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  1. 22 hours ago, MikeMelga said:

    I'm slowly watching the Neuralink presentation at lunch with my wife. Human trials perhaps next year. Possible cure for many types of physical disability.

    I can follow the technical discusion quite well. I understand most of it, except the part of connection to different brain parts, as I can't understand the long term health implications for it.

    What I understand is they get 1024 different realtime signals, they apply machine learning to it (Tesla tech) and get understandable output from it. I also guess this is not a static trained network, it will retrain over time, to accomodate the brain's change.

    I know there are competing teams with interesting results, but they seem stuck without a full scale path forward and they don't have the machine learning expertise as Tesla.

    I can imagine something along the lines of consciousness transfer. If you leave all the religious mumbo jumbo out of the equation and you are able to scan the exact positions of the chemicals and sugars that make up a brain and replicate it in a neural net, then why not?


  2. 2 hours ago, snowingagain said:

    Bewohner des Weihnachtshauses erhalten Drohbrief - WELT


    Only 60 000 lights though.  Killjoys.  I remember the UK Christmas lights, when they were not parallel.  One loose or broken  one, and they would all go out.  Fun trying to find it.  Ah, the old traditions.


    Video from 2019.

    60.000 Lichter: Das Weihnachtshaus von Delmenhorst - Bing video


    Or the nervous breakdowns of those in charge of the Blackpool illuminations back in the sixties.


  3. Just at this very moment my trusty airfryer is doing three chicken legs and spud quarters spiced up with a fajita, curry, Naga joloka and soy mix with corn on the cob on the side. My one room pokey hole under the roof smells amazing.


  4. There has been a spat of shock callers recently in Bayern. Call an elderly person, say that they are from the police and that their grandkid or whatever had caused an accident and that a sum is required to get them bail.

    The largest one was over a hundred thousand in damages. I would so like to get my hands on one of them.


  5. On 12.11.2022, 12:04:10, optimista said:


    160kg of steroid free muscle ? Or just brickshitouss ? Either way I hope you are universally kind and in particular do not intimidate the male embryos in your vicinity. Although your handle is not promising. Are you also a boxer ? Or over-boistrous in bed ?



    ´Roid free human bouncy castle.


  6. Oh you embryos. Try and find something for a 1.95 and 160kg weightlifter. T-shirts in XXXXXXL, or roughly half the size of a IMAX screen, or the mainsail on a small boat.

    And before you ask, I don´t need the seatbelt extender on a plane, but I do have to duck and go through the hatch sideways.


  7. On 7.11.2022, 12:35:59, murphaph said:

    Wait until more towns lose their entire stock of young men. This really is the sort of stuff that brings governments crashing down. You can bullshit Olga and Oleg so much but when their son arrives home with half his head missing and this is repeated thousands of times across Russia, the truth becomes somewhat undeniable. Russia needs to rapidly stem these losses or far worse for Putin than the military impact in Ukraine, will be the political impact at home. This is not the 1980s and even then the pressure to at least end the war in Afghanistan became overwhelming. Today people have access to pretty much any information they want. People can go online and see what really happened to Battalion x in Ukraine. The fact hundreds of thousands of Russians have left the country says the government's grip is nowhere near as iron clad as Putin would like.

    True, I agree with you here, however just like most, if not all authoritarian governments, Russia knows to the last Byte how much information is available and how to use the information to their own advantage. You don’t have to win or lose a war anymore, you just need to control the narrative.


  8. 1 hour ago, murphaph said:

    Indeed! So far I have seen literally zero evidence of any serious capability in the Russian armed forces. Ukraine should have been crushed in days, on paper. The reports Mike linked to suggest a complete breakdown of command structures and military discipline, especially among those supposed to be in charge. They are running around like headless chickens just trying not to get killed or meet the disapproval of Putin. The Ukrainians can understand all the online chat in Russia. They will be able to monitor Russian sentiment very precisely. They can steer the war in such a way as to push the buttons that need to be pushed to stir that pot of unrest in Russia. Putin may actually end up like Nicolae Ceaușescu, put up against a wall and shot by an angry mob. Ceaușescu wasn't even actively sending tens of thousands of Romanians to their deaths, but he was feared like Putin is. 

    But that depends on how much information is available to Oleg and Olga and how much they care. Especially when they see how protesters get treated like dissidents and thrown in the clink.

    It´s not like back in the day when Ceausescu ordered troops to shoot civilians and some of the troops turned their guns around. Or even in the last days of the DDR when the NVA were issued live ammo and body bags. Some soldiers then decided that they would not shoot at their own people and would stay in the barracks. No, I think that the generic Russian population is way too pragmatisch for that kind of stuff.


  9. 1 hour ago, murphaph said:

    Are they still alive? 

    Don´´t know, would not want to find out.

    13 hours ago, murphaph said:

    What troops would they send in? They don't have any spare, hence the current conscription.

    I´m pretty sure that the SPETSNAZ would be up for it.


  10. 43 minutes ago, murphaph said:

    Slowly the pot is beginning to boil. All it will take is a revolt in a couple of barracks and it could spread like wildfire.

    Not too sure that this could end in Kiel mutiny like it did in Germany 1918. That one ended in a revolution that swept away the German Empire and brought in the Weimarer Republik. Which in turn brought about a whole new set of problems a bit further down the line. It could lead to the same in Russia and a civil war as the country disintegrates.

    But if this were the case, then I would suspect that the powers in the Kremlin would sigh, rub the bridge of their noses and send in other troops to mow the mutineers down, hang the ringleaders and ask nicely if anybody else wants to revolt.



  11. 46 minutes ago, yesterday said:

    The Americans did in Italy.


    How much is the life worth to Putin, how many Russians have been killed or serious injury has this illegal war made, how much has Putin spent in lost military hardware lost in  in this war ? How much damage has he done to the Russian economy ?


    When you add it all up, moving the base would have been a far better option



    Probably, but you are forgetting something, you and others on this venerable forum are intelligent and social creatures, who think for themselves, have an opinion and want only the best for the human race. But you are not military, you are not thinking with the military mind. For a military mind this entire mess made perfect sense in the run up. The Russians must have been absolutely sure that they would be victors in this conflict or they would not have marched into Ukraine.

    Also the way this war has been conducted makes perfect military sense. The human cost and the material cost is just cosmetics.

    But here is the thing. Napoleon did not imagine Prussian troops in Paris, The Americans did not for a second think that there would be the last chopper out of Saigon. Hitler´s military planners did not envision the Red army in Berlin. And I don´t think that the Kremlin can imagine being pushed out of Ukraine to the laughter of the entire world.

    So I see three scenarios for the future of this conflict: One, stagnation on the front, basically a return to the Western front of WW1, or best case, the stalemate between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Two, negotiated settlement with both sides unhappy with the compromise. Three, the Kremlin doubles down and goes balls out, wiping Ukraine off the face of the earth.


  12. 2 minutes ago, murphaph said:

    Putin doesn't launch the missiles though- He gives an order to launch them. Two Russian men have already saved us from WWIII when push came to shove. Let's hope someone in the chain of command doesn't fancy their own kids being vapourised for Putin's ego. Don't think these guys won't already be thinking about what they will do should the order come down. They will know 100% that a nuclear war will mean their own destruction too.

    That would call for direct disobedience from those in charge of the big red button. We know that this kind of mutiny as happened, indeed on both sides. Legend has it that James Blunt put WW3 on hold by defying a direct order to attack Russian troops at Pristina airfield, for instance.

    Militaries have learned from this so I´m not too sure that this kind of behavior is possible today, 


  13. 1 hour ago, murphaph said:

    British military intel reports that Russia is struggling to train all the new conscripts because so many of the experienced trainers are already brown bread. Belarus is being used to train this cannon fodder. Russia is relying on shitty Iranian drones that can be deadly but can also be shot down with small arms, relying on sanitary pads for medical gauze and now relying on tiny Belarus, a state that itself could erupt in revolution at any time, for training the next to useless men they have conscripted. And we are expected to believe that Ukraine can't possibly boot Russia out of all of its territory? It will take time until enough poorly trained Russians are killed that it causes a revolution at home or causes Putin to withdraw. Ukraine just needs the weapons to keep killing these Russians. That's the cold hard reality. These Russian men should use their guns against those sending them to die. They would stand a better chance of living. Kherson City looks very much like it will be liberated very soon. This will be a huge morale boost to Ukrainians and spur them on to cross the Dnipro and certainly take back all of mainland Ukraine in the short term. Crimea is then an easy target really. Ukraine now has the weapons and western support it lacked in 2014. Crimea will be Ukrainian once again. 

    Putin will probably go nuclear before that happens.


    On 4.11.2022, 12:47:27, yesterday said:


    The point is Russia can use Novospellchecker for it Military as well, it does not really need Sewastopol, its just spent a alot on Sewastopol, which they do not want to lose that investment


    In contrast, America used to have a Submarine base near Sardinia. The had that base for decades, the italians asked the USA to leave, after a couple of years of negotiations they did.


    Why cannot Russia just leave, its not there country, they have no right to imp there will on anybody else.




    You can´t just up sticks and bugger off on a military base and plonk it somewhere else. You need the military infrastructure.

    On 4.11.2022, 12:47:27, yesterday said: