Re: AGI says no
"See you Next Tuesday!"
You did that deliberately, right?... :D
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"LLMs are a product of limited hardware resources"
In otherwords, if we throw more and more monkeys at the problem, then as we approach infinite monkeys eventually we'll get Shakespeare.
"he has a long history of getting a lot out of not much"
I mis-read that as "he has a long history of not getting out much", which is probably true as well.
I'd imagine it was a skeuomorphism. In old-skool phones, picking up the phone didn't result in instant silence, the literal bell continued to be heard reverberating. Similarly if I think back to the DTMF touch tone ones that replaced them continued to play the whole ring after the phone was picked up. Either for simplistic design, or because an interrupted ring sounded discombobulating.
"Switching 3G off to make room for 5G". The implication being if you live in a 3G only service area, it will be replaced with a nice shiny 5G service.
Thankfully, Vodafone will charge you an extra 10% for an equivalent 5G compatible contract (£30 a month SIM only for "Unlimited", £33 a month for "Unlimited Max" which is the same plan but "includes 5G at no extra cost"... except for the £3).
Best I can tell, the rest don't charge more for 5G.
Not to be that other guy...
"Apple moved swiftly, assigning two CVEs to the exploit chain – CVE-2023-41064 and CVE-2023-41061 – and issuing updates for iOS and iPadOS"
"As for the latest exploits, the advice is to update your iOS and iPadOS devices immediately"
And despite all that, it was a zero-day exploit discovered in the wild. So still newsworthy, and a prompt reminder to patch. Despite having auto-updates on, mine hadn't done it yet - just done it manually.
I think that's the same with everything though. I had caused to repair my dishwasher (new heater) and washing machine (drain pump) in the last month and sourced the appropriate spare parts. The heater was only £30, and the drain pump £58, so both economical repairs, but at some point it won't be. If I were to build either machine using entirely spare parts, it would be more than double the cost of the same machine at retail.
The whole "right to repair" movement is a great step for the IT industry, but I think it's going to be shocking what the prices being charged for components will be. A new hinge for a laptop being £30 for example.
Just found the original.. Basically, McDonalds have locked the franchise owners into a single contract for repairs that are crippling high. They even stamped down on a company that was selling a tool (Kytch) to franchise owners to troubleshoot and fix the machines on their own. The whole story is pretty dark.
On the plus side, I bet his obituary looks incredible across all platforms.
Sad times. I remember struggling through my dissertation laying it out in LaTex to generate a .ps version to submit (it was a Comp Sci degree, and part of the assignment detail). While it was an utter pain in the A to mark it up that way, I must admit that it looked beautiful once compiled.
I had that for a while, but I got disillusioned by them for a couple of reasons:
1) I originally bought the printer because it came with "2 years of Instant Ink". What it actually came with was credit to a certain value, and then a year later they hiked the price of Instant Ink to the point the credit only lasted 15 months. So I threw my toys out the pram and stopped using it after that.
2) Their ink cartridges have a phenomenal habit of drying up and smearing to the point of not being usable, but the printer still shows it as having ink in it, so they won't replace the cartridge. It sort of died in that state in the end.
"Another reader, who we’ll call “Brad”, told us about the time he was given just the weekend to migrate data from one datacenter to another in a adjacent building. We thought and thought but couldn't really come up with a good way to do this, until one of our engineers suggested we run fibre between the two buildings – through the parking garage that linked the two?”
I'm thinking a bunch of disks and a sneakernet might have been simpler and with similar bandwidth (but not necessarily the same levels of latency)
I remember when irDA was similarly used as a terrific way to share stuff between Thinkpads and Nokia 8310s - from memory it was 50-100Kbps between devices which was good enough. I even remember "free" (but slow as hell) data over GPRS because the mobile companies hadn't really figured out how to monetise it or prevent what was effectively pairing.
Cool, an interesting point of view I hadn't considered and I genuinely appreciate you sharing it :-)
I guess I just have an inherit distrust of Microsoft having seen them screw things up time and again. Just today, they moved the nav-pane on Outlook at work and moving it back was not the most obvious or straightforward thing to do - and made my think it was a temporary reprieve. I'm sure they have their reasons, but on my screen it created a load of vertical white space. And this is the least of their transgressions.
I suspect it would cost more than $190k to recommission the fab plants that created such an iPhone and reactivate the supply chains, so arguably this is a bargain from that perspective. And to be clear, it still wouldn't be an original iPhone.
Most rare items could easily be manufactured again. Star Wars toys, original Apple 1s, stamps, coins, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. It wouldn't make the collections out there any more or less valuable.
L2 is a very precise point where the gravity of earth and the sun cancel out. Problem is that point varies over time due to the tiny effects of the rest of the orbital systems (the moon, jupiter, mars, etc), so nothing stays *at* the L2 point, they orbit it. The orbits are also unstable and need station-keeping to ensure they stay there.
James Webb's L2 orbit varies by half a million kilometres for example. Gaia is also there, as was Herschel and a few others - the decommissioned ones get placed into a heliocentric orbit, however if they were to fail they would eventually fall back to Earth, but would take a number of years to do that.
There's a cool animated gif that shows the gravity wells and where you're balancing an object that demonstrates how unstable it is.
I've had it explained similarly, that the damage you've got in that frequency has resulted in your brain turning up the gain in that frequency to maximum as it can't believe there is nothing there.
I assumed losing hearing would be broadly just things getting quieter. I'm horrified to discover that it's actually a case of your imaginary background noise becoming too loud to hear things over.
"I reminded myself that noise-canceling kit is poorly named – it really smears out some background noise, rather than canceling it entirely."
This sums up the industry in a nutshell. I don't seem to have much joy with noise cancelling, and I've used both the earbud and headphone version of Sony's XM4s which were generally deemed to be best in class a year or so ago. I was underwhelmed with both. They seem "ok" with static background noise, but introduce any dynamic sound and they collapse.
In a relatively quiet office, I found that the over-ear ones would actually enhance the sound of someone talking on the phone 3 desks away, to the point that I'd switch noise-cancelling off if there was anyone talking in the vicinity.
There was a bit of a viral fact/video recently that started saying "the numbers on a toaster correspond to the number of minutes!" which wasn't entirely true. But the fact it wasn't true meant many people took that to mean "the dial isn't a timer". The scale isn't in minutes (it isn't anything really) and because it's a potentiometer/capacitor/transistor timer circuit, it's probably not entirely linear either. So it got a bit vague and confused recently.
Toasters are rather ingenious actually. There isn't actually a latch as such, pulling the lever down energises an electromagnet that keeps the lever pulled down, along with the heating elements and some sort of timer. When the timer goes up, the power is interrupted, disengaging the electromagnet. No mechanical action involved (other than the spring).
So yes, probably not enough power getting to the toaster while the lights are on. Or worse, a miswired circuit that is returning a hot leg to the neutral of the toaster (giving 0v potential) - I've seen it happening on weird boiler installations and it's frightening.
Love reading the linked articles, particularly this one from 1999 (the first Itanic reference) which is describing how Athlon isn't a threat to Intel. From memory, it was shortly after then that AMD dominated with their Athlon then Athlon XP processors, while Intel churned out the Pentium 4 and Pentium D, power hungry gigahertz chasing beasts that set Intel back until they launched the Core 2 Duo range.
"The European regulators are looking into how bundling Teams and OneDrive as practically compulsory components of Office and Windows might be distorting the market"
No sht. I don't think you even need the word "practically" in there. Teams and OneDrive seemingly reappear on every single new Windows 11 release.
Yeah very expensive, to the point I only ever used the one that came free (must say, I found it recently and 20 years later it was perfectly serviceable). They *should* have been compatible with every drive, but often their reflectiveness was slightly weaker and so some drives didn't cope very well. Similar to early CDRW discs wouldn't always play accurately in players (cars were often the most temperamental).
They also remained very slow. I never saw a faster disc than 2-3x speed.
DVD-RAM was a weird one. It definitely needed pre-formatting (have a look at the wiki page to see the “pattern” that identified a disc) and it was slooooow, but handily it presented itself like a normal hard drive.
I only came across them a few times (one was supplied with my early burners that supported all 5 formats - remember the -R +R -RW +RW format wars?). They were useful but from memory they don’t work particularly well in regular DVD drives.
Given it's a proper retail Windows 7 Pro key, it shouldn't be tied to a specific hardware spec, although it's unclear to me whether the associated Windows 10 "key" (is it a separate key?) is locked to the machine or whether the original key is now just recognised as a Win 10 key as well as Win 7. Microsoft are deliberately vague on the matter it seems.
:edit: having said that, this seems "official"..
From memory, my version of Windows 10 (pro) is using my old Windows 7 Pro licence key (that came with a physical dvd - imagine!) that Microsoft allowed me to upgrade. Haven't rebuilt that machine in quite some time, but it's really not clear to me whether it would still allow me to activate a fresh Win10 installation on using that key... Sadly/thankfully, Windows 11 isn't available as an upgrade, due to my machine not having access to TPM2 - mainly because I disabled it as a handy way of preventing Microsoft "accidentally" upgrading me.