Re: Some nuance required about "free".......
Netscape Navigator always was free. They advertized their non-free server through it. Whatever that was, I've never seen it run anywhere.
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Had to retire a perfectly good, 25 years old RME Multiface last year because my last laptop with a PCI slot finally went out of business. Actually the interface was PCMCIA(!) but was running fine over a PCI to PCMCIA adapter. Even the 5m cable between (PCMCIA) IO card and the actual interface was still original. For a long time one could use these cards via PCI-PC-express cards but that stopped when PCI-slots on motherboards became PCIe-PCI bridges because the BIOS would not recognize the PCI-to-PCCard bridge behind the PCIe-to-PCI bridge and could not initialize the PC-Express-to-PCMCIA bridge behind the latter.
I remember a customer losing 2GB of highly important data from his IMAP account. No problem on the server side to be found. His laptop, however, despite being 64 bit compatible ran a 32 bit version of Windows and his local HDD was FAT32 - which had a 2GB file limit and somehow wreaked the mail dirs on the server trying to synchronize it's wrecked local mailbox.
Patents and copyright are two very different things. You can hold the copyright on a piece of arts but there's no way to patent it. You can under the right conditions patent the way to create something, specifically the tools to do so but you can't copyright this sort of abstract matter.
You might just have asked the AI:
"Ts an Al able do to real art?"
"As of my knowledge cut-off, artificial intelligence (AI) can create art in a limited sense,
but it does not possess the same level of creativity, intentionality, and self-expression as a human artist.
Al can be trained to generate images, music, and other forms of art by using algorithms and large datasets. For example, an Al system can be trained on a dataset of images and then generate new images that are similar in style or content to those in the dataset.
However, the art generated by Al is not the result of a deliberate and intentional creative process, but rather the outcome of mathematical calculations based on patterns in the data. While the results can be visually interesting or appealing, they lack the depth and meaning that are often associated with human-created art.
Moreover, AI lacks the capacity for self-expression, introspection, and the ability to reflect on its own experiences and emotions, which are fundamental elements of human creativity."
Depends on the diameter of the hole. Bigger ones are made using a diamond drill which is technically not really a drill. It doesn't cut with it's perimeter but hones the concrete off with it's rotating front side. The result is very fine and very hard dust from ground concrete, steel and some diamond rsp corund particles. It it's not completely washed away by the water that should cool the drill it would make a perfect drive killer.
Counterfeiters have been doing pretty much the same thing for ages. While some of them were really talented, smart and obsessive enough to earn some respect (and a couple of years in prison) counterfeiting AIs and their owners are nothing but tools and common criminals.
I really don't care. It's the compulsive crap flood that pisses me off. Dozens of useless apps that are preinstalled and can't be deactivated like "cortana" or X-Box-bullshit. Apps that I don't have installed and do not intend to install but keep showing up in the start menu not even to talk about. And just don't let me think of the continuously self-lobotomizing "System Options".
Bose have developed such a system in the 1990s IIRC. Without all the ML rings and bells but compatible with CAAD systems. You'll put a drawing of your building or space in, specify the materials used and you'll get the acoustic model out of it. It used to just work. I don't see why you'd need atificial intelligence for this.
>>Remember when a radio had TWO controls. Just a tune control for the station, and a volume control.
Hardly - that times, just like any of all these "good, old and simple times", never existed.
I've fiddled with every generation of radio from the 1950s to now and even the tube driven radios my grandparents still had in the 1970s (these devices were as long lived as they were huge, heavy and ugly. My in laws had one that would still work in the 2000s with a "new" set of valves.) Had at least four band select buttons, tone, volume and frequency knobs and of course a power button, often with a stand-by option to keep the cathodes in the vacuum tubes warm. Late 1960-80s portable transistor radios had lots of buttons, too. The most simplistic were 1980s to 90s HiFi tuners. They used to have one large knob (or two buttons) for frequency, a couple of memory buttons and at least an AM/FM toggle but definitely no volume knob.
> What next? Hungary? Poland? East Germany? Where do you draw the line? France? The UK?
East Germany? Have ypu taken a look at a map, lately? Since 1990, I mean?
And what could keep evil Ivan from invading France and the UK - maybe Spain, Portugal, Germany (yes, East and West), Austria (lol), Italy and the rest of the NATO? Because that's what the NATO was actually supposed to do - back in the days of the Warsaw Pact when it still existed.
If you happen to live in America. Not all jurisdiction can be stalled endlessly over trivial causes if one side throws enough cash in and US legislation is not the world's or "God"'s law. In Europe such a case would be settled with a single letter by a lawyer - certainly not in PayPals favour. Actually they're operating with a more or less flaky Luxembourgian bank license inside the EU and they have been taking much care to avoid any court deciding if that is actually legitimaton enough.
>Not sure that those options are as viable elsewhere.
They are. US customer's rights are practically non-existent compared to the godless, socialist rest of the world that hates your freedom so much. All these shiny, weasel-worded EULAs you're geting presented before you can even look at what you've just paid for are completely worthless in the EU and in pretty much any other place in the world except, maybe, Japan and South Korea.
> We never worked out how he managed to cause a transistor (I think it was) to lose its magic blue smoke.
Nothing easier than that. Try to design a motor driver on the fly and use too small resistor in line with collector/emitter, supposed your power supply can sustain more current than your transistor - which is a relatively safe bet.
Gas or electrical work are usually quite a different matter. You don't get them afterwards. They're inclusive with the architect's plans and usually need to be approved by the commune or the energy supplier. If you're hiring some idiot (noone else would even think of doing that) to install whatever gas or electrical thingies you've been "planning" without having a clue you might get what you deserve.
You could easily use OSMTracker for this. It allows to share geotagged images or to upload the mentioned timestamped GPX files to OpenStreetMap and share them anonymized or not anonymized. They have been a global, non-commercial alternative to Google maps for a decade and their privacy policies are sound.
Depending on place and local legislation at the time of recording, the place where the recording was made and the contract they had this might be more or less true. It even might differ between (recorded) live performances and studio records. Oh, and of course on how seriously the actual rightsholders are trying to rob the session musicians and original creators.
You obviously underestimate the power of memes. Who ever was able to establish the "the Russians made America vote Trump" narrative -without ever presenting the slightest bit of evidence- definitely is a master of manipulation. I still can't believe people are falling for this sort of obvious nonsense. OTOH it would be fairly easy to manipulate anyone this gullible into voting pretty much anyone but it's not that a multi billion dollar industry including parties, lobbies, TV-networks, PACs and whatnot aren't trying to do exactly that all the time. Of course the balance of this chaotic system immediately flips over as soon as the actual supervillain gets involved...
Genii is correct. Not all latin words ending on -us, however, are pluralized that way while you can be absolutely sure that anything remotely Latin or Italian ending on "i" must never be defiled by an appended "s". Unless you're born west or north of the Limes and a barbarian anyway. In which case you shouldn't be literate unless you're a literate but ignorant barbarian.
> Given the way that technology is going, I suspect that the future is going to involve file systems that were designed specifically for flash storage
F2FS has been around and stable for years. I've been using it on USB drives and SSD for quite a while, so have Samsung on their smartphones, AFAIK.
If there's no real problem we can always introduce a code of conduct to create a never ending flow of them. Heck, even the discussion about a CoC and what might be included is guaranteed to divide a project into two hostile parties - and turn these unavailable unproductive, useless participiants who had nothing to contribute before into the Keepers of the Holy CoC.
Audiophile also means you believe you can magically add levels of "authenticity" to material that is ignorant of any such concept. Nobody on the recording or mastering side gives a fuck about "oxygen free" copper or capacitor phase bruhaha. So by audiophile standards any recording in the world is already spoiled beyond recreation. And nevertheless these idiots think they can add that imaginary lost information by using technology that is "better" than the gear that was used recording.
It's logically impossible. Lost informarion can't be recovered. Even if the mysterious acoustic phenomena that the audiophile mental illness is about *did* exist they would have been irrecoverably discarded by the non-audiophile recording process. An eight year old could understand that.
It's not just the static and erosion. Vinyl itself has pretty low bandwith and dynamics. Which sounds paradox but has the very simple reason that a mechanical pickup (aka "needle") can only swing that fast and that far which puts strict physical limits to amplitude and frequency - even more to how fast both can change dramatically. Which is known as dynamics.
If you're looking at the RIAA's obsolete equalizing diagrams that had to be used for vinyl mastering and were the low-pass and high-pass filter's cutoffs hit in there's not much left of the audiophile's delusions of etheric trebles and warm basses.
Actually it might be better readable like this:
The mean joke is declaring a function named ":". The rest is rather self explaining. Call ":" from within ":" pipe it through ":", fork all created instances of ":". I'm not completely sure if the function will ever return but whenever it does, each thread will call all the bloody mess again.
Not much use tracing it because the machine will lock up completely as soon as you hit RETURN.
Fed with images scraped from the internet. A typical case of "garbage in, garbage out". The vast majority of "images from the internet" are stock photos showing what a certain target group wants to see. So what do you expect from an AI fed with the exhaust from advertising agencies and their underpaid minions? If only Douglas Adams were still among us - he'd certainly find the right words for the kind of "reality" reflected by this kind of input.