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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    If you follow the conversation back you will see it originated around discussion of Yosemite (10.10) and earlier.... So SEF's point stands....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I gut feel agree with you on this one. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence to suggest that the individual features are more important than the whole in a lot of biological processes, and whilst I'm teasing a little...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    IMO thats an overly flexible definition of the singularity, which can be effectively summed up as the "end of life as we know it *now*". I propose that if you use that definition you can take any 2 reasonably spaced...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    With respect thats FUD. I suggest you read the post @192. You are conflating the existence of a flaw with the exploitation of that flaw, and no it’s nothing to do with firmware. The reason the tech companies are acting...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Given that there is some evidence to suggest that people in general become more conservative and less flexible as they get older AND in part they gave us Brexit and Trump I would suggest we prioritise mental flexibility and agility...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Except the odds were stacked in AlphaZero's favour from the start. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/14/deepmind_alphazero_ai_unfair/ The 4 hours time is pretty meaningless when you can scale up and down the amount of compute hardware involved....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I think you are at risk of misunderstanding how banking regulation works, and possibly don't understand what reserves actually are. In practical terms there are lots of constraints on a bank including both Capital and Liquidity requirements, such that the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    And ironically that’s part of the problem no matter how bad these states are and how whittle behave the lot of their people overall is still better than that of a totally distabilised country in a civil war which is...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Jesus I have never read such utter bullshit in my life. String a few words like exponential together with a few charts and suddenly the world is ending? FFS. Not going to happen. Ignoring the actual flaws in the story...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    So bytecoin then?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Nice research. Now would like to see a comparison between the mining site and any site supported by heavy ad slinging - you know the ones that ‘beachball’ safari or chrome :)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Floor mounted parking brakes with a dash handle release have been a feature in the bigger Mercs for years now. I’m surprised yours doesn’t have it. We had an 05 c class estate that had it and that model was...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There is a good argument for saying bitcoin is a commodity, finite, requires mining and the market liable to disruption by state actors at any point....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I was about to post a pseudo-amusing comment along the lines of Tulips will be Tulips, but a bit of pre-posting research suggests in an amusingly meta way the Tulip Crash never was.... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    Especially after the mostly positive - followed by knife-dig review they gave Empire Games....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    It appears for Hsbc at least to be a genuine lessening of their appetite for political risk - having just closed LePens FN accounts as well. There is an argument to be said that the USA's finance laws are part...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    That kinda proves my point - your example is the other end of the pendulum. (Ie the Tech-pigs with too much power not the Telco-Pigs). Now they have far greater reach than the US telco pigs because they are essentially...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Careful there Greg - Net Neutrality is a rats nest and it means different things to different people - there are also a whole host of cases where net neutrality in its broadest sense is unhelpful to the consumer. Its...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Yah for cheap ebooks and more Laundry - boo for Charlie overwork. Aside - is 2017 Peak Charlie (in a wishing you achievable deadlines way)? Not been keeping count but I think you've had at least 5 full length novel...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    The million dollar question is whether they would give a self-driving car AI citizenship AND if it has a female voice would they give it a driving license?...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    *ahem* https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell_research#UV_solar_cells https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ubiquitous-energy-transparent-solar-power-timeline/ Other restrictions apply of course - ease of manufacture, angle of windows etc, but the basic science is sound. It’s vaguely within the bounds of possibility that brute force application of this kind of tech might be...
  • Commented on Excuses
    In the UK there is a whole range of survey options ranging fromt a full survey (everything but drilling holes in the plaster work, to a valuation survey (if you default is there anything that will make it worth less...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I think you need to make a few less presumptions about what I post. Firstly the Zap-map comment was the colloquial you, not you personally. Secondly I don't care where you live - the reference to Wales was what you...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Apart from it being a promising sign that the petrol stations are finally getting in on the act it’s almost irrelevant to the ease or not of getting a charge. Zap-map is what you want. There are undeniable problems with...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Are you sure EU washing machines normally have a hot feed? The first 5 machines I checked on ao.com dont and my 2 year old machine doesn’t....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Reads as a day late and several million euro short to me. The wheels of Euro-bureaucracy grind slowly, almost 10 years after SpaceX (2011) announced their re-usable aims they are talking about maybe a couple of bits being re-usable. WTF!...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Think [1]is pretty unlikely at this point in time (give it a couple more years) so the real concern today is their conventional forces shelling Seoul....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Not sure I agree with that - thematically it was similar. Both deeply satirical. A plot that bore a passing resemblance to chunks of the book. There have been quite a few good adaptations - most recently The Martian...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    To be fair to spacex ref Draco vs the Shuttle - the can is so much smaller that it is hard to put anything a reasonable distance away from the Spam. You could fit 2 dragon 2 capsules in the...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    As we have wandered on to the subject of rocket fuels it's probably a good point to mention that OGH wrote a story about that subject that tickled my funny bone. https://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail/...
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