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Comment Re:i/o ports and support (Score 1) 72

The Pie has FreeBSD and other Linux distro support and lots of i/O to hook up other peripherals.

And I was running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a Beagle Bone Black in April of '04 (although its userland was running on a somewhat back-versioned kernel for a couple months until the guy doing the kernel ports got the proper one fully ported).

The Black is not the first Beagle Bone version, either, and it was running Debian Linux from the first time I encountered it. It has lots of I/O hookup opportunities - including onboard USB, Ethernet, video, and lots of GPIOs that can be configured to provide several serial ports and a number of buses, in addition to lots of wiggle wires. And you can stack peripheral boards on it, as well.

Plug in a wall wart, USB hub, keyboard, mouse, monitor, (and, if 4 or 8 Gigabytes of file systems feels too cramped, a USB drive or mount a filesystem from a fileserver). Bingo: a full-blown desktop system with about the power of a cellphone and smaller than a pack of cigarettes (excluding all the stuff you plugged into it, of course).

Which is not to say it's the best choice. it's just one I happen to be familiar with. There are a number of single-board machines out there. Cellphone processor technology is too powerful, cheap, and available to NOT be plowshared.

Comment Re:yeah and how are they going to pay for it? (Score 1) 62

The obvious solution would be to build a dyke across the Pentland Firth coupled with a bit more pumped storage for which there is ample resources for and Scotland could easily get 100% of it's electricity from renewable's. There is more tidal options in the Solway Firth but that would need to be shared with England I guess.

Full electrification of the railways in Scotland would help too; at least it's an easy win.

Scotland has for decades got well over 20% of it's electricity from renewables. There is a potential to take that well over 100% and sell it south of the border. In fact the UK as a whole has tremendous potential for tidal, with the Severn, Mersey and Conway offering really significant generation opportunities, it would be piss easy to push the UK as a whole well over 50% from tidal alone.

Comment Re:Some of us know how to use PGP in a real client (Score 2) 26

Yep, that was what I was hinting at -- of course one can not securely interoperate with other services using plain old STMP, but I hoped they would add secure link between any two of their internal customers, with plausible deniability that they ever communicated.

As to "innocence" of metadata, a required (and educational!) read that I am sure you have seen, but others might have not: https://kieranhealy.org/blog/a...

Paul B.

Comment Re:I know I'm pigeon holing here (Score 1) 169

Being worse off than they otherwise would have been. The devaluation of Sterling is going to make me personally hundreds of pounds a year worse off. Fortunately I am in a position to be able to afford it, at the cost of a lower standard of living. However all those JAM's (just about managing) are going to have problems, as prices go up on just about everything from food, to clothing, electrical goods, fuel etc. Reasonable economists are predicting inflation of 5% this year. So far much of the impact of the currency shift has been shielded by six months of hedging. That has all run out now.

Aldo there are already companies that have gone to the wall under the pressure of the currency devaluation, and with the hard Brexit May and her cronies seem to be pursuing as they seem to have no idea what a non tariff barrier to trade or a technical barrier to trade is and the effect these will have on UK industry should we simply fall out the common market and customs union without deals in place that are incredibly unlikely to be concluded in less than two years we could easily loose six million jobs in the UK as the economy goes into free fall when trade with the EU grinds to a snails pace.

Comment Re: Bradley Manning needs a HOSTS file (Score 2) 382

Yes there is. It's not a right-left test, but there's a near-perfect match between gender and specific neurological features. In a higher than expected number by chance, people who think they are mentally female are female in structural and functional studies. Likewise, people who believe themselves male have a male brain.

I try not to get too annoyed at dogmatic statements, but unless I specifically defer, I have a comprehensive archive of published literature from high-standing sources. Don't rip on me unless you know either my interpretation is wrong (it happens) or you plan on publishing a peer-reviewed rebuttal on each particular of relevance.

The first of those has happened a few times. Let's see if you can bring it up into double digits. Feel free, but remember that you're dealing solely with article facts and my interpretation. Where I used other sources, pick any peer-reviewed paper that covers the same basic aspect of brain development concerned (i.e. neuron type is indicated by chemical transmitter, it is not hardwired into the genome. Doesn't matter if it is the one I used or not. Falsify it. Better yet, falsify it and get the scientist or magazine to retract it for further work.

Ok, you should now be at the point where you accept the data sets I used. That just leaves two options. If the seat of the mind is in the brain, then a female brain must have a female mind, regardless of Y chromosomes, appendages and birty certificate.

The only other option is to falsify that, to argue that the mind is independent of brain. If you choose this, please choose to announce it at a medical school outside the brain surgery department after a very taxing practical, shortly before exams. Contrary views are nothing to worry about.

Finally,You can just let the basis be, the chain of reasoning be, but then you have to accept the conclusion.

Let me know your preference.

Comment Re:End of the glaciation was ten thousand years ag (Score 1) 266

1) The Earth is usually a lot hotter than it is right now. We are climbing out of an ice age.

We "climbed out of an ice age" (that is, came out of the glaciation) ten thousand years ago.

You didn't look at the graphs in the referenced article, did you?

By those graphs we STARTED climbing out of an ice age back then but we still have a long way to go. So they support the poster's claim, not yours.

Comment Re:EVEN TILLERSON says it's real. (Score 2) 266

The issue is settled, mankind's massive emissions affect mankind's environment, Earth.

a: If it's "settled", it's not science.

The only question now is what the fuck are we going to do about it, and who can we trust not to line their pocket on both sides of that line?

"Only" question? There are a HELL of a lot of steps between "mankind's activity affects the planet's temperature" and "It's a disaster that must immediately be fixed by crippling the economy and instituting totalitarian control on human activity by governments".

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