* Posts by Quinch

96 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Mar 2008


The problem with Jon Stewart is that Apple appears to have cancelled his show


That's a pretty heavy burn.

US Air Force wants $6B to build 2,000 AI-powered drones


Re: They are getting part of a clue

I'll have to check it out - personally, my mind went to this bit of backlore in Forward. - https://forwardcomic.com/archive.php?num=200

Russian IT guy sent to labor camp for DDoSing Kremlin websites


Re: Possibilities

"I would frankly need to look out of the window myself if someone in the Russian government claimed that the sky was blue."

Probably best to observe that window from a distance, tho.

University students recruit AI to write essays for them. Now what?


Obligatory SMBC


Bill Gates' nuclear power plant stalled by Russian fuel holdup


Re: high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU)

You are an absolutely horrible person and have an upvote.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight


Pick your poison?

It makes me wonder what the difference would be, given how much the powers that be want him gone. He can commit suicide in a maximum security US prison while miraculously nobody watches {that, or an unfortunate incident involving another inmate}, or an unscheduled and mysterious visit from one of Australia's fascinating lifeforms.

Wouldn't be surprised, at least.

BOFH: Oh for Pete’s sake. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself


Re: Great stuff!

I think you might have just prod his point.

Chinese AI censors live-streamed Alpacas – beasts with a very NSFW and political back story


What, no perennial Llama Song?


To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user


"To have one floppy failure is unlucky. To have 20 implies evil magic or a very silly user "

Or, in my PTSD-inducing experience, using floppy disks.

BOFH: Bullying? Not on my watch! (It's a Rolex)


Re: Hummmm sounds familiar...

That's why it pays to insect the contract wording carefully.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries


Ah, "agile"

"We don't have the time to do it right, but we always have the time to do it over."

Cats: Not a fan favourite when the critters are draped around an office packed with tech


Re: What?

Well, not gonna take it felineing down...

What price your home delivery? Amazon accused of hiding real injury rate in its overworked warehouses


Wouldn't work though - that just means that the shipping load gets moved forward a bit while everything else still churns at breakneck pace. I'd pay extra for shipping if it meant they'd hire more people to shift the load across, but I'm sure it would inevitably just mean it would get hoovered up by the management.

Chinese debt collectors jailed for cyberbullying under ‘soft violence’ laws


As the old joke goes....

The government hates competition.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing


Re: I'm shocked

And properly isolated nipple anodes.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad


Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

Relevant SMBC;


When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan


I don't know about that.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors


Re: Cryptographic signing?

To properly pin any requisite blame on the developer, of course.

Step on it, I've got the police on my hack: Anon swipes, leaks online 269GB of crime intel docs from cops, Feds


If we had mandatory backdoors, this would never have happened.

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes


Why, though?

To me, removing the numpad on a keyboard is equivalent to removing the audio jack on a phone/tablet. Sure, you can do without it, but why would you want to?

BOFH: It's not just an awesome app, it'll look great on my Insta. . a. a. AAAARRRRRGGH


Re: We have Bosses like this

That, or push them straight into Dummy Mode and see what you can get away with.

Shock revelation as massive American presidential election hack confirmed


Re: LBJ would be proud

Well, considering how much politicians summon the silent majority, it shouldn't be surprising they'd rise up.


I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!


Re: national security but without explaining what

re: the title

Obligatory SMBC.


Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: I can believe it!

Good advice - from about half a decade ago.

Inkjets have been steadily gaining over lasers over the past few years to the point where quite a few of them are actually cheaper to run. Hell, some of them have even taken a step backwards in the right direction and went with the dirt cheap refillable tanks in exchange for a costlier device at the outset {extra costly depending on features you need}. Likewise, pretty much all manufacturers swapped out water and alcohol-based ink in favor of oil and pigment, so the few days it took them to dry out if not used turned into a few months.

Overall, the only thing lasers still have going for them is speed of printing and overall capacity for abuse, which can be crucial for large offices, but less so on smaller scale.

Source: Former retail drone {as of yesterday! Hooray!}

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


The not-obligatory-but-always-relevant SMBC:


Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook


Re: been there - seen that - never been shouted at to that extent (yet)

"A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

- Sir Adams, Duke of Towel

It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines


Re: "Intrusion will be logged"

Hehe, now I want to replay Uplink.

Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio


Eh, still has nothing on Frank's 2000'' TV.

Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist


Re: Random PC reboots

Depends if you have a BOFH on staff.

WikiLeaks emits CIA's Wi-Fi pwnage tool docs


I suspect a routine psych eval would weed those out. Can't have people thinking the ends don't justify the means.

Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker


Half full of it and half empty-headed

So, on one hand we have the director of FBI versus the President of the USA.

This is less of a matter of whom to side with and more along the lines of which of these two buttclowns to disbelieve more.

Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits


"chaired by an Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official"

I completely trust this idea with no reservations whatsoever.

US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling


Re: But

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, remember?

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads


Gratuitous SMBC comic;


BOFH: What's your point, caller?


Re: Gaffa tape

Upvoted for a fellow Schlock reader.

Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)


Re: When will he stop his genocidal and other dark practices...?

Upvoted for SMBC reference.

Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn


Re: A sad day

"They will come out with another hot idea soon."

I mean, they're bound to sooner or later, right?

I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows


Re: Pure Genius

A businessmad?

Firefox joins the insanity


Nice to see a fellow Seamonkey user - originally I started using it because I wanted something that would behave like Netscape, now I'm holding on to it like grim death because it seems to be one of the few browsers remaining that aren't rapidly turning into bloatware.

Mine's the one with the "lighter, safer alternative to IE" nostalgia in the pocket.

Dummy-readable benchmarking tools


Dummy-readable benchmarking tools

I've got a question, and I figure a bunch of fine, snarky, platform-agnostic* gents and ladies might offer some advice.

So, I work retail in a chain that flogs, among other things, electronics. The clientele can, by and large, be classified as either "newly weds" and "nearly deads" within the town itself, with a bunch of farmers in the surrounding areas.

I'm growing gradually tired of trying to explain the nuances of hyperthreading, multi-core architectures, and given the upcoming Christmas mobbings, I'm going to be increasingly short on time too, so I figured what I could do is use visual aids, rather than trying to explain to various hexo-and-octogenerians why computer A is going to be more responsive than the computer B, even though it has a higher number by the word CPU and they remember hearing that them pentiums are pretty fast. Something simple that doesn't clutter up the output with SHA1 hash times and JPG decompressions, just a dumbed-down score, or as close as possible, to represent how fast their computer will be able to pull up their Word documents and Facebook profiles that I can slap on as a wallpaper on the demo units.

Lay it on me.

* i.e. equally irreverent

Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw


A true cross-platform vulnerability that affects all browsers

So how do they plan to fix the users?

Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre


Re: I'm not seeing the problem

Such a walk can be artificially affected - and the article points out that the reason Mayhew was pulled aside because the cane was noticeably heavier than they tend to be - hence the presumed checking for said illicit items.


I'm not seeing the problem

They spotted something that looked like a possible weapon, carried by someone who looked like he could use it with deadly efficiency. They pulled him aside - didn't steal anything, didn't land their Millenium Falcon in his exogorth - he was in and out in five minutes.

While I haven't had any firsthand experience with the TSA {and the horror stories I hear make me avoid transferring via US, damn the plane costs}, this looks like exactly the kind of thing they - and any airport security, for that matter - is obligated to do. Keep eyes open, identify possible threats, investigate quickly, politely and professionally and if no threat exists, thank the passenger for their time and send them on their way.

Authority abuse is apparently commonplace in the TSA, but the knee-jerk reaction to jump down their throats whenever they do anything is counterproductive, IMO.

We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance


Re: Time to pack up and leave

Just make sure it's a woods and not a mountain. Otherwise, a few years down the line, you'll get a phone call about that book you were supposed to have written by now.

Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig


Re: The reality

Because field of view is not a thing? I'm fairly sure Google Glass will be able to record things that are outside a 5° angle.

As for activation prompts, I give it a week after release before a package with a user-friendly setup hits the net.

Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds


Re: Bah!

Of course, you tight-fisted nincompoop. How do you expect the author to make a living from his books if we shorten the copyright?

Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks


Re: So, ...

Or, depending on how much they paid for the specs, shit them.

Larry Page acknowledges creeping vocal paralysis

Thumb Up


Bill Gates, funding research for malaria.

Larry Page, funding research for his sore throat.

It's good to have priorities.

Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare


"Cupertino is reportedly planning changes to Applecare with a move towards shop-based iDevice repairs and a potentially lucrative subscription service scheme."

Call me cynical, but I think the last word is misspelled.

Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks


"...pay a fine of 800,000 ISK ($6,829) per day."

I'm sure they'll hasten to comply. I mean, that's almost an entire rounding error.