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    There's a difference between quality of production and quality of reproduction, guv. It seems to be the case that the best creators are sometimes capable of crossing fields and being really good in multiple areas. But playing musical instruments seems...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    assume that apes are primitive for only living into their late forties on average (like well, people with brown skins in places hit hard by colonialism, but we won't mention that). Colonialism only seems to be relevant in that we...
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    Waimea also means "hidden river" in Maori. The secondary school I went to is Waimea College, as distinct from Waimea High School which is some distance away. Sadly we didn't have a "sister school" or cultural exchange program (although I...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Morepork is a Maori word I grew up knowing, and learning later that it's called the "spotted owl" (that shockingly inventive English naming again) didn't really help distinguish it in the way "it's a night bird that goes "more-pork" does....
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    Yeah, I just boggled at a youtube video someone linked of flax harvesting. I had this vision of big Irish blokes hacking away in a swamp (like the bottom of this page but instead got some old geezer trimming overgrown...
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    Speaking of "divided by a common language" I only just discovered that "flax" in the UK is a completely different plant to flax in New Zealand. Wikipedia has the disambiguation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flax_in_New_Zealand They don't even look similar, so I'm wondering how...
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    That doesn't mean they're good, but it does mean that ignoring them comes at a very steep price. That's kinda how monopsonies work - they don't have to have better services, they just need to be good enough and have...
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    I think that Bezos is using his money in a very good cause Possibly he is, but that is entirely his decision and it could change at any time. Our need for independent media shouldn't be subject to the whims...
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    Driving a panel van with an Amazon logo (or whatever) up to the same facility wouldn't cause anyone to bat an eye. Maybe by low-loader he meant a low-floor van? Those are small trucks with the load bed over the...
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    the device in question is supposed to be something like 5'x3'x3' and weighs less than a ton. They move it through the bridge on a hand cart, but they needed a large tractor trailer to bring it in, and not...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    (oh, and farms are the ideal place to learn to reverse anything. I used to be one of the few people that could back a B double in one truck job. B doubles are easy, all the trailers are very...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I'd have to have at least a CDL before they'd let me get behind the wheel of something that big. I have a medium rigid license in Australia (which is basically anything with only two axles, including trailers). I downgraded...
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    Nah, they're very commonly civilian, that military one is almost certainly a repainted civilian unit. Building a dedicated military version for use on civilian roads is unlikely. This UK truck sales site has a category "low-loaders", for example: https://www.trucklocator.co.uk/low+loaders-trucks Wikipedia...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I was pleasantly surprised to be able to pre-order the kobo edition, and even more pleasantly surprised to see it arrive and be able to spend much of Sunday reading it. Thank you! Thank your publisher(s) etc too!...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    assuming that we're inside a simulation starts with the assumption that a sufficiently large computer Flip it - what if we're the model being run to see what happens in the real world? A lot of the garbage we see...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    if we're in a simulation of a biosphere ... If you want to understand why complex systems get into trouble in unpredictable ways Or you can just look at how little we know by glancing at the BioSphere projects and...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    In other amusing news, at work we've been asked by a reseller about our vulnerability to Spectre and Meltdown. Luckily we use the same cloud provider as they do, so our answer is "it's primarily a cloud problem, and the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    some cases of "schizophrenia" I actually chose that particular bucket of vagueness largely because it's similar to dementia in that it likely describes a whole range of different causes and problems. So yep, sometimes schizophrenia is probably neurodegenerative. But I...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Take it seriously? Why? It doesn't seem useful, but it's also not funny.So I wonder what it's for. Venting by people who've been over-exposed to mandatory profiling at work, sure, but they seem to have developed the habit of taking...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    software is "stored program plus hardware" and I think memory/data is a necessary part of it. Perhaps if I add "plus hardware requirements" it would be easier to understand to you "software requires an operating system" people. Any software has...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    your understanding of "software" isn't congruous with any other I know of. Hardware is hardware. Software is programs, complete sets of instructions for the hardware to perform a task. Software is programs, complete sets of instructions for the hardware to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Err, please define "mental health treatment". And differentiate from "neurological health treatment", I'm increasingly of the view that there's no sharp lines between lifestyle, physical health and mental health. Taking up jogging affects mental health, as doing being stabbed... so...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    you're not just software To me software is "stored program plus hardware" and I think memory/data is a necessary part of it. But I genuinely don't know what we are, I just think it's worth performing simulation experiments. Not...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    http://www.andrewlipson.com/lstest.html for example. Yeah, I'd struggle to take that seriously. Question two is the only one that appeals: 2. What do you understand by the sentence "An 80% solution on time is better than 100% late": I don't have to...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    So WHO is going to volunteer to be the guinea pig? I expect it will be some of the researchers. Given the opportunity to be part of the group making the thing I'd happily volunteer, even knowing that the first...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    but at the point you start “fixing bugs” it’s really just an AI it’s not remotely you anymore If you think it wouldn't be you after you applied "20 year old scotch malt, 25g" then I think you should absolutely...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    On another note, the Stackoverflow Developer Survey has questions about ethics this year. I found it interesting but sadly the only way I've found to see the questions is by doing the survey. I expect their answers/summary postings will reveal...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    it is also possible to prevent your power and/or phone being cut off if you have previously shown you need these for medical reasons ... and that flows from human rights law, rather than being something that current software already...
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    Yes, there's a conflict/tricky balance between involuntary admissions which are often necessary, and the labeling of people as mentally ill and subjecting them to involuntary admissions when they have unacceptable political ideas. I was thinking of the latter specifically in...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Actually, don't we have broad international agreement that involuntary mental health treatment is torture (and the torture is bad when the wrong people do it)? So an AI with human rights might well have a legal case that any change...
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