re: one assumes
"One assumes this guy is the full quid when it comes to intelligence or he wouldn't be a BAE engineer."
This is not a sound assumption.
425 posts • joined 23 Apr 2007
I have a low-end 2019 43" Samsung with the same stupid content-suggester thing on the home ribbon. It can effectively be disabled by putting a PIN lock on it. Sure, I would rather have the option to take it off the home ribbon altogether but since locking it last November I had genuinely forgotten it existed until I read these comments, so that's an effective mitigation.
(But yeah... the software on this is riddled with bad choices.)
At our place we've all been in the position of being asked by our PHB to apply an untested tweak to a critical live system. It happens approximately once per project. Those of us with an ounce of professionalism and self respect decline to do so, stating our reasons in writing.
The PHB then works their down the chain until they find somebody who does what they're told. The live database or whatever is then destroyed, as per instructions. The rest of us then hear about the problem, recall the dodgy instruction we declined to carry out the previous day and see what can be done about recovery.
My favourite was the utter disappearance of the data files for an Oracle instance. It turned out a couple of entries had been removed from /etc/fstab, because for reasons we never got to the bottom of the PHB wanted those entries removed from that file and didn't want backchat about it. At least that one was a quick recovery.
It gets better... I think those thresholds are for a single ad. So presumably a page containing a dozen of these, requiring say 40MB of network data and completely choking the CPU for several minutes would be tolerated?
Nah. My data quota, phone battery life and my actual life is worth more than that.
We just ditched Vodafone. Their routers are amazing, they last about six months on average. I just took a big bag of the ones we killed to the recycling centre.
(I wanted to just buy a good router and swap it in but the person whose name is on the bill wouldn't let me.)
You've got it.
Historically industries have often benefited from "externalised costs", i.e. costs paid for by someone other than themselves. Some decades ago in the west this might have been the factory that dumped nasties into the nearby river and didn't worry about the people downstream. More recent examples include web companies who can't be bothered to secure their customers' details. Many classes of overt crime are simply taking the externalised costs thing to an extreme.
The answer is to identify externalised costs and re-internalise them through regulation. This can be a whole spectrum of measures but should definintely include scope for criminal charges because otherwise most players will continue not to care.
I'm not sure who will still want to write software though. I prefer to do good work but I haven't always had that option and the day I'm held legally responsible for the quality of code I write I'll be quitting.
I attended some sort of festival in August. It was near Gloucester.
We all got a badge that was also a phone (no, really) plus a sim card. There was an intention to provide a site-wide cell network. The conference organisers said they'd bought the necessary license from a bloke in a pub.
Sadly the network didn't work. It was a noble failure though.
I have a Moto Z2 Play and am very happy with my existing 4G. Let's assume the new shiny thing turns out to be really good and I encounter a good reason to adopt it, because that's what usually happens. I won't buy this bolt-on to my current phone to use it because..
- Mods are expensive - it won't be far off the cost of a brand new Moto G8 or G9 with built-in 5G.
- It won't work _quite_ as well as I hoped.
- The hardware will murder the battery life and pocketability of the phone.
- By the time 5G is reasonably mainstream my current phone will be dead, due to its knackered non-removable battery / finite-life flash memory / sat-upon screen.
Thanks Moto, I'll pass.
I was staying in a hotel in North Carolina. The fire alarm went off, possibly due to a lightning strike, so I grabbed my beers and eeepc and sat on a bench outside. Shortly afterwards the fire engine turned up. This was very large, very red and very gleamy with all the chrome bits on it. It also bore flashing lights.
The first thing the driver did upon leaving the vehicle was open a storage compartment, remove half a dozen traffic cones, and arrange them in a straight line a couple of feet from the front of the vehicle.
I have a lot of respect for the jobs firefighters do. Not so much for the pen pusher who'd decided those cones were needed.
... is there actually anything unethical about a software agent running on behalf of a business pretending to be human? Cali might as well compel people working in (some) call centres to warn callers that they probably won't be able to help with whatever problem they're being called about.
... I've had Windows people doing things in notepad after I've asked them not to, ignoring the newline statutes of whatever it is they're trying to edit and then looking upset when the final result is completely munged up and I've told them they'll have to do it again only this time with a different tool. I think 2unlimited were in the charts the first time I had that conversation.
Yeah, nice try Redmond - do you really think we're going to fall for this one?
... the only way this new console could possibly be any good would be if it unexpectedly turned out to run SteamOS ( "any good" != "very good" ). The normal economic model for consoles - the hardware itself being a loss-leader - wouldn't work in that case, so to hit that price it would have to be a seriously underwhelming spec.
No good can come of this.
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