* Posts by Steve K

1454 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Apr 2008

Tesla sues Swedish government after worker rebellion cripples car biz

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Re: I am enjoying this dispute

I bet you were Surrey about that

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

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Re: Apple TV+... anyone? anyone?

“Slow Horses” and “Severance” are worth signing up for a month…

Microsoft's big bet on helium-3 fusion explained

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Re: Bad name, won't work.

Already got one related to the Fusor - Hubert J. Farnsworth (Futurama)

Slack adding generative AI to interact with colleagues, so you don't have to

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Electric Monk?

Just brand it “Electric Monk” for Slack and no-one ever needs to apply any thought/effort to their interactions with colleagues…

Douglas Adams was close to the mark again!

US officials probe Tesla's incredible detaching steering wheel

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Re: They're not the only one - Nissan has the same problem

Well the most dangerous part of the car is the nut behind the steering wheel.

This was the reason for the omission.

Tech CEO nixes AI lawyer stunt after being threatened with jail time

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Re: Music from code

Douglas Adams got there first in “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”!

One of the protagonist’s software projects turned Corporate Financial Statements into Music.

Polish for Windows Spotlight and tabs for Notepad in latest Insiders build

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Re: Polishing a ...

…but you CAN roll it in glitter!

LUMI supercomputer puts GPU partition through its paces with hardcore science

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Quantum Foam

Lager than expected? Is that anything to do with Quantum Foam?

BBC is still struggling with the digital switch, says watchdog

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Re: A few things of interest.

I’ll check that out.

I have been looking at others with this issue on hummy.tv and there seem to be a few with it.

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Re: A few things of interest.

The custom firmware on the FOX-T2-HD has given what is a 10+ year old device a new lease of life (with a 4TB HDD upgrade too)!

Simple things like not wiping your recording schedule and channel lists when the channels change - why on earth the Freeview spec does not allow for this is beyond me!

I think that mine may be on the way out as I get the green/black HDMI issue on my new TV. It doesn’t owe me anything.

Mozilla, Microsoft drop TrustCor as root certificate authority

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Re: Trust and CA's

Starfield is Amazon…

Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process

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Re: For a second....

“Og” ikke “och”? Med mindre I Sverige….?

* DuoLingo, 1 year - apologies …;-)

Porsche wants to sell you a rusty tailpipe soundbar for $12k

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That is definitely not rust!!

It will be heat staining on the exhaust from manufacture or testing (assuming that the part came off the production line). This is not caused by corrosion, but rather hotspots from welding, or where exhaust gases contact the metal at bends.

Voyager mission's project scientist retires after 50 years of service

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Re: To boldly go where no man has gone before

In due time (hopefully following a long and happy retirement) that should go on Ed Stone’s headstone

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We ad t’fart us selves into orbit

Cops swoop after crooks use wireless keyfob hack to steal cars

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Re: Progress of car security

Talking of interchangeable parts, I once spoiled an Austin Ambassador with a Ferrari washer

Foldable smartphones crawl to one percent of global market share

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Re: The modern flip-phone

It was 10,000 folds, not 100,000 I think?

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Re: The modern flip-phone

when once of my dogs sees a squirrel while I am holding it.

Easy - don't pick up a squirrel when your dog is looking

Google kills off Stadia

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Re: self fulfilling

Yep - cancelled projects all the way down.....

Hurricane Ian blows NASA Artemis Moon launch into October or November

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NASA have had problems with Demeter in the past…..

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)

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Re: A question

Maybe it's a bit like Changesite but not entirely? So is Changesite-y?

A refined Apple desktop debuts ahead of Wednesday’s big iThing launch

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Re: 64K

Was it like sideways RAM on certain BBC Model B expansion cards?

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

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Re: Technology Perspective

Voyager launched in 1977.

45 years before that was 1932 wasn’t it?

That doesn’t change the rest of your post’s sentiment of course

That was fast: MetaGuard emerges as an 'incognito mode' for the metaverse

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East Ham or Woodgrange Park

Let me guess - you live in East Ham or Woodgrange Park (or maybe Upney)?

Bloke robbed of $800,000 in cryptocurrency by fake wallet app wants payback from Google

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Cryptocurrency is good for this….

James Webb Space Telescope looks closer to home with Jupiter snaps

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Re: photographing a turtle

That would be a turtle disaster

Elon Musk considering 'drastic action' as Twitter takeover in 'jeopardy'

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Re: BBC reporting Musk's bid is ended.

“Maybe Later”

Not enough desks and parking spots, wobbly Wi-Fi: Welcome back to the office, Tesla staff

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Re: When the show is run by clowns

You can kill a circus easily - go straight for the juggler

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: Modern media content

That's a meme!

Plot to defeat crypto meltdown: Solend votes to seize, liquidate whale account

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Reinsurance spiral....?

This is getting to resemble the Lloyds (of London) reinsurance spiral crisis from the 1980s/1990s (for those of us old enough to remember that).

It turned out that a lot of insurance was (in the end) reinsured with many of the original insurance when all of the intermediate contracts were factored out.

One large adverse event/failure and the whole spiral unwinds catastrophically...

This led to greater regulation/oversight/disclosure for good reason, some of which was that relatively unsophisticated "Names" (private individuals) made loads of money in the good times, but when it all went wrong, they were on the hook for liquidity/claims etc. and many lost everything.

Everything old is new again.

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: That would be a huge change

Might need even more dangerous intellectuals than that as presumably they will have to review in > 1 language....

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

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Not that I was expecting to understand any of the maths, the macroscopic two-level Hamiltonian thingy looks impenetrable, but I was wondering if this is also caused by mathematical markup/ formatting getting screwed up OR if they have invented a whole load level of brainf@ck style notation:

$${{{{{\mathcal{H}}}}}}=\hslash \left({\begin{array}{lc}{\omega }_{{{{{\rm{B}}}}}}[{N}_{{{{{\rm{B}}}}}}(t)]&-{{\Omega }}\\ -{{\Omega }}&{\omega }_{{{{{\rm{S}}}}}}\end{array}}\right),$$

Musk repeats threat to end $46.5bn Twitter deal – with lawyers, not just tweets

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P.49, second (full) paragraph

Mr. Musk also disclosed that his acquisition proposal was no longer subject to the completion of financing and business due diligence.

This doesn't mention skipping Accounting or Tax due diligence, but I don't think that is what is at question here.

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As has been mentioned, he specifically signed away the right to go through the books when he signed the contract.

He therefore can’t bitch about wanting to do his due diligence now.

We've never even built datacenters using robots here on Earth

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Re: Marketing hype no longer needs to be believable

Sorry Jake - you missed out "nanotubes" and "DevOps".

Thanks for playing

Tech hiring freeze doesn't mean people won't leave

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Re: Allow me to warm up a bag of microwave popcorn...

Maybe allow a Coulomb-off period?

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Re: Greedy giants

In most US/UK elections you have a choice of 2 parties, and it’s all-or-nothing in terms of their policies.

It’s not necessarily fair to blame the voters if it’s a binary choice….

Elon Musk says Twitter buy 'cannot move forward' until spam stats spat settled

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Re: There's a very detailed analysis of Musk's Twitter options here:

In a similar thread on Ars Technica, it is mentioned that Musk specifically waived any due diligence before signing the deal.

It looks like he's trying to do due diligence AFTER signing the deal?

Meetings in the metaverse: Are your Mikes on?

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Re: Come Into My Dull Meeting Metaverse

They might make one especially for you?

Biotech firm: Graphcore IPUs faster for AI-based drug discovery than GPUs

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Re: LabGenius

You old cynic....;-)

(Or maybe AMD?)

Elon Musk's latest launch: An unsolicited Twitter takeover

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Re: Fixed it for you Elon.

“Hip replacement” maybe for many of us….

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Re: Money can't buy maturity

Cave canem surely? Write it out 100 times…

Cave emptor “Beware buyer”

Caveat emptor “Let he who buys beware”

Romani ite domum……

Openness of Oracle licensing and audit tools questioned

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Re: El Diablo Rojo!

Seriously, don't dance with the red devil, there's plenty of viable alternatives

Not true across the board as Oracle doesn't just sell the the Relational database - there are hundreds of applications in its portfolio too, many without alternative.

Microsoft claims breakthrough in quantum computer system

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Nearly there

When they can create the Majorana "one" modes to go with the "zero" modes they have already created, they will be able to do binary arithmetic too!

Indian services giants target emerging technologies with PaaS plays

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Re: Car on LAN?

Apologies - close, but no cigar for me then....

Will get my other coat now

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Car on LAN?

....and there was me thinking that Car On LAN was the Welsh National Anthem....

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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Re: 1980s

RM 380Z/480Z?

Exidy Sorcerer....

Skills shortage puts SAP projects on hold

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Re: Really "skills" issues?

This is an American survey so you can’t blame IR35, much as I’d like to

IBM looked to reinvigorate its 'dated maternal workforce'

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Accenture aren't auditors either....

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Re: The funny thing is they compare themselves to Accenture...

Not sure what you mean here? Accenture are definitely not a firm of accountants.....