* Posts by Chris G

6223 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

With Alphabet's legendary commitment to products, we can't wait to see what its robotics biz Intrinsic achieves

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Re: AI to program

From the sound of their blarb they are a little short on hard manufacturing experience.

Maybe they could start with a pick and place pill packer before bringing an entire factory to a halt.

Tech support scams subside somewhat, but Millennials and Gen Z think they're bulletproof and suffer

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I am firmly in the boomer camp and the majority of my acquaintances are borderline paranoiacs, pretty much if we didn't call you about a problem you can fuck off!

Maybe it's because of all the decades of double glazing and super duper house painting salesmen calling to rip us off with prices that are double what the goods are worth.

One of the funniest was an ex nurse who is deaf, although not with her hearing aid, she had a call and told the guy she was 75 and going deaf then spent the next 10 minutes saying 'What! what! speak up I can't hear you!' The guy finally got the message and hung up.

My best was a loan company that called me offering 'Low cost, short term loans'. I told her that was fantastic as I had just finished a five stretch in Strangeways and a loan would be very useful, she hung up immediately.

Anyone fancy a Snowmobile full of Bags O'Crap? It'll be on the list somewhere

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Re: Fortunately for the rest of the world...

But 6PM is Shoe Time!

As for the Bag o' Crap I was wondering if perhaps Jeff had cornered the market in some way on the dog walkers on the country trails in these parts, they bag it up and hang it on a tree branch instead of taking with them to a receptacle, not sure how such a thing would be monetised but then I am not a billionaire entrepreneur.

Brain-computer interface researchers warn of a 'bleak' cyberpunk future – unless we tread carefully

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Considering that so many are changing to, or looking at an 'as a service' business model for almost anything you can think of, the aforementioned makes the possibilites for commercialised BCI quite horrific.

Imagine having to go through a licensing audit for your augmentations; arms, legs, organ augmentation and being told you have exceeded your licencing agreement but you can't afford to pay any more.

With some of the as a service companies that are already out there, if they ran BCI augmentations you would be looking at a potential BSOD, blue scream of death.

Europe mulls anonymous crypto-wallet ban, rules to make transfers more traceable

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"Money laundering poses a clear and present threat to citizens, democratic institutions, and the financial system,”

Nice of them to think of us citizens first, although I am not that clear presently on how laundering crypto currencies is a threat to a pensioner.

Mostly, I think it's threatening revenue gathering and the profits of financial institutions who are not getting a look in and therefore a cut.

As with most things cui bono, you must offer offer a few (large) crumbs to the establishment or they will make laws against you.

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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After harrassing someone to death and intimidating others, this arsehole gets a five year, live in Master's degree course in scumbaggery.

He will only be in his twenties when he comes out and more likely than not, have a full lifetime of recidavism to look forward to.

And people say 'there is no justice'....... They're right!

Hijacked, rampaging infrastructure will kill humans by 2025 – Gartner

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I wonder if anyone has ever produced stats to show the accuracy/failure rate of Gartners ejaculations?

Based on what is reported in the article they are predicting the rise of the nerds rather than of the machines.

Though they do have a point, everyone should be upping their security game, particularly where infrastructure and public safety is concerned.

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Re: Oh dear

Me too!

My girlfriend's dad invited me to watch the landing on his new colour telly.

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Re: The Lawnmower Man


You also have P,G&E who I believe are not keen on basic maintenance around their utilities.

Verified: UK.gov launching plans for yet another digital identity scheme

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Cynicism implies that there is doubt about thr outcome, whereas the attitude here is fueled by history, experience and certainty. If the British government is going for any all embracing system involving technology, any successes will be in spite of government involvment not because of it.

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Re: D'oh

I have a snappy name for it, we could call it STASI: Secure Technology Authenticating Subjects Identity.

It makes so much sense to put all of you identity including qualifications etc into one govermment data base, after all, who could the British people trust more with all of their life's details?

Now, where did I put that sarcasm icon?

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

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My immediate feeling on seeing these, is they are designed to capture startup grants and VC money, successful uptake would be an unlikely bonus.

Economically and ecologically, better forms of mass transport make more sense than this rubbish. Electric or fuel cell hail and ride mini buses, for example.

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Re: The door

The three wheeled bubble cars were classified for road tax and licencing purposes as a motor tricycle if yhey only had forward gears. Add reverse and it was a car ( the same applied to a motorcycle and side car) so many had forward gears only.

Nasty bloody things then, and in my opinion not much better now.

Sinclair C5 anybody?

Not only is Hubble back online after outage, it's already taking photos of the cosmos

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Re: Life without the shuttle

The whole point of reusable craft is to acheive economy, otherwise why bother?

The objective as you point out is to create an economically feasable system that is also versatile.

The shuttle was a start but using tons of discarded metal along with the shuttle itself at each launch could never be regarded as a permanent solution.

Musk has started in the right direction by creating recoverable, reuseable boosters.

Now it needs refining and further development.

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Re: Galaxies colliding in 'expanding space'....

As Mr Dunning said, 'This space stuff is easy peasy'.

Mr Kruger said, 'I have a theory about that.'

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Re: Life without the shuttle

A replacement for the shuttle may be something that Musk or Bezos could think about.

Whoever comes up with a reuseable space runabout that can do work more or less anywhere it is needed will dominate the space business.

Paid antivirus? On ads? Think of all the beer you could buy without that subscription

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Badger Ales

I would like to know, is this made from fermented badgers or made by badgers?

Either way, it doesn't sound very appealing.

A bit like the old Bishop's Finger, one would like assurances of where his finger has been and what pertenance it has to the ale before imbibing.

Malaysian Police crush crypto-mining kit to punish electricity thieves

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That's what I call

Blockchain compression.

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado

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I recently watched a video of this warehouse, it is an impressive use of robotics and algorithms.

The 'bots on the grid have only 5mm between them as they pass, so I am guessing there was a small failure of either the track or the drive mechanism on one of the bots that caused the mishap.

Dutch Queen, robot involved in opening of 3D-printed bridge in red-light district

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So, I take it that Queens and royalty are not supposed to know about or go near red light districts.

And yet, history shows us that royalty had mistresses and lovers produced bastards by the dozen as well as their 'legal' offspring.

The Dutch Royal family are far more up front and down to earth, while others have mistresses and other sex partners while living a lie.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together

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Re: Your headline reminds me...

In Spain, although not the law, it is generally accepted that you can grow up to three plants for personal use.

The smell of cannabis is common in the streets but if you are caught selling it or carrying whatever a cop would consider a commercial quantity, you will be nicked and prosecuted.

My mate's son, just for a laugh planted some seeds. A couple didn't make it but the others grew to about 2.5 metres and were covered in sticky seed heads.

A pity I can't stand the stuff!

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Re: Back in the olden days

Yup! Fairy lights and christmas trees, though the christmas trees are not what you would think.

They were plug doublers/treblers plugged into each other with multiple leads attached, adding up to absurd levels of current draw and unsurprisingly if not blowing a fuse would get hot enough to start a blaze.

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Back in the olden days

I had several mates who were firemen, I think TV/CRTs were second only to smoking as a cause of house fires.

BOFH: But soft! What light through yonder filing cabinet breaks?

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The Boss is an asset

Right up to the moment when he has a gullibility dysfunction.

Microsoft solicits Clippy comeback – later reveals it had already decided to bring back the peppy paperclip

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Ah! But has it been polished and beglittered?

No? Well I expect Mshaft think theirs is.

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Not only do Mshaft provide us with 'features' we have little desire or need for, they make it increasingly difficult to negate or remove said features by moving everything around, changing the name or description of things etc.

Since 10 made it's appearance I have been steadily finding ways to disable and remove clutter, now notwithstanding 'features' that appear after updates, I almost have 10 how I want it.

So now I have 11 to look forward to as a new challenge, except I won't, my new challenge is likely to be linux.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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BT expect to cover another 4500 square miles with 4G in the next four years, sounds a lot but that is an area of 67X67 so about 15 towers.

Put that into 5G terms though and it translates to over 50 times as many transmitters, 5 G won't be getting into a lot of rural areas any time soon.

I know that is simplified but so is BT's BS.

It had to happen: Microsoft's cloudy Windows 365 desktops are due to land next month

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This is MS's answer to their wet dream of having Apple's walled garden.

I wonder how this will desl with users who need to run instances of software on their cloudy desk tops that MS doesn't have?

The good news is if everyone is virtually in one place, bad lads only need to crack one place.

How many were affected by the 366 breach a couple of months back.

Also, what telemetry can you limit?

Google fined €500m for not paying French publishers after using their words on web

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Send in the bailiffs?

I am a little curious as to how the fine can be enforced if gargle decides not to pay.

Euro space boffins hatch comms satellite hijack plan to save Earth from extinction

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Just to see what happens

I hope the Didymos bashing boffins have at least a little idea of what might happen post bash, like not heading directly to Earth.

It may not be as big as some of the rocks out there but it sounds as though there would be a bit more than bashing out the dent and a lick of paint for the planet.

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles

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Re: $187 million for a "small studio apartment"

So no noisy neighbour parties late into the night but a bit of a sod nipping down to the shops when you have run out of tea bags.

BOFH: Where there is darkness, let there be a light

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The Head bean counters carbon footprint

Was about a size ten but that's all we could find!

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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I think the BO tweet says all you need to know about Bezos and his businesses.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Re: Right to repair is all well and good...

Any Right to Repair legislation must incorporate terms to limit methods of manufacture that are deliberately obstructive to normal repair methods.

That should include the unecessary sealing of components in matrix or the use of specialised tools that ate specifically designed to make self or third party repair difficult or impossible.

Additionally, many manufacturers include relatively cheap short life components such as bearings into expensive sub assemblies that push a repair beyond economical. Those situations should also be covered.

Uncle Sam sanctions Chinese AI outfits for links to Xinjiang Uyghur human-rights abuses

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Re: Governing versus Angry Birds

Considering a smartphone is the PDA of the day, perhaps at least some politicians are referring to their notes or making notes.

Slowly but surely, rather than IT freeing us, it is being used by the wannabe Big Brothers of the world to put anyone who doesn't see the world in the same light as them, into a stranglehold.

The Daily Mail (and others), if you are going to make assumptions, make sure they are bad ones.

The human-devoid AI-powered Saildrone Surveyor ship just made it to Hawaii from SF

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Re: Optional sensible title here

Fair enough!

But can you go to work on a shark?

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Re: You wot?

Quite! For a start 12 tonnes is not a large payload in marine terms, 1200 tonnes is not that large.

This, is interesting: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/26319/usns-sea-hunter-drone-ship-has-sailed-autonomously-to-hawaii-and-back-amid-talk-of-new-roles

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Hmmm! Military and security, I wonder how well it can deal with a well armed Beluga whale?

Oracle files $7m copyright claim against NEC's US limb over 'unreported royalties' from database distribution

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Re: IF...

If heaven is the kind of place that would include Litigation Larry in it's membership, I woll be opting for the opposite direction.

Anyway! I'm tone deaf so harp playing is out and I'm not singing praises to anybody for the rest of eternity.

OK, you're paying data charges in the EU, but you can still roam free in, er, Iceland

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Re: I see no ships

Perish the thought of Boris going out on a boat to shout the odds at foreigners.

He would probably award himself the title of Nauarch and quote old Greek battles at people.

Only one of the carriers is allowed out at a time and has to norrow US Marines and some of their F35s in order to have a full compliment.

Not exactly taking control is it?

Add to that the fact that even relatively poor nations have stand off ship killer missiles and the bigger potential foes have hyper sonic long range nuke capable missiles.

Carriers are virtually obsolete.

Heavily armed, fast gunboats with stealth would be more fun for the navy.

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Re: I see no ships

Speaking of ships, Britain's ability to acquire financial gain from foreigners has dropped off considerably since we stopped sending out gunboats.

Perhaps building a new post brexit navy and taking back control is the answer?

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Mount Fagradalsfjall

Has not erupted after 6,000 years of dormancy, the eruption is a new volcano that is one of several cones that opened up initially and all but one closed down.

The one remaining since March has become a 200 metre cone that gives most of the signs of becoming a new shield volcano, although for the last couple of days has quietened down, it is named after the valley it is in, Geldingadalir.

I am surprised the Smithsonian would make a report based on an article from another magazine (Gizmodo) without verifying the information.

I have followed the eruption from the start as I have an interest in vulcanism.

I have to say, I am exceedingly impressed with the bargaining capabilities of the Department for International Trade.

I wonder if the deal includes favourable terms for the importation of Icelandic svið, a must try dish for any that go there.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Re: On the go ...

That's not the Spitfire cafe I remember but worth knowing.

I used to like the old Saltbox caff at the top of Salt Box Hill but that was a loooong time ago.

Did you know that Squires Timber was the original Nightingale cafe? A really rocking biker cafe in the 60s.

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Re: Or.

Forget about poncey stalk side up grilled mushrooms, wot's the frying pan there for?

Fried bread for the same reason.

Oil inna pan? multigrade or gearbox? Or for a proper fry up, beef or pork dripping, I prefer beef.

If your fry up is on a Monday morning, an essential part of an English (Really British) Breakfast is bubble 'n' squeak, fried 'til it has slightly crispy bits in it.

A true English/British breakfast is art inna frying pan.

Suck on this: El Reg forces dog hair, biscuit crumbs, and disconcertingly sticky stains down two mini vacuums

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Re: destroyed another robot vacuum cleaner

"*Dog owners do exhibit some strange behaviours in rural situations. The heap will, if left to itself, be dealt with by the elements as it has been for millions of years and just like the leavings of the horses, stray sheep and, when the neighbours had a milking herd walked daily down the road, cattle. Wrapped in plastic and hung on an adjacent fence it just stays there, the worst of all options."

Yeah, what is that about? If an owner can be bothered to pick it up and put it in a bag what is so hard about looking for a receptacle to put it in?

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Yeah! Never mind cleaning the carpets, can it roll one up?

Teradata customers express terror as field-based hardware support outsourced to IBM on both sides of the pond

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So to keep investors happy, they are upsetting their customers, the source of revenue.

From the looks of it Kyndryl is destined for a low involvement with hardware too so that outsourcing may not turn out too well for the clients either.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Re: "Set-dressing" has been going on for ages.

I have never tried it but zoom has virtual backgrounds in it's settings. There must be a market for a customiseable background app so that it doesn't like a generic library/kitchen/toilet.

Even better would be a background app that you could import video scenes into, one day you could zoom from a busy office, next from the top of a bus or from the sea bed, much more interesting.

Watching the first video in the article, I bet that is the only time ever a DPD van has apparently been in the right place at the right time.

Where's the boss? Ah right, thorough deep-dive audit. On the boardroom table. Gotcha

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The MD and the auditors would have been commanding millions of views being live streamed on one of the social media platforms.

Or seriously at risk of becoming a Tik Tok star if certain conditions were not met.

Focus on the camera, mobile devs: 48MP shooters about to become the sweet spot

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Re: Why the obsession with MP?

Sensor size is more important than Mp hype, the more pixels you have the more potential you have for noise, noise is dealt with by processing, so better GPUs are needed, the same goes for multiple lenses and sensors.

I would prefer to see the multk lens space taken up with a larger sensor.

I have a Lumix G3 4/3 format camera, at 16.6Mp I haven't seen anything from these hyper pixel phones that is better.

A phone gives you convenience, the increasingly complicated cameras on them is mostly marketing.

The latest top end Galaxys though have pretty impressive zooms that return fair quity at full zoom.


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