Re: Normal numbers
53 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007
So basically, I'm not allowed the defense of "Yes, I know the link contains terrorist propoganda, and I intend to watch it. But I'm an adult, of sound mind, and have decided to examine the evidence myself so I can make my own mind up"? That behaviour is now criminalised?
Huh. Well good job we didn't let the terrorists win by altering our way of life and removing our freedom because they hate it, or anything...
It happened to me. And you know what... I wish I could say it caused a moment of sudden realisation that I was *done* with Microsoft. Like being in a long term relationship where the love was lost long ago, where excitement and desire and the happiness of having shared goals and alignments have been replaced with annoyance, anger growing into contempt for them and shame for yourself at letting this go on for so long without breaking up. That this was that *snap* moment where all of that fades into numbness and a sense simply of 'You know what, I'm done. You won't change. I don't care if you do. Go do you.' and the freedom that would bring... but I have games to play. Like having kids, you love them, but just wish they'd grow up so you could be free and let you break away from this unhappy mismatched contemptuous union you're trapped in for their sake.
But I can't. I'll accept the abuse. I'll tolerate the cold contempt we both hold each other in.
Each time they hurt me I'll just go a little number.
For the kids.
"You missed that all you need to do is get the orbit elliptical enough to start dragging in the upper atmosphere."
What, and you think a delta v of 5 cm/s, while it zips around at 9.4km/s is enough to do that?
I haven't missed anything, and I repeat my assertion. You're an idiot with zero intuition about what these numbers, what half an hour of a 60mN force on a two tonne mass moving at 9.4 km/sec actually *means* to it. Answer. Fuck all.
"The team has calculated that in order to send a one to two tonne object to reach the Earth’s atmosphere in about 80 to 150 days would require a thruster performance of 60 milliNewtons for 1,800 seconds."
Has it? Has it really? This team of boffins has calculated an impulse of 10J (0.006 x 1800) is enough to deorbit a two tonne satellite? A delta v of 5mm per second (divide the impulse by the mass) on its 9.4km/sec orbit speed will knock it out of orbit?
Am I the only person with an intuitive enough understanding of GCSE physics, that I didn't just glaze over when those numbers were mentioned, but actually had a mental 'this is bullshit' warning go off? You're all a bunch of fucking innumerate idiots. This is exactly like a newspaper breathlessly reporting that a farmer has grown a 10 trillion tonne turnip the size of Wales as truth, and not even bothering to clarify or have any 'these numbers aren't reasonable' warnings go off.
I found this page to be an enlightening explanation of how quantum computing works, as well as being a bit of a mindfuck in that it gives a method for instantaneous cooperation at a distance. It's intriguing because it doesn't seem to violate relativity by allowing -information- to be transferred between the points instantaneously, but does mean when the two compare notes afterwards, they found they acted in a way as if they'd communicated.
The little animated diagrams of the gates and their effects on the superpositioned qubits are amazing :D
VR will get amazing once real time motion capture (perhaps using multiple LIDAR tranceivers spaced around the player and a bit of clever maths to map the results onto a skeletal model) can represent the body and limb positions of the player with that of their character in the game world. At that point, rather than being a disembodied pair of eyes, the player's mind can latch onto the new representation of their body, if it moves lag free and in accordance with their sense of proprioception. This also allows scope for a lot of cool stuff like gesture recognition and control. Why need a clumsy controller if, with the right movement of your hands, you can cast that spell in the game world? Or swing a sword or point a gun and have it accurately reflected with the movements of your character as he fights that monster?
Trust me, if you can meditate well, or take a hit of acid before playing, or are suggestible and the right induction is used, reality will skew for you. It'll be awesome. All you VR naysayers have no idea what is coming soon,
They should stop trying to "build experiences" whatever the fuck that means and just work to maximise the number of people venting their daily brainthinks into their vast database.
Natural language big data semantic analysis AI bollocks is coming on quick and it'll be worth far more to have a dataset of how a vast chunk of humanity thinks, than the peanuts they're trying to extract with ham fisted early-monetisation advertising bullshit.
The golden eggs are still gestating.
If you're going to hide a filesnarfing rootkit, then an anti-virus product is pretty much the ideal place to put it. It gets installed on every machine, scans every file nightly, is allowed to install kernel mode drivers, and needs holes punched in the firewall to let it download updates.
So yeah. What does China know about those two firms, the NSA, and national security letters, that we don't?
The 6 majority justices looked at what the letter of the law said, ignored it, and decided on a verdict contrary to the law but that fitted in with their own morality and sense of justice. That's fair enough, but at least be honest and admit that's what they did. The 3 dissenting justices looked at what the letter of the law said, found that Aereo wasn't in violation, and decided that if the law needed to be changed to close the loophole, Congress should be the ones to do so. I find myself siding with the dissenters.
To claim that Aereo ignored copyright law is disingenous in the extreme. They complied precisely with copyright law, going so far as to use a dedicated antenna and transmission path to make certain of that. The fact 6 justices have pulled the carpet from under their feet by inventing a whole new aspect to copyright law (do you look like a cable company) is hardly their fault.
So they're pretty much saying that Thunderbird is feature-complete, and are only going to deal with bugfixes/stability issues? Fantastic! Works for me.
Don't forget, it has the ability to support addons, so anything not in the core can be added by third parties if you really want it. Otherwise, just leave it alone, it sends and receives email which is what an email client should do...
The main problem I have with Firefox is when you close it, then decide maybe 30 seconds later you need it open again (or click a link, or whatever) and it pops up a stupid 'Firefox is already running but not responding' box. Why does it take such an insane amount of time to cleanly exit? If it's compressing databases or defragging its history or reticulating splines then why on earth not do that during the hours of idle time I typically have the browser open during the day, rather than upon shutdown? And why do it every single time it closes? Modern apps shouldn't take 30+ seconds to close and go away... especially something as frequently spawned as a web browser...
Anyone here ever play CRobots? This story triggered recall of my college days (late '90's) where our computer science class competed to come up with the best algorithm for a simulated autonomous robot that could move, scan a certain direction, and fire a projectile. I think the later versions also added IFF and communication between friendly robots. Coding an autonomous swarm would be pretty fun... :)
Yeah, I remember thinking "WOW! I'm living in the future!" when those animated LCD advertising displays started to pop up on the underground. Now when I see them I'm more likely to muse on just how much power they waste compared to posters, and how many tonnes of CO2 per year that equates to.
No, I suggest -you- read the rules. Having a device capable of receiving live broadcasts is not illegal. Using them to receive live broadcasts without a license is. You don't need to 'nobble' the aerial sockets, or 'prove your innocence' by harping on about your extensive DVD collection. Just refuse the inspector permission to enter your house, revoke his implied leave to pass onto your property to get to your front door, and ignore the dozens of threatening letters accusing you of being a criminal that you'll get from the TV Licensing offshoot of Crapita, and you're good.
The trouble is, terrorists (and of course, the obligatory thinking-of-the-children-provides-justification-for-anything pedophiles) are extremely rare. Even if the scanner has a 0.1% false positive rate, because the prevalence of terrorists in society are even less than that, it is still likely to finger many orders of magnitude of innocent people over actual terrorists. And no, I don't consider hundreds to thousands of innocent people being hassled, delayed, having guns pointed at them, arrested, or being executed due to police incompetence a suitable trade-off for catching that 1 real 'terrorist*'.
* which probably means he's watched a jihadist YouTube video, or plans to stuff a few petrol cans into his car and drive it into a shop window, given their recent form.
Covertly installing applications without the user's permission on their phones? Well I'm sure that won't interest the security services at all. I'm sure there absolutely definitely won't be a flood of sealed court orders winging their way to Google HQ, identifying certain phones of interest, will there...
@Pete2 as it should be, unless you're running a shop full of cowboys. There's no such thing as a 'one minute fix' when supporting production systems and environments. Whatever you change will always impact other teams, and because they're (presumably) more knowledgeable in their sphere that you are, they need to be allowed to provide an impact. In most cases that impact will be 'no problem' but when it is a problem, isn't it better to have caught it now, rather than suddenly finding your backups are failing because extending that tablespace meant it no longer fits onto one tape, or there was a staging area that also needed expanding that you weren't aware of...
So... rather than fix whatever component browsers are using to render and execute this buggy Flash, the solution put forward appears instead to be to fix all the authoring tools so they can no longer produce it? Am I missing something, or is this logic sorta... backwards? Can't they just fix the Flash renderer so it doesn't load arbitary URLs?
I dropped into a Best Buy in the States a few weeks ago. For a format that's supposedly much cheaper to produce and that's desperately struggling for market share, it seemed like madness that there was no appreciable difference in price between HD DVD's and Blu-rays. The reason they sold so few is because they're no cheaper! Typical corporations - putting short term profit ahead of a longer term strategy of building market share by offering cheaper discs. It's cost them the war.
A more accurate analogy would be plod getting a warrant and raiding your home, and not finding anything incriminating except an empty bedroom. Then demanding you tell him the magic word that would make that invisible stash of lovely incriminating evidence stored there appear. And locking you up for two years for failing to do so, because you must be lieing when you claim "There's nothing in there! It's just an empty room, honest!" How on earth are you supposed to prove you don't know something?
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