* Posts by mostly average

38 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Sep 2023

Blue screen of death or Eurovision's Windows95man performance – what's less annoying?

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Windows

"Not available in your country..."

Oh, good. We're safe on our side of the pond.

Now all Windows 11 users are getting adverts to 'make the Start menu great again'

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Like a Hydra

Turn off one ad setting, two more will take it's place. And default to opt in.

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This is why...

I ditched Ubuntu in 2012 and swore off all things Canonical. Since I already don't use Windows (at home), I'm gonna not use it harder.

What can be done to protect open source devs from next xz backdoor drama?

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"carefully failed to make clear"

Task failed successfully.

Grok-1 chatbot model released – open source or open Pandora's box?

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Facepalm

No, it isn't fine tuned.

It is the raw checkpoint. The release clearly states it is not fine tuned for any purpose. I know you all hate Musk, but at least read the first paragraph!

Ahead of IPO, Reddit blends advertising into user posts

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I don't use Reddit,

But now, I'm gonna not use it harder.

HDMI Forum 'blocks AMD open sourcing its 2.1 drivers'

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Re: This is the result of DRM

Yep. The AMD drivers probably don't even support HDCP anyway. Besides, pirating media via HDMI capture is too much work and too slow.

IonQ opens first US quantum factory amid VC cash crunch

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Re: Progress

Schrodinger's breath. Apropos for an article about Quantum Marketing.

Forgetting the history of Unix is coding us into a corner

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Re: One thing that has/should change is...

That's Silly Con Valley. And I'm pretty sure lightbulbs are illegal there.

Aircraft rivet hole issues cause delays to Boeing 737 Max deliveries

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Mushroom

Boeing should

Make the engineers, software developers, QA, their supervisors and executives ride a pre-delivery test flight of every aircraft they make. No parachutes allowed. It'd be good PR to show confidence in the product, inspire better attention to getting it right, and if any of them screwed up, natural selection would eliminate the problems. Icon because Boeing.

DeepMind AI helps cook up 'novel' compounds – with sides of controversy

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Trollface

Seems Google's AI solution has failed to produce a viable problem.

Japanese space lasers aim to clean up orbital junk

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Mushroom

This one sparks joy.

Space lasers spark joy.

It's true, LLMs are better than people – at creating convincing misinformation

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Terminator

Better?

They're just stupid faster. So they're better if you take faster to be better.

It took Taylor Swift deepfake nudes to focus Uncle Sam, Microsoft on AI safety

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Re: Just AI?

I recall a similar moral panic a few years ago involving celebrities and manually photoshopped pornography. That and there's plenty of humans capable of creating very realistic images on canvas and practically every other medium. But when a human paints Taylor Swift in compromising poses with Ronald McDonald, it's art and a commentary on capitalism or something. Not that I condone either practice. I'm just pointing out there's no stopping the dirty mind, and there never was. I also think it's pretty hypocritical they only care now that the rapid princess is involved.

Nokia walks the walk about its RAN to play on Uncle Sam’s China fears

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Windows

There is no Nokia.

There is only HMD Global. They may wear Nokia's face, but they're not Nokia. Their handsets are made in china out of short half-life chinesium. Real Nokia phones were made with the finest Finnish witchcraft and are presumably immortal.

Drivers: We'll take that plain dumb car over a flashy data-spilling internet one, thanks

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Mushroom

Re: ransomware

I would imagine a situation more akin to the plot of Speed. Except instead of a bomb on a bus, it's a self driving car holding the passengers hostage. 5 BTC to make the car stop before the cliff ahead. Icon because Keanu Reeves film.

SpaceX accused of firing employees critical of free speech fan Elon Musk

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Facepalm

Important detail missing...

Was the open letter sent from company email? (Or other company owned channel) Was it sent to the entire company? If so, they deserve to be fired. At a minimum for their stupidity alone. Company email (or other services) is private property and they can remove you from their metaphorical (or literal) lawn if they want. At every org I've ever worked for, use of mass email, or reply all, is verboten except for explicitly authorized official use. I think it'd be far more newsworthy if they didn't get fired for pulling a stunt like this.

Driverless cars swerve traffic tickets in California even if they break the law

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Split the bill

As long as these cars are still effectively in beta, fine both whoever's in the car and the manufacturer. This early in development, the passenger should always remain alert enough to intervene.

Bricking it: Do you actually own anything digital?

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Coat

If it can be viewed/heard

It can be copied, It's just a matter of at what quality. Worst case, someone can just set up a camera in front of the telly. There's obviously more sophisticated ways of doing this, some that operate entirely in the digital domain. Now where did I put that Betamax of the Star Wars Holiday special?

HP TV ads claim its printers are 'made to be less hated'

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Mushroom

Less hated...

More loathed.

Avoid.

OpenAI makes it official: Sam Altman is back as CEO

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Re: They’re all white men”

Any consideration of race in personnel decisions is by definition racist. Ditto for sex, religion, national origin, etc. Those things have no business being included in personnel files. If they must be included, they must be redacted (including names) wherever possible when an individual is being assessed for any personnel decisions. It's impossible to be racist if it's impossible to know the race.

AI threatens to automate away the clergy

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Trollface

Forgive me, Alexa, for I have sinned...

Alexa: I know.

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Google reinstates the "don't be evil" rule and promptly ceases all operations.

What's really going on with Chrome's June crackdown on extensions – and why your ad blocker may or may not work

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Re: Time to unleash AI on adverts?

A wise man once said, "it is better to get pissed off, than pissed on." And Google does do a lot of pissing on a lot of people/organizations.

Google dragged to UK watchdog over Chrome's upcoming IP address cloaking

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Mushroom

They're both evil.

Advertisers want to screw everyone. Google wants screw exclusivity. They're both evil. Screw them both.

YouTube cares less for your privacy than its revenues

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Re: Chrome

That's true, however PC is no longer the most common means of surfing the interweb sewers. All the youngins these days use fondleslabs, most of which run android. Microsoft is desperately clawing for control of a relative minority.

Google bins integrity API that looked more than a bit like horrible DRM for websites

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Big Brother

This has only two purposes...

1. Ensure only Google can use Web scrapers.

2. Protect Google's precious ad revenue by breaking ad blockers.

Any other stated purpose is either bovine excrement or a side effect.

Microsoft CEO Nadella's compensation drops... to $48M

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Trollface

Re: Compensation

His role is chief executive officer, so presumably he's being paid to execute.

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

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Trollface

Fully clothed capitalism isn't much better, though far less exciting.

3D printer purchases could require background checks under proposed law

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Trollface

Do those numbers include...

...printed guns actually [successfully] discharged in a crime, or just the ones turned in for cash at police buy back events?

Actually, now that I think about it, this could be retribution for that one time a guy sold a box of $0.75 3d printed guns at a police "no questions asked" gun buy back event for $200.00 apiece. The fuzz was not amused.

When Microsoft complains that you're a monopolist you know things are bad

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Gimp

Both are evil

But right now, Google's better at being evil. As much as I hate them, Google has a superior search product than Bing. I avoid them both most of the time unless I can't find what I'm looking for, then I use Google as a last resort.

AI girlfriend encouraged man to attempt crossbow assassination of Queen

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If only he was using Dr. Sbaitso, he might have gotten his life in order. Or not. Anyway, I miss my soundblaster.

Elon Musk's ambitions for Starship soar high while reality waits on launchpad

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Windows

Rushed?

I believe they prefer the term, "agile."

FEMA to test emergency alert system US-wide today

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Joke

Every fule kno

it's not the shot that has the mind control chips, it's the COVID test they shove waaaay up your nose, directly into your brains. That should be obvious! (See icon)

Microsoft CEO whinges about Google's default search deals

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Mushroom

It's ok...

...to hate them both. It's a devil stepping on the toes of a fellow devil.

Linux interop is maturing fast… thanks to a games console

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Mushroom

Re: interesting Until....

Anything is better than snap.

Unity apologizes, tweaks runtime install fees after gaming world outrage

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The damage is done

The new terms sound downright reasonable, however the damaged trust is going to be nigh impossible to repair. Now everyone realizes they can pull a Darth Vader and alter the deal wherever they please. They're going to need to put some verbiage into their new terms to guarantee that they won't pull the rug. A sane dev would make any new terms apply only to the newest version of the software and phase out the old version. But that would require making newer versions more desirable, something an EA bean counter can't understand.

Unity talks of price cap and fees for only largest games developers

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Re: the trust is gone though

No sane Dev will bet their livelihood on them now. I could see some working with them under a strict contract, but I can't see too many small devs being able to afford lawyers to negotiate their deal with the devil, let alone sue when they inevitably alter the deal. (Cue Darth Vader breathing)