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Techmology and Scientism / So M$ finally forced the 8.1 update...
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:56:49 am »
And now I can't play video files  :argh!: Windows media player no longer understands what a media file is. VLC can play video but not sound. Yeah, I know - linux and I'd be sorely tempted if it wasn't for the empirical fact that linux desktop is abject shit. Any other suggestions?

Literate Chaotic / KLF - The Manual
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:57:23 am »
How to have a number one the easy way.

The simplest classification given to studios is the amount of tracks their tape machines have. This can be either four, eight, sixteen,twenty four, thirty two or forty eight track studios. Four, eight and sixteen track are only used for making demos these days and demos area thing of the past. You will find engineers everywhere trying to impress you with the fact that "Sergeant Pepper" was recorded on a four track. This is of course is as relevant as the fact that no JCB's were used in the construction of the Great Pyramid.

Techmology and Scientism / Digitised nematode brain in a robot
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:16:50 am »
So I've been following the open worm project for a while but somehow missed the fact that they'd hooked up the 300 neuron connectome model to a robot. So the robot hits a wall and backs away. Doesn't sound like much. Pretty sure I could write code to make this happen in a couple of mins but here's the awesome bit - nobody coded anything. The "worm" decided on it's own! Pretty cool!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / So black friday...
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:12:47 pm »
News is a proper lulzfest right now (so much so I'm actually watching it)

In a nutshell UK retailers have imported the great american tradition of slashing prices for a day then inviting everyone to come along to the stores and beat the shit out each other.

So that's how it was advertised and it's scotland so, in the interests of keeping alive our culture of drunken violence, my fellow countrymen took the retailers up on their generous offer of somewhere to go and kick fuck out each other.

So a couple of stores got a bit trashed in the process and there was plenty carnage. As advertised. Now the retailers are all upset cos... they got what they asked for?


So I'm sitting with P3nTw1F3 watching Interstellar at the local cinema last night and it's 15 mins from the end and the movie has been pretty fucking sweet so far and then suddenly it freezes and we're left staring at a frozen image of Anne Hathaway while the staff try in vain to get mission control down south to reboot the projector. Turns out the IP tards don't trust local staff to run their projection systems, just in case they nip back after hours and shoot a telesync for piratebay so the upshot is I'm going to have to nip along to piratebay tonight and download a telesync just so I can find out how the fucking movie ends  :argh!:

In the meantime. Feel free to regail me with outlandish tales of what happens in the final 15 mins.

Techmology and Scientism / Rosetta has landed!
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:05:49 pm »

Bring and Brag / Human
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:27:25 pm »
I stand here disconnected
and the visions fall like rain
there's a quiet desperation
flicker knives on feet of shame

You twist my head rejected
whisper solitude insane
I join the revolution
and I ride the crazy train

And the devils bring tomorrow
as the gods steal yesterday
This is not the world we dreamed of
It's the reason humans pray

Your touch ignites my terror
self loathing rears it's head
Fragile silken barbs of will
twist and tear the words you said

See the fool who stands before you
spend your pity on his lies
Drifting consequence of knowledge
as we spit our last goodbyes

And the devils give us feelings
as the gods build fires of hate
We are slaves to our emotions
this is every human's fate

Techmology and Scientism / Promising development in solar
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:57:39 pm »
two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal

Here was me thinking materials science was all about the nanotubes and the graphene but fuck me there's so much more to it than that!  :eek:

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Reconventional Wisdom
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:55:57 pm »
What if some of the things that have always been wrong in the past aren't wrong any more?

Conversely, what if some of the things that we believe to be good ideas have become bad ones in current times?

What if, maybe, some things that even failed spectacularly one or more times only failed because of when they happened, the historical environment they happened in?

What if there's a whole bunch of stuff that's always been absolutely true and generally accepted to be true for so long that nobody thinks about it any more and merely dismisses the notion out of hand?

What if mixed in with flying cats and being able to walk through walls, there's some things that actually would be good ideas now?

Maybe it's a political system or an economics system. Maybe it's technological, maybe it's sociological. Logistics...

There's a fuckload of bad ideas out there to choose from. Question is - are they still bad ideas?

Techmology and Scientism / New theory of quantums
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:40:58 am »
Not sure about source website - walking the fine line between science and woo but if the information is accurate, maybe there's an alternative way of quantums that makes a lot more sense to me than copenhagen?

Techmology and Scientism / Welcome to the Machine
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:40:52 pm »
Storage - 160Pb. Latency - 250ns  :eek:

And the OS is open source. Hands up who wants one?

All Our Patent Are Belong To You

20th century industry - Competition was the order of the day. Hardly surprising given we're a warlike species. The keywords were Hostile Takeover, Price Wars, smashing the competition

21st century industry - Is all about collaboration. Keywords are Open Source, Developers, Ecosystem, Partners.

Quantum mindfuck alert!  :eek:

Quote could solve certain problems that could not be solved by any non-quantum computer, even if the entire mass and energy of the universe was at its disposal and molded into the best possible computer.

This is not a proper computer but, in much the same way a GPU isn't a proper computer, it's mindfuckingly fast at a specific narrow subset of computation

First the caveat (the text in white letters on the graph). D-Wave has not built a general-purpose quantum computer. Think of it as an application-specific processor, tuned to perform one task ó solving discrete optimization problems. This happens to map to many real world applications, from finance to molecular modeling to machine learning, but it is not going to change our current personal computing tasks. In the near term, assume it will apply to scientific supercomputing tasks and commercial optimization tasks where a heuristic may suffice today, and perhaps it will be lurking in the shadows of an Internet giantís data center improving image recognition and other forms of near-AI magic. In most cases, the quantum computer would be an accelerating coprocessor to a classical compute cluster.

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