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  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Guessing (see previous comment), but would "low-leader" be a typo for "low-loader"? - ie. the kind of truck used to transport locomotives and power station boilers and suchlike huge loads by road....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    You know that at one point they wondered if it was pigeon shit? Well it still is pigeon shit, only not Earth pigeons, but giant intergalactic space pigeons. Which are made of dark matter which is why people mostly don't...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Like EC, I call that "Lamarckian", and am a bit shocked that your biology teacher didn't. Partly because it was Lamarck whose name got attached to the idea when people were still largely ignorant of how this stuff really works,...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Apparently I have just won a copy by RTing an announcement on twitter! Me wot never usually wins anything. This is excellent, and means I don't have to worry about the abovementioned problems any more. Waiting now with eager anticipation....
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    "where does software end and hardware begin?" Nowhere that you can point to with your finger and say "here". The concepts are too abstract for that. The idea that you can do that arises from computers evolving ever more in...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    "At some point Elizabeth Hanover's family name is given as Windsor." It is Windsor. It used to be Saxe-Coburg-Gotha but they changed it in WW1 because it sounded too German for the time. Victoria was the last Hanover....
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    I don't agree with Moz's definition of "software" either, but I also think that this is another instance where adhering too closely to the specific versions of definitions as used in current digital computing practice introduces distracting irrelevancies. Similarly to...
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    "What do you understand by the sentence "An 80% solution on time is better than 100% late":" I understand that some species of management twat is buzzwording at me and therefore I need to start doing something very noisy so...
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    Wikipedia has a whole category of articles under "quantum woo". One day I was bored and I clicked into a few of them and skim-read just enough to (a) confirm they were bollocks and (b) in many cases, recognise that...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Still waiting to get mine, because some other bugger is a shit programmer and at least one third bugger can't tell the difference between 1 and 0. This has rendered me temporarily unable to order it which is especially annoying...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    On the slavery subtopic: by and large we seem to be right alongside the idea of enslaving non-human intelligences. Often we give them names like Dobbin or Daisy or Shep. They may be unhappy with things like excessive loads or...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Many worlds: I'm not saying the scientific interpretation is fictional/humorous. I'm talking about the mystical extrapolations that try and give a gloss of false scientific plausibility to some well-known piece of time-honoured woo, eg. immortality, telepathy, ghosts, etc. AFAICT these...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Now I am confused in turn :) I'm not sure how "quantum suicide" comes into it. But then I don't really go for any of the mystical quantum death stuff, at least not in any serious sense; it's fun to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    And for that reason alone I think said industry should be proscribed....
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    Your second point is something I would regard as an absolute minimum necessary condition for the idea being worthwhile at all; see also Damian @ 449, which is a point that doesn't bother me, because I take it for granted...
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    I don't think any of that is incompatible with my post....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "So failing to simulate those could make eating very boring, possibly to the point where simulations discard it because it's just pointless." I'd discard it like a shot if I didn't have to do it to stay alive. Absolute pain...
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    "...Toxoplasma gondii... psychoactive drugs... irrelevant as well" Not irrelevant, just not worth the effort to consider the trivial simulation difficulty of tweaking a bunch of global coefficients. (That is an oversimplified description even by my own terms, but it's the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I am reminded more of biological entities; bees being one obvious one, and also things like bacteria swapping genes with each other on USB sticks, or how the concept of "individuals" doesn't really make sense with a lot of fungi....
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    "And the problem is, I don't totally disagree with them. Democracy doesn't scale." I don't either, but the problem is who custards the custard. Since there isn't a guaranteed supply pool of Vetinaris to draw from, you have to select...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    "that the concept of mind uploading, for example, is not worth exploring because it is derived from the Christian idea of a soul." It's also a somewhat dubious derivation in that it overlooks a much more obvious source: the idea...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    NK: yes, that's basically how he got away with it - he didn't make it a horrible place, he just allowed it to carry on being as horrible as it was already. SK started from the same point, and that...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I deliberately didn't include "labour costs" because they don't exist if you do it yourself. It may well be possible to imagine that someone might have given you money if you'd done something else instead, but (a) that is imaginary...
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    Re 226: see the bit after the semicolon in my final paragraph of that post. Re 283: yes, I am aware of that problem. I don't have a solution. I don't, however, think that my own inability to come up...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    No, you have misunderstood. It isn't "passive" because of its age, it is passive in the same sense that the air is passive when people are communicating by sound alone: it just carries the signal from source to destination, as...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Paying for the web - in the sense of the network infrastructure - is simple to solve: by people paying for their connection to it, in the same way as the telephone network is paid for. Paying for websites is...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Your comment is of doubtful relevance to the post it replies to, because my point applies much more broadly than merely to internet phones; I have considered that immunising people against peer pressure should be a fundamental part of education...
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    No, "latest and greatest" is irrelevant. The important distinction is whether the thing does internet, or just voice. Voice-only devices do not make it possible for kids to drain their parents' accounts via websites (the example I quoted is drawn...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I would describe the incident in pretty much exactly the same terms as Greg, and there certainly isn't gleeful cackling behind it, more a case of hold head in hands and gurn despairingly. I have read the accident report and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    It was you, replying to me, in the context of educating kids from an early age to reject peer pressure. I think you missed the point, because your reply changed "education" to "legislation" and decried the possibility of "legislating away"...
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