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  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    reasons why tiny specks of radioactive material aren't built in to computers and mobile devices as a source of unpredictability for cryptographic purposes ... not least that there are better sources of unpredictability already available. I have a physical dongle...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Large Animal Detection Are you calling me fat?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Would this be fixed with the removal of a cap on max BTC? No, because bitcoin is based on a competition to burn resources. Control goes to whoever can burn the most (50%+1 of the computing power), so everyone involved...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    North Vietnam? Try North Korea. Brainfart. The rest of your post I agree with, but that's not really my point about porous borders or otherwise. Someone could definitely suborn border guards (as they do in MexicUs), but the benefit...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    From another angle: you suggest a distributed set of data centres full of write-only storage. That massively increases the cost, because you're demanding a thing that's possible but doesn't currently exist so everything will be bespoke. OTOH, it's likely everything...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Bribery by state actors works differently. Right now South Korea doesn't want 5 million North Vietnamese refugees any more than West Germany wanted East German ones, so the borders can be slightly porous but both sides want that kept small....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    If a hostile power is militarily occupying Brussels... You're right, that's unlikely. Two much more probably situations: The obvious problem is that corrupt and/or incompetent behaviour gives hackers undetected access to the system. Depending on the fine print that access...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    how much cryptocurrency is needed to completely overwhelm (take down) existing computing power. Not sure what you mean - surely not Landauer's principle applied to a minimal checksum, but everything else is a design decision. Bitcoin could be tweaked...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    hire or borrow or even buy one and see how well it reacts to dummies falling in front of it. One terrifying possibility is that humans don't possess the characteristics that the car thinks distinguish dummies from empty plastic bags...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Did you watch Jon Kalb’s video? And did it address your concerns about exceptions? The video answers a different, almost unrelated question: can I use exceptions in code that I write? I knew the design stuff and the extra C++...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    saying "Could not open file 'stuff.xml'". Yes, exactly. You're not reporting "missing close brace on line 1782" which is annoying but specific, you're just throwing up your hands and saying "something went wrong". Just like all the C APIs that...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Guardian Australia has this relevant article today talking about how the bought media mischaracterise protests in order to present the narrative that most Australians want refugees tortured to death. The writer tries to pretend that that's not the case but...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    In THEORY, yes, sort-of. But wrapping each call isn't necessarily the wrong thing, if it happens to be the best way of testing for that case. Part of it comes down to a minor but widespread disagreement about what exceptions...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    The odd Plod who really is a numpty I have seen way more problems caused by Police than by protesters, and the overwhelming majority of violence against persons has been from Police. I have way too many stories about that...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Discipline is critical too, both for optics (something the antifa need to learn It's worth remembering that one of the great things about an open movement and the lack of a central controlling authority is that anyone can say...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Also, there is a big difference between "clear simple reason to support" resulting in popular support, and actual actions on the ground. In Australia we have the lovely pejorative "doctor's wives" to describe rich white people who lend support to...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    non-violent actionists really don't spend much time learning strategy and developing tactics and counter-tactics That does validate your claim to ignorance, I think. There's such a wide range of written material available (online and off) that it's stretching credibility to...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    ften share their most of their planning with the cops. The problem is that most sorts of operational secrecy are antithetical to mass non-violent action, because trust is important. It's important for the authorities too There is a lot of...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Todays C++ whinge is that so much of the standard library throws the useless-by-design C++ exceptions. Which means that even in single-threaded applications you end up littering your code with exception handling because the powers that be decided that providing...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Talk to a civil engineer about the sorts of vulnerabilities that a modern society is riddled with Wasn't there someone in the US shooting substations with a light armour-piercing rifle at one stage? A little bit of effort from someone...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    when Stross is in this mood, nobody else comes close. ... not if they value their lives? Nice review, liked the ambiguous ending :)...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Arrgh, UN-INFORMED, not uniformed. I see that one second after hitting submit (please master, I beg of you, let me submit). Now I just have to wait while the machine times out it's "one comment per minute" or whatever. Speaking...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I was thinking it's more the gold standards of democracy: superficially attractive to the uniformed, hoarded and worshiped by a band of crazy-looking weirdos whose views make perfect sense from inside the bubble; but archaic and irrelevant to the modern...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    So much for US "democracy" It's the best democracy money can buy. (someone had to say it)...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I'll leave you to guess how many CBA employees and shareholders have been given 25 years without parole for money laundering. Yes, the gap between de jure and de facto law rears its ugly head again. It continues to surprise...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Although I do wonder there would be any advantage in doing that when it's ridiculously easy for corporations to exercise their "one dollar one vote" rights......
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Is anyone seriously suggesting that corporations should get votes? Is anyone seriously suggesting that there is a category of person who should be allowed to sign contracts, pay taxes etc but not allowed to vote? The lines around "corporate personhood"...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    AIUI you're an Antipodean, and have the added luxuries of "no-one is actually capable of invading us" alongside "anyway, who would want to cross jungles and deserts filled with ... ... desert. Martin, it's the desert that will kill you,...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    collective responsibility works so well when it's applied to, oh, asylum seekers? Blaming Indigenous Australian communities for crime? Since we actually do those things, extending the privilege to shareholders and employees seems reasonable to me. The argument against collective punishment...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    the owners of the corporation should be responsible for any crimes the corporation commits, especially under owner orders. This was apparently the law when we had slaves, and why update that? Because that goes directly against the nature of a...
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