* Posts by Jurassic.Hermit

36 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2022

Microsoft pulls Windows 11 24H2 from Insider Release Preview Channel


Re: Same old...

My current latest release of Windows 11 does that from time to time. It's not fit for release, they are having a laugh whilst we suffer.

Windows 11 tries to escape Windows 10's shadow with AI muscle


Re: For what stats are worth...

Exactly my thoughts. Used MS almost daily since Dos 6, then all the Windows versions. Windows 11 is just an annoyance, "enhanced" by "school kids" who have never done real work in professional / services, operations, finance, etc.

55 years ago, Apollo 10's crew turned the airwaves blue


Re: In some ways, we haven't progressed much

"I had no idea what a "lavatory" refers to, until I googled it. Is that French or something?"

Erm, Latin actually. Have you heard of the Romans, they had an Empire 2000 years ago ? It was very successful for a while, until they got lazy and arrogant. History has a habit of rhyming, take note, be careful...


Re: Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end...

No, it was the height of the Cold War with nuclear annihalation just a mistake away. The US needed dominance over the Soviet and Chinese communists, they would have got the money even if Kennedy had not been assassinated. Kennedy lit the blue touch paper and the political momentum was then unstoppable, and the military aspect was vital.

Once 'supremacy' had been achieved then yes, interest waned and funding dwindled, and that's my main point.

With all of that technical achievement and knowledge inside engineer's brains it could have been relatively easy to continue with the flow, rather than an abrupt halt for a couple of decades, engineers and know-how retiring, culminating with the ignominy of the USA relying of Soviet Soyuz space craft and engines to reach just the ISS in orbit around the Earth.

Fifty odd years later, here we are, and the wheel is being largely invented, and at great cost and delay compared to having had NASA keep ticking over for the past few decades. Space X have done a great job, but it could have been so different.


Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end...

Those were the days, no pussyfooting about, no onerous health and safety regulations, just pioneering, risk taking, trial and error, but also a very large dollop of adult common sense which helped avoid too many disasters!

It resulted in not just one lunar landing, but six, contrary to the conspiracy nuts' claims. It would have been seven landings if not for Apollo 13 oxygen tank exploding. Tom Hanks and his crew did a great job to get back to Earth. Also led to the amazing Space Shuttle program.

Unfortunately, the politicians and the bean counters stopped investing and we are where we are today, state-funded billionaires playing with their toys and crossing their fingers. Don't get me wrong, they've done a decent job, especially with re-usable rockets, but we're decades behind where we could / should have been, already with a permanent lunar base and at least 1 human landing on Mars. Sometimes the State does know better, and does a better job than private enterprise, and space flight is one such area.

Apple crushes creativity and its reputation in new iPad ad


Another bite of the Apple

They're going to need to redo their logo, take another bite or two out of that apple.

No doubt Steve will be turning in his grave or urn at what 'Tim Dim But Nice' just did.

Microsoft confesses April Windows update breaks some VPN connections


30 years and counting...

I must be a sucker for punishment putting up with MS for so long. Stuck with it through thick and thin, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer...until death do us part.

Well, I'm declaring MS dead as far as I am concerned. Had enough of their pathetic OS efforts ever since Windows 8, but in recent times they've also destroyed Outlook, Office 365, totally dumbing down the whole lot. Windows 10 was actually decent, but I literally hate Windows 11 even more than 8. No quality control on any of it any more, ads, opening Bing every time I do a local search.

Utter crap. Goodbye Microshaft, you'll be out of my life almost totally by the end of 2024.

Another Boeing whistleblower comes forward – with receipts


Re: Dave Calhoun

"I don't think there is enough money in the company to properly fix it, no matter who is in charge"

It's a strategic asset to the US, they need to nationalise it, kick out the idiots, re-organise it properly, let it run for a few years and tweaking as needed. Only then consider whether to continue running as is, or privatise it. If the latter, I would allow more than 49% of it to be sold, at least not initially.

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs


Re: Alternative

"I have no doubt that Microsoft will remain outrageously profitable for some decades."

I used to think that, and you are probably right, but after having used Windows since it first came out and stuck with it through thick and thin, the combination of Windows 11 plus the latest incarnations of Office 365 have finally made me decide to wean myself off Microsoft altogether this year, with the exception of using Office online just for those files I have to share with my clients.

I'm sure I'm not alone, there will be millions doing the same. Meanwhile Gen X/Z are going to avoid MS for cost and idealogical reasons. The future is bright, the future is without the MS juggernaut, I sincerely hope.

Whistleblower cries foul over alleged fuselage gaps in Boeing 787 Dreamliner


Re: Glad I'm retired

How many trains will you need to take to go on a trip of a lifetime to visit the pyramids, for example ? How long owuld it take ? I can't imagine it being a "holiday" unless you take the Orinet Express to Constaninople.

Software engineer helped put Sam Bankman-Fried behind bars, say prosecutors


Crypto Crime

Just because it was crypto they assumed that they were outside of the financial system and nobody would notice let alone care.

25 years isn’t long enough for this shyster and his co-conspirators, he showed zero remorse.

Farewell .NET 7, support ends in May – we hardly knew you


Re: What was the point of releasing .NET 7

I'm still running SyncToy which runs on, I think, .Net 2.1x

Very simple, lovely little tool, in fact, indispensible.

Mozilla fixes $100,000 Firefox zero-days following two-day hackathon


That's a great way to encourage finding bugs via a competition and cash prizes.

I don't know how they organise it, but everyone participating to the end should at the very least get their travel and hotel costs covered, to show appreciation that at least they tried to make a positive difference.

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


Re: Coincidence...

Indeed, but that’s why Flatpack exists, giving the average user only what’s needed.


Re: Coincidence...

I agree about 365 dependency, but with MS merging the look and feel and functionality of the apps and online versions, most average users could use 365 in the Edge browser on a linux desktop. Yes, Edge for linux exists and would be ideal for MS users on linux.

Job interview descended into sweary shouting match, candidate got the gig anyway


Re: I may have told this one before...

Actually, a company I worked for referred to them as Human Remains.

Musk joins OpenAI lawsuit queue, says there's nothing 'open' about it


Re: Nothing has achieved AGI yet.

Maybe so, but it's nowhere near as bad as Google's product. It "believes" that misgendering Caitlin Jenner is morally no different to killing 100 million people in a nuclear war! That's frightening, to say the least.

I saw this example posted on X then tried it myself. I debated with it for half an hour, from various angles, but it wouldn't have any of it, no, misgendering, even if accidental, is equal to a nuclear war.

Shocked, I then tried the same on ChatGPT 3.5. Initially, it replied in a similar manner, but on the second try, re-phrasing it just one, it accepted that these were two, incomparable moral extremes and of course human life is a higher priority.

I'm not looking forward to AI being placed into a Boston Dynamics police dog, or a future medical appointment, if this is how human life is perceived by AI models. I also fail to see how the inherent biases of the programmers and content being scanned, can be overcome and result in a truly objective AI; perhaps it can't, and never will.

Windows 11 users herded toward 23H2 via automatic upgrade


Re: Herded?

I used to hate MS, but after reading your entirely sensible post, I now love them. Thank you for converting me.

Moving to Windows 11 is so easy! You just need to buy a PC that supports it!


It's worse than that, they're outright lying, at least from the perspective of most consumers.

Why? Because they promised, until the cows came home, that Windows 10 would be the last version of Windows, ever!

Once a supplier breaks a contract with their customers, or makes their lives harder, the latter get upset and dig their heals in.

Windows 11 is an abomination, and to be honest, I even preferred the terrible Windows 8 compared to 11. Windows 11 is a total mish-mash of different GUIs. And as far as the Start Menu is concerned it's a total disaster. Stardock and similar may give you a near approximation to 10, or 7, but not entirely the same.

But why should we have to struggle with a sub-standard GUI and then decide to find a third party app to provide an alternative? Surely, MS should be smart enough to leave the Windows 10, or 7 GUI fully available and selectable on future versions of Windows, not least that most business users are hardwired over years to interact with exactly the same interface and any changes dramtically hit their productivity...same goes with Outlook and other Office programs. Outlook new version is now totally dumbed down, and no longer handles IMAP and other non-365 accounts from what I've read on Technet.

MS, you are really showing that you are taking your customers for granted, no understanding their real needs, even hating them.

Firefox 122 gets even more competitive with Chrome on translation


I’ve used FF since the beginning plus all the other main browsers.

For work my primary browser is MS Edge which, aside from all the Bing AI garbage foisted upon me is a very decent and surprisingly fast browser.

I very recently bought a Thinkpad with an i13 cpu and 32Gb RAM, currently only running Orifice 365. Firefox is a complete dog on it, unlike Edge. It’s been a trend in recent releases, no idea why, but I’d like FF to succeed and regain its lost market share eventually; this doesn’t help.

For a moment there, Lotus Notes appeared to do everything a company needed


Re: The problem with Notes

I used to hate the Ribbon with a passion. Now, I love it. When I recently gave Open / Libre Office another try, I was rapidly hunting for their version of the Ribbon which is off by default and requires firstly flagging an advanced setting somewhere. Once I eventually switched it on, I was unimpressed.

That said, even MS Gen X / Y are now ruining their own invention...same as ever.

How Sinclair's QL computer outshined Apple's Macintosh against all odds


Re: QL was more than a failure. It was a total joke.

"Those who had the bad luck to work on QL's back then always considered them a joke. Which is what they were. And by the time the QA issues was mostly addressed it was - who cares. You only get one chance to make a good impression."

I don't recognise this view at all. I bought a QL plus a daisywheel printer and proceeded to launch and successfully run a small business writing CVs and providing career development services. The QL worked a treat, although the microdrives were very slow. I still have it in a box in my cellar, no idea if it works though.

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


Re: it would be great

Same here in Switzerland. My local 4G tower belts out as much as 322 down and 45 up, better than my home VDSL copper connection.


4G is great already

“Although the average speeds users in the UK are likely to see are lower than what it is theoretically capable of – somewhere between 75 Mbps and 240 Mbps by some estimates – this is multiple times faster than 4G.”

Well here in my corner of the Jura, the local 4G antenna has allowed my pre 5G iPhone, according to Speedtest, a whopping 322 mbps down and 45 up.

Implementation in the UK seems to be the issue together with too many users for the infrastructure provided by stingy operators.

Biden urged to do something about Europe 'unfairly' targeting American tech


Re: Don't know whether to laugh or cry

Erm, by reining in the data that they slurp from every other country ?

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?


Re: But ironically...

Ironically…Satnav Nutella lost direction with OpenAI.

CEO Satya Nadella thinks Microsoft hung up on Windows Phone too soon


Re: Imagine an HP phone, or a IBM phone

There’s actually 3 of us. With my QL i ran a CV writing and career development business! Lovely machine, but as you say, micro drives loading took ages.

Still got a job at the end of this week? You're lucky, as more layoffs hit the tech industry



The Human Remains departments will be busy, some even sadistically enjoying the culling…

Getting to the bottom of BMW's pay-as-you-toast subscription failure


Re: don't forget

Don’t forget…it’s a brake light, as in applying the brakes to slow it down.

If you don’t brake properly then yes, you may break your car into pieces.

Microsoft signs 1.5 million seat contract for Office 365 and more


Re: Super Bugs

Jason, is that you ?

No, I'm the other guy, Jason Borne...

Silicon Valley Bank's UK arm bought by HSBC for 1 British pound in rescue deal


They should have contacted me, I would have been extremely generous and paid 100% more !

Lenovo adds rugged ThinkPhone to appeal to ThinkPad users


Been there and done it

Seems similar to what Microsoft tried years ago with their 950XL phone?

Apple accused of censoring apps in Hong Kong and Russia to maintain market access


It seems that many tweebs, especially those residing in the USA / California, fail to understand the difference between a local / national business versus an international business.

With pay strikes ending, BT merges divisions to save £100m in annual costs


Re: Openreach

It's a misspelling, they meant it to be 'harms length'.

ChatGPT has mastered the confidence trick, and that's a terrible look for AI


Hey Chat GPT, write me an essay about the world being destroyed by AI

"The idea of the world being destroyed by artificial intelligence (AI) has long been a topic of speculation and concern. While it is true that AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives and bring about numerous benefits, it is also true that it carries certain risks and dangers that must be carefully considered.

One of the main fears surrounding AI is the possibility that it could become self-aware and pose a threat to humanity. This scenario, known as "singularity," envisions a future in which AI surpasses human intelligence and becomes capable of controlling and manipulating the world in ways that we cannot predict or understand. While it is difficult to say with certainty whether this will ever actually happen, the possibility cannot be completely ruled out.

Another concern is the potential for AI to be used as a weapon or to cause unintended harm. AI systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are being used in a variety of contexts, including military operations and transportation. If these systems malfunction or are programmed improperly, they could have serious consequences, including loss of life and destruction of property.

Furthermore, there is the issue of AI being used to exploit or oppress people. Some have raised concerns about the use of AI in decision-making processes, such as hiring or lending, as it could perpetuate or even amplify existing biases. There is also the risk of AI being used to track and monitor individuals or groups, leading to a loss of privacy and autonomy.

In order to mitigate these risks, it is important for us to approach the development and use of AI with caution and to put in place safeguards and regulations to ensure that it is used responsibly. This could include developing ethical guidelines for AI, establishing committees to oversee its use, and making sure that AI is transparent and accountable.

In conclusion, while AI has the potential to bring about significant improvements and benefits, it is important to recognize and address the potential risks it poses. By taking a responsible and cautious approach to its development and use, we can ensure that AI serves as a positive force in the world rather than a destructive one."

I'd say that's a pretty good attempt.