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Postby addams » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:41 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:
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CorruptUser wrote:Saw that a while ago. Kind of BS to compare the people at different times. I mean, do you think there is a single president weve had that wouldn't have gone to war after 9/11?


Against Afghanistan? No. Against Iraq? Hope so. Considering there was no evidence linking Saddam to 9/11 and the whole WMD thing was created out of thin air.


Ironically, there was a lot more evidence linking Iran to 9/11 than Iraq; had funded and coordinated with Al Qaeda in the past (Al Qaeda is not anti-Shia, and Iran has no problem in using filthy heretics as pawns), all the 9/11 hijackers had left Afghanistan through Iran, etc.

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Postby elasto » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:47 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Saw that a while ago. Kind of BS to compare the people at different times. I mean, do you think there is a single president weve had that wouldn't have gone to war after 9/11?

I'd think every president would have taken action against the ring leaders of 9/11 - but there were a lot of options on the table from sending in special forces to targetting them with cruise missiles to sending in a full extraction force ala Gulf War 1.

But full on regime change in a country infamous for successfully resisting occupations? Not sure every president would have been quite so gung ho.

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Postby KnightExemplar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:09 am UTC

Happy International Women's day everybody! Well... sorta... I do realize you Europeans are already 3/9 as of this post, but whatever.

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Postby speising » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:21 am UTC

KnightExemplar wrote:Happy International Women's day everybody! Well... sorta... I do realize you Europeans are already 3/9 as of this post, but whatever.

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Postby Zamfir » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:42 am UTC

We call that 1/3 in europe.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:13 pm UTC

Zamfir wrote:We call that 1/3 in europe.


You and your crazy metric system! :P

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Postby jewish_scientist » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:18 pm UTC

I think he meant March 9th.
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Postby bigglesworth » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:08 pm UTC

Ah, the month first system. As American as July 4th.
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Postby Zohar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Ah, the month first system. As American as July 4th.

I've just gotten used to reading all dates that way (<month> <ordinal>) instead of how I'm used to in Hebrew (<ordinal> of <month>). It gets frustrating when we save files and such and I insist on naming them by date as yyyy-mm-dd which is different from how people are used to. But it's the best way to make sure stuff sorts correctly!
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Postby Grop » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:28 pm UTC

It's also quite unambiguous.

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Postby ahammel » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:36 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:
bigglesworth wrote:Ah, the month first system. As American as July 4th.

I've just gotten used to reading all dates that way (<month> <ordinal>) instead of how I'm used to in Hebrew (<ordinal> of <month>). It gets frustrating when we save files and such and I insist on naming them by date as yyyy-mm-dd which is different from how people are used to. But it's the best way to make sure stuff sorts correctly!

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Postby Ubik » Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:39 pm UTC

I prefer a compromise between ISO 8601 and the "American" system, MMDD-YY-YY.

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Postby Dauric » Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:37 pm UTC

Ubik wrote:I prefer a compromise between ISO 8601 and the "American" system, MMDD-YY-YY.


MD-YM-DY?
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Postby LaserGuy » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:56 pm UTC

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Postby Lazar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:42 pm UTC

Google's DeepMind computer has beaten one of the top human Go players, a feat that has long eluded artificial intelligence. Our chances of surviving the machine apocalypse seem more and more dismal, don't they?

Hmm, I should learn how to play Go. Right after I learn how not to suck at chess.
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Postby KnightExemplar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:44 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:Google's DeepMind computer has beaten one of the top human Go players, a feat that has long eluded artificial intelligence.

I should learn how to play Go – right after I learn how not to suck at chess.


FYI: People were expecting the Computer to lose against the Go Master. On the Elo scale, the European Champ was something like 400+ Elo points behind Lee Se-dol. Lee Se-dol is a 9-dan professional player, the most elite ranking of the most elite scale of Go players. Its definitely an accomplishment.
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Postby freezeblade » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:45 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:Hmm, I should learn how to play Go. Right after I learn how not to suck at chess.

I really enjoy go, but dislike chess. I'm terrible at chess, but am half-way decent at go. The two games are very, very different, even in overarching strategy.
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Postby KnightExemplar » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:47 pm UTC

I like both. I'm currently on a Chess resurgence. I probably will return to Go eventually. But far more people know how to play Chess. So its just a more practical game to get better at.

I'm hovering between Class D and Class C Chess player (1350 to 1400 ranking). When I was actively practicing Go, I reached 14 Kyu (probably am back to 20 Kyu or so, since I'm out of practice)
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Postby addams » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:57 pm UTC

Yep.
Because, the Mom is going to be 'fine as frog's hair' it is funny.

A .45 mm??
ok. That is a beefy four year old.

The outdoor life with horses, guns and most likely a dog or two makes for a strong child.
(shrug) A 45 mm is difficult for me. Maybe, I am a weak adult.

Maybe, there was a round in the chamber.
That might make it easier.

It is funny.
A woman with a four year old is a woman with her hands full.
That woman had a four year old, a trailer, a truck and almost a horse.

Who among us has not driven off with our coffee cup setting on top of the car?

Purse? Backpack? Compter? Phone? Gun?
Just one more thing to keep track of.

Lazar wrote:Google's DeepMind computer has beaten one of the top human Go players, a feat that has long eluded artificial intelligence. Our chances of surviving the machine apocalypse seem more and more dismal, don't they?

Hmm, I should learn how to play Go. Right after I learn how not to suck at chess.

I'm not smart enough to appreciate what has happened.
Should I be frightened?

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Postby Grop » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:46 pm UTC

addams wrote:A .45 mm??


That would be 0.45 inches I think.

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Postby Thesh » Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:56 pm UTC

Grop wrote:
addams wrote:A .45 mm??


That would be 0.45 inches I think.


0.451" to be specific. Calibers are weird. A .38 special and a .357 magnun both fire .357" bullets, while a .357 Sig fires 9mm (0.355") bullets. A .222" and .223" both fire .224" bullets, which is the same size bullet as the 5.56mm used by most western militaries, even though 5.56mm is .219" not .224".

Anyway, completely irrelevant, it's just that I find it funny how inconsistent this stuff is.
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Postby Grop » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:13 am UTC

What are the double quotes in what you just wrote?

As for myself I had only noticed that 0.357 inches is roughly equal to 9 milimeters, but .357 magnum sounds much more serious than 9mm.

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Postby Thesh » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:24 am UTC

The tick marks are shorthand for inches in the US:

2" = 2 inches
2' = 2 feet
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Postby Grop » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:28 am UTC

Oh, I may have known that ages ago :o.

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Postby addams » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:42 am UTC

Thesh wrote:The tick marks are shorthand for inches in the US:

2" = 2 inches
2' = 2 feet

I don't like it.
We can't change it now.

But; I think it makes more sense if:
1 tick for inches.
2 tick for feet.
3 tick for meter.

See?
It would never work.
Going to the metric system Would work.
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Postby Mutex » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:51 am UTC

Grop wrote:As for myself I had only noticed that 0.357 inches is roughly equal to 9 milimeters, but .357 magnum sounds much more serious than 9mm.


Weirdly I always felt 5.56mm seemed more serious than 0.22", possibly because the 5.56mm rounds for the SA-80 are a lot larger than the .22 rounds for whatever WW2 rifles we used at the shooting range at my school's Army Cadet's branch.

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Postby Dauric » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:29 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:
Grop wrote:As for myself I had only noticed that 0.357 inches is roughly equal to 9 milimeters, but .357 magnum sounds much more serious than 9mm.


Weirdly I always felt 5.56mm seemed more serious than 0.22", possibly because the 5.56mm rounds for the SA-80 are a lot larger than the .22 rounds for whatever WW2 rifles we used at the shooting range at my school's Army Cadet's branch.


5.56m has a bullet of roughly the same size, but the cartridge holding the powder is significantly larger and "Necks Down" to the bullet than 22.LR (Long Rifle) which is a straight cased bullet. Also the 5.56 has a more pointed "boat-tail" shape than the rounder 0.22 LR.
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Postby jewish_scientist » Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:01 pm UTC

“There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but however the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them,” Wells said.

He said investigators are trying to determine whether the child was fastened to the booster seat at the time of the shooting.


People are always so quick to blame the shooter. He was clearly acting in self defense.
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Postby sardia » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:42 pm UTC

Obviously he wasn't properly trained. This in no way extrapolates to other four years olds with guns.

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Guns don't kill people, kids kill people.

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Postby elasto » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:51 am UTC

Not really humorous - more just sort of, wow...

A spelling mistake in an online bank transfer instruction helped prevent a nearly $1bn heist last month involving the Bangladesh central bank and the New York Fed, banking officials said.

Unknown hackers still managed to get away with about $80m, one of the largest known bank thefts in history.

The hackers breached Bangladesh Bank’s systems and stole its credentials for payment transfers, two senior officials at the bank said. They then bombarded the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with nearly three dozen requests to move money from the Bangladesh Bank’s account there to entities in the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the officials said.

Four requests to transfer a total of about $81m to the Philippines went through, but a fifth, for $20m, to a Sri Lankan non-profit organisation was held up because the hackers misspelled the name of the NGO, Shalika Foundation.

Hackers misspelled “foundation” in the NGO’s name as “fandation”, prompting a routing bank, Deutsche Bank, to seek clarification from the Bangladesh central bank, which stopped the transaction, one of the officials said.

There is no NGO under the name of Shalika Foundation in the list of registered Sri Lankan non-profits. Reuters could not immediately find contact information for the organisation.

At the same time, the unusually high number of payment instructions and the transfer requests to private entities – as opposed to other banks – raised suspicions at the Fed, which also alerted the Bangladeshis, the officials said.

The details of how the hacking came to light and was stopped before it did more damage have not been previously reported. Bangladesh Bank has billions of dollars in a current account with the Fed, which it uses for international settlements.

The transactions that were stopped totalled $850m to $870m, one of the officials said.

More than a month after the attack, Bangladeshi officials are scrambling to trace the money, shore up security and identify weaknesses in their systems. They said there is little hope of ever catching the hackers, and it could take months before the money is recovered, if at all.

Security experts said the perpetrators had deep knowledge of the Bangladeshi institution’s internal workings, probably gained by spying on bank workers.

The Bangladesh government, meanwhile, is blaming the Fed for not stopping the transactions earlier. The finance minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, told reporters on Tuesday that the country may resort to suing the Fed to recover the money.

“The Fed must take responsibility,” he said.

The New York Fed has said its systems were not breached, and it has been working with the Bangladesh central bank since the incident occurred.


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Postby addams » Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:06 am UTC

Computers!
Now look what they have done!

The digital world has taken all the violence and romance out of crime.
No more Bonny and Clyde; No more sad, bloody endings.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:46 pm UTC

Grop wrote:What are the double quotes in what you just wrote?

As for myself I had only noticed that 0.357 inches is roughly equal to 9 milimeters, but .357 magnum sounds much more serious than 9mm.


It is.

See, calibers only describe width of the projectile, not quantity of charge, or length of cartridge. So, while they're vaguely indicative of power, it's not sufficient information without specific knowledge.

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Postby Lazar » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:54 pm UTC

Humanity strikes back! Although he's lost the series, Lee Sedol has finally managed to win a match against AlphaGo.
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Postby jseah » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

Lazar wrote:Humanity strikes back! Although he's lost the series, Lee Sedol has finally managed to win a match against AlphaGo.

It's probably one of the last few times anyone will manage to win a game against a computer.

Excited to see the modern equivalent of Kasparov!
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Postby sardia » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:15 pm UTC

jseah wrote:
Lazar wrote:Humanity strikes back! Although he's lost the series, Lee Sedol has finally managed to win a match against AlphaGo.

It's probably one of the last few times anyone will manage to win a game against a computer.

Excited to see the modern equivalent of Kasparov!

Kasparov slaughtered Deepblue until the computer bugged out. This is different.
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Postby PeteP » Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:27 pm UTC

I like the results of the 4 games. I wanted the AI to win and 3 wins show that it is at that level so I was happy about Lee Sedol winning the fourth one.

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Postby Grop » Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:47 pm UTC

So humans, they can actually learn, just like us machines!


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