Do what now?
[...] synthesize and rescue infectious Ebola virus [...]
I am unfamiliar with this usage of "rescue." Rescue it from whom or what?
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Does anyone actually use their phone for anything beyond trivial gaming?
Well, to be pedantic, a lot of people used to play Fortnite* on iOS at least. You may recall Epic getting all hot, bothered, and litigious about Apple taking a 30% cut of the profits from selling children digital goo-gaws and digital clothing and then getting kicked off the platform.
* I personally consider Fortnite to be trivial gaming but YMMV. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
They're sending a plaque with the first "mined" bitcoin printed on it (or some such nonsense - see https://www.astrobotic.com/lunar-delivery/manifest/; scroll down to the middle, it's the last one in the spread.)
I kinda *want* to get a sales call from a LLM - I think it'd be fun to fuck with it.
I assume they'll program it to always be polite and to never hang up on you, which means you can try and trick it into giving you free shit or whatever it would have the power to do and then tell it to fuck off when it stops being fun.
Personally, I'd make every other response from me a non-sequitur just to see how it responds - "I'm tempted by your offer, but how many monkeys does that package include? I'll need at least a thousand if I'm going to get this Shakespeare play written any time soon."
It's one thing to see *other* people who conform to nearly impossible beauty standards but it is another thing entirely to see pictures of YOU that are literally remade and adjusted to fit those standards.
And then you turn the phone off and the self-perceived fat, ugly loser in the mirror is still there... ( ╯︿╰ )
the machine doesn't care if Beyoncé is my spokesperson.
I don't care either, and not just because I'm not a fan of her music but because what a celebrity is paid to recommend is not one of the factors that enters into my purchasing decision. It's suitability to purpose, then price, and then availability, in that order.
 I can't even honestly say I've even heard any of her songs but I do understand she is widely popular.
"GPT-4 does not get distracted, does not get tired, does not have other duties, and is always available to perform the user’s specified task."
Kyle Reese: Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop... ever, until you are dead!
Why not just spool out a data cable behind the thing? No batteries or signal issues, unlike the proposed "breadcrumb" devices, and in an emergency you've got a tether to try and pull it back out of the cave. Seems like the simpler option, but maybe I'm not seeing the advantages to the proposal... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
it didn't just beep when it was done, it would then nag, and beep every 30s until you opened the door.
The intent is to help you, not nag you.
If you've ever microwaved a frozen dinner or snack, you might have noticed that the instructions usually say something like "Microwave on high for three minutes then let stand in the microwave for two minutes."
Thus your microwave beeps repeatedly at a set interval after it is done cooking so you can track the post-cooking stand time without having to set another timer or guess.
My favorite vague environmental claim was a label on a bottle of window cleaning fluid that stated "Made from 100% Ocean Bound Plastic."
Not sure if that was supposed to be a claim as to the source of the materials for manufacturing the bottle or an acknowledgement that humans are terrible for the environment...
The revisions are not yet official and remain open for public comment until December 22.
Dear Glorious Leader Xi;
I wholeheartedly agree with and embrace this magnificent new proposal. Truly, your concise and unfathomable genius is plain for all to see. The shameful and decadent western devils will answer for their insolence against our humble and righteous country.
Long may your star shine brightly in the constellation that is our just and wise government.
-Your loyal and obsequious citizenry.
Sadly, privacy isn't simple or easy - it's a goddamn chore. *You* had to cover those cams, *you* had to turn off the voice assistants, *you* had to turn off tracking or install a blocker, etc. And anytime there's an update you get to play wack-a-mole on the settings that reverted back to non-private (for your convenience natch.)
Privacy should be the default setting, not something you have to dig down into configurations to find.
"[Imagine] you've just invested a small fortune for an inventive AI system and it invents a cure for cancer. Do you keep it a trade secret or risk losing it to the public domain due to a failed patent application that lacks a named human inventor?" [Stephen Thaler] said hypothetically.
Or maybe, just maybe, you could release the fucking cure for cancer solely for the benefit of all human kind without needing to make any money from it. ಠ_ಠ
Arguably there are some possible advantages for shopping that VR/AR can provide. For example, you could look at a 3D model of something you are buying, check it out up close and from any angle. For something like furniture or clothes you could see how it might look in your actual room or on your own person.
But lets be honest, the same manufacturers that can barely take shitty photographs of their products for existing web pages are in NO WAY EVER going to produce good quality 3D models like that. Maybe the overpriced high-end/high-margin luxury brands will manage but the cheaper brands just won't have the skills or/and manpower.
Do you think I would be wasting my life on hold for 40 minutes if I could do what I want to do on your website? That's why I am fecking well phoning you!
The problem is that the 2,000 other people in the phone queue ahead of you didn't bother check the website before calling and need that reminder. Not that they pay attention to it mind you...
You can use "Switch User" from the CAD menu to change from one login to another without having to log out - bit of a pain and no shared clipboard between them though.
Or you can hold down Shift and right-click on an icon and choose "Run As Different User" to launch the app in your user-space but with different credentials - permissions may get weird in this case and things like the Desktop and "My Documents" folders are redirected to the executing user's profile. Plus if the application is installed in the User profile (like Teams is) this won't work at all; ditto for any applications that don't use standard .LNK shortcut files (looking at you, Microsoft Office) though you can manually create new shortcuts as needed.
If you want to get fancy, AND have the "Pro" or Enterprise version of Windows you can use the Remote Application feature with localhost to run with different credentials though this takes a LOT of work to implement correctly. The good news is that you'll have access to your own files and folders through the RDP protocol. Bad news, it uses the RDP protocol. This utility helps a lot by setting up the Remote App settings for you: https://github.com/kimmknight/remoteapptool and providing a handy .RDP file as well.
As a naval officer I abhor the implication that the Royal Navy is a haven for cannibalism. It is well known that we now have the problem relatively under control, and that it is the RAF who now suffer the largest casualties in this area.
Captain B.J. Smethwick (in a white wine sauce with shallots, mushrooms and garlic.)
I doubt if Epic's pockets are deep enough to survive this.
From the article: "Fortnite was the highest-grossing game in 2019, with revenues of $1.8bn across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Xbox One, PC, and the PS4." [Emphasis added.]
I know lawyers can be expensive, but I think Epic will be just fine.
the problem with anti-matter is that, if indeed anti-matter is exactly the opposite of normal matter, as all current experiments have measured, then the Big Bang theory is false: it stipulates that our universe was born from a big bang of energy, but then equal amounts of matter an anti-matter should have been created, which is observably false.
I am not a physicist but it seems to me that if there "should" have been equal amounts of matter and antimatter at the Big Bang AND if the CPT thing is true, then the "simple" answer is that there WAS (is?) equal amounts of both matter and antimatter, each moving through Time in opposite directions with the Big Bang as a central point between them.
Basically out there somewhere/somewhen in what we would call the distant "past" (eg: "before" the Big Bang) there exists an antimatter universe equal to ours but with the arrow of time reversed. From that universe's perspective our anti-matter universe collapsed in on itself and spawned their matter universe. And from our perspective we would see the same exact thing.
If they really did invent the thing then they probably could have just bought a chip, plugged it into some sort of testing rig and compared its function to their original experimental findings.
Plus Broadcom probably publishes a lot of the technical information already. After all, you gotta know what the chip does in order to use it in the laptops and gaming consoles you're building.
By which I mean, who keeps demanding thinner and thinner laptops?
To be clear, I don't miss the giant "luggables" from the 1980s/1990s but there is a point of diminishing returns and we crossed that line at least a decade ago.
IMHO, if it can't have a full-sized Ethernet (RJ45) port then it's too thin.
including information we learn from your web and device usage data (like the apps installed on your device)
Are they using "like" to mean "similar to" or "such as"?
Or to put it more directly, are they tracking the shit I do the same way that the apps I use track me or is my phone blabbing to my service provider about what apps I have installed?
The partnership aims to build level-four automated trucks, which would use AI to perform all the necessary functions needed to drive autonomously for a whole trip, theoretically. It'll still need a human driver to take over when necessary, for safety and regulatory reasons.
Great, so the safety mechanism for a 16-Ton truck at highway speed is a person who for the last 4 hours has been sleeping, reading a book, watching a movie, or doing who knows what else because the thing drives itself 95% of the time, and is then expected to instantly and reliably take over the split second after the AI goes ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ?
Anything less than Level 5 Autonomous vehicles are unacceptable IMO. I mean, what's the point of a self-driving car if I randomly and unexpectedly have to take over driving due to some sort of emergency that the AI can't handle?