Re: Optional extras
13858 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008
Just about 20 times more gas needed and you are there.
The package will work exactly as designed 100 times in a row, but as soon as I click the ‘record’ button, it’s guaranteed to fail or freeze at some point
We should harness this meta-natural-law to effect better and more thorough testing of products!
You realize that all the information about the Iranian nuclear program (that the Intelligence Community actually says was stopped in 2004 once the politicians have left the room) and that has been nonstop in WaPo/NYT as being the Most Immediate Threat Ever only comes from the "smoking laptop", sourced from the messianic terror organization MEK (recently invited to testify before congress how implementing regime change in Iran would weaken ISIS, I kid you not) by way of Israel.
These kind of events are a FEATURE not a bug.
create J2EE backdoors
Hold on, SAP is based on Java? And the 2003-ish enterprisy framework of J2EE (as opposed to JEE) from a time when Sun didn't exactly know how to even design such a thing? Say it ain't so!
"The big surprise is that SAP cyber security is falling through the cracks at most companies due to a responsibility gap between the SAP operations team and the IT security team,”
O'Really? You know the scenario:
1) CFO demands SAP
2) Ops say "We can't support this unless we get a big increase in manpower and clean up the existing shit & processes for a year or two"
3) Board gives go-ahead because what does Ops know, they don't have business sense, wrong priorities and are not team players anyway
4) Any outlays go to SAP "consultancy and configuration" no money left for any issues raised under 2)
5) Wild installation into a "hands-off" operating mode where a super-expensive eejit drops by twice per year to "tune the SAP install"
7) "WHY DIDN'T OPS TELL US THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH SECURITY?"
But those cats came with double venti tall caramel cinnamon cocoa adjectives.
There should be a prize for ideas that were bad in hindsight --- but would also have been bad in foresight for anyone with an IQ above 50.
gestapo were right wing as was the Nazis
The Secret State Police (aka. Geheime Staatspolizei) was a typical Omnipotent Government outfit - no wingery here, just action - and these have to be eliminated with extreme prejudice, and I mean literally by cracking heads including those of the suave politicians that propose them, and in the early days of their making. Alas, this never happens, because "terrorists" are those that act or refuse to obey.
As for the left-wing/right-wing thing (ultimately a sterile exercise as one has to look at the actions, real or proposed, through the smokescreen of politically vapid promised of "better times" instead of using tired old labels arranged on a 1-dimensional strip by the masters of thought control) we read in War Revisionism, Fascism, and the CIA:
As you will recall from history, both Germany and Italy respectively became unified nations in the latter part of the 19th century. The ideas of Marx and communism constituted an international movement advocating violence and force to eliminate private property and capitalism. Another international movement was socialism which also attacked property and individualism yet many socialists stated that socialism could be established through democracy rather than force by expanding the number of eligible voters. After World War I, communism became a severe threat to take over Italy. Mussolini was a dedicated socialist and journalist who supported fascism as a national rather than an international movement to fight international communism and socialism. He advocated force and war as the method to combat the violence of communism. There was no racism connected to fascism in Italy. (....)
One of the 20th century’s most astute intellectuals in political theory was Erik von Kuehenelt-Leddihn who agrees completely with me and Jonah Goldberg on placing fascism on the left. He covers this in his book entitled Leftism Revisited. In chapter four of that book entitled “Right and Left”, he points out that in Germany after World War I the National Socialist (or Nazis) were, seated on the far right of the Reichstag or Assembly because on the left side of the assembly were the internationalists who were the communists and the socialists. The conservatives and monarchists were national movements and were seated on the right. Since Nazism or fascism was a national movement in Germany rather than international, they were seated on the right with the conservatives. He explains this is how fascism became to be placed on the right rather than the left in political dialogue.
the current system is invaluable for all the niche cultures/language communities that do not have a global footprint
blue color is blue, ok?
per-territory sales make up a very large amount of the budget of a Polish film, for example
Color me surprised (not really).
"Geoblocking" seems to be all about interdicting customers that you don't have in the first place. If it were circumvented/interdicted, would all of yuropean culture meltd own into a soggy heap of fast food culture? A likely story.
The fertilizer will keep them off the lawn.
What's wrong with a standard piece-of-metal key, then?
Interestingly IOActive got slapped with a patent infringement nastygram back in 2007 though I would like to have seen that kind of bullshit manoeuver challenged in court. "I have exclusive permission to build crap according to this patent and I assert it and demand treble damages for filfull infringement". That would be 0.3 USD, then?
I hope the very bodies of management and legal departments break out in fleshy necrotic pustules hideous to look at which after ten days give birth to crawling hordes of insects that will feast on their very flesh till only quivering decaying remains are left in puddles on the floors of their overheated office palaces.
They have been spotted on a bad-quality, entropy-laden VHS videotape recovered from Fox Mulder's room...
Where does the "El Reg Tombstone" icon come from? Has it been hurled through a time portal opened by the newly-awakened LHC (first collisions today, actually)? Is it a lowly easter egg? A nice attention from the Moderatrix? What is going on?
KNEEL before the CANCER that is MURDOCH!
Could be used by malware to run underneath the OS
Nothing of particular practical applicability ever came of that, mind.
Next: Getting kids do some ISIS hunting via a carefully obfuscated drone control "science project".
I imagine it could not be impossible though unlikely, but in that case some third companion would have to carry the linear momentum away. One would like to check for a companion leaving the scene faster than speedy gonzales...
But if the AI were to achieve superintelligence, which Bostrom believes is inevitable once it reaches human-level intelligence
First off, there are problems of what it means to "achieve superintelligence". In what? What does it mean? It does not mean that NP-hard problems drop magically away: approximation, errors, bounded rationality, quick-and-dirtyness and arbitrary dumbass attacks will be an inherent feature of AI, even if it is not limited by a short-term memory of ~7 items. There is also a hard limit on being "maximally intelligent", which would be fastest learning algorithm possible, and it is very closely linked to the untractability of finding maximally compressed representations (see here).
and be totally focussed on making paperclips, it could end up converting all known matter into making paperclips. What to us appears entirely maniacal behaviour makes perfect sense to the AI, its only goal is to make paperclips.
No it couldn't. First, what is described here is a factory that is, by its very definition, NOT intelligent. Looks like a bait-and-swtch-to-grey-goo scheme. Now being intelligent does not mean being suddenly able to command energy and material processes of the environment to perform crazy feats (even if Frank Herbert though so in "Destination: Void"). Doing "philosophy" does not mean having a license to veer off into crazy & unhinged territory.
He also reckons the probability that we are all living in a Matrix-esque computer simulation is quite high.
What the fuck do I even read? This is a discussion that is even lower bog-tier than the unprovable "multiverse" grappling-at-funding activities so beloved by sadass physicists out there. DERP! Extend and solve your Quantum Field Theories properly, you lazy f*cks, there is megaton of works to do!
I could literally feel myself becoming schizophrenic
I do not recommend House of Leaves in that case. While Reynolds' novels are just, well, novels, of variable levels of acceptability, for some reason HoL made me float the idea of visiting a shrink presto. The day after finishing, a pipe accident flooded my appartment with raw sewage. Coincidence? More like Jungian synchronicity. I do not fully trust this level of reality anymore.
the books were inconsistent and shredded your mind, you could actually feel your mind becoming schizo as the 'story' unfolded
But you don't say whether that is good or bad.
Galactic North, for one, is worth a read and re-read. Diamond Dogs is not shabby but has several problems, one of which is that Reynolds doesn't know his prime numbers too well, which is actually shocking and like putting "deleted scenes" back into a horror story. I quite liked "Terminal World" and most of "Revelation Space" (it's like a bunch of story goodies from various movies arriving in a big truck) but "Redemption Ark" was a step too far trying to pull bigger and more gothic stuff out of the hat. But then there is "Pushing Ice", which is (nearly) very good.
It will just curl up into a golf ball...
government funds won't stop flowing
Frankly, I think the "government funds" are just drip-drip-dripping and under constant menace and are nowhere NEAR any amount of money (not to mention infrastructure and skills to-be-built before you can get traction for your money) to get anything to Mars soon. WIth a paltry few automated probes in the Solar System, JPL/NASA seems exhausted already.
There are countries to bomb, there is "healthcare" to provide and there are F-35s to finance. Not to mention 120 trillion plus of outstanding debt to service.
Throw away the ascientific EmDrive, then we will talk.
(It's gonna work ... after 15y+ of no results past measurement errors? Yep, ANY minute now...)
So, even for a lowly trip to Mars, we need to be in the Protector stage of our lifecycle.
We need more research into sweet potatoes, thallium and viruses!
Remember in 2003, right after Iraq had been bombed to hell and DU-ed somewhat fiercly? One of the first planes to arrive carried that lady from the Intellectual Property enforcement squad? (See here and also here). Those were the times. I wonder if ISIS would allow camcording of Amurrican movies or allow Monsanto to determine which kind of grain may not be used? I guess snuff movies are copyrighted?
Laura joins their Skype call, starts sending them messages, photos and videos and, ultimately, forces them to be suicidal.
This is taking malware to a whole new level. Maybe if Laura were an AI excellent in psychology it might actually work?
It also sounds a bit like Serial Experiments: Lain
The same people posting on Reg forums. Maybe they exchange telly time for this?
"unaccountable corporate interests produce things people want"
... and we must stop them because everyone is accountable to the State.
Yes, we have had quite a few freakshows like those.
Frankly, these guys should be fired at once for incompetence in (mental incompatibility with?) public office.
Buying sex involves paying someone to pretend to like you.
Woah there grasshopper.
But also $7500 CASH?
He was ready for QE4!
Who said he didn't have the money on him and it wasn't the reason he was targeted?
Back to MumsNet with you.
You might add that that "qbits" are not superconducting thingamabos (in the same way that bits are not capacitors) and the science is not particularly mind-boggling to anyone who know vectors and complex numbers. It does, however, lead to heavy breathing regarding the implications.
"Building" does not mean "fucking around".
Except if your team is too agile.
The Internet of voting things?
Ok then, RAFT: "Research on AI by the Facebook Team"
Not good? FRAINKEN: "Facebook Researches AI for New Knowledge Enabling Networks"
How about TOFULAIR: "Team Of Facebook UnLimited AI Research"
The true marketronym is of course "FAIR": Facebook AI Research. This IS El Reg, after all.
"has brought comment from many respected figures"
Quite a bit less respected immediately after the issuance of their comments which is out there with tofu attcking us in the morning because "it wants to be free".
Anyone who thinks "AI" will appear on the risk matrix of the non-tinfoil-hatters in any foreseeable future needs to get out more.
Why, just this morning: Ex-U.S., Russian brass: 'De-alert' nukes or risk disaster
I checked the Daily Mail, but ...
"Law student laughs as she walks free from court for hitting aspiring male model over the head with a bottle of champagne cutting his forehead to the SKULL"
... no that's not it.
Things have gone too far!
it's still a valid point
It's also a valid point to ask why the real world doesn't work as I want it to. Only idiots and politicians make it a talking point though.
I don't know what level of DO178 criticality/certification was supposed to apply to the Generator Control Unit(s) but it sounds like they missed it anyways.
I you think having a stack of paper on your desk and following the recommendations and ticking all the boxes on the discrepancy item sheet precludes you from missing abvious-in-retrospect problems, you have another thing coming.
This won't be the last error.
The big deal is that this is a problem that could and should have been identified and eliminated before entry into service, but it wasn't.
This is probably coming from some dude who codes websites in PHP and get his requirements from a 5-second chat in doorframes...
El Reg is the checkout rag of IT.
This show is not for filthy casuals.
As for the "return of interest", well, go talk to the European Central Bank about that. Protip: Don't hold your breath, any return of interest will be only when the EURO is six feet under (unlamentedly, with a stake, garlic and added holy water to be fully sure).
You have to pay more to make things better!
Think of all the unintelligible bullshit your are missing on by not having TWICE AS MANY people in the brainless top tier.
Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has been brought down by a scandal handed to him by the country's intelligence service, the Service de Renseignement de l'Etat luxembourgeois (SREL). The service, which is supposed to address external security and terrorist threats, reports directly to the head of the government. That's why a 141-page report by a parliamentary investigation committee found that Juncker holds political responsibility for the illegal operations that SREL officers have conducted for years. The extensive use of Luxembourgish in the mainly French document means that, even without further encryption, it is poorly accessible to outsiders.
The report makes clear that Juncker simply did not treat the intelligence service seriously enough. Most of the time, he didn't even want to know precisely what was going on. He was satisfied with intimations and preferred to give advice rather than instructions.
This was wise as he got promoted to the Eurosphere...
Spiegel leaves out a whole lot of very tasty stuff (false flag attacks via actual bombings, targeted rumor-mongering by intimating that prosecutors are involved in paedophilia, buying cars on discount because 'member of the state', then selling them dear after hours, breaking and entering journalists' houses on direct order of the prime minister to check where info comes from ... the works!)