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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    You're not a bad guy. I agree. I was ranting at the fact that the offensively uncivil has become normal, and saying it's abnormal leads to people who are doing ok in the system defending the system. Pirates do something...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    /rant/ There is a big difference between breaking the law and being part of a society. There are norms and forms that make your culture and and guide you in being a good member of society, club member, family member,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm lucky enough (and it is really rolling double sixes six times in a row kind of luck) that might, all things going well, be out of lock-down in 4 weeks with zero community transmission and the remaining cases being...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Adelaide has closed the borders to other states (for people), and I'v been lead to believe that schools will be closed (around Australia?) by Thursday. I expect there will be a 5-6 week lockdown announced by the end of next...
  • Commented on A serious question
    I've always loved this idea although I would have thought Darwin or the Pilbra would be a better bet. I assume its Queensland because you can plug into the east coast grid. Once you have a power-line (and the technology...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    I like that idea, its like the SP02 charts or heart rate charts. The heat index numbers are kind of useless without the context of age and activity (until some upper limit). @37c  sitting typing in my indoor/outdoor office -...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I'd say the minimum for a dwelling are power, waste management and physical protection. On top of that we like partitioned living spaces, and to keep our stuff ordered. If we start heading down the automated communist utopia route I...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Children, families and the rights of parents to inflict a f'd up world view/immune system/norms on future adults, and the nature of adulthood. As above, but animals, a future where raising, torturing and murdering millions of sentient beings a day,...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I like the sail beam. To go double good fast you can then fire captured bits of sail back towards home (avoiding shooting down your incoming sails of course)....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Not a lawyer, and going to ignore the adversarial back pack stickers (mine!). If the car wasn't safe to operate in the environment and for its intended purpose then I would think the manufacturer would be up for criminal and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    An it's (pretty powerful) computers all the way down high point from 2015, installing Linux on a hard drive. http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack I once found that an 8pin FT232R USB-485 converter was actually a sawn of microcontroller (still re-programmable!). On the baseband...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I think that would take a pretty big mental form most Americans to even understand was really going on if something like that kicked off. Traditionally most Americans honestly believe that they are all billionaires that just haven't found their...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    On the core topic. In Turkey 30,000 people's life ruined because a tracking pixel was mixed into other applications along with a crypto chat app, apparently the developers wanted to muddy the waters and didn't count on Erdogan just sending...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    It also makes for great memes about main stream media not getting it....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I love the last question (or rambling comment), which cuts to the bone of this, she had to rejoin Facebook because it was a good at what it does. We won't be destroyed by bad tools, but by really really...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    This is what both excites me and scares the crud out of me with self driving cars (and their reliance on deep learning). They do see everything, in multiple spectrums at 120fps, and are going to be inherently more conservative...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    As part of an exercise for new graduates when dealing with the media I ask if they have ever personally known the details of a story that they later read/watched about in the mainstream media (other than sports). Then I...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I'd be very hesitant to use laser guided anything if the other side is a first world army. I've seen how the Apache responds to being tagged by a laser and I doubt the guys on the ground lived to...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I should also say, it's not that any particular library is hard to use, its that you will use it once, on a project which will last for a maximum of 3 months, and need to support IOS, Android and...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    It depends a lot on the library, have a look at the provider model for something like Microsoft Media Foundation, or god forbid QT with chromium. Simple old, well documented library with a single function hell yes, go nuts. Configure...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Of course there is also AI demonology : https://medium.com/intuitionmachine/the-alien-look-of-deep-learning-generative-design-5c5f871f7d10 Summon the demon, carefully frame your command and let it loose. Best you be careful in defining the scope and nature of the problem you want to solve or you might...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Along a similar theme, how quickly the internet turned into a lovecraftian horror : http://astercrash.tumblr.com/post/157419046864/did-anyone-notice-how-quickly-the-internet-turned I realised to my horror that I've been a professional programmer for more than 20 years, have literally developed on everything for the first home...
  • Commented on Excuses
    You're assuming that owning a vehicle is the cheapest option and that Tesla's plan is to sell mass market vehicles in the medium term. I suspect that their plan is to sell perhaps 5000 Model 3s per 100,000 people and...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The exciting stuff is always 10 years in the future, but at 950 Whr/kg and 5min charge time this would out out do most turbo diesel cars for range (no idea of the Whr/L though). https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/paving-the-way-for-a-lithium-battery-that-uses-an-asphalt-electrode/...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I work next door to TopCon who have their self driving tractors (aka lawn mowers with LIDAR) out every day for testing. I saw the header driver harvest my aunts wheat crop after doing a quick site survey with a...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Wow these guys are literally 2km down the road, they must have been over the moon to have the IAC in their home town....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I thought the 'something like' in my post captured the fact that I wasn't literally describing making dry ice, just using something like 90% of the same infrastructure. I was implying that carbon capture and storage would look 'something like'...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Compressing a gas also increases its temperature, which fights you efforts to compress it more and involves lots of heat exchanges and refrigeration. Any plant that compresses CO2 enough make it possible to store in volume will look something like...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Or to better explain, somebody rolled about a BS reason as to why Musk shouldn't really be celebrated for working to make the world better. So I rolled out the most BS rebuttal I could come up with. Love him...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    You're probably right, but it was the smallest automotive death count came close to the the DRC murder rate so I'm sticking with it for artistic purposes :-p...
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