* Posts by the Jim bloke

802 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007


Shine on you crazy diamond: We don't know who needs to hear it but NASA's explained the weird shape of the Bennu asteroid

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Yes, but it will be labelled as a vacuum cleaner

Ireland unfriends Facebook: Oh Zucky Boy, the pipes, the pipes are closing…from glen to US, and through the EU-side

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Re: "does this prevent people accessing it from the US? "

I work in an industry where "datum" is in common and regular use, whereas the Guardian and its style guide is about as relevant as pre-Assyrian religious practices.

The problem with the internet is that it expands the reach and influence of stupid people.

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

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Re: Don't worry, GPT-3 doesn't want to kill us

There is a rule for newspaper headlines, that goes something like -

If the headline is a question,, the answer is no.

quick google search

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist who wrote about it in 2009, although the principle is much older.

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Re: Automation

Shut down all these idiots on social media, with a message saying

Thank you but your services are no longer required, we have a machine to spout and repeat mindless drivel now,

cancel their accounts, and then dont hear anything more from them ever again

the only drawback is they may start interacting with the real world - where I like to hang out..

Unexpected victory in bagging area: Apple must pay shop workers for time they spend waiting to get frisked

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obvious solution, already in place at Amazon

Apple should use Amazon time management metrics for their security inspections, complete with arbitrary and unannounced target changes, and automatic dismissal of the lowest performing 5% of inspectors.

Salon told to change ad looking for 'happy' stylist because it 'discriminated against unhappy people'

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Re: discriminatory

there are some still idiots and poor employers out there, but thankfully fewer and fewer as time goes on

There may be fewer "poor employers"out there - but that seems to be a result of fewer employers overall, and the proportion of poor to good (employers you actually enjoy working for) employers seems to be deteriorating.

if thats not grounds for depression.. I'm sure you can find something else...

The danger of taking affirmation from your job - regardless of how good you are at it - is that you are vulnerable to shocks completely beyond and outside your control - but at least its better than taking your affirmation and self worth from social media.

Fusion boffins apply plasma know-how to building thrusters

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Realising they were hitting a problem

trying to keep a fusion reaction contained,

so they leave a hole in the containment..



This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

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Re: But

politician won..

voters lost..

UK national debt hits 1.46 Apples – and weighs as much as 2 billion adult badgers

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Re: well,

If you remember them, you weren't there... or was that the 60's ...

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update

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Re: Class action suit in 3... 2... 1...

then someone at Adobe needs to be drug out and shot, twice.

Start with the board of directors, and work your way down the org chart.

Most corporate "apologies" involve some low ranking flunky being hurled to the angry mob, while those whose job descriptions actually include "responsibility" continue their idyllic existence, and collect their performance bonuses.

not an i-user of any kind, I just think this is another classic example of the shit we have become used to from big companies.

Anti-5G-vaxx pressure group sues Zuckerberg, Facebook, fact checkers for daring to suggest it might be wrong

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Re: You might be onto something!

People on the Autism spectrum are disproportionately present in research positions.

From this..

Autism causes Vaccines.

You'd think 1.8bn users a day would be enough for Zuck. But no. Oculus fans must sign up for Facebook

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Re: Preparing the ground

Are apple and facebook even competing?

I guess facebook is available in the iWorld, so residents therein may have to choose between the two, but apple products are pretty much irrelevant to dwellers outside the garden.

I could be wrong, but dont actually care for either party so meh...

Virgin Galactic reveals giant mirror feature in cabin design for Beardy Branson's space bus

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Anyone else offended..

by describing the self-loading freight as "astronauts"?

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Re: Mood lighting my arse.

Not required.

I already have to apply sunscreen to my buttocks to prevent burns from reflections off the porcelain, and trying to check on the products is reminiscent of the closing scenes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Exoskeletons-as-a-service offered as helping hand to warehouse workers exhausted by pandemic

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if a user becomes injured while wearing one

will it be because .. it's holding them wrong?

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: I submitted my comment

the US never practiced fascism as a political system

Which is why the evil clown is doing so badly.

Lack of practice.

Give Let him take a few more years of ruining the country, and he will be so much better at it.

Better than anyone else ever.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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Re: Amazon choosing to publish / not publish seems like a no-win situation

In the long ruin, ....

yep, I think auto correct has nailed that one.

when I was young, I thought it would be wonderful to live forever, and medical science would advance to eventually bring humanity immortality.

Now, I am, if not wiser, at least hopefully less stupid, and I am relieved that all of this eventually will be someone elses problem.

Galaxy S20 security is already old hat as Samsung launches new safety silicon

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How many failed login attempts

..before it explode in a ball of flame?

Samsung have some prior art here

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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This is just a preliminary step

The ultimate goal is to remove the "escape" key, with its implications of freedom and choice, from keyboards and user interfaces.

There is no escape

There are no other choices

you will take what you are given

your happiness is not required

click "Ok", "Cancel", or "X" to install

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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When I was a youth, they introduced the XPT express passenger trains, relatively high speed trains on rural lines. From memory, they were wiping out cars at level crossings every month or 2.

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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The Sony Effect

SWMBO describes the process as the Sony Effect, where a good musician or group signs up with a major label ... and stops making good music

Success XOR Good

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Black Metal

is now the catch-all for anti or non-christian metal, which makes it the most broad and welcoming category of them all.

Not just the pimply adolescents claiming to have a special relationship with Satan in a desperate attempt to impress girls, but also various pagan nationalist re-creationists, new age spiritualists, groups protesting the "Christian Patriarchy" and somehow, a lot of prog-rock seems to be hiding out in the Black Metal box as well.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: Florida man...

The hero of our times...

Australian contact-tracing app leaks telling info and increases chances of third-party tracking, say security folks

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The publicly acknowledged privacy concern

is the database being hosted by Amazon.

So the Australian government has denied itself access to all the data, but the Americans can grab whatever they feel like (something they have history of)

Whenever a journalist asks about this, ...

next question..

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Injecting sanitizer, and other tales..

If its being said, publicly and to mass media, by the head of state of one of the most powerful nations on earth - its serious. If he doesnt understand that - its even more serious.

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Time to re ignite the "Make America Great Again" campaign

Only this time the logo is a boot kicking an orange clown..

Problem is that people who voted for trump arent going to admit how completely they fucked up, so they will double down and insist he is a misunderstood genius..

They need a mechanism to allow them to save face, something that makes it not their fault..

(this only applies to the percentage that recognises there IS a problem, but I have some residual hope that not all of them are totally lost)

A campaign with the message that anyone who bought into Trumps Make America Great Again, should be asking for their money back, reframes the issue as them being conned and ripped off (not inaccurate), with the fantasy of financial reward, but would not be popular with any other political candidate as it brings up the spectre of penalties for failing to keep election promises.

Spyware maker NSO can't claim immunity, Facebook lawyers insist – it's time to face the music

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Re: Bollocks Bingo

two out of three..

Terrorism - whatever the government du jour defines.

Violent crime - again, the right to use violence is restricted to the state, so non-state endorsed violence is criminal.

Save lives - meh, maybe not.

Where the hell Huawei? It should be a bit easier to tell now the AppGallery has its first proper navigation app

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Here Wego crippled on android phones

Here We Go was my preferred navigation app for a few years, but recently, six months maybe, maybe longer, it has not been able to get a satellite fix for navigation.

just sits there with a message saying "waiting for GPS position" or somesuch. I have checked permissions, and re installed but no improvement. Meanwhile, Google maps is accessing GPS quite happily and presenting routes past highlighted advertisers and paying sponsors....

If I wasnt noticing an odour of rat, I would be requesting a COVID-19 test..

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

JCBs have made it all the way down under.

In an environment where average daytime temperatures are in the low 40s for half the year (not going to convert that to some horse-blood based approximation of a scale), JCBs are noteworthy for having really good heaters, and utter crap air conditioners. If only it would snow, they would be fantastic...

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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point of order

Use as chip wrapper BEFORE using as toilet paper, not after.

Also, usage as fire lighter prior to toilet paper usage may possibly result in (extremely) personal injury.

Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps

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Re: The app will also record the proximity between the two devices

You are forgetting the other part of the proximity equation.


So you will need to hold your device against everyone elses, for 15 minutes. this is a valid justification for preserving the 2 person limit (dont know if that is a thing outside Oz, but its working for us, even with the inevitable non-compliance)

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likely to be implemented here in oz, so how to manage it?

My immediate response is that the app will go onto a burner phone (actually my work phone - because I am not managing security on that, therefore it is not given data I personally wish to keep private)

Being a work phone, it is old and cheap, so may not support the app - but that is up to my employer to deal with.

Where I work carrying personal phones is actually grounds for termination - so a pretty strong argument there...

It would require my carrying the work phone whilst not at work - a bad thing, but many bad things are now normal, and fairly trivial as such things go.

Losing access to the work phone, through loss of job or whatever reason, would require buying a cheapo replacement, but not a problem.

Mobile phones are basically now cheap commodity tech, all the "flagship model" hype from apple/samsung is just marketing excrement.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Re: I don't use common definitions either

Mime artists are confined to working at home at present.

Home being a pit full of scorpions, with LEARN THE WORDS in bas relief lettering around the rim 5 metres above the floor.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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Re: not believe unions are in the best interest of our customers or shareholders

one of the issues is when bad unions, political parties, and companies "merge" in order to compete against the giants - generally the law and human rights..

Unions had a positive effect back in the "good old days", but then again, politicians, companies, and the media also all seemed far less toxic and predatory than appears to be the current normal.

It is possible this could be the result of the loss of a "moral compass" thanks to organised religion thoroughly discrediting itself. Without an omniscient and incorruptible judge, Do what thou wilt -to maximise personal return- shall be the Whole of the Law

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Constitutional rights

Not from over there, but from what I've heard, your local laws - and constitutional rights, whatever those might be - stop a lot further back than just past the security screens.

Otherwise I mostly agree with your list ( with reservations concerning punctuation ), but would add that employee wages are also factored into the price in most advanced countries.

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Re: Idiots are everywhere

I sincerely doubt the employer was greatly concerned by the employee potentially endangering lives.

what does concern every employer, is damage to their image. The unforgivable sin in business, is embarrassing your boss, and they are zealous in punishing transgressors.

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Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

This is the exact same thing as yelling "Fire !" in a crowded theater.

Under current conditions, if anyone actually encounters a crowded theater, it is their moral duty to loudly cry "FIRE", to alert any nearby residents, immediately after locking and barricading the exits and dousing the offending building in petrol - or gasoline if you live in some banana republic with a clown despot..

the best response to that level of social irresponsibility is to nuke it from orbit, its the only way to be sure, but "kill it with fire" comes in as a respectable second.

People engaged in theatre crowding are dangerous subversives, politically suspect, disease ridden, and probably eat babies.

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Re: smart people

bit of digging through archives.


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Re: smart people

sometime over the last couple of years, a pair of identical twins sent samples to one one of those DNA genealogy / ancestry sites, and got completely different results from each other.. So they definitely had the same mother, quite likely had the same father, but somehow diverged at the grandparents onwards...

Science is wonderful, especially when it is based on wearing white coats and using lots of big words..

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off 5.2m guests' personal info

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I see those emails all the time..click here to unsubscibe

..no, actually I only see them when I look inside my spam folder..

The state of the web is that if anyone, claiming to be from anywhere, suggests you follow a link, treat it as an attempted mugging. If you personally know the sender, and expect the email - treat it like a possible hijacking instead, and verify.

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use

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Alcohol is a Solvent

So use it to solve your problems

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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When people start agreeing with me - its time to go back and check what I have said as it must be wrong..

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Re: The most important statement in the whole article.

I did not need that image.

The important thing to remember, is that the president is an arsehole and he tells lies.

Its tragic, but thats where the USA is today.

There's no Huawei a virus can stop us! 90% of our staff in China are already back at work, says CEO

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killer app

Forget about the ever increasing megapixel count - and lens count, on new model phones.

The first manufacturer to put a working temperature gun onto their phone is going to leave the competition for dead.

Crack police squad seeks help to flush out Australian toilet paper thieves

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and no one has mentioned the classic...

"Police have nothing to go on.."

Cops charge prankster who 'corona-coughed' on aged officer and had it filmed

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There's lots of stuff in Australia not being managed by IBM, even though they are being paid for it...

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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CoVID 19 Witch hunts

Somebody on one of these threads was wondering when the coronavirus witch hunts would be starting, with some early paranoia about people of Asian appearance, which didnt really take off, at least in the civilised world.

This looks like an excellent opportunity to set the pitchfork and flaming torch armed mobs after ... patent lawyers and their vile parasitic hives.

Another silver lining to emerge from a global catastrophe.

The Unihertz Atom XL: An iPhone SE-sized rugged phone that's also a walkie-talkie

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Outdoors phone with display you cant read outdoors

If the display is hard to read in England, what would it be like someplace that gets actual sunlight?

Health workers are top of phishers' target lists thanks to data value

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Should be clearly stated on the HR submission web page

Word and Excel format documents will be deleted, un-opened

with a description of what is an acceptable format. It may detract from their pretty corporate style statement but ...fuck their pretty corporate style statement...

Apple reopens stores in China as Middle Kingdom regains control of COVID-19 – after closing all its outlets in Italy

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Re: reasons not to close schools...

Perhaps I am overly cynical, but how many millenials - and government economists - are going to be seeing this as an opportunity to free up some real estate, and reduce the "Aging Population Crisis"?

Just go for a dinner at the Italian-Iranian food court, stop in for communion at your Greek Orthodox church, then go and give the grandparents a big sloppy hug...



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