Meanwhile, In Kashmir
India hits back with bullets and bayonets, rather than the 'spicket'.
Indian officials said elite troops crossed into Pakistan-ruled Kashmir on Thursday and killed suspected militants preparing to infiltrate and carry out attacks on major cities, in a surprise raid that raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Sep 29 20:49:00 2016 (vZvpB)
Spigot, faucet, water tap. I don't think 'spicket' is a real word, but it's a colloquialism here in the south. Hence the 'quotie-poos' around the word. in any event it's referring to the linked story about the Indians contemplating the shutting off of the Indus river.
Ram was one of the most powerful of the Ogre tribe despite having only one horn (Rem WAS one of the weakest, as is normal for a one horned ogre) However she lost her horn in battle and now has very limited abilities. She cannot for instance grow a horn, have her eyes glow, snort sulphurous smoke and conceal a morning-star the size of her head with which to shred opponents with ease. She can cook though, is quite literate and she has clarivoyance.
Questions for Tech People
I saw this on Instapundit and immediately thought of the Battle of Midway, the Verona transcripts and Bletchley Park.
The language follows step-by-step, logically, and can be tested just like a mathematical proof. So why is this formal verification essentially hack-proof? Because most hacks are made by exploiting bugs and errors in code. Code thatâ€™s gone through this process, with this approach, is supposed to be bug-proof. So there are no holes for hackers to exploit, because the code just works.
In your professional opinion, how applicable (as a practical matter) would this be to the IT industry in general?
Do any of the IT people reading this blog think that the "Internet of Things" is a cracking good idea which will provide benefits far surpassing its potential security risks and bot-farm potential?
Would it be a good idea or a waste of time to make a class or 2 in code mandatory in highschool? If so what language would you reccomend? Does it matter that much?
I'm not a fan of formal verification. It was around as long as the idea of Tokamak was. And... Same result. A interesting demos, nothing practical. Meanwhile the computing has developed enormously. Frankly at this point I'm beginning to suspect that verification is a snake oil.
1) Formal verification doesn't scale well, and to do it properly, you'd have to start at the firmware level for each piece of hardware in your system, and work your way up through the device drivers, operating system, compilers, and libraries. By the time you finished vetting a machine to run your "hack-proof" code on, all the parts would be obsolete.
2) Most Things should only be on a local or personal area network, and have no direct access to the Internet. NAT's a good model, despite all the IPv6 weenies trying to assign a unique global address to your toaster and fridge. Remote access to your Things should not be through a cloud service, but through an encrypted channel to your gateway device. Also, don't buy Things from a company that doesn't have a good track record for long-term security update support (which today pretty much means "don't buy Things").
3) Waste of time. Give them classes in statistics, critical thinking, and discrete math instead, and they can apply those skills anywhere, including learning to code in whatever language is trendy this week. As a bonus, they'd be resistant to scams and most political arguments.
4) The people who want control over the Internet want control over how people use it, so "no".
Fads in computer science come and go. "Proving code" has been around for a hell of a long time, but as J says, the problem with it is that it's too expensive and it doesn't scale well.
It takes an absurd amount of time and a huge staff. And the cost and time grow faster than 1:1 as the project size increases.
The best crafted software I know of was the operating code for the Shuttle onboard computer. The system had five CPUs, four of which came from one company and the fifth from another. They were independent designs.
The code that ran on them was written twice, once for each architecture. And the system was constantly self-checking, not just that all five computers agreed and got the same answer but also that they got it at the same time. Just an amazing system.
And the very first test launch of the shuttle, with two test pilots on board, was scrubbed at the last minute because of a computer problem. The one computer decided that the four computers were taking too long and it hit the stop button. (Of course, it wouldn't have done that if they were already flying, but before launch it was the right response.)
It turned out the one computer was right, too. The software for the four computers had to be rewritten.
Any experienced programmer knows that "bug-free code" is a phantasm. It's long been a truism that if your code has no bugs, it's because it's trivial. Any non-trivial sofware will eventually fail.
I think there's room for... not the Internet of Things as it's currently envisioned (I don't need my fridge ordering groceries), but a more distributed computer system.
Right now I do just about all my computing sitting at my computer. That's mostly because a lot of it is gaming, and well, a tower is the only thing that can run this stuff at 4K. But a lot of the simpler stuff, especially a lot of the communication stuff, could be distributed throughout the apartment without too much trouble. The only real problem is figuring out what kind of displays, etc., would do the job most easily... and the fact that a lot of the software is assuming "you're using only one device right now and that's this one." Even if I had a tablet in every room, most of the chat stuff would interpret each one as a separate login and kick the rest off, so I couldn't just go from room to room and continue a conversation without a lot of logging in and out, etc.
There's also the question of utility. How much would that really be worth to me? What's the added advantage of that kind of setup versus "main desktop, and a tablet or laptop you can use elsewhere"?
Forget teaching coding in high school. We'd do better to teach personal finance (though that would lead to a lot of awkward questions... "Hey, teacher, all the example problems in the book for the benefits of compound interest mention people getting 5% on their savings account, but all the ones they actually offer give .5% instead...")
If we do turn over authority to ICANN, we'd better do so with the proviso "but if you piss us off, we will just take it right back." ;p
Amidst growing tension over Uri attack by Pakistani terrorists on Sunday, a video of the countryâ€™s Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif threatening to use nuclear weapon against India is doing the rounds on social media. The video shows the Pakistani defence minister telling Geo News: "If Pakistanâ€™s security is threatened, we will not hesitate in using tactical (nuclear) weapons.â€
I'm sort of worndering if we could belive the fallout models. The climate models turned out to be utter bunk, since we're emitting top of the line CO2 and the warming is way below the most favourable projections. Like literally stopped basically. Of course the fallout is much shorter term.
True, but these are very short term and based on observed phenomena like wind patterns, volcanic eruptions and the Iraq Oil fires of the early 90's so there is at least decent data going in. I don't think it's as accurate as the tenths of a degree temperature gradient makes it appear, but it gives a good ballpark figure.
This is absolutely one of the most emotionally engaging shows in any medium I've encountered in years. It frequently accomplishes this in a most unusual way (by grabbing ones emotions by the throat, beating them upside the head with some rebar and then staking those concussed and bleeding emotions to a fire ant hill). Yes, this show is quite hard to watch at times, but is extraordinarily well paced and well thought out. Its tone and themes remind me of Ellison's Delusion for a Dragon Slayer, in that the protagonist start's out a person of, at best, mediocre character and quite unfit for what he must face. Unlike that tale however, this is a story about redemption and the fact that we can change. Subaru, the hero, is a really interesting character who learns from his numerous and painful mistakes. He comes to confront his myriad failings and change what he can, and work around those failings he cannot.
Strong women are not a novelty in this day and age, but the heroines (and villainesses) in this show are some of the best, most realistically portrayed in any fantasy series. They are written and talk like actual. umm, women, Emillia, for instance, is quite the awesome and noble character.
And it was nice to be reminded that she can righteously kick ass.
She also comes off as a real woman despite a remarkably limited time onscreen. At one point she saves Subaru's butt for approximately the umpteenth time and he apologizes for thus imposing on her. She replies that an apology is unnecessary...but a "Thank you." would be appreciated. Exchanges like that, actual things that actual humans might actually say, really make this show.
Re: Zero is heartbreaking and terrifying at times, far more so than one would expect given the show's central conceit, but the fact that they can pull that off is a remarkable achievement. Any show can be grim and gritty, but this show uses the horror as a way to move the characters forward and contrast to the show's highs. The writers here do so masterfully.
The show has a bit to say about the nature of love and its complexity including its selfish component, and how pride can toxify anything. The show also deals with the more painful sides of love such as loss.
...and the heartbreak of the friendzone.
Oh...my GOD what an awesome character Rem is. Although she is also very well realized and exquisitely written, her adoration and servant outlook comes off as perhaps too moÌˆe for comfort.
However, her character is really, really well written and she is a truly admirable and courageous character and cute as a button and just all kinds of awesome.
But this is not a harem show, and the one thing that kept Subaru going was his love for Emillia, so this.....OH DAMNIT!!
Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World is a superbly engineered emotional rollercoaster that may cause nausea and night-sweats, but unlike most rollercoasters, which take you back to where you started, this is a terrifyingly thrilling journey to a much better place
While there are some unresolved plot threads, the ending is perfectly satisfying as is. If they decide to do more I'll definitely be watching it.
In 2009, Brickmuppet Blog joined with others in not speaking ill of the dead. While the sentiments expressed in that post are ones we are generally in broad agreement with and are the foundation of civilized civics; in this specific instance and in retrospect, their expression seems to have been an embarrassingly ill-informed decision for which we at Brickmuppet Blog most sincerely apologize.
Kennedyâ€™s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. "The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,â€ the memorandum stated. "These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.â€
Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers...
The first remake hit it out of the park. Yamato 2199 was both inspiring an intelligent. It was quite faithful to the original series while being sufficiently different to genuinely surprise the fans. It was one of the best military themed shows of the last several years. Now they are doing what certainly looks to be a similar reimagining of season 2.
Meanwhile: The Ceasefire in Syria Continues Apace
The U.S. may or may not have hit a Syrian army unit. The Russian's, who hit a U.S. airbase back in July have probably hit an aid convoy. The Russian carrier is en route to the area, the Chinese have gotten involved. We have troops on the ground, in Syria, a country whose government we have said we are going to overthrow, which is an ally of Russia who also has troops on the ground protecting Syria by shooting at the Jihadists we are ostensibly backing while we fight the mostly different crazy-nuts jihadis in ISIS which Russia is also fighting without any coordination with us so Russian and U.S. troops are on opposite sides of a civil war, armed and shooting at people who are trying to kill them in an area in which at least twofactions are using poison gas.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!?
(As an aside, the King of Spain technically carries a subsidiary title of Archduke, so we should probably guard him quite closely...just as a precaution.)
One of the Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes has thoughts on this astounding revelation.
"Be advised that 'Neck of the woods' in this context refers to being on the same continent and "exist" here is not the layman's usage but the definition from the cryptozoologists style guide, specifically... "someone got a very fuzzy video they claim is of something that is generally considered fictional or extinct"....Also, Pixy has not yet died horribly despite the fact that Australia already has a random encounter table much like Skull Island so a marsupial analog to a hyena is likely not of any concern to him."
Minami-san is one of my favorite characters in Haifuri, and certainly the most unusual. She's 12 years old, for one thing, and she's a super-genius. She skipped a bunch of grades and has, by this point, graduated from university. (I think she might have an MD.)
She's the one who figured out what was really going on AND she's the one who came up with a solution for it. She's got brains, and she's also got guts. She's part of Harekaze's boarding party which saves three ships.
Also her seiyuu is one of my favorites, who also does the voice of Yukikaze in Dog Days.
She's an excellent choice for being a science babe, because the character actually is one.
All Science Babes are 18 Years or Older. Proof Of Age is On File Nowhere That We Are Aware of, However, The Fact That They Are All Imaginary and Cartoons Gives Us Some Leeway on This Topic so as a Matter of Policy All Science Babes Are 18 Years or Older.
Regarding the video, the tail is what makes it possible. That is not a dogs tail. Compare to this Tasmanian Tiger footage from 1933.
Note that it could actually be a fox with a tail rendered hairless due to mange or somesuch. The person who took the footage mentioned stripes but I can't see any.It doesn't open it's mouth, which would decide the matter, it seems to move like a fox, but this animal is lame and appears to be nursing an injured foot which might account for the foxlike gait.
It's inconclusive but interesting.
I have to admit, and I'm sure you will note I have tended to be a pessimist concerning RWBY the past couple of years, that I did not actually expect Rooster Teeth to proceed with Volume 4. I had formed the impression that RT was unsure of how to proceed after V3, and so was pivoting to RWBY Chibi as the flagship product.
I'm glad I was wrong.
Posted by: Ben at Wed Sep 14 23:54:04 2016 (B1bvu)
I sure hope Volume 4 is less of a downer, though.
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Sep 15 12:07:08 2016 (ECH2/)
We never watched the eps after Penny was defunct; it was the midst of my wife's chemo and looking at death was not high on our 'watch list.'
Our oldest daughter keeps up; we'll find out from her if S4 is worth it. My fear? A bunch of Peoples Republic of Austin PoMoTrazis drive this right into the ground.
Rod Dreher has a shorter piece, much more a stream of consciousness, updated over a couple of days with edits. It takes a slightly different look at the same issue, namely the bigotry and 'virtuous contempt' one needs to be accepted as successful in this country.
Finally, from the Claremont Review of Books, a piece on options presented by the deplorab...sub-optimal situation and a follow-up.
Ports subsequently blocked Hanjin vessels from docking out of fear that they would not be paid docking fees. This stranded the crews on ships with dwindling supplies of food and fuel. This was partially mitigated last week, when a court ruling enabled certain U.S. ports to allow Hanjin ships already en route to tie up and offload. However, There are still issues...
Creditors have sought an arrest warrant against the Seaspan Efficiency, a ship hauling cargo for Hanjin that was due to arrive in Savannah. Wang said the cargo concerned amounted to just around $800,000 and that he was confident the parties involved could come to an agreement.
Additionally, things are not being resolved so smoothly elsewhere in the world where numerous vessels are still stranded at sea with dwindling supplies. Lloyd's List has an interactive map.
Remember The RememberanceOn September 11, 1683 the Ottoman forces besieging the city of Vienna were on the verge of victory. The City, under siege since July 14, was starving, Ottoman engineers had greatly weakened the city's walls and its collapse appeared imminent. However that evening relief arrived in the form of an army from Hungary and one from the confederation somewhat misleadingly known as the Holy Roman Empire...They brought with them roughly 40,000 troops, not good odds against a force of 90,000 Caliphate troops that included a large number of Janissaries. However, the situation was dire and this was a final desperate attempt to turn the tide of this months long battle, for with the loss of Vienna the Islamic armies would have free reign throughout Europe. The enlightenment was about to be snuffed out.
Early on the morning of the 12th the allied armies were reinforced by 27,000 fresh Polish troops under John Sobieski, who bolstered the European forces as they pressed their attack against the Ottomans. Even with the reinforcements, Europe and had only a bit more than 2/3 of the Ottoman forces, however the Ottomans were also having to deal with the guard of the city they were besieging, which astutely chose this time to get very frisky.
By the end of the 12th, the Islamic forces were routed. Along with the Battle of Lepanto, the siege of Vienna is generally regarded as the end of the large scale Islamic expansion into Europe. September 11th, 1683 thus marks the end of the period when the threat of Jihadi conquest was a constant threat...over the previous thousand years, Western civilization had been pushed into a small peninsula on the ass end of Asia which, for reasons of self esteem is still referred to as a "continent". This erosion was sometimes slowed, occasionally reversed for a time, but it was inexorable until 333 years ago today.
Islamists do not take these reversals lightly, particularly since this geographically tiny exception to their civilizations expansion turned out to be (for a time at least) annoyingly consequential to their efforts to fufill their faith's demand that they kill or convert...everyone. This date marked a profound slowing (for a time at least) of a thousand years of expansion and the halt, (for a time at least) of their expansion west. It is the date that, to their mind their civilization lost its way.
They, quite unlike our cultural trendsetters, have a keen sense of history, and so 15 years ago, this was the date was chosen to kill Westerners,. in remembrance of the day that, to these murderous fiends, the course of history went off the rails.
15 years on, nearly all of those who put together this celebration of butchery are dead, but their inspiration has worked better than one might have expected. The enemy of the west, and reason itself is again on the march. What it lacks in wealth, it makes up for in verve and they have lost none of the habitsthatEuropefoughtsohardanddesperatelyagainst for a thousand years.
Stories of great evils; dark, malign forces, which threaten civilization itself and that, even if defeated, bide their time, perhaps for centuries awaiting a chance to crawl forth again thirsty for vengeance...these were once parables told by adults to their children to instill in them on a profound level that monsters are real and even when out of sight may still bide their time. Today, we are ruled by children who use such tales to reassure themselves that such things cannot possibly happen...even as the ancientenemyisinsidethegates.
The greatest advantage that these people have is that they have long memories, and we tend to forget all that we have learned through the blood and terror of our ancestors.
So do not listen to those who would have you "move on". Remember it, for the atrocity that was inflicted on 3,000 of our own 15 years ago, was itself a memorial service performed by those who thirst for our blood, and who themselves never forget.
The investigator's theory was that the man, while in Hamilton, opened his Macbook Pro laptop, and used the internet to log-in remotely to an Acer-brand PC back at the Kerikeri home, which was connected, perhaps wirelessly, to a nearby Brother inkjet printer. Once logged in, the man caused a print command to be sent to the printer.
The investigator suggested that when the printer started pulling the sheet of paper in, it set off a Heath-Robinsonian chain of events: the paper was sellotaped to a piece of string, which was attached to a switch. When the string pulled the switch, it completed a circuit that included a 12-volt battery and a length of high-resistance wire like the ones that glow inside your toaster. The wire was wrapped around the heads of a few matches, so when it got hot the matches ignited and set fire to additional flammable material nearby, and then the fire took hold through the entire mansion, with the assistance of some sort of accelerant such as petrol, which had been poured about the place.
A couple of The Brickmuppet's Crack Team of Science Babes discuss this hypothesis...
"Who the hell is Heath Robinson?" "Oh. He's like Rube Goldberg for Brits."
"Who the hell is Rube Goldberg?" "...My lawn, get off it."
That professionally proposed, pleasingly preposterous, pyromania printer is, however just the tip of the iceberg. Do read the whole thing.
What is the source for the Science Babes? They show up in one of your site banners as well, arguing over which actor did a better job as Doctor Who. They appear to be bitter enemies--and I'd bet every penny I have that the fanshippers are working overtime trying to make them an item.
Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Fri Sep 9 09:12:54 2016 (nskfY)
The artist's name is Toshihide Sano, I like his character designs and since he generally does H-Visual Novels, which have some CGI sets floating around. I'ver got a folder of some of the SFW frames from those, but couldn't have told you what game they came from if J. Greely had not decided to use his profound expertise for our edification.
Sadly, I'm fresh out of Ampersands, but here's a box of tissues instead, which he may have use for.
This was nowhere near a hurricane when it hit here and the winds and rain were comparable to a normal winter storm. However, there was an unusual number of trees down, which I account to the unusual wind direction (the storm skirted the coast, so the winds were blowing from the northwest as it moved north. This is different from either winter storms and unlike the few hurricanes that hit here the wind came from the same direction for an extended period, so trees that have grown against historical winds were treated to whatever passes for surprise in a tree.
The damage to the pier was unusual. It has ridden out many storms with far less damage.
The bigger concern was the extensiveness of the power outages, from what was a very weak storm. The grid down here still needs to be hardened, though I noted that, unlike Isabel, even gas stations that had no power for their shops were able to take cash and run their pumps off of generators...which is a big improvement.
When the most gimp storm possible that can be classed as a tropical cyclone arrived in Southeastern Virginia yesterday, I came inside and started to post, until the power went out....on my side of the street.
Undeterred by the gimmpy gimpness of the storm, I sallied forth and drove to check on my parents boat and hang out at my friend BOB!'s comic store. Along the way, I stopped at a convenience store to...well...nothing as the power went out. I drove across the bridge tunnel, noting that the storm surge was as high as I've ever seen it. Fortunately, BOB!'s store is a hundred feet or more above sea level and the wind was only around 40 kts so there was no worry of his store getting blown away. Alas, after about an hour the power went out. On the way home, I stopped at a truck stop only to discover that only the pumps were running (off the emergency generator) and the convenience store/restaurant was out of both convenience and food. Today, I went down with my father to check on his boat again. This was fortuitous as the pier had suffered greater damage than any storm I recall. One of the cleats had ripped loose, but there were sufficient mooring lines and springlines that the boat had been undamaged....aside from one sail almost unfurling. After securing everything and checking on the people who live on their boats we headed to my fathers house...where the power again went all blinky.
Now...with this most gimp of storms providing us with a light breeze and drizzle I'm sitting on one of the computers at BOB!'s shop...pondering where to go from here....