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General Discussion / Re: Friday Night Music Thread
« on: Today at 12:46:07 PM »
Not Friday but just re-discovered some old songs.

Spoiler contains a song with excessive profanity and banjo music you have been warned!

The drive for efficiency involves breaking down tasks into logical process steps this has been the greatest enabler of automation in the last 70 years.
 Military equipment doesn't benefit from true AI and may actually suffer for it when such a thing becomes possible.
Creating AI prepared to kill humans has obvious and critical faults but how about the the concept of a thinking machine that says nope not killing people even discriminatingly, its wrong?
Having human control and oversight at a remote location is probably as far as it needs to go for aircraft and land vehicles. The push for self driving cars has nothing to do with getting people out from behind the wheel beyond creating the economies of scale required to automate logistics (lorries in this case) for both civilian and military use.
Trains and trams (as well as airliners) could have been automated decades ago, but for public mistrust.

Task avoidance I should be rewiring the bikes ignition circuit but it's cold outside....

started The Sane King by Matt Knott on Kindle enjoyable so far

So the Democrats spent a billion pretty much on 5 consultants with no oversight while candidates were left to self fundraise while fighting an election.
Losing to Trump shocked the world perhaps it shouldn't have done. Asleep at the wheel is the phrase that comes to mind.

I have maintained for years that in a democracy you do not vote for a candidate but against one. I cannot think of a better example. Can this result be passed off as fake news? Can Moore now be prosecuted or does the statute of limitations apply?

Now about the 48% who feel voting for a sexual predator and bigot because he is prepared to tell other people what they can do with their bodies in the name of god.
I believe anywhere else in the first world Moore would have stepped down due to the allegations against him or lost by a landslide.
The coalition government in Iceland collapsed recently when it emerged the Prime Ministers father signed off on a letter granting a paedophile who had served his sentence 'restored honour' meaning he could seek work requiring a position of trust.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:12:41 PM »
Thank You I am learning, if nothing else I am learning more about the dysfunctional psyche of America which can make your thought process so alien from a British point of view despite a shared language.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:24:59 PM »
This is no longer about party politics but about whether you have a society fit for purpose.
Where is the rule of law and why do the people of Alabama never mind the USA tolerate this?

I would sort of agree. I think Punisher is probably the grittiest Marvel yet and wasn't badly acted but it was reduced to torture porn at times. The usual excuse for mass murder good, torture good, exceptions to the law good, violence with guns good and no rational thought required. It amazes me that graphically torturing someone to death beyond any requirements of the story is acceptable entertainment.

General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:20:08 AM »
This I was unaware of.

where in the world  would  there is the possibility of electing an alleged peadophile and rapist who happens to be a high court judge and is endorsed by the president?

yup but thought I would leave it for someone else.

Mutant royalty takes china in his hands

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade Den Patrick

Anna Stephens for GodBlind
Graham Austin-King for Faithless

PF Chisholm (who I have read since a teen) released 2 new books  in 2017 after a 15 year hiatus and I only found out by accident as the 2nd was published

Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / 22-5-2018 Witchsign by Den patrick
« on: December 11, 2017, 04:43:36 PM »
First book in the Ashen Empire series

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:01:08 PM »
Finished All Good Things and Emma Newman's quintet. I enjoyed the series overall but felt some of the happening in the last book should have been in book 3 or 4 to build to the ending. A very different series about faeries and full of clever and interesting ideas.

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