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Random noise plotted with nice colour bars is still random noise.
94 posts • joined 23 Jan 2011
Random noise plotted with nice colour bars is still random noise.
Probably just baseless Russian propaganda. Also, it is probably true...
> The problem with mathematical notation is that it is usually designed by accountants, physicists, and, of course, mathematicians.
That's not the problem, that's the stroing point. Mathematical notation is created (rarely designed) to express some concept consisely and in a way that helps *the person creating it* thinking about the concept/using it correctly. Anyone doing non-trivial math develops new notations all the time. If lots of other people find a particular notation helpful it sticks. It's a natural selection following the devlopment of the field.
The last thing we need is notation designed by cognitive psychologists who don't even understand the mathematical concepts. As for graphical design, notations are typically first created for writing by hand (scribbling, actually). The time for typographical refinement comes when (if) they do stick.
> Why just before a group of muslims?
Noticed the topic of the article?
Otherwise I agree. Although existential proof may not be sufficient; it's also a matter of quantity...
> You are not the copyright owner.
What the hell does any of this to do with the copyright owner?
When I buy a dead-tree book I own it. No problem including it in my Will. We only want the same for the non-dead-tree stuff.
> The very fact that many messages are suddenly travelling encrypted means dragnet surveillance is much more difficult.
This in turn means more focus on getting the messages (and metadata) at the source, i.e. owning the devices. Not that it would not be happening anyway...
> Innocent person wipes their mobile, unaware that they are destroying evidence.
And this complicated chain of events is something you say it happens often, or what's the point?
Yes, why bother, the main threats they need to focus on are whistlebowers, civil and digial right groups and such. 4chan can be a convenient scapegoat but the time doesn't seem to be right for that now.
Thank you for the good laugh.
> don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs.
Or ensure that people allergic to dogs are considered a protected group... And lawyers will rejoice.
All people who think some topic is taboo for jokes should be hanged.
You are welcome.
...until we're all paying using gold, cigarettes, chicken eggs, etc.
> ...and you don't speak English and you don't know non-Cyrillic alphabets and you use a Cyrillic keyboard...
i.e. any advanced use of computers is out of question for you, well, then you just use a contact list in your communication app. The little things with @s in them are not that important. They are some internal handles for computer geeks. You probably use social sites, not e-mail, to communicate anyway.
And if you have to you can still copy'n'paste an e-mail address when you see it even though you cannot type it. Which is excatly the situation *everyone* will be in soon.
There is a diference between, for instance, muder and negligience manslaughter even though in both cases someone is killed.
You can only *manipulate* the stock market intentionally. Otherwise you only affect it.
Want keep something inaccessible for the general public? Don't let search engines index it either! It's really simple and you won't piss off people.
If the current trends contiune, soon it will be unacceptable in the US to label explicitly anyone as black, asian or whatever (white being the only exception). So it will be impossible to produce similar reports. Problem solved.
> Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?
You can complain as much as you want. But you have the full right to be ignored if you are *just* complaining.
As an open source developer (not paid by any rich foundation, mind you), I often must say: I do not want to invest my time into this. There are more important/interesting things to work on and this one is weird/uninteresting/marginal/tangential to the program function/... But patches are welcome. This is how open source works.
Have you tried your complaining tactics with proprietary software? How it went?
I wonder what will be next. Women are underrepresented among world dictators?
Is it really necessary to make gender-balanced every bloody definable group of people, no matter how good, bad or odd the group is?
> I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face.
You are holding it wrong.
The other licenses you mention say ‘you got this software for free and we hope you'll find it useful but you may also find it to be crap’ and that's fair IMO. Proprietary software EULAs, on the other hand...
The sad thing is that in the case of gun control or abortion it comes down to what you believe is right or wrong. Science can help us analyse the options or maybe provide new options but cannot ultimately decide the issue. But what is the most controversial? A question where opinions should worth dog's shit because it can be answered by hard scientific data and proper analysis.
> The father violated the agreement the second he told his family.
Close relatives can, in general, figure out that the case ended and the person in question received lots of $$$ without being explicitly told. So do you suggest that everyone involved in such agreement has to divorce his wife/her husband, leave his/her family and become a hermit?
I don't say that the agreement was not legally binding, I just say that there is no sane way to actually honour it.
And the world did. It also adopted the SI unit system, ISO paper sizes, ... The United States, of course, are on a different planet than the rest of us.
If you don't like the word duty you are free to replace it with ‚the sole purpose of their existence‘. It won't change anything...
The DNS is broken. It still does some Ds and Ns, but there is no longer any System in it.
What alternatives do we have?
> JS is an integral part of a modern website!
Sounds like a statement from spokesman for the idiots creating sites that just render as a blank page without JS. And of course if JS is enabled it just renders a page that could be easily done in plain HTML...
Yes, JS is useful. But IMO many sites would become more pleasant to use with less JS, not more. And for some, such as Google Search, disabling JS is actually the only way how to use them sanely...
So you say iPhone 5 doesn't even have feature parity with iPhone 1? Did they remove the obsolete phone-call function or what happened?
Trying not to invoke the Godwin's law but... NZSIS? No one thought people would misread it like I just did? Just wondering...
> Whether the advert has any merit or is a parody makes no difference
IMO the right to parody and generally make fun of anything whatsoever is far more important than any dead man's wishes. Those who try to impose rules what we may and may not make fun of are usually exactly those who do not understand humour at all.
Ubuntu for oldskoolers? Can these two words be even put into the same sentence? Oldskoolers have their trusty Debian ... been here long before Ubuntu, Mint and whatever derivates and will be long after they are gone.
And the superconductor from the title is where exactly?
But... Will it show time?
Now they are talking about ~100 atoms. That certainly isn't macroscopic but some wiggle room still exist, a single misplaced atom here or there does not break it completely. But Moore's law is still pretty much dead within less than ten years.
"Same reason you don't bin your family photo albums"
I do. If you keep them you might look back 20 years later and smile. But if you don't you will not miss them.
And the following version will be 8.11. Then they just need to smear the left half of `8' a bit...
> Hard to do when there aren't enough atoms or energy to keep that much data on the planet Earth.
About the energy, I can agree. The energy needed to sufficiently reduce entropy of whatever to make it meaningful storage for this kind of data mount would be hard to get.
But atoms are plenty. If you figured out the atomic level storage somehow and kept one bit per atom, you'd only need a Silicon cube with side of 18km. That may seem huge but it's tiny compared to Earth. And if you had lots of energy you could easily process entire Earth to common Silicon chips to obtain this kind of data capacity and beyond.
Practical? Perhaps not. But sure we have the atoms.
> Just because WE can't know both momentum and position, has nothing to do with her Noodliness.
That's rubbish. Read about Bell inequalities that were pretty much conclusively disproved. And with them the idea that a logically consistent underlying state is possible which would define simultaneously both momentum and position (or the equivalent for polarisation-bases for photons anyway). So, there's nothing for her Noodliness to actually know.
> Well, you think they would keep a name that would put anyone using it at risk of being taken off the web?
Anyone outside Europe and also anyone inside who wants the trademark invalidated.
If #!/usr/bin/python stops working because of trademark I'm going to start sending death threats too.
please check your irony detectors. They seem to be broken seriously.
I'm so shocked that I read the sentence several times and still don't understand...
The price of WHAT is more important than WHAT, if not calls and text?
> There is no such thing as a digital signal,
DVB signal is an MPEG stream. Please describe how to interpret it non-digitally...
My audio and video kit cannot become obsolete. It already is.
One charging elephant would be a nice unit of momentum. But force? I am disappointed.
> and this one tends to be more obvious in open source software land...
Hardly. Abrasive, arrogant, rude and thick-skinned personalities abound but minimum risk and effort? That does not get you far there.
They charitably donate to Apple, for start...
> your favourite company's turn will come soon
It won't... Unless Apple patents the use of a phone to make phone calls. While holding it normally. The first thing might have crossed their minds briefly but the second seems quite safe.
> by pirating
Please, enlighten me, what did he pirated?