Nick K

Nick K

  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    This might be opening a bit of a can of worms. There is a case in Britain where doctors are arguing that a patient (a child) is brain dead and that they wish to turn off life support. The parents...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    >>"Think of it as evolution in action" >Where is this quote from? Oath of Fealty? why yes. Set in an archology of course...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    arcologies are fun in theory but the surveillance/control options which would be possible and might be necessary could be offputting "Think of it as evolution in action"...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Russia and the Ukraine. Which were one country for how many hundreds of years?" In 1975 I travelled to the Ukraine (ie. Soviet times). The Ukrainian Intourist guides were quite clear the Ukraine was not Russia. Hell, didn't Ukraine have...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Agree - also Ukraine's greater interest in joining NATO is consistent with changes in its imports/exports trade partnerships. https://oec.world/en/profile/bilateral-country/ukr/partner/rus?redirect=true 'During the last 24 years the exports of Ukraine to Russia have decreased at an annualized rate of 2.64%, from $5.65B...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    on the uselessness of pain scales I've had the problem calling an ambulance "is the patient conscious?" "err...". My problem is I don't think "conscious" is a binary thing, I think it's a grey scale. So if 11 is playing...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "f you install the NHS App on your phone, that can grant you electronic access to your GP Health record (or at least it does in England, services are not always the same in Scotland)." it also gives you access...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    H at 696: "That might be a little warning that those proofs have problems in them that are hidden by the structure of the logic used to create them." Doesn't this connect to Godel's incompleteness theorem? In the sense that...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Have their been any experiments that definitively prove neutrinos have rest mass and/or travel at less than the speed of light? The last I saw, they were claimed to have rest mass to fit with the theory, but nobody had...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "That's a key design point. Interlocks can save lives, with or without software." A designer of hardware offered me the opportunity to override hardware interlocks from the software. A special FORCE UNLOCK command. "in case someone forgets to to unlock...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Now I'm wondering if it would be possible to make a deck-based game around making a story. The idea is randomly shuffle a card deck (the random input), deal yourself hands to play, and then assemble stories based on what...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    ""what's wrong with python (from a readability pov) tho?" Well, my view - which is clearly biased by my preferred toolset and working environment - is that the use of indenting as a structural element makes it very difficult to...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Buffer overruns - IMO, too dame many people seem to be overly enamored with "while/wend, and snotty about for/next loops, which work hard to have an end. The only time I had overruns was with strcpy in C, and I...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "[...]four of the five most populated countries of the world (China, India, Indonesia and Pakistan)—with a combined share of more than 40% of the world population—Young Earth Creationism (just like Biblical Literalism (or just Christianity)) isn't even a thing" Im...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "It is possible to do encrypted coms with official-only access correctly. But it pretty much requires the government to be the crypto-coms-provider, and it would not be cheap to do right. You set up a central server under an army...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    > Yes, and a bunch of random shouting-at-clouds stuff. I realised we had become detached from reality when a work colleague said "it's not about economics, Nick"...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Er, leap seconds are to do with the length of the year, not the length of the day." Not according to Wikipedia:- "A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), to accommodate...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    "It's not only easy to manage a network to deal with sudden loss of supply, networks manage them all the time. You've lived through gigantic cluster fucks of multiple things going wrong all at once many many times and you...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "I assume that there are problems in computer supply chains too. Any you've heard of recently?" You think? In the company I work for the hardware engineers are redesigning every piece of hardware we have, supply chain issues. And sometimes...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    So yes, in theory adding/removing parts of trains mid-route is a great idea in the real world it is problematic and thus they really try to avoid it. breaking trains up is quite common on the line I use....
  • Commented on Omicron
    it’s fundamentally just a wrapper around a string Precisely. Decorate it all you like, but unless you add more information it's just a string. Well no. You can add additional information to the string. You can even throw a struct...
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