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  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I don't want to fan the dissent, I really don't, but I would like to ask the collective brains trust. I live in Australia, an island that has not one ferry service to anywhere. Is like to go to New...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Re USB. These days, keyboards and mice are USB. If you don't epoxy the keyboard and mouse into the machine the user can simply unplug them and plug in something else. That something else could be physically a keyboard or...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I had a bit when I lived in Florida. I lost a lot of weight. I think in a previous post I said 20 kg, but thinking about it, probably 30 kg. (I'd been in an abusive relationship and used...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_John_Boyce Long and dreadful that list is, but certainly not "all" the regime changes the US had had a hand in. The US deposed an Australian government....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It does seem to be a form of inertia. It was started as a propaganda rag by mining companies and it seems to have continued in that way. https://theconversation.com/the-secret-history-of-news-corp-a-media-empire-built-on-spreading-propaganda-116992...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I was sure "monkey boy" was the name Zaphod Beeblebrox used when he couldn't remember Arthur Dent's name, but googling seems to say either I misremembered, or I've skipped into an alternate timeline that is exactly the same as the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If believe you can grow anything in anoxic water when I see it done. My experience with anoxic water indicates that nothing grows. Wooden ships don't even rot....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    They do have the resouces to trash the whole country & then walk away .... And DT is quite capable of ordering that ... would the US Armed forces then obey You'd think they'd politely point out that this is...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    No worries. I'd actually like to smell wood smoke. I can't smell it at all now after nearly 6 months of constant smoke....
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    That sounds like a well thought out response. I wish there was more like it....
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    I agree completely. Thanks for the tips on references. It's hard to figure out history when you've grown up in Australia. I've got as far as realising that what I was taught in school was atrocious propaganda, and that mass...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    It's sounds like you've rediscovered Polynesian expansion. It might be worth looking into how things went down. The waka/starship goes places and found colonies. There isn't really money as we use it, but there is mana and tapu. https://maoridictionary.co.nz/search?idiom=&phrase=&proverb=&loan=&histLoanWords=&keywords=Mana 2....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Sure, but that's not bouyancy....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Buoyancy can't drive you to higher than the local speed of sound, even if the mass is zero. Bouyancy derives from more molecules hitting the bottom (or hitting harder) than the top. Local speed of sound is the average velocity...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Well, given the title of this blog post, I'm assuming "intelligent" drones. So messing up their comms channel won't work, there isn't one. You'd have to fry their internals. That means your microwave basically works like a shotgun that has...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Well, I don't know which would be easier to conquer. No one in uniform, but everyone who was on leave, or asleep, or at sea or indoors or in mufti would be OK. Vs, all the army, navy and airforce...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I don't understand the need to store stuff next to the target. That assumes that you've got stuff past customs. So you're in the country and running a front company. If you're in the country there's no reason you couldn't...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    There are advantages to doing both. Think autofocus+image stabilised camera. The camera wouldn't be much use if it just photographed everything. The human points it in the general direction. The camera identifies targets and boxes them in the viewfinder. The...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    If you wanted to take out a country with Slaughterbots then you'd target infrastructure not people. People will just put on hats with veils. Put a small solar panel on each one. Have them travel the country a few miles...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yes, it was me that made it all go pear shaped. She never had a problem. Eventually I learnt to come to a complete halt at the bottom. That would make it select 1st. (I wasn't allowed to manually put...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I'm a fan of manual, and thought CVT and auto were the same, but after trying one decided that they're not at all. The CVT in my partner's Subaru XV (Crosstrek in the US?) is incredible. Autos automatically select the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Sadly my electric motorcycle uses the same set of assumptions as a Scalextric. The latest model uses the aforementioned thousands of lines of proprietary code in the form of a Bosch traction control system....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Traction control on electric vehicles is a whole different kettle of fish. Not much rotating mass and one gear. You might be driving slow, but if it breaks traction the wheels will be doing 100 mph before you can react....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    So, I take it you're happy with brushed DC motors, (and the excitement that comes with feeding 1000 A through carbon brushes) and you think traction control is for weaklings?...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    no reference to the actual technology or is already grossly inaccurate but no-one cares, like "to get someone on the blower". I always thought a "blower" was an actual technology. Isn't it a term for a speaking tube capped with...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I guess if he had been able to throw as a child, an afternoon of practice might suffice. I couldn't throw a ball, and didn't do it as a child. Then I got a dog that loves playing catch. I...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    What do we call them now? Well here in Australia we're faced with something similar. We have 2 major parties with nearly identical policies of fucking the environment, fucking the economy, fucking the workers, fucking the poor and torturing refugees....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yeah, further to the units. They use AQI a lot, which means whatever it is they want it to mean, but it's clear what that is. It doesn't match up to any of the actual pollutant levels in any linear...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    You know, thats exactly what I was thinking of. Duh (face-palm)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yeah, they don't really want to admit that we should actually be evacuating major cities....
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