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  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    All that https-everywhere and TLS Certificate pinning is all about (imo) protecting Ad revenue. If Joanie ISP can come along and replace all their customers' traffic's Ads with their own Ads, it destroys the revenue stream. Browsers are heading in...
  • Commented on Test Case
    > We're looking at the 'put them in pig sheds or lobotomize them' end. Which dystopia are we in now ?! I guess the tech is pushing for GMO superbabies or untermensch. But didn't the Golgafrinchans' brave new world...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I saw abandoned cars covered with a thick layer of dust in Dublin airport short term parking (€3/hour) after our property bust in 2008-ish. > accelerando #showerthought that flock of pigeons in my mother's back garden is a /cis/ flock...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    'Polly nomial' seems to have migrated east, iirc something about a new job. Thought I recognised her morse-hand on a previous thread around xmas....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Recent turkish coup attempt apparently foiled after state penetrated the app's communications http://uk.businessinsider.com/turkish-coup-plotters-amateur-app-helped-authorities-track-them-2016-8?r=US&IR=T...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Suicide drones, deployed in ngorno-karabakh. Nice sales vid, it chases fleeing vehicles. 2kg explosive. http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/30/israel-freezes-export-of-suicide-drone-to-azerbaijan-after-allegation-of-abuse-azerbaijan-armenia/...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    More of a computer-vision hack, but - "Meet the Artist Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Cars" https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywwba5/meet-the-artist-using-ritual-magic-to-trap-self-driving-cars...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    > 4. How many of the gains in agriculture in our world could have been achieved without industrialization? Bear in mind, modern big-ag converts fossil calories into food, by starting with gas and oil, Mining minerals and ores, making tractors,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    It's interesting how NAC might bootstrap a computing industry; as above, maybe going straight for massive parallelism and functional languages. But there's a warm-body-pipeline problem to bootstrap, and an enormous set of automation low-hanging-fruit - so in our timeline, we...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    > cribbing the constitutional system from Iran Didn't the iranians model their state on the UK ? - the head of state is also head of state religion, etc....
  • Commented on Excuses
    > lycra louts Aka: middleaged men in lycra - MAMILs...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    > title 'king' Lol Reminds me of a USian pension corp with a several-dozen-long title-list (archbishop, marchioness, .. !).. And a dutch corp where 'von Bosch' != 'Von Bosch'.. And a US corp with staff 'non-discrimination code' (asian, caucasian, *cough*...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Larry Fink's Aladdin - Apple's largest shareholder etc https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21591164-getting-15-trillion-assets-single-risk-management-system-huge-achievement - This is a single system managing a large chunk of global wealth. They mention monte-carlo analysis but not much else. What's coming next - machine learning on hardware-neurons; TrueNorth and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    > the baroque arsenal I came to a similar conclusion to her. Augustine's laws[1] "Law Number XVI: In the year 2054, the entire defense budget will purchase just one aircraft. This aircraft will have to be shared by the Air...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    > forest .. as old as the oldest tree standing We can do much better than that, pollen from lakebed cores: http://www.museum.state.il.us/muslink/forest/htmls/an_nelson.html...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    > > salt > stupid How so ? Salt heat storage is just a variation on the electrically-warmed-heap-o-bricks ('storage heater' hereabouts) trope, v. Common in older pre-mains-gaspipe buildings. Another trick is to use heat pumps to source thermal energy from...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    > withdraw Yep, no tv here, pretty much stopped following news, ditched fbook newsy things for nature/history/art, better fot it...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The grauniad 2010 article refers to Hermon's actions in 1979. The next year, 2011, we get this : https://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0524/301471-bombings/ "Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil that the information supplied by the British government on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings is all...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    There are still old shops in germany with 'kolonialwaren' (colonial goods) on their signs...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Insulation ? Passivhaus ? There are likely several options available, even with a worst-case preserved-architecture concrete horror. Even on zero budget, skip-dive some cardboard to glue to the walls and cielings, and dig out the thick woolies. Granted, damp is...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    > > I get the impression that it has rubbed off onto us > ...what on earth are you on about? The UK has cheerfully used indiscriminate collective punishment for centuries. Can confirm; my grandfather was RIC in Co. Clare...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Don't forget gdp includes services fees and patent licensing etc. I daresay it would be different to rank by person-hours-worked, or tons-of-raw-materials-mined (tormm), or torrm*dollars_per_ton_on_spot_market, or market value of goods+services supplied across borders, etc, etc. Or even just GNP. The...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Sorry for your loss. I've been meaning to re-read since my own dad's demise: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50615.The_Invention_of_Solitude...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    whilst i'm not-at-all sure how scots (gaelic) maps to irish (gaeilge), my instinct as a person raised in a west irish gaeltacht (gailge-speaking area) would be that máire (MOY-ra) is the proper name, and 'VOY-ra' would be the (?) nominative...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    > cultural macroevolution Pretty thin. If you piled up climate data, human population density/distribution, resource quality and quantity, social structures, kinship/political systems, as well as theological varieties, over millenia, you might begin to glimpse how environment and history shapes...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    > algae This guy grows marine phytoplankton in 1 L of saltwater + 1 tsp houseplant food. Looks fun http://www.melevsreef.com/node/1614...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Article 50 ( #4 will surprise you ) 1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements. 2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Code: VAGILE[TM] Official Designation: Rapid Thaumaturgical Systems Development Methodology Description: Verifiable Arcanae Generate/Implement-Lambda Elucidation This Exciting! New! methodology consigns all the baffling, frustrating, hesitant and overly-cautious development cycles of yesteryear to the dustbin, enabling a bright new start to your...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    Hm the french don't mention l{e|a} traducteu{r|se} http://www.amazon.fr/Accelerando-Charles-Stross/dp/2371190179/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431563393&sr=1-1&keywords=charles+stross...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: now with added gaming content!
    > translations but Heyne have, like, german market rights, is it ? ......
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