* Posts by ibmalone

387 posts • joined 6 Jul 2017


LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Why?

Upvote for Nathan Myhrvold, "Modernist Bread". Not bought it (because $400 for a multi-volume set I'll never scratch the surface of), but some of it was covered in places like Physics World, and a few of the ideas got me back into doing bread and sourdough. (Still got to try the pineapple juice thing...)

There is still some convenience in a bread maker handling the different stages for you, so you don't have to wait at home, or get up in the middle of the night. And there's one other thing, related to another tip from that book, that a bread maker does, but you can reproduce without one: baking in a small enclosed space traps the escaping steam, giving a thinner, softer crust, as a steam oven would do. If you don't have a steam oven you can bake your bread inside a larger container; a pair of metal oven dishes, one inverted on top of the other, or a second bread tin upside down on top of the first will do the trick.

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Re: Why?

I used to make my own bread once in a while. The problem was my housemates would then polish it off in 5 minutes while it was still warm. Too much work for too little return.

Ah, but you see, everyone avoids gluten now! So you can sit there smothered in the smell of fresh bread or toast munching away while watching them breaking out into a sweat.

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Re: Why?

I guess most bread makers are under-used, but they're actually great. My mum still uses hers, I get by without, but if you do make your own bread they save you waiting around to get things in and out of the oven at the right time and baking in a small container is in some ways better. A warm freshly baked loaf with butter is hard to beat.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Re: Question

It involves less blood?

While my coworkers may be wondering why I was laughing, my inner pedant wishes to point out it involves about 5 litres of blood.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Total facepalm, now face is bruised.

"they will require signed directions or prescriptions – something easily achieved "in the real world" by taking a photo on your phone and sending it via SMS."

SMS, are you f*cking serious? You want people to send their prescription requests and signatures via SMS? SMS has been cracked for ages now.

This is the issue. Yes, fax is outdated, yes it is not really secure (though falling to tomorrow's wannacry equivalent is maybe less likely), yes it should be replaced by better systems. But the people driving this then go and say things like, "You can just send it by SMS." What a wonderful idea (let us just stop and consider for a moment, beyond security considerations, what that means for records keeping). And then remember why the name "Matt Hancock" is familiar... https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/01/matt_hancock_app_privacy_bug_ed_vaizey/ from the world of off-the-shelf, not evaluated for purpose, "this is the hip new thing, we'd better get in on it! #necessaryhashtags" ideas. Still, at least the word blockchain hasn't appeared. Yet.

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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Re: Google+ shutdown

I tried this, but it's still not clear whether the accounts were completely decoupled and "my" Google+ account has my former YouTube account name. Whereas my YouTube account login still uses the associated email address rather then the original username. Meanwhile, my employer has a confusing mess of Google accounts that got worse when we signed up for G-Suite and couldn't combine the old accounts, but had to change their associated email addresses anyway.

Indeed, my Youtube account seems to be tied to my google account (this became unavoidable eventually), and yet somehow restricted, I appear to have two accounts, but only one I can log into. A bit curious what the result of this will be, I'm expecting a third equally inaccessible to turn up.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: The Greatest Challenge

There's no law of physics that says we have to fill the atmosphere with carbon dioxide to get electricity. All the fossil fuels we're currently burning were originally derived from sunlight.

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Re: Thorium Cycle Reactors

Why not a mix? Why does everything have to be about the team you're on? Must be all A or all B! And then the solution MUST be set up to punish everyone who thought differently, so we they'll finally recognise that we're right and they're wrong. Chuck in some wind, maybe it wont cover demand 100% of the time, even with storage, but hey, it reduces the risk you're taking on nuclear, your exposure if supply drops there and your need to get uranium ore. Iceland smelts a lot of aluminium, why? Because they've got geothermal power and it makes economic sense, yet you get the impression from the more extreme edge of climate change denial that the desire to burn fossil fuels is at least partly driven by a perverse desire to make other people unhappy.

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Re: Thorium Cycle Reactors

I understand, though, that India and China are putting money into Thorium.

Nothing really demonstrated yet sadly. The current approach is defence in depth, and why not? Wind is pretty well proven, it's not perfect, but neither is burning more and more fossil fuels until we finally run out or convincingly demonstrate global warming by flooding the world's financial centres (they tend to be in flood plains). Modern nuclear is okay, but expensive, and the PR battle was lost decades ago. Solar for heating is making quiet gains, PV is now practical. It'll be nice if a working thorium station is developed and lives up to its promise, but we've yet to see it. Hopefully it'll only be interim to fusion though, the joke is it's always ten years off, but it used to be that it was always twenty years off, and before that always thirty years off; we do seem to be converging, just slower than hoped. Other than that, fill the deserts with PV (they're silicon already anyway) and use the power to make something transportable.

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The laws of thermodynamics tend to apply whatever mechanism you use though. Converting between types of energy often ends up inefficient.

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Re: Lots of choices- DoS works for physical stuff!

(ISTR there's a form of silicon oxide that can explode in a pretty energetic manner as well.)

Prince Rupert's drop? Don't think they've been successfully weaponised :)

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Re: Photovoltaic?

Combined cycle gas turbines operate at >60% efficiency, so that is lie for a start. No reason they couldn't take their gas input from a separate gas heat exchanger.

Presumably would drop the efficiency though? Overall I suspect the aims are: 1.This is quite hot, hotter than most power sources, so the dynamics may differ. 2. Responsiveness, for a storage rather than supply solution you don't want a ramp-up time. 3. Photovoltaics can be smaller and possibly more easily maintained, but only having skimmed I'm not sure what size storage they're aiming for. (Got to be reasonably big to make insulating molten silicon practical one would think.) Papers like this do tend to go for quantity over quality on the justifications though, there's usually one or two core reasons and the rest are filler.

Overall doesn't seem an unreasonable idea, silicon is cheap. Lithium is nice for batteries because it's light, not primarily for efficiency or volume.

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Re: Photovoltaic?

I believe the question was about the mechanism the storage uses. It converts the heat from the silicon to electricity via photovoltaics. When dealing with hot rocks, or pretty much anything (see coal and nuclear power stations too), steam and turbines are used for the conversion. This is dealt with on page 5 of the paper (which I think is open access):

One critical question that arises with the TEGS-MPV approach, however, is why MPV is chosen as the heat engine instead of a turbine, which could likely be more efficient at lower temperatures. There are three reasons for this: (1) turbines that take an external heat input and operate at high efficiencies (> 50%) do not currently exist. Although it may be possible to develop such a system, a large barrier to commercial deployment exists, as it would require a large OEM to undertake an expensive (>$100 million) development effort for a high-risk application. On the other hand, existing III–V cell manufacturers are positioned to facilitate the commercialization and deployment of the described MPV power cycle with much less investment. (2) The cost of our proposed MPV system can be much lower than that of a turbine. (3) The speed with which turbine-based heat engines can ramp from zero to full power is on the order of tens of minutes to an hour. However, with this TEGS-MPV approach, as is illustrated in Fig. 2, the MPV modules can be actuated in and out of the light on the order of seconds, which could provide much greater value to the grid via load following, thereby increasing revenue.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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Re: Taxpayer?

There was an interview with one of the journalists from Private Eye recently. He said that all Companies House have the resources to do is to record information. They don't have the capacity to check anything anyone submits. And if they're told there's something wrong, there's no resource to take action to get it corrected.

This may well be related to a story they've been running about one MP (can't remember who), who has extremely inaccurate records filed for a company he runs, theoretically an offence. PI investigated and notified Companies House, to get the response they deal with these things on a case by case basis...

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Alternative solution?

Canada has a process, like many other countries, for detaining a suspect then deciding if the detention is warranted.

Indeed, it's one of those things, you are free to ignore the laws of other countries, but you've got to accept then there may be consequences to visiting them or their close allies afterwards. International sanctions rely on this, and the people who are high up in multinationals know that and what the implications are. The allegations against Ms Meng centre around using a separate company to try and hide her involvement.

Not that I think the sanctions against Iran are particularly constructive, or that reintroducing them at this time has any point beyond the theatrics of the current US president.

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Re: Alternative solution?

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou is a telling comparison. An insane US President sanctions Iran, and now gets to arrest third party nationals in Canada? Eff that for a game of soldiers!

"The Supreme Court of British Columbia was told that Ms Meng had used a Huawei subsidiary called Skycom to evade sanctions on Iran between 2009 and 2014." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46494935

Meng Wanzhou is accused of breaking the sanctions a number of years ago, not the ones introduced by the current US president.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Or even by switching off and on again but not recommended as boot times are getting ever longer because all the crap with which we fill up our phones.

One of the things I've noticed about my current smartphone is it boots quicker than the one it replaced (both were mid-high end compact models), and probably about as fast as the feature phone I had before that. Brands omitted in case anyone thinks the data point is just shilling...

...although the 3310 was obviously quicker than any of them ;)

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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Re: I'm missing something...

That's assuming there wasn't an option - as per the comment on SCCS - in which case just get used to that as the normal way to do things.

Steady on there!

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Re: I'm missing something...

I think what you've missed was that the revision control removed the file when checking in. That's why it had to be checked out again.

Thanks, yes, looks like another commenter has fingered SCCS as the culprit. Never met a VCS that does that, but I'm sure it made sense to somebody at the time o.0

Knowing that makes the whole thing seem a lot more rickety. I suppose I might have taken to copying the file and checking in the copy instead, but there's only one way to learn that kind of paranoia...

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Re: SCCS hits you

Thanks, I was puzzling over why not checking out a read-only version by itself could have caused this.

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I'm missing something...

Why was a writeable fstab so fatal? Having it non-root writeable isn't good, but I wouldn't expect a writeable fstab it to get wiped on boot on a modern system (every Linux I've I've seen has had it 644). Something different about Sun?

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Going to make life interesting for the rest of us

If the NHS decides patient data can be moved onto cloud storage, those of us who have maintained that it's a bad idea for PII we look after are now going to have to work harder to justify that stance. Barring, of course, some absolutely stupendous disaster, but I suspect the real problem will be that smaller operations are going to be more likely to slip up. At least EMIS may have sufficient resources to make sure it's secured at all points.

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Re: You're stuff is going in the cloud regardless of this.

Hospitals are frequently using free services e.g. dropbox for stuff already and yes that includes PII on occasion (sometimes encrypted files, sometimes not).

And their local rules will tell them not too unless encrypted. My employer is a university and even we have that.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Honestly the number of extremely triggered baby boomers on this article amazes me. It's clear that they don't actually no what 'pewdiepie' does or what the point of the channel is.I found it a real shame how this article just paints him with one wide brush and calls him a moron and such just because of some satire that went too far.

Honestly, I'm curious where you think the "extremely triggered baby boomers" are. (Personally neither a baby nor a boomer.) What I do see are a lot of people registering on a technology news site to express their extreme outrage that their favourite youtube hero has been "slandered" (a.k.a. mentioned in a report because one of his other followers did something silly at his prompting). Read some more articles, stick around, actually converse rather than screaming, you might just learn something. Because without giving more ad-views to an apparently "kids entertainer", I've got a pretty good sense of them by now from the people popping up to unnecessarily defend them.

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Re: Interesting

As in, “DEC the halls”?

Finally something good has come from this nonsense.

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Re: Babysitters are for babies

You need to understand that the younger generation is watching les and less tv. Youtubers are the equivalent of tv animators, actors and comedians. Some of them are even successfull by posting educationnal videos. The carreers are just chaning to another platform. So no like people working in the tv industry they are not assholes.

It's adorable that you think that.

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Re: QM is hard!

"electrons oscillated by jumping between energy levels

Not exactly. Electrons are not thought of as oscillating in any sense when they are bound to atoms. Indeed, it was the very idea that they were oscillating that caused so much trouble back in the 1900's, since by Maxwell's equations they should radiate constantly while "orbiting" the nucleus."

They kind of are when they transition between levels in, say, a laser; absorb photon, go up a state, release photon, go down one, oscillation between levels. Though in context it's wrong, since it suggests that's the oscillation rate between states being measured, while presumably it's actually the photon frequency.

Getting your mind around what the Bloch equations mean for individual atoms is tricky, I eventually settled on photons acting like spanners cranking the state. Which is almost certainly terribly misleading, but does allow visualising them being wielded by tiny quantum mechanics.

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Re: Complications

Except the second is defined for clocks sitting at the Earth's surface

Which is defined as g=9.81m/s^2

Which depends on the definition of a second


"The second is the duration of 9 192 631 770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom."


Nothing else is needed for the units system to be consistent, it'll work anywhere.

Now if you want to measure calendar time you need a frame of reference. I can't find in a quick search where ISO time incorporates this, but that's the point at which g matters.

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Re: Neat

Speed of movement (General Relativity) has been tested this way since the late 60's but the actual force of gravity itself is new.

Actually, you're doing that experiment every time you use your phone's GPS

(Sadly third hit on goggle for a search on this topic is a "general relativity is false page" that claims to demonstrate this correction is not needed. The people who believe that are welcome to design and launch their own version... so long as they promise to use no other means of navigation.)

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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Re: Neither

Neither. Just standard issue with new DELL laptops circa 2016. The new Intel CPUs Dell put in at the time were triggering latent races in a lot of different software.

That actually sounds like quite a useful thing to have around for testing :)

(if a pretty irritating thing for anything else)

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: Jaywalking

One of the many little details you notice when you re-read the highway code, it explicitly doesn't give anyone right of way, it says when you should give way. So for zebra crossings it says drivers should give way to people on the crossing. (And yes, that drivers should look out for people near crossings and be ready to slow down or stop. Oddly it doesn't say anything about actually slowing down, just, you know, be ready. "Yes I did run him over officer, but I was ready not to.")

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Re: And my friends and family are wondering...

No social media involved here though, except for the automatically opted-in "computer says you" shaming the Ningbo police were running.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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"Apollo Control, Houston. Now we are in our period of the longest wait. Thus far in the mission we are 19 minutes, 50 seconds from acquisition at this time. During Mission Control simulations, this was a good time for coffee breaks for the flight controllers, but that is not true today. Continuing to monitor, this is Apollo Control, Houston."


What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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While on the subject of bugs (of the listening kind), it's always worth taking the time to appreciate the genius of Léon Theremin's "Thing" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(listening_device) (presumably it has a better name in Russian).

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: Scale

"The Planck constant, named after the physicist Max Planck, is incredibly small (it's 6.62607015 x 10-34 Js)"

I think we need to be careful about describing units as large or small, when the magnitude of the numerical parts of their value is a function of the units we've chosen to use.

For example, would it be reasonable to describe the speed of light as incredibly small because it's 9.71561e-9 parsecs per second?

The Planck constant is small compared to everyday experience though. E=hbar ω. For any frequency we can experience as human beings, the energy implied by this is much smaller than any we could notice. (Similar to the speed of light, it's much faster than our senses could measure.) That's even if you include visible light as a frequency we can experience, since the energy of an individual photon isn't something we can relate to normal experience.

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"Here's a little food for thought. It seems one big reason they wanted to redefine the kilogram was because the different prototype kilograms were diverging from each other, and they were a little puzzled as to why: was one losing mass or the other gaining mass, and so on. That and the research into using the Kibble balance meant they could move away from prototypes."

I certainly hope not; that would be a total fail on the part of scientists.

If they are diverging and they DO know why, then the redefinition has merit. Otherwise they're just bloody lazy and lack inquisitiveness.

No, as alluded to in the comment you're replying to, how do you investigate this? You need a mass reference to do it. Enter the Kibble balance. Now you have a way to measure mass that doesn't depend on a chunk of gold alloy. If it turns out to be something mundane like tiny amounts of wear or adsorption then you can watch it happening, but if the only way to measure mass is by comparing to another chunk of alloy which is also changing in some way then you're rather stuck.

Similar answer to the question of what happens if these universal constants aren't actually, you find some related processes that should be the same under your assumptions and start comparing them.

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Re: SI

Instead of 9,192,631,770 periods of the...blah blah blah...of caesium-133 atom, why not make it 10 billion.

This desire for base ten measurements is completely anthropocentric.

At least it's not an irrational number. Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars features aliens with no concept of discrete numbers. (Whether such a species could develop advanced technology is another matter.)

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Re: A few comments

It seems a little peculiar that they were quite happy to use the charge on an electron to define the Coulomb, but didn't wan't to use the mass on the electron to define the kg (it is known to an appropriate precision).

One reason is related to a rather intractable debate I ended up with a computer scientist in. They didn't really see a difference in measuring things in relative units and SI units, they're both ratios right? But the reference ratio is only one part of the system, you need a reproducible way to calibrate other measurements, which is why these SI standards have two parts, one is the thing you're using as the basis of your definition and the other is the measurement process.

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Re: Sad case of science ignoring the evidence

The solution is to move to better ways of measuring mass, which is what they've done.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Guys, guys, Project Fear Mark 75 can be wound up now!

It's clear we're never going to be allowed to leave the EU so your objective has been achieved.

RIP democracy. It was nice while it lasted!

What about democracy at an EU level? (Oh, that's the only one UKIP were ever successful at, yet they never bothered to try and fix the things they complained about.) What about democracy at the level of the UK nations, two of which voted to stay? What about democracy in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement referendum and the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, one built on the EU and the other won on a "project fear" of not being able to stay in it? What about democracy in a referendum fought largely on, "Well it'll be alright, obviously we can get a much better deal than Norway! Ha ha ha!"? What about the lack of democracy when the leave vote came through and the only decent thing to do in the limits of our system would have been an election fought on the basis of how we were going to leave? What about democracy in the general election we eventually got halfway through negotiation where the two teams we get to vote for didn't offer a choice? What about democracy where a self appointed cabal within the Conservative party tries to call the shots?

And what about democracy in asking people, once they have a chance to actually see what is going to be done in the name of a vote on an open ended course of action two years ago, if that's really what they wanted? No, of course, that wouldn't be democratic at all.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Getting a probe there?

massive comment that got away from me

If you think that was long, you could try reading https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-communication_theorem

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Re: Getting a probe there?

As I understand it (or not) quantum entanglement does not provide faster-than-light communication.


While I wouldn't want to make a pronouncement on the possibility of faster than light or not of quantum communication (a subject even Einstein could get things wrong about: see John Bell), that explanation slightly dodges the quantum communication aspect of the question.

Undoubtedly, as in the description, if you tell two friends that you'll send them light beams of red and blue, send them off in different directions and then send the light beams, 1. they will know the other person's colour before the other person could communicate the signal to them, 2. the information conveyed only travelled out from you at c (which choice you made about who to send what colour) and <c (the setup in the first place). In a quantum context that choice about red or blue is representing the outcome of state collapse (if you believe in state collapse), which is generally thought to occur at the time of measurement. So the explanation is, in a way, a hidden variable explanation. If that hidden variable doesn't exist, then the outcome for Alice determines the outcome for Bob at the time the measurement is made.

The quantum entanglement part is this: Alice and Bob head out with entangled particles. Measurement on a particle collapses the waveform and you know from the answer what answer the other person will get. However, that's not how you intend to communicate. How you want to communicate is in deciding how to make the measurement.

Say instead of two colours we have four. Blue, green, red, yellow and Alice and Bob can both measure for either blue/red or green/yellow. If A measures for blue/red and Bob measures for blue/red they will always get opposite answers (as before). Same if they both measure for green/yellow.

Now imagine that I'm actually sending purple and orange. Purple shows up as red or green, orange as blue or yellow (you'll notice this isn't a lecture on colour theory). If A and B make the same measurement then when they compare later they get compatible answers. If they make different measurements then they can still work out what the other person would have got if they knew what the measurement was. My purple/orange choice is a hidden variable.

But this isn't what happens with entanglement. A measures r/b, and gets an answer. B measures g/y. No matter what answer A got, B has a 50:50 chance of g or y, the measurements are independent. Even if they make the measurements at the same time or at an interval shorter than the time light can travel between them. It's not just a case of the blue going one direction and the red going the other (in which case you could assume there's some hidden variable), it's that the measurement A chooses to take appears to influence the answers B can get instantly. This gives rise to the Bell inequality https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_theorem and one of the great missed Nobel prizes.

But, for communication of information it's no good. From B's point of view, while their answer does depend on the measurement A made, they can't tell which answer A actually got. And this is also due to the "state collapse" (probably it doesn't) part of the entanglement. If A always got red when measuring r/b and green when measuring g/y then you can construct a noisy channel (this is just off the top of my head, probably a more efficient way):

A sends "1", by reading in r/b requires four measurements:

A -> B

r -> (r/b) b

r -> (r/b) b

r -> (g/y) g

r -> (g/y) y

Note the first two results would be fixed, the second are 50:50 different.

Similarly A could send "0" by making four g/y measurements. Now the first two b measurements would be 50:50 to be different and the second two would be yellow. So you have to discard 50% of these quartets, but the others you know what the original measurement was.

But you can't do this either, and the reason is that you can only be in one pair of states. It's perfectly possible to have a deterministic "A always gets red when measuring r/b", we could do that with the lights example. But you can't simultaneously have the full set: "A and B get different answers", "A always gets red if r/b", "B gets 50:50 g/y if A measures r/b" and "A always gets g if A measures g/y", because of the symmetry of the entanglement. So though something is going on, the way the statistics work mean you can't use it until you compare the answers A and B got.

(I mentioned being dubious about state collapse, weak measurement experiments suggest it doesn't happen. If Alice believes Hugh Everett, she has gone out of phase with the Bob who measured red after she did, and can therefore never meet him again to compare notes.)

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Re: Kaizala? @Stuart Castle

Facebook Workplace

Had to read that a second time to be sure of what I was seeing. I've never heard of it, but those two words don't really seem to belong together, surely nobody can ever have thought that was a good idea?

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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I actually would posit that almost all call-centre software should be illegal under GDPR because you have no need to actually KNOW what the customer's address / phone number actually are.

While I (and hopefully anyone with sense) would agree with the general "restrict access to required data" principle, there is also a need to ensure data held is accurate, which could be used to justify things like checking phone number, and if a delivery is planned, the accuracy of the address they have on record.

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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Re: Correct response

No, it's the greengrocer's.

ITYM "No, its' the greengrocer's."


My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: On a larger scale

I just can't bring myself to commit them to the WEEE recycling collection firm.

While we're on the subject, how awful are consumer WEEE arrangements? Retailer claims to pay into national recycling schemes, gives you a link to a website that redirects to local council, local council will have one recycling site that accepts things, or, if you are in London, will share it with an adjacent council and it'll be in an inaccessible part of the city. And don't get me started on trying to get rid of scrap metal responsibly...

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Oh goody

Consumer rights only apply to consumers though. Business to business you're down to contract law.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Re: SecureBoot Bites Again

"but you do realise that"

Probably a Mac extreme fanboy unable to distinguish between Mac & MacOS; realisation optional.

Some mini stalking (don't worry, the restraining order is on its way) suggests cream wobbly is fairly OS agnostic, just incautious with analogy on this occasion.

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Re: I can see Apple's point...

"secure OSs like Windows"


"That means someone like me could read the sauce codes"

Have you considered taking up comedy as a career?

I was under the impression those were early clues that it's a parody, which ramps up towards the end.

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Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

It's a particularly tragic intersection point on the Venn diagram of "ways of trying much too hard to look cool".

As a Linux user I confess one thing I've never thought it could do was make me look cool...

(Though it did once genuinely prompt the discussion, "What's that?" "I don't know, but I think it must be what Heaven looks like." That was obviously Compiz Fusion era, before it was decreed that nay, ye shall have gnome shell and like it.)


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