The art-makers were always the gate keepers, not the labourers. Now the gate keepers don't need to pay the labourers - they can just select their favourite image to promote.
2929 posts • joined 23 May 2011
Re: Competition is the basis of capitalism
" It is up to third party payment systems to be smooth though so it will not be a hassle to use."
And that's the rub. Do you know how many road blocks Gapple can throw up that prevent that being the case? Their own payment systems have privileged access to the system and can do things a third party system can't hope to compete with.
These really need to be system components that are installed with elevated privileges by the OS and made available to client apps that request them.
Re: I use my own encryption system
"this also renders all copyright claims invalid since everything is in the digits of pi somewhere"
Conjecture: the number of bits required to hold the index and length of arbitrary data in pi is greater than or equal to the number of bits it takes to store the data itself, for non-trivial values.
"Trivial values" includes the digits of pi itself. You can store the first thousand digits of pi as (0,999) which is pretty small. But for most useful things, you quickly find its further into pi that it takes to represent the data.
TL;DR the good stuff is closer to infinity, than the decimal point.
I think you're underestimating her stature. She's second in line from the president - effectively deputy Vice President - and so one of the most powerful politicians in the country. And her powers are more akin to what you would get if you fused the the role of Leader of the Commons with the Speakership of the Commons.
But the Chinese just don't want international relations with Taiwan normalised. Every step has to be fought against hard lest it becomes accepted and commonplace and allows somebody else to toe the new line in the sand.
Re: "if you take it over by force, you can no longer make it operable"
If I follow the argument correctly, the fabs would quickly fail if people outside Taiwan stopped co-operating, even if everybody inside Taiwan went along with them.
And that's aside from how obvious and vulnerable a target would be for guerilla insurgents, remaining national forces, or international allies.
Re: Questionable Explanation
Ahhh, yes; that makes sense. The kid's effectively gone, "don't bother putting that bishop down - my rook's going to feast on it." But, as good as the AI is at chess, it's useless at anticipating a rudimentary social interaction, even within the confines of a chess board.
Re: Questionable Explanation
It's a really grotty video. And doesn't make much sense.
It looks like the robot removes the White Queen on D1. (Why?) The kid then moves the castle from its starting position to that square. It's look like he's still holding onto the piece (castling?) when the robot goes for his finger
Speculation: the AI thinks the arm failed to pick up white queen and is re-attempting the move.
I left my bomb is in my other pants. Soz.
"..and criminals will move to their own apps, as it doesn't take much time to create your own..."
And that kind of arrogance is what the security services are hoping for. Because the chances are you will botch it in some way that their experts can penetrate. For example, here was a recent story on Mega screwing it up. But you can look at any pro app, and the chances are they've had issues - and may yet have issues only the security services know about.
With most software, the proof is in the pudding. But crypto is different. It may seem to work. But you can't be certain until it has survived an attack by a state actor. You'll never know if it has passed. And you will only know it has failed when your door is broken down at 3am and you're put on trial for suggesting politicians who try and ban crypto are idiots.
Re: An elongated fine?
You credit him with too much intelligence. I think he impulse bought it and now he's realised the economy's heading into the crapper and he can't afford it, and he's trying to return it.
Surely you've seen the same behaviour with more lowly customers? "This product is damaged/broken/doesn't work and therefore you should give me money back."
If you can find and fix this subtle Chromium bug that breaks some extensions, there's $8k waiting for you
Re: Not just extensions?
I have an exciting collection of CCD images of cosmic rays at various interesting angles from head on blobs to near horizontal traces. Earthbound, too. This was back when CCDs needed to be cooled and not everybody had multiple devices in their phones...
FWIW, I think you could update your error mechanism to a disturbance caused by an unintentional, row-hammer-style bit flip.
Re: Not just extensions?
It could as easily be a bug in the page. IIRC, thanks to the magic of threads, the browser can appear responsive while the page is blocked. Or it might have "debounce" logic that has failed. (Something threw and it didn't catch it? Or async code never returned at all?) Or something could have erroneously swallowed the event. Or it could have accidentally set `pointer-events:none`. And so on.
In short there are a myriad things that could go wrong. The first step would be to open the web inspector and see was happening.
Re: Good article
Yeah, proof-of-work is ice-cap meltingly expensive. The solution is proof-of-stake - Google tells me Etherium is on track to switch later in the year or early next year - and that will reduce the energy cost. And I can't see why you would be designing new systems around proof-of-work.
Re: Thanks Rufus
I was just starting to worry about the Windows 7 EOL, when Windows 10 came along. So I'll give Microsoft two years to change their mind before worrying. (And if we all do that, it might encourage them to change their mind and/or extend the Windows 10 deadline.)
And, as much as I quite like Windows as a shell (heresy, I know), these days, the only things that bind me to it are testing for other Windows users, a CS6 licence for illustrator, and some old games. I've just about finished de-windozing everything else.
A fish with a rotting head is rotten to the core...
I've heard that joke before and still don't get it - not least because we've repeatedly seen how air superiority assures ground superiority in conventional conflicts. (Another of Russia's failures in Ukraine seems to be a failure to gain total air superiority - although maybe drones have changed the game.) And, as noted above, media superiority assures superior national moral and funding.
Moreover, a power that can build tanks and artillery and train infantry to win a ground war should be able to do the same for the air war. And vice versa.
Likewise, any organisation that can secure battlefield coms and maintain operational security, should be able to secure their social media. (And, conversely, if squaddies think you don't give a shit about the security of your twitter account, what useful information have they also decided you don't really care about?) Modulo out-sourced Crapita, if applicable.
"...somebody guessing the password for a twitter account is pretty much the definition of negligible...."
For most firms. But not if you are in the information security business, where the reputational damage is huge. And armies are in the information security business; just look at Russia's failures in Ukraine. If you can't properly secure Twitter, what else can't you properly secure?
It's only a token gesture
But the hard bit's getting the avatar to do something surprising. AIUI these things aren't set up to do anything more than present a human talking - and struggle to even lip sync well.
Once the user can make it snap its fingers (suppose they've got coloured spheres on their hand that the software is tracking) then a sound effect could be produced on the audio; ask your local Foley artist. Maybe it takes some practice. Maybe they screw it up on some interviews. But I don't think producing a click alters the bar very much.
Re: Am I the only one
Yeah, the net effect of burning that Tesla is probably to put into the atmosphere greenhouses gasses in excess of the equivalent CO2 which has been saved during the car's (unduly short) lifetime. Also, we have to count all the CO2 that went into putting out the fire - including getting the appliance in situ, digging that pit, and pumping all those kilolitres of water.
Unless, of course, if it turns out some of the chemicals produced in the fire create aerosol cooling and the whole thing was a net benefit to the environment - in which case we need to BURN MORE TESLAS, STAT.
Happy memories of writing IFSes
DOS 1.0 didn't have directories, but already used
/x for command-line switches. (You could change this to
-x with INT 21h/ah=37h). Hence, for compatibility reasons, when DOS 2.0 added directories they had to use
\path\file although it always supported
This comes across as a fanboy squee spasm - one that completely unravels in the bootnote.
Some of us are old enough to remember when the PE stub was used to supply a working DOS version so the file was a "fat binary" that could run under DOS and Windows. And I can begin to sketch out in my head how I'd generalise the process, if someone paid me to do it. So it would have been nice to read a technical discussion of what the blocking problems were and how they'd been overcome.
Re: Too risky
"...and a postal service much slower than we have today..."
IIRC, in London, at peak, there were about six postal deliveries a day. (I have a link somewhere, I can't be arsed to dig it out.) If Victorian letters sometimes read like early emails it's because they could post a letter and get a response back in hours.
Okay, I'll bite. You know the tech they're using to film TV shows these days - where they fill a room with LED screens and render the effects to that? "Virtual Production"?
The most likely way we'll get the metaverse is we end up with a room like that in our homes. Somebody will do it. Some more people will do. Manufacturers will realise there is a market. Prices will fall. And we'll all have a holoroom.