Agreed. Wake me up when we can finally talk to hologram avatars of each other, Hollywood-style.
971 posts • joined 12 Dec 2014
I don't remember that particular gardening story, but it's true that a recurring theme of Asimov's robot series was that the three laws didn't really work all that well
Mr Raphan might have done well to actually read a few of them (or even watch the movie, heaven forfend) before suggesting that they might actually be a good idea.
Maintaining the integrity of the data source, and being able to evidence this, is the cornerstone of digital forensics.
The CSI cliche of the investigator powering up the suspect's computer to see what they can find would likely be grounds to render any such evidence inadmissable (IANAL).
Do the kiosks create an image of the phone without changing the original? It doesn't sound like it, but some clarification would be appreciated.
At what scale are the expansion effects actually happening?
Is it that the universe is getting bigger, but the physical things it contains are not, because local forces are, for example, holding my atoms together regardless of the medium around me?
Or is the space between everything getting bigger, and I am slowly expanding along with everything else, albeit at a rate that's only really measurable on a much larger scale?
This post has been deleted by a moderator
An awesome tool. 20-ish years old, and functionality has stayed pretty much identical bar a few tweaks here and there. It's still my go-to choice for transferring large amounts of data from volume to volume, and holding onto the log files has definitely saved my skin more times than I can remember. ("Some of my files are missing from that data you migrated 3 months ago. They must not have got copied properly...")
But yeah - I have got burned once or twice too...
A user put in a complaint about me for doing the same thing - except I had been nowhere near the desktop, or even site, in question - and fortunately could prove it.
It turned out that one of our desktop contractors had done the deed, and on twigging that the user was none too pleased with the result, he'd told her he was me before buggering off. What a nice chap.
A good driver spends pretty much all of their time second-guessing what unexpected crazy shit other drivers might suddenly pull out of the bag, and making sure they're in a good position to deal with it.
But if your own car is liable to behave in ways that you don't expect, how do you even begin to factor that in?
I'm still not quite fully understanding just what kind of cheese it is though.
Presumably one of the softer varieties: Fairly malleable throughout, yet covered with a distinct outer "skin", such as with Brie or Camembert.
I'm no scientist though. Could the crust be artificial? Then we'd be talking Edam, or maybe even Baby Bel.
A certain imperial chemical industrial company I used to work for tried to impose similar must-use-the-handrail rules for employees going up and down stairs. Not holding onto the rail was a "yellow card" offence. (Seriously- all employees were expected to carry a yellow card around with them and shame their colleagues, referee-style, if they spotted them breaking such rules).
All well and good, but the main stairwell only had a single handrail, leaving us in a bit of a pickle if we happened to meet someone coming the other way...
All the UK news outlets simultaneously started pronouncing the name "Wah-way" around 4 weeks or so ago - a bit like when Princess Eugeeenie suddenly became Princess "Eu-zjhennie" overnight.
It's probably closer to the true pronunciation, but it certainly doesn't scan as well.
"but once you're down to electron spin..."
New Scientist did an interesting article on the "ultimate" computer around 25 years ago, assuming that Science & Ingenuity would always find a way around the limits of technology for speed / storage / etc, until you reached the physical properties of the atomic/subatomic particles that the thing was actually made of.
Fortunately we've still got quite a way to go yet.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020