According to some of the papers today, ISIS are going around smashing up satellite dishes and receivers in and around Raqqa to stop the locals seeing all the nasty things the West are saying about them.
Would one of those nasty things be "ISIS are going around smashing up satellite dishes ....."
That seams highly improbable. The bible even condone stoning of animals to death.
Firstly that is a non-sequitur.
Secondly you would have to believe that either:
a) Assuming that it is not literally true the person who wrote it was unaware that he had just contradicted himself
b) Assuming that it is leterally true... but wait a minute if it is literally true then you are in the wrong anyway.
Tell this to doctors in Ireland that ...etc
You can find examples of bad stuff done by the adherents of every religion, philosophy or political system - including whatever you subscribe to. So what?
I just pointed out that you made a deliberate, ridiculous misinterpretation of a text to support your argument. That criticism stands. Obviously aren't prepared to let logic or reason interfere with your predetermined attitudes.
Onan was punished for the sin of wasting his sperm.
That is not the case - if you actually read the text it is clear that he was punished for refusing to father a child - which is hardly the same thing. The idea that this text implies that each individual sperm has some kind of right to life is a straw man that is often asserted by those who objective is ridicule but is in fact nonsense.
Political systems tend to reward those who have enough resources to affect the political system.
A really good point - maybe better than you realise it is.
After the second world war labour was in short supply and technology had reached a point where many semi-skilled workers were required. This gave bargaining power to the masses and ushered in a period when democracy seemed to mean something and the "1%" were in retreat. However times have changed again and billions of people in the former 3rd world have been added to the labour market - undermining the position of all but the elites in the West. Hence the 1% are back on top and our rights are being eroded again.
I think the line is in the intention of the person who made the copy. If the intention was to create a new work then there would be a new copyright. ON the other hand if the intention was to create a faithful copy then there is no new copyright. This is the substance of the judge's decision in the Corel case and also in this statement from the UK.
Actually the idea that quantum computing can solve the travelling salesman or other similar problems is a myth mostly propagated by journalists and others with a poor understanding of the subject. Some QC researcher cynically avoid undermining this myth because the myth is good for their funding!
Famously QC CAN factor big numbers very fast - but that is only because factorisation is NOT one of the general set of problems to which the travelling salesman belongs. Factoring has more structure than NP complete problems and hence is "easier". It is this structure that Shor's algorithm exploits. So I'd say that the final link in the article is misleading rubbish.
YOu are right - although of course one has to be clear what analog actually means - it DOESN'T mean "continuous" it means "by analogy" as you sort of point out.
To talk about quantum computers "outperforming" classical computers is of course nonsense. Quantum computers are horrendously difficult to "program" effectively. The entire research community has managed to create a set of algorithms that you can count on the fingers of one hand in the last 20 years.
What they can do is provide effective simulation for quantum mechanical systems.
For some reliable - hype free - information look at Scott Aaronson's blog - here:
Because H.R. 699 in its current form imposes burdens that will make our job harder without offering any relief in other areas, Hey - I get stuff from our management that make my job harder on a regular basis. I don't get to lobby to change the law - I just have to klive with it. Why should they be any different!
(Especially as it seems that in this case there is a good reason for it. Most of the things I have to put up with don't even have that.)
the UK is one such country that is shutting down websites, all on the say-so of the entertainment industries
Just like the US then - only maybe a bit less so - as usual and almost certainly it is US companies that are dictating.
remembering that the UK has put in place a dedicated police force, using tax payers money, to find and sue as many people as possible.
You're talking about the City of London Police here I assume.
Well it wasn't set up for that - you can't really blame our government directly. It was set up to police fraud in the City of London. However it has taken upon itself the role of copyright cop without anyone (other than the entertainment industry) asking it to do so.