* Posts by Sampler

969 posts • joined 16 May 2007


Twitter datacenter melted down in Labor Day heat


How long...

..until Musk uses this as a reason to not complete his purchase of Twitter...

Musk seeks yet another excuse to get out of Twitter buyout: This time it's Mudge's severance check


I'm not fan of twitter

But I hope the judge rules in there favour as it's clear, no matter how much he may be sticking to the letter of the law, he's flagrantly against the spirit of the law and deserves a spanking for being a naughty boy.

Scientists pull hydrogen from thin air in promising clean energy move


Moisture farmers?

Hope their nephew doesn't run off to join a rebellion..

Xcel smart thermostat users lose their cool after power company locks them out


That seems a bit disingenuous though, a home solar installation is going to have a very different cost to a solar farm as it's a few panels over a small space so higher per household charge for the time spent vs number of panels.

But, that said, I'm completely talking out my arse as I have no idea how much power you could generate with $5.5m, but I feel it would be more than that.


22,190 * $100 one off payment = $2.2m

22,190 * $25 per year * 6 years = $3.3m

If they spent $5.5m in additional generation, these people could've left the AC on, I mean, if it's hot enough to need the AC on, I presume that means the Sun's out...

Lenovo launches face-mounted monitor


How long until..

There's a news article of some sod jacking it on public transport wearing these?

USB-C to hit 80Gbps under updated USB4 v. 2.0 spec


If you need a new cable, what's the benefit of keeping the same connector, that just seems asking for confusion with people plugging 3.2 cables in to 4.0 slots and not getting enough power / starting fires..

(before people think I'm being literal with starting fires, I appreciate the systems tests for ability and does not proceed where it can't)

For the handful of occasions where you have your old cable and you don't need to worry about the bandwidth it seems odd to retain the socket given the trouble it can bring.

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


Re: But they already do...

So if I borrowed your phone I'd have access to your Amex account? That doesn't feel right.


But they already do...

there is also value in partial containment, such as automating the identification of a customer's name, policy number and reason for calling. Capturing this information using AI could reduce up to a third of the interaction time that would typically be supported by a human agent,"

Most banks I use already have automated systems (without having to throw around a trendy term like AI - maybe once that's flogged to death they could use the "AI" to store the details in a "blockchain") to collect these details, which are then rendered utterly pointless by the agent asking me the exact same details again, so even if they could collect them by AI, I'd rather they spend the time in getting one system to pipe information to the next....

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


Devaluing notifications to increase revenue stream?

One could posit they're devaluing the notification of "police here" as to frustrate drivers in to ignoring it.

When a notification is always wrong, you soon grow to ignore said notification, only for the one time it's right and you get a fine.

The police misusing the system are also the ones benefitting as they are the recipients of said fine, ergo revenue raising.

I mean, this would definitely be a court case in the US but as it's ol' blighty I guess it'll be joked off..

BOFH: Who us? Sysadmins? Spend time with other departments?


Good start

I would like to see one day Simon meet is own Moriarty. A seemingly standard bureaucrat but underneath we find like sees like, culminating in an attempt to introduce him to an open window with a skip of glass shards below only for him to make an enigmatic escape to battle another day.

The start of this felt like it could be building in this direction, and although ends well (as always) it would be nice to get a recurring provocateur of similar standard to Simon, to truly challenge him.

US-funded breakthrough battery tech just simply handed over to China


CDs - Netherlands 1979

Refrigerator - Germany 1876

Cars - Invented in Germany & France in the 1800's

I'll give you the TV (San Fran 1927), so, you know, America's as culpable as others in taking others inventions and running with them..

Anti-piracy messaging may just encourage more piracy


Re: Gross overestimates don't help either

Oh, I'm not buying from a service, if it's on a streaming service I already have (like Prime or Netflix) then I'll stream it, but no way would I hand over the same price (or, more often) more than the price of disc to "own" a digital copy.

I don't condone piracy, there's a lot of things fighting for my free time and, having watched far too many movies to start with, I doubt watching a movie will change my life, so if I can't watch a particular film, oh well..


Re: Gross overestimates don't help either

What also doesn't help is anti-consumer behaviour.

Unskippable "you wouldn't steal a policeman's hat" ads before the menu loads means those who pirate the movie get a better deal than those who bought it, as they aren't forced to sit through that shit every time they want to watch it (along with the side benefit of not having to get off their arse to find the disc on the shelf as it's running on their own network).

The absolute worst for this though is 4k blu-ray. Now, a bit on me for buying without checking, but foolish me though buying a 4k blu-ray USB drive gave me the benefit of plugging it in to my HTPC to watch a hi-res disc when I was in the mood, or move it to the computer upstairs if needs be.

But not, because to watch a 4k blu-ray you need baked in to the chip security that's only available on Intel (in this day and age) and even then, a modern intel, so the i5 in my HTPC is no good, the AMD chips in my PC's upstairs are no good, the i7 in my mobile workstation's out too - out of nine pc's and laptops in the house, only one device actually supported the content protection, my nas, running an i3 and integrated graphics (because, it's a nas, it's headless).

So now I've got legally purchased movies that I can't play without re-arranging my set-up or getting a very long HDMI cable and running it halfway around the house (which will probably fail HDCP or some crap because it's too long and fuck you). If I'd've downloaded them it would've been a lot less hassle.

I no longer buy media now because of this, I'll watch it on a service if it's on one, if not, tough.

This is coming from a lifelong media buyer, my dvd collection was in the triple digits, my cd collection triple that - I was an early adopted of dvd and blu-ray, but, this all day suckers down to the soggy white stick and the fear of someone stealing a movie has made me so fed up I'm not buying them any more as they've absolutely ruined the customer experience in their greed.

UK lays world's longest autonomous drone superhighway


As an Australian I was surprised to here we do..

Demand for smartphones is drying up


Re: The telcos are upset

5G's remarkedly pointless from an average user perspective. My airtime provider wanted to up my contract by 20% using the current financial pressures as an excuse.

I gave them the option to not, they declined, so whilst I was on the support chat I found an alternative supplier (who uses their network, ironically) that for the same price as my old sim only contract gave me 50% more data allowance (that I won't use, just like I didn't use three quarters of my old data allowance) and the only caveat is they're 4g not 5g and ... didn't notice a difference.

Been on this network for a couple of weeks, websites load as fast, apps operate as they did, even streaming 4k video, not a problem.

Actually, that's a lie, whenever I got to a busy train station where the network's oversubscribed it used to drop out, doesn't anymore... what was 5g supposed to fix again?


Re: Innovation

Same problem with phones, my Note 20 wasn't all that much a change from my Note 8 (in fact, the camera worked better on the 8 imho) but I begrudgingly upgraded because the 8 wouldn't go a whole day without charging anymore.

Now the 20's in the same boat and, there's nothing to buy. All the phones are worse than my current one for astronomical prices - the S22 Ultra (which they might've well called the Note 22 given not only does it look like more like the Note 20 then it does a regular S22, they even have "A Note-worthy new look" as a tagline on their website) is no better in any reasonable metric than the phone I have, worse given they've removed the SD card slot.

Chips may be faster and ram higher, but that's all rather moot given the Note 8's perfectly cromulent at any task I may through at a mobile phone.

It's a stagnating market way before people's monetary pressures were factored in, now they're just being forced to make a decision rather than picking up the new shiny shiny out of habit.

Intel’s first discrete GPUs won't be a home run


I can't even believe you went there..

One of the first RISC-V laptops may ship in September, has an NFT hook


Well, the NFT seems about as useful as the windows keyboard button in the mock-up image - maybe the whole laptop?

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more


Re: +1 ExplorerPatcher

Oh, and some poking around in ExplorerPatcher finds a toggle to disable the recommended part in the start menu, liking this even more!


+1 ExplorerPatcher

Love it, just installed it off the back of this article and it's all I've been missing on these pointlessly feature reduced taskbar, I love having a desktop shortcut and right-click taskmanager rather than ctrl+shift+escape seems to be my muscle memory (probably because it's right handed than left).

Now if I could just get rid of that giant "Recommend" section on the new start menu, as, even when disabled, it still just sits there taking up the same amount of space = \

Meta agrees to tweak ad system after US govt brands it discriminatory


Re: Better than nothing

Given they're proven to be less effective, it does boggle ones mind as to why they keep being built and sold..

BOFH: Tech helps HR investigate the Boss's devices


Re: Inspirational!

I recorded a meeting with HR when I was at a couple of companies back, where they outright offered, with no initiation, to lie to the immigration department about my termination date to give me more time to find another visa sponsor.

When I queried if that was illegal, never mind unethical, their response was well, yes, but it'd only affect you.. and they were just being nice to give me more time to find another job...

(I'd already found another job a week before this meeting, took me about three hours from being given the notice I was on the chopping block to shaking my new employers hand, there are benefits to being good at what you do, and having a network that knows it)

I did get a good severance package though..

Consultant plays Metaverse MythBuster. Here's why they're wrong


Elephant in the Room

I like how the article doesn't seem to address the big problem going to work in VR, and that's the very high number of people who feel sick after even a short period of time with a headset on, never mind an eight hour work day..

There's a fair bit of "innovation" required before you'll have everyone happily sat a virtual desk all day with a screen strapped cm's from their eyeballs..

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


Re: Mechanical Turk, or just a stream of 1s and 0s?

I think that's still to much, asking the question, just mid-conversation throw in "banana" or something equally irrelevant and see how it responds.

"I'm sorry Dave, could you please rephase the question" - you've got a bot

"Haha, could test, but as you can see I understand where you were going with that" - you've got a good excuse to change your underwear..

OpenSea staffer charged with insider-trading of NFTs


Given the anonymity, if he hadn't transferred the funds back to his own account (on a publicly viewable audit trail..) he could've gotten away with it?

Repairability champ Framework's modular laptop gets a speed boost



I'd like to see a module you could plug the mainboard in to make it in to a desktop terminal, meaning old removed boards don't have to sit on a shelf or die, but be given a new lease of life in the office to workers who don't need a laptop or much desktop grunt (we could fill our call centre with these for instance, execs get an upgrade, call centre gets a new "desktop").

Google keeps legacy G Suite alive and free for personal use


Re: I've already migrated

I've been using a basic free gmail account and then adding my domain addresses as alias's.

Initially that meant an account on my webhost that gmail slurps from (deleting as it goes) but with cloudflares new (free) email routing that's no longer required and I can treat the gmail account as if it were a custom domain one (simply setting the custom domain account as default send).

Can also manage multiple accounts under the one gmail, so I have the benefits of reliable storage, spam filtering and simple mobile app with push notifications, all for free, with very little set-up.

Crooks steal NFTs worth '$3m' in Bored Ape Yacht Club heist


Re: Said this before, I'll say it again.

Hold in your hands? And affect the PSA Grading? I think not good Sir!

BOFH: The evil guide to upgrading switches


Re: Asset management is a pain

Just how much didn't make it on to the list and in to your car boot?

Zuckerberg gets $26m in 'other' Meta compensation


Re: Zuckerberg currently sits in 13th place with a fortune worth $79.5 billion.

Buys most of Hawaii by the sounds of it, pissing off the native people and banning them from their land.

(because land bought that was stolen, is still stolen)

AMD unveils first CPU with 3D V-Cache tech, cheaper Ryzens


Re: compatible

The last paragraph states a BIOS update is coming for 300 series motherboards, so that would convey pin/socket compatibility, otherwise the BIOS update would be rather moot...

Toshiba reveals 30TB disk drive to arrive by 2024


As user? Backblaze unlimited cloud for $6usd/month seems pretty good, I have about 7TB (mostly raw photo's, I should probably prune more often / at all) in there at the moment and they seem fine with that.

FBI seizes $3.6bn in Bitcoin after New York 'tech couple' arrested over Bitfinex robbery


What happens to the seized coins?

Do they go back to the original owners?

Do they get kept by the govt.?

Are they just "cancelled", like one could burn paper notes?

Just thinking throwing $5.6b (or whatever the current astronomical value is) back in to the system has got to have a fair bit of an affect on the valuation?

Machine needs more Learning: Google Drive dings single-character files for copyright infringement



They can be only 1 (1)

If you want less CGI and more real effects in movies, you may get your wish: Inflatable film studio to orbit Earth


Small problem

Don't sci-fi films (which I'm going to take a punt will utilize the zero g) typically make lackluster returns at the box office to cover the costs?

So who exactly is going to fund this?

Online retailers delaying sales of Raspberry Pi 4 model until 2023, thanks to a few good chips getting scarce


Re: 2023

Well, shit, I keep hearing things are bad but I didn't realise they were like a year waitlist on parts bad.

I guess that's a big delay on a lot of shiny new things given they can't get the current things out the door.



That's, like, not a typo? 2023, a whole other year? Christ, I'd expect a Pi5 by then!

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game


Re: Wishful thinking

so...what was inside?

Microsoft's problem child, Windows 11, is here. Will you run it? Can you run it? Do you even WANT to run it?


Re: Did install on older CPU

Yep, rebooted to UEFI and enabled TPM and it's now showing under tpm.msc, so, I guess I got one machine that'll run it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Did install on older CPU

I did a fresh install on my old Toshiba Tecra mobile workstation which has an i7-4600U (iirc) in it, a 4 series, well below the 8 series cut off.

It's installed fine, and runs perfectly fine (the unit has 32gb ram and a quadro with a few gb of vram, so it's still a good spec for a 2013 machine) BUT it won't stay that way, I got a warning that I won't get any more updates now the testing is done as the machine doesn't meet the requirements to run the OS it's perfectly running and I should instead re-install another OS.

Bit annoyed as I'll have to re-install apps and reconfigure for the "downgrade" to win10, but I guess that's what you get for beta running OS's, would've been nice to have an auto downgrade to win10 (or, not even have to bother at all as the machine runs the OS perfectly fine and I'd happily leave it that way if I were getting updates).

End of the day, it's more the same, things are moved around (for no real reason) and there's a new lick of paint, but it's still the same core than was in 10 (that was in 8, that was in 7...) by the feel of it, there's no real push to rush out and pay for it, I'll take a free update as that means longer support, but I'm not buying a licence and certainly not a new machine for it.

Not that I think any machine in the house could meet the requirements anyway, my four desktops (and the bucket of spare parts I could probably build an entire system out of) are all ITX so not sure they have TPM modules (usually cut for space - the Asus ROG Strix B550-I I'm writing this on shows nothing when I run "tpm.msc", though I guess I'd have to check bios incase it's disabled - [edit], it is listed under Asus's compatible boards, so maybe off in bios), my Intel NUC under the telly is almost as old as the Tecra mobile workstation so the i5 in that won't make the grade, I have a new laptop on order but again don't recall the mention of a TPM module (its also a rather compact design, so they may not have to save the space, like the ITX boards) and neither of my other two laptops have new enough CPU's.

But they're all perfectly functional systems and not getting upgraded any time soon given they're all perfectly fine at the jobs they do, so I guess I've got five years of win10 and just jump to 12 by the time I get around to upgrading.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends



/ the cause of...

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


I'd been looking at buying on of their tablets too, I don't need anything too fancy and the price seemed good, ah well, definitely off the list.

Wireless powersats promise clean, permanent, abundant energy. Sound familiar?


Speaking of basting, what about birds flying through the energy stream being beamed down from space?

I mean the hippies complain about wind farms chewing up migratory birds, what they going to be saying about kfc opening up suspiciously close to the ground station....

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta


Re: " ... make finding what you need easier."

I installed it tonight on a seven year old mobile workstation, which surprised me it would accept the older gear after hearing the stories, even if it was top of the line for the time.

I'd only gone to the left corner three times to hit start before I decided to hunt through the menu's and found there's an option to center (default) or left align the taskbar, so now it's back in the right (left) place.

Hopefully that option stays in to the final version.

Some weird bugs, most notably when the pop-up for admin actions comes through the options are to "remember me" (left side, greyed) or "C" (right side, default selected, highlighted blue).

"C" cancel's the action, "remember me" allows the application that was requesting admin privileges to continue (such as installing an app).

But I mean, final versions are bug ridden, I'm surprised the beta's actually run at all to be honest.

-posted from the aforementioned Windows 11 machine.

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?


The Scariest Movie

I was once (circa 2016) sat in a cinema and the windows XP load screen came up..


(as you can see, it was a sell out show...)

It was weird they were still advertising it two years later:


Microsoft bins Azure Blockchain without explanation, gives users four months to move


How very cryptic...

I'll see myself out..

A trip to the dole queue: CEO of $2bn Bay Area tech biz says he was fired for taking LSD before company meeting


Re: Stoned web design

I remember back when I was cool *cough* young I would spin up the decks at a mates house and make record ideas of mixes I'd like to try at the next set we had live. Often a few tinnies would go down and one night I made this awesome tape and we were like "we should take this to a record label, it's awesome", listened back to it the next day and, yeah, it got taped over..

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel


“Standard Autopilot would require lane lines to turn on, which this street did not have,”

The street it drove off of an crashed on? I mean, I'm not saying that was the cause, but, it's not like it successfully drove down the street?

I like the idea of eye tracking to ensure the driver is paying attention, presuming they can successfully monitor the eye tracking (unlike my old tablet that keeps warning I've looked away when I get towards the bottom of the page), would resolve a lot of these autopilot crash reports you read on the reg where the drivers having a nap.

Beloved pixel pusher Paint prepares to join Notepad for updates from Microsoft Store


Re: confused?

I used to be the same, but shift+windows flag key+s to grab a screenshot of your desired cropping is now easier (as it's auto loaded in to your clipboard ready for pasting).

Though, I still tend to use alt+printscreen to just get the application window a lot more..

What I'm really confused about is, what updates?



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