I voted Sad, but was secretly thinking Cool.
49 posts • joined 1 Jun 2010
I voted Sad, but was secretly thinking Cool.
We appear to have a system which turns innovative genius into monopolistic monstrosity. Inevitably. Suggestions?
Giving up a mobile number to a free webmail provider is about as dumb as it gets. That's obvious.
As for the scam, it just goes to show that adding complexity doesn't imply better security. It nearly always implies the opposite.
>> “If we actually succeeded in creating machines that were intelligent, how would we ensure that they would be controlled and friendly?
> By definition we couldn't. To be intelligent, an entity needs to be able to make its own conclusions and decide its own actions.
By definition? That implies we're agreed on a definition, which we're not.
But let's define an AI as "Something capable of creating new knowledge, creating new ideas and ways of testing them, and thereby amplifying the human ability to research." Even then, why does it need the ability to decide its *own* actions? Couldn't it just issue a list of instructions? So, if it decided some particular theory deserved investigating, it would explain useful ways to do so.
Couldn't we *use* such an intellgence, without giving it any physical ability... a pure, virtual intelligence? But then, how to firewall the damn thing...... Can knowledge be firewalled?
It's time to call out F#cking Farce on this.
You could not make this stuff up. Only Damien Hirst sells more worthless pieces of crap to bigger morons. But that's a very, very high bar.
>>There's no suggestion that the accident was in any way related to XP. ®
I'm suggesting it. So now there is.
The sort of mentality which thinks it's ok to use something like XP, (let's assume it's not actually controlling anything, which would be insane), in a nuclear installation, probably also thinks it's ok not to build a wall higher than 10m (or whatever it was), to protect the emergency backup generators for the nuclear core coolant system.
Cool. And even better, we can just let the kids worry about the decommissioning and clean up, somewhere down the line. They'll thank us for keeping the lights on. And in any case, there's no problem with any of that sh't, right, nothing a good, stiff broom can't budge, right?
Ahhh... amortising costs out to the future, to screw up the future - it's so great.
Now, back to a serious question: how do you actually measure the efficiency of a wind turbine? Power out / Power in, but how do you measure the Power in?
But have you got a plastic cup which requires ~5000 words of legal mumbo?
Impressive credentials. But "Darktrace" ? Hahah - gimme a break. Someone's been watching too many crap '90s cybercrime flics.
Security is so great - selling nuts to monkeys.
>> Don't hang around with other expats too much and also try to learn the language.
Agree, and especially avoid expats who only hang around other expats.
The Germans I've worked with are a great bunch. Culturally, we're very close in more ways than we like to admit. Work hard, play hard.
Let it all out, dude. Squeeze all that bile and pus right out. It's good to talk.
Yea, it's better times for pros, too. The market for embedded sw engineers, and especially those with some low power and/ or security knowledge, is looking quite rosy at present. Most good people have been sucked in and blown out of the mobile industry over the last few years. That's now a nightmare, as mobile races to the bottom.
But just recently, it's become clear that we may be able to avoid Linux just a bit longer...
Those who make money from scientific achievement, and then deny science when it comes to climate, those people should be the first against the wall. Let's remember their names. And we certainly won't find that particular history on Google, in a few years...
We could be. But that theory adds no new explanations for what we observe. Moreover, it would require additional explanations, if true. Hence, we choose to drop it. Please just drop it. It's old and boring. Like me.
Great picture - good work.
...unlike the rest of human kind, which acts with selfless, imaginative, quiet humility, content to spread happiness and peace throughout the land.
It seems to me that the IT industry will be always be utterly, incompetently, and completely incapable of implementing these subtle rules.
The only realistic way ahead is to "get down with the kids". We have to start accepting that we won't have private information, except that which we keep in a diary, maybe. Once the psychological hurdle is jumped, it's easy. All the Information Commissioners, lawyers and "security specialists" [haha] lose their jobs. So what?
zzz ... sorry - is this a piece of your brain?... zzz
No. You're confusing control with actuation. Electronics cannot do what hydraulics does. And most car breaking systems these days are controlled by electronic detection of a loss of traction - a skid.
If this problem is the battery, then it should be relatively easy to solve, although the logic of using a battery capable of sustaining its own combustion is very questionable.
If, as seems more likely, it's the charge and management electronics, then it could be total nightmare.
I genuinely wish you Good Luck, guys.
Ok, wow, so it seems the evidence is overwhelming. And you present it so well. Thank you.
Haha great story! Mind you, that's how many people approached Bob Dylan's music, including me. It was that wonderfully awful nazal grind he made - it just seemed to grow on you, like smoking.
This is not an Internet phenomenon. There have always been sources you can trust, and sources you can't. It's nothing new. That's why in science and medicine for example, the peer review "chain of trust" is fundamental. (Of course, it too breaks down sometimes.)
So the Internet just gives us more and quicker, not better. But I thought everyone knew that..?
Agreed. It's an odd article.
Also- "Underpowered Intel Atom processors made netbooks useless as number crunchers..."
Well, duh. The clue is in the name.
Netbooks died because the functionality 99% of people want is now standard in phones and tablets - even cheaper and more portable.
Since you have "had the luxury throughout my life never to have experienced what he went through." then why the hell do you find his views "remarkable"? There's more to life than being a diplomat. Idiot.
RIP Sir Patrick.
No, for real science, it has to be Lissajous figures. Also, the guys have turned the scope towards the camera. Real engineers wouldn't do that - fail on 2 counts!
"Are you really suggesting we should be teaching school children how to program an OS?"
If he's not, I certainly am. The point about the Pi is that a few hundred lines of bare-metal code can make it flash an LED, beep a speaker, detect a finger, detect a light source etc etc. And that is where it all starts for kids. On that simple beginning everything else can stand. Over a number of school years, a complete school OS could be built, and the relevant hardcore Computer Science introduced as appropriate. That's how to teach computing.
We have forgotten that an "OS" can be simple and elegant. Of course, any single board computer could have fulfilled this role equally at any time over the last 20 years.The noise and b'llsh't of the likes of corporate MS have perverted what happens in schools. (And for balance, Linux is far too large and complex to play any part of early school learning. These are tools.)
@ Sean Timarco Baggaley
He meant denial in general- the whole denial THING.
And to you:
"Our cover story this week may generate controversy," he tweeted, "but only among the stupid."
We draw our own conclusions.
...W.T.F Wogan?? Give me a f'ing break. Morons. Turing should be there, without question. No one else on that list should make an I.O.U., let alone a tenner. Oh wait...
Anyway, the man now has my vote.
The HT is required at very low power, and easily derived from step-up conversion. 90 volt batteries for HT valve supplies were common for this purpose in the after-war years. Now of course, electronics is used to generate it from the 12 volt vehicle supply. That step-up conversion electronics *could* be valve, in the extreme case. And then you would only require semiconductors to get things going. (I'm not saying I've got such a set-up... but it's all feasible!)
I guess you don't know much about CB. And yes.
...but can anyone point me to govt. policy over what happens when the sh't really does hit the fan? [Pick 1 or more of early AM asteroid strike/ terrorist A bomb/ volcanic eruption/ Resident Evil scenario etc]. Given any national emergency, we know the mobile networks and internet will disappear faster than Jimmy Savile's CRB pass certificate. And I don't have any greater faith in digital broadcast. So what do the people do? (Personally, I'm keeping my valve CB in working order.. breaker break..) But is anyone on this case??
Errr, what? My comment was flippant...
As far as I can see, the forum discussions concern what happens when the file system starts to fill up, (so flash is implied). The article here is fine - it quite reasonably assumes we're discussing flash. The title is confusing, that's all.
I don't see what relevance that link has, unless the world is already more complicated than I thought... which could well be the case!
....is flash RAM?
...just because climate sceptics have a setback, or even, ultimately, are shown to be completely wrong, do not for one minute be misled into thinking that means there is no global scientific conspiracy to promote the theory of man-made climate change. That would be a big mistake…
Hmmm, I really think that after 50 years, it's time they had this hovering thing licked. I mean, come on, it's hardly rocket science.
Reg journos and radical thinking just don't mix!
We have a closed system, (well, one input- solar radiation, maybe two- asteroids) and everything follows from that. It's really not that hard - relax, calm down, lie in the sun and think about it.
You’ll get there.
"Do you have an Archivist?"
Hmmm. May I suggest the Q
"Why don't you use an IT supplier who knows WTF they're doing?"
would be more FA. Odd how these useless sites are always ASP stuff.
The chance of one dodgy iPhone is small. So the chance of two tends to zero.
*... unless of course, a friendly nudge by a piece of junk changes its orbit*. Encryption is safe and uncrackable... *given current technology*. Why oh why do they never circumscribe the risk? It's not hard to do.
in a HDD? Maybe I'm missing something.
are well understood, and by and large unrelated to usage patterns. OTOH writing to a flash cell accelerates its failure, making it inherently harder to predict. Wear levelling slows things down, adds complexity, and virtually removes any hope of secure deletion. It's a bodge to fix a poor technology.
Recipe for faster, smaller and more reliable drive:
1) Take one fundamentally dodgy technology. Ideally, this should exhibit at least 2 complex failure modes: i) random failures which exist at the point of manufacture, ii) random failures which develop over random time.
2) Add a complex software layer to mask failures from application.
3) Slowly realise that complexity reduces reliability and speed.
4) Suddenly realise that software layer makes secure deletion impossible.
5) Stop and wait for something better.
...is a much better name. I bet he wishes he'd thought of it.
What I find most scary in the debate on here is how people with such a supposedly solid grasp of the science have such utter contempt for those expressing natural human fears.
This contempt seems to be a macho thing: Hey, I understand everything, and therefore fear nothing. Oh, and look at my huge dick.
Those who do dangerous things know it’s often fear which keeps them alive. Brave people finding leaks in reactors fear. But they also know more about the job in hand than anyone spouting their macho garbage on here.
if you don't understand the fear, you're barely human.
Which?, oh you sad little mag for the baby boom generation. Opitome of selfishness and the me me me consumer. When I was a lad, 30 years ago, it was a sorry little affair. Can't believe it still exists. Good for toasters though.
Eh? Am I just imagining I bought a 250g 3 months ago?
This is a first - (if, indeed, it proves to be their idea) - a genuine innovation, clever and elegant. How uniquely un-Msoft. Oh the irony - that it's pure hardware!! Poor old Mhard.
They got there first.