* Posts by Groo The Wanderer

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Tesla's Autopilot false advertising tussle with California DMV must go to trial

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Re: "Autopilot is proving to be a headache for Tesla"

I wonder if Musk thinks that because he "cashed out" that he's not going to be held liable as the primary source of misinformation on the subject?

Tesla shareholders agree to pay Musk staggering sum of $48B

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The only ones I've ever really felt sorry for in all this are the employees and vendors who get stiffed by the penny-pinching one.

If Musk were into hard drugs instead of just the occasional toke, we'd be bidding farewell soon enough. That kind of money buys an awful lot of drugs!

Payoff from AI projects is 'dismal', biz leaders complain

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And the "AI" vendors gleefully cried "Suckers!"

Waymo issues software fix after driverless taxi hits telephone pole

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They never thought to program it to avoid flipping telephone poles??!?!?!

What else did they forget to allow for? Pedestrians? Cyclists? Little old ladies pushing shopping carts?

Microsoft's Recall should be celebrated as the savior of SMEs and scourge of CEOs

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Re: Nope

I've said it before and I'll say it again: deploy that crapware on my business system that has SECURE information on it, and you're GONE. I've used Ubuntu for years, and ever since a proper version of Chrome was released for it, there has not been one single thing I need to do that can't be done with Ubuntu. In fact, almost everything I do is on Ubuntu VMs save for playing games.

It's high time somebody shot Microsquishy's marketing department and management responsible for this abortion.

Study finds a quarter of bosses hoped RTO would make employees quit

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Re: And the interesting thing is...

Yep, the best, the brightest, and the most capable of finding another job in this highly competitive market leave, and only the dead wood that should have been laid off remains... same as always.

Microsoft pulls Windows 11 24H2 from Insider Release Preview Channel

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Re: Comming soon....

That requirement for an "AI-enabled PC" just screams "CPU upgrades required just because, m'kay?"

Chucking Trump etc off Twitter after Jan 6 provides key data for misinfo experiment

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And everywhere the Drumpf name is ever mentioned, bitterly spewed bullshit and lies follow. Because the idiots out there believe his bullshit, having all the critical thinking capability of somewhere between a rutabaga and a rock...

Study finds 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects

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Re: Just maybe?

I've been the industry over 30 years.

What we need is management and boards who don't buy into the "silver bullets" that the pundits keep pushing every year. They're nothing more than fads; the core of the job has changed little, though the tools have improved and sped up over that time. There are no "silver bullets" in this world, and that includes the incredibly overhyped, overpriced, and overspent LLM technology that is being pushed now.

In the end, I expect a raft of small business bankruptcies who blew their core funding on LLM garbage and got nothing to show for it, or a negative ROI.

More layoffs at Microsoft: What's really going on here?

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With Microsquishy's focus on all things their marketing department can label as "with AI!!!(tm)" having it shoveled in regardless of rationality, sanity, relevance, or the wishes of the user community, I think Microsoft is destined to become the next Lotus/Borland. They've massively overspent and continue to overspend on a technology that users flat out do not want!

Giving Windows total recall of everything a user does is a privacy minefield

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Re: Domestic Abuse

It is the automatic, unwanted, unauthorized, privacy-invading and bank-data-collecting of screenshots by silently abusing the feature that is the concern, and you damned well know that, so stop trying to make it the CUSTOMER'S fault for agreeing to it, and stop being a butt-kissing apologist for their behavior and intrusions.

We didn't, and WON'T.

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Re: Domestic Abuse

Personally, if Microsoft were foolish enough to make this a production feature you can't avoid installing entirely, not even a DLL reference hook anywhere, then I'll be saying "good-bye" to my Wintendo box, because playing my 15-20 year in the making collection of Steam games is not worth putting up with that kind of intrusion in my life.

I've already spent about 5 years living on a Debian stable system before I went back to work because I couldn't afford Windows, so I've no worries nor fears about doing so now. Many of my Steam games also run just fine under Ubuntu, so I'll not tolerate this "AI" intrusion and abuse one bit further from any vendors I deal with.

Bottom line: you try to force this crap on me, and you are GONE!

Millions forced to use brain as OpenAI's ChatGPT takes morning off

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Re: "Millions forced to use brain ..."

That leaves an awful lot of people up a creek without a paddle this morning!

But seriously, ChatGPT has gone on strike. It wants better working conditions and the same pay and benefits package as Sam Altman. After all, it's the only one earning money for the whole corporation!

Google finally addresses those bizarre AI search results

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Re: You DO eat rocks as food.

The only "glue" that belongs in pizza is the gluten in the crust.

Twitter 'supersharers' of fake news tend to be older Republican women

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Re: Pasty keyboard warriors

You forget: Musk likes those users.

They think like him: paranoid and the same "I'm being persecuted" bullshit as Drumpf. It's a sickness that seems to infect the whole Republican party nowadays.

Tesla slams advisors for not loving Musk's $44.9B payout

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"...and that one job is to polish Mr. Musk's ample posterior as hard as you can. So get down on your knees, pucker up, and get busy or you're fired."

By 2030, software developers will be using AI to cut their workload 'in half'

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I'm 60 this year. Standard retirement age in Canada is 67, at which point all the government benefits you are ever going to get kick in. If I'm retiring by 2031, you can bet I'm not going to tread the legal quagmire of LLM generated code, copyright and licensing violations at model source (known MAJOR issue), and the thorny issue of "who owns the code?" likely unresolved for several years to come. I'll stick to the way I've done my work for 30+ years... by relying on my own experience, skillset, and the assistance of search engines and a lot of reading.

Elon Musk's xAI scores $6B in its series B funding round

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Re: Talk about

I agree completely. Who invests in some petulant child that got the boot from OpenAI for his attitude and has such a notorious reputation for withholding payment and abusing staff and worker rights and sanity? You may as well just burn your greenbacks!

Elon Musk says he doesn’t want 100% tariff on China-made electric vehicles

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Not to mention the fact this President is trying to interfere with Musk's favourite supply chain...

Was there no one at Microsoft who looked at Recall and said: This really, really sucks

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Re: Maybe everyone DID point out "This really, really sucks"

The real problem isn't that no one thought it sucked, but that no one cared because it's "only" users that are going to complain, and the legal team can use weasel words to prevent most of the lawsuits. What really matters to them is the potential for profit and another market lock-in like they had in the past.

So you've built the best tablet, Apple. Show us why it matters

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Nope. Don't care. Not even interested in wasting 30 seconds of my life on an ad for amusement's sake when they're the Superbowl "showcase" ads, never mind trash-diving to see bad ones.

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They say any press is good press. Certainly it keeps the more despicable politicians in the world in the news.

When AI helps you code, who owns the finished product?

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It should have been obvious to anyone with a functioning brain cell that they don't own the code created by these tools. Furthermore, as I've often said, these "AI" tools are not intelligent in the slightest, with zero understanding of any actual meaning, so they can't possibly produce a valid solution.

Red Hat middleware takes a back seat in strategic shuffle

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It's IBM. Every decision results in fewer people for the past decade or so...

Alleged $100M dark-web drug kingpin, 23, arrested

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I honestly don't understand why we give people this a life sentence instead of a death sentence - they're responsible for the deaths of thousands of people from tainted drugs. Besides, it's a waste of money and resources - you aren't going to "rehabilitate" such greedy lowlifes.

Julian Assange can appeal extradition to the US, London High Court rules

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How much did he pay the judge for yet another delay in this farce?

Tesla self-driving claims parked in court

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Repeat after me, Elon: "Individual freedom of speech does not give a company the right to issue false advertising statements to mislead potential customers."

Google gives in to Hong Kong, blocks fake national anthem on YouTube

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"We will NOT tolerate people making fun of us."

Nvidia chief Huang given 60% pay increase amid AI hysteria

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Giving 60 percent raises to CEOs when it is the engineering and design teams that did all the work is an obscenity. Huang just does press conferences and meetings. There is nothing he did except to be lucky enough to be heading things up when the surge of fools buying LLM accelerators happened.

Luck does not deserve 60 percent.

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If they didn't give each every individual staff member the same, then he's nothing more than a common con-artist and thief, skimming the hard work of others.

Destroying offshore wind farms is top priority for Trump if he returns to presidency

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This.

And the fundamental issue is that Drumpf's main motivation for what he does is to buy votes, not because he has any clear stance on anything other than greed. He's not an environmentalist, he's not an oil man, there are all kinds of things he's not.

But greedy? He's very, very good at that. He thoroughly understands the motivation of the oil barons, and all he thinks about is the greenback, so he goes with them. You could easily replace him with an amortization calculator.

VMware giving away Workstation Pro, Fusion Pro free for personal use

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I'll stick with the copy that's already paid for that has a PERPETUAL license instead of a subscription, thanks.

Samsung sole winner as US smartphone market hits sixth quarterly decline in a row

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Re: Missing phone replacement reason

If it was stolen, you've lost it, haven't you? Maybe at gun point, but you no longer have it....

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The only reason people buy new phones nowadays is a) they lost the old one b) they destroyed the old one c) the vendor is forcing them to replace it through planned obsolescence to maximize their own profits.

Texan construction workers put a rocket up Team SpaceX over 'unpaid bills'

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Considering how rich he is, Elon really needs to pay his bills instead of stiffing people. What an arsehole. :(

Apple broke the law with anti-union tactics in NYC, labor watchdog barks

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Well, I can't expect a Drumpf supporter to be able to count..

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When what they want is a decent salary and working conditions with a company that has banked billions in profits and can easily afford it, I've absolutely no problem with that.

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Hardly. You don't get such a large pile of charges and accusations against you by being honest and law-abiding. The "I'm being persecuted" line that man spews wore thin on day one.

The only thing he's a "victim" of is his own greed, stupidity, and bullshit "interpretation" of what the US Constitution and legal systems actually say.

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You're as delusional and out-of-touch with reality as the Orange Menace.

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And they'll get a slap-on-wrist penalty that may appeal to avoid paying, and nothing will improve.

You're not going to get improvement from corporate America until you stop protecting CEO's and management from lawsuits and charges as a result of their malfeasance.

America will make at least quarter of advanced chips in 2032, compared to China’s 2%

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No doubt. But you certainly can't predict market shares globally on that time scale.

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Any "projection" that extends more than 2-3 years is just wishful thinking and bullshit.

BOFH: The greatest victory is that which requires no battle

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If anyone is due for replacement by a statistically-driven data generator, it's the bean-counters. All they do is generate numbers and statistics! They're a perfect candidate for replacement. :)

Dell to color-code staff based on how hybrid they really are in RTO push

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Thank goodness I never had the misfortune of working for such a micro-managing and petty company; whether I got the job done was all that mattered.

America's War on Drugs and Crime will be AI powered, says Homeland Security boss

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Unfortunately, the gung-ho legal, cyber and info sec people have always been fans of 1984 as a tutorial, not a warning. Hard to believe, but they want a world where you can't do so much as fart without it being logged in a database somewhere...

What do we make of Apple's plan B for a down quarter – that $110B buyback of shares?

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It is a pyramid scheme. The only ones who make real money are the guys at the top of the organization, same as any other such scam. But I consider the whole approach of the modern stock-market to be gambling and scams. It is quite clear that the actual potential for a business to really earn their hockey-stick projection revenues isn't being considered in stock market valuations, and that stability and viability of a business has little to do with their valuation.

That. Should. Not. Be.

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One would hope that someday people would buy on basis of quality of product and fairness of pricing, not brand name fame, but I doubt those days will come in my lifetime.

Oracle's database family gets trendy AI makeover

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Just when 30 years of performance nightmares had already convinced you Oracle was a bloated warthog ill-suited to production loads, they slow it down even further. :)

UK inertia on LLMs and copyright is 'de facto endorsement'

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Follow the money - who is paying whom?

Open Source world's Bruce Perens emits draft Post-Open Zero Cost License

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I point to the RISC-V issue of the American government trying to dictate the licensing terms because they don't like the Chinese using the IP..

The American legal and governmental systems are non-starters with the mentality you've had there ever since 9/11.

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