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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    A question that enthusiasts rarely bother to answer is: Assuming that mind uploading is possible, what do you have to offer that makes it worth peoples while to expend the resources to keep you running? I remember reading one short...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    You need to read more modern textbooks. This stuff is standard....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    My efforts to convert people to Botulism have so far been unsuccessful, and our temples keep being shut down by the health inspectors.....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Ignoring my skepticism about the practicality of neutrino comms, dark matter experiments that notice anomalies have been cautious since the BICEP 2 debacle. I would expect survivors would to report tentative results somewhere between between 6 months and 2 years...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Rokos basilisk ate the footnote, in which I claim that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    And I used to* claim that sort of thing was evidence against the universe as a simulation. :)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I'm sure there is an old Lemon Jelly song about that, or was it King Raam?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Boar tastes a bit gamey, bore is just tedious....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    That's because 8 sided snowflakes are a miracle!...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    We have already seen a preview of how this works. AI will replace charlie as a best selling author at the same time as it replaces us as bestbuying readers. Both will optimise their responses to the other. After a...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Wear clothes covered in blinkenlights that encode a digitally signed timestamp and location. For proper protection these can be surgically implanted....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    50p says the whack a mole bots would be running on the same servers and administered by the same people as the fake porn bots....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Basic surface blur does a reasonable job on things like zit reduction and it has been possible to do that in real time on a GPU for ages. You can also use it for local contrast enhancement, which does a...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    [grumpy old git] I knew the internet was better when it was text only. [/grumpy old git] On the plus side, at least it's not basilisks....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Did he get the name "Ratatosk" before or after his enthusiasm for tree rats became known? Only the important questions! :)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The "carbon-based hazards" restriction is why Teslas were chosen as the first cars in space. You need to drive safely around silicon and dark matter based life forms after all....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    It only takes a nybble....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There's pretty good evidence that bitcoin eats peoples brains in this universe, so the laundry version is going to be horrific....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    We have tree rats and squirrels in the UK. I will generally avoid squashing squirrels. I am told this double standard makes me an anti-immigrant fascist....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    They aren't necessarily incompetent, it's just that the set of people they have to appease in order to keep their jobs is not the same as the set of people they officially represent....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Betting my life on an interpretation of quantum mechanics isn't a model of computation I'm interested in pursuing, no matter how much I might want to plan a sales trip to 50 cities....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You can access virtually anything covertly. You just give the right person 10x their normal annual pay. If necessary do the same for a couple of people to ensure they look the other way at the appropriate time....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    And if an adversary does manage to get access to the secure data centre containing the master copies of the OTPs then they get everything. There's no limit to the amount of effort it would be worth expending for that....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    What I would expect to actually happen is for the car to brake as hard as it can and hit the nearest object as slowly as possible. It results in the fewest decisions, carries none of the risks of swerving...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    That too!...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    A bit cruel and unusual I think. I lived there for a while. Hated the place, liked the people. The ability to leave at weekends was the main thing keeping me sane....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    No brakes you say? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/30/oh_god_here_come_the_libertarians/ Word getting out that it's not quite as tax free as people liked to imagine will probably have some effect....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    You realise that the "terrorists are stupid" argument in #179 is the reason why "hobbyist" terrorists are likely to try this stuff even if militaries agree not to. It's always possible that when this sort of thing is inevitably tried...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Power consumption/thermal performance is more important than speed in mobile stuff at the moment. I mentiond that current phone hardware was just about adequate, but what I didn't state is that it is actually adequate for a couple of minutes...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Apropos of nothing. WTF? https://www.aldi.co.uk/reka-decorative-santa-cam/p/080878177684600...
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