Twelve months locked in a cell with only a bucket to use as a toilet; he may not actually regard this as a punishment...
589 posts • joined 25 Mar 2013
If any aliens turn up in our solar system, then it will be us with the "Outside Context Problem".
"Akin to, say, a Pharaoh deeding the sun to his favourite son"
He can't; a Spanish woman already owns it:
Re: It's just like a bad French remake of the US 2001 bullshit
"Maybe I'm remembering through rose tinted glasses but the UK endured an active 20 year bombing campaign with less restrictions on our liberty"
I think the current enthusiasm for surveillance stems from a combination of our more risk-averse society (it's safer to sit behind a computer than to go into the field to gather intelligence) and also the misguided belief that the technology can actually work; the latter is encouraged by the Military Industrial Complex, since it means money spent on equipment from them rather than wages and training for field operatives.
Re: Ethical UAV?
I think by "ethical" they mean drones that don't intentionally kill people; so basically civilian applications like agricultural monitoring and building surveys.
Re: More than a curio?
"Personally, I don't see any direct application of laser-cooling but the underlying principle of energy extraction may have legs."
Are you serious? What about a freeze ray?
Or how about making "standard-essential patents" royalties payable to the standards-body that issued the standard?
If you want your company's technology to be part of the standard definition, then you have to agree to a percentage split of royalties and a fixed charge for the total royalties for the standard.
So those participating in standards definition get compensated for their technology, and anyone wanting to use the standard knows who to contact about royalties and has a transparent price.
The current system of secret deals doesn't benefit business or consumers; only lawyers.
Re: Die Hard 4.0
Trouble is, a lot of the anti-terror measures for airline security were based on the mythical "binary liquid explosive" from Die Hard 2, so basing cyber-security policy on Die Hard 4.0 will just be consistent thinking.
Re: You can get badges?
Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!
What happened to the Web 2.0 Badger icon?
Re: You can get badges?
Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!
Yes, Microsoft Android and Microsoft Chrome really do show how much Microsoft care about users of those products...
Re: "Maybe that is scientifically and mathematically not possible."
How about "Maybe it's not morally defensible"?
The rights of individuals to private communications shouldn't just be a matter of whatever is left after the limits of technology have been reached.
Re: "using a small tethered black hole"
"gravity plating"? This should still be locked up in Area 51; please wait patiently for your free helicopter ride to safety.
Re: @ King Tut
GCHQ don't need to nick your phone, they can intercept the text messages.
Re: If that's their good will...
Their "ill will" is forcing you to remain as a customer...
Re: No sireee
"does Mars have pubs?"
I'm guessing that by the time they arrive, there'll be an O'Leary's on Mars...
(not strictly a pub to British Standards, but closest ISO equivalent)
Re: This would be interesting
"Plus I threw up a lot, and nobody liked spending a week with me. "
Trying to beat McGuinness's time around the TT circuit would make even a robot experience fear...
"Or a deadbox."
You mean an Ex-Xbox?
"speculated as to whether it would really be possible to destroy Silicon Valley"
Could this be done by legalising US Government surveillance of customers, forcing companies to relocate somewhere else?
If only Greg could get his biceps-enhancing ray to work on his thumb, he'd be able to sell his car and hitch-hike for the rest of his life...
Re: "but there are companies by the hundreds if not thousands that want to participate in this."
Thing is, once this is law they'll start making life difficult for those who don't sign up; loss of government contracts, inexplicable decisions against them in court cases, branding them as un-American etc.
"Their switching off their e-mail seems to indicate their mail server techs don't understand the concept of spoofing."
Or more likely, they just get orders from "on high" like:
"I don't know anything about spoofing, and I don't care, just turn it off!"
What is Altitude Angels aim in this?
On the face of it, they seem to be offering a positive service, but air traffic control is only effective if it controls all aircraft and works (almost) all the time.
So the questions are:
1) How are they going to make any money?
2) Is there aim to become the de facto "Drone ATC" system, and hope that Government(s) will mandate their service?
3) If what they're doing is a public service, why isn't public money paying for this with the usual SLA in place for such a service?
Angels they may be, but the Devil is in the detail...
Take that, other chip shops!
"We view the Data Science Machine as a natural complement to human intelligence,"
Data Science Machine: [dreaming] Kill all humans... must kill all humans... kill all humans...
I'm assuming that not all of the 1,200 away-day prisoners were x-rayed on return; so how did they know to check this one?
Also, did this guy not see the FAA warnings about lithium batteries? Cue "Ring of Fire"...
"Now they know I wonder how long that will last."
The answer is at the end of this quote from 1984:
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever."
And now we know who's wearing the boot...
Donald Trump provided natural spring water for water-boarding:
Re: People still use Truecrypt and friends?
"you'll be better off just encrypting the whole drive with LUKS instead of making a Truecrypt container"
But you can use TrueCrypt for full disk (including system disk) encryption; works a treat, you can even use a single password to unlock all drives on the machine in one go (requires password caching in TrueCrypt, so is slightly less safe).
"Anyone using Truecrypt on windows obviously doesn't care about security that much anyway"
I think you'll find they really do care; you have to get past TrueCrypt to get to Windows, so the security or otherwise of Windows isn't as relevant as the security of TrueCrypt.
A bit like putting a petty-cash tin in a safe.
As other's have mentioned, the point of hard disk encryption is to ensure that if the disk goes missing, either through accidental loss or targeted theft, the information on the disk is still relatively secure.
The poll seems to be missing the "Hot Martian Princess" option:
"destroying civil liberties is less of an electoral liability than accidentally allowing an unsuccessful terrorist plot to get further than it might otherwise do"
"destroying civil liberties is less of an electoral liability than GCHQ publishing your browsing history"
"The licences should be nominal cost and for a single infrastructure company that resells to Retail Operators"
This sounds like "Openreach for for Mobile"; let's not go there...
OK, so they own the rights, but enforcing them in this case may reflect badly on the company; here's a better response to fans who "infringe rights to characters":
DC Comics should be happy that the car builders, and the fans who pay for the cars, are helping promote their product on the streets...
Sounds like they're taking the piss...
Re: They didn't have much choice.
"Microsoft has their niche in the PC market, but it doesn't look like they will ever expand Windows very much outside of that."
Because no-one is using Exchange Server, SharePoint or SQL Server running on Windows Servers?
Re: Reindeer as tourist attractions
"I did ask if there was a farm shop"
Or you could go to "Mister India" in Oslo and enjoy a number 55:
"No, it's the deliberate use of the technology to kill, maim and supress other human beings."
I think you've got this the wrong way round; if humans didn't have the desire to "kill, maim and supress other human beings" then there wouldn't be a market for this kind of technology. Before drones were available, they sent men in aeroplanes, before aeroplanes they sent men with guns, before guns it was men with swords and before that men with clubs; right back through time until it was the strongest man who leads the tribe rather than the smartest.
Here's a great quote from "Lord of War" that I think encapsulates the reality of weapons technology:
"Keeping track of nuclear arsenels - you'd think that be more critical to world security. But it's not. No, nine out of ten war victims today are killed with assault rifles and small arms - like yours. Those nuclear weapons sit in their silos. Your AK-47, that's the real weapon of mass destruction."
"Unfortunately, the information that has been made public to this point is very unbalanced"
I think it is the school and police response that seems to be very unbalanced...
Re: Who's to blame
"thinking rationally is associated with being an extremist, fascist"
I think you've got that last bit reversed; the "fascist" ideology means "sticking together against outsiders" (based on the symbolism of the fasces suggesting strength through unity: a single rod is easily broken, while the bundle is difficult to break):
Fascism definitely doesn't encourage rational thinking, but it does explain policemen labelling every Muslim as a terrorist.
"Presumably one way or another they had to verify the device was safe"
How about checking to see if there are any visible explosive substances attached? From the description I think ten seconds should have been enough.
"The concern was, what was this thing built for?"
Education? Something that the Dallas police spokesperson seems to have missed...
I thought cyber dildonics was a reference to Professor Kevin Warwick?
Re: Ban prostitution?
It will happen around the same time as we successfully ban war and murder...
Re: And we need this for..
Freaking out people who can't receive WiFi in their brains?
Also, do I have to leave the lights on all the time? How will my alarm clock connect to the Internet when I'm asleep? This doesn't seem to have been considered!
Self driving cars are already being tested on real roads; their safety record is pretty good:
Self driving cars are now pretty much inevitable, they will be safer than human drivers because once they are developed to an acceptable level of risk then all of them will be capable of driving to the same standard. Humans have varying levels of driving competence, ranging from those who kill themselves, or someone else, within a few days of getting a license to those who drive for fifty years without having an accident.
The USA has around 30,000 fatalities a year, so the humans are already way behind on safety; I can easily imagine a time in the future when insurance companies will prefer self-drive cars over human control, and that's what will force the issue. Already a young driver in the UK will expect to pay £2000 for their first year of insurance after receiving full license; if they can get mobile in a self drive car without the cost of learning to drive or a huge insurance bill, then why would they go to the trouble?
The same argument may also apply to hire cars; why would they take on the risk of people with variable driving skills, possibly in an unfamiliar vehicle with the controls on the wrong side, when they can simple rent out a self drive vehicle for less money? I know they make a lot of money on the insurance, but those who are renting self drive cars will undercut them in the market.
Humans driving cars could soon become a leisure activity for those who are prepared to pay for the additional risk involved, and it may even become illegal to drive oneself in urban areas where the risk of an accident involving a third party is much higher.
Re: Probably been said before
We're the People's Front of Judea!
"Are there any tax advantages to being off-planet for long periods of time?"
Freeside here we come!