* Posts by Swarthy

2134 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

How long till some drunkard puts a foot through one of BT's 'iconic, digital smart city communication hubs'?


Re: We cannot have nice things! We've proved it.

Definitely the squirrels' fault:


You want us to make a change? We can do it, but it'll cost you...


Re: Lines of Code - negative defects

"You get what you measure"

DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats sue NYC for trying to permanently cap delivery fees



Uber(Eats), DoorDash and Grubhub are griping, but Postmates and Seamless aren't? And Seamless is strictly NYC-only.

I have it on good authority that most New Yorkers use Seamless (and maybe Postmates - but usually Seamless), so I would expect those two to be the major complainants, if this really did have a negative impact on earnings. It sounds more like the usual suspects are complaining that their liscence to print money has been revoked.

Remember, in corporate speak "we're losing money" can usually be read as "We're not making as much money as we would like"

You walk in with a plan. You leave with GPS-tracking Nordic hiking poles. The same old story, eh?


SWMBO calls it "The Isle of Shame" - and it's our favourite part of shopping at Lidl or Aldi.

McDonald's email blunder broadcasts database creds to comedy competition winners


A better man than I

On finding that, I would have been extremely tempted to take a look at the DB, and maybe see if I could improve my winnings.

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not


Re: Fourth Ammendment?

I've raised that point many times. No-one in charge cares - at all.

Council culture: Software test leads to absurd local planning SNAFU


Re: Xerox

I can havarti believe you did that. You'd chedder get you coat for that one.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead

Big Brother

Re: Sauce for the goose

"on condition of anonymity" - Privacy for them, but not for the rest.. That...that's pretty on-brand actually.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down


I can see their reasons

I can see why Open(?!)AI came up with those rules, but I believe that their hardline stance in this case is reactionary and kinda' dumb.

I would think that the wiping of the bot at the end of the credits would count for a lot of their protections. If the bot instances are non-shareable, then that should cover the rest of them. At that point it's little more than a technology-enhanced daydream; with about the same amount of risk.

Imaginary numbers help AIs solve the very real problem of adversarial imagery


Re: Can't resist...

I'm at my limit!

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?


Re: i.e. he confesses there is evidence

I think I stole "Talibangelicals" from the very pages.


Re: Lawmakers or lawbreakers?

Even more mind-breaking is that the guy saying that the government can't force records from private companies is representing the party that wrote the PATRIOT Act.

Spring tears down math geek t-shirt listing because it dared to mention the trademarked word 'zeta'


Re: Try one of those Cyrillic 'e's

I feel bad for poor Jacob whenever certain commentards need to find the jakes....


Re: Oi - Merkins

Even more silly as it was barely a civil war*, it was an Attempted Secession.

Made even sillier by the fact that the Revolutionary War was not a revolution, but rather a successful secession.

* as defined above


Re: "There's a song in there somewhere"

Nope, not Zappa, it was Zevon.

Oh! A surprise tour of the data centre! You shouldn't have. No, you really shouldn't have


Another Story

Please share! :)


Re: year 2000

Total Grievance Recall

Spraying a boot error up the bathroom wall


I should have expexted these comments

Of course the commentariat would take the piss.

Arms not long enough to reach the plug socket? Room-wide wireless charging is on the way


Re: Inverse square law

I wonder if they are using a phased-array approach to further reduce the impact of the inverse-square gremlins. although I don't think that would work with multiple charge-ees, but I Am Not An Electrical Engineer.


Only if you use them at 3AM in the morning. But avoid the ones in the Sahara Desert or Lake Tahoe.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain



I've had launches like that in Kerbal...They need more boosters; or to wake up Jeb.

Apple's bright idea for CSAM scanning could start 'persecution on a global basis' – 90+ civil rights groups


Re: Apple has learned a lot from China

To be honest, both parties are authoritarian. Even US Libertarians are authoritarian. Not that the parties have authoritarian elements, or leanings, they are straight up authoritarian. The main difference is flavor of authoritarianism: Corporate or Government.

There is no non-authoritarian element in US politics; Bernie is as close as we get, and he's not that close.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

Paris Hilton

Re: Sumption is wrong

Isn't Magners Carter the bloke that delivers the cider to the pub?


Re: Holy Progress

Protesters are always battered, assaulted and pepper(spray)ed. How else would they be (protected and) served?

Scalpel! Superglue! This mouse won't fix its own ball


Re: Ball crud

Logitech's darkfield mice (IR laser, as I understand) solves that, and the red mousepad issue. However, one particular (white(-ish)) table played merry hob with the mouse.

Paris Hilton

Re: Ball crud

Checking scrotes for balls, that sounds...medical and unpleasant.

Amazon Game Studios to its own devs: All your codebase doesn't belong to us


Re: The boring, but "skipped over" text is...

Approved, or Unapproved, It's my time, not the company's. If I use their IP in my personal project, that is my misdeed; if I create a competing product, using knowledge of what the company is doing, then If one developer an make a better product than the whole corporate, they deserve to lose business.

My time is My time. My employer has no more room to tell me what personal or hobby projects I can work on than they can tell me who to date. I see no difference between the employer claiming IP on personal project and them claiming my children. I didn't make either on company time, or using company resources, so they have no claim. The company is my employer not my owner.

Tired: What3Words. Wired: A clone location-tracking service based on FOUR words – and they are all extremely rude


Re: Veni, vidi, vici

What would you recommend for "Illegitimi non carborundum"?

Google staff who work from home might see pay cut under corporate policy – reports


Re: Absolute cunt's trick

Pay may be based on assumptions, but the employer is assuming the risk of assuming.

If I assume that I'll be working a 40 hour week and the contract did not state hours, and then my employer tells me I need to do an extra 5 hours of "business development", I am on the hook because of my assumptions.

If an employer assumes that 10% of my paycheck is for commuting, but it doesn't specify that in the contract, then they don't get to claim that 10% back if I telework.

Paris Hilton


"With many businesses struggling it is unsurprising that they will be looking for ways to cut costs." - What the Hell?!

The only way businesses are struggling right now is the lack of people willing to work customer-facing jobs for shite pay. Google is NOT one of those. Although, if they put this into effect, they may well become one.

I wonder if a well-placed VPN could report your tele-working place as Fisher Island (average income in 2018 of $2.2 million) and get a commensurate pay hike?

BOFH: 'What's an NFT?' the Boss asks. In this case, 'not financially thoughtful'

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Re: Thank you

This is one of the clearest explanations of NFTs I've seen.

Made even better by being funny.

8 years ago another billionaire ploughed millions into space to harvest solar power and beam it back down to Earth


Re: Yes, yeah.

wouldn't the "beaming power to earth via RF" almost have to be a MASER?

The main advantage to collecting in space is that you don't have to worry about atmospheric attenuation. "Beaming" the power to ground stations will have to go through atmosphere, so you need an intensity/frequency that renders that attenuation significantly less significant, so MASER.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee


Re: Murphy's Law revisited

Edward Murphy (the actual person) was exactly talking about this when he stated his eponymous law, espousing "Defensive Design".

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument


Re: In the public domain

The good ol' US of A - Where you WILL break several laws each day, because to avoid breaking a law, you must break another one.

We are all guilty (of something) which grants the police and courts a lot of leverage.

(what's a police state again?))

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado


You can 'ave Ocado!

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker


Re: exhibit ingrained racist assumptions in the design

The point being made is less "the hardware/software is racist" and more "the development and testing were not conducted using subjects of varying skin tones, and as such are optimized to a fairly narrow band, and falls down when analyzing people of color." With the implication that Systemic Racism is the reason why the system was not sufficiently tested/developed against darker skintones.


Re: exhibit ingrained racist assumptions in the design

Or just use the HDR setting, which is exactly what it's designed for.

Try placing a pot plant directly above your CRT monitor – it really ties the desk together


Re: Most common fault was Magnets

True, I only have one monitor (at home) I use the laptop screen for the secondary.

At work I have two monitors, and use the laptop screen as the tertiary.

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer


Re: Why was he in a Spanish prison?

Because it costs far more to stop being a citizen.

Ouch! When the IT equipment is sound, but the setup is hole-y inappropriate

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Re: She was trying to open the hinges.

So, If I ever start up a laptop company, I should make the logo mirrored on the X-Axis, so that it's upright for the user and the admirer.

Syria and Sudan turn off the internet to suppress ... cheating by kids sitting exams

Big Brother

Re: Seriously? To stop cheating?

Split the difference - Cell Jammer turned on during the exams. That is, if preventing exam cheating is the goal. If, however, the goal is to have an "acceptable" reason for turning off the internet to prevent/mitigate a popular uprising....

Algorithm used to predict sepsis in hundreds of US hospitals isn’t as good as maker claims — study


Having done some development in the medical field

Having done some development in the medical field I can attest that "ICD10 codes" is akin to "blockchain" in the buzzword scale.

Dozens of Iranian media websites devoured by the Great Satan, apparently


Re: Pravda?

Given the state of USAian politics, I feel the need to ask for sources; but at the same time, I dread trying to read those sources.

Do you have any sources that are not OAN, Fox, or Qanon? - And the My Pillow Guy doesn't count.

Emergency mode? Bah! It takes a Microsoft product to really break a digital sign


Re: Interesting choice of words

Bugcheck may be a MS non-word, but I think it's an acronym:

Blue Ugly Gremlin, Crapped-out Hapless Electronic Computer - Knackered

Price-capped broadband on hold for New York State after judge rules telcos would 'suffer unrecoverable losses'


What they actually meant:

"The broadband industry is committed to appearing to be working with state and federal policymakers on sustainable solutions that will serve the needs of all low-income Americans. While well-intended, the state's law ignored the $50 monthly broadband discount subsidy Congress enacted already gives us, as well as the many commitments, programs and offerings that broadband providers have made promised for low-income consumers."

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?


Re: "the kiloscrote bust"

And another for "crimmunity"

New York State Senate first to pass landmark right-to-repair bill – but don't go popping the Champagne just yet


Anyone remember Haynes Manuals?

The ones I can find now (when I can find them) are about half the size they used to be, with ~1/4 the information.

This needs to happen.

Dealing with the pandemic by drinking and swearing? Boffins say you're not alone


Re: The 5 rules of problematic drinking

Does drinking coffee out of the carafe satisfy #3? If so, I may be a problematic coffee drinker. The only one I don't hit there is #4.

BOFH: Despite the extremely hazardous staircase, our IT insurance agreement is at an all-time low. Can't think why


Re: When I read that

No.. that's the wrong acronym.

It would be something like "Cyber Actuarial Safety and Habilitation"


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