David L

David L

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    I'm in the US. I can't remember where you are. I keep forgetting lately that the UK has a very different outlook than the EU now. Anyway I just did a Google search on EU AI and got all kinds...
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    Europe proposes strict regulation of artificial intelligence. These story has popped up all over my news feeds the last 24 hours or so. I understand the intent. My question is just how will they define AI....
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    Fair enough, but it carries with it "They did it to!". I want to fight fascism any and everywhere. Especially at home which for me is the US. But watching Poland and Hungary with a side dish of France and...
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    t has been made clear to me by the powers that be my hobby budget is maxed Well you did seem to pick 4 of the most expensive hobbies around. [grin]...
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    Too many Americans have a soft spot in their head for fascism. How about: Too many people have a soft spot in their head for fascism....
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    What you're describing are properties of NAND FLASH memory which is the tech currently but not inevitably dominant in SSDs In my earlier reply I missed the word "inevitably". But I still think you're not going to see "RAM" merge...
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    A hip cradle, ... worked the wing-warping and coupled rudder. A simple wooden lever held in the left hand controlled the elevator. I don't think this is the way you use your hips when hang gliding. Shifting hips while independently...
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    Not that there are other options out there. Not that there ARE NOT other options out there....
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    What you're describing are properties of NAND FLASH memory which is the tech currently but not inevitably dominant in SSDs (solid state drives) Actually it is. Dominant. Still. And likely for a while. The price difference between such memory and...
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    AIUI new non-volatile fast storage will eventually render the difference between RAM and SSD irrelevant -- it's all off-CPU storage, on-CPU storage is cacheing it, so why discriminate? "RAM" is fast but the contents vanish if power goes away or...
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    John Stringfellow or George Cayley In Wikipedia For John there's not enough detail to tell if he was lucky or good. For George he might have beat the Wright brothers if he'd had power systems. But he was about 100...
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    The clip I saw from the head of the program at JPL said something like "first rotary powered flight". The Wright brothers did several things together as a first which made it all work. Airfoils. 3 axis control. Power. And...
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    I think you read more into my comment than was there. As I said, I didn't think well of the man. His books can stand or fall on their own. And since much of what I don't like about his...
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    Would you bet on Apple not being able to move towards that level? My M1 MacMini outperforms my 2018 MacBook Pro w/Intel 7-Core I9 at 2.9Ghz. And the MacMini is emulating the Intel instruction set more often than not. My...
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    Per Charlie's comment I'm dropping out of this....
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    Do you have a link describing exactly how the patch was done? Here's what I read. Skip down to the "original article". https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/nasa-says-its-mars-helicopter-is-ready-for-a-historic-first-flight/ As to how the patch got from here to there. I think we have 2 satellites orbiting...
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    Also, that list is inane. I favour Heinlein's. I somewhat agree. But Hemingway did try and live his life based on the list. I don't think Heinlein did. I also watched the documentary. It was interesting. But it did not...
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    First Flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Live from Mission Control AFTER they realized they needed a firmware update which delayed things a few days. Write some code. Test. Upload. Apparently data speeds to Mars aren't gig. Made me smile....
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    it'll be a very long time (if ever) before you can buy one with more RAM than Apple are willing to sell you, much less install your own. Which I did, to the tune of 128Gb. (M1 maxes out at...
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    I'm still kicking myself for buying what is probably one of the last Intel Mac Minis last year. I bought an M1 MacMini a couple of months ago. Zippy it is. But some things just don't work. Viscosity/OpenVPN which I...
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    All my heating system pipes are Copper, thank you very much. And it's always been pumped - I've replaced the pump, myself, twice. Oh & three radiators, with more modern ones, with different entry/exit valves from the original, too, which...
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    In the UK, I think you will find that most 'granite benchtops' ARE formed composites rather than being cut from the rock. We call that cultured granite in the US. Glue rock chips must not market as well....
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    Yes, but you are making the mistake in assuming that most older houses in the UK haven't already been upgraded that way. Actually no. I assume like in the US the current state of "in place" is all over the...
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    you'd know that the outdoor unit can be in the garden, on a bracket on the wall, on the roof, Ah, yes. I'd forgotten about all those big square totally butt ugly boxes on top of the small suburban houses...
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    In most of the US it is legal to do your own electrical work. As long as you do it "right". And it may be against local code. Which does not make it illegal. Confused yet? Good. That is the...
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    most of that "waste" heat is dissipated inside the house, of course. So, it's back to ripping out & replacing/replumbing vast amounts to fit heat pump & new pipery somewhere else.... Maybe not. Somehow some of us saying heat pumps...
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    One "feature" of cheap heat-pump-units, is that they are noisy, and in dense built-up areas, that can become a really bad "drone" sound which will be impossible to escape outside or inside the buildings. Oh yes. In the US the...
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    As deals go, that strikes me as being not bad. Oh, I agree. But to most 18 year olds a commitment for the next 12 years seems like a like time. And from their point of view it somewhat is....
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    I know little of this(*), but it seems to imply some very serious pre-selection and pre-training to get on the sub in the first place. Like do a year or two of shore training in realistic simulators before you get...
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    Frigates & destroyers, actually. Someone who's been through this correct me please. In the USN on your first sub cruise you must learn all the systems on the ship and how to do basic operations on them. Plus know how...
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