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Elladan

  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Joke response: 1Password [...], Scrivener [...], and Microsoft Word 1Password: C'mon all the techies use Keep-Ass. Scrivener: *whistles* Hey look! Shiny! Nothing to see here! Microsoft Word: Come on now, Word runs perfectly fine on Linux. Microsoft has, after all,...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    ... and of course, you only need the Meltdown hack on processors which have the bug. Out of all the Meltdown/Spectre type bugs, it has the most straightforward fix. If you want something fun, take a look at how Linux...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    [...] all device drivers are being moved to user space. I'm curious how that will go, but I also have to admit I'm not sure any longer what the domain transfer cost (that is, the cost of going between supervisor...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    [...] the other was the basic flaw of the Xerox PARC model [...] in assuming an available core [...] and lightning fast computation speed. It would be helpful if you were a bit more specific about the problem you're referring...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Windows 3.0 (and 3.11 for Workgroups) multitasking was co-operative, so that the programs had to yield explicitly to give time for other programs. [....] I think the earlier Amiga operating systems had the same problem. The early models didn't have...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    X may be running as root, but it's still running in user space, whereas 'Doze puts the whole kit and caboodle in kernel space - is what I understand whitroth to be complaining about. But this isn't even true. There...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    X sits on top of the o/s - if the windowing system crashes, you haven't lost everything except what was onscreen. Sadly, that hasn't been true since the '90s, and was barely true, if at all, even then. In addition...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Someone check on April Daniels, she's out of the loop and you've no idea at the blowback if we find her hurt or killed. She has a twitter with posts. Whether she is hurt, I cannot say. Given the state...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    LiIon batteries and hydrogen are both crap for energy storage. Low density, tendency to explode Why does density matter for grid storage? Even for residential, something like a Tesla Powerwall isn't even as big as a small fridge, closer to...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Without the correct drip pan, the elements won't level (not parallel to the stove top). Ever tried to cook an omelet on a sloping heating element? Due to my extensive experience with cheap apartment stove tops, yes. The standard maintenance...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I knew I was forgetting one. Another local! Helion Energy: "Magneto-Inertial", US (Washington), Funding: $30M. Apparently they want to make balls of ³He / D plasma and then make them smack into each other using magnets. This in contrast to...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The one I followed is known as Focus Fusion. After a small amount of very lazy searching, I dug up the following fusion startups: TAE Technologies: "FRC" magnetic confinement (aneutronic), US (California), Funding: Paul Allen etc., $800M. Commonwealth Fusion Systems:...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Paul Allen BUILT one. You missed the part about the skyhook. ;-) The ramjets and carrier planes and such are just window dressing....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    In landing those lower stages, SpaceX is only doing what the DC-X did in the early 1990's, [...] Focusing on the part about SpaceX landing rockets on their tail is really missing the arguably more notable parts of their program....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My read on the LockMart fusion reactor is it's a tax write-down of some kind. [....] But if LockMart were clearly onto something good, I'd expect there to be competitors throwing their hats in the ring by now. Here's a...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Best concept I have so far is a big ass hyper-sonic air-craft as a launch platform - Go up high and fast on ram-jets, launch a smaller rocket-plane at altitude and mach-7, then have it be caught by rotating tethers...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    You'd think that anyone who'd open up a huge container of alien code, even in a sandbox, would deserve what they got. Heck, it might even be Snow Crash. There's apparently a community of rather crazed techies out there with...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "...Yeah, but, like, fuck all that, pain in the arse, I mean who's gonna bother, anyway? Let's just chuck a zillion BBC Micros into space and hook 'em all up with matey's econet clustering kludge [...]" And so it was...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    What's your take on computer 'antibodies', i.e., computers/AIs that learn how to sense self vs/ not-self and take action against not-self? In some sort of far-future science fiction world with sentient computers, weakly godlike space gods and all that? Oh...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    This conversation about computer viruses and the speed of light is frankly kind of bizarre. I mean, seriously, if someone is building a Matrioshka Brain, I rather think they probably know a thing or two about computers already. Like, for...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Which makes their complaints about the D's "Tax & Spend" a little hypocritical, to say the least. Their politics are entirely hypocritical and can only exist because they're based on tribalism and a compliant media. I have trouble thinking of...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Not wanting to give any one administration a blank check Congress picks a limit which will last a few years. Or not. It's useful to keep in mind that the entire thing is nothing but an excuse for right wing...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Well, that's the problem: the explanation for gravity is a 4D version of one of those rubber sheet models. If we're using a rubber sheet to approximate gravity (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTY1Kje0yLg), bright matter is the equivalent of bbs, while dark matter...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I have a weird question about dark matter. Since it only interacts with normal matter via gravity, can it accumulate in the centers of planets and stars? I think there are some actual physicists around here who can provide a...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Thanks to those who responded to my bafflement about US voter registration. It doesn't make any more sense now, but at least I've got some idea of what the nonsense is actually saying... You really need to keep in mind...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    SFreader @ 987: [Various questions which basically amount to "how can an AI trust a hostile computer"] Your questions about AIs seem rather difficult to parse, because I don't know if you're talking about a real AI like AlphaGo or...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    How secure, actually, is AES-256 using a key consisting of 128 or more truly random bits (and proper key management)? Lots of people use it and the USG certifies it for TOP SECRET, but still I wonder... As of now,...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Over here in the US we have some quasi racial tribes. One is descendants of the Mayflower. I'm sure that whatever lineage is necessary can be had for a very reasonable sum. After all, there's a whole cottage industry of...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    I am not convinced that race is the sole criterion, on the grounds that they regard anyone who isn't a part of their in-group (including 'Aryan' foreigners) as "One Of The Lesser Peoples". Ah, here we get to the real...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    ...this way, the USA actually gets decent football and rugby teams, and I'm sure that we can find some Rounders enthusiasts to help out with the World Series... Ridiculous! The USA already has world champion football and rugby teams. If...
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