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  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    The proposition that (a) it is possible for intelligent life to have evolved within this galaxy, but (b) it could only happen the once seems to me against Ockham's Razor. The intersection of the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Why need a worm? The Internet Census compromised 1.2 million embedded devices (routers etc.) by trying to log in to them with default or empty credentials....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    How about all those Chinese missions, or the Indian satellites? I'm not sure what Yutu's anthropomorphized Weibo account does to your hypothesis. (Some samples in this article.)...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There is nothing preventing an interpreted language on a non-Von Neumann architecture -- why do you think that is? Sorry, you're right - I was thinking JIT and got very confused....
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Your OS including your believed-secure web browser is in ROM that can be changed only when you physically push that button. That's executable and non-executable memory right there (has to be or else you just move the attack to rewriting...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    My first demand is a boot rom and kernel that can't be tampered with except when I physically push a button to let the existing code update itself. AKA the destruction of the von Neumann architecture, rendering all interpreted programming...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    You're proposing a solution that requires an Internet Dictator, the discarding of >30 years of sunk costs, the summary execution of Intel, the reversing of the architecture decision made at the very foundation of computing - which implies the discarding...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Except the malware under discussion is specifically designed to infect USB keys to carry information out of air-gapped networks and instructions in....
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I dunno about attack bats, but there was the bat bomb......
  • Commented on Default Option
    No, it will show Creditor Europe valuing a commitment to economic masochism over the lives of Debtor Europe citizens (and those of migrants, given Greece's status as entry point). Greece's being forced out of Euro should make southern Europe very...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    On the other hand, you also get projects to convert existing novels to audiobooks - with Braille as a stretch goal....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Elphinstone's retreat from Kabul, though the adjectives are important - Indian sepoys and a Greek civilian also made it, and over a hundred prisoners were later released....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The video says these are extinct techniques he rediscovered - to the point that he had to inspect ancient artworks to find out how archers at the time did things. So he's not claiming any inventions, he's saying he's the...
  • Commented on Default Option
    No, it's not strange at all: racism requires a power dynamic. We could accuse you of racial prejudice, if you really want....
  • Commented on Default Option
    ...a bit of a jolt at worst. I need to remember to finish my sentences....
  • Commented on Default Option
    Junctions are fine - crossing tramlines is a doddle, it's just a bit of a jolt; a very mild version of cycling off a kerb. Cycling along them is where you run the risk of falling in, resulting in bruises...
  • Commented on Default Option
    Here's a forum thread of Dublin cyclists discussing their problems with the LUAS. It's noted early and often it's illegal to cycle in the trackways in most of the city....
  • Commented on Default Option
    As a "split the baby" suggestion for the 21st century, I'd suggest welfare for those who demonstrably can't work, and the equivalent of a "go fund me" system where people try to convince others (including the government) to pay for...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I think you're both in violent agreement again....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Health care insurers have slews of actuaries - math/stats specialists - why not have them help design such algorithms? The economy is already made of numbers; we're not there yet with our own anatomy. We discovered a new type of...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    An extraordinarily effective method of reducing drug-related crime? Giving the chronic addicts heroin!...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    In that case, "divulge your keys" === "sign in to iMessage in the presence of an officer and hand over the device," no?...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I haven't had the time to respond properly to Martin, but there's another aspect that makes drones special: they have a long loiter time, and their engines are very audible (to the point the Palestinian slang for them refers to...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    92% of the Yemeni population examined have PTSD, with drones as the proximate cause. Not a terror weapon?...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    There's one job a hypersonic suborbital passenger plane would be absolutely killer for: deployment of a company-size body of people from home base to anywhere in the world in ~24 hours. Lacking a real-world International Rescue, the only conceivable customer...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I grew up on a sheep farm, with a gravity-fed well that occasionally ran dry in summer. This would be why I live in the centre of a city and work in an office; farming's a nice place to visit,...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    That's the end goal for the RepRap project, several of which have plastic recycling machines feeding them. RepRaps are where quite a lot of the consumer 3D printing R&D takes place....
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Why? You can order plastic knives online for less than a tenner, avoiding having to spend thousands on a printer or explain to a hackerspace member protective of their liability insurance why you want to make a weapon on their...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    I think 3D printing is hyped over milling because it's new shiny vs. mature tech, the scariness and learning curve of machining vs. "a printer, except for stuff," as well as the two actual advantages; the genuine safety improvement for...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    There are ones that work in cake frosting, so there's almost certainly a wax one - but lost-wax is the name of the technique; wax isn't necessarily the material used. Here's someone casting aluminium into PLA plastic prints....
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