//The law is probably on the books to prevent someone from watering down the booze//
Except it would be legal if they left the lid off.
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//The law is probably on the books to prevent someone from watering down the booze//
Except it would be legal if they left the lid off.
I assume the reason they don't allow Perl is it makes it too easy.
Why don't you try befunge?
// And in the meantime, all the advances that the EU *has* made in things like social justice, personal rights and equality will get flushed down the toilet. I simply do not trust the UK government to replace these.//
I think you trust them too far.
This is from a Leave campaign pamphlet I was sent:
::Does the EU keep us safe?
::"Brexit would bring two potentially important security gains: the ability to dump the European Convention on Human Rights ... and, more importantly, greater control over immigration from the European Union." (Sir Richard Dearlove, former chief of MI6)
Bear in mind that Sir Dearlove was head of MI6 when it was busy abducting people and their families and renditioning them to places where they could be secretly tortured.
(see for example : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/01/mi5-chief-right-to-be-disgusted-over-mi6-role-rendition-blair )
I find it very interesting that this seems to be practically the one point that both sides agree on.
He was doing it manually and didn't manage to flicker-tap the space bar correctly on final approach.
//... and horizontal gene transfer is believed to be more prevalent than inherited gene transfer in some bacterial species. ...//
While I generally agree with the .. er... sediment... of your post, I can't leave that statement alone - I'm pretty sure it's wrong.
Outside the most extreme and incredibly rare example, vertical gene transfer (that is, genes passed from parent to daughter cells) massively outweighs horizontal gene transfer (that is, genes transferred from one cell to another).
To put numbers on it, a bacterium may have something like 1000 to 6000 genes. A horizontal transfer event might be 1 to perhaps 500 genes (with a mean I'd guess of less than 50, max), and that won't occur every generation. For example, for a conjugative plasmid, a horizontal transfer for every 10 cell/generations would be a high rate, and for a virus... well, most virus particles in the wild carry infectious death; only a tiny proportion are misassembled donor cell DNA. Some cells can take up free DNA, but if they took up and replaced a large proportion of their genome each generation then ... they wouldn't be like that for long, and would stop.
But that's not to say that horizontal transfer isn't widespread.
Well, that's certainly an argument, but it's based on the assumption that everything we already do is acceptable (or perhaps 'responsible'). And further, it disregards any potential benefits.
In reality there's potential harm in everything we do. Some risks (like the escape of genes into wild varieties) can be researched - and either prove minimal (as in this case) or can be mitigated.
just imagine a beowolf cluster of 'em.
//. Bacteria will always try and adapt to survive but they don't always do so. I'm thinking of Silver, its antibacterial properties don't seem to have diminished over hundreds of years! //
Actually, bacterial silver resistance exists. Typing those words into google gives a long list of abstracts and similar. The top one is titled: "Bacterial silver resistance: molecular biology and uses and misuses of silver compounds."
The thing about resistance is that it may come with a cost. When that is significant, resistant bacteria will be broadly restricted to places where the toxin is likely to be encountered.
This isn't quite as encouraging as you might think, though, because the little buggers can pass resistance around, and some resistance is likely to remain somewhere in the population. This means even if you stop using the antibiotic (or antiseptic) for a few years, if you start using it again the resistance get back up to high levels quite quickly.
Get on it, techno-lawyers.
Here's an attempt to clear up any remaining confusion:
A one time pad is random data (at least) as long as the original message.
If we look at the original suggestion, step 3 could be put off until the demand arrives. One could, without knowing the original, decrypt the message to anything. Therefore it doesn't affect the security of the original message.
I've thought about this before, in a rather similar context. In the UK, could this approach be used to fend off a RIPA section 49 notice?
I think it's worded that you're required to make the information intelligible, which this approach does, assuming a carefully chosen plaintext. Might be handy when they're demanding you decrypt a file you don't actually have a key for.
I particularly like these british entries:
Earth with sea monster
taking the dog for a walk
TV robot lowered by sky-crane
I think I have a cunning strategy to mitigate that scope creep, to some extent at least:
Agree to the process for the one specific case, at cost plus some reasonable margin. With the condition explicitly written into the contract that the fee for each future decryption project for a government body in the USA will double. (And without predjudice to contest each project, and the company's discretion as to how many items a project entails, etc.) The head of the FBI has to sign, judges have to sign, the president has to sign, it has to be cleared by congress, whatever makes it legal.
Donate a percentage of each subsequent project to a suitable charity, for example EFF.
That would hopefully restrict the feds from wantonly serving warrants, but still allow them to proceed in the event of a significant need.
“...if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
I like this idea of an encryption which is so strong that it *can't be decrypted*.
I suppose this is bad news if you like to generate random numbers.
Occasionally I will decide to put something in a safe place. Over the years I've learned not to put things anywhere *too* safe, because then I can't find it when I need it.
What did he win, now he's certified human?
A secret code for - no more CAPCHAs for life?
Regarding the scenario of encrypting malware with a lag phase - perhaps one solution would be to write out all memory along with disk.
Then you'd (theoretically) be able to find the decryption key somewhere in that. (This has to be available somewhere, since the shim has to be able to transparently decrypt during the lag phase.)
Although - I suppose it would itself get encrypted. Hmm, might be an awkward workaround. Either something somewhere is written unencrypted, for boot-up to work, or you could get an early warning of the issue by attempting to boot a cloned copy.
//Nope. All you protect is content. PGP doesn't do anything to protect the endpoints of the conversation (very little does, to be honest). Volume has zero to do with it.//
Actually, stuartnz is right, in the sense that the article was about how using PGP in itself flagged you up as someone to study. If everybody used it, that wouldn't be the case.
//Saying that eliminating one large animal species is "consequence-free" is very short-sighted and not at all right, IMO.//
In the general case you're right. But since the narrow case is very specifically removal of an introduced creature; your two starred points are probably the objective, and the third point does not apply.
However I do concede the following as theoretical risks:
* If you had two introduced species and remove one, the other may become more of a problem.
* If the ecosystem had effectively stabilised with the introduced species as an essential part, it may decay to an even less desirable state if it were removed.
I've not heard of either and (in my non-expert and perhaps naive opinion) think that they're pretty unlikely in island ecosystems, but maybe thats because they're taken into account when a culling project is considered. Certainly they are often done in combination with an attempt to recover some of the original diversity (i.e. reintroduction of locally extinct species) which presumably helps.
Erm... yes. Some examples:
Locally eliminated, no horrific consequences
* goats or pigs from islands (multiple examples of this)
* rats (e.g. Campbell Island - no local species of rodent)
* sandbur (a grass), from Laysan
Locally eliminated, significant short-term expected deleterious consequences
* rats (many, many times)
If you're trying to clear a small island of large animals, you can shoot them, basically unforseen horrific consequence-free.
If you've got a medium-size island full of smaller animals like rats, poisoning can work - but you probably need a decent breeding colony of everything else which might also eat it.
To be fair, I don't think any CD drive has ever survived an upgrade.
Given they used hidden data in a previous recruitment campaign, I'd bet the latter.
Every time they try this, people pick through it and publish their findings on the web. If they cared, they could serve every visitor a unique puzzle which terminates at a unique url. Maybe they're trying to do that this time and that's why the traffic is hobbling it so easily.
That's actually a disguised fraction. It's probably not exactly zero, one or two in ten. Does it really still use 'fewer'?
You're probably thinking of this article, which rubbished the in-flight production of TATP:
However, that wasn't the plan, as described by Lewis Page:
From what I gather the main explosive was hydrogen peroxide (possibly to be mixed with a powder like flour), being set off by a detonator (which was either TATP or HMTD).
And as he observed, the 'no liquids' (or rather, 100ml bottles max) rule wouldn't prevent a determined attack.
//I was taught that two lots of X chromosones cannot produce red/green colourblindness in people, hence women are actually not reg/green colourblind... //
Then you were taught wrong. Even thinking about it for a moment would tell you that.
If someone has a broken version of the gene on each of their two X chromosomes, they won't have a functional one and so will be colourblind.
The earth has a solid iron core which is growing at about half a millimetre per year. Obviously this can't go on indefinitely.
Something for you to worry about?
I think I'm now working on the basis that they mean that when they declassify everything and repeal the Official Secrets Acts.
The thing is - more money for science doesn't necessarily mean more money for a few big projects. It could (and probably does) mean funding more small projects. And more scientists researching probably does mean more results. You might be amazed at the hoops that have to be jumped through to get research council funding for research teams at universities. Many applications which people have spent significant time on, (and which describe a specific explicit need) fail - not because they're not decent, but because there isn't enough money to fund all the high-quality projects.
If you want to see what the UK research councils have funded I'm sure you can see at least some of that online.
Every large vehicle was nuclear powered and either automated, or set to auto-pilot by someone due a heart-attack. And the machine would then go out of control and aim straight for the nearest city.
The thing is, if I recall correctly, radioactive contamination was not a concern - the mobile nuclear power plant was solely a device to ensure that the machine wouldn't lose power.
 Our favourite was the crab-logger.
It's not an error margin, it's a distribution.
//Is this controlled for the fact that someone who's just tried 24//
I recently read most of a popular book by the scientist who performed that experiment. Apparently people given 24 choices would go to the jam aisle then dither for a while before giving up, so I think the answer is effectively : yes. They wanted the jam, but couldn't decide which one.
//but I can't see how you could fight much of a duel with money//
Works quite well.
"Best dollar 80 I ever spent."
Arctic fox, they're probably American. I get the impression there's a different perception of where the centre is there.
I think this sub-thread explains it well:
//This always infuriates me. It is quite possible for 80% of a sample to be above the average.//
Not if the average in question is a median - and that's a better average to use for this purpose.
Looking at the sample data-set you gave, should the four '10' drivers say "I'm about the same as everyone else - except that one guy who doesn't have a licence, never uses indicators, uses the mirror only to shave, and tends to stop by running into something - therefore I'm definitely better than average", or "I'm about the same as most of the other drivers, therefore I'm about average".
Just as well they don't make speakers, then.
I think you're referring to this:
"while 10 homicides in a small town of 1,000 is terrifying, 100 in a city of 10 million would be considered low. The second is still 10 times the first."
It might have been altered since your comment, I suppose.
"All being different models - and not the exact same O/S and update level."
Given Microsoft's attitude to WYSIWYG that's optimistic, to say the least. I once saw a student try to print a patch - a single page in the middle of a long document, transferred from one machine to another. The OS was the same, Office was the same, the printer was ... a subtly different model in the same line.
The document paginated differently. Not ideal to have deleted and duplicated text.
That was a long time ago, but only last year my boss found that a Word document - which it was essential fit onto two pages - ran on to a third on his home computer.
 I think they heard about it, and decided they want no part of it.
 It probably had an 'e' after the number, or something like that.
You mean like this spec here?
(note - you'll need to merge the lines to get a functioning URL)
"Flash can detect this and crash before a vulnerability is exploited."
Did you mean halt - or is the only way to stop a flash script to run it into the buffers?
Yes. If you know what the outcome will be, then it isn't an experiment at all.
I don't know, but I think weasels were involved.
//If you mailed out cash, you'd certainly stimulate the criminal economy. Not sure if that's what the government really wants, however.//
Actually I had visions of emptying bags of loose notes out of skyscraper windows...
Hey, I think I've got it.
Who spends all their money?
Let's give them... say, 30 pence or so per day they go to school.
By my calculations this would drop about a million pounds into local economies per schoolday.
//Sending out stimulus cheques in the US (George Bush essentially saying, send everyone cheques for dollars as a method of stimulus) did work. But it was noted that if people were sent one for a few hundred, or a reasonable portion of a thousand or so, then they would indeed save it, use it to pay down debt, and that's not stimulative activity.//
When I get a check it goes into my bank account as a matter of course. I might put it in savings while I'm at the bank.
Would it be more efficient to give out cash?
Maybe the source code has become such a creeping horror of badly implemented features, bugs and their workarounds that no-one can change it anymore, so trying again with a better foundation is the plan?
//Second, they make the hard-to-argue point that any backdoor “can be exploited by bad actors such as criminals, spies and those engaged in economic espionage.”//
But isn't that exactly why they want it?
Is there a word or phrase for when both sides of the argument use the same fact to draw different conclusions?
If not, I propose we call it an Adams' dolphin standoff.
//For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.//
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
//The economies of shoe production ... Branding and distribution are also major costs as is the disposal of unsold stock.//
Can't they just push unsold shoes (that they can't even reduce the prices on) into shoe recycling bins for free?
Well, it would be easier to hand them over in bulk, but regardless - surely disposal can't be a big cost.
// but am surprised it's a 12A instead of PG.//
All I've seen is the trailer, and I suspect that seeing people getting sliced into chunks by lasers earnt it that for starters.
//The single most f***** stupid thing any person could ever say.//
I disagree. It's not even the stupidest thing Cameron's said recently.
For example, there's this:
"For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,”
Or maybe that's not stupid, in which case it's very scary indeed.
//why not ban polling during the campaign?//
//The Internet makes a nonsense of it though//
Okay, one possibility - we go with it, and game the crap out of all polls on the internet.
It'll give MI5 something savoury to do for a change.
//So RAID 5 for consumer hard drives is dead.//
You seem to be saying that a single URE event means the entire restore has failed.
I'd always understood that the risk of failure for RAID is that too many disks crap out entirely, before you're rebuilt the set. But you seem to be saying that this is not the case.
If the failure to recover a single sector means that everything is lost, I think the priorities of the system are questionable.
I mean, I have a few very important files, and very much more stuff which I'd like to keep, but could get by without. I make extra copies of the former on other media.
If (i was using RAID and) recovery did go wrong, I'd expect it to recover everything it could, and apologise profusely for the odd file which was lost. If instead it wigs out and fails then you're better off not having it in the first place.