I'm afraid this bill is doomed to failure, it just doesn't have a snappy enough acronym... The SMH Act, whats-that-all-about?
The should have called it the STOMA-HACK Act...
Oh, wait, maybe not...
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To the best of my knowledge, the things that define who we are, and maintain our memories, are all a result of electrical charges in the brain.
I'm pretty sure there are no persistent physical changes in the brain which would still be present after death. Think of it as RAM - the information is only held whilst electrical power is maintained.
Therefore, whilst the autonomous functions of regulating breathing and heartbeat, and functioning of the gut, etc, would all still be there (they are built in - like a BIOS), I don't think a re-animated brain would contain any vestige of the person who it used to be.
and they should re-release the song:
I'd like to teach the world to ping
In perfect harmony
I'd like to let them browse the net
and use this company
I'd like to see the world for once
All searching through one site
And use their browsing history
to place ads in their sight.
Had this (in 2012) been a direct hit America and most of Europe would now be living in Bronze Age levels of technology
Really? Does a solar flare remove all knowledge of electricity from people's brains then? And stop unaffected countries from helping?
I think you are overstating the case wildly, a Carrington-class event might lead to a few months of severe disruption, but we would soon start to recover.
I think the question is, why were they near misses? If totally avoiding the problem is Sci-Fi, what can we do that is realistic to keep them down to near misses.
Sadly, the nearest anyone can get to a reason why they were near misses is that they broke up before hitting the ground.
Partially a function of their mass, size and shape, but also of their composition, initial entry speed and angle. The Chelyabinsk meteor had an estimated size of about 20 metres diameter, that of Tunguska was of the order of 60 to 190 metres long and 10 metres across. In both cases they entered the atmosphere at very high speed and a low angle of attack.
I can see no way that humans can engineer these circumstances with any reliability within a sensible timescale.
Besides. If we can track them, we can know where they will hit. What is the most reliable way to avoid danger then? Fire lasers and hope for the best, or evacuate the town/city in the path?
I think you don't really have a grasp of the enormity of the effects should an event similar to Tunguska occur in a populated area. In the original event the trees, to a large extent, contained the blast, and minimized the dust cloud that was formed.
Even then, there were widespread climate and weather disruptions for months afterwards. If a similar event happened over a city, the planet would probably go dark for weeks due to the dust and rubble thrown into the atmosphere, and that's still talking about an airburst event.
Should a Tunguska sized meteor actually touchdown, then whichever country it hit would be mostly wiped out - note I said country, not town, or city.
The Tunguska blast was estimated to be about 15 megatons or equivalent to roughly 1,000 Hiroshimas.
There is no way that we could effectively evacuate the whole target area of an impact event like that.
I suggest you go and Google Tunguska, or if that's not close enough in time to worry you, how about Chelyabinsk.
Both of those were near misses, that could have so easily been much, much worse. Maybe not extinction level, but seriously disruptive.
Perhaps you might then consider the justification here to be a little less thin?.
Human beings have only been on the planet for about 4,000 years haven't they?
I'd be intrigued to know where you get your dates from...
Construction of the Step Pyramid at Djoser in Egypt has been carbon dated to around 2667BC which is 4683 years ago, and humans were around a long time before that.
Interesting fact: The date of Cleopatra's birth is nearer in time to the invention of the iPhone, than it is to the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
I think a slight amount of journalistic exaggeration has crept into the narrative.
If you read the linked PDF it actually says the following:
The only morphological feature that is unique to the axes
is the highly polished ground surface. These smoothed
surfaces are created by extensive abrasion with another
rock and cannot be incidentally produced by other
knapping actions such as platform preparation.
Grinding basalt to a polished bevel has been experi-
mentally shown to take 1.5–5 h depending on the
character of the base stone and abrasive agent being
Even in optimal conditions hundreds of forceful strokes are
required to create the smoothed bevel. Our experiments
and comparative measurements confirm this proposition
As mentioned, they didn't use RIPA, which already has a 2-year jail term for failing to hand over encryption keys, because they couldn't meet the requirements laid down in that law.
So what they were effectively trying to do was to enable the law enforcement body to scrutinize Love's private data without evidence of wrongdoing, or any valid justification whatsoever.
The sneaky bastards.
As well as network infrastructure weaknesses, the hackers behind the heist used custom malware specifically created to target SWIFT. The code even adjusted the SWIFT system’s printed reports to hide fraudulent transfers from the Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
If the above is true then surely SWIFT can't possible deny all responsibility for the losses incurred.
Eric King, director of the Don't Spy on Us coalition, said: "We have been talking to all of the parties, our members include many cross-party organisations, and we're very enthused by the work that Kier Starmer [Labour MP] and Joanna Cherry [SNP MP] are doing. We hope there's going to be more opposition to what is a bill that we're still very concerned about."
Unfortunately, our duly elected representatives have already had the opportunity to vote against this legislation, but chose instead to abstain, so effectively endorsing it by tacit consent.
Well short of beating it out of him, I'm not sure how they could "force" him to give up the keys anyway.
It's noticeable they didn't use RIPA either, which already has a 2-year jail term for failing to hand over encryption keys.
What they were effectively trying to do was to enable the law enforcement body to scrutinize his private data without evidence of wrongdoing.
Thanks, but in the video you can clearly see a nozzle of some kind with ice crystals forming round it as it vents, so it's not venting through the engine bell.
If there isn't a similar vent the other side, I would expect that to cause a sideways movement of the craft.
I've been watching the 1970s comedy series Porridge and there's no theme tune.
Yes there is, it goes:
"Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court and it is now my duty to pass sentence. You are an habitual criminal who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same casual manner. We therefore feel constrained to commit you to the maximum term allowed for these offences — you will go to prison for five years."(SLAM)
You really need to try violence. Threats sometimes work, but for those really stubborn ones, actual violence is needed.
I'm sure I've posted this tale before, but it bears repeating:
A colleague of mine was working on a desktop machine which steadfastly refused to boot cleanly.
All the component parts, (motherboard, CPU, Fan, RAM, PSU, Video card, network card, etc) had been tested in other machines and were known to work, but put them all together in one case and it wouldn't work.
Finally, in exasperation, my colleague picked the whole thing up and threw it out of an (open) second-floor window.
When he had trudged downstairs and retrieved it from the flowerbed it was occupying, he emptied out the soil and plugged it in, and it worked first time.
On the workbench in the comms room here we have the skeletal remains of a Dell PE860 with a large screwdriver embedded in its mainboard. It is left there as a salutary lesson to all the servers in the racks...
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