Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Fair point. My guess is that life has been too easy for the Tories in the last three decades, so now everyone things they can get by with just quips and platitudes. The lack of challenges let the more competent...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I think Terry Pratchett managed to describe the Tory attitude quite well in Jingo. Unfortunately the UK have no-one like Lord Vetinary to get them out of this mess....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    My view on what happens next: It's all in Theresa May's hand. After defending against the leadership challenge she's immune against a further challenge for 12 months. As long as her cabinet follows her, she has control over the process....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    The backstop is a legal protocol as part of the withdrawal agreement that comes into effect if the EU and the UK can't find another agreement to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland after December 2020. It regulates movement...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    You may find it an up-hill struggle to convince Germans of that idea: Germans and Americans 'worlds apart' in view of relations...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    They updated the entry: from Guardian politics live blog Here's the origibnal twitter announcement: ECJ announcement It's not the ECJ decision, though, just the opinion of the Advocate General. Still more relevant as the pleadings from the hearing....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Just in: ECJ to rule on irrevocability of article 50 next Tuesday...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I think all those solutions concerning North Korea, North America or Australia are a little far-fetched and won't help with Brexit. Once the Britons realize that Brexit wasn't such a clever idea (so around May 2019), they'll have to look...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Oh great, OGH put cliff hanger in chapter 1: "Mo, Dr. O’Brien, is unavailable. Or maybe I’m just too much of a coward to talk to her since she . . . changed." So when do we find out what...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Oh, and Paul Dacre apparently also doesn't want to join in the pivot....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Looking at the Sun's frontpage from yesterday I don't think that Murdoch changed his view on Brexit. But reality is coming back to bite the Brexiteers. They promised something impossible and now find out they can't deliver. And even the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    No, it's not the same dynamics, because "concentrated energy sources" don't regenerate themselves, or at a time scale that it makes no difference. There's no guaranty that a population system will reach a stable equilibrium, it might as well cycle...
  • Commented on On hold
    Personally, I think the base for civilization are shared stories. Homo Sapiens is a crude misnomer, it should be Home Narrans (or for the extant subspecies, Homo Narrans Stupidus). I see stories as the software to our biological hardware, and...
  • Commented on On hold
    Re civilization under water: Science would definitely develop along a different path. Eg. alchemy/chemistry was developed by humans relying to be able to boil water. Aquatic science would need to start with materials found under water and expose them to...
  • Commented on On hold
    Free markets are just the continuation of war with financial means....
  • Commented on On hold
    Well, you get part of the answer when you examine how the modern free market would deal in the Inka empire: If one region starves, food prices go up until the people have sold all their wealth and have indebted...
  • Commented on On hold
    I was talking about a non-expansionist civilization. There could be ideological reasons why a civilization stays localized, or a dependence on a local resource. And anyway, before 1500 human civilizations usually kept themselves to one or two continents....
  • Commented on On hold
    Have you read "Strata", a pre-Diskworld novel by Terry Pratchett?...
  • Commented on On hold
    I doubt that any ancient hitec civilization would be detectable unless it was also expansionist (covering most of Earth) and wasteful. Given that science has just started to detect civilizations in jungles (other than by accident) and that river delta...
  • Commented on On hold
    Wow! Macro evolution AND virgin birth. Creationists must be ever so happy....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I'm still optimistic. I hope 2018 will be the year where reality finally strikes back....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Fuck, more cliff hangers for Invisible Sun :-( Do we get a spoiler thread for Dark State? :-)...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Re "Self preservation is not actually a value you can count on an AI to have. " While it's true that you can plug-in any values into an AI that can be encoded algorithmically, in the long run most AIs...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't quite agree. Any unpatched system will be a sitting duck for Meltdown attacks. Getting an unprivileged malicious program running on current system isn't a big hurdle....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The current activity at MS /Apple / Linux kernel developers is aimed at implementing a mitigation for Meltdown. Without that, an privileged program could easily read any byte in the computer's RAM. That has special impact for cloud servers. Spectre...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I suspect switching towers is handled by the phone's baseband processor, not the application processor. That information should be at least as well protected from apps as the GPS location data. If we talk about hacking baseband processors, we open...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    AFAIK triangulation via cell towers is only available to operators, not apps. The ID of the cell tower you are using is available via the SS7 system if you have the phone number or IMSI. Google uses a database of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I don't think eating bore is very filling....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I was inclined to say "volume", but I'll amend that to recognizable complexity. VR worlds have to be build, so either you rely on algorithms which deliver less diversion, or you create them manually, which consumes a lot of time...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I'd also be more interested in AR than VR. For one, there is more real world to augment than there are VR worlds. :-) There is also research on creating VR worlds from real, either from photo + laserscans or...
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