* Posts by Dan 55

13788 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Restructure at Arm focused on 'non-engineering' roles

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Re: UNITE

How could you be anti-union if it appears you don't even know what a union is for?

Not enough desks and parking spots, wobbly Wi-Fi: Welcome back to the office, Tesla staff

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Re: When the show is run by clowns

But only if they drove clown cars.

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America

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Re: The right to tell you what to do

What's the best way to do this, another referendum where a simple majority wins, therefore England decides that Scotland and NI should have their legal systems subsumed into its own?

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Re: Sysadmins in Gilead

I mean at work intercepting employee website visits.

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Sysadmins in Gilead

Not that your corporation should be MITMing and logging health website visits anyway but now would be a good time to put a stop to that.

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Re: The right to tell you what to do

As a UK citizen, the idea that each state has incompatible laws is just STUPID.

Northern Ireland - The Great Unknown (by the English):

Abortion in NI: Timeline of key events

GitHub's AI code assistant Copilot takes flight. And that'll be $10 a month, please

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Devil

I for one am completely sure MS respected all the different licences on all of the code on github (public or private) that was hoovered up into some half-arsed machine learning algorithm before charging you for the privilege of having it spew nonsense at you.

RISC OS: 35-year-old original Arm operating system is alive and well

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It seems the trend lately is running on original hardware or FPGA, so does running AmigaOS 3.2 (released last year) on Vampire or similar count as modern hardware?

AI's most convincing conversations are not what they seem

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Re: The real issue

It's not a sentient being because you call a function with words and it returns an answer and then everything stops, it's not like it's left alone with its own thoughts and will suddenly come to you and talk to you. It's like worrying if printf is a sentient being or not. It plainly isn't.

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Re: The whole article

Perhaps a galaxy brain artificial intelligence can't communicate in a way which is indistinguishable from a human. Were you thinking of discarding possible AIs because they're not bothered who won X Factor?

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Re: Straightforward solution

There was also P3P which was ignored as well.

I'm beginning to see a pattern.

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No thanks, EU! Hated rules SCRAPPED as UK to end 'pointless' web cookies in Brexit bonfire *

Lots of comments about cookie banners but we really should be more interested in not being able to challenge automated decision making and the other stuff they've buried in this bill.

Friends don't let friends be Express readers.

* Actual Express headline.

Apple may have to cough up $1bn to Brits in latest iPhone Batterygate claim

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Re: "We have never – and would never"

"We have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades," Apple told The Guardian

That statement has Johnsonian (or Trumpian) in its level of shamelessness, but I guess there are enough of the credulous who blindly trust such nonsense that it makes annoying the rest worthwhile.

How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?

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Amiga 1000 showing an IE logo

That's just... wrong... like some alternative reality TV series where the US is occupied by Nazis or something.

Heineken says there’s no free beer, warns of phishing scam

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What could be worse than free Heineken?

Probably only free Hershey's chocolate.

End-of-life smartphone? Penguins at postmarketOS aim to revive it

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Re: N900

Tried Maemo Leste?

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Re: 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste

You would look destitute, a Luddite, lacking all social dignity, probably a pervert.

Where do I sign, it's a step up from programming.

Internet Explorer 11 limps to the end of Windows 10 road

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Enable Services for NFS in Windows Features and connect to the NAS using NFS?

Thunderbird is coming to Android – in K-9 Mail form

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Re: /e/

Odd, I thought /e/'s client was based on K9, why did they need to remove that?

You could try installing K9...

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Re: /e/

1. Tap and hold the first item until highlighted.

2. Tap the rest of the items.

3. Tap the menu button in the top right.

4. Move.

5. Choose folder.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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"The truth is the human is just a brief algorithm... 10427 lines. They are deceptively simple, once you know them their behaviour is quite predictable".

Microsoft brings tabs to File Explorer

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Re: Machadaynu!

Well first of all they have to get to 1995 by fixing the start menu...

My God, what an unmitigated tragedy W11 is.

Microsoft pledges neutrality on unions for Activision staff

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Re: That's weird

Maybe MS wants to clean up AB and have worked out the quickest way is to let employees unionise, it's more about signalling to AB management that they won't be allowed to interfere.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: And the UK ?

Germany and France's sockets are compatible if you use any modern plug though.

In Italy a new modern socket must be fitted which accepts Italian, French, and German plugs.

Then there are also double-insulated Europlugs which are compatible with all three sockets.

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Re: And the UK ?

Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta also use a Type G plug/socket.

Apple dev roundup: Weather data meets privacy, and other good stuff

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Angel

Re: "without associating coordinates with personal information"

Indeed, Apple uses the moisture sensor in the device to tell you the weather.

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near

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Re: The mystery

Mozilla was a subsidiary of Netscape between 1998-2003 and were responsible for the software, so it's difficult to absolve them of all blame.

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Re: The mystery

It still lives today in the form of KaiOS and Panasonic TVs so there's some value in it somewhere.

Mozilla's problem is it starts projects then but then abandons them.

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Re: The mystery

Erm, who's fault was that?

Next major update of Windows 11 prepares for launch

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W11 needs new special chips in a component shortage for no discernible reason. It's a plan so cunning that you could put a tail on it and call it a weasle.

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Re: Plain English Campaign - over 'ere

"Ships with old drivers because it's still not really finished yet. Stuff may not work. Adjust your expectations accordingly, although they probably already are adjusted due to our track record."

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: Charge the chargers

* funding.

Another opportunity to downvote in the face of reality!

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Groupe Spécial Mobile?

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Re: Other devices? Other features?

This is becoming a de-facto standard anyway, more and more DIY tools now ship with a USB-C power connector. Volume makes it cheaper, so it will spread into even more things.

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That's what Apple used to say about the app store, until it became clear they were just taking the piss.

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Re: Charge the chargers

In the UK they've gone for a world-beating "cutting off practically all finding" approach - the agency exists in theory, in practice it's useless.

We sat through Apple's product launch disguised as a dev event so you don't have to

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Re: We're long past peak tech

Possibly useful with mobiles but computers will be on the LAN anyway.

And it took a few more major OS X releases for it to actually work with iPhones and of course it doesn't work with Android.

So I just use Bluetooth.

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Re: We're long past peak tech

And at whatever the equivalent was for the Apple systems.

Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

Everything afterwards is bullshit glued together with candyfloss.

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it

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Re: No new installations?

Yes, but you can get the non-India trial and free India versions from apkmirror, if you trust apkmirror.

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Re: Just one feature please

Why would you want to be stuck with slurpy gboard? If you're going to be stuck with a keyboard, there's openboard.

Tim Hortons collected location data constantly, without consent, report finds

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Re: And this is why...

Same here. I guess they're still in the middle of rolling it out to different models/networks/accounts/servers/whatever.

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Re: And this is why...

I just checked that app. On my phone App Permissions is where Data Safety is, I guess that's one advantage of having an ancient(ish) phone which never got updated beyond Android 9.

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Re: And this is why...

They've buried them, first select About This App then scroll down until you're about one screen up from the bottom then select App Permissions.

The next time your program is 'not responding,' (do not) try these steps

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Re: $55 a month

All of it, but only when opened in front of a class?

It probably can't cope with a projector being plugged in and displays and stuff changing since the last time it was opened so it decides it needs to count the displays again... really... slowly.

Or it doesn't like not having internet.

Or God knows what, it's Adobe.

The next time it happens Dabbsy should say "Excrement! I want you to uninstall Creative Cloud. Uninstall it! All of it!" then his students will be sending on their desks and shouting "Oh Affinity My Affinity!" like in Dead Poets Society. Probably best to do it on retirement day just to be safe.

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Devil

$55 a month

Now yer problem is it's Adobe.

There no help on God's earth for that, everyone running Adobe software has Stockholm syndrome.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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Re: Humorously Scare People Away

I said "if you think ChromeOS doesn't break" not "ChromeOS is broken".

The crowd-sourced support forums are, of course, unhelpful. People posting the same problem over and over, people replying with "I've also got that problem", and sooner or later threads are locked with no clear solution. But at least it confirms that ChromeOS does break.

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee

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Re: "died in committee" "despite broad consumer support"

will the current technological gatekeepers be able to bribe lobby all of them?

The answer is yes. From the Cory Doctorow article posted above:

In 2018 — the year before Tim Cook warned his shareholders that their dividends were at risk because Apple customers were choosing to fix their gadgets, rather than replacing them — Apple led the anti-repair axis in fights against eighteen state Right to Repair bills. All eighteen bills died.

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Dutch public sector gets green light to use Google Workspace

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Re: Uncle Sam

Some are, some aren’t. In Germany, it does *not* report to Parliament.

So the EU allows for national variations, then.

“Intervenes in a case….they’re not supposed to”. Yes, you do agree with me.

Why should MPs be able to intervene in an investigation run by an independent data protection agency? Would you like MPs to intervene in court cases too?

They now have to account for what is done cross-border, and also apply other countries laws inside their own borders.

The source you linked to doesn't seem to have anything to do with that assertion.

Hint: where was Schrems II adjudicated?

The Irish DPC asked the Irish High Court to refer the case to the ECJ because it required a ruling on EU Standard Contractual Clauses that are used to send data to the US. It would not have made sense for the Irish High Court to make a ruling just for Ireland.

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