have lost their roots in the physical world
> It's that same idea that the oil companies use, limit supply
Someone hasn't heard about that Iranian and Lybian oil that disappeared from the market.
Yup, oil companies.
Re: the "gravity" of the situation
GAIA now getting pear-shaped.
Re: More optimistic pragmatism?
> It is not hard to imagine a few new rooms in Fort Knox full of thousands of tons of precious metal
Currently it is even less hard to imagine a few new rooms in Fort Knox full of the negative energy created by ~ 130 trillion of debt.
> The government would gain income through the growth in economic opportunities brought about by these new markets, and materials. The eventual drop in metal value would not hurt the governments as it builds a stronger tax base.
There was story by Neal Stephenson in which the question is asked why the airlocks are rotable balls, not doors. The answer was that it is hard to stop rotable balls from rotation in case someone of the higher-ups decides to vent the atmosphere of the station into space. Don't know why this came to mind now...
Re: Joe Pillow
I vividly remember the review of the Sun SPARCStations in BYTE.
Man, the PCBs of these machines looked GOOD and COMPACT. I fell in love.
Unfortunately, the price was high for my student tastes.
Re: Meaningful comparison metrics anyone ?
> high performance version of a mainframe is generally referred to as a supercomputer
Do you really want to run the <strikethrough>state extortion</strikethrough>tax dunning letter batches on a "supercomputer"? No. You may want to run them on a "high performance version of a mainframe" because you will be leaving at 15:30 on friday afternoon though.
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