How many AI:s do you need to have in a company to keep them fully occupied by only sending pointless messages to each other? If I remember correctly, the number of humans is 200.
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The money laundering excuse again, the only thing it accomplishes is the to make it harder to move legal money around.
I recently moved 300k euros from an Asian country to a European country, legal , taxed money. One of the banks where I’ve been a customer for 50 years flat out refused to do it, didn’t even wanted to tell me what their requirements to allow is. My other bank required a lot of paperwork including a personal letter from the manager of my Asian bank, with a verified translation and the complete transaction history. I bet if I was a billionaire drug runner it would have been much easier…
First time I lived through an alert was 3 in the morning: A very loud siren in the apartment followed by a recorded message through a speaker in the apartment. The message was in Chinese, I had no idea there was a speaker inside my home and I don't speak Chinese.... It however became apparent what was happening a few seconds later when the bed started shaking.
Exactly what I should do with a four second warning when I live on the 11th floor remains unclear, wake up and kiss your ass goodbye?
Is the Reg making a subtle joke with the unit conversions ? Or have they hired a liberal arts student to write this?
I especially like the “ Slowing down from km/s to m/s” forcing me to some math in my head to get the scale right.
I’m on vacation damn it, yes that’s my brain floating in the gin and tonic, please don’t take it away my dear waiter.
Re: NULL is just the pointer analog to NaN
That’s a problem with the language you are using, not the DB. If you don’t want nulls reaching your code it’s trivial to write your queries so they don’t return null.
And in real implementations there will always be data that is unknown, hence Null, how else would you distinguish between a real value and an unknown value? Using some “placeholder” value like -1 for integers? What if your integer can be negative? For strings?
You would have to make assumptions about what value will be stored and handle them individually for each field, and that, imho, is more error prone than a consistent handling of null values.
That was in the local elections and they are all about local issues, the current president made a big tactical error and tried to make it about international politics. KMT may want to reunite with mainland China, but they most certainly don’t want to do it on Xi:s terms ( and they mostly want to hang the communists in the nearest lamp post)
Re: An interesting game of tug-of-war has started
There is no lack of rare earth material in the rest of the world, it's just cheaper to buy it from China. China has been dumping the prices (and polluted the environment https://hir.harvard.edu/not-so-green-technology-the-complicated-legacy-of-rare-earth-mining/ ) making it unprofitable to mine and refine it in the rest of the world. Worstall wrote about it in a column in this very publication https://www.theregister.com/2015/09/02/western_worlds_only_rare_earth_mine_closes/
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Advertising on television was forbidden so when satellite broadcasting was becoming mainstream, companies set up shop abroad in order to send adverts to the Swedish public.
Gambling is heavily regulated and almost a monopoly for the government. If I remember correctly only half of the income is returned to the gambling audience as winnings, so quite a substantial margin.
There is of cause quite a substantial number of politicians that is convinced that gambling is bad for the populace, and therefore should be banned.
The same breed of politicians also wanted to ban satellite dishes, Internet and all other means of getting information that was not approved by the government, all in the name of keeping swedes pure of thought. The same politicians usually keep North Korea and Cuba in high regards.