182 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009
In other news...
Google deny reading people's Gmail emails because they are automatically scanned by a computer in order to serve up related ads and never seen by human eyes.
Unless the computers see some dodgy pics (or terroristic text?) and they alert the authorities, in which case plod certainly gets eyeballs on your emails.
Re: Human Nature
Well, I for one, am particularly grateful that we have someone as benevolent and wise as Robert Long 1 to tell us what can, and should, be tolerated in a tolerant society. There was me worrying that we might overstep the mark and stifle debate and curtail the presentation of ideas, new and old, but that was silly - we have ROBERT LONG 1 to tell us what we can and can't think, say, do and tolerate.
A reasonable compromise for socialists...
Would be for them to suggest central planning for the necessities: housing, food, medicine, clean water, heat/power.
I wouldn't want that, but the resources required to provide these things, and information required to attempt to provide them centrally, would be orders of magnitude less than trying to work out an average utility function for the country.
Or, worse yet, deciding what the 'correct' utility function is so that we have Opera Houses on every second street and no pubs.
Re: "collect" as in "collect" or Clapper-"collect"?
It's like that script I wrote at my bank that skims 0.1% off all transactions and puts it in my account. I only steal the money when I spend it.
Still, this was Google's argument in the first place when it claims it doesn't read your mail (because no human looks at it) but simply has a computer scan it to serve up ads relevant to the content of your mail. Unintended consequences of, and for, the "do no evil" company.
They take away your IT equipment for 'forensic analysis' - hey, you might be downloading child terrorism copyright infringement porn - and if that's your main tool for work you're screwed. They keep/destroy your equipment, you can't earn, so lose your house. Once you're destitute they drop all charges and everything's hunky dory, no misconduct, nothing to see here, move along.
Re: Maybe we could get a consensus
Scientist: Extreme weather is caused by global warming.
Skeptic: There has been little/no warming for 15 years.
Scientist: Don't you see? That proves it. All the energy that should have gone to heating is being used up in making more energetic storms and weather.
Skeptic: But that's not what you said...
Scientist: I have adapted the model to allow for the data not matching my previous model.
Skeptic: And tomorrow you'll adapt it again when new data arrives?
Scientist: That's [climate] science.
Re: On the contrary, it's up to the police to prove it WAS you, if the shit hits the fan.
It's up to the CPS to do the proving. However, the cops do the investigation and charging and leaking to the press which means you have the inconvenience of having your IT equipment taken away to be forensically investigated, the hassle of going to court, getting a lawyer, being banged up for a few hours, lots of questioning and then named in the paper as an internet kid-flik watcher - before being proven innocent in court.
And all that's before they bang you up for the bit of your hard disk with the old TrueCrypt area that you did when trying out TrueCrypt originally and have long ago forgotten the password for. Let alone that ancient USB key that's password protected but you never used more than once because it's more hassle than it's worth. Plus they want the passwords of all your online accounts because, well, children.
Won't someone think of the cartoon children?
Ban all manga now.
And burn all copies of lolita.
Re: Double yer pleasure, double yer pain
Methinks you don't understand how expensive pension liabilities are...
Game of Thrones?
Re: Perpetual money machine
Step 4 is unreachable as any decent compiler will tell you
1-3 is an infinite loop.
Goddam code review on el reg comments. Should be getting paid for this shit.
Re: Big deal
There is no moral authority if we do bad shit at home. It becomes do as I say, not as I do, which invalidates every sentiment we send out. Human rights are cajoled on other nations through embarrassment more than anything else and if we're 1984 what the heck place do we have telling anyone else anything. Plus the US executes minors and the mentally incompetent, so, ya know...
I got out of economics when I realised that when an economist tests their model against the real world, it isn't their model they think has the problem.
crazed models of how macroeconomists think the real world works
models of how crazed macroeconomists think the real world works
No word on optimisations, multithreading, support, maintainability, interoperability, ease of modification, ability to strap it to a pretty GUI or anything else that in the real world should determine which code should be used to do models that could, push come to shove, be done with a frigging glassblower having a coughing fit in the 40's.
I am spartacus
I am not The fucking Truman Show! Mind your own fucking business.
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
Not B.O.B. from B.A.T.?
Re: Getting desperate?
Don't understand how one can go to jail for (what should be) a civil offence.
Seems the lawmakers have been bought by big business to do their dirty work for them when they should be trying to sue each individual copyright breach(er) themselves. Making the taxpayer pick up the tab AND impose much harsher penalties seems a bit cheeky.
Re: Im in.
Absolute doddle. People have two accounts, one safer than houses deposits, the other available to be used for credit for other account holders.
People wishing to use short term, small credit facilities, can do so under similar conditions to Wonga (better because they've built up a history with us) and only the funds depositors wish to put at risk are ever used to give credit.
This is much easier than people realise. Have a beer.
Re: "Orwellian" isn't an absolute
Rights are taken, not given.
This is why civil rights disputes end up in civil war or civil violence, usually perpetrated by those in possession of those rights who don't want to see others granted them.
It is also why the might of state has to be fought at every turn because even when they claim new powers/rights in order to help us they will always, eventually, turn that round against us.
Re: For some definition of "use"
Speaking on a phone, or having a conversation with a passenger, takes your attention away from the road quite significantly - we do not multi-task well - and is more of a risk, statistically speaking, than having a few beers before driving.
Re: Middle Laners Anyone?
You indicate, the group recognise the car outside wants to cut in, the group splits leaving a gap and off you go.
Of course this could lead to people breaking up platoons just for a laugh by flashing their indicators next to a convoy.
Re: Why bother?
Or this: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2158574/Diesel-engine-exhaust-fumes-major-cancer-risk.html
You still have to generate the electricity to power transport but doing it away from people seems sensible.
Re: Ahem. @ BlueGreen @Squander Two
Starting at the end:
That's NOT what Moore's Law is (and it's not a law in any scientific sense anyway.) Moore's Law is about the density of transistors and it's still ticking along, albeit maybe doubling every 2 years now. And in terms of MHz, we went multi-core rather than single core high speed, so it could be argued processing power is still increasing at an exponential rate even if baseline speeds aren't. Seems to me like the magic IS continuing.
> we still have no policy for dealing with nuke waste (something I know about) etc.
Sure we do - use the radioactive waste to create more energy. We just opt not to do it because the by-products get more and more nasty and more and more dangerous if they were ever released into the wild/taken by bad people.
M9 on Amazon?
They could opt for the Amazon fork and all Amazon would require in return was that they put the Amazon store on rather than Google Play. They might even gain access to LoveFilm which might be a nice little bonus.
No mention that what Intel did was highly illegal and has led to little to no competition in the x86 market since Core since AMD was illegally stopped from gaining market share and R&D funds for its superior Athlon processor over Intel's Netburst idiocy? Or that Microsoft was repeatedly referred to the competition authorities for anti-competitive practices and fined quite heavily?
Re: Not easy
It was in a scouse accent in my head.
Scouse calm == regular folks' cam
Re: Not easy
You're right, would that I could do that comment over again.
Would. Found one.
Wood = Would (wʊd)
Re: Not easy
"There are no silent L's in the English language that do not modify the pronunciation/sound in any way."
Calm down, you're half way to a heart attack. Take some soothing balm and maybe eat a bit of salmon.
Re: Welcome to our country
I didn't vote for this! Mainly because I don't vote.
I don't vote for someone to represent me when they actually are controlled by party whips. I don't vote for parties who claim to stand for what the people believe in but actually put forth policies strongly influenced by their donors. I don't vote in an election where more than 60% of those who actually vote don't vote for the party which claims a landslide victory and a mandate from the people to implement policies which most people didn't vote for. I don't vote in a country which has an un-elected upper chamber with bishops sitting. I don't vote in an election in a country that claims to be a democracy but has an un-elected head of state who can veto any law passed by the houses of parliament.
In short - you can't blame me.
Why is heartbeat a variable length?
Why not have a fixed length test to check server is up and running? Surely a 4 or 8 byte fixed length message is enough to prove that it responds with what you sent and then there is no need for the length parameter.
Re: Shame about scanning emails to target advertising though
The point isn't that the free service scans your mail, it's that Google made the legal argument that it wasn't 'reading' your emails since it was an automated scanning system that went through them. Which allowed the NSA to store and scan every American's emails without a warrant as they're "not reading them, even Google says so" and present that to various secretive courts.
If you're doing nothing wrong you have nothing to fear.
Cunts, cunts, cunts.
land of the free
Home of the brave.
Capitalist country my ass. Corporate reacharounds are de rigeur.
Which language? Single or multi-threaded?
Writing a page of HTML is to code as painting my wall is to the Mona Lisa.
Re: Run on the bank? - read the wiki page
"But they have far more than £100 in deposits to cover it."
No! That is the whole frigging point, When the financial wizardry stops they have EXACTLY £100 in cash. And a nominal £900 in loans and a nominal £1000 in deposits. But there is only £100 in existence (in this closed system).
Re: Run on the bank? - not quite there yet...
Let's consider two actors, me and the bank.
I deposit 100k, they lend me 90k, which I deposit, they lend me 81k, which I deposit etc. etc.
There ever only was 100k, but the bank reports 1m in assets and 1m in liabilities. I report 1m in assets and 900k in liabilities.
something has gone wrong somewhere and "the same chocolate biscuit" just doesn't cut it. Not least because the bank and myself have access to much higher degrees of finance because of our 1m assets rather than my actual 100k assets. The bank is doing this with hundreds of thousands od customers.
Re: Run on the bank? - read the wiki page
I ain't Spartacus, you miss the part where the magic sauce is applied:
I store £100 at the bank, they are forced to keep, say, £10 on hand so they lend out £90. At some point in the scheme of things that £90 becomes a deposit again for someone else (not necessarily at that bank, but let's have a single bank to simplify things).
That £90 deposit (which is the loan from my original saving) then allows the bank to lend out another £81. The £81 becomes a deposit too which allows the bank to lend another £73 etc. etc.
Based on the £100 initial deposit the bank can lend, through just 3 iterations, £244 (and, when all is said and done, about £900 total). This is known as the money multiplier. Like I said, they lend out a multiple of the original deposit.
Run on the bank?
You can't have a run on the bank in Bitcoin, or you shouldn't, as the bank simply stores the money, unlike regular banks which not only lend out your deposits to others but engage in fractional reserve banking where they actually lend out multiples of your savings in spite of not actually having funds to cover it.
Which one sounds more like a shell game or ponzi scheme?
They took the label off - although there was something in Labs that allowed you to put it back on, but I think that's gone now.
Back into beta?
Not always an aggravating factor
"one of the statutory aggravating factors for sentencing for most offences (might be all offences - I'm a little rusty) is that the offence was carried out under the influence of alcohol."
"A gang of Muslim women who attacked a passer-by in a city centre walked free from court after a judge heard they were ‘not used to being drunk’ because of their religion"
Is this a case of...
Poacher turned Gamekeeper?
Yes, you cover it with tape first to prevent catastrophic destruction.
Terrible stats from the author
Have an upvote for getting there before me.
One thing though, why limit it to one, why not have a few pop their corks at once (geologically speaking)? Could be an extinction event for us if a few went.
Paris, as statistically speaking I should be shagging her next week.
Re: I like the part where he rejects the governments arguments about plaintiffs' standing
"a good read for someone like myself who believes in civil liberties"
Perhaps a book about Santa would be more appropriate this time of year. He's about as likely to show up in the US as civil liberties.
Get the big boys involved
If everyone complains that there is pr0n on google and bing then the filters will have to be removed sharpish - or the law will look like exactly what it is, capricious, ill thought out, unworkable, and pandering.
You ceased to be banks years ago, you are now IT centres. The sooner you realise this and invest appropriately, and promote and listen to IT people, the sooner you will overtake your competitors and enhance profitability.
Who cares about brake lights?
You don't need a red glow to tell you you're getting closer to the muppet in front. Lorry driver 100% at fault here.
Hint: It's called a stopping distance for a reason.
Fuck all you
Can I vote for a party that accepts up to, say, 7,000 deaths per annum as acceptable collateral damage to be the freest and most liberal (classical sense) country in the world where my government looks after big stuff and has a priority of protecting my freedom rather than my life?
In an article that has such pretentions then one cannot skim over such a basic assumptions as:
"I" exist as a meaningful entity for a period of time great enough for "me" to make a decision. This is basically untrue as the very decision making process the system (commonly known as you) undertakes changes in subtle ways that very system and so "I" change as "I" cogitate, consciously or otherwise, about any options.
"Do I make my decisions using recursive reasoning?" Yes, but is the I referred to here the conscious mind, or the complex, unseen, committee of brain parts that generally have a big neurological shouting match before your conscious self is even aware of it, by which point the decision has generally already been made and all your conscious mind can do is to rationalise the decision and/or punish/reward that decision to encourage less/more decisions to be made of that ilk.
"Can I model and simulate – at least partially – my own behavior and that of other deciders?" Yes, but not very accurately. Unless one simulates the brain (and hormones and electrolytes and neurological pathways in the gut and blood sugar and ... etc.), in which case computing power could allow all your decisions to, potentially, be either perfectly predicted or statistically predicted (depending on whether QM uncertainty plays any part in the biochemical-neurological processes). If a computer can predict your decisions before you make them, then in what sense do you have 'free will'? Even if you cannot know what you will do as that feeds into an infinitely regressing feedback loop (which isn't necessarily true) then the fact outside observers can know in advance your precise actions and reactions (and potentially set up scenarios to push you to certain, known outcomes) means you are not free.
Just because I can't see the predictions of my own behaviour beforehand does not make me free any more than my inability to see my opponents cards at poker makes them random.
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