Re: There has to be a better way to ensure children can't access porn.
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"I'm supporting those struggling against oppressive regimes."
"Now if the game is to 'maximise food stores', the AI might discover the optimum cheat is to kill everything that eats food."
You're overthinking it; anything that eats food is food. A carelessly developed foraging robot would immediately kill its creators, and diligently gut/bone/joint/render/refrigerate them.
"Air-launched rockets might have a 12 km head-start in terms of altitude but they still have to burn a lot of fuel to reach orbital velocity."
Have a read of a mad (doesn't imply bad) idea to mount a space shuttle main engine on the back of a 747, allowing it to fly (for a short time) at very high speed/altitude before launching a rocket carried on its back:
I chortled at the extract from Symantec's agreement - who else read it in Ali G's voice?
"IF YOU IS A CUSTOMER OF A RESELLER (AS DEFINED HEREIN), SUBSCRIBER REPRESENTS AND WARRANTS THAT IT AUTHORIZES SUCH RESELLER TO APPLY FOR, ACCEPT, INSTALL, MAINTAIN, RENEW, AND, IF NECESSARY, REVOKE THE CERTIFICATE ON SUBSCRIBER’S BEHALF."
Assuming the object doing the escaping is much less massive than the object from which it's escaping, escape velocity is independent of the mass of the escaping object.
So, you can observe the speeds of stars that actually have escaped the galaxy, and those that haven't.
e.g. if star A is going at 1000km/s and has escaped, and star B is going at 500km/s and hasn't, you can say the escape velocity is between 500 and 1000km/s and therefore the galaxy's mass (strictly speaking it'll be a combination of mass and size/density) is between some two values.
Better explanations welcome.
"So... when will the first case be heard should an innocent person be deepfaked onto a rumpypumpy video which causes said person to lose his/her job?"
Now that this technology is accessible to anyone with a PC + respectable GPU, the question of "guilty" or innocent is going to become irrelevant - people can just say "deepfaked - it wasn't me" when confronted with video evidence of them carrying out any activity they would rather keep secret.
"Reasonable doubt" just got a whole lot bigger.
(Yes, I know the videos produced still have identifiable artifacts - how long will that last?)
Pity - they must have done a few things right - my Swift is still going strong after 2+ years. (Although I changed CyanogenOS to CyanogenMod, then to LineageOS so it's getting weekly updates.)
Of course I'll eat that.
If it's a normal-ish Yorkshire pudding with stuff added, it's going to be far too dry imo - that means gravy, but to dunk, not poured - so put it in a ramikin.
As for toppings, add pineapple (for polarising opinions), ham (yorkshire pud needs meat, but beef on pizza is vile), and basil leaves.
To balance out the stodge, serve with Caesar salad, I'd also be drinking some inexpensive red wine it.
For afters, a few chocolate digestive biscuits sandwiching some dairylea (or equivalent) cheese.
"but man.. I hope it gets banned."
...after being installed in every cinema/theatre in the land.
Indeed. Better a thousand addicts get cheap fixes than one person suffers from treatable pain.
"I swear that sometimes the RAF pilots firewalled the throttles and yanked the nose up just so they could punish poor pongos as their livers were garrotted by seatbelts ..."
The occasional (unsure exactly how often it was needed) vigorous leap into the sky was very much a requirement for the VC-10 in the RAF procedures - probably to give the engines a workout. My dad was a navigator on them and described a time when they were stationed at another airfield, where the residents were described as "a bunch of fucking arseholes", or words to that effect. The morning of departure was after a particularly heavy night (for those not about to fly) and one of the pilots mentioned that the aircraft hadn't had a full-power take-off in a while. Fortunately, the airfield's layout allowed a fairly close flypast of the mess, giving them the benefit of four Rolls-Royce Conways at full throttle to start their day.
"Q: how many additional boosters can you strap onto a Falcon Heavy before it can't handle the load?"
It's not a question of whether the vehicle can take it; the ground infrastructure (pads, towers, etc.) is not set up for anything more than two strap-ons. *
Unless something seriously bad happens to the BFR plans, Falcon Super Heavy probably won't ever exist.
* apparently - I asked Elon on twitter, unsurprisingly he didn't reply, but a random someone else did - so treat the information accordingly
Surely there's more to it than that?
What is to stop BT replying "lol no FU" in response to the demand?
(Or more realistically, a quote for £100 x the distance from the property to the exchange in metres.)
I want one, but the motherboard they're offering makes the high-end stuff from Asus, MSI, etc. look like a budget choice. (>$2000!)
Does anyone else even make Power9 MBs?
Seriously considering moving to a power9 system in the new year - it's not cheap, would require new CPU/motherboard/memory, and I'm under no illusions about IBM being any less evil than Intel/AMD/ARM, but it's looking like a better option every time another one of these articles comes out.
XKCD did a rough calculation of what would be needed to get Voyager 1 back - the illustration summarises it well:
It's a good idea, but "Simple, fair and no way of avoiding it." matters much less than:
- the Government deciding it deserves time in Parliament
- transport minister(s) being prepared to lose part of their little empire to the Treasury
"But there's no need to increase the tax on fuel, it's already expensive enough thanks"
"Wait,even more tax on fuel? Supposedly we pay 61%of fuel duty, plus VAT on top of the duty and fuel. It might not be called tax but it's practically the same."
Er, OK - so how is the shortfall to be made up? Not sure of the most recent numbers, but I'd expect somewhere above £6,000,000,000.00/year would be required if the car tax was abolished.
They only need to be in there for launch/re-entry - the idea is that habitation modules (both for transit and/or on Mars) would be launched separately. The different spacecraft would rendezvous in earth orbit for crew transfer.
edit: Also, the SLS capsule (Orion) is actually bigger than the Apollo equivalent.
"low cost" is relative. Obviously the production is a bit shonky, but many of them have ~4 professional (professional in a very technical sense) actors, apparently decent lighting/camera, and shooting locations in the USA. (Interestingly, all expense appears to have been spared on the sound.)
It's something that would be a rounding error in film/TV, but more than what one person of average wealth could arrange as a side project.
I'd be very interested in an in-depth interview with the people involved.
I think my "Fuck 2017" moment was sitting on the couch while my daughter watched youtube on the TV - distracted due to the repetitive canned shrieks and laughter, I glanced up to see a live-action story involving Elsa, Spiderman, the Joker, and probably others I forget. At that particular moment, one of the characters (Spiderman perhaps?) was buried up to their neck in sand, while being defecated on by Elsa (again, it may have been another character). A small mercy - it was obviously fake brown stuff of some sort. Out of morbid curiosity, I continued watching these videos, and can mostly agree with everything the writer of the linked article says.
I do not let her have the remote, and the TV itself is on the wall, out of reach - this was just from autoplay, the chain started on a toy review or something.
That was the end of her youtube viewing, netflix seems to be OK (so far).
"back when Sauron was mortal"
"Isn't Sauron one of the Maiar? If so he was never mortal."
"You're thinking of his former boss, Morgoth."
Neither are, or were, mortal - both were "Ainur", the next level down from Eru Ilúvatar (the only "real" god in Tolkien's universe). The more powerful ones were called Valar, the lesser were called Maiar.
Sauron did actually "die" physically at least three times though...
"Reg readers are fond of "Maplins" as one of the few remaining outlets that allows electronics hobbyists to browse legacy components, cables, semiconducters, graphics cards and motherboards while scouting out the latest drones, 3D printers and more. Compared to Dixons Carphone and other old-world retailers, Maplin still has a reputation for customer service."
(Concerning the bit I put in bold.) Well, yes, I suppose that's correct - but in that vein, one could also say "Compared to the box containing a warm dog turd on a spring, the mismatched, extra small, white nylon socks were a tasteful and much appreciated gift."
I didn't even use them that much, but my last experience was typical - needed a USB micro SD card reader that hour, shop assistant tried to sell me something about £15 saying that was "...as cheap as that sort of thing gets" but on the exact same rack there was a tiny one that cost £8.something. Yeah, they're circling the drain.
"If you want to use Bitcoin for tiny transactions, or see it as some sort of massively risky investment scheme, then go right ahead."
"Tiny" transactions are exactly the kind for which bitcoin should definitely not be used. I spent some of mine when it hit £1000* and the transactions just would not go through unless I paid fees of a few £ equivalent. Irrelevant when buying a house, annoying when buying a laptop, ludicrous when buying a pint.
* Yes, I realise what that does to the credibility of my advice.
So I won't get a "rich user experience" and might have to click refresh more often - I can live with that.
It should. AFAIK, if they don't support GLONASS they are prohibited from using it in phones sold in Russia, which is a large enough market to matter. I imagine the same is effectively true in China with Beidou, even if not formalised.
When your logo has actual fasces in it, maybe you should ask questions of yourself instead of trying to live up to the symbolism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKcmnrE5oY
"I managed to shove the wheel off a Matchbox car up my nostril at the tender age of 4 or thereabouts."
Same age, same sort of thing, but in my case it was a polystyrene bean bag ball.
A few decades later, and as far as I know, it's still there - the doctor didn't seem too concerned, saying it probably fell out without me noticing (possible, but I doubt it, in my idiocy I managed to get it quite deep up there).
I live in hope that one day, an epic sneeze will produce a lump of polystyrene-cored snot horror and propel me into a new life of genius, like Homer Simpson minus the crayon stuck in his brain.
I wish someone who knows how to handle them would put a video on youtube showing dicyanoacetylene and chlorine trifluoride reacting.
(Firefox disagrees - it's trying to be sensible and change that to oxyacetylene and chlorine tetrafluoride.)
"Or at the very least a Playmobil re-enactment, been a while since we've had one of those."
So that's why they're advertising for an intern.
My "suspected scam" instruction sheet:
If they mention "accident":
"THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, NOBODY SAW THAT" (Repeat verbatim in response to whatever they say, increasing volume/agitation each time.)
"But, but, how did you know? - I was wearing brown trousers."
"That was no accident, she deserved all that and more." *click*
If they mention "Microsoft", "Windows", "Virus"...
"Oh dear!, is this to do with the computer thing? My grandson normally helps me with all that, it's upstairs, could you hold on while I get it please?" (Leave phone off hook, if you have time, do your best impression of someone simultaneously suffering from dementia, lack of short-term memory, and near total computer illiteracy.)
For general use:
"Please take a minute to think about your parents and grandparents - would they be proud of what you are doing? You should get an honest job." *click*
There have been studies that suggest large oil slicks prevent hurricanes gaining the energy/moisture they need to sustain themselves.
The very best of luck to anyone trying to get that kind of preventive measure approved.
Pointless memo to the car manufacturers:
The drivers' and passengers' devices will be newer, probably more powerful, more likely to have security updates, and have a greater chance of containing apps and data that the owners actually care about.
You are hardware manufacturers, you will fail hard at producing software people want to use.
If you wanted to do something useful, concentrate on allowing the vehicle screen/speakers/inputs to serve whichever device(s) the driver selects. Provide power, pointer movements, keystrokes, and sensor data. Accept video and audio.
For comedy value, submit your software to Google/Apple/Whoever and see how many people actually use it.
I may be wrong, but I don't think any of them had the capability to fully submerge (required intake and exhaust to remain above the surface), which may be part of the the definition of "submarine".
" It's not helped by fuel burn being highest at low level, which is traditionally where you take-off and land..."
This makes me ponder exactly how much the USS Akron/Macon design could be scaled up.
The dredging has entertainingly uncovered quite a lot of UXBs which have subsequently been blown up by Navy Ordnance in the remoter reaches of the Solent."
That always puzzled me - surely it should be the Luftwaffe's job to sort all that? (And equivalently, the RAF*/USAF should get tasked with digging up and disposing of everything they dropped on Germany that didn't already explode.)
(Assume that the 'R' stands for "Royal" or "Russian" as you prefer.)
"We used to have contests to see who could make the highest splash mark on the wall"
I remember my dad telling me of an acquaintance in primary school who (after holding it for a day) was capable of (and proud of) hitting the ceiling.
I never used the toilets at school - not because of embarrassing noises - but because they were vile hellholes - seldom cleaned, seldom flushed, inadequately supplied with paper, etc. etc.
(Also, if I was in charge of the school in Sweden, I'd just have the sound system permanently playing a loop of farting/splashing/grunting noises.)
"Which phones are currently able to pick up galileo signals? And which phones actually use them?"
edit: to actually check it's working, try this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest&hl=en_GB (it uses different icons for the different constellations - mine has only ever picked up GPS and GLONASS, and once, an SBAS satellite - it allegedly picks up Beidou, but they probably don't get high enough in the sky here)
In a way, you aren't joking, in certain aircraft the pilot/co-pilot controls, while linked, will connect to different control surfaces (e.g. the left seat controls might be connected to the upper rudder and left elevator while the right seat's has the right elevator and lower rudder). Normally, when everything's fine, moving one set of controls moves the relevant control surfaces, and the other set of controls. If things are not fine (e.g. pilots trying to perform different manoeuvres or a dropped meal tray preventing one control column moving) the linkage is designed to break at a certain level of force, so at least some sort of control is maintained.
I would not normally be defending Microsoft, but they managed (admittedly not perfectly) to update their OS despite it running on an enormous variety of hardware.
Why can't Google just act like they did?
I don't know, maybe Asus, Dell, HP, etc. actually blocked some updates behind the scenes, but my impression of what was going on in the days I was using XP was that MS released the updates when necessary and the hardware manufacturers just had to cope with it.
I'd assume this is already being done.
If not, someone in the GRU (or whatever Russian TLA is responsible) should be getting fired.
Depends what you mean by "AMD based". If the motherboard chipset is Intel but the CPU is AMD then the system would be vulnerable.
Definitely rare though, a quick google suggests it was last possible before this vulnerability existed, so unless you have something like this...
...then you should be safe.
Based on my experience*, it works as follows:
Launch spacecraft, try to launch directly into an intercepting orbit.
After several minutes realise that this is most certainly not an intercepting orbit, even if I leave it for several months.
Swear profusely after looking up orbital mechanics and discovering inclination changes should be performed before circularisation.
Match orbital inclination, wasting lots of fuel.
Check target location and relative orbital average speeds.
If ahead of target and travelling faster, or behind target and travelling slower, wait.
Otherwise, burn prograde to increase orbital speed to let target catch up, or burn retrograde to reduce orbital speed to catch up to target (yes, really), wait.
Grossly overshoot/undershoot, swear profusely, repeat above steps but with less difference in spacecraft/target speeds.
After many orbits and adjustment burns, approach target while travelling at approximately the same orbital velocity (i.e. pretty much same direction/speed).
Start moving slowly towards target, preferably using only RCS (if this was even remembered and set up correctly during spacecraft design/build).
Get impatient, increase speed.
Panic when realising closing speed is too high.
If lucky, overshoot, repeat last three steps. If unlucky, decide to use main engines to slow down, grossly mismatch orbital velocities, repeat last ten steps. If unluckier, expose target to close range 100% power rocket exhaust while trying to slow down, destroy/damage target, mission failed. Or, simply, collide with target, spacecraft/target damaged/destroyed, mission failed.
If exceptionally lucky, achieve holding position within tens of metres of target, negligible relative speed.
Swear profusely when realising target's docking port is on the other side.
Set up spacecraft controls relative to docking port, target other docking port.
Try to remember all RCS translation/rotation controls, hope spacecraft CofG is where it should be.
Move slowly toward target.
Wait for ports to engage, if they're too far away, or at an angle, back off and try again.
* disclaimer - this is entirely from Kerbal Space Program.
My mistake - that takes it up to about 1% of a square light year...
Wut? Assange is in the Yakuza now?
Same here, but only with one of my accounts.
M7S: "...will not be in a position to review the updates and will probably default to "automatic updates""
I would be very surprised if it is even possible to disable automatic updates short of keeping the vehicle in a Faraday cage or physically removing its SIM(s) and radio(s).
Incidentally, the slashdot version of this story was amusing in that their headline stated the vehicles themselves would be held liable - I imagined punishments such as being forced to charge from a square wave supply for minor infractions, all the way up to having the OS replaced with Windows ME for actually killing someone.
In the unlikely event that anyone who actually writes Firefox code reads this, here is what you need to do:
1. When starting, and there're some malformed files (blame extensions) in the home directory DON'T JUST SIT THERE AT 5% CPU AND 2K RAM USAGE FOR 20 MINUTES. Give me a notification saying that my cookies file / bookmarks / settings file / whatever is borked and ask me what I want to do about it.
2. While we're talking about the home directory, improve the way Firefox works when the home directory is on a remote drive (e.g. thin client). Usually there is *some* local storage that can be used on a per-session basis - for caching, working directories, etc. The only stuff I want in my home directory is what I want to persist across browser sessions.
3. Go back to traditional version numbering, you really didn't need to ditch it.
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying SIMs where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
To understand what a faecocerebral statement this is, imagine if it were applied to other products:
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying books where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying tomatoes where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying buttplugs where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying oil where prices are low and shipping it for use in more expensive countries."
THIS IS HOW TRADE WORKS; A SINGLE MARKET IS MEANT TO ENCOURAGE PRICE ARBITRAGE, YOU SHIT-BRAINED CRETINS.
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