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Electronic signature is a thing. Mobile signature is a thing too.

Obviously, this won't work in an SMS format, but electronic documents with undeniable proof attached that the electronic signature on the document has been made by a particular person not only exist, they are being widely used for a long time now.

I work for a govt institution in Lithuania - we do not use physical dead tree type of documents almost at all anymore. Everything is digital, signed digitally.

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1 point · 5 hours ago · edited 4 hours ago

undeniable proof attached that the electronic signature on the document has been made by a particular person

I don't believe you. I believe you can get undeniable proof that an electronic signature on the document has been made by a person in possession of a particular key. But I don't believe there's a purely electronic mechanism to prove that only the person you think knows that key actually knows it.

If you have that, you've solved key distribution. Please point to a publication.

Block chain allows you to enforce authenticity until someone has the bright idea of buying enough compute power to own a majority of the hashing power of the network and arbitrarily decide what commits to the block chain should be passed or not.

In other words: If you use block chain, then you need to validate that validity of the network and determine if you can even trust the network.

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2 points · 5 hours ago

Block chain allows you to enforce authenticity

No it doesn't. It allows you to relate the first person who put something on the chain to a later person who also put something on the chain.

How do you prove that Mary put the will on the block chain and not Fred?

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I still remember the first time I saw a giant...

I didn't know if they were hostile or not, since I just kind of stumbled on to the camp and all it did was stare at me at first. I stood there and stared at it, then walked a little closer. It aggroed me, so I noped out pretty quick because obviously this was a bad decision. As I was making my escape, I turned to see wtf Lydia was doing just in time to see her getting launched into space.

So I ran, wondering how tf I was gonna find her body and reclaim my stuff. Next thing I knew, she came walking up behind me, burdens and all.

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10 points · 5 hours ago

she came walking up behind me, burdens and all.

OK, that is funny.

This is one of the problem here in Iceland. Turists stopping in the middle of the road and taking picture. Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful picture but people have gotten hurt and killed by doing it. On my travels I have not seen this problem else where. Is it something that is normal? Just wondering.

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1 point · 8 hours ago

On the other hand, during rush hour you might occasionally see someone else on the road. Clearly this man is backing up traffic for kilometers to take this picture. ;-)

But yeah, as a tourist who wanted to take pictures, I noticed there's almost never anywhere safe to pull over. Most countries don't go tens of kilometers without even a shoulder to stop on.

well, if you are the kind of person who thinks you have to argue about a general statement with the response that you can name one or two counterexamples, then fine.

It is not 100% of all films that are categorized in the science fiction genre by the American Film Institute's list of genres. Just most of them.

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1 point · 1 day ago

I just names the six or so that came to mind while I was writing this. i disagree in general. I believe there are many genres where many of the movies come down to a fist fight - detective movies, police movies, dramas, adventure movies, etc. I don't see any evidence that the problem is sci-fi as much as it is action movies in general.

Take any sci-fi movie you wouldn't classify as an "action movie" and it doesn't involve a lot of fighting. Take any movie you would classify as an action movie and it does involve a lot of fighting. I don't think it's the sci-fi part that's the problem. Maybe you're watching too much sci-fi action and not enough dramatic sci-fi. I can take time to think of more of the latter if you're interested and none are coming to mind.

Take any sci-fi movie you wouldn't classify as an "action movie"

but that is my point. Hollywood will take a great science fiction story, but to be a profitable movie they always make it into an action movie. And by always, i mean often.

I, Robot? come on. they only used 5 words of the book in the movie. I, Robot, Susan, Calvin, positronic.

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1 point · 17 hours ago

Excluding superhero movies, I'd say half the sci-fi movies I can think of off the top of my head are not action movies; I bet you can think of a bunch too. If you're complaining that there's a lot of fighting in action movies, then I don't know how to help. I think you're experiencing confirmation bias, and if you went through a list of sci-fi movies from the last 30 years, you might be surprised how few end with a battle.

Yes, Hollywood can take a great sci-fi movie or book and make a terrible remake by making it an action movie. But I disagree they do that more to sci-fi than any other genre.

And, for the record, the main idea of the movie (robots locking you up for your own good) was actually one of the book's story plots, IIRC.

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20 points · 1 day ago

I've no idea what you are talking about to be honest.

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8 points · 1 day ago

He's saying the physics used to break because it was calculated at 60Hz, and if you visually updated faster than that it would screw up the physics.

Whether he's right or not is a different question.

He's right. I played the original Skyrim game at 120 fps and everything starts glitching out. Special Edition fixed that though I believe.

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1 point · 1 day ago

Lots of games can be like that. It's a common mistake (or optimization assumption) that takes a bit of work to avoid.

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I don't see why not.

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2 points · 1 day ago

Because there's 2 ways of polling the tablet - something based on DirectX, and something based on OpenGL I'd guess. Stuff like Krita doesn't work with my 10+ year old tablet because the drivers don't support the interface Krita is expecting.

1 point · 1 day ago

Houses (at least modern houses in the USA) are all built to standard sizes, because the spacings of joists are 16" apart. People make tables to multiples of the same spacing, wall safes, etc, so while it is satisfying it shouldn't be surprising.

116 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

"Please submit your resume. Thank you. Now, type every single thing you included on your resume into this series of boxes in our buggy web application". - Every friggin' job I applied for last time I was out of work.

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33 points · 1 day ago

"We're not interested enough in the people we hire to read resumes. Please enter your data into our search engine database."

5 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

If you have an issue with horrible turn-on times, laggy interfaces, and lack of app updates, look up the roku 4k tvs, snappy as fuck.

EDIT: I guess just my TCL one is snappy as fuck, I'll update this comment in 5 years and let nobody know if it's still fast

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6 points · 1 day ago

When I bought my Sony TV (nice TV, mind) it took three cycles of updates from the internet before it would let me into the menus to say what connector I wanted to watch.

2 points · 1 day ago

Ah, yes. The video removed for violating hate speech rules. That one where the guy is doing a comedy routine mocking hate speech.

-11 points · 2 days ago

You're lucky if you can get government IT to even install a printer, let alone figure out why service isn't working. Plus if it happened after 3pm or on a weekend then there's no way anyone is looking into it.

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1 point · 1 day ago

I'm betting the FCC probably has more knowledgeable technical people than, say, the DMV.

and none of them knows english

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2 points · 1 day ago

I'm not sure what that has to do with anything.

2 points · 1 day ago

It's a good argument that sadly is unlikely to convince anyone who believes in miracles.

Another argument is that a miracle is evidence of God's imperfection. If he wanted you to know of his existence and can change the course of natural events, there's a much easier way of convincing you than miracles. He could just change your mind such that you cannot fail to believe in him, just as you cannot fail to believe in the building you're currently occupying.

The fact that god needs to step outside of the natural laws to accomplish a goal means he has fucked up so badly that he has to step outside the natural laws to accomplish his goal.

Just like in Cartesian Skepticism you can logically fail to believe in any 'obviously true' thing, validly. I think you're right, if God wanted us to believe in him he would force us to believe in him. But, the free will of whether we choose to believe or not seems more important than the act of believing. Miracles might just provide us with a clue to lead us to a conclusion rather than God just giving us the answer.

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2 points · 1 day ago

the free will of whether we choose to believe or not seems more important than the act of believing

I think that depends on what religion you ask. If the result of not believing is an eternity of suffering and damnation, then I'd disagree.

It wouldn't even be "force you to believe in him." My kitchen table doesn't force me to believe in it. My mom doesn't force me to believe in her. If God just interacted normally, or even took the time to enforce his own will instead of telling his followers to do it for him, people would naturally believe in him. If people regularly and reliably died of a heart attack within minutes of screaming "Fuck you, God" then it wouldn't even be miraculous, but it would certainly encourage people to believe in god.

I see no reason to believe that God is the cause of miracles, either. The only reason you'd think that is that other people who already believe in God tell you that.

1 point · 1 day ago

I feel bad for people who didn't grow up playing with these. They used to be really common.

-1 points · 1 day ago

Military needs this.

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1 point · 1 day ago

That's who they sell it to.

Which military? And can mine get it?

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2 points · 1 day ago

This is like the third time in an hour this has been on the front page. Can we stop now? You can't even buy these things unless you're a military contractor.

Original Poster0 points · 1 day ago

Hasn’t been on this sub. If you don’t want to see reposts then don’t be on reddit because that’s basically what happens all the time.

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1 point · 1 day ago

Yeah, but it's annoying to see it like four times in a row on the front page.

2 points · 1 day ago

It always seemed like an argument from ignorance to me. "How could we possibly understand that? It must be ineffable."

You realize that exactly the same question was asked about Life, right? How the chemistry we know, no matter how complex, could ever give rise to life. Must be Elan Vital. That's why we have "organic chemistry" and "inorganic chemistry".

Maybe experience is a fundamental property of all matter, like mass, charge, and energy, except that it's subjective nature means it's inaccessible to science

Why would that make it inaccessible to science? Does it have an effect on the world? Clearly, as you're talking about it. Hence, it's accessible to science, with objective outcomes.

I've seen no solid arguments that consciousness is inaccessible to science. Searle's Chinese Room tries, but he misunderstands the system argument. The others are mostly along the lines of "well, obviously even this complete simulation isn't conscious, so we can't tell whether something is conscious or not," which clearly contradicts itself. Nobody has shown p-zombies are logically possible; everything I've seen simply asserts that p-zombies are logically possible and run with it from there. To the extent they're logically possible, so is solipsism and Last Tuesdayism, making all of reality inaccessible to science. And Dennett has good arguments against why p-zombies are logically possible, and I'm working my self on a proof that p-zombies can't play poker.

Same with most bibles, the zealots or most fundamentalist are the ones most likely to follow it as intended. Of course, they're all archaic texts written when the world was mainly illiterate goat farmers so the time to give a shit about what they think has long gone.

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7 points · 1 day ago

Same with most bibles

Most of the Bible was neither written by prophets nor dictated by God.

Tell that to its believers.

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5 points · 1 day ago

I'm pretty sure that none of the believers think Corinthians was written by God.

0 points · 1 day ago

Imaging my wiener there.

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2 points · 1 day ago

"Dear, remember when I told you I had this urge to stick my penis in the bread slicer at work?"

"Yes? Oh, don't tell me you did that."

"Yes, I'm sorry."

"Well, what happened?"

"I got fired."

"I mean, what happened with the bread slicer?"

"She got fired too."

Well if that isn’t the coolest thing since the product it makes.

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2 points · 1 day ago

Fun fact: Sliced bread was the coolest invention since bagged bread.

1 point · 1 day ago

I've seen things like this done without any CGI. At the end, they say "No CGI. Just 637 takes."

The bottle animation cut was at least smooth, but you can see the can change shortly after it's thrown

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2 points · 1 day ago

It stops tumbling.

2 points · 1 day ago

So if you look up the name, all you get is a bunch of news outlets that should know better saying how great this is going to be, with no indication of price or availability.

If you trace through enough comments, you come to where they sell electricity-generating packs (and have more videos of this). But again, no prices or availability. It seems they're targeting the military. One of those "call us for volume discounts" sort of things with no actual way to buy it without involving a salesman.

And of course kickstarter money, because at this point, why not?

2 points · 1 day ago

The movie existenZe was a lot of fun along these lines.

Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

I was recommended this book by someone already, so that's 2 people so I'll definitely check it out once I head to the library next time. Thank you for the suggestion!

Also, when I punch the book into Goodreads it tells me it's the number 2 book, sequel, to Quarantine (Subjective Cosmology). Do I have to read Quarantine to understand Permutation City?

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5 points · 1 day ago

It's one of my three favorite novels of all time, so yeah, go for it. :-)

It's not a sequel or prequel of anything. Neither is Quarantine. Goodreads is wrong. They're not even in the same universe.

2 points · 1 day ago

Look up into the corner of the room you're sitting in. Notice how along the concave edges, it looks a bit darker? That's because the top of the wall isn't getting as much light as the middle of the wall because the ceiling is in the way. The ambient light is being occluded by the nearby parts.

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