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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    What are you meaning by "irreversibility", then? Irreversibility in computation is a thermodynamic concept. If you calculate a+b by "conventional" methods of arithmetic (as used by ordinary digital computers, or humans with pencil and paper), which discard the a-b aspect...
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    It's the Pope saying "Happy Easter, ladies and gents of Rome and Italy" in Italian....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    ...Or stuck to Indian tea, which is nicer than China tea anyway :)...
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    Is it even a meaningful question? They're interpretations of the theory, not the theory itself; they're intellectual tools intended to make this weird thing easier to understand. They all represent the theory validly; there's no "correct" interpretation, there's just the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "the problem of how a blob of cells running on around 100 watts can process data in ways that are imperfectly mimicked by way of large data centers running on the electricity needed to power a small town." I think...
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    "complete reversibility of the mind state." As I understand the mechanisms of neurons there is not the slightest chance of this being possible. Some aspects of DNA processing are reversible, but synapses are not....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "It's not just the crap roads, it's that sailing is one of the most energy-efficient ways to move stuff." It's also one of the most people-efficient ways to move stuff. And much easier to get away with giving those people...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Ha! Seems I took long enough to write my post for you to say much the same thing rather more promptly :)...
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    Well, yes; neurons work by chemistry, chemistry works by quantum effects... But then, transistors also work by quantum effects, yet you don't get quantum computation just "dropping out of it". Similarly, I don't understand what you're saying is "special" about...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Technology would not be the problem. You can build canals using railway building technology, because railway building technology is a development of canal building technology, and we know they were well beyond that point when we first encountered them. And...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Oh, you don't need ammosexuals. Over here we have shitscum who dangle concrete blocks off bridges on ropes at locomotive windscreen height because they think that giving someone a concrete block in the face at 60mph is funny....
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    I once had to install Adobe... something, can't remember what it was called, in order to extract the desired information from some file that I could only get hold of in some horrible fucked-up Adobe format. As far as I...
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    I don't think I know anyone who plays just one instrument. Either they can't play anything or (while they usually do have a favourite) they can play more than one. It doesn't seem to matter if they have radically different...
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    So, at playing Simon, basically? Interesting about lifespans; I had it in my head that captive chimps didn't usually live much beyond 30, and less in the wild. I also thought, more vaguely, that humans had an unusually long lifespan...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I find it very difficult to remember that "Nevada" means "snowy", when I'm used to thinking of it first and foremost as the name of the hottest and most deserty state in the US :)...
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    "it's worth noting that chimps actually have better memories than we do." In what way "better"? It can't be in long-term retentiveness because humans routinely remember things that happened long enough ago for a chimp to be dead twice over;...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Charlie has answered that, but to this reader at least the answer was always pretty obvious: they have nukes. And as we know from our own timeline, having nukes, even if you've only got a couple of little shitty ones...
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    Animal names: in German it seems that anything even mildly exotic is either a qualified dog or a qualified pig. Geographical names: Maps of places like Wales, made by the English, contain so many state-the-bleeding-obvious toponyms like "Big Mountain" or...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    ...I mean, ".content{opacity:0}" at the start of the line....
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    You need to remove the "opacity:0;" from the beginning of line 6 of style.css....
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    Guessing (see previous comment), but would "low-leader" be a typo for "low-loader"? - ie. the kind of truck used to transport locomotives and power station boilers and suchlike huge loads by road....
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    You know that at one point they wondered if it was pigeon shit? Well it still is pigeon shit, only not Earth pigeons, but giant intergalactic space pigeons. Which are made of dark matter which is why people mostly don't...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Like EC, I call that "Lamarckian", and am a bit shocked that your biology teacher didn't. Partly because it was Lamarck whose name got attached to the idea when people were still largely ignorant of how this stuff really works,...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Apparently I have just won a copy by RTing an announcement on twitter! Me wot never usually wins anything. This is excellent, and means I don't have to worry about the abovementioned problems any more. Waiting now with eager anticipation....
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    "where does software end and hardware begin?" Nowhere that you can point to with your finger and say "here". The concepts are too abstract for that. The idea that you can do that arises from computers evolving ever more in...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "At some point Elizabeth Hanover's family name is given as Windsor." It is Windsor. It used to be Saxe-Coburg-Gotha but they changed it in WW1 because it sounded too German for the time. Victoria was the last Hanover....
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    I don't agree with Moz's definition of "software" either, but I also think that this is another instance where adhering too closely to the specific versions of definitions as used in current digital computing practice introduces distracting irrelevancies. Similarly to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "What do you understand by the sentence "An 80% solution on time is better than 100% late":" I understand that some species of management twat is buzzwording at me and therefore I need to start doing something very noisy so...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Wikipedia has a whole category of articles under "quantum woo". One day I was bored and I clicked into a few of them and skim-read just enough to (a) confirm they were bollocks and (b) in many cases, recognise that...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Still waiting to get mine, because some other bugger is a shit programmer and at least one third bugger can't tell the difference between 1 and 0. This has rendered me temporarily unable to order it which is especially annoying...
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