What if we programmed them to *want* to perform mundane tasks?
Would that still be slavery?
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What if we programmed them to *want* to perform mundane tasks?
Would that still be slavery?
But Main Street's still all cracked and broken!
Seriously though - America has a large infrastructure problem that will eventually doom us if we don't start doing something about it soon. We need to fix the existing roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and train tracks before we invest in what's basically an oversized pneumatic tube system for people. (Which is more of a Futurama thing anyways.)
The 1 million neuron number is the sort of level you'd need to drive the optic nerve, once you'd figured out how to convert the image from a conventional sensor into one the brain can process.
Back in 1999 they figured out how to decode the visual info, at least in cats: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/471786.stm Encoding would seem to be a matter of reversing the process.
It is true that almost half of USAins don't like Donald, but the other slightly larger half like him just fine
So, are you calling Trump supporters fat or are you just bad at math?
Popular Vote Tallies:
Clinton: 65,844,954 (2,865,075 more)
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-popular-vote-final-count/index.html (Oops, CNN again...)
"Before Let's Encrypt, HTTPS was difficult and cost money," [Josh Aas] said.
Getting and installing an SSL certificate wasn't ever difficult - it was actually quite straight-froward and easy if you just RTFM and followed the instructions. And it only cost money if you wanted a certificate that was signed by someone other than yourself.
And would be on the wrong end of an industrial tribunal if it took action against an employee on that basis without at least supporting evidence from the powers of law enforcement.
Except that this is in America where you can basically be fired for any/no reason. And furthermore, given that its drivers are all supposedly "independent contractors", Uber doesn't even have to tell them they're "fired" - they can just shutdown their login and that's that.
A good example of that would be the masked doctor video where the BBC [changed] her words to say "Chemical Attack".
This is the first I've heard of this - any links you care to share?
Surely you just spray the item to be scanned with [matte] black paint or something first?
Or just take molds of them and cast your own copies to scan.
It's a very broad topic, quite long in the tooth!
Why even with years of study one could hardly put a dentin it.
Surely "visual line of sight" is redundant, yes?
evaporation being Ethan's best guess about the cause of problems in situations when users would not admit to having touched a thing.
Reminds me of an old (possibly part of a joke) technical support form from the mid-90s which read in part:
"Please note what you were doing at the time the error occurred. (If 'Nothing' please explain why you were wasting our computing resources.)"
Seriously, no need to get cute or clever - just call your actual members of Congress and tell the intern who answers the phone that you support net-neutrality and give them your name, address, and phone number so they know you are actually in their district. Be polite and brief. Do not call anyone outside your district or State, only your actual representatives (and make sure you are registered to vote in their district!)
If just 500,000 people across the nation all did this on the same day, it would be far more effective than whatever online nonsense is decided upon. If you can't or won't call, send a snail-mail letter.
Remember, your members of Congress are almost certainly OLD - email is generally meaningless to them (doubly-so for form-letter email) so only phone calls and snail-mail will matter to them.
Find your Representative here -> http://ziplook.house.gov/htbin/findrep
Find your Senator here -> https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
I remember the time when I was 10 years old and I discovered compression on Windows 98
Thanks for making me feel old!
When *I* was 10, I was crushed to discover that the BASIC program I had written at home on our brand new Commodore 64 and saved to a 5.25" floppy was not readable on the school Computer Club's Apple IIe.
The problem here is people's unrealistic expectations about what VR is and should be versus where we actually are right now. People want a Holodeck on their face and we are not at that point yet. People want AAA top-tier games and services but the installed user-base just isn't there yet.
Developers and designers are still working out how to present virtual worlds in a believable way; they're still developing the tools, techniques, and "language" that they need to offer better and more natural interaction with the virtual space. Motion sickness is still an issue with a lot of people; hell I generally have an iron stomach and on occasion I have felt a little nauseous playing some faster paced games. We still need to figure out what new tropes will apply to virtual environments.
It helps to think of early cinema - back at the turn of the last century, many movies were essentially YouTube clips ("Man Washes Horse" was a real nail-biter I'm sure.) But eventually the industry figured out all of the tools, techniques, and "language" that make movies into films. Framing rules, establishing shots, the 180° rule, split edits, traveling mattes, optical compositing, and so forth. You don't go from "Train Arriving at the Station" to "Star Wars" overnight. VR is just starting on that journey.
To put it another way, we're still at the Atari 2600 stage of the VR market; the tech is new and exciting and in your home for the first time and there are a lot of competing devices that provide varying levels of fidelity. The games are more simple and a large segment of the available software relies heavily on multiplayer being the driving force (no need to program an AI if you just make player two be another human) or is just sandbox style "play." Eventually we'll get to the NES/Famicom stage of the VR industry - I would guess that we'll hit this point in about 3-4 years - and that is when it is going to take off.
 - For me, the most compelling VR experience I have engaged in is a silly little "game" called "Room 202" in which you are being interrogated by two police officers and can only respond with a nod or shake for yes or no. There is a moment in the game where one of the cops tosses a photograph onto the table in front of you and asks you to look at it. When you lean over to get a good look, the game uses your change of focus to switch you into a flash-back moment at another location. It's an amazing trick - you're concentrating on the picture and when you look up again you're in an entirely different location. It feels extremely natural but at the same time delightfully surprising; a sort of "distracted transition." It's these sorts of techniques that need to be developed and refined before VR becomes what people want it to be.
With HTTPS, your ISP will know:
* A computer with the IP address they assigned to your endpoint did a DNS lookup for "en.wikipedia.org"
* That computer then connected to port 443 of the IP address returned from the DNS query.
* The amount of data that was exchanged between the two and the amount of time it took.
But that's pretty much all they get with HTTPS; the rest of the connection info, including the requested URI, is encrypted.
I don't have two hours to drive to a "local" Sainsbury's
Why do you shop at a store that's two hours away? (Or is it an hour each way and you're giving the round-trip figure? Or perhaps you are just being hyperbolic?)
You mean the Superman III/Office Space scheme?
But how is this not just WINE?
the (by now empty) lunar sample bag
Oh, I bet there are a few specs of lunar regolith somewhere in there. Anyone who's ever taken a bag or backpack to the beach knows that you'll be cleaning the sand out of it forever.
Rule One? - NO COPTERS!
Usually it's because some program requires IE 6 to operate correctly; Windows 7 shipped with IE 8 and (AFAIK) it can't be back-leveled/downgraded.
You could of course run those apps in XP Mode, but that merely contains the XP in a VM rather than eliminating it entirely.
Recently, a client of mine went through an ownership change. The new owners, appalled at how much was being spent on IT, decided that the best path forward was an external audit. The client in question, of course, is an SMB who had been massively under-spending on IT for 15 years, and there [was] no way they were ready for – or would pass – an audit.
So the new owners were appalled at how *much* was spent because the SMB had *underspent* on IT for 15 years? Surely that should be "appalled at how *little* was being spent on IT" because otherwise it sounds like a marketing drone overheard a conversation between two techs and made up a story to headline a not-quite-but-sort-of "news" article?
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Oh, I see. Never mind then.
A while ago they gave us all iPads at work (because "iPads" I guess? TBH I'm not really sure why we got them.) I booted it up, signed into my Apple account, turned it off and put it on my desk where it has remained completely unused for over two years now.
I see no reason to bother with it - the company already provided me with an iPhone that runs exactly all of the same software as the iPad and does so in a form factor that fits in my pocket and works when I'm away from the WiFi. For any situation where I need to do real work (or just need more screen real estate) my dual monitor PC is vastly superior in every conceivable way.
Whatever niche it is that tablet devices fill is not one that I have ever encountered. At no time have I ever said "Gosh, if only I had a tablet device right now! This [smart-phone/laptop/desktop] just isn't cutting it."
[The flash disks] contained military manuals for guided missiles, which Ullah was said to have been preparing to translate for the Islamic State terrorist organization
“This is just the sort of information that may have helped people involved in planning devastating, low technical level attacks on crowded places as we have seen in other cities across the world,” added [Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Commander Dean Haydon]. (Emphasis added.)
So guided missiles are low tech now?
And while we're on the subject, who needs help planning the "drive a large vehicle into a crowd" type of terrorist attack? Seems like everything you need to know is in the description.
So couldn't one just terminate any processes that doesn't correlate to (with?) files on the disk?
We can't be bothered adjusting for inflation, currency fluctuations and whatever other processes might be necessary to cobble this numerical comparison into something remotely resembling anything other than a back-of-a-beermat chuckle, but we're pretty sure that, had Andrew purchased the ticket, he would in some way or another be the equal of Armstrong and Aldrin.
USD$61 in 1973 is, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' CPI Inflation Calculator about USD$350 in 2017.
GBP£138.88 is currently USD$178.25.
So the train ticket is roughly half as expensive (per second) as the Apollo program was.
Hopefully, your television will last 10 years, but your computer needs to be changed every 2 or 3 years. Why joint both in a single equipment?
Probably because they want to sell you a new TV every 2 or 3 years instead of every 10.
Finally I can have a computer that sounds like Majel Barrett!
But that should be the only legal use of this software.
OK, maybe also William Daniels for my talking car.
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The intelligence agencies claim that it affects very few US citizens and so Congress has persistently asked what that number is: how many US citizens are included in the 702 database?
The US House Judiciary Committee first asked that question a year ago – April 2016. There is still no answer.
I think we can safely assume that if it were a small number, say 100,000 or fewer, that they would have already told us the number because 100K out of 350M is a trivial amount (0.03%). So we must therefore assume that the number must be fairly large; millions or tens of millions at least.
A large part of firearms security is through obscurity
Meanwhile in the US, a large part of firearms security is owning more firearms.
You know who really likes spinning plates?
People paid to spin plates.
Windows is an extremely troublesome piece of software - just this week I'm having to deal with our Windows clients ignoring Group Policy rules for no apparent reason. If it worked correctly the first time and every time then I'd be out of a job.
Some laws stop us taking each other's stuff (property, liberty, lives)
Whoa, slow down there fellow - laws do NOT stop anyone from doing anything.
Murder and theft have been officially illegal for at least 4,100 years that we know of and yet stuff still gets stolen and people are still murdered every single day in every single country on the planet. Laws merely establish a fixed and uniform punishment for specific acts so that everyone knows ahead of time what the consequences are should they be caught committing one of said acts.
While some people *might* weigh the punishment against the crime and choose not to murder their coworker or steal that shiny-shiny from the jewelry store, there are plenty of other people who don't perform such calculus, or reach a different conclusion, and thus steal and murder as they please.
It would be more appropriate to say that laws discourage us from taking each other's stuff.
 The "Code of Ur-Nammu" dates to ~2100-2050 BCE and specifies punishment for (among other crimes) murder, robbery, adultery and rape. Spoiler alert - the penalty for all of them is death.
I've obtained a leaked Uber document outlining upcoming new rules for their drivers. Here are some of the highlights!
-Drivers to be paid in script, which can only be used at the Uber Company Store.
-"Dead Peasant" insurance policies issued on drivers who are then routed by the Uber app along the most dangerous routes (based on traffic fatality statistics.)
- Must legally change their name to "Jeeves."
-Must now pay Uber for permission to drive their own car when "off duty." (Note: Company script is not an acceptable form of payment.)
-Lyft drivers must now be fought to the death (previously only "to incapacitation.")
-Must sign away rights to their "DNA and all works derived there from."
Well, there's the Hammock Hut, that's on third. There's Hammocks-R-Us, that's on third too. You got Put-Your-Butt-There? That's on third. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot...
Matter of fact, they're all in the same complex; it's the hammock complex on third. [3F23]
Sir Tim needs to assist with finding a way to allow law enforcement authorities to monitor Islamists and child porn purveyors.
First off, I reject the idea that people need to be "monitored." People should be assumed to be innocent unless you have reason to suspect otherwise. And the Government should not be allowed to go fishing for terrorists. But once you reasonably suspect that someone is a kiddie-fiddler or a terrorist, just infiltrate their end-points.
End-to-end encryption only protects the data in transit; once it arrives it's generally saved as plaintext. Surely the Government have RATs (Remote Access Trojan/Toolkit) which they can deploy to paedos and terr'sts' computers, after obtaining the proper warrant, either by social engineering or technical exploits.
We shouldn't allow the NSA to monitor everyone around the world in real-time, but this is a technical problem and a technical solution surely exists.
Knives must be sharp in order to cut things - if you dull a knife so that it won't cut people then it also won't cut bread. So you can't legislate a knife that cuts bread but doesn't cut people because the sharpness of a knife is the defining quality that make it useful.
Weak or backdoor enabled encryption is the same as a dull knife; it just won't cut it.
That's exactly what they're doing. From the article:
Once the barcode has been scanned, the cash is converted into an Amazon gift card that is credited to the customer's account.
I guess the difference is that they'll save a few cents by not using an actual physical gift card?
So- what was your actual point?
You might be able to decrypt the data, but that doesn't mean you'll automatically be able to understand the message.
You don't need a computer to do encryption; using computers is merely faster and easier.
I mean you could literally sit down with a copy of the AES specification, an ASCII or Unicode chart, a pencil and some paper and manually encrypt or decrypt any message you wanted as long as you had the appropriate keys and an understanding of the math. I don't know how long it would take, but you could do it.
You can force them to use an unencrypted protocol but you can't force them to send plaintext.
IDK about that but it *can* use Thunderbolt and Lightning ports, which is very very frightening.
Assuming that Putin read the polls like everyone else, would he risk infuriating the likely next President of the United States – Hillary Clinton – by embarrassing her with an email leak that would amount to a pinprick?
Because it's a low-risk, high-reward opportunity?
Worst case for them, Russia angers a newly elected President Clinton who issues some sanctions. Best case for them, Russia appeases a newly elected President Trump who tells everyone what a great guy Putin is.
Clinton herself blamed her surprise defeat on FBI Director Comey’s decision to briefly reopen the investigation into whether she endangered national security by using a private email server as Secretary of State.
Don't forget, there were three wholly separate email "scandals" that got conflated into a single nebulous email problem in the minds of many voters.
There was the "Hillary used a private email server while Secretary of State" issue, there was the DNC hack-and-release issue, and finally there was the Anthony Wiener's secretary's laptop issue. The first two are entirely unrelated and the first and third are only tangentially related because the two parties had potentially corresponded with each other such that messages not contained in one set might have existed in the other (which was not the case.)
It was this last one, the nonsense with Anthony Wiener's secretary's email that was the October surprise from Director Comey, to which Secretary Clinton assigns much of the blame for her unexpected defeat.
All those Catholics are going to burn in hell.
No, not really. Neither a fiery punishment nor a divine award await us; it just ends unceremoniously without so much as a "We Apologize For The Inconvenience."
a Microsoft spokesperson said [...] "Customers had the option not to upgrade to Windows 10."
Oh yeah, I had that option. I said "No thank you" but you kept asking me every day anyways.
I disabled the start-up items but you kept restoring them.
I deleted the GWX folder but you kept putting it back.
I removed and blocked the updates but you kept putting out new ones.
FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR
ON EVERY COMPUTER I OWN
The FCC's regulations were not only onerous, but also singled out ISPs with overly restrictive privacy responsibilities.
Yes, NOT collecting and selling my browsing history and instead doing absolutely nothing is *such* a regulatory burden.
Note the emphasis on providing tools for advertisers to make the choices [...] rather than Google increasing resources or editorial control.
Because if they did exercise additional editorial control then they might lose their "Safe Harbor" status under the DMCA and similar laws. Remember, Google still pretends that they don't really run YouTube - it just magically runs itself and everyone/anyone else gets to be the gatekeepers.
Plus it would cost money to do otherwise, and we can't have that now can we.
Google Fiber's most useful legacy may be that it shone a spotlight on the lack of real competition in the ISP market and flagged up the fact that Big Cable can do much more than it is currently doing if it's in its interests.
When a FTTP service started becoming available in my neighborhood about a year ago, I noticed that my existing Comcast Internet suddenly and magically got faster both in terms of latency and sustained bandwidth.
I switched to the new guys anyway because fuck Comcast.
Sometimes you just don't, even if you think you should.
I remember once in the 1990s getting a cold call from a crafty sales person offering replacement windows (the glass kind, not the Microsoft kind.) As I was just 15 at the time I really had no interest in double-hung tilt-clean glazed whatevers but the guy on the phone kept talking and moving the conversation forward and next thing I know I'm giving him directions to my house so he can come over to inspect our current windows and give an estimate to replace them.
It all got sorted when my mother found out but to this day I can't explain why I didn't just hang up on the guy. It's as close to being hypnotized as I've ever been.
I reject the idea that the fear is understandable. The problem is that terrorists aren't really all that dangerous; statistically speaking, you are never going to be killed by one.
Look at it this way: According to "START" (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) at the University of Maryland, between 1995 and 2015 a total of 3,576 Americans were killed, world-wide, by terrorist/terrorism.
So if you're hundreds of times more likely to die driving to work than you are in a terrorist attack, why are people so afraid of terrorism but basically completely unafraid of driving?
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