Re: Missing the obvious
Humans have to pass a country's driving test before they are allowed on the roads of that country.
Has either the human safety or even the AI passed that test?
67 posts • joined 22 Jul 2009
I think everyone is leery of being on an automated suspect list.
Is it a bit like being at a party with a policeman, but they're actually not off duty/there to party... They're looking for a suspect?
Or is it the thought of being on the Occam's Razor of well, you were at the crime scene, you are a suspect. If your's is the only DNA and you don't have a water tight alibi, does that make you Prime Suspect?
Even if you do have nothing to hide, the more investigations you are in, the more suspicious it will seem. Or a mistake in processing will be made, resulting in a miscarriage of justice (which is only a miscarriage once it's discovered/acted upon).
perhaps the Antikythera Mechanism was much more popular than we know as the very widespread adoption of the larger cheap wooden Persian knock offs didn't last. The Persian Wars were likely started because the Xerxes model was being forcibly marketed to the Greeks and the introduction of either trade tariffs or an Intellectual Property Rights dispute over the rounded shape of the device being derivative of the Athenian Brass model...
Neal Stephenson wrote a great book about the period (amongst another story set in modern times), in the Cryptonomicon.
Made that point precisely about having to not get 100% but also to give the Axis forces enough clues to think other means were the reason the Axis losses occurred.
I think some people forget we all live on the same planet.....
Perhaps that should be a selling point - Not the cheapest, but better for all our lungs....
Weird/Obscure Factoid: A quote from Nemesis (1992) when an android is questioned about her eco terrorist actions she replies "I live here too..."
Perhaps they were waiting for the right documentation to be published - thing explainer with it's "city burning fire machine"!! It might be coincidence that not long after it was published NK "succeed" in their fusion test.
I guess if they make an "up goer" next (https://xkcd.com/1133/) and land people on the moon, we'll be a bit surer...
The more and more I read about the deaths of the rich and famous the more I realise that if I win the lottery (not likely to get there via the day job!), I will
1) Never do illegal pharmaceuticals.
You can get physical highs from parachuting, extreme bungee jumping/rock climbing etc
Or if I do succumb, realise that much like parachuting, best to rig your own gear.
Also if I take a break, when returning, you need much much smaller doses...
2) Never fly my own air vehicle. You're rich. Pay someone else to do it. Leave it to the professionals.
3) Get lots of therapy. With all the rich and famous stuff comes lots of baggage. You're not the first, so learn from other's mistakes and prevent it rather than kill yourself.
I too carry the leatherman micra (since discontinued) instead of the much bulkier Swiss Army knife. Maybe it's because I did go for the camping version which had a wood saw and metal file/hacksaw (which I probably used as much as the corkscrew).
NB: it does have the phillips screwdriver (albeit singleblade version).
China is set on the Moon, India seems to be set on Mars.
Prior to those objectives, the US was doing long term biomes and the Russians were investigating year long zero g both of which could have been focused on the roughly 9 month trip to Mars.
But how come no-one's tried Venus?
Wow, this has been done in the game Hydrophobia where the main character unfurls from a stick a tablet sized see thru screen. She lines it up with some spaceship engine and gets working schematics that allow her to more quickly determine the parts that need repairing.
If this comes out as a finished product, would it kill the nascent Augmented Reality tech companies using smart phones over your eyes? I suspect hands free would only survive in specific niches.
BUT - there is a learning curve and you do get to last longer!
I think my record now is 45 seconds.
Then there's the next level Super Hexagoner.
Oh and did I mention Super Hexagonest?
it's actually quite a nice brief game to while away some seconds on twitch reactions.
Indecision kills every time.
You've been warned!
Heh, I remember playing DL and when finished (didn't take long as I wasn't particularly good) I turned round to see an audience watching me! I think it was in a department store or something...
Back to the topic, about interactive movies, the more recent Metal Gear Solid Snake games on the PS3 have had lots of cinematic exposition but great gameplay. I find that interactive movie/game quite fun as it keeps the two parts separate. Of course you miss out on the branching play from your game choices, but if that was the most important thing to me, I'd be still playing pen 'n paper RPGs with a human referee.
Ooooh, wouldn't that be great to have a competition where the prize is a award winning script writer referees an RPG? Shall we say Joss Whedon? Bags I play River!
Heh, the most eye opening bit for me was watching the lights go by on the surface of the Earth.
Didn't realise it was all so visible. I mean I've seen piccies before of Earth from space but usually it's the blue and white gem. There are also the "night" shots of Earth showing lit continents but I always thought it was some kind of infrared shot thru the clouds or some photoshop effort....
So to see the lit up continents is as you said "awesome".
Gee, in terms of making the grade whilst we can all dream of being Astronauts, what's the actual number of people that have been in space?
I mean that's one select club and correct me if I'm wrong, don't most of them have military backgrounds with air force being the primary? Strangely enough in Sci Fi it's usually the Navy as the term is "space ship" and not "space plane". Sounds horribly wrong doesn't it and with no atmosphere, they definitely aren't planes. But there's no sea either so space ship is just as much an oxymoron.
Space capsules it is then!
I have the Xperia Active.
That's waterproof to IP67. Look it up on Wikipedia!
The problem I have with it is when immersed in water, the speaker which is covered by a fine mesh that prevents the water penetrating becomes almost impermeable to sound. So it's difficult to hear people after your swim.
Hmmm... Maybe I'll remove the outside cover having gotten a safe distance from said water so I can use it as a phone again (usually for photos whilst swimming).
Actually, you forgot to mention marathons or was that deliberate...?
Please don't confuse criticism of the policy for being anti troop. I have a healthy respect for those who are willing to lay their lives down in service of their country.
Unfortunately the average Politician has to be seen to be doing something. Even if it's all smoke and mirrors. Afghanistan and Iraq were that something. Did they find any of those underground bunker complexes that Dick Cheney showed on TV in Afghanistan? Did anyone find WMDs in Iraq?
The ends don't justify the means. Our wars in Afghanistan/Iraq and the prison camp at Guantanomo Bay have become perceived injustices and it doesn't make peace, it makes more willing martyrs.
Big Brother because we've got about as much control over the policy makers as in 1984.
Artemis is an updated version per se. Each player with their own PC is assigned a station from Science officer to Engineering to Weapons and Comms. Yes there is a Captain's station too. But they don't actually have anything to do!
I managed to get a bunch of friends together to play this and it played out like the game scenarios people have been describing!
For a real deal amongst the US Spec Ops, you might want to check out the Richard Marcinko novels. Whilst the first book is an autobiography (and takes a while to get to the interesting stuff), the rest have to be "fiction". However fictional though, Mr Marcinko adds a realistic amount of detail which one assumes comes from having been there and done it. Also trodden on lots of toes so he's seen as a either a loose cannon or a maverick by the toe owners.
Yeah, and he's about as IT relevant as Bond :)
I think it's IP67 compliance that gives the dustproof/waterproofness, not IP57.
I'm the owner of a Sony Xperia Active which is also IP67 compliant. Very useful to go swimming with the kids. Not to mention the food and drink spillages that occur. The wet finger tracking is pretty good but listening and speaking are rather muted until the waterproof membrane bit dries out. However, the panasonic seems to have my Active beat on screen size and processor speed.
The Ruggedization nich seems to be spreading...
The original Defy and Defy+ on which this Defy mini is based are both described on the Motorola website as "Water and scratch resistant and dustproof". They are both actually IP67 compliant which means can be immersed in water up to 1m for 30 minutes. Lots of videos online showing just that!
So if the Defy mini is the same level, I think it will survive British weather (which given the current drought doesn't look even close to giving us floods).
Funnily enough, I bought the Xperia Active which was Sony Ericsson's take on the same rugged niche. Took me a while to find out that was IP67 compliant too.
heh, if I was you, I'd find the free mod Dystopia.
As I said above, the hacking side of Syndicate is militaristically simplified (honestly don't think Military Command would keep it very complex at all!). Breach most things (grenades, turrets etc) and some side skills like Heal, Damage Amp and Shield. All select and press L1 to apply.
Dystopia is more like Ghost in the Shell in that you drop into a cyberverse with cyber specific skills to hack the system (opening doors, shutting down turrets etc) whilst the nme team counter hacks with offensive and defensive cyber skills. The objectives for one mission for instance involve physically assaulting a firewall node, that then allows your Crackers to compromise the physical security of a nme fortress, to then lowering the reactor shields which are then physically destroyed to allow cyber access to the turrets which protect the data stores. Whilst there are no Tachikomas (the AI mini tanks) the armour and weapons plus the switches between defending cyberverse and physical is pretty evocative of GITS. Oh, and getting defeated in Cyberspace is no fun but sure beats being outflanked in meatspace when a devious nme makes it to the cyber nodes and takes out the entire cyber team...
I'm a fan of the original so I downloaded the PS3 multiplayer demo of Syndicate.
In the original Syndicate, you watch as a bystander is snatched off the street and efficiently converted into little more than a corporate cyber enhanced meat puppet. Who were these dastardly fiends I thought to myself and as the view point changed to the controller of the 4 man team of agents I thought "who's going to stop this creep" only to have my viewpoint become the controller!
Well the controller has been lost but in multi player you do get 4 autonomous agents with customised cyber augmentation. The missions are supposedly remakes of the original Syndicate missions (u only get the one in the demo) but of course, you don't get the airship view but a much more personal and up close take. It is helped by a "see the enemy" view point courtesy of your advanced hardware. The enemy is various corp soldiers with officer types more proficiently equipped. They take cover and throw grenades enough to give you a run for the money. The mini bosses (turrets, officers etc) tend to have shielding or some armour that requires some by passing requiring breaching. The boss in the demo mission is reinforced with waves of underlings that need to be "managed" whilst other objectives are cleared to allow the boss to be finally taken down.
I'd say it does it's job of giving a dystopian corporate future with teams of agents doing wetwork with lots of "hacking" in a very much script kiddy "Breach" (but to be honest, would the military allow field hacking in any other way?) . The free ones like Dystopia or NeoTokyo take different avenues to applied Miltech/cybertech but I think the new Syndicate borrows enough from it's namesake to be a justified FPS variant.
lol, IIRC in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, sacrifices are dropped into lava pits and their hearts are ripped out to the calls of Kali Maa!
So no, it's doesn't sound particularly gruesome or horrible.
Now Manhunt on the PS2... that was disturbing.
Whilst an involuntary participant in a "Snuff Movie" (having been secretly rescued from a death row execution), you get the director (excellently played by Brian Cox) whispering in your ear (if you had the PS2 headset mic) about what excellent material you were providing him with in your quest to escape. Utilising things like plastic bags, crowbars, baseball bats etc it was quite a cinematic experience.
All 18 rated of course!
Actually, whilst the Two Towers and Return of the King were 12 rated, the Fellowship of the Ring was PG rated!
So I let my kids watch that (currently 4 and 7).
And yes, they'll probably be 10 and 7 when they watch the rest.
Hmmm.... I wonder if Lego LOTR the game will be out soon....
FYI That's how the kids got into Star Wars/Indiana Jones via the Lego games on the Wii / PS3
Hmmm.... I was wondering the subject so I checked online. Check this chilling effects brief FAQ about hyper links.
It would seem that it depends on the context of whether you were contributing to the dissemination of illegal stuff.
Whether he made money off of it may or may not be relevant as it may have been an ad banner that meant every page on his website similarly "generated revenue". The question is whether he is culpable of profiting from the end product (the dodgy stuff he was linking to). An entry in the footnotes of an article about copyright piracy I expect would not be culpable, whereas a prominent webite "frontage" would be a whole lot more culpable to me!
Remember the first thing Nintendo had to do with the original WiiMote? Issue a great big plastic cushion/cover.
People were throwing them left right and centre (albeit it accidentally) and busting their screens or their relatives/friend's heads. At least the WiiMote always survived.
Now you are gonna have to replace two screens!
And I'm not sure how long they'd survive with the kids, and yes, the old controllers are compatible but then why bother with the new one then?
As you correctly stated, you have to design to suit the hardware, and a large pipe means you grab it when you need it. With the HDD option in every PS3, a game can reliably pull data off a drive faster( than it could off the removable media) every so often and probably do the rolling texture update so there is no loading screen for levels. The Xbox 360 sounds like it has to use a slower media (the dvd disk) to read from. Yes, it can be all stored in video memory up front as it has more room, but that sounds like there will be lengthy loading screens.
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