Re: Controlled experments: thats the ticket
Sounds like you want this experiment to be performed more Caerphilly.
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But Twitter is full of actual literal nazis. Like you can't criticise a racist for having racist opinions without having hundreds of nazi sockpuppet accounts pile on you and that is apparently fine by Twitter's security systems. Reporting them tends to get a "*shrug* What do you expect? It's just nazis" type response.
It's pretty clear by this point that it is by design and by this point Twitter is a site for nazis and the rest of us who use it are incidental to their core mission.
You appear not to be in favour of "Sextember" but I have only just discovered that was a thing that might have existed and it's already my favourite month. Perhaps we should just make it last slightly more than two months to celebrate it's greatness, so that the official conclusion of Summer would become the 69th of Sextember.
It certainly looks that way, also a new and pernicious variety of identity theft which we can anticipate seeing happening much more in future.
Of course, in this specific case it may be that the emails would all track back to the correct ISP for that user and even to the correct endpoint. Given who the players are in this case it seems a little hazardous to trust anything short of physical letters or in-person meetings.
I'm surprised this doesn't pick on the veracity of the accounts of huge numbers of people's identities being faked to send in the faked messages on the topic. I get that you're looking at the end as more important than the means, but if the reports are correct and potentially thousands of genuine citizens' information was used to create the impression that they supported a political point of view without their knowledge, that seems to me a pretty big story in its own right- possibly the first occurrence of a new kind of identity theft. Also it seems like regardless of the source it probably ought to be illegal.
Certainly something I'd be interested to get a Reg angle on, seeing as most of the reports I have seen have been interesting and strongly suggestive but lacking in that necessary edge and sense of the big picture.
The answer to the riddle of the headline is: Nothing. Nothing does that. In particular "Amazon" doesn't.
I hear that ale from CAMRA's fun,
And makers of flim-flam are stunned,
Before you put pajamas on
Just put down that hammer, son
I am the one to slam 'er on
And plenty rhymes with Amazon.
In spite of this I have my calm,
Like Alladin why harm
Someone whose rather alarmed
Not one of them is Azerbaijan.
And yet if we use two organisations with basically the same name, it is very hard to avoid some degree of mental conflation - humans simply aren't that rational. If the Co-op electricity constantly do a terrible job and make you feel bad about every interaction with them then the term "co-op" gets tied into that and you start to look for the bad in every other interaction associated with it, in my case that is the banking.
This is the basics of how branding works. It doesn't matter that they are unrelated legally.
Of course, but there seems to be a pattern of being very poorly run. I mean the co-op bank had a drug crazed nutter of a chief executive for ages, the electricity provider have assured us that the only way to resolve a very simple customer query is to go to the ombudsman and you can go into almost any co-op shop of any size and they will not have the thing you want to buy, regardless of what that thing is.
I like the theory of the co-operative movement, but the practice seems to be inept at a very profound level.
Literally still with Smile only out of pure laziness and because it's hard to find a bank that has any positive qualities. Sifting through looking for the least bad option is not great fun, but I increasingly mistrust Co-op with my money, especially after having them as an electricity provider and they are SO BAD.
It goes deeper than that - the problems of AI are not just about how brains work, they are about the underlying philosophical questions regarding the nature of knowledge and consciousness. Many of the greatest minds of the last three thousand years have explored this and still not got to any definitive answers, so assuming that we can ram a bunch of information into a big database then run some statistical rules across it and come to any useful conclusions is perhaps a trifle optimistic.
I think the odds of winning a EuroMillions jackpot ( and lets face it, we don't really care about the chump change smaller prizes ) are so slim that one probably has as much chance of finding a winning ticket lying in the street as buying one.
In fact I think I'm more likely to be crushed by a meteorite than win that Jackpot, although I bet if either of those happened they would happen on the same day. Typical.
Of course the key strategic failing of all the Great Houses on Dune was that they would always attack the most southerly(? I think? It has been almost 20 years .) unit first, so you could put something unimportant at the bottom of the map and build up your troops easily to overwhelm their bases.
Philosophically, no. Emacs is a simple pure text editor that allows one to extend it in various directions but is, at heart, easy enough that anybody with the ability to instantly memorise 8000 keystroke sequences could master it in only a couple of decades.
Excel, meanwhile, is really complicated.
Something that weirds me out is that politicians have a desperate authoritarian hunger for data about all their citizens, but they resentfully reject the outcomes of any research performed on their behalf. How will they react when their systems start giving them the same suggestions that their data scientists have been doing for the last fifty years?
Do you mean the cameras in the automated passport control queues where you go in and it fails to scan your face three times then a human customs officer lets you through but it's still worth it because it is quicker than the queue for the regular passport?
Those can't even recognise my face from a photograph of my face. I don't think there's a great risk of them identifying anybody in any kind of disguise.
Surprised I have got this far with nobody mentioning Adrian Tchaikovksy's Children Of Time one of the most enjoyable SF novels I have read lately.
Also weird that everyone has apparently forgotten Neal Stephenson - Seveneves is pretty hard sci-fi and a lot of fun with it.
I heard an account of an office where they were used on everyone's desks, activated whenever they broke the build.
I suspect the story was completely spurious, but I rather like the idea because it gives you a brief window of opportunity after your build break to get it fixed before it becomes super obvious...
Most developers see a language that looks a bit java-like and assume they can write java ( or C or C# ) with it, which is understandable, and then desperately try and squidge the language into their expectations. That makes for cumbersome code that eventually gets the job done and is fairly easy to read.
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