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

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Hence the secondary headline

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Re: such as so-called mouse jigglers, which can be found for as cheap as $5

My employer enforces a screen lock after 15 minutes of activity for security reasons, which is sensible enough. While WFH during COVID lockdowns, I used a (software) mouse jiggler to prevent my work laptop from locking because I lived alone; there was no point. The work I was doing at the time didn't require me to be physically using the laptop from minute to minute and I grew sick of being forced to log back in every time I returned from whatever productive thing I was actually doing to check on its progress.

Waymo issues software fix after driverless taxi hits telephone pole

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Joke

Re: Some details

That's an awful lot of telephones for a single street

Tesla's Autopilot false advertising tussle with California DMV must go to trial

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Re: If false advertising was enough to stop products being sold...

Well they could actually just not lie.
But then they'd have to offer products and services that people want. This is so confusing!

Mistral AI raises $644M, hits $6.2B in valuation

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Tesla chair begs investors to bless Musk's billions or face an Elon exodus

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Re: "Tesla is not a typical company"

Some people read Libertarian Police Department and didn't realise it was satire.

And some of them also post on The Register.

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Xitler spends 10 minutes a week on Tesla, tops.
And he spends it firing the people who generate the company's future income.

The definition of an AI PC is now even muddier, helping no-one – not even AIs

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Re: TOPS

Thanks. I had guessed the T might stand for Trillion but then thought "no it couldn't be that many". Inasmuch as I'm familiar with any hardware beyond the user level, I'm totally unfamiliar with AI-specific hardware. Anyway it should be spelled out the first time it's used etc. etc.

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Okay great

But, err, what are TOPS?

UK PM Sunak calls election, leaving Brits cringing over memory of his Musk love-in

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Re: Disappointing

As Newsthump reminds us on the anniversary of the vote every year since, Brexiters who’ve spent ### years saying ‘you lost, get over it’ still waiting to discover what they’ve won.

I stumbled upon LLM Kryptonite – and no one wants to fix this model-breaking bug

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Trollface

Yesterday Google Messages sent me the "hi I'm Gemini" message that everyone's been getting now that Gemini has been integrated into the app.

It still allowed me to select "block and report spam" though. Whoops.

Read AI about it... OpenAI does deal with News Corp

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RIP ChatGPT

The Register has asked OpenAI and News Corp to confirm whether "enhance its products" should be interpreted to mean that OpenAI intends to use News Corp material to train its models.
I appreciate that this might have been the joke but... I can't wait to read their response. That's not what "enhance" means.

How two brothers allegedly swiped $25M in a 12-second Ethereum heist

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"Code is law" and "not your keys, not your coins" have been memes in the cryptocurrency sphere since the beginning. Perhaps these two really believed it.

Aussie cops probe MediSecure's 'large-scale ransomware data breach'

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Facepalm

Indeed I'm reminded of the kleptocurrency named "Safemoon".

Boeing might be criminally prosecuted for 737 MAX crashes after all, says DoJ

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Re: The problem

It's not about being present and able to personally prevent the accident; it's about forcing corporations that work with safety hazards to implement functional safety policies and systems so that the circumstances that led to the accident could not occur in the first place.

Holding decision-makers personally liable certainly sharpens their decision-making...

Tesla nearing shareholder vote to grant Musk $46B

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Musk is uniquely unsuited to be a manager, his attention span is far too short.
And it seems his idea of "getting the best out of your people" is telling them to work harder/longer.

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I don't think he's nearly as valuable to the company in 2024 as he was in 2018

What's with AI boffins strapping GoPros to toddlers? We take a closer look

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Re: Yeah that is bound to work

Sure, and one day amanfromMars will make sense

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Re: Yeah that is bound to work

Those are made up names stop being silly!

Japanese scientists propose drug to regrow teeth, promise trials won't bite

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Alert

I feel like I've seen this before somewhere...

It sounds like the beginning of a horror movie

Latest figures show AMD chipping away at Intel's CPU dominance

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Re: Intel vs AMD

It's plausible. Current Intel and AMD CPUs are priced in direct competition with each other on the desktop, but the AMD CPUs use significantly less power to achieve the same performance and are extremely efficient when you turn them down. Like you would in a mobile application.

Also it seems that Windows 10 still has some issues with Intel's hybrid CPU architecture.

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Re: AMD has been 'chipping' away since the 70's.

They almost crossed in 2006. Between then and the release of Ryzen, AMD had been on a steady slide for a decade.

Rivian crawls out covered in $1.5B of red ink, panting that it's still alive

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Re: Nice cars

I looked up the R3X... whoever said there's no accounting for taste was right. I think "polarising" describes it pretty well.

What do Europeans, Americans and Australians have in common? Scammed $50M by fake e-stores

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A scourge

fake online stores spanning 22,500 domains

I believe it. I've been looking for some spare parts to suit a bicycle brand that recently ceased to exist. So far the only online stores I've been able to find listing the parts are scams. Some of them even post-date the bankruptcy.

Fortunately it's easy to pick the scam sites because always seem to be selling $1,000+ wheelsets for $9x.xx and $5,000+ bikes for $29x.xx. So they're designed to rope in idiots rather than deceive normal consumers.

Ten years ago Microsoft bought Nokia's phone unit – then killed it as a tax write-off

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Re: God, if only Microsoft had done what they did with xbox

I believe the Xbox hardware is still a loss-leader. The PS5 has been in the black for a few years now and the Switch was never sold at a loss.

Different strategies of course, but from the outside it makes it look like Microsoft is still trying to buy its way in.

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"It was called Android – you may have heard of it"

Then in 2003 a group of engineers had an idea for a mobile phone operating system that was more flexible than Symbian or RIM and more app-focused. It was called Android – you may have heard of it.
Android was originally pitched as a digital camera OS. It wasn't until about a year after they founded the company that they realised that idea was a dead end.

End-to-end encryption may be the bane of cops, but they can't close that Pandora's Box

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Re: The bits I love

A one-time pad isn't a pre-agreed selection of code words, it's a single-use encryption key that simply has to be at least as long as the message being sent. If your message is longer than page 1 of your "pad", continue on page 2...

Ford's BlueCruise driving assistant probed by US watchdog after deaths

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Devil

I use cruise control almost everywhere because it keeps my heavy foot off the accelerator pedal...

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Terminator

Who else remembers when Ford announced in 2017 that it would have an autonomous MaaS fleet operating by 2021?

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs

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Re: Alternative

I am, of course, referring to the organisations that design roads and bridges and buildings and machinery and other such things. You know, engineering.

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Re: Alternative

Any engineering firm will be using a lot of software that's Windows only and engineering firms, while not a large proportion of the overall workforce, aren't edge cases.

NASA needs new ideas and tech to get Mars Sample Return mission off the ground

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Re: Sensible suggestion

I think that's the joke

Tesla slashes vehicle and self-driving-ish software prices as shares plummet

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I thought it was a one off fee and not a subscription

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Well...

It can't be long before Elon turns his ire back towards short sellers. That should be fun.

I miss the popcorn icon.

Elon Musk's X to challenge Australian content takedown orders in court

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Also a few days earlier a white Australian murdered six people in Bondi, five of them women, and the usual shit stains immediately began spreading rumours that it was a terrorist attack by brown people. These people need to be deplatformed before we have a repeat of the Cronulla riots.

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What's fascinating in this whole saga is that it managed to get the opposition to see eye to eye with the government. It reminded me a bit of that undocumented Winston Churchill "quote" about Americans doing the right thing (eventually).

Unintended acceleration leads to recall of every Cybertruck produced so far

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Re: Remind me

That sounds like a lot of poor decisions rolled into one, to me

Stability AI decimates staff just weeks after CEO's exit

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Re: winners and losers

You could, if you felt so inclined, argue that the bankroll is what technically makes them "fittest". Like the squirrel who stored the most food for winter...

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All output from a LLM is a “hallucination” — generated from the latent space between the training data.

I recently asked Google Gemini to summarise the findings in a rape case that had just been handed down. It produced very well-written and mostly correct text that... swapped the offender and victim.

US Air Force says AI-controlled F-16 fighter jet has been dogfighting with humans

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And probably a bit less likely to take out someone's eye

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Your comment prompted a recollection of this fun tale, too

IBM accused of cheating its own executive assistants out of overtime pay

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Wage theft should be a criminal offence like so many other forms of theft.

Novelty flip phone strips out almost every feature possible to be as boring as possible

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Only if you consider drinking Heineken to be a benefit for some reason...

Google fires 28 staff after sit-in protest against Israeli cloud deal ends in arrests

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Re: Google's role in spreading disinformation

As it turns out, these money making systems they own don't make money if you have to run them properly...

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Re: Take this as a lesson

You have ethical problems?

Go and work somewhere else, really.

Seriously if my large multinational employer did something egregious that I disagreed with, sure I'd make my feelings known but also if there's no sign of change, why stick around? It's a lot easier to leave...

I can't imagine it being more difficult for a Googler to find a similar job elsewhere than to change Google's course. I can't imagine it being difficult for a Googler to find a similar job elsewhere fullstop.