## Comment Re:This is why I block ads (Score 1) 110

I block ads via noscript and request policy, not via adblock. So content from untrusted domains gets blocked, but not ads hosted by the site itself.

I agree. I feel that murder is wrong not from some inherent wrongness, but because it denies the victim of the right to life, the right to free thought (they're dead), the right to free speech (they're dead), etc, etc. It is this ultimate denial of rights (well, except the right to remain silent) that makes murder wrong.

While you can fly a plane without the rudder landing it is going to be nearly impossible. Pitch & roll can combine to make a yaw, but it takes space and time you won't have during landing if you want to stay on the runway.

Well, a new substance or particle that creates the observed effects of dark matter would very likely require new physics. For example, there is no dark matter candidate particle proposed by the Standard Model, though other theories and modifications of the SM do propose possible DM particles. These would be new physics.

It's theoretically possible, but you'd have to mod minecraft to allow more than a 21x21 chunk area to be loaded at once, otherwise the computer won't have enough space to have enough memory.

I vaguely recall at least one, but it has helped. I still prefer Foxit, Sumatra, or Okular due to speed anyway.

That, and most math journals I've seen provide a LaTeX style to use (most just use the AMS stylesheet.) This takes care of the formatting nicely.

KeePass allows the use of key files on USB drives (or any drive.) This allows you to control the password safe, and the key file needed for authentication forms the second (something you have) factor.

Windows got better, and fixed most of the easy exploits. Flash got a bit better, and fixed most of the easy exploits. Java and Acrobat Reader are still easy to find exploits in.We'll see what comes next.

Systems with an upper bound in energy have fewer possible configurations at or near the highest energy state, so the probability of remaining in one of those few configurations as opposed to the many, many more lower-energy configurations is low.

The SCOTUS has in the past declared that products of nature, including mathematics, are unpatentable. That's the second definition.

The first definition is actually not a definition, it's implied by the Church-Turing thesis. While widely accepted that isn't (and can't be) proven, but we've never yet found a counterexample.

A short, informal proof:

A Turing machine can perform any computation that could be performed by a Bounded Storage Machine, such as any modern computer.

The set of computations that can be performed by a Turing machine is equivalent to that of the Lambda Calculus.

The Lambda calculus is a form of mathematics.

Therefore, the Lambda calculus can perform any computation that a computer can perform.

Since all software is a series of computations, all software can be transformed into the Lambda Calculus.

Therefore, all software is equivalent to mathematics.

The first definition is actually not a definition, it's implied by the Church-Turing thesis. While widely accepted that isn't (and can't be) proven, but we've never yet found a counterexample.

A short, informal proof:

A Turing machine can perform any computation that could be performed by a Bounded Storage Machine, such as any modern computer.

The set of computations that can be performed by a Turing machine is equivalent to that of the Lambda Calculus.

The Lambda calculus is a form of mathematics.

Therefore, the Lambda calculus can perform any computation that a computer can perform.

Since all software is a series of computations, all software can be transformed into the Lambda Calculus.

Therefore, all software is equivalent to mathematics.

I have /. set to display all my foes with an extra +1 to their score. I want to see what people I generally disagree with have to say.

The only way we're likely to eliminate such impulses is through genetic engineering.

True, but it also shows that the idea isn't totally invalid.

In the case of a computer virus the mechanics are closer to intelligent design or guided evolution, but there's still a selection function (AV detection/removal) and a change rate (new versions of the virus, or polymorphic code that changes itself in a pseudorandom fashion.)

Over time viruses get better at evading antivirus, and with broadly applied but weak antivirus (eg, the availability of virustotal.com) "resistant" or evasive versions will come to dominate.

So evolution is a reasonable analogy, though obviously imperfect.

In the case of a computer virus the mechanics are closer to intelligent design or guided evolution, but there's still a selection function (AV detection/removal) and a change rate (new versions of the virus, or polymorphic code that changes itself in a pseudorandom fashion.)

Over time viruses get better at evading antivirus, and with broadly applied but weak antivirus (eg, the availability of virustotal.com) "resistant" or evasive versions will come to dominate.

So evolution is a reasonable analogy, though obviously imperfect.

It can still be a good idea to have AV software on a server, but it should likely be limited to scanning user-produced content. E-mail and file servers are good options for antivirus, the internal HR database server not so much.

Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team