Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    PDF links here: Communication on Fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence, 21 April 2021 This caught my eye: High-risk AI systems shall be designed and developed in such a way to ensure that their operation is sufficiently transparent to...
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    The Russian Vega program, Venus part in 1985: Vega program The two balloon aerobots were designed to float at 54 km (34 mi) from the surface, in the most active layer of the Venusian cloud system. The instrument pack had...
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    Do you have a link describing exactly how the patch was done? Current distance from Earth to Mars: (16.05 light minutes 2021/04/19) I was pleased to see very little nationalism in the presentations. During the press conference later in the...
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    Link to the cheering moment: https://youtu.be/p1KolyCqICI?t=2270 First Flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Live from Mission Control Spin up, climb to 3 meters, hover, descend, land, spin down. (These people are working engineers and scientists, not PR people; worth watching...
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    Copied from the "Lying to the ghost in the machine" thread: You could try https://geekpic.net/ click on the entry box and it will let you upload files that your browser has access to. No login required or even possible. Scrub...
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    Out of curiosity, how much do you pay per kilowatt-hour? (net including delivery/taxes/whatever, i.e. divide electric bill by kilowatt hours.) A lot of hydro/cheap electricity south of the border in that area, so US houses use heat pumps as well....
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    Please provide a description or title for future youtube links.[1] (Also, more practically, youtube video links often die and a title can be used to re-find the video.) I clicked on the first blind link, and it had no description,...
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    Yeah, phoning Putin to discuss the situation and to propose a summit, how dare he! There's this: FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government (April 15, 2021) Overall, it's relatively tame and focused, though it...
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    The Missouri* legislature is considering a bill to establish a Rush Limbaugh State holiday: I won't speak ill of dead American Royalty (yet), but here's some tame material instead: Anyone else remember Rush Limbaugh (and many others) swallowing this bait?...
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    (Thread is already rambling a bit, so) Fascinatingly effective Antifa activities exposing and disrupting white supremacist(/Nazi) rallies. Basically, - Activists infiltrated white supremacist online groups, some of them encrypted telegram groups, and captured messages and trolled competently a bit. Even...
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    Thanks! That led to these wikipedia pages. (Skimmed them.) The glossary list is terrifying. (There are lists for other countries too.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railfan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_United_Kingdom_railway_terms...
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    The H. Harrison story (if that's what it was) was Q and IDed in a previous recent thread, https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2019/07/whoops-apocalypse.html...
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    I remembered it as by Joe Haldeman., but it may be "Commando Raid" by Harry Harrison (1970) in an anthology called "Study War No More" edited by Joe Haldeman....
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    As an American, I usually have to poke a bit at things like "Belming Jimmy and the Act of Onion". Onion is a common substitution (even in the US) for Union, so was soon (via wikipedia) rabbitholing down witch hunting...
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    it still leaves a massive infrared signature Interesting, thanks. A quick search found a bunch of things. This wasn't blocked for me (another related paper was) (note: site is naval postgraduate school so logs might be more likely to...
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    (The anti-submarine research/documentation is shrouded in secrecy, and I'm not gonna poke very hard at it, so speculating a lot here.) As Nojay says, 60+ years of arms race has reduced the vulnerability of submarines to both active and passive...
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    In chrome desktop (and maybe related browsers?) right click on the address bar. A pulldown will appear, and you can toggle "Always show full URLs". Not sure about current chrome behavior but the EFF "HTTPS Everywhere" extension will allow you...
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    Re sports, recalling physical education classes several decades ago in (US) high school, they were co-ed. My favorite was playing a few times with members of the school's female field hockey team. Since I did not have developed skills (and...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Re the mentioned Counterpart video clip, here's a short clip, which might match. Kids, masking up in response to another kid coughing. German, English subtitles. Worth a watch. Counterpart S01E03 excerpt (Feb 10, 2018) One youtube comment in 2020 was...
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    (and also to Robert Prior 155) Appears to be this (there are three papers with those three authors though): The Moral Stereotypes of Liberals and Conservatives: Exaggeration of Differences across the Political Spectrum (Jesse Graham, Brian A. Nosek, Jonathan Haidt)...
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    5 ms (millisecond) gap Didn't find anything on this site, but search found some material about the human (and cat) auditory cortex. Possible new protocol to play with, thanks. (The auditory cortex is interestingly quick even in humans. And more...
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    Much more likely to see breakthroughs with supercapacitor energy density exceeding batteries. (A few very recent designs are showing densities higher than lead-acid batteries.) Perhaps also hybrids...
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    Given that it is a medically pointless thing to try, No. The point is herd immunity, that protects even those who don't get vaccinated (or survive real infection, many with long-term morbidity) for whatever reason (immune compromised or no vaccine...
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    I was worried, and the in-style disapproval of unsolicited penis images is a (genuine) relief. (Also ... reasonable.) Anyhow, the name above was "ARCH-EGOES" I hate that they're doing this (one net being conflating different series of posts, in different...
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    You could try https://geekpic.net/ click on the entry box and it will let you upload files that your browser has access to. No login required or even possible. Scrub location information using e.g. exiftool [1] if you care. Perhaps it...
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    More powerful mundanity will actively repel supernatural creatures and suppress the operation of magic or weird science. Most fearsome of the Mundanes are the ones who actually rewrite reality around them. This is so.[1] They don't suppress magic; they are...
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    A few more, not sure about attribution: Any sufficiently advanced communication is indistinguishable from noise.[1] Any sufficiently advanced malice is indistinguishable from bad luck.[2] [1] The physical limits of communication or Why any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from noise...
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    Uncle Stinky @ 1027: what-journalists-should-know-about-the-atomic-bombings Thanks, that was surprisingly non-annoying, with some slight exploring of alt-histories. Casualty estimates were dismissive, as Heteromeles (i think) said (and I'm pretty sure the range(expected mean) was lowballed, as Elderly Cynic says). My father...
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    In Ken MacLeod's "The Sky Road", there is a scene where a bunch of people (convicts?) were doing hot sweaty smelly road repair, but they were not to be distributed because they're on break from their normal computer(?) work; physical...
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    If anyone wants to read something about NFTs (for art), this is engaging: Metakovan, the mystery Beeple art buyer, and his NFT/DeFi scheme (Amy Castor, 2021/03/14) If not, this is a decent compact summary (plus some other malignant features): It’s...
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