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1940 posts • joined 23 May 2011
Whereas when I'm feeling sexually frustrated, I shamelessly troll for upvotes.
Okay, upvotes don't produce quite the same hit of endorphins, but there's less vomit and no legal proceeding stripping me of my driving licence.
I'm struggling with the attack vectors here. A nurse takes a photo or scan and feeds it into the AI. How do I get to attack it? If there's motive to corrupt the diagnosis, then it's as easy to hack in and corrupt the result as corrupt the photo. (Okay, corrupting the photo means if they run the test again, they'll get the desired result, provided they don't take a new photo. So there's some mileage in that.)
And I struggle with how much this can be exploited. Suppose the patient sends in their own photo of a suspected skin cancer. Why would they corrupt it? The patient's not going to want to turn it into a false positive. A hacker could delay necessary treatment (making death more likely) or force someone to have treatment who doesn't need it. But there has got to be an initial concern. Novichok on a door handle sounds easier.
Obviously this is interesting and worthy of thinking about at this early stage. But it's about as practical as one of those fake pregnancy tests.
Re: Waste heat below 100oC...?
Which bit of below 100°C do you not understand? In the paper, they say they're exploring ΔT of 10–90K above a room temperature of 25 °C.
There are a lot of issues. But it's doesn't depend on electronics that can make you a brew.
Re: "because, as upper class Brits, they did not want to front up the deal"
I'm a Brit and I could do with having it explained to me. :/
If Banks is working-class, they may have thought he'd take umbrage at them for being posh. I know, I might.
Or perhaps class was just cover. Maybe they couldn't stand Banks. Maybe they thought he was a letch who might open up for a bit totty; you know what they say about sex.1
1. What they say about sex is, "Ask first." As Julian Assange will confirm.
Re: Please no
I'm old enough to remember getting my hands on a mouse for the first time. Double-clicks weren't discoverable at all; it had to be explained to me how to do this magical thing. You could make a similar argument for long presses -- I can think of game puzzles where the "puzzle" is holding down a button in the environment for several seconds. (Or several minutes, for one Uru puzzle.)
Discoverability is important. But I think its reasonable to have a few platform wide gestures. Think about language: you're not expected to discover the basic words, but once you've been taught them you can discover the rest.
Re: I hope that HMRC...
"And it will all be for nothing when the next generation take us back into the EU."
No, it won't be for nothing. We'll have given up the forty years of opt-outs, rebates, and special exemptions that's allowed us to have our cake and eat it.
I think you'll find it's
Re: Seveneves bad, Anathem good
I don't recall there's being anything new in Anathem. (That's one for those of you who've read it.)
You answer your own question below: there just isn't any missing mass in the centre of the galaxy. And, anyway, it appears these black holes are already budgeted for and predicted to exist -- we just haven't found them yet.
And if a black hole halo was to explain dark matter, there'd need to be five black holes for every star in the galaxy. Which should give you pause for thought. And we'd definitely have detected them through gravitational lensing events. (Also, theories of galaxy formation would be borked and we'd need to rethink the spectrum of cosmic microwave background radiation.)
Dear El Reg,
I kept reading this as the "CLOWN-act". I don't know why.
OS !== UX && OS !== CPU
Linux runs Android and can run desktops. So a common kernel is already a reality; we just need to argue about how far up the stack up we want to go. And on the web, a single site can adapt between desktop and touch. (To what extant and how well is in the lap of the designers).
Tablet computing, itself, is a precedent for Apple perfecting what Microsoft has screwed up.
And there is an unmet need for portable, personal computing: I just like the idea of being to plug a device into a keyboard and mouse (and perhaps a monitor) and to have a desktop OS that's mine. So perhaps the time is ripe for Apple to come along and "invent" this.
Inquiring minds want to know...
"Such a company would probably also make world headlines for developing a money tree as well."
They've developed a magic money tree?! Great! How much does it cost?
Because you were bussed (or driven) into school from one of the surrounding villages and either don't have an ATM card, left it at home (because, like, it's a school, not a mall) or don't have the time between exams to do the forty minutes there-and-back through the torrential rain to the nearest ATM.
Although, on second thoughts, "ANY means" includes mugging a third former or shoplifting. Okay, as you were.
As, I've said before, an API is like the index to a book. So "copying" the API is like arranging for your book to have an index which has all the entries that are present in the book you're "copying". (Although you can throw in a few extras.)
Re: What has IMAP got to do with Facebook?
Ironically, the original email (as spec'd in RFC821) had the SEND command to send messages directly to an online user. (As well as SOML and SAML). We don't need no fancy IMAP enhancements; all we need to do is resurrect that. Job done.
A computer program is just a very long number. Can a number be counted as goods? ("Here's my number twelve and here's my copy of pi...")
What's special about these particular numbers is they explain to a binary slave how to perform a service. It's a way of mapping electrical inputs into outputs; a configuration file that configures your computer to serve you in a particular form.
(That said, the original judge was right. There are no perpetual services. The only things that can serve you for as long as you own them are goods.)
Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos
Local language be dammned.
At the moment, my variable names are Greek, my comments are Latex, and I could still do with a way to embed diagrams more complicated than Ascii art can achieve.
Oceans and land are a narrow window to aim at. You either end up with a water world or a hunk rock. (Remember earth is only a fraction of a percent of water. If you were looking at it through a telescope, you'd probably write off the water as an error and conclude it was as dry as mars.)
They do give a graph in the paper. No amount of error is going to give f and g continents. b and c could get there. But, if their assumptions hold, the balance of probabilities is "land" is a long way down.
Re: Can you stop repeating Boris shite
"...I wonder why... Steele never bothered to ask any of us..."
Could it be because, AFAIK, Steele had nothing to do with any of the investigations into Litvinenko or the Skripals?
And, for what it's worth, here's a Russian expert with first-hand experience of novichok refuting your claims:
Vil Mirzayanov, 83, said the chemical was too dangerous for anyone but a “high-level senior scientist” to handle and that even he – who worked for 30 years inside the secret military installation where novichok was developed and gained extensive personal experience in handling the agent – would not know how to weaponize it.
"A multiverse would have limits to it's size and expansion also."
Why? Even if this is the sole "universe", there are no limits to its expansion. It just ends up more and more empty. (The heat death of the universe.)
Think about the number line for positive integers: given
n you can always find
nn, etc... Numbers can grow without bound; likewise the universe.
"This sparked a conjecture that by the <u>end of the inflationary period, there wasn't one universe</u> – the one we see – but a potentially infinite number (the multiverse)."
In eternal inflation, the "inflationary period" only ever ends for patches here and there. Most of the "universe" remains perpetually in an inflationary state. That's Hawking's "fractal-like multiverse".
What you imply is lots of patches of universe side by side functioning as different universes. That can't happen. The universe can't exit inflation "simultaneously" and get different laws.
But I did read a related paper the other day which said that, if you get the numbers exactly right, you can get all the universe to exit inflation and be left with a cluster of different universes. But the "inflationary period" ends at different times and it needs detailed fine tuning; most models tend to produce run-away inflation or a single universe.
Re: Data vs Code
It's not possible to prove an arbitrary program is correct. But it's possible to prove a particular program is correct.
Sorry, babe, you're over the hill.
Paris, because she's never over the hill.
My thought was subduction, too. I imagine the authors did. Unfortunately, I can't find a preprint.
I say kudos to the person who's managed to copyright the sound of the ocean. Let's face it, there shouldn't be a resource on this planet that can't be privatised and turned into a revenue source for the rich.
Re: Add spent convictions to the discrimination legislation
"So if I am understanding this correctly: If I was looking for an accountant, I wouldn't or shouldn't be able to see that one of the interviewees had 5 convictions for embezzlement, since the terms had been served?"
It depends upon the length of the sentence. If it was for more than four years (as seems likely for 5 counts of embezzlement) then the conviction never becomes spent. Even if it is spent, it still may have to be revealed for some jobs. But for mundane stuff, if you refuse to hire someone on the basis of spent convictions, then you are committing a crime. [SOURCE]
In summary, the law attempts to balance the right to a second chance against the risk of recidivism.
Re: "I'm guessing you're a systemd developer."
"Sorry, I'm an assembler/C/C++ developer. Who started when Linux didn't exist yet. And who always hated those who can't understand data structures and think text files are good because they can read"
Sounds a lot like me. Except I don't live in the past. (And I don't get to program much C++ these days. Although WebAssembly might change that.)
It's not clear to me what you mean by data structures. To me a data structure is something in memory.
We're talking about on disk files which have be transformed into data structures on load. They can be serialised as text or in binary, it doesn't make much difference. Perhaps a particular data structure has a natural serialisation, but that will be specific to the class of problems you're solving. If somebody asks a different set of questions then it could be horribly inappropriate format for the data, and then the program has to deserialize data into your chosen data structure, and rearrange it before it can answer questions, and that has blown any efficiency over a more neutral format.
Nor is text just about debugging. It's about portability - as it avoids concerns over endianess or floating point formats with ascii numbers. (And for the record, if I have an eight-bit clean editor, including nulls---and don't get me started on C's "asciiz" strings---I'd take utf8 over utf16, and utf16 over the legacy multibyte formats.) And its about archiving: that data will be readable long after you're gone.
That said, if you're railing against XML I will join you in the queue. (Okay, XML does work for documents and has left things slightly better than legacy binary formats. I still hate it.)
Re: "and switching to plain text"
"IT has already became far less efficient since web developers, unable to understand proper data structures, used only inefficient text representation of everything. "
I'm guessing you're a systemd developer.
Re: "a tribute to the NHS"?
"Private medicine would surely have done the same if called upon to do so."
A professor's salary doesn't stretch very far. And if he'd had to rely on private insurance, or a much diminished public health service, where healthcare was doled out in accordance with ability to pay, rather than need, then perhaps he would never have been able to contribute so significantly to human society.
Re: Something odd going on here
But the blocks used would be marked as free. And, in ext2, the allocation information for files larger than 12 blocks is "data" that is dynamically allocated. So if these indirect blocks get reused before
`rm -rf /` completes (and while you're busy "backing up" the filesystem, other processes are appending to logs and writing data) then you'll only be recovering text files.
Apparently ext3 is even worse: "In order to ensure that ext3 can safely resume an unlink after a crash, it actually zeros out the block pointers in the inode, whereas ext2 just marks these blocks as unused in the block bitmaps and marks the inode as "deleted" and leaves the block pointers alone." (?I presume ext4 inherits this?)
Contrasts that with FAT, where there's a good chance the allocation chain is intact. So even if the directory entry has been overwritten, you can probably recover the file; all you have to do is work out which file it is. (And if you're really lucky, you can find an old directory that tells you.)
"...most of our laws about hate speech, extremist content and suchlike are completely ineffective."
Are they? I don't know how our laws are framed. But, while we might not be able to convince the site hosting the material to remove it, I'm sure we could prosecute the act of sitting at a keyboard and typing hate speech.
Re: I feel you are vindicated as well
"Only a voice recording would be of benefit not meeting notes."
Completely the reverse. As pointed out above, a recording is a very grey area whereas contemporaneous notes are sacrosanct; the law has very different notions of proof than to us lay people.
Re: I feel you are vindicated as well
"I couldn't prove whatever she said to me in a mtg room as her response."
If, as soon as you got back to your desk, you typed up what she said, noting the date and time, then that would count as papertrail. Unless the company could produce equivalent notes (e.g minutes of meetings), contradictory evidence or otherwise show you up as an unreliable witness, then you would have a strong case -- especially given emails going unanswered.
Re: Representing yourself
"There is an old legal saying "A lawyer who is representing himself, has a fool for a client"."
When I represented myself, I found I had a fool for a lawyer!
Re: time to get the frilly frock...
You won't, though, will you? Even if you thought your $sex was discriminated against and that there would be a huge advantage in "pretending" to be the other $sex, you wouldn't do it, would you? That's the nature of gender identity; it's deeply held.
And you should admit that rather than colluding in the argument some cis women are using to attack non-cis women and defend their privilege.
So you want an unripe banana phone?
"What’s it expanding into?"
It's not that the universe is expanding. No, it occupies the same space it has always occupied. The problem is we're shrinking.
"Keep politics out of the workplace and there won't be a problem."
Okay, but the quid pro quo is we we keep "workplaces" out of politics; i.e. no corporate funding of political parties and lobbyists.
Re: So Someone Learn me....
"You can't just order 30 million and then only buy 20 million, so presumably they've made some money from Apple by doing nothing."
Presumably Samsung didn't whip up 30 million screens and shove them into a warehouse for when Apple was ready. It's a production line. They can stop the run when they get to 20E6 rather than 30E6. And given it's Apple, they may well be able to cut the order on a whim. (And Samsung may well be able to do the same to their supplies.)
"Hmmm. It's 24 bit colour, so we should definitely be able to set the red value to greater than 8 bits."
(I'm actually surprised it saturated rather than wrapping. But maybe I'm just old.)
Re: Political correctness
"Damore is fired for writing a carefully argued statistical paper."
I really hope you're not a practising scientist.
Re: "Only if the coder anticipated the problem."
But this is fundamentally a case of recognising a sequence of code points ([U+0c1c, U+0c4d, U+0c1e, U+200c, U+0c3e]) and finding the relevant glyph in the font table. Yes, there are all sorts of combing characters that can cause multiple code points to render as a single glyph. But it shouldn't have to dynamically create glyphs, just find the right one.
And my betting would be a mismatched set of lengths. U+200c (the zero-width non-joiner) normally forces two glyphs where one would otherwise be. But in this case it seems not to do that. So I'm guessing the text processing code naively allocates space for two glyphs but ends up outputting one. If the glyph-list is an array of pointers (into, say, the font table), then the renderer is going to crash when it hits a null or uninitialized pointer.
Interestingly, when I pasted the character into the Chrome console, it displayed as two characters separated by a red dot, only converting to the final glyph as I hit enter. Chrome then uses a single glyph. By contrast, Firefox appears to use two glyphs to represent this character. So this is a confusing character. But everybody's behaviour is better than crashing.
I'm guessing this thread doesn't contain many contributions from people with Apple hardware.
Re: Makes no sense
According to DJI's website the maximum weight of a Phantom is 1.2Kg. So basically it's a flying bag of sugar, or equivalently, a typical city pigeon.
Still, imagine what could happen if one of themgot tangled in a chopper's tail rotor...
My coat is the one that's being blown across the field by the rotor down-draft. Thanks.