icehawk

icehawk

  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    ...machine learning and other mass-data efforts... Google's fancy spam filter has years of your email baked into it's big detection matrix I'm not sure there's a real problem there. If you're talking about your footprint in a convoluted neural network...
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    "I'm starting in the US, I do *not* want to deal with unicode" At risk of derailing this thread so soon, but it is about websites... Why? What's so hard about unicode? Don't most programming languages cope with it just...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    For Americans 9/11 was a defining moment in their history, for me it was a Tuesday. Americans who were not yet born when 9/11 happened (or when the US invaded Afghanistan) will in a few months be serving in US...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    If you really want a true collapse, though, you have to look at approx -1250 - -650 CE. If they didn't want apocalyptic collapse of civilization, Paris shouldn't have kidnapped Helen....
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    Thank you! I hadn't realised that Hilbert set the "finite number of operations" limit himself in his question. That's an interesting bit of history....
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    | | | The harm done by the deification of the language recognition model to computational theory is incalculable" | | But without that would it be computational theory? | Good God, why not? It was before that was...
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    None of that changes results of the Goedel and Turing form, as they place no limits on the resources needed At risk of being really pedantic (but this is logic, I'm allowed): the limit is that the resource to complete...
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    "Actually, allowing the systems to have errors doesn't affect the computability issues all that much, if at all" Are you seriously claiming that permitting logical systems to contain inconsistencies does not affect proofs regarding those systems? It's been years since...
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    I assume you’re making a point about quantum mechanics, but if so I don’t understand it. Your point, I mean. I don’t understand QM either, but I’m not sure anyone does. But analog computers have real-number inputs in *exactly* the...
  • Commented on On hold
    A few comments from the sidelines: 1) "This physical system can be modelled mathematically" doesn't relate to "computable" in a useful way. Operations that inputs or outputs real numbers are not, in general, computable. This includes: addition of real...
  • Commented on On hold
    You're missing the point. It's not reproducing the old artistic style and old art for 5,000 years in the same place that's the give-away. It's that there is no new artistic style. Not reproducing the old - failing to do...
  • Commented on On hold
    Sorry, major typo. About the art in Niaux: it should read "WITHOUT notably advancing or changing technique"....
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    The transition to "civilization" and "agriculture" is very odd. Remember that we're dealing with evolution of culture (memetic evolution). Evolution doesn't aim towards a final point - that what you're doing will make things better for your great-grandkids is irrelevant....
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    Global civilisation totally upends the evolutionary order, by moving vast numbers of species from continent to continent. I really think we’d see if that had happened at any time in the last 150 million years. And probably earlier too, though...
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    Achtung, please apply SPAMHAMMER to the comment I am replying to. With extreme prejudice. Many thanks...
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    Given my appreciation of William Gibson's use of aquatic imagery and metaphors way back when, I think ending up in a future where they are hacking a casino via a fishtank is awesome. She swam through the submarine halflife of...
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    Now, if only someone would hack into Faux News' broadcast stream, and add a laugh track.... Weird. Those of us watching from overseas get the laugh track. Or maybe that's just us... But then, I first encountered Donald Trump as...
  • Commented on Test Case
    People applying for visas are necessarily not USA citizens, and therefore have no constitutional rights. That's not necessarily true: non-citizen US residents have rights. But the USA's INS are the rudest, nastiest, most Kafkaesque, most dysfunctional govt dept I've ever...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "Tax and corporate shelters exist on the sufferance of the powers of the world" You do realise that the most commonly used corporate tax shelter is Ireland?...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I made no reference to tax shelters. Simply to a not-atypical international corporate setup. So I think you're reply misses my point which is that:The EU can't assume that every corporate providing services via the internet has a base in...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "political correctness run riot"Whenever I read something like that I assume it's written either as satire or irony I find the phrase is often used by older people who are feeling umbrage because when they were rude someone called them...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I meant that I wonder if, as a very expat Brit, I'm covered under this new EU legislation even though I'm not living in Europe. I wonder whether as a company registered in Panama, entirely owned by a shell company...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Currently the ride sharing companies take something like 25% of the fare and the rest goes to the driver Interesting, thanks. 25% is pretty awful, to be honest. Also Uber's famously been using venture capital to subsidize fares, running losses...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I still don’t see autonomous taxis being that big a deal. Though as you say, the price point matters. Make taxis 1/10th the price they are now and personal car ownership will plummet. Half the price they are now, well,...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "Which will happen if we can kill off personal car ownership in cities" Do you think autonomous vehicles will do that? Because it's obvious that some people do, and I really don't get why. I can't imagine my wet muddy...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Things get a lot less congested at least in the US if you don’t have to use half the city streets for parking. Which will happen if we can kill off personal car ownership in cities This is an aspect...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The point is it will generally take you less time to get where you are going if you go straight there and don’t have to muck around with whatever strange routes and transfers and starting and stopping that public transportation...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "So the First Amendment says that you may say what you like (as long as it's true)" Someone with a better knowledge may correct me but... I believe the USA's First Amendment (as interpreted by the US courts) says that...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The big drawback with transit in the U.S. is the "You can't get there from here" factor. Routes are often too limited. You can get close, but you're still going to have to walk a long way to your destination....
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    "This is the typical (Econ101) cobweb approach which assumes only one or two dimensions with no limits. Very easy to get such a chart to produce any result you want." I'm reading that criticism of my comment as: "Your common...
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