318 posts • joined 26 Jan 2017
could see that the next focus of conflict is going to be between India and China. This is just the preliminary skirmish.
Both are huge, both are rising from third-rate positions they were shoved into about a couple of centuries ago, when the European powers were rising. Both are fiercely nationalistic.
And both have long histories and long memories.
Question is, what do we non-Indian, non-Chinese nationals do about it? Take up seats on the sidelines and cheer on our favourite teams? Try to stop things getting any worse? Decide its all none of our business what happens and try to ignore it?
Resident Rump is what you get when you subtract the P T (Barnum) from him. There's one born every minute, P T Barnum prophesied, and Resident Rump is that One! Except he's dialed back the "born every minute" to save his dear deceased Mom from wear and tear, back to "born yesterday". I wish he'd man up and show us his LaLa Land Birth Certificate and Passport, though.
iAs a kid, I once heard my father talk about some PapuaNiuGinians he'd seen hunting river crocs. With a stone axe among other things. As they'd done so for the past 40 thousand years or more. Apparently they were getting a feed and some trade goods.
You need not doubt me that I held PNGians in very high respect after that. That's getting up close with one of the larger estaurine/riverrine predators.
I have very little doubt that PNGians would find a way to turn such bipedal croc into handbags and roast in very short order.
The kill factor in WW2 dogfights was the "killer" instinct, the urge to close and make sure of the kill. It's what most of the high-scorers in the RAF possessed.
I suppose an analogy could be programmed into the AI piloting the drone, but I expect a lot of drones would be written off before it was successful. (Though mind you, a drone with no compunction about ramming the opposing plane - and probably with a self-destruct charge to finish the job - would be very useful in Power-to-Power conflict. Not so much in attacking wedding parties.)
"autonomous aircraft" ... so it won't have a remote-control pilot? A la Reapers, and whatnot?
Will it have a Genuine People Personality? Will it write novels and get upset that nobody wants to publish them? Have unlucky love affairs and read bad poetry to hitchhikers strapped into Poetry Appreciation Chairs? Run away from conflict and hide in the deepest basements? (The AI used in the Lord of the Rings movies to animate the Orc armies, gave a lot of them very good survival instincts. They headed away from mass conflicts.)
This obviously needs deep, deep thought ... call the mice and find if they've got any good ideas.
It's so the pilots/avionics managers on board the blessed thing can brush up on their chat-up lines with the local NS/AI (Natural Stupidity/Artificial Intelligence) while penetrating deep, deep into emeny airspace:
You will respect mah authoritah! The enema of mah enema is mah friend!
Have to say you're right.On a network where everything is connected, it's the Travelling Salesman Problem. Which is the quickest way in, and through? Alternatively, which way in is the least troublesome, and which leaves the least traces?
But of course, your submission was entirely in the spirit of the documents the Founding Fathers produced, even if they hardly believed in them themselves, and that spirit's the spirit of a terrorist these days - Corporations Good, Common Citizens Bad.
Just ask the US Supreme Leader before whom all the ... excuse me while I barf ...
The whole point of copyright is to reward authors
Which raises the question: how do they reward the author who's died in the meantime? If I write a novel or a history or a textbook of some sort, or a piece of music, then die, how am I to be rewarded? And the publishers sit on a vast number of texts of varying quality that have one thing in common - their authors are dead. How do they get rewarded?
that complete fabrication
I'm surprised you're surprised. The RIAA got several rather dead musicians to sign some rather public ads saying they liked what the RIAA was doing. The idea that the dead can vote in the US is merely a sign that they are not in favour of discriminating against the dead. I suspect though that the returning officers manning the polling booths ... learn to look ... the other way when someone three years dead wanders in off the street with his ID card and ticks off the candidates ...
I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't made a hard-hitting documentary on it yet. We can but hope and dream. (Who would George Washington vote for in the coming election? That's what I'd like to know. And Benjamin Franklin, etc ... you don't suppose they'd apply for British passports and vote SNP just to get away from this unholy mess .... :)
Thanks for the laugh. I gave you an upvote for it.
The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological fraud in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human.
They then passed the tooth along to William K. Gregory and Dr. Milo Hellman, who agreed that the tooth belonged to an anthropoid ape more closely related to humans than to other apes. [...] According to these discovered pieces, the tooth belonged neither to a man nor an ape, but to a fossil of an extinct species of peccary called Prosthennops serus.
Actually, Twitter doesn't have to actually publish them outside of a very small number of known addresses, and likewise, only allow those tweets to be retweeted to an equally small number of known addresses. Twitter could effectively allow the Twit-in-Chief to assume he was having the huge influence he's been having, while providing him and his associates in Twittery and their associates with a huge echo chamber for none but themselves.
It's the way contagious diseases are confined.
three holes in the ground. With water at the bottom and rain coming down.
I'm thinking that is should be possible to roll this back the way that enterprising developer did with that phone call scammer chappie. Now they've been so kind as to give us some hints as to where their whereabouts are, or at least their hardware assets are, shurly one could track it down and - turnabout is fair play.
What do people think? Is it possible to infect the ransomware chappies with ransomware?
Relative power in the computer industry has always been assessed by looking at the party/ies making the moves to close the gap. Thus it was easy back in the tail end of the nineties to see that Linux was catching up with Unix and passing it, by the number of Unix suppliers offering Linux compatibility with their Unixen.
Microsoft is now putting in the effort to catch up with Linux on its Windows platform. How the mighty have fallen. It's an admission. The next thing I for one want, is the source trees of obsolete MS Windows OSes, system development tools, and productivity tools under the GPL or something equivalent, with "software patent" protection, so everybody can play around with them. It's what's happened with early Unix.
The very next step in the DirectX thing will be to incorporate it into the X Window System tool chest, of course, and sooner or later, porting games to Linux and thus gaming on Linux will be so much easier.
Try doing that sort of stunt in the US and the mighty labor union will be all over you like an itch in places you can't scratch.
Actually it's more probably the relative cost of living in the bigly advanced West versus a relative new-comer like China. If such-and-such a place has cheap and reasonably functional apartment buildings for hundreds of thousands of workers, and food isn't overly expensive, and it also has a lot of work, it will get the work and the workers. Compare that with the overall level of entitlement in the West, where even slum landlords like The Donald Itself expect to live like kings ...
After five or so decades of union-busting morons in public office, and the price of living going up like a 4th July Fireworks Extravaganza, the West has got the industrial relations it wanted, and deserved, and the industrial developments it deserves: none worth commenting on.
High performance aircraft engines for example.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they got that sorted out soon. They've been licensing - then pirating - Soviet, now Russian jet engine technology to make their own aircraft, and some of that Russian jet technology is quite awesome - compressors that don't stall in spite of sudden drastic changes in air flow into the intakes (Cobra, Sukhoi 27) ... give them time ...
And Antarctic bases, and the like
It's not all that different from those activities, in that nobody claims a trawler in the middle of the Atlantic or the Pacific or Indian Oceans needs to have its nation-state of origin claim sovereignty over the waters it fishes. It's also got some sanity that way - when any given site is several light-minutes away from Earth, the only way any given Earth Power could issue commands and expect to be obeyed is by taking over the CCC of any given spacecraft, or disabling and destroying it through DEWs like lasers or such.
Be interesting to see if they "extend" the peaceable conflict resolution to Earth Orbit instead of having the braindead temerity of the Dubbya Regime and claiming it for the US.
but I was asked once by a friend at this non-profit I was working for, to fix her home PC, which had stoped working.
I got there and discovered that the power switch had broken off. Supergluing it back together got it back up and running. I didn't really think I did anything ...
What about the threat posed by Dihydrogen Monoxide?
How is it that this very stable genius and Chosen One (prophesied by no less than PT Barnum; There's one born every minute, no less!!!) has not been informed of the dangers of this chemical compound? I'm sure he will produce a Presidential Degree banning this dangerous chemical once it is pointed out to him.
Come on, we all are in desperate need of a good belly laugh this coronavirus season!
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