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Comment And now maybe we'll know why ... (Score 5, Interesting) 110

And now maybee we'll know why it's been so hard for Open Source developers to get information on writing their own against-the-metal drivers for telephony radios and startup modules (BIOS, EFI/UEFI, etc.)

It has long been suspected that was not just proprietary info-walling, but to reduce chances of discovery of backdoors and persistent threats imposed in the name of spying.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 412

To tell the truth, I think that the "Universe is a simulation" is just the latest creationist effort. In a simulation, dinosaurs can be put in the ground just for fun, bioogical relations are just that way because the great simulator in the sky wants them that way, and the apparent age of the universe, speed of light, and radioactivity are all 100 percent arbitrary.

So if the universe is a simulation, there is no reason why the Abrahamic God didn't create it in October 4004 b.c.e. as determined by Usher so it is now science, and must be taught in the nation's classrooms. The Bible is now the scientific description of a scientific simulation program.

The simulated universe conjecture doesn't lend anything new to the believers of the supernatural that they don't already have.

What does God need with a starship (or simulation)?

If existing, it could do all that without a simulation. So any evidence for a simulation would be evidence against it being a supreme being.

And it would go against the tenets of free will. Granted, some flavors of godbothering believe in predestination, but most claim there's free will, including creationists.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 1) 412

She's demanding that idiots stop saying we might be living in a simulation, without any proof.

You don't need proof. That's not how science work. You should have evidence supporting the conjecture.
And we have that. As an example, an original universe hypothesis doesn't have any guesses for why quantum mechanics operate with probabilities and collapsing the waveform. A simulated universe does: You don't have to keep track of every particle but can wait until it is observed.

There's no compelling reason why an original universe hypothesis should be the null hypothesis. It's requires more complexity, because you can only simulate something with less complexity than you have, which makes an original universe the most complex possibility.
Add to that that you can have an unthinkably high number of simulated universes running under a single original universe, and many of these can also have simulated universes, until you reach a complexity that's low enough that you can't run a simulation in it. The mediocrity principle then dictates that the null hypothesis should be that we belong to one of the many, and not the unique one.

It is thus the original universe hypothesis that is an extraordinary claim that needs to be backed with extraordinary evidence. Not the other way around.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 4, Interesting) 114

Actually, I have, and would rather use Motif thatn GNOME.

I do use mwm. It works great. They haven't broken things like being able to paste into a window without changing z-order.
I also use a hammer that isn't painted a uniform color and doesn't play El Condor Pasa when I hit something.
It's not about bells and whistles, it's about productivity.


GNOME 3.24 Released ( 114

prisoninmate quotes a report from Softpedia: GNOME 3.24 just finished its six-month development cycle, and it's now the most advanced stable version of the modern and popular desktop environment used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions. It was developed since October 2016 under the GNOME 3.23.x umbrella, during which it received numerous improvements. Prominent new features of the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment include a Night Light functionality that promises to automatically shift the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after sunset, and a brand-new GNOME Control Center with redesigned Users, Keyboard and Mouse, Online Accounts, Bluetooth, and Printer panels. As for the GNOME apps, we can mention that the Nautilus file manager now lets users browse files as root (system administrator), GNOME Photos imitates Darktable's exposure and blacks adjustment tool, GNOME Music comes with ownCloud integration and lets you edit tags, and GNOME Calendar finally brings the Week view. New apps like GNOME Recipes are also part of this release. The full release notes can be viewed here. Softpedia notes in conclusion: "As mentioned before, it will take at least a couple of weeks for the new GNOME 3.24 packages to land on the stable repositories of your favorite distro, which means that you'll most probably be able to upgrade from GNOME 3.22 when the first point release, GNOME 3.24.1, is out on April 12, 2017."

Nintendo Is Repairing Left Joy-Cons With ... a Piece of Foam? ( 89

While Nintendo remains silent on the issue of some left Joy-Con controllers becoming desynced from the Switch console, it appears it has a solution for those affected. No, it's not avoidance of aquariums or all other wireless devices; instead, it's apparently as simple as a foam sticker placed in the right spot. From a report: Early reviews and, later, actual retail units of the Nintendo Switch highlighted an apparent hardware flaw in the design of the left Joy-Con controller. In certain scenarios -- like when played some distance from the console using the Joy-Con Grip -- some left Joy-Cons could lose sync and players would find themselves unable to accurately control what's happening on the screen. While a day one console update fixed this issue for some, it's remained for others and Nintendo has done little to assuage would-be consumers that it's solved the issue for good. But, a Joy-Con sent in for repair by CNET's Sean Hollister was returned with one small enhancement a week later and -- lo and behold -- it works. That enhancement: A small piece of conductive foam.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 1) 412

Unlike simulations of, say, climate, the universe being a simulation requires that every aspect of everything be quantified and that those quantities be stored in some manner.

That's not required. Why would you think it is?
All that is needed is to generate the minimal amount of data that's observed, with the minimal level of accuracy needed, for the minimal number of simulated observers.
Simulating you and all your input is presumably a lighter task than simulating the universe. But for you, it will be the universe.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 1) 412

So what you're saying is that philosophers need to study exploits that run on a VM to get admin privileges on the hypervisor...

Yes. And one way of figuring out how that can be achieved might be to use our own VM as a hypervisor for running other VMs under, so we can study ways of breaching out from both sides. And perhaps that's what's we are for.

Comment Re:Explain Trump (Score 2) 412

If the universe is a simulation then one can speculate on the purpose of the simulation. A good bet, based on our own world, would be it's a role playing game. If so the "players" are presumably the Elites in the game. A logical conclusion for any non-player character, such as yourself would then be that your highest calling in life is to become a groupie. That role is the only role that has any meaning beyond window dressing.

I wouldn't bet on that. Because it's easier to simulate a single brain and its input than it is to simulate Life, the Universe and Everything, my thinking is that the overwhelming number of simulations will be of individual brains. I.e. a solipsistic simulation. I don't exist other than as input for your brain, while you are the only one in your simulation that exist.

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