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Re: So, Musk is digging the hole ever deeper
Check out Musk's recent comments about governments in South America. His line "We'll coup whoever we want" pretty much sums it up. Free speech might be the altar at which he worships, but democracy, in whichever country, is something he uses to wipe his backside.
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Re: Version numbers are not what you think
Turn off the auto-crop option in Handbrake, then.
Handbrake takes the native resolution, aspect ratio, and crop parameters provided by the original medium. Its default behaviour then is to abolish letterboxing and whatever it's called when it happens to the left/right borders. Sure it gives odd resolutions but you can't do it both ways.
Another good reason to turn it off is that some codecs give strange artefacts on resolutions that don't have nice aspect ratios.
Let's leave aside your assertion that competence has something to do with whether or not someone has a Y-chromosome.
Helen Toner was on the board essentially to be the ethicist on the board. She appears to have convinced a majority of the board that ethical considerations were being neglected because they weren't compatible with share price targets, a situation ethicists are probably more adept at recognising than most board members. This had consequences according to usual corporate governance, which then got overruled by billionaires when they sensed their power stakes were in jeopardy.
It's like saying Jeff Goldblum was being incompetent for urging caution before the hurricane hit Jurassic Park. Now the lawyer has come in and taken control away from Dickie Attenborough. Let's see if the lawyer gets eaten by a T rex - only the park is the whole planet.
Re: Tail eating
What they are capable of is generating pseudo-references, names of made-up articles in made-up journals, which while being total hogswallop, give the appearance of authority to something which also is likely to be total hogswallop, especially to someone with no ability or desire to check references.
Re: Rome or Vatican?
Until Mussolini came along, Vatican City did not have any of the characteristics of a nation and it can strongly be argued that it still doesn't. Statehood was a legal fiction invented to resolve the "Prisoner in the Vatican" status of consecutive popes after the sovereignty of the Papal States was subsumed into the (then) Kingdom of Italy. Just like deposed heads of state of other countries were often given a legal status equivalent to ambassadors to avoid embarrassing legal questions being asked, being made head of state of a few ornately decorated buildings was a convenient solution to a diplomatic problem.
Unfortunately it conferred on a politico-religious interest group diplomatic influence hitherto only reserved for real nations, like the right to issue passports, the ability to sign and be party to treaties, to claim diplomatic immunity, to levy its own and avoid other nations taxes, and later, representation in the UN and its committees - something no other religion has, nor deserves.
No one has ever been born, grown up and lived, and died as a citizen of the Vatican City. The idea is inconceivable (pun intended). If every nation in the world cut off diplomatic relations with it tomorrow, nothing would disappear except some unearned privileges. It would also expose whatever is being concealed in certain archives to secular civil law, financial regulation and courts of human rights, something many religious institutions have painstakingly avoided for centuries.
Re: She should get a medal!
The team that developed EncroChat should get a medal. Culture-hacking the criminal class - "Oh, there's an app / a phone for that, and I got it from a mate so it must be legit" - was an act of genius. They were literally pyramid selling compromised comms word-of-mouth from crim to crim. No-one who was not a crim was compromised by this, because only crims a) needed it and b) found out about it.
I suspect they hit this individual with as hard a sentence as they could because it was like the Enigma secret. Once it got out that it was compromised, the word was out, the system would change and any advantage would be lost, possibly compromising operations in progress.
Great while it lasted, though.
Re: Not just that
All of what you describe is a subset of Micros~1's ruling philosophy - it's not your computer. Use of their software renders it their computer, which they are allowing you to use for a license fee.
Everything from telemetry and advertising embedded in the browser and OS, to updates forced upon users at arbitrary times, to forced overrides of users' autonomy just as you describe: the sign of the arrogance of a rent-seeking landlord that has successfully turned itself into an overlord.
506 years later...
82. Why does not the Zuck empty his profiles, for the sake of holy love and of the dire need of the users that are there, if he redeems an infinite number of users for the sake of miserable money with which to build a Website? The former reasons would be most just; the latter is most trivial.
Show me an instance where intubating a COVID-19 patient in type 1 respiratory failure killed them, rather than the cause of their hypoxia.
If someone in that situation dies because of failed intubation, they were probably
- predictably difficult airways to begin with
- already had underlying airways disease
- already had other immune compromise
- in the hands of an inexperienced operator (tends to happen when the demand for people who need it increases more than 10-fold)
and most importantly
- incipiently or already in respiratory arrest
If there's one lesson critical care specialists took out of managing COVID in the setting of respiratory failure, it was to intubate while there is still enough respiratory reserve to manage the stress of intubation. It gets really hard to do that when every ventilator in the hospital, including the old retired anaesthetic machines from the cupboard out the back, are in use. Hence lockdowns. One of the lives they saved might have been yours. Dead people don't get angry about their "rights" being taken away.
Re: Darwin in action
About 50% of the population have an IQ < 100. Their votes are worth the same as those of any highly stable geniuses out there.
If you have an argument that says they shouldn't be, I'd love to hear how it's different from valuing votes differently based on place of residence, money/property, heredity, skin colour, religion, or any other suspect categorisation.
Fraud doesn't get any less criminal for being less difficult.
I have a perfect test
My nose is a 100% sensitive COVID detector.
If I sniff anyone who asks and say "you have COVID", my test will be positive in 100% of people who have the disease and I would not be defrauding anyone by saying my nose is 100% COVID sensitive, nor even by marketing as such.
My specificity would be horrible, though. Don't believe me as the inventor of my test - do your research and understand your subject.
Re: Musk had failed to adequately disclose Twitter stock purchase?
Painting a target on your back with "Shoot Me" written underneath doesn't qualify as martyrdom. His idea of freedom ends when it stops applying to him.
"Not me, because rich" is a cry for sympathy from someone who thinks the rules are there to persecute those without power, not protect the less powerful. Sympathy comes to the likes of Musk from people who have a problem with rules in general. They tend to forget that the rules are there to protect everybody, even them, and even the billionaires, who incidentally won't hesitate to run to a court if they feel someone has hurt their feelings, let alone their interests.
You have to be careful in your choice of heroes, they might turn out to be ordinary people.
Re: "The NHS suffers from a chronic shortage of anesthetists"
You can't even talk to the Rottweilers without listening to the voice on hold telling you, "If this is an emergency, dial 000 and ask for an ambulance, or proceed to your nearest emergency department."
So then you have the paradox of the underinformed and sometimes misinformed, seeking information, being told to use their own judgement about whether or not what is happening to them is an emergency.
Speaking as one who runs an ED and fields the phone calls to hospitals, I get very used to saying "I can't tell how serious things are over the phone, so if you're worried come in and we'll check it out."
If they're worried enough to call, it deserves at least that much careful consideration. It can take some time and effort to work out if it is an emergency or not, even once you get to see a doctor. Trying to explain the 4-hour waiting times is a whole other story.
Karl Popper says
The full expansion of this story is:
Observation has failed to refute the hypothesis that we are living in a simulation. If this hypothesis is true, however, the design of the simulation has thus far failed to give the game away by demonstrating a repeatable programming error that manifests as a hard contradiction, rather than a weird quirk of existence. No one has yet worked out how one might tell these two apart.