* Posts by Randy Hudson

170 posts • joined 1 Nov 2009


Coinbase CEO cuts 1,100 jobs, warns of 'crypto winter'

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Hopefully those about to be canned had the wisdom to short crypto, especially after seeing how the pyramid is being built.

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'

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Re: Full charge in 10 minutes?

I think the opposite is true. If cars can charge in 10 minutes instead of 15, you need fewer charging stations.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: In other words...

The same thing that happens to lead acid batteries. 99% are recycled.

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Re: In other words...

What dealer was selling an EV with 600k miles on it?!

AMD nearly doubles Top500 supercomputer hardware share

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Are there a lot of 32-bit supercomputers these days??

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs

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What's the deal with cars? Every car I get in is the same.

Round steering wheel? Check

Accelerator on the right? Check

Brake pedal on the left? Check

Blinker/wiper controls on the left? Check

Demand for PC and smartphone chips drops 'like a rock' says CEO of China’s top chipmaker

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Did the proof reader not even make it to the second sentence in the article?

Hooking up to Starlink might be pricier than you thought

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The hardware rise is effective immediately? That is misleading. If you order today you won't receive the hardware until 2023. Just like Tesla, Starlink is doing the right thing by attempting to predict future costs, and then locking in prices for preorders and honoring them.

I ordered a Model X in Feb 2021, but I'm not expecting it until July or later. But Tesla locked in my price and I'll be paying significantly less than someone ordering today, because they would be ordering a car to be delivered in January or later.

Billionaires see wealth double during pandemic as tech bros lead the charge

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Wealth accumulates exponentially. A tax system that is linear (after a certain threshold) will always lose the race.

Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition

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Re: Do Evil

"Do Know Evil"


AI caramba, those neural networks are power-hungry: Counting the environmental cost of artificial intelligence

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Re: Human alternative

Modern engines running on an iPhone (5W) can outplay any human

See what's on the slab: Apple reportedly mulls stretching the iPad Pro to 14 and 16 inches

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iPad and MacBook are converging

It's really just a matter of input preference. Do you want to touch the screen, with the detachable keyboard, or do you want a touchless screen, in which case the keyboard needs to always be there. macOS and iPadOS will continue to evolve until they meet in the middle, unfortunately.

I recently bough the 12.9" iPad Pro. They basically force you to buy the removable keyboard by disabling the split, on-screen keyboard. Why can I use split keyboard on my 9.8-inch iPad Pro, where my thumbs easily reach the middle of the screen, but not on a larger iPad, where reaching the center is a real problem (when holding the iPad upright with the rest of your fingers).

Microsoft and Google, sitting in a tree, working on browser compatibility

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Re: Weird way round?

The annoying thing about standards is they’re written by Mozilla, after the fact, while other implementation chose more logical interpretations yo various combinations of settings.

Apple's app transparency rules: Google's privacy labels for Chrome and Search on iOS highlighted by DuckDuckGo

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They even track you “outside” their apps

If you click on a URL in one of googles apps like YouTube, they ask how you want to open the link. If you pick “Safari”, they just show you an embedded web view widget so they can continue to track your browsing history

Blackberry Cylance's consumer antivirus product won't work with macOS Big Sur until end of January

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Based on past OS releases, it sounds like they’ll have it ready well before it makes sense to upgrade to Big Sur

And now for something completely different: A lightweight, fast browser that won't slurp your data

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This is an existing rendering engine, just tweaked for parallel execution where page layout is independent.

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Pretty naive

... of the reg to think anyone would write an HTML/CSS layout from scratch at this point.

Apple now Arm'd to the teeth: MacBook Air and Pro, Mac mini to be powered by custom M1 chips rather than Intel

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This is great news for people buying a notebook but then use it as an iPad.

Seriously though, it's going to be years before you can do actual laptop tasks with these. Just this week I've flashed firmware in my Jeti ESC and receivers, used Fusion 360 to design a part for my plane, and used Cura to slice the file for printing.

Node.js 15: What's new, what's coming, and keeping pace with Deno. 'We're not going to reinvent' module ecosystem

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Supporting TypeScript at runtime is just encouraging more runtime bloat.

npm packages are a mess. It's not uncommon for 95% a package's footprint to be unit tests, documentation, or other crap someone decided to publish, but serve no runtime purpose. On top of that, files are loose on the file system, causing more waste due to slack space.

If you're going to fix the mistakes of node.js, look at what java did right 25 years ago. Support optionally running packages from an archive, and have developers publish their runtime separately from their SDK (source code, etc.).

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'

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Try big boobs, with a "Z"...

GitLab scans its customers' source code, finds it's as fragile as you'd expect

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Re: Don't build on sand

"people will use a library just to avoid writing a one-liner"

Perhaps some thought this was an exaggeration. Check out the "has" package. It gets 14m downloads a week.


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Re: Don't build on sand

In the mid 90s I had a buddy like that in college. In his AI class, they had to write a program that navigated a 2D maze. When he presented his program, it was a first person view of some creature running through a 3D world similar to DOOM. When the teacher what software packages he had used to achieve visuals above and beyond what even the professor considered within the reach of undergrads, his reply was, "a C compiler"

Mozilla signs fresh Google search deal worth mega-millions as 25% staff cut hits Servo, MDN, security teams

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Why is Google paying for this? Even if Firefox came with some other search providers, everyone would change it to Google anyway.

The intersection of Firefox users and people who don't know how to change their browser's search provider must be like 10 people.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites

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Siri: Cut me some slack, Jack! Chump don' want no help, chump don't GET da help!

Beyond JAMstack: Next.js creator on hybrid rendering, TypeScript and Visual Studio Code

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Next.js is written in TypeScript I believe, not JavaScript.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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This only worked because the car was on an unknown road. For existing roads, data already exists including the speed limit, so there no need to rely on road signs.

Microsoft crack habit reports: User claims Surface Laptop 3 screen fractured again after repair

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Re: Suction

The problem is the lack of rubber between the "glass" and the aluminum bezel. The rubber is needed due to differences in the two materials' thermal expansion properties.

Best buds? Apple must be fuming: Samsung's wireless earphones boast 11 hours of listening on a single charge

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Do they come in green

So I can look exactly like Shrek?

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis

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Why the thumbs down? Are there readers who enjoy numbers being improperly labeled?

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Gareth please proof read your article

"..last year came to just 54 aircraft"

"Deliveries of new aircraft to customers halved to 380"

Both of these numbers can't be right. Seems like that should say 54 orders, which is a meaningless piece of data.

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Re: "This is what happens when you scrimp on software dev, testing and docs"

No, it says 890 planes down to 54 orders, even though it makes no sense to compare these two numbers. Poorly written article, or perhaps written for dramatic effect?

If you read it carefully, they delivered 380 planes, compared to 890 planes before. 54 was the total number of orders, which is not an interesting number since obviously some orders were for multiple planes.

WebAssembly gets nod from W3C and, most likely, an embrace from cryptojackers online

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“ Wasm has the potential to run much faster than JavaScript, as much as 20x faster”

So it’s java?

Apple's credit card caper probed over sexism claims – after women screwed over on limits

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No, it did it based on her indicating she had little or no annual income.

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

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Production machine?

“ I’m not updating a single machine yet. Definitely not production ones ”

WTF is a production Mac?

Don't let your dreams be dreams! Itty-bitty space shuttle to ride into orbit on a Vulcan Centaur

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Just do it!

Enjoyed the throwback Shia LaBeouf reference!

Captain, we've detected a disturbance in space-time. It's coming from Earth. Someone audited the Kubernetes source

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What up ZX?

He's coming for your floppy: Linus Torvalds is killing off support for legacy disk drive tech

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Missed opportunity

Coming for your floppy diks

Google pays out $13m to make Wi-Spy scandal go away: Bung goes to peeps and privacy orgs

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Re: Not enough

They had to change it from the original "Do no evil", which people heard and often correctly written down as "Do know evil"

We listened to more than 3 hours of US Congress testimony on facial recognition so you didn't have to go through it

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Misread that

At first I read that as:

“Feces maybe the final frontier of privacy”

Is nothing sacred?

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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I thought Denzel Washington already showed us how to handle this scenario.

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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Pore is a verb now?

We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled

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The FTC will never get this right. Hopefully California will, to the rest of our benefits.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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This is how Alexa works already. It doesn’t send a constant stream of audio to Amazon just to detect whether you’ve said “Alexa”. This is just identical to what’s already in place, but uses a different word to activate

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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By that argument, there shouldn’t be any law against murdering someone.

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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“activities and and context”

The grammar checker I used 30 years ago would check errors like this, and that was for stuff only my teacher would be reading. Is this a tech site?

Get a grip, literally: Clumsy robots can't nab humans' jobs just yet

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Re: Screw the people this will put out of work then.

Yes, similar to the invention of the tractor.

Less work for humans means smaller percentage of your life wasted working. You spending power per hour worked increase. What's wrong with that?

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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I can get 900Mbps most days, but it's typically the guy on the other end that's the bottleneck. Is BBC's service available in the US?

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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How does JavaScript read any memory that hasn't been previously initialized by the interpreter for its use? If that were possible, then your script could have non-deterministic behavior?

Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

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Article's used "Intel’s" to mean possession (as expected), but then "Intel has", and then "Intel is". Are you trying to make reading unpleasant? Reading's easier without so many contractions.



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