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  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If you can tell that it's faked, then so can machines. All it will need is a bit of adversarial training. Machine one makes a porn video. It gets jumbled up with a bunch of other porn videos and shown...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Processing that takes the logical place of the chemicals is inevitable, but if it is going as far as altering wrinkles then that has way crossed the line" Both film developing and digital *require* that some decision be made about...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Of course any one bank being hung out to dry by any one central bank doesn't mean that the system isn't roughly as you described in most cases. Nor does it mean that it's not in a way even worse...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    It was pretty old, over 10 years, and almost certainly would never have seen action again. Well 10 years old doesn't seem much these days, but there were huge advances over that period. They didn't even make the shells for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    According to ebay, under 300 dollars for a clutch kit....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    What an amazing chunk of history. I had literally no idea. Thanks heaps....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    It wouldn't matter how strong the A pillars are here in Oz. Sometimes the roos don't touch really anything other than the windscreen. This from last week. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/kangaroo-goes-through-car-windscreen-and-dies-on-the-back-seat-20171130-gzvwag.html...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Yes, it certainly wasn't the clean break that it has been portrayed as. Very much a drifting away, with lots of minor disentanglements along the way. Still not complete of course. Our head of state happens to also be the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The car I learnt to drive on, I did all that, plus I gave hand signals out the window. Yorkshire And I had to get up before I went to bed /Yorkshire...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Hehehe. Audi Quattro! Hehehehee You have no idea how bad cars can be. My Mum who was a non-driver bought me cars in order to drive her around. The first of which was an EJ station wagon. It was given...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Yeah, I'm sure it's just me, no-one else has a problem. Also my formative impressions of autos came from 1960's V8 cars that had... two speed transmissions. (Two! count them!) They probably were out of oil or had loose widgets...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Hats off to the vast majority of drivers who seem to be able to herd around an automatic with gears. I've driven a CVT auto and they're pretty good, almost like an electric (almost), but the autos with gears... I...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Minor quibble with your minor quibble. "If there had been no Federation movement, or it was defeated at the polls in some colonies, then the original states would certainly still be independent sovereign states today, much like New Zealand." Well...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Oh... writing error messages. As a lowly user, the best one I ever saw was when trying to save a form "Hidden Field is empty. Field must contain a value" So whoever wrote that message knew that there were hidden...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    "The sheer bloodyminded ignorance of the history is making my eyes cross. Tackling absolutely nothing else, Ireland didn't gain dominion status like Australia et al until after we 'won' a shooting war with Britain, so the Statute of Westminster wouldn't...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    In my limited career in the sciences I never once heard anything described as "proof" or "proven". I heard "disproven" a lot. "Proof" in physics appears as near as I can tell to be entirely confined to popular press and...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Oh yes, the 'troops' are clearly morons. I just have some hope that the people in charge are doing these clearly stupid things for their own evil ends. I had a nice chat with an IRA bloke many many years...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    "Here goes my rant, again, about terrorists and generals working from *exactly* the same playbook, "terrorize the populace, and break their will to resist", when 100% of the time, the effect is the reverse of that. Therefore, it's *worse* than...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Something no-one seems to have mentioned, and which I won't describe in too much detail for obvious reasons, is that the ultimate asymmetrical warfare drone wouldn't target people, but infrastructure. In doing so it wouldn't need explosives at all. A...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    As others have said, no apologies needed. For about a year after my Mum died, the only creative thing I managed was finding new places to burst into tears for no clearly identifiable reason. One thing to remember is that...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh as well as money laundering... "Austrac, the financial intelligence regulator, claims CBA failed to monitor or report large cash transactions, including millions of dollars being laundered by drug smugglers." See also the declared offence: "Drugs Misuse Act 1986 section...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Heteromeles, please delete this if inappropriate. Well we already have these laws in Australia. Well Queensland, which is part of Australia. https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/2016-09-23/act-2013-047 "In this Act — association means any of the following— (a) a corporation; (b) an unincorporated association; (c)...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "Difficult, very difficult" You're not wrong. I'm able to exclude the possibility that I'm lying, but I'm not able to exclude the possibility that I've been fooled or that my memories are faulty. You on the other hand can't even...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh, and certainly, the idea that it was cooked up by someone in the family certainly crossed everyone's mind. Having someone in the family suddenly become a world class illusionist out of the blue is certainly *possible*, but also pretty...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "This is stretching suspension of disbelief rather a long way." Well I certainly wouldn't believe it if I were you. I'm not sure I believe it. I've got some rather vivid memories. I've got memories of having discussed this with...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Poltergeist was one of the terms thrown around at the time. But what does that really mean? It does seem to be associated with upset teens (which my brother and I certainly were). Certainly a series of natural rather than...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So if we change everyone's diet, we have some sort of central authority that dictates what you're allowed to grow, so not for maximum profit, but for maximum calories, and we increase international shipping, we can feed 825 million more...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Actually I got a few of those things wrong. The note business was before my dad moved out, but the note had other things on it that I now can't recall. The thing with being thrown out of bed, that's...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    In my house. I think I was about 16 at the time, so about 1978ish. My parents marriage was on the rocks, and they decided to take a trip to my Father's homeland of India to see if that would...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    I was thinking more like random objects flying off tables and smashing on nearby walls, or big heavy objects flying out of empty rooms. Giant (half a metre across) hand print shaped burns appearing in people's polyester shirts, and the...
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