* Posts by Nursing A Semi

84 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Jul 2008


Wells Fargo fires employees accused of faking keyboard activity to pretend to work

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Or go the IBM route.

Generate so much pointless corporate spam that users need to spend 8 hours a day sifting through it for relevant stuff.

No they don't get anything useful done but at least you know they are busy.

Half a kilo of cosmic nuclear fuel reignites NASA's deep space dreams

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Re: So how much is 1.5 kg?

But here in the UK, probably cheaper.

Authors Guild sues OpenAI for using Game of Thrones and other novels to train ChatGPT

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Re: It doesn't store the original, just 'interesting' features of the original

So, I read a book and being of average intelligence if asked, could provide a reasonable synopsis of the story and even opinion on how a particular character may respond to a given situation. How is this any different or am I also in breach of copyright?

Boffins say they can turn typing sounds into text with 95% accuracy

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So now

You can find yourself bombarded with adverts for cars after typing that its time for a change within range of an Amazon device? Just need to figure out how to get those adverts to display on my A500 with a HTML only browser.

First attempt by Japan's ispace biz to land on Moon ends in awkward silence

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Anyone know if it was wearing a headband?

AmigaOS 3.2.2 released for those feeling nostalgic

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My sleepless nights involved being able "or unable to stop" to play through entire levels of Populous as soon as I closed my eyes, think the RSI from several weeks of none stop Populous is still with me.

Global network outage hits Microsoft: Azure, Teams, Outlook all down

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Re: The first domino?

Ahh but, I used Notes during a 8 year spell at IBM and do you know how many days it failed to work?

Spooky entanglement revealed between quantum AI and the BBC

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So much overlap with what NSA and GCHQ have been doing for the last 75 years, bet they will be early investors just to keep their eyes on things..

‘Precursor malware’ infection may be sign you're about to get ransomware, says startup

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Eliminate the odd user who flat out refuses to learn. We had one who got infected 5 times over a 2 year period and this was with a policy in place of blocking attachments and users having to request they be unblocked "obviously there were exceptions on a trusted list". But sadly said user refused to change their behaviour and no doubt is still allowing bad actors into their system, happily though this is a SEP as I moved on years ago.

Conti ransomware gang's source code leaked

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Re: Oooh, basement keyboard hackers are playing virtual soldier ! Fear the byte !

Yes you did you invaded Poland.. erm Ukraine.

Intel's mystery Linux muckabout is a dangerous ploy at a dangerous time

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It is hard to see how this will be enforced, with software DRM kind of makes sense but for hardware? If I buy a chip it is now mine, if someone figures out how to provide me with a free token to make it better then thats great, I don't see how anyone can complain about what I chose to do with MY chip although I am sure they will try.

Ransomware-hit law firm secures High Court judgment against unknown criminals

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As close to a super injunction as they can get, obviously details of cases involving B list celebs in that data and they don't want the UK press to be able to publish.

Xiaomi builds a robot dog out of smartphone cameras and an Nvidia edge AI board

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What vision?

Does it see at a quantum level?

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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Re: The Usual Suspects

I lived in Acocks Green, hardly anything I sent that included my address made it through.

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Time was

I investigated the logs to see why I wasn't receiving peoples CVs, turns out some genious had enabled a filter to block anything with the word "Sex" in it.

So Age: 25 Sex: Male etc etc was a no no.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

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Re: So You Think Microsoft Will Let This Slide?

"Hey Microsoft how would you like a couple of million new customers who will each pay you £8 a month plus offer themselvs up for other revenue earning opportunities". "Emn no thanks, we will break their ability to use our services instead". Hmmm doesn't look right to me somehow.

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Re: So

Like everything Microsoft they want gamers paying a monthly subscription though, won't take much porting as already available on Windows PCs.

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Ahh but, bet you want to fiddle with it under the blankets though!

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For 50% of the cost of a half decent gaming PC you get a half decent gaming PC that can be used handheld, whats not to like? Suspect Microsoft will have xbox games running on this pretty quickly adding plenty to the proposition.

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Re: Sounds interesting...

Yup, headphone jack on front next to a pair of volume buttons.

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out

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Re: Hurry Krishna

Thumbs up, although you could have added a "Hurry, Hurry".

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Free of customers?

When a contract goes out for tender, rarely is it the most expensive that gets the contract, usually it is amongst the cheapest with a reputation for being slightly less crap than those in a similar price bracket. IT companies know this and also know that after a couple of years the majority of customers will be dissatisfied enough to look for someone new to f...up their IT for them.

End result is a constant merry-go-round of customers moving from one badly run service to another. So sadly there will always be enough people looking to change supplier to ensure that even the worst IT services companies will have no shortage of new customers.

Google has second thoughts about cutting cookies, so serves up CHIPs

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Was this article written for some other website then re-published by the Reg? Reads like it was written for people from Amish communities or maybe 3rd graders?

Ganja believe it? Police make hash of suspected weed farm raid, pot Bitcoin mine instead

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West Midlands Police have issued a warning that because of the need for extensive testing of the banks of Bitcoin miners, they expect their utility expenses to be much greater than usual next quater, and possibly the quarter after that, and possibly ......

Not keen on a 5G mast in your street? At least it'd be harder for crackpots to burn down 'a flying cell tower in orbit'

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How big?

Does your smart kettle need to be to push a signal to a receiver 600KM away?

Backdoored SolarWinds software, linked to US govt hacks, in wide use throughout the British public sector

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Re: Yup time to fire off

Thanks, in hindsight I wish I had gone for something like, Nursin Assemy just to leave some room for doubt.

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Yup time to fire off

An order for some more natural gas, if you don't mind, thank you very much.

There are two sides to every story, two ends to every cable

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Re: Well

You forgot "please close all open windows." phone clunks onto desk, person walks off to do a round of the office.

Where's the mysterious metal monolith today then? Oh look, it's atop a California mountain

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Mondelez Advert

I always knew they were evil, but seems they have developed a new way of advertising. Just wait until these things start to rust and turn yellow and all weill be revealed.

China prepares for launch of Chang'e 5 mission to Moon, which would make it third nation to return lunar sample

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Waiting for trump to tweet...

China attempts to infect the moon with Covid 19!

Experian vows to drag UK's Information Commissioner's Office to court after being told off for data-slurping practices

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Re: So why?

Yes but, this is a little like 500 page T&Cs, nobody reads them so pointless. Unless asked directly "Do you want to opt in to having your data pimped out" then a bank like any other company is on dodgy ground under GDPR.

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So why?

Is the IC not going after the banks for passing them our data without our permission in the first place? Oh right, banks are based here, have ex cabinet ministers on their boards and friends in office.

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships

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Re: Let me help you with that...

I want one that goes with my default "And what are you wearing today....."

Third time's still the charm: AMD touts Zen-3-based Ryzen 5000 line, says it will 'deliver absolute leadership in x86'

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Re: Why skip a number series?

Odd numbers as the saloons, even numbers the coupes.

Entity list? Pah! Huawei rolls out updated laptops, including a pricey i7 ultrabook

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Do I need a new dictionary?

Oracle customers clamor for its hardware. Yup, hardware. It can't build Exadata fast enough

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On prem is dead, sell all your kit and move to the cloud. Cloud is dead, buy kit again and move to on prem cloud.

Android user chucks potential $10bn+ sueball at Google over 'spying', 'harvesting data'... this time to build supposed rival to TikTok called 'Shorts'

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So, if you tick the "yup I am happy to be spied upon" box, you get spied on?

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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So, if you sack 25% of the people who normally spend their days telling other companies to sack 50% of their people, is this a net employment gain or loss?

Microsoft has a cure for data nuked by fat fingers if you're not afraid of the command line

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Takes me back

Mid to late 90s someone "can't remember if it was me" taught a friend DELTREE, our circle had to name him "Captain Deltree" after he used it about a dozen times to dramatic result. sadly think he deleted undelete along with the rest of the contents of his drive though.

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments

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Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's space agency has criticised Washington for excluding Russia from early discussions about the space explorations act. "The principle of invasion is the same, whether it be the Moon or Iraq," he tweeted. or indeed Crimea?

Ampere, Nvidia's latest GPU architecture is finally here – spanking-new acceleration for AI across the board

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As far as shareholders are aware, all these A100s are going to be sold to gamers to power their rigs for the next generation of mincraft surely?

Got your number? Maybe. 118 118 Money shutters website after spotting an intruder

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Fee paid to parent company for use of name on every transaction >= profit on said transaction = net loss and no tax liability?

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

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So much negativity

Has anyone looked at the ink subscriptions? None subscription i can easilly use £30 a day and in fact threw out a canon printer after taking 4 attempts to get an A4 photo print I was happy with and finding that the attempt had consumed a £35 colour in cartridge. HP offering, free ink for 7 months and then £2 a month from then on. Suckers would be buying the cartridges without a subscription.

Police costs for Gatwick drone fiasco double to nearly £900k – and still no one's been charged

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900k Vs 14M

900k is a drop in the ocean compared to the millions being spent on anti drone measures that won't stop this kind of thing happening again.

Yes if someone accidently flys a drone near a major airport the new measures may assist plod in locating them, but if anyone with half a brain wants to disrupt airports with drones the new equipment won't rattle them a bit. I would guess given a specific type of drone and the correct tactics a couple of people could spend a day crusing drones down the runway at Gatwick with little to no fear of having their collars felt.

How an ace-hole AI bot built by Facebook, CMU boffins whipped a table of human poker pros

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Re: I'd like to see this on Wall Street

Stockmarket decisions are more about knowledge than game theory, which company is hiring, which firing, which opening up new offices/depots which closing, which is about to lose their key employee and which is gaining him. So yes I am sure Facebook has a bot capable of making good investment decisions but its noting to do with poker bots.

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up

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Uber should be applauded for bringing the stupididy and drive towards self destruction of the human race into such sharp focus.

People buy their shares knowing they are probably over priced, in fear that if they are the only ones who don't buy and by some miracle they do go up in value, they will look stupid / lose their jobs.

Their current business model relys on semi self imployed drivers earning them money which they plow into research into making semi self employed drivers redundent.

Honestly, you couldn't make it up.

Brit Police Federation cops to ransomware attack on HQ systems

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Run of the mill?

An organisation that speaks of ransomware infections as "run of the mill" raises a red flag for me, just how many infections a day, week or month do they get?

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target

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Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

"One of the more dangerous ideas - hopefully slowly dying as the old gits die off - is the notion that when systems go titsup there's a magical paper alternative just waiting to take over."

Only correct in ill prepared and badly managed companies.

Not that long ago I was involved in a project to replace the majority of back end IT equipment at an airport. We were supposed to commence work post midnight after last passengers had left the building, but when fog thick enough to cut with a knife rolled in at around 8 PM all further arrivals were diverted and all departures cancelled.

By 9 PM someone gave us the go ahead to start work as the extra hours would give us a greater chance of hitting or 6 AM target.

By 9:30 fog had vanished and before 10 we were told planes would be landing and taking off again in short order. Unfortunately just about nothing IT related was working, no check in desks, no passport scanners, no bag tag printers and no gate readers all of which effect the passenger flow "back end systems within the airport also down but ATC had separate systems so presumably all OK".

Staff broke out A4 pads and some propriatory printed sheets and carried on as normal. Few grumbles here and there but basically business as normal.

Now if you can handle something as IT heavy as airline and airport management without any working IT, I would think customer A, needs to have part B fitted, at time C, in location E and overcharged by percentage F should be a walk in the park.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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@ OP andAC

"Amazon hasn't promised to hand over any recordings yet just, despite this latest New Hampshire court order." Yet just??

"I finaly find out that it was the sound from the TV set or from a you tube video."

I remember complaints about a rogue app that kept the mic open and listening out for tv, radio and youtube adds in order to correlate listener/viewer data with handset owner info. I guess if they can add all the data collected on a smartphone with your computer browsing history and cookie data plus cable/satellite subscription / viewing habits you would make a pretty valuable advert target.

IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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IBM are suffering from an interesting eye condtion effecting their ability to see past this years bonuses.

IBM were good with software and hosting, so they ramp up the margins on software causing their customers to look at alternatives and they tell all their hosting customers that cloud is the answer to all their problems then offer them an unreliable still in development cloud offering pushing them to either Amazon or Googles mature and feature rich services. Can't see any flaws with this myself, I am sure IBM have a long and healthy future.