* Posts by Schultz

1691 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007

Japanese boffins say they've created plastic optical fibres to reach places that might break glass

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Boffin

"Critically, the materials are said to have less requirement for forward error correction"

I must be missing something here:

(1) The material surely doesn't need forward error correction, but the data transmission might become more reliable with FEC.

(2) The degradation of information as it is transmitted through a cable (fiber) is distance dependent: Errors accumulate as the path gets longer. Clearly the plastic fibers are meant for short distances, because the optical quality of plastics is usually inferior to that of high quality glass. So I would expect that for a comparable fiber lengths, the polymer fiber would accumulate more errors. Maybe they compared a meter-long polymer fiber to a km-long glass fiber? Or maybe something got lost in translation.

Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial begins: Defense claims all she did was fail – and that's not a crime

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Happy

What a feel-good story!

Let me see in how many ways this story makes me feel good:

A lot of rich investors lost their money, because they were greedy and didn't understand science. ✅

Lying and thieving corporate executives are prosecuted. ✅

We get such a nice reminder of how the size of peanuts depends on the size of your nuts. ✅ ("Ms Holmes walked away with nothing" versus Elizabeth Holmes living on grounds of $135m Silicon Valley estate.)

Get the popcorn ready, this promises to be entertaining!

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not

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Black Helicopters

Welcome to the internet age...

... makes the old way of collecting personal information look a bit quaint.

SAP 'investigating' after viral video allegedly shows anti-mask employee coughing on shoppers

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Behavioral Norms

Independent of the crisis-du-jour, can't we just agree on being polite to one another? Deliberately trying to scare people (with COVID or any other dangerous weapon) is just a dick move. I'd say it deserves punishment and losing your job sounds appropriate -- who wants to work with such a person?

Remember: Don't be an ass. Living together is much more pleasant when everybody remembers to be polite.

Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing

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Stop

"I can stop a car much quicker without the interference of the ABS system."

The safety gain of the ABS system is not to cut a few meters from the stopping distance but to maintain traction while braking and to avoid loss of control. It's a safety device to reduce accidents, not to improve the handling of the car.

Your mind would do a better job for 99.999..% of the time but it's that other, unexpected moment that'll make you crash your car. The ABS is designed to handle that rare case.

Volkswagen to stop making its best-selling product for Wolfsburg workers: VW-branded sausages

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"Processed food [...] "bad" [...] for your health because of the preservatives."

Let me stop you right there. Processed food is not generally bad because of preservatives, but because of:

- General lack of nutritional value (beyond calories),

- Generally high in salt, fat, sugar to make up for lack in taste.

Preservatives make things safe to eat and may actually help preserve some of the nutritional value. See: "Here’s how eating artificial preservatives can affect your health". Vitamin C is maybe the most common preservative, added to pretty much every bit of processed food (it's an anti-oxidant). There are, of course, preservatives that are bad for you, especially in high doses; e.g., there seems to be a consensus that nitrates are bad for you.

But if you can, try to eat more fresh and local foods and avoid the Volkswagen Currywurst because we know that sausage and fries are bad for you.

Disclaimer, I am a Chemist and know what I am talking about.

Schultz

Commentard knee-jerk reactionism 101

Only a proper Commentard will pull out the Nazi card when a canteen decides to adjust the menu.

With Germany being a liberal market economy, the employees are free to find their favourite nosh elsewhere; maybe at the Other Volkswagen Canteen right across the street.

They've only gone and done it – South Korea forces Apple, Google to allow alternative app store payment systems

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The writer clearly didn't use the Hancon writer program to write his article ...

...because otherwise he would have noticed that it's Hancom instead of Hancon. 한컴오피스 한글, torturing foreigners in Korea for 30 years now: the interface is similar enough to some older MSWord versions to make you think you can use it, but then you can't figure out how to save / print / ... the stupid Korean language document. Oh, and did I mention that it sometimes spontaneously corrects your English words into Korean nonsense?

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WTF?

Gotta love those lawyers ...

"These expressly discriminatory amendments tilt the playing field in favour of Korean domestic app markets..."

Those are the lawyers defending the Google and Apple app stores. Those defending the monopoly. Their idea of a level playing field is to have a single company that makes the rules, grants access, and earns money from said playing field. In similar vein, let me argue that feudalism represents a more egalitarian system than democracy because most people in feudalism are equal (-ly oppressed).

I hope that in 20 year's time, we'll look back at the software monopolies and wonder how that could ever be considered a normal state of affairs. Just like we now look back in wonder at the early 19th century business monopolies, or at absolute monarchies. Having a single entity dictating the rules for all phone software? You must be kidding, that would be so unfair to everybody else!

Adding AI to everything won't make sense until we can use it for anything

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Re: It is all about marketing

... and the best marketing can be done when you sell potential as opposed to specified function.

Because you can't understand or predict the AI, it's impossible to predict that it won't work. Put in some data, shake it to make the magic happen, and see for yourself how quickly we get to within some 90% of recognizing cats. Clearly it'll only take some more money / hardware / software to make it perfect. It's the ideal tool for people who don't understand a problem: now they can pretend to solve it without actually having to put in the blood, sweat and tears. Magic makes life so much easier -- so let's all embrace AI!

Et tu, Samsung? Electronics giant accused of quietly switching SSD components

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Facepalm

Missed marketing opportunity

They should have advertised the new model as enhanced version with faster write speeds. They could even gain by being be honest about the slow-down after 115 GB and tell shoppers to look for the old version if the 115 GB speed-bump would be problematic. Everybody loves transparent performance data and choice! Almost everyone would buy the new version and be happy about the better performance.

Facebook sat on report that reveals most-shared post for months was questionable COVID story

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FAIL

Damage control at FB

Seems to be run not by professionals with any kind of work ethics but by people who don't want to look bad. What fixes you ask? Those required to make FB look less bad, of course. Does that require any fundamental changes? Of course not, just make sure the top 20 looks reasonable and the algorithms can continue peddling those attention-grabbing stupidities to hook people and sell ads.

And you must love the excuse that ... "while the items listed on the top 20 links list do get millions of views, they collectively account for under 0.01 per cent of all referrals flowing out of Facebook." Anybody wonder what the other 99.99% look like? Well, there is data you might want to extrapolate.

I've seen people sucked into the FB parallel universe and it isn't pretty. And it definitely doesn't help fighting COVID or other global problems.

US proposes tracking digital cash and taxing it to pay for, you know, roads and stuff

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Re: "Congress is stepping up its efforts to prevent crypto investors evade their taxes"

So they should tax investors whenever they buy or sell to level the playing field. A small tax might greatly reduce the amount of virtual money flitting around. This would, of course, destroy to business model of all the con-men who take their little invisible cut of the money flow. It might also lead people to realize that they are being conned by [insert name of your banker. bitcoin agent. pyramid-scheme peddler], which again would be a good thing. It might restore our focus on actual economic activity once the high-volume, low-value, deliberately complicated money flows get boiled down to actual investments.

-- It's just a dream.. Carry on as you were. --

SK Hynix hits 3-year revenue high as extreme ultraviolet production kicks off in earnest

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Re: EUV in your shed

Some of the barriers:

- Creating a stable xuv beam based on extraordinarily powerful ultrafast lasers. This requires a high harmonic generation process that amplifies instabilities.

- Obtaining xuv oprics with nanometer surface flatness and meter-scale size.

- Dealing with the damage that all optics suffer when exposed to xuc light.

- Positioning a wafer with nm precision underneath the lithography mask.

- Moving the wafer and some multi-ton holder table over cm distances with nm accuracy. Doing this fast enough that your single production line can spit out billions of $ worth of silicon every month. (you want 100s of chips from each wafer).

All of the above was science fiction 10 years ago and is barely possible today. Many companies spend years developing specialized technologies to overcome one or another technological challenge and probably signed exclusive contracts to make it worth their while.

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Re: Male mosquitoes ...

The Canadian travel guide back in the days advised the anxious hiker ...

to step out of the cloud of mosquitoes and into the next body of water,

to take some time to calm down and assess the situation,

and then to go on with the business at hand (hiking, setting up the tent, scaring away the bear, ...).

Google demonstrates impractical improvement in quantum error correction – but it does work

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Boffin

Quantum versus classical properties

Quantum systems start to resemble classical systems if the system comprises a large number of quantum states. A single atom can only be described by quantum Physics, but add more atoms and you'll quickly move towards apiece of matter with classical properties. It even works with a single particle in a large 'pseudoclassical' superposition of states.

So I wonder if "a practical quantum computer might need 1,000 to 10,000 error-correction qubits", will it start to loose the very quantized properties that make it special? Will the error correction possible destroy the very quantum nature of the calculation?

Boffins decide what world really needs is indestructible robot cockroaches

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Stop

Let's face it...

The resemblance between their piezo-foil and a cockroach is is even less canny than that between me and Arnold Schwarzenegger. No quantity of visual cues (squirreling cockroaches or posing bodybuilders) can overcome that obvious gap in appearance, capabilities, and attractiveness. Terminate that project now!

Tesla shows off the AI supercomputer training what it hopes will one day be an actual self-driving car

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"People [...] are paid how much they accept to work for." But ...

In an ideal market economy, everybody might be paid the amount they are willing to work for and that would accurately reflect the value of their work. E.g., if creating an office suite would be extraordinarily valuable, lots of skilled people would start programming until the competition would drive down the price.

In the real world, companies go to great length to extract 'rent', i.e., collect money based on locking the customer into a system without choice. You pay rent for your apartment because you need a place to live. You pay rent for MS office, because you need it to read/write/edit documents that your employer (or others) request in the MS format. You pay 30% extra for your iphone apps because two big companies locked down the market with proprietary phone operating systems. You pay extra money to lawyers, doctors, and other professional groups that protect their status via licensing / accreditation procedures. You pay rent to many companies and people that create an artificial scarcity and make you pay for the scarce resource. Prime company example was Enron, but most modern companies try do the same thing if they get the chance. And the same mechanism is at work, when board members decide that only a member of their exclusive circle can possibly steer the company (as opposed to, e.g., pulling up a talented engineer from their company).

So your salary, even if you are forced to accept it, doesn't really reflect your fair value. The person cleaning the toilets at HP is surely smart enough to run HP into the ground -- but is payed a tiny fraction of the CEO's salary. And don't tell me that more people are willing to clean toilets instead of flying the corporate jet around the world. So your income reflects a complex environment where some manage to extract rent and others pay extra.

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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Boffin

Liquids are the solution (in general))

And, in particular, you should try the Korean Hangover soup: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haejang-guk.

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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WTF?

"4 digit PIN stored in their "cloud" is more secure than a complex password"

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Microsoft suggests you use a short pin code for a single device login but recommends a long password for your account. The latter allows access to all online services and also for local device login. Because physical access to a specific device is much harder than online access, this policy would make perfect sense.

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients

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Thumb Up

Next up on social media:

The vaccine that electrified you. Don't believe me? Try rubbing a balloon against your hair and see it stick. Surely it didn't do that since your 3rd Birthday party?! If you live in a humid climate, that might not work but that only shows that you got the other vaccine, the one that discharges all your energy.

Seriously, people just choose to believe whatever nonsense they encounter. Fortunately, there is a cure: stay indoors, turn off your computer and don't talk to anybody about your affliction. You can also try that trick where you stir the water three times clockwise (counterclockwise in Australia!) before you drink it. See if that helps and consult with the nearest UFOlogist if it doesn't. I have more advise, but I'd have to bill you for that.

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Holmes

She'd probably go crazy if she knew ...

that she's been emitting Gigahertz radiation ever since that flu shot. And before.

Thailand bans joke cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens

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Stop

...commentator said what makes a currency is value...

This commentator is wrong.

A currency serves to facilitate the exchange of goods. It's the goods that have the intrinsic value, not the currency. Otherwise you might as well trade your sheep directly for your neighbor's car, as opposed to going through all those complicated financial transactions.

It doesn't really matter what currency is made of as long as the amount of forgery and cheating remains low. The rest is a matter of trust: you only accept money if you trust that you can spend it in the future. So the supply of currency needs to be somehow managed -- if there is too little it'll gum up all economic activity and if there is too much it'll erode trust and create inflation. All those bad things also happened in the age of gold currency -- so that was not a great solution.

It should be obvious is that using stuff with real value as currency is a bad idea. Gold (and silver) is mostly useless, hence its great success as currency. You can cast your bronze into tools or coins, but you can't do both. You can use electricity to create/manage bitcoin or to to perform useful work, but you can't do both. Why not trade in toes? Those are useful, in limited supply, and hard to forge. It might, though, create a bit instable footing for your economy.

Bitcoin creates an artificial and quite inflexible amount of scarcity: its supply cannot be properly managed. So it is not really great as a currency. On the plus side, you only have to trust those managing the blockchain, those holding your wallet, and the rest of the world keeping the valuation afloat. Or you could trust the federal reserve to manage the dollar -- it's your choice. Both are bound to go south at some point and to some degree. That's why some people keep some savings in stocks and gold and real estate, ... Boring, isn't it?

Chinese app binned by Beijing after asking what day it is on anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre

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Unhappy

Re: A shotgun to the foot moment

In some not-so democratic countries, the "Mr Foot meet Mr Shotgun..." moment may carry a different meaning: Now that you are aware of the shotgun, tread softly, because that shotgun will remain pointed at your feet and the feet of anybody else who steps out of line.

Respect through fear. It's not nice, but it works.

Apple: We didn't take commission on 90% of App Store sales and billings

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Angel

Walled Garden

So Apple tries to defend their walled garden (think Disneyland), where everybody entered by their own volition and is happy to pay in FantasyPark money (we'll take it from your credit card with a 30% markup, thank you). Only the garden is more like a market place, where the evil count taxes every trade and has his goons ensure that nobody deals on the side.

Most modern societies did away with arbitrary taxation by local powers. Remember that the opposite was quite common throughout most of human history: you could be born with the right to tax (or be taxed, go complain to your villager parents), you could buy or bribe your way into the position of a for-profit tax collector (doesn't everybody love Julius Cesar), and you could even buy a monopoly from fairly modern governments, e.g., guaranteeing your income whenever someone would light a match. Didn't create all too stable societies though and came at a cost to the economies.

The policy of truth: As ransomware claims rise, what's a cyber insurer to do?

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"In an ideal world, Wolff says, companies would [protect] themselves against ransomware."

He is wrong. In an ideal world, nobody ever payed the ransomware perpetrators and the business model would be dead.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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Stop

Not my sympathies...

I am a big fan of electronic devices that come with a switch. You can still find them sometimes. Next step is to loose the remote and not to worry about it anymore. Some devices end up loosing their 'extended' functionality but that is a bonus for most devices.

Oh, and if you actually find that remote again, the batter compartment probably broke when it got wedged behind the cupboard, so you'll have some nice colored insulating tape holding the batteries in -- makes the remote stand out from the crowd and covers up that useless bottom row of buttons.

Samsung to soothe semiconductor drought with new Pyeongtaek production line

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Re: Electric cars, anyone

"Those rolling blackouts are the best possible exposure to the glaring hole in the "let's go electric" strategy"

I'd say it's rather an exposure of the broken US infrastructure. Monopolistic companies are cornering the market with the support of local and national politicians and are allowed to make a lot of money without investing into the infrastructure required to handle demand.

I guess it adds one more reason for companies to shift critical production facilities away from the US. (Unless financial incentives or political pressure are too great - - but those are best handled by the PR department with some strategic announcements.)

Am I too cynical here?

Indian government says 5G doesn’t cause COVID-19. Also points out India has no 5G networks

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"Until we can organise good science and critical thinking education ..."

... or we could encourage the nutcases to continue being creative and thinking outside the box. Even the best comedians would be hard-pressed to come up with such quality material.

If you shoot down the obviously ridiculous ideas too fast, you just help them invent more plausible scenarios. So listen patiently, nod at the appropriate times and hold your scathing comments.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Stop

"criminals by definition don't give a shit about laws"

I think your statement is quite wrong. I would expect that most criminals are quite ordinary humans with probably an extraordinary set of personal, financial, or psychological difficulties.

Looking at how different justice systems treat crime (especially my perceived divide between the US 'retaliatory' versus the European 'refomative' goals for treating criminals), I would claim that your sweeping statement about criminals is based on a cultural bias rather than fact. I think most criminals would like to not be criminals. But when confronted with bad choices, they choose the illegal bad option over the legal bad options. In most cases this might not be due to a distinct 'criminal' mindset but based on desperation.

So laws will matter, even to the 'criminals' you so boldly group into a distinct class of humanity.

US Supreme Court puts a stop to FTC extracting big bucks from crooks to refund victims

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Angel

"lobbying has just become crooks in suits"

I don't think that statement is fair. There is need for those affected by proposed laws to be heard - you can't expect the lawmakers to be specialists in all fields and having the interested parties involved in the discussions can be important.

There is a big problem because in certain places, lobbyists can buy access. This distorts the discussion, favoring vested interests. I'd argue the that the problem is private/corporate money financing politics, not the presence of lobbyists offering their expertise.

Emotet malware self-destructs after cops deliver time-bomb DLL to infected Windows PCs

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Go

License revoked

Just consider it as an expiry of your license to run the emotet malware packet on your systems. If that breaks your system, then you'll have to fix it on your own time.

Good thing this was done by a non-NSA entity, otherwise we'd go crazy searching for the hidden payload.

Pentagon confirms footage of three strange craft taken by the Navy are UFOs (no, that doesn't mean they're aliens)

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Boffin

...you're stupid if you believe you can conclusively claim they [aliens] never have [been here].

It may be impossible to prove that something doesn't exist, but that is totally disconnected from the existence of said object/subject. I had those discussion with my kids about dragons, Yeti, and other assorted nonsense. As a grownup and a scientist, my approach is: Don't worry about things that you can't observe (in the strict scientific sense: give me data with 5-sigma confidence). You can talk all you want about aliens, remote sensing, or 5G cancer -- but please don't expect me to care.

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

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... still standing as a foreigner...

According to my uncle, who headed some medical exchange with Russia back in the 80s, the trick to remain standing is to pay the waitress a little tip and have her fill your glass from a special water-filled bottle. He surely made a smashing impression, not just for remaining upright throughout the night but also for being awake and alert on the next day.

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

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Holmes

This happened at a bank ...

and as most of us learned the hard way, banks are very creative in converting your money to their money. (Read up on the last few financial crises if you need to.) Who would have thought that that creativity extends to the lower echelon of employees?

Truly shocked, am I.

Samsung spruiks Galaxy Buds Pro performance as comparable to hearing aids

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Sounds like ...

Samsung is preparing to kill somebody's Golden Goose.

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub

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Stop

"data and research ... is ... more strategically valuable ... than copyright-busting"

This sentence lies at the heart of the underlying conflict, which goes beyond the short-term question of whether or not a University should block Sci-Hub. There will always be some organization with a strategic interest to lock down intellectual property, ideally for perpetuity and with harsh penalties. It's those organizations that gave us today's restrictive patent and copyright laws. But society at large (dare I say Humanity?) clearly benefits from open exchange of ideas. Where to draw the line between the two?

I believe that the existence of places such as SciHub, Piratebay, ... and their respective success or failure reflects the fact some copyright rules no longer reflect a wider societal consensus.

'No' does not mean 'yes'... unless you are a scriptwriter for software user interfaces

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Go

My favorite Yes/No/Cancel buttons

Do you want to cancel your command?

[yes] [cancel]

Flagship Chinese chipmaker collapses before it makes a single chip or opens a factory

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WTF?

Re: More to this than meets the eye

How did they go bankrupt?

Two ways, gradually, then suddenly.

(Thanks, Hemingway)

It might just be that fundamental problems became apparent after the government took over. Replace the bullish COE with a technocrat and "We can do it, just give me another $5 bn and two more months" might morph into: "What were they thinking (smoking)?"

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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Facepalm

"run on more renewable energy sources:"

They really should adjust our whole electricity network to let us run our Stuff on more renewable energy sources. E.g., insert the Euro-plug right-side up to get the renewables or left-side up to destroy the world. No reason why the researchers should get to choose their energy source and we can't.

Let me translate that statement: What this researcher wanted to say is: "I know it's ridiculous to burn this kind of energy for a badly defined research project, but see if I give a rat'* a** about it".

Kind-of sums up humanities' current approach to climate change in general. Sell me a fancy new car with an "eco" sticker and we're good. Right?

Nvidia cripples Ethereum mining on GeForce RTX 3060 to deter crypto bods from nabbing all the kit at launch

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Stop

"GPUs for mining cryptocurrencies" -- Evil

Let's just agree that "mining cryptocurrencies" is evil, it burns our energy resources, and we should simply stop doing it.

Currencies have their value based on trust (i.e., people accepting your money). Bitcoin can't have runaway inflation (probably), but that doesn't mean it has inherent value. If people loose trust in bitcoins (maybe interest wanes, or there is too much hacking and stealing going on, or environmentally conscious people like me manage to turn the world against bitcoin), they will be worthless. Same as dollars, gold, seashells, or Pininfarina trading cards. Can't we just agree to Not Be Idiots and stop the whole bitcoin madness?

Evil person poisons the river with mercury to mine gold.

Evil person poisons the atmosphere to mine bitcoins.

See the parallels?

Toxic: Intel ordered to pay chip fab worker almost $1m after he was gassed at its facility in 2016

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Boffin

"H2S is more toxic than HCN (Hydrogen Cyanide)"

But the strong smell of H2S makes it highly unlikely that you stay around to be poisoned. That's why cyanide is considered so dangerous (it smells like almonds and won't make you run away).

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

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@ Jellied Eel

There is one on which I can agree with you: there is a lot of hot air and profiteering going on in the energy supply market. But that is the case with and without renewables -- it's a captive market that requires regulation.

Where you completely loose the point is in the discussion of climate change. Neither Hansen nor any other of the countless scientists advocating for reducing CO2 emissions aim to make life miserable. They are honestly worried about the changing climate. And the physics behind climate change is not contested by anyone understanding the issue. If you spend a little time reading about it, you might understand the physical principles yourself -- it's not rocket science. It's a simple sum of sun radiation absorbed by earth minus heat radiation emitted from earth. If absorption exceeds emission, then the earth will heat until the heat emission increases accordingly. The particular absorption properties of CO2 mean that it transmits visible and near-IR through the atmosphere (lots of radiation from the sun), but absorbs the far IR radiation that the earth surface emits. So that IR radiation spends more time in the atmosphere, heating up the climate. This was predicted far back (maybe in the 1930s), before there was any meaningful data on the global temperature variations. Now we have a lot of actual data showing the warming trend. Those scientists are serious, they collect solid data and they won't collect a million dollar bonus if they can just spin their data the right way.

And I don't understand why people focus so much on AOC. Do you desperately need an enemy onto which to project every evil you can imagine? Respect that she is a successful politician, working for what she believes is right. Argue about the issues, don't hate people!

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Stop

Re: The Real Story from Texas

You claim, without sources: "It's reported that only 10% of wind turbines are operational." But the sources I can find report different numbers, e.g., here, or here, or here.

I se what you did there with the "it's been reported" qualifier. But that's a bit like "I think my dog ate the homework". Factually hard to contradict but not very convincing. The rest of your post, including your claimed expertise, loses credibility by association. I think.

Science of Love app turns to hate for machine-learning startup in Korea after careless whispers of data

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Re: "it's all statistics"

Some 4 years ago, I heard a researcher in the field of AI explain that AI usually means:

(1) Statistical analysis / prediction (with better funding).

(2) Data fitting / image analysis (with better funding).

(3) Point three. (I am sure there was a point three!?) Feel free to fill this one.

Manhunt: 'Armed and dangerous' MIT AI scientist sought by cops probing grad student's gun murder

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Go

What possible significance ...

Whenever you can combine two catchy keywords, you got a winner at your hands.

AI + Armed --> great news story

AI + dangerous --> great military project

AI + research --> grant money

Can't really go wrong with AI these years. But beware, it'll be horribly stale in 3-5 year's time. (Did you really fall for this stuff?!?)

As Huawei's semiconductor purchases slip, its founder tries a new tactic: Flattery

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Angel

The obvious way out...

Apple purchases part of Huawei's business and starts selling budget products under the "cherry" brand. That could put a few billions from the bank to good use, restore world peace and, obviously, return the cherry brand to it's rightful USAmerican owner.

This Brit biz's seven-screen laptop is something to behold

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Facepalm

Stop calling it a laptop.

Same thing goes for the smaller device sitting on the table in front of you. If it doesn't sit on your lap, it's not a laptop. And it also isn't a notebook because it's neither a book nor is the primary use to take notes. Call it what it is: a portable computer, or PC for short.

I nailed that one, right?

Square Kilometre Array Observatory has a council now, so building super-sensitive €1.3bn telescope is next on agenda

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Amazing technology...

building a radio-wave eye the size of a continent.

Musk see: Watch SpaceX's latest Starship rocket explode while trying to touch down

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Mushroom

"Work a little bit on the landing"

I guess the commenter of the video nailed it. Don't board that ship before they did their little bit of work!.

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