* Posts by Def

2399 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

Florida asks Supreme Court if it's OK to ban content moderation it doesn't like

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But there is no reason for allow for (b)

But surely the whole point of this law is to prevent moderation of things people don't like.

Or are you suggesting Republicans are ok with moderation as long as it's to silence people who disagree with them?

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Does this also apply to preventing people (like, for example, politicians) from a) deleting their own posts, and b) deleting other people's comments on their own posts?

Fitbit users will have to sign into Google from 2023

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I fully expect Google to be dragged into court at some point in the future when they are discovered to have "accidentally" leaked fitbit data to other Google services and partners.

Open up, it's the IRS. We're here about the crypto tax you dodged

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Re: Good on the IRS

So that's why so many TV personalities have an avid interest in cars.

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Because no one ever lied on their tax returns before crypto.

GNOME hits 43: Welcome To Guadalajara

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The project is clearly run by a bunch of idiot control freaks.

Sorry, are you implying there's an open source project out there that isn't?

The very nature of open source tends towards this. If you don't like how a project is managed, you just fork it and make your own version that you control.

Boeing wants autonomous flying cabs in US airspace by 2030

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The blind and the deaf, perhaps.

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Re: Navigating in 3D Space

But that's mostly mitigated by having different flight levels depending on the direction you're travelling. Like regular planes do today.

And there are a lot more ways to avoid collisions in three dimensions for the remaining circumstances.

Musk says Starlink will ask for exemption to US sanctions on Iran

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Re: I suspect this is a political stunt

As of 2020, 85% of Iranians have access to and use high speed mobile Internet. That's a slightly higher percentage than the US.

Despite a backward, oppressive government, Iran is, in most other respects, a modern society with GDP ranked 26 in the world.

Grand Theft Auto 6 maker confirms source code, vids stolen in cyber-heist

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Re: Should, if anything, enhance their business

Yeah, I remember reading that before. I am not surprised in the slightest.

I'm not too proud to admit I've done similar things myself.

Maybe not exactly that, but one time I had to calculate fastest routes for ships trading between ports in the Caribbean. It was all run offline - I just needed to build a table of routes along a predefined web of paths (which roughly mimicked traditional 18th century sailing routes) that would be loaded from disk by the game.

The first few iterations had to be left running for around 20 hours or so - iirc. (This was back in the late 90s when machines were still mostly single core processors.) After a couple of runs of this (each needed to be tested in game afterwards) I figured I'd see if I could optimise it a little.

I don't remember the exact details, but I found something monumentally stupid in the code. A quick fix, and the whole route network was being calculated in a few hours.

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Re: confidential data for Grand Theft Auto 6 has been stolen.

Back in the days of way back the game Plan 9 From Outer Space (based on the movie) was released.

The plot was that one of the reels of film had been stolen and you had to recover it. If you failed the film would have to be released in its current form which would bomb in the box office because it's not very good.

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Re: Should, if anything, enhance their business

highly optimized platform

lol.

Umm, no. The majority of games are quite poorly written for the most part, with optimisation left to the last minute by a (relatively) small team. As with many other branches of software these days, the vast majority of engineers on a game will not have the first clue about how to produce optimal code. Add in hundreds of artists and designers who know even less and it's quite frankly amazing anything ever runs at all. Optimising typically involves picking off low hanging fruit until either performance is acceptable, or the game is shipped. 95% of the code is untouched in the process.

The general mantra among non-engineers is: "Don't worry, the coders will fix it."

Here's an example of what we typically had to deal with when optimising: In Age of Conan, the main character's eyeballs were comprised of several thousand triangles. Each.

US border cops harvest info from citizens' phones, build massive database

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Re: unconstitutional

If they want to search your device (they can perform a "basic search" without any suspicion) you have to provide any passcode required to unlock it. Failure to comply can result in the device being confiscated for up to five days. (During which time they'll probably use hacking tools to unlock it and download everything.)

With reasonable suspicion, they can perform a more detailed search, which uses special software to connect to and download everything from the device.

https://epic.org/how-cbp-uses-hacking-technology-to-search-international-travelers-phones/

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Re: unconstitutional

Now I maybe wrong, as I am from the UK

You might be wrong*, but it won't be (just) because you're from the UK.

* I don't know whether you're wrong or not because I, too, am from the UK.

Intel's stock Raptor Lake chip will do 6GHz and overclock another 25%, if it keeps cool

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Visual Studio might be usable again. The latest version is really sluggish and doesn't scale for shit. But to be honest, I doubt it'll ever be as performant as it used to be.

There seems to be a permanent downward trend when it comes to software performance.

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030

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Jamie Crooks, attorney

No comment.

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)

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Re: Curly -- or Straight?

Interestingly (?) some human hairs are elliptical.

The roundness (or not) of human hair is what defines how curly it is. The rounder a strand of hair is, the straighter it is. For example, Asian hair is generally very round and uniform in shape, while African hair is much flatter by comparison.

Elon Musk claims SpaceX was in talks with Apple on iPhone 14 satellite services

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Re: software updates

That got me at first too. I think the intent was to say there's only so much you can do in software before you need to upgrade the hardware. Which is slightly trickier to pull off in LEO.

NASA just weeks away from trying again with SLS Moon rocket launch

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While I obviously will never get the chance, even if I did, there's no way in hell you'd ever get me to ride on a rocket that worked once before.

Would you trust a Boeing passenger jet if the prototype had flown once?

Apple debuts iPhone 14, Watch 8, other sparkly things

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Re: I should copyright this

The sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S. but formerly common in England) is by 1660s, short for fall of the leaf (1540s).

Japan's NTT claims it's built 1.2Tbit/s optical comms that sip power

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Re: Progress

Fax transmission rates are measured in kilobits per second. You'd need a rack of ~30 million fax machines to max out a 1.2Tb/s connection.

G7 countries beat UK in worldwide broadband speed test again

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While I don't disagree with you in principle, you should be aware pretty much every ISP on the planet prioritises Speedtest traffic these days.

I have a 750/750 fibre connection. I could download the most popular torrent in the world, and never reach more than 50% of my bandwidth capacity. Speed test almost always hits 100%.

More usual usage when downloading software updates, etc. I rarely see above 6MBs. Mostly, I suspect, to servers throttling their connections.

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it

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Re: Coding is the easy part!

It's not always about skills though. It's about what areas of development you enjoy working on and are naturally good at.

In the last 30-odd years (plus ~10 years before I got my first job) I've worked on just about every aspect of software development. In the games industry 30 years ago you had no choice but to be able to do anything and everything and ever since then I've been able to turn my hand to pretty much anything at a push.

For example, I really enjoy Interaction Design from both the design side (which I suck at - but I can tell you where you suck too) and the interaction side (which I like to think I do better than most) and working with UI - from both implementing the underlying engines to working with users to create intuitive usable interfaces. I could easily do this all day long. I've also written audio engines for games in the past. Do I want to do that again? No. I hate working with audio.

But not everyone is like me. A lot of people, more so these days, specialise in one particular area and couldn't do anything else competently even if their lives depended on it.

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Re: Not the only game in town

I installed Ubuntu by following the prompts in the installer. If that failed to install Ubuntu properly, that's hardly my fault.

I have had trouble with other Qt applications before on that machine, so something somewhere is very broken. But I doubt it's due to anything I've done.

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Re: Agree and disagree

I just press the power button on my keyboard when I'm done for the day. The machine drops into hibernation until I press a key in the morning to wake it up.

On my laptops, closing the lid does the same thing.

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Re: Not the only game in town

Yeah, I know that would be the best option. It's just the issue of finding the time, backing everything up, and spending a day reinstalling everything.

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Re: Agree and disagree

The Windows 10 start menu is pretty much perfect in my opinion. An alphabetical list of applications on the side, search when you start typing, and a completely user-configurable area on the side for whatever you want to put there.

The start menu Windows 11 is just fucking garbage of the highest order. And the Windows 11 taskbar is equally shit.

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Re: Not the only game in town

I would actually love to be able to use KDE.

I tried installing it on my Ubuntu work PC the other day, but it just crashed repeatedly on startup and I couldn't figure out how to fix it. So now I'm stuck with that piece of shit GNOME with a ton of KDE apps that don't work also installed. (Which I'm slowly clearing up when I get time.)

Bye bye BoJo: Liz Truss named new UK prime minister

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Re: Trussed Up

Cathedral City is my only choice in Norway. And only in tiny 200g packets at that. Norwegian farmers have such control over the Norwegian government there are a ton of bullshit protectionist laws in place to restrict imports.

Norwegian cheese is used to fill golf balls, it's that bouncy. Fucking awful bland garbage.

Arm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed

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Re: RISC-V

Considering they're shipping with 16GB or RAM standard I myself don't see this as much of a problem.

Seriously? 32GB is pretty much minimum where I work these days, with 64GB becoming more common for most developers in my immediate vicinity. My aging work PC at home only has 16GB and it's struggling at times. (Just as long as it survives another year, I'll be happy though.)

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: Green screens were great!

If yours broke, you just wheeled another one in, plugged it in and you could start working immediately...

I'm pretty sure that's how monitors still work to this day.

Except these days, of course, they're light enough to carry.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave

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Re: Har Har

It does appear that the IPCC models match reality.

FTFY

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-how-well-have-climate-models-projected-global-warming/

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Re: Har Har

and global warming has kind of paused for the last 20 years

Umm... No.

Goodbye, humans: Call centers 'could save $80b' switching to AI

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Re: Most call center drones are not more useful than chat bots

Clearly you were promoted out of front line support because you were being too helpful.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_principle

Braking news: Cops slammed for spamming Waze to slow drivers down

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Re: Brit police not the first to do this

Surely a more efficient way to do this would be to strap cheap phones to the insides of street lamps and just control them remotely.

US bars Nvidia and AMD from selling AI-centric accelerators to China and Russia

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Re: "the US government last week banned AMD and NVIDIA from selling some AI kit to China"

In this day and age you don't even need to sell the kit.

You just set up a hosting company (or whatever) in some innocuous third country, offer services to paying customers, quietly buy slightly more kit than you need, and run whatever research you need to do on the quiet. Discreetly upload the results to a server somewhere and no-one's the wiser.

Banning sales and/or exports based on geopolitical reasoning is a pretty much a waste of time these days.

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking

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Re: Just you wait

Teslas that have those stupid, dumb, unsafe yokes instead of steering wheels don't have stalks.

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...every other driver on the road is an idiot - I know that's untrue...

Says who?

California to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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Re: Not going to happen

Most cars will be parked 20+ hours a day.

Given this, it's not entirely unreasonable to ensure all parking spaces have connection points where cars can be plugged into the grid 90% of the day. Then the batteries in the cars could be used as grid storage points.

Cars can learn what their typical driving patterns are (or can be told to expect a big trip tomorrow) and adjust their charge levels accordingly to ensure the grid is balanced.

Doctor gave patients the wrong test results due to 'printer problems'

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Re: You do sort of have a point....

...a very senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist... learned to tie his shoelaces.

His surname isn't Secretan, is it?

LastPass source code, blueprints stolen by intruder

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Re: Just the FAQs, Ma'am

I use Last Pass through a browser extension. It would be nice to think different extensions are sandboxed from each other. Certainly, if that's not the case then any Web browser based on Chromium will find itself being uninstalled tomorrow.

Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange Voyager to pay $1.6m bonus to key staff

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The difference is that depending on your contract, if you're laid off, you may be entitled to a redundancy payment, whereas if you leave, you definitely won't.

Which was my point. If employees feel less valued, they're more likely to look for alternative employment. Doubly so if their employer has entered bankruptcy protection.

If you want to make employees feel undervalued, and don't want to pay them redundancy, give bonuses to some of their colleagues.

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Re: thousands of creditors struggle to pay basic personal expenses due to the flawed business model

There's a massive difference between making bad investments (your fault) and having those investments or investment funds held by a company that goes bankrupt (not your fault).

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The more cynical part of my brain thinks this is a basic strategy to get rid of a large number of employees without having to give them any severance packages. Reward the few employees you really want to keep, and subtly let the others know that they're not valued enough to warrant giving them a bonus.

If you were one of the ones who didn't get a bonus, wouldn't you start looking for alternative employment sooner rather than later?

Apple autonomous car engineer pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets

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Re: Disguised car

Edd China (of Wheeler Dealers fame) has one of those. He shows work on it from time to time in his YouTube episodes.

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

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Re: £sd

What I don't understand is WHY they do l/100km instead of a simple km/l.

This is why.

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Bloody millennials

haha I'm nearly 50. :p

The best thing about getting old is I'm getting further and further away from the 70s and 80s.

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...that must be why pounds are written as Lb

No, that's short for Lobotomy, which is what you needed to have in order to be able to make sense of any of this shit.

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Re: From Mssrs Pratchett & Gaimain

Ninepence isn't half of one shilling and threepence. It's three fifths, or nine pence. ;)

Mouse hiding in cable tray cheesed off its bemused user

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My work-issued wireless keyboard doesn't have replaceable batteries as far as I am aware.

Obviously it does have batteries, along with a couple of solar panels on the top to charge them up.

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