Re: These clowns were still in business?
A Vacu Vin works for a few days (actually they never work very well with Pinot Noir), but a Coravin lets you drink a bottle over months if you want.
56 posts • joined 23 Oct 2010
They kind of do - you would expect Stockfish running on 100 CPUs to beat Stockfish running on 1 CPU, which seems to be about the level of disparity here.Unless the computing power is the same you can't say whether Google's algorithm is superior.
Given how amenable chess is (unlike Go) to the brute force style approach I would be surprised if the neural network AI could really produce a better engine.
"This didn't deter them so I wrote on the envelopes before they went back in the post that I wouldn't vote for any party that continued to send me mail. That did have an impact."
A good lesson in doing it the right way. How are the parties supposed to know that a "return to sender" is a request to stop sending mail?
Always a shame when people have so little interest in their area that they won't spend a few minutes reading about what the local parties are doing, but your choice I guess.
And, one of the reasons we have access to the register is as a safeguard against electoral fraud.
"Where would these forms be?"
If you've given your e-mail address on a petition or a neighbourhood survey normally.
"You clearly haven't grasped the difference between specific emails and spam"
And if you haven't given your e-mail address, or have but subsequently unsubscribed you won't get anything. My last mailing to over 500 people in my ward got a 43% open rate and not a single unsubscribe request. Clearly it's going to people happy to receive it.
After GDPR it's unlikely I'll be able to use those e-mail addresses any more because I don't have the specific permission to use them for mailings about local issues. How is that a good thing?
"Any candidate who tried to "engage" me that way would be granted a swift lesson in rules of engagement."
Well, at least it's swift - we always try to get away from people like you as quickly as possible. You might like to think about what that means for getting politicians to listen to your views.
"What form? I've never filled in any form giving politicians, local or otherwise my email address nor would I."
Then you won't be getting any e-mails. Also, the local political parties will know nothing of your views.
"And there's only one way in which spamming would improve the democratic process - it would tell voters which parties to avoid."
Well, if you're so freaked out by the thought of having to spend a couple of seconds clicking an unsubscribe link so they never e-mail you again that you'd silence important democratic communication then you've no-one to blame but yourself when the politicians ignore your views.
"If a candidate wants to communicate with the public they can get out there and talk face-to-face so they can have their fallacies explained to them"
Even a council ward has around 10,000 residents; a constituency has around 200,000. Think about it.
These new regulations could potentially pose a serious problem for democracy, especially local democracy. At present political parties can collect and use e-mail addresses with a relatively simple disclaimer on a form, and provided all the expected unsubscribe options are offered. After GDPR it is likely that explicit permission would be needed for every separate use of an e-mail address.
The upshot of this is that it would become far harder for political parties to communicate directly with the public and instead news organisations would effectively become the only source of information. The problem of editors distorting or ignoring anything they don't like is obvious. Local politics would suffer most as it is rarely deemed that newsworthy anyway.
"People write less code now than they once did due because so much functionality comes from libraries"
Is this true though? Where once people might have written a simple, standalone program they now write a full blown Enterprise Architecture based solution for about the same effort, because it's so simple to use frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, etc. Does this mean people are actually writing that much less code?
I remember 30 years ago my manager told me programming would soon be obsolete thanks to CASE tools. 15 years ago Scott McNealy no less, told me the same thing about OO. I reckon programming will see me through to retirement in another 15 years or so without any trouble.
"And so it was with James Damore who, it is fair to say, did not expect to be fired, condemned by his own CEO, held up as a martyr by right-wing ideologues, and lambasted as the very worst sort of privileged white boy within days of posting a 10-page document on an internal noticeboard."
When I was at Goldman Sachs, the guideline was "don't post or e-mail anything you wouldn't be happy to see on the front page of the New York Times". I would imagine Google has a pretty similar guideline, and this episode shows why.
Sorry, how is this a free speech issue? The government is not going to lock anyone up for what they said. Free speech doesn't mean complete impunity. Private individuals and organisations are perfectly free to take any legal actions they like as a response to what you say. That's freedom too.
WhatsApp, for example, controls a trusted server in the middle, which alone is enough to make conversation interception possible - that's before you consider they also control the client software.
They would certainly not need to introduce a backdoor'd encryption in order to intercept conversations. Trusted man-in-the-middle style interception would be trivial for them.
Well, given that the US never asked the UK for extradition in the time he was wandering the streets here after the leaks you have to wonder why it's more likely they would ask the UK, or indeed Sweden, for extradition now.
Maybe it's all been about avoiding the rapey charges all along?
Ok, the problem is legitimate, but why is Brexit the answer? Let's say we leave the EU and you have your startup here - patent trolls will still be able to prevent you selling in EU or US markets under the scenario you paint. Furthermore, they will be able to licence the technology to another company which could then sell your innovation around the world.
Surely, as with so many problems the Brexit campaign likes to dump at the EU's door, the best option for Britain is to remain in the EU fighting for our interests, not to leave and hope we can succeed with the North Korea model.
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