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Elladan

  • 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...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Caution: You WILL have to switch to driving on the RIGHT side of the road. Hey now, the US Virgin Islands drive on the left, this weirdly crowded version of Harry Potter Land can do it that way too. You...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Not to mention solving these canned ape problems in the obvious way. :-)...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    One is the colonial empires that gave rise to capitalism, where colonies were meant to do stuff for the metropole [....] On the other side, we've got the rest of history, where in pure economic terms, colonization makes no sense....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    There's a general problem with space elevators: vibration in the tether. Here's a few more: The tether's path intersects every orbit around the planet below its tether point. This means that it's on a collision course with basically every single...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    What if the thing you did when you arrived at a no-longer-fallow planet was to [... have your] Von-Neuman machines scurry down the tether and build you a space-elevator? A space elevator is the sort of just on the edge...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    The point about oil is that we forget that it's actually both a really good energy source AND a really good feedstock for all sorts of plastics. Certainly. I was really responding to the idea of energy production... If you...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I find it difficult to really take a story seriously when we combine low-tech present day energy economy (oil and gas, a few nukes) with magitech stuff like FTL. I mean, I understand that doing so is kind of the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The three things to look at to understand the low turnout in US elections are: While those technical reasons are all true and cynically targeted at disenfranchising selected opponents, I've yet to meet someone in my (admittedly highly biased) circle...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Second... that's odd, I've written everything from cover letters, to resumes, to short stories, to the novel that's still sitting with an agent* - and that's about 76k words - and no one's had any problem with it saved as...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    The conversation about bank security seems kind of bizarre to me honestly. Here, I'm going to pretend I'm a bank C-level type, and we'll design our new top-of-the-line security system right now. I start with: "All right team, we have...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Of course, but you're still missing the point that the problem is not with the socket per se, but with the nature of the promotion and the consequential effects. You're saying this as if Google has one unified strategy for...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    While I appreciate that Google is hardly a blameless, altruistic actor, your description of the situation really strikes me as... shall we just say, deeply flawed. It's just a quirk of history that "Referer:" headers exist at all, and arguably...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    All that https-everywhere and TLS Certificate pinning is all about (imo) protecting Ad revenue. Possibly less known fact: Big corporations also want to do dragnet ubiquitous surveillance, as intrusive as any police state, on their employees. Because TLS makes this...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    That, unfortunately, is not how TLS/SSL is being sold, and more importantly, that is not what the TLS/SSL proponents really care about. [post about peoples' motivations snipped] Or maybe they'd just prefer people to use the system as it's designed,...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    For everyone's amusement, I built the latest version of ELinks with ECMAScript support, poked random keys until I found the sub-menu to enable said support, and loaded this page on your blog. Sadly it threw JS errors on page open...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    In theory TLS/SSL conceals what you look at, in practice it conceals close to nothing. None of these criticisms of TLS really amount to a reason not to use it or trust its security, as far as it goes. To...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I'm complaining about the Google-led PR/propaganda/blackmail campaign to plug HTTPS under the banner of "safety" in such a way as to make yer average user on the Clapham omnibus miss the important distinction between transport security and endpoint trustedness [...]...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Google's interest in misdirecting people to think that transport security is the be-all and end-all so they forget to consider the endpoints, but SSL does zip in terms of concealing what someone's looking at on this site from anyone snooping...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Regarding solar power satellites: That's not what I've been hearing all these years - it's significantly more power, and no, the losses on a focused beam aren't that great. I was being very simplistic about the power available, because the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Finally, this being a blog of an SF author, after all... SPS, solar power satellites, cheaper than nuke plants, and no nuclear waste. Come on, given the price of a single nuclear plant, and compare it to putting up large...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    As for solars on roofs, I'm not sure what the break-even point of solar panels is ATM, but giving people the possibility to rent out roofs to some investors [...] I'm a little confused about what you were saying here,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I submit that the questionable (read: abysmal) quality of the bitcoin code, as well as numerous ridiculous flaws in its design and implementation act as proof by counter-example of most of the Science Fiction plots involving godlike AIs, advanced aliens,...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The simulation runs at a much less granular level of detail than we perceive, it's just that it has a sophisticated set of callbacks such that when we examine something closely the simulator ramps up the detail for that something...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I've been following this thread and some others and to be honest I can't really make heads or tails of what you're trying to say here. I've never read anyone talk about the Singularity as if it has something to...
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