Irony deals with opposites; it has nothing to do with coincidence. If two baseball players from the same hometown, on different teams, receive the same uniform number, it is not ironic. It is a coincidence. If Barry Bonds attains lifetime statistics identical to his fatherâ(TM)s it will not be ironic. It will be a coincidence. Irony is "a state of affairs that is the reverse of what was to be expected; a result opposite to and in mockery of the appropriate result." For instance:
* If a diabetic, on his way to buy insulin, is killed by a runaway truck, he is the victim of an accident. If the truck was delivering sugar, he is the victim of an oddly poetic coincidence. But if the truck was delivering insulin, ah! Then he is the victim of an irony.
* If a Kurd, after surviving bloody battle with Saddam Husseinâ(TM)s army and a long, difficult escape through the mountains, is crushed and killed by a parachute drop of humanitarian aid, that, my friend, is irony writ large.
* Darryl Stingley, the pro football player, was paralyzed after a brutal hit by Jack Tatum. Now Darryl Stingleyâ(TM)s son plays football, and if the son should become paralyzed while playing, it will not be ironic. It will be coincidental. If Darryl Stingleyâ(TM)s son paralyzes someone else, that will be closer to ironic. If he paralyzes Jack Tatumâ(TM)s son that will be precisely ironic.
The late and great, George Carlin.
Then, if I need to preserve Linux file settings I'll zip, tar, or cpio and store them on the stick that way.
Good idea, but a pain in the neck if you need to moved files often, as I do. My solution for two machines in particular (one Fedora, one WinXP) was to install an ext2 driver on the Windows box --- http://www.fs-driver.org/ --- and use ext2 on the USB key. Permissions are retained.
Native, as in I can toss a stick over to a Mac-loving coworker and expect it to work without intervention.
If Apple includes ntfs-3g in OSX 10.7, that's different.
On that criterion, NTFS on Linux fails too, since not all distributions include r/w NTFS support by default. At least in both cases it's fairly simple to install the necessary software.
Hopefully future versions of OS X will have read/write NTFS support built-in.
If you simulate an atomic blast it sufficient resolution do you get real radiation as a result? Nope. If you simulate a human brain at sufficient resolution do you get real sentience as a result? Same answer.
When you fire an atomic weapon, your desired output is widescale destruction. Correct, a simulation doesn't give you that.
When you simulate an intelligent being, your desired output is its inferences. The simulation does give you that (if you do it well enough).
Of course, I should add that it's not helpful to focus on simulating human brains. It's like saying, "Heavier-than-air human flight is easy. You just have to build good enough mechanical replicas of hawks, and then get a flock of them to tow someone."
In other words, yes, it's true -- that is the upper bound on the engineerng difficulty of the problem. But we can, and most likely will, solve the problem by better understanding the phenomenon in question, and then using that understanding to come up with something easier to build than than a mimic of a biological system.
Maybe Microsoft's new strategy is to split and balkanize the open-source community with a bunch of conflicting licenses and communities.
Microsoft doesn't need to do that. The open-source community has been doing that just fine by themselves for years now.
... doesn't seem to be working so well against open-source stuff. Maybe Microsoft's new strategy is to split and balkanize the open-source community with a bunch of conflicting licenses and communities.
Division, Discord, and Destruction
"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"