157 posts • joined 22 Aug 2008
Re: Diversity is bollocks
"skin color" statistics are about as relevant as "color of their cars" statistics. irrelevant for the job.
as long as there are people spreading wrong information there should be people pointing it out so others can avoid it and possibly learn. nothing wrong with learning a little every day. just spreading some knowledge, until it becomes common and replaces the incorrect one :)
Asteroids are ablated by the earth's thick atmosphere and heat up to the point of explosion
just to clariy: heat is generated by pressure not ablation. compressing atmosphere/air as object plunges downwards the gravity well. compressing air generates heat - same principle as air pump (it heats up as you pump it)
Re: Wiped out species in existence?
impactor of that size would cause what is known as crustal tsunami. would just crush all underground shelters as it traveled around the globe. what is more interesting however is: without such impact the life as we know it would probably not even exist :)
Re: Implications - "your own body is just a complex organic bio-exoskeleton"
i'm fully aware of biological distinctions exo/endo, this is meant to distinguish between: physical body as an exoskeleton and virtual entity aka actual you. (you could also think of this as: your body=computer hardware, you=computer program)
stop thinking like a sheep. your own body is just a complex organic bio-exoskeleton. nothing wrong with exploring and/or using different "hardware".
looks like an early version of replicators. this shit will go so wrong - for humans :)
Re: Spirts in the sky nut jobs and such
abrahamic religions were created as a tool to control and exploit society:
1. master religion - ripping off all basic ideas and templates from various older religions ranging from egyptian, babylonian, cimmerian, hittite, etc. later forked into two more religions
2. these two slave religions are then periodically pitted against each other, for power, control, resources, abuse, exploitation, brainwashing, mental slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc
Re: bigger design flaw
this is with the MOST UP TO DATE backup you can make, a fresh one right BEFORE starting the client. the next backup you can then make is when you quit the client. this situation happens while the client is running and your wallet gets corrupted. your btc gets blackholed by a flawed design
keys in keypool (default is 100) are exhausted and new one is generated - and this key is obviously not a part of backup but has your btc now. of course user is not aware of this, not even warned about it. so if your wallet gets corrupted/destroyed, you have no way of knowing/recovering this key
bigger design flaw
afaik there's even bigger design flaw which can cost you ALL of your bitcoins:
1. do a fresh wallet backup - supposedly to keep your poor btc safe from hazards of technology
2. open up a client
3. send 200 small transactions
4. simulate computer hardware failure where your wallet gets corrupted or destroyed (such as hard disk failure)
5. restore your "safe" fresh backup on new computer
6. poof, all btc gone because of the way transactions are handled (limited default keypool, each transaction sends rest of your btc to a new address in your keypool for "security reasons")
Re: 'criminals don't trust Bitcoin'
bankster is just an euphemism for criminal
Re: Call me Mr Sceptical
"life" becomes irrelevant at a certain point (life as in "biological genetic survival machine"). whats important is self aware "control system". sufficiently sapient and sentient being isnt bound by a "lifeform" any more than you're bound by your car. of course monkeys will cling to their machines, following the genetic programming like the good little slaves they are.
its gone for good now, hidden from sight with the help of some simple css trickery (stylish + display: none), should have done this ages ago but just couldn't be bothered :)
its been sitting at the bottom of my browser window for over a year now. and it will continue to do so because "i'm not fine with this". same way i don't allow scripts to run. what for, and why should i add just another unnecessary attack vector.
Re: The voice of reason
maybe this will make it easier to understand:
it is not made out of thin air - think of it as a conversion of electric energy, scientific knowledge and hardware into a digital value unit. decentralized and secured by distributed computing. each additional person mining adding more security and resilience to the system. as reward for spending enegy they get "coins".
no douchers to tell people what its value is, how/what/etc to trade it.
future is digital, digital is virtual, virtual is anarchy, and anarchy is freedom.
Re: The voice of reason
thats the real fear talking. fear of extinction.
banking cartels are really on the edge. they can't control cryptocurrencies, and their time is over. world is moving towards always online and fully digital era.
people will prefer to use a system which has fast (orders of magnitude), 24/7 and comfortable to use transactions.
with no middlemen banksters to extort exorbitant fees, with no government to control, abuse and exploit currency monopoly.
Re: Anyone got a spare Irony meter?
right, because being slaves of social networking system is such a win.
i wouldn't worry about its worth for the masses. once they start setting up demo booths in malls, people will go into mass hystery about it. this is one of those things you HAVE to try for yourself thats how much unbelievable experience it really is.
first of all this is the next major milestone in gaming, there's no doubt about it
how about watching movies in a virtual theater with a movie being shown on a huge theater sized canvas, while irl you're relaxing in your chair or bed.
education, science, etc you name it. once you tried "Blue Marble" demo (it simulates a short flight through space around the Earth), you will be just sitting there in awe, there's no way back thats how awesome it is.
if you have the chance to try it (conventions, friends, etc), do so and you will be blown away. (and if you try one of the rollercoaster demos like riftcoaster, get a paper bag before :))
Re: We don't need no stinking planets
We are not made for other planets.
only first half of that sentence is right. we are not made.
we adapt to environmental changes, either through direct changes in physical conduit (body) or through high level control systems (you as a sentient and sapient entity) which allows us to modify and create other support subsystems for survival machine our body is (clothing, buildings, technology, etc). its not a binary system, its an everchanging balance of all subsystems. how do you think we got to survive harsh european environment (when compared to paradise point of origin was, with non fatal weather and plenty of nutritious sources throughout entire year).
observing, thinking, learning, imagining and inventing. there would be no modern civilization with advanced technologies without people who ventured to these harsh lands and survived. humans would be still living in trees.
Re: So only about 140x further than human kind has *ever* traveled
i would also include:
space travel - liquid nutrition only, its much more efficient than solid nutrition (waste management/etc). this is both well researched and tested form of nutrition. people who want fancy and tasty food should stay on earth if they can't control themselves and are slaves of their bodies :)
as for power source, there are several small and safe reactor designs capable of providing power over decades
winds estimated to be upwards of 90kmph
"Low thermal inertia contributes to freezing winds estimated to be upwards of 90kmph (60mph)."
sounds like a sensationalist nonsense, if i'm not mistaken because of WAY thinner atmosphere and lower pressure, effect of wind at this speed is comparable to a light breeze on earth.
Re: I honestly don't see the point
while orbital space stations make sense and it is a logical expansion of "earth > space stations > other planets" progression, this isn't necessarily how stuff works in reality, people weren't building floating islands before they ventured to other islands/continents.
as for terraforming, that is such a narrowminded way of thinking:
it makes much more sense for people to adapt to the environment, over generations. we are human, we adapt and therefore we survive :)
imo this will be a combination of light terraforming, natural adaptation and geneforming (genetic engineering). over time process of adapting planet to human condition and humans to planetary conditions meet halfway. people and worlds will be so different in future, amazing and awesome.
Re: So only about 140x further than human kind has *ever* traveled
Why send a single ship?
actually if you read through the mission roadmap:
crew missions are sent every two years, with cargo missions inbetween
Re: Apart from being what most people would call an "Act of war"...
while "playing with fire gets you burned" applies
unfortunately the real world version translates to:
government douchebags play with fire, innocent civilians get burned.
this #%^$ keeps looping over and over
until civilian dissent reaches critical mass > then revolution > gov cleansing attempt > gov parasites scramble to hide like the roaches they are and when the lights are gone, crawl back and infect the society once again
there are two doucher companies that should go waaay sooner: crapple and sony
Firefox was the lean and mean browser once. It needs a tune up again.
Or they could spend a little time making Firefox fast and secure (again) instead of just playing dress-up.
instead of useless eye candy they should focus on making it less of a bloatware/memory hog. with the release of every new version they scream about improved memory management, and yet its getting progressively worse with each subsequent version.
v 3.6: 40 tabs (40 active loaded on start) > 350 mb ram (1 hour) > 700 mb ram (1day - 1 week)
v 25: 40 tabs (1 active, rest loads only after selecting each tabs, highly annoying, couldnt be bothered to find the setting to turn this off) > uses 500mb ram (1 hour) > 1000mb ram (1day) > 3000+mb (2days), had to kill it, just way too pathetic.
Re: Mpaa, Riaa say "Quite right too"
"be a creator"
- thats rich, coming from middlemen of an outdated and no longer needed business model. parasites, who exploit and abuse the real creators
here's a reality check:
phase 1: art used to be valuable because it was a sole and unique creation of the artist
phase 2: this was changed with invention of numerous methods of duplication - and the art became a consumable commodity, which became more and more affordable to masses as the methods of duplication became more efficient and cheaper to mass produce.
phase 3: this was changed once again, with the invention of pure digital duplication and widespread of interconnected networks. the process of digital duplication itself requires no resources, which leads to art as an infinite resource, therefore transforming itself from commodity into resource.
-there's already such a huge volume of art available its not only no longer plausible to charge "per commodity", its counterproductive. and the volume is only going to get bigger, much bigger, exponentially.
-the only reasonable way to monetize this is to charge a flat rate "per service"
-ideally to keep it simple, as a part of your ISP rates (percentage).
-royalties to artists paid out by "volume". more popular = artist gets a bigger piece of this pie.
Re: Lets see
as an "idea" it is the future, make no mistakes, everything is digital and online, why shouldn't money be.
however as it is now, execution is lacking. huge waste of resources with no other purpose than converting energy into itself.
this HAS to be thoroughly mated with distributed computing projects to actually CONTRIBUTE to scientific progress. gridcoin tried this but failed massively (actual "mining" is still just an energy waste and is only used as a reward/check for running boinc on same pc).
designing a good cryptocurrency - hashing has to be a thin outer layer (1%) put over massive inner layer of boinc (99%). fully integrated
this way most of the computing power goes to valuable scientific research instead of pointless empty crypto hashing.
Re: Organic approach for Soylent
hopefully it doesn't contain unnecessary junk and drugs like "soylent" does. are these ethical/vegan vitamins e.g. what is the source of vitamin D/B12?, what sort of additives if any there are, binders, etc. (there are many "organic" additives which are quite toxic but still used wholesale in food industry)
quick, low maintenance, clean and healthy fuel is what i'm looking for this biological machinery called body :) (currently using vitamin supplements from uk's own viridian nutrition)
Re: Mars One
i guess it will be more of a documentary
now if they drop all people who applied and are unfit for following reasons, he might have a good chance if he doesn't fit into one of those groups :)
200 000 initial applications
- 1st stage filter, remove attention seekers -90% = 20 000 viable applications
- 2nd stage filter, remove adrenaline junkies -90% = 2 000 viable applications
- 3rd stage filter, remove extrovert people -90% = 200 viable applications
- 4th stage filter, remove people too old/young -50% = 100 viable applications
- 5th stage filter, remove people below specific IQ threshold -50% = 50 viable applications
and so on using fine example of good ol' internet "statistics" :)
Re: Statement from the Department of the Very Obviouis
"survival of the fittest"
thats not correct and taken quite out of context, let me quote about evolution:
1) more offspring are produced than can possibly survive
2) traits vary among individuals, leading to different rates of survival and reproduction
3) trait differences are heritable
Thus, when members of a population die they are replaced by the progeny of parents that were better adapted to survive and reproduce in the environment in which natural selection took place. This process creates and preserves traits that are seemingly fitted for the functional roles they perform. Natural selection is the only known cause of adaptation, but not the only known cause of evolution. Other, nonadaptive causes of evolution include mutation and genetic drift.
environment part is really important, i can imagine a number of environments where these "fittest" (commonly used as in "physically" fit) individuals might be actually at a disadvantage and they would not survive.
criminal intelligence activity
"The stories published yesterday, however, reveal specific and classified details about how we conduct this critical intelligence activity," it said."
and here i thought it said "criminal intelligence activity". that would be the day lol
pretty lame when people blindly jump on bashing wagon pushed by chronic boll haters without actually seeing any of his movies.
Rampage, Darfur and Attack On Wall Street are great.
Re: Just counted my tabs
instance 1 - 73 tabs
instance 2 - 27 tabs
instance 3 - 45 tabs
instance 4 - 14 tabs
instance 5 - 40 tabs
memory used between 400-900 megs per instance (of 28 gigs ram total)
firefox, capped memory caches at 1 gig to prevent some runaway leaks eating up all available memory and indirectly making some more important process to keel over :)
Re: Pioneer probes also provided some earlier data...
isnt speed of light the limiting factor of current measurement methods based on observation models?
nanobot delivery and dispersion device activated by "explosion". once the nanobots saturate the atmosphere, the will start their primary code which is to alter the atmosphere and "terraform" (for the lack of better word) the planet for colonization :)
face down fertilizer monkeys
the bubble will burst eventually and it will go out with a fizzle, no matter how many times they say welcome aboard (why is there an apple logo painted over "titanic"? glug glug)
Re: doomed to fail
i agree, and from what i've read, they will actually spend years training and preparing in harsh isolated environments (both antarctic and cold deserts). thats what i would do, if they cant survive on earth how are they going to survive on mars?
as for the age, agreed again - even though by the time of actual mission they would be 10 years older. its still too young, at 25yo not enough experience and self-restraint even for training (wasting both time and resources on things that might seem important at 25yo but become irrelevant as you get older)
doomed to fail
if this is the kind of people they have in mind for the mission:
i like outdoors (hiking/camping/etc), i like horses (insert other animals/etc), i like partying, etc
you need introvert people not extrovert. well unless the objective is for the members go bonkers from introvert-friendly environment and vent the oxygen :rolleyes:
Re: Reality show producers wet dream
"Pioneer as in "We have already made a mess of the earth, why not export our shit elsewhere as well"....."
more like: "we have been born to a messed up world and no matter what we do the stupid keep making it messier. so lets go somewhere else where the stupid wont go"
Re: Wiimote :)
you're faaar better off using razer hydra (and maybe even something like leap motion)
Re: Terrible waste of resources
its not that simple. i'm all for saving and not wasting resources.
but you could also argue that a long term effect of huge population = more brains = more ideas = more advanced technology = less resources needed = and possibly also best case scenario, invention of practically free energy source and/or achieving technological singularity much faster than a limited population = endless resources
Re: Sorry America
"Rounding up large amounts of it's populace into death camps based on raci..."
where do you think german nazis got the idea? hint: us death camps where they forcibly relocated native americans
"One person told authorities it was making a strange noise."
lost in translation: "we come in peace"....
thats what country code top-level domains are for :rolleyes:
how are you going to argue about locations which share the same name??
so which of these should have the right for New York: New York in Lincolnshire, New York in North Yorkshire, New York in Tyne and Wear, New York in Kentucky, New York in Texas or New York in New York?
and if you dolts insist - why shouldn't amazon belong to a nation of all-female warriors from greek mythology? (or a group of people representing such an idea)
and what was your point again?? where do i state first world government is any better?
not the point. stupid is strong with this one.
yeah except its called "amazonas" in those countries. sounds more like an extortion racket by a corrupt third world government
just because its "legal" doesn't make it right (in a number of senses, moral, ethical, etc)
laws are made by parasites in power to keep them in power and protected
and likewise, just because something deemed "illegal" doesn't make it wrong (a number of morally/ethically directed actions comes to mind, which are being pushed by cartels for criminalization and harsher sentences than stuff that does real, not imaginary harm to people - violent crimes, murder, assault, rape, etc)
Re: Unreal Tournament & II for me
different approach to gameplay
quake - long distance combat and movement, movement rubbery (thanks to a "game feature" called momentum) - when strafing left then you change to strafing right you still strafe left for a bit then rubber band pulls you to right. "feature" strafe running = bug exploit
unreal - fast close range combat and movement, very fast turns and instant movement changes. needs much better reflexes and twitch skills :) "dodge" movement built in from the start as a design choice.
Re: USA to world
if you take a look at world's history, you will see that all wannabe egotist tyrants ended up in the same way. and would be long forgotten was it not for the fact they are a laughing stock of history. and most importantly, they no longer exist. queue hahas
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