* Posts by AceRimmer1980

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Research finds electric cars are silent but violent for pedestrians

AceRimmer1980

Re: GOOD

The problem: Pedestrians don't hear EV's, so step out into the road without looking.

Best solution: Train people to check the road before they step off the pavement, or use crossings properly.

What the UK did: Pass a law so that if a pedestrian steps in front of your car, that's your fault.

We are heading further into Idiocracy.

Microsoft, OpenAI may be dreaming of $100B 5GW AI 'Stargate' supercomputer

AceRimmer1980

Indeed

Just the one? They'll need to Macgyver together at least 2 more.

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Boffin

Re: Correction

3.3GW from 3 reactors, that sounds about right.

Developer's default setting created turbulence in the flight simulator

AceRimmer1980

Re: Why doesn't somebody pull the plug

Just kidding.

Please stop pouring the wrong radioactive water into the sea, Fukushima operator told

AceRimmer1980
Mushroom

You want Gojiras?

Cos that's how you get Gojiras.

Boeing-backed air taxi upstart Wisk plans to fly you across town at UberX prices by 2030

AceRimmer1980
Stop

Well that's a big nope from me.

Even if it was free.

CERN seeks €20B to build a bigger, faster, particle accelerator

AceRimmer1980

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

The 5upergiant 5ircular 5ern 5masher

Mozilla slams Microsoft for using dark patterns to drive Windows users toward Edge

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Big Brother

Re: Teams/Outlook users driven over the Edge

'Integrated Features' is sometimes a marketing spin on 'can't be deleted'

Scientists don thinking caps in wearable tech breakthrough

AceRimmer1980
Alert

Read 'And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon' by Paul Di Filippo. You won't want anything more sophisticated than a lightswitch in your house.

AceRimmer1980

I want a functioning Rorschach mask.

That runaway datacenter power grab is the best news for net zero this century

AceRimmer1980

Silent but deadly

Yeah, that was my first thought, when reading about beans on submarines.

Last rites for the UK's Online Safety Bill, an idea too stupid to notice it's dead

AceRimmer1980

Re: Computer MOT

The agent told him to back it up, but he couldn't find reverse.

AI on AI action: Googler uses GPT-4 chatbot to defeat image classifier's guardian

AceRimmer1980

Re: Lie mode...

A vindaloo for you, sir.

Google's claims of super-human AI chip layout back under the microscope

AceRimmer1980
Terminator

What a dull name.

"I speak of none other than the computer that is to come after me," intoned Deep Thought, his voice regaining its accustomed declamatory tones. "A computer whose merest operational parameters I am not worthy to calculate - and yet I will design it for you. A computer which can calculate the Question to the Ultimate Answer, a computer of such infinite and subtle complexity that organic life itself shall form part of its operational matrix. And you yourselves shall take on new forms and go down into the computer to navigate its ten-million-year program! Yes! I shall design this computer for you. And I shall name it also unto you. And it shall be called ... The Earth."

Prepare to be shocked: Employees hate this One Weird Clause

AceRimmer1980
Big Brother

This is from one particular employer:

"Everything you write is the property of the company, including that done in your own time, on your own equipment, at home"

"You may be required to work additional unpaid hours." Now this is pretty standard, but this guy really took the piss. He decided that the tech team would now, in addition to their normal 9-5.30 work hours, do tech support and testing on the weekends. Of course for no additional money.

In normal work hours, the boss would:

-Read all email, including that not addressed to him

-Open all post, including that not addressed to him

-Randomly monitor phone calls, and sometimes cut in.

-Had remote desktop viewer installed on all the PC's, so he could watch people work.

His attitude was always "If you don't like it, there's the door", and many *did* leave.

He was a bit like a toddler, always pushing to see what he could get away with.

In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

AceRimmer1980
Big Brother

Re: Bank Accounts

That the -individual- data is stale, is less relevant than you might think. Data can be sold for its statistical/demographic value.

GitHub Copilot may be perfect for cheating CompSci programming exercises

AceRimmer1980
Terminator

An AI with an Uzi 9mm?

There was a documentary about that.

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Re: The Grand Tour

Tonight, Jeremy overdrives the ion thruster for more powerrrrr, Richard gets local radio flashbacks from the higain antenna, and James executes a perfect slingshot manoeuvre but ends up on a collision course with Phobos.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

AceRimmer1980

Run seat heater from power outlet?

Fine, until:

BMW notice this, and OTA update: your ciggie lighter 12v socket is now £25/month

(runs power outlet straight from battery)

"Engine management warning, detected unknown power drain, now in limp mode, please go directly to dealer, do not pass go, do not stop for lube"

Dell's rugged Latitude 5430 laptop is quick and pretty – but also bulky and heavy

AceRimmer1980
Thumb Up

Re: You're whinging about a 6.5 pound laptop?

We're definitely past peak laptop.

Remember when portables had things like removable batteries, multiple USB and other ports, could accommodate at least 2 internal drives, and was still robust enough for everyday use? My 12" HP Elitebook can do all this.

Pretend starship captain to take trip in real space capsule

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

Only 100km altitude?

She cannae take any more, captain.

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?

AceRimmer1980
Coat

What kind of fish would be in the closet - a rainbow trout?

Your spacesuit ran into a problem and needs to restart

AceRimmer1980
Alien

IT meets Spacesuits , a documentary

A bit sweary, but painfully close to what the reality would be?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxZgsdh-ac

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence

AceRimmer1980
Coat

3 Laws Safe?

Yes, but if a human is in danger, there is several minutes of inaction while Res-Q-Bot plays adverts.

Android 10 ported to homegrown multi-core RISC-V system-on-chip by Alibaba biz, source code released

AceRimmer1980
WTF?

Android on IoT?

The fridge requires access to your internet connection, files, photos, contacts, call history, bank accounts, car keys, and underwear drawer. Continue?

Q: What’s big, red and pulses UV light into the cosmos three times a night? A: Mars

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Re: Big, red and spews UV light?

DJ Mysteron headlining MonsFest, having it large before the invasion.

We've heard of spam filters but this is ridiculous: Pig-monkey chimeras developed in a Chinese laboratory

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

Could, Should

Ooh, aah, running, screaming..

100 mysterious blinking lights in the night sky could be evidence of alien life... or something weird, say boffins

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Well who else but aliens could eat *that* much chicken soup in a day. Certainly not Lister, since we ran out of curry sauce.

They say lightning never strikes twice, but boffins have built an AI to show where it'll come next

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

This is heavy

But we know where it'll strike, that's how the clock stopped.

'We go back to the Moon to stay': Apollo vets not too chuffed with NASA's new rush to the regolith

AceRimmer1980
Alien

That's no moon

that's a paydirt station.

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

After pressure from eco-hippies, they were experimenting with hybrid F16's, and he was trying an air to air recharge?

Flying priests crop-dust Russian citizens with holy water to make them stop boozing and bonking

AceRimmer1980
Angel

Re: The icon of the Inexhaustible Chalice

When partaking of Satan's double vodka, I take my holy water in frozen cubical form, as penance.

Robot Rin Tin Tin can rescue you from that collapsed mine shaft

AceRimmer1980
Thumb Up

PLUTO?

How about:

Largely Autonomous Scout and Search Intervention Equipment.

Captain's coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion

AceRimmer1980
Coat

Re: Cheap airline syndrome

Only the first class pilots get that.

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

We had a choice, tea or coffee

Yes I remember, I had cocoa.

MIT boffins turn black up to 11 with carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.995% of light

AceRimmer1980
IT Angle

I think

I shall have to get the black out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIW9sL-Yf6Q

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein

AceRimmer1980
Thumb Up

Re: Taking the Trash

If you live in a council flat.

First water world exoplanet spotted – and thankfully no sign of Kevin Costner, rejoice!

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Open the washing machine door, HAL.

Oh Lordy lordy deary me. Felicity Kendal's spacesuit. And it needs a goooood wash.

Psst. Wanna brush up your supervillain creds? Get a load of this mini submarine

AceRimmer1980
Flame

Re: No Das Boot here

Launched from a vinegar volcano :P

Royal Navy seeks missile-moving robots for dockyard drudgery

AceRimmer1980
Headmaster

Re: mousetrap

Ultima Ratio Resin

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Missile Loading?

Can we have powered walking exoskeletons instead?

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

AceRimmer1980
Big Brother

Re: This is stupid

No, this is ungood.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

AceRimmer1980
Gimp

Re: Eh?

/gets urge to download source, and change File/Quit to 'Gimps sleepin'

Look out, Titan. Plutonium robots from Earth are on their way

AceRimmer1980
Alien

Re: You can't fool us, Earth scum

or a Stargate

More on that monster Cerebras AI chip, Xilinx touts 'world's largest' FPGA, and more

AceRimmer1980
Windows

4 of those

and it *might* be able to run Crysis.

My god, it's full of tsars: A gun-toting Russian humanoid robot is on its way to the International Space Station

AceRimmer1980
Coat

Re: Pathetic

Didn't NASA once build a robot that was legless?

Brit rocketeer Skyrora reckons it'll be orbital in 3 years – that is, if UK government plays ball

AceRimmer1980
Boffin

What ho, digby

Is there *anything* that plucky Brits in sheds can't do?

UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

AceRimmer1980
Pint

Re: ' Current industrial production of hydrogen gas'

Her Majestys Locomotive and Carriage company regret to announce the Infortuitous suspendisation of services, due to excessive presence of deciduous foliage upon the railment.

Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled

AceRimmer1980

Re: contain elements that could run out in the near future

Take your stuff to the tip. Do 'green'. That's the public message. What they don't tell you, is how big a business it is.

At my local tip, half the recycling is operated by private contractors, who make a profit from your old stuff. They even have a rule that you are not allowed to give away old (but still functioning) TV's, cause, yep, they make $$$ of it.

Anything else is simply incinerated. They're even proud of the fact, 'energy from waste', they call it.

Moore's Law isn't dead, chip boffin declares – we need it to keep chugging along for the sake of AI

AceRimmer1980
Terminator

Old Macdonald had a neural processor farm, AI AI O

You ain't gonna do it with Von Neumann architecture.

Needs a rethink, a radical shift in paradigm/architecture, maybe with more emphasis on the connections rather than the processing elements themselves. All decoupled clocks.

Well that's my $0.02.

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