* Posts by Mostly Irrelevant

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British watchdog has 'real concerns' about the staggering love-in between cloud giants and AI upstarts

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It's going to happen, the only companies who can afford the huge cost of training these AI models once the VC money dries up are companies that run huge public clouds because they can run them using excess resources inn less allocated periods of time. It's basically free for them.

Why Microsoft's Copilot will only kinda run locally on AI PCs for now

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I've used this thing a few times, I have no idea why it needs to be a component of the OS.

US Air Force secretary so confident in AI-controlled F-16s, he'll fly in one

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I don't want to be condescending here, but that's way fewer inputs and a lot more margin of error. It doesn't seem like you know much about AI models.

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Flying a jet fighter through a wide open sky is significantly less complex an AI problem than piloting a car though a city street with people walking, cyclists and other cars.

This is why I'm sure self-driving cars are decades away, there are a lot of steps along the way that don't exist. We don't even have semi trucks that are self-driving only on freeways yet, and there is a lot of money in that.

Thank the bots, your blue check is back on X

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Get off X, stop reporting on it, eventually it'll go away.

Fresh version of Windows user-friendly Zorin OS arrives to tempt the Linux-wary

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Every time I've tried a "Windows replacement" Linux distro I've found it very deficient in many ways. I think the whole idea is not worth pursuing, the advantages of Windows are primarily familiarity and software compatibility. You can't have one of those on Linux and the other is always going to be compromised. It's better to just use a well though-out distro that does it's own thing instead. I personally like Ubuntu (Gnome), but I know there are a lot of people who prefer Cinnamon, KDE, Xfce or something else. Trying to be closer to Windows isn't a worthwhile goal in my opinion, because you get all the negatives and only a few of the positives.

Updates are plenty but fans are few in Windows 11 land

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I honestly don't understand why Microsoft thought people would want a AI chatbot in their OS. It makes no sense.

Musk 'texts' Nadella about Windows 11's demands for a Microsoft account

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Re: Great last line

Is it weird that that reference made me remember the Bif Naked song Spaceman? I have no idea who Babylon Zoo is.

I think Elon Musk is more of a Spacedork.

Fake LastPass lookalike made it into Apple App Store

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Even more evidence that the walled garden doesn't so anything but let Apple assert control.

Windows 11 24H2 is coming so we can all shut up about Windows 12 for another year

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Microsoft should just drop the version number entirely and make it a constant stream of updates. One major one a year. They said they would... then they just went back to their old system.

Apple redecorates its iPhone prison to appease Europe

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The reason I can't just install anything I want onto hardware I own is... paternalism? The EU used to have teeth, now they only seem to care about petty meaningless minnows while they let the big fish swim right past.

Microsoft admits issues with Windows 10 patch almost 2 months after release

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Re: Experience?

Nah, OP has very intelligently selected the absolute most unstable Windows releases. Even big MS stans like me can't disagree, although they did miss out on Windows Me (Me stands for Malfunctioning Edition).

Daughter of George Carlin horrified someone cloned her dad with AI for hour special

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I don't see how this is legal. If you "train" a model off of copyrighted work, how is that not a derivative work? Carlin's family should sue, we need a precident and this case would be a lot simpler than many because there is only one copyright holder.

Microsoft prepares Visual Studio 2013 for retirement

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Re: So Much 32-Bit Code Still On Windows

The real advantage of 64bit Windows is restricted to applications that use 64bit math (mostly scientific models) or applications that need more than 2GB of RAM. 2GB because of Windows' 50/50 app/kernel memory partitioning.

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It's possible to download an offline installer for 2022.

https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/install/create-an-offline-installation-of-visual-studio?view=vs-2022

Is it time for 6G already? Traffic analysis says yep

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The main point in 5G was to increase the number of phones that could be supported per node. It might be faster in a best case, but that wasn't the objective.

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Re: it would be great

I think this is more of a case of the 4G networks in your area being bad than an issue with the technology. 4G around here has been more reliable from the start.

Veteran editors Notepad++ and Geany hit milestone versions

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It's not fair to claim Notepad++ is 1/20thr the size of Viscose because it's very usable without plugins and VsCode is basically unusable without hundreds of megabytes of plugins making the disparity much worse.

Musk tells advertisers to 'go f**k' themselves as $44B X gamble spirals into chaos

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For someone like me, who never really liked Twitter anyway, this whole saga has been a riot. Watching Elon Musk demolish a business I don't care about and his reputation, all at once has been very entertaining.

AI won't take your job, might shrink your wages, European Central Bank reckons

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When did any tool that increases productivity not lead to an increase in wages? The ECB sounds clueless.

Apple exec defends 8GB $1,599 MacBook Pro, claims it's like 16GB in a PC

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Bull, it's unified RAM so it's both your main and graphics RAM. You need MORE of it, not less.

Sorry Pat, but it's looking like Arm PCs are inevitable

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I agree about Apple's motivation, but x86 can't compete for efficiency which means ARM notebooks have a lot longer battery life and that's something the average user really cares about.

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Re: Compatibility

The JIT recompiler isn't an emulator and it uses native APIs. It's genuinely a usable stopgap (I've been using to for a while, if you haven't I don't think your opinion is worth much). And since most Windows programs are just a compile away from native ARM support it's not a big lift. If ARM Windows PCs become common it'll only be a few years before most software is available for ARM (just like it is for Macs now).

Macbook sales are down because sales of all perceived luxury goods are down. Bad economic conditions hit makers of luxury goods first.

Apple jacks prices to juice profits because $19.3B a quarter isn't enough

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I feel like this is going to have the opposite to the desired effect. People around the world are slowly waking up to the fact that we're entering a global recession (as countries fall into recession one by one). The Chinese people seem to realize it, they were the first to go. Now the UK, Canadians and Australians seem to be starting to clue in. The US is likely to be last, but it seems like it's headed that way as well.

That covers most of Apple's customers right there and one of the first things people do to tighten their belts is to cancel monthly service subscriptions. Putting the price up is likely to set off a lot more cancellations.

Windows 11: The number you have dialed has been disconnected

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Re: Amen

I only use search to find apps installed on any of my machines (phone on up). It's much faster than even clicking through one level of menus. Death to application menus as a concept!

Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS

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Re: Hoping to get rid of Win 10 soon

I hear this a lot, but the fact that you have to check Proton Db just demonstrates that Proton isn't there yet. To be a real replacement Proton would have to work well enough that people just assume it works and in any case where it doesn't get irrationally angry. That's when you know it's a real replacement for Windows.

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I've been using Windows 11 since release. The UI is a bit more consistent than 10. That and the improved window snapping are the only differences that really affect me.

So this one time, at Bandcamp, half the staff were laid off

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Re: Never forget, when you work for the compnay being bought...

This is only true if you work for a badly-managed company. That's a lot of them, but not all of them. You should strive to be mid-pack at minimum. Barely covering requirements is a good way to be the first laid off. And if you can get to a situation where you're the only person who understands something critical you can probably get to a point where even if they do lay you off they need to re-hire you at severely increased pay if they do.

This might not be as realistic an option for you IT support guys (I know that most of the posters here are in support type roles) but for developers it's not that difficult provided you're good at your job.

It's 2023 and Microsoft WordPad can be exploited to hijack vulnerable systems

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If you're running a recent version of Windows Wordpad can be removed from the optional features section of the Settings app.

Microsoft says VBScript will be ripped from Windows in future release

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Re: It's an abomination, but...

That's not VBScript. Microsoft Office uses VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), an equally outdated and insecure scripting language that needs to die. They have not announced its discontinuance... yet.

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I graduated University in 2009 and I've been working software development the whole time. I have never, ever needed VBScript. Powershell existed back when I was in school and it has done anything I needed scripted. VBScript is a security hole that should have been removed 10 years ago or more.

AI girlfriend encouraged man to attempt crossbow assassination of Queen

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Re: In Other News ...

Even the ones that don't are use composing responses based on the likelihood of similar responses in the training data. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about how AI systems work, with people ascribing thought to what is in essence just a deterministic algorithm run over a complex dataset that just produces output that looks like it requires thought.

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Re: In Other News ...

There is no precedent for liability in this case.It's similar to blaming a hammer you were swinging for breaking your toe.

Free software pioneer Richard Stallman is battling cancer

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Re: Contraversal & Charismatic

Yes, Richard Stallman has had some great ideas as well as some not so great ones. He's a very polarizing personality, known for disagreements with pretty much everybody in OOS.

But that doesn't mean I don't wish him well, hope he responds well to the treatment.

Google killing Basic HTML version of Gmail In January 2024

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I'm not surprised, every other website has ditched the noscript version of things. I'm surprised Google didn't do this 10 years ago, they tend to be first on things like this.

Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death

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Re: Were there no signs indicating that the Bridge was out?

That is a requirement in US traffic law too.

Linux on the Arm-based Thinkpad X13S: It's getting there

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I considered buying one of these laptops last year but the price isn't much lower than a MacBook Air and as a platform for Linux, the MacBook Air is more powerful and gets better battery life. So I bought a MacBook Air instead.

AI coding is 'inescapable' and here to stay, says GitLab

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I've been using Copilot for the last few months. It does fill in boilerplate pretty effectively, but it doesn't really have any sort of concept of what the code is doing or why it needs to do it. It's so far away from the idea of replacing coders and it's an increasing complexity issue so I don't think it should be a near-term concern for anyone.

Microsoft calls time on ancient TLS in Windows, breaking own stuff in the process

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Re: protocols were disabled by default

*maniacal laugh*

Enterprises are the least competent of all, at least for their internal systems. They don't update until forced... and sometimes not until it breaks.

X may train its AI models on your social media posts

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I can't believe anyone still uses this thing. Maybe most people really are as stupid as Elon Musk seems to think they are.

IBM says GenAI can convert that old COBOL code to Java for you

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Why would you ever want to do this? You'd end up with Java programs with all the same limitations of the old COBOL programs. Better off to build a new system to replace the old one than convert 40 year old code paradigms.

Additionally, why would you need generative AI to do this? It seems like something tailor-made for rules-based AI.

Lock-in to legacy code is a thing. Being locked in by legacy code is another thing entirely

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Re: "You deserve this more than me"

More managers should read the book "Leaders Eat Last" by Simon Sinek. If you only look out for yourself no one respects you and you can't really lead people, only manage.

Couple admit they laundered $4B in stolen Bitcoins after Bitfinex super-heist

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Looks like Razzlekhan is going to be the crocodile of cell block B, at least for a while. Lichtenstein may have stolen a bunch of Crypto, but at least he had the good sense to not rap badly online about it. I'm genuinely surprised it took this long, these two have acted like giant idiots the whole time. I think lack of technical competence from authorities is the reason but they could have just been trying to tie in more co-conspirators.

China's openKylin 1.0 arrives. Our verdict? Not a bad-looking, er, Ubuntu remix

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If it's there, the CCP wants it there.

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Looks like the Kylin team convinced the government to give them enough money to build their own distribution, then the just took their existing Ubuntu remix and slapped a coat of paint on it and pocketed the rest of the money.

Sounds like how it works in China.

GitLab deploys on a Friday and ... is down for a few hours

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Re: Not surprising

It's almost assuredly worse. It's probably deployed by a continuous integration system that's putting together the config from multiple places config/secrets/variables every time.

Red Hat's open source rot took root when IBM walked in

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It seems to me like Red Hat is taking a bunch of things built by others, packing them up with their logo and then suing anyone who tries to copy their strategy too closely. That feels wrong. RH is building on top of the work of many open source developers but doesn't want to return anything to the community.

California man's business is frustrating telemarketing scammers with chatbots

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This is cool, but there is also a $0 solution for cheap people (like me). Almost all these people use auto dialers so what you do is record the "this number is disconnected" tone as the beginning of your outgoing message. This causes the vast majority of autodialers to mark your number as a bad number and never call you again

Microsoft and GitHub are still trying to derail Copilot code copyright legal fight

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Re: We all do it

Stack Overflow is mostly for software development and a lot of the commenters here are sysadmins so I don't think the overlap is that high.

But yeah, Microsoft is absolutely transparent about this.

Bosses face losing 'key' workers after forcing a return to office

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I think we'll be back to "business as usual" in a year. The economy is tanking and refusing to go back to the office puts you on the chopping block. You'll be the first to go.

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