* Posts by desht

75 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Nov 2009


ChatGPT has mastered the confidence trick, and that's a terrible look for AI


Re: "It’s a Dunning-Kruger effect knowledge simulator par excellence"

"when" ?

Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won't ante up


Re: "government intervention"

In a capitalist system, people exploit people. In a communist system, it's the other way round.

Hauliers report problems with post-Brexit customs system but HMRC insists it is 'online and working as planned'


It's almost like Brexit was a fucking shite idea, really.

Oh no, wait - Brexit was, and continues to be, a fucking shite idea, supported by millionaire elitists and the far-right halfwits they tricked into believing it would get rid of the furriners.

The year ahead in technology fail: You knew they were bad, now they're going to prove it


Re: Nothing to see

"Everything you love about Alexa but on wheels"

So, just some wheels, then. I'll pass.

The dark equation of harm versus good means blockchain’s had its day


Re: The power consumption thing

Natural gas may be a lot less polluting than coal, but it's still a fossil fuel, and firing up new fossil fuel plants just for mining bitcoin is fucking stupid.

Is that a meteor crashing to Earth? No, it's Chromebook makers coming back to reality


Re: Wot no Wi-Fi?

Ah yeah, let the "market" sort it out. Because that's worked soooo well to protect the environment so far.

Apple warns sideloading iOS apps will ruin everything


Re: Law of unintended consequences

Your argument basically boils down to "Chewbacca is a wookie and therefore app stores are good!"

Happy birthday, Linux: From a bedroom project to billions of devices in 30 years


Imagine if it had been a commercial project

What, like OS/2?

Spotify to introduce lossless audio streaming: Better sound or inefficient gimmick?


Re: can't tell the difference between speaker cable at 100 GBP per metre or 5 GBP per metre

Sure, cable quality makes a difference. But absolutely nobody needs to spend £100 per metre of cable - you can buy perfectly decent cables for a fraction of that. Anyone who thinks £100/m cables is a good idea probably has shares in Monster.

Judge denies Parler an injunction to force AWS to host the antisocial network for internet outcasts


Re: Not all countries are founded on socialist beliefs

" For people who supposedly deal in facts there's an abundance of rabid anti-conservatism based on emotion alone."

Hey look, another dimbulb who confuses actual conservatism with QAnon-worshipping nazi-sympathising alt-right conspiracy twats.

Don't try to normalise your fucked-in-the-head bullshit by comparing it to conservatism, thanks.

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol


I suggest you take some advice from Billy Butcher, and don't be a cunt.

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?


Re: A shameful time for big tech and supporters

"Why shouldn't' people be allowed to say the US election was flakey"

Because it fucking wasn't, you conspiracy twat.

It may date back to 1994 but there's no end in sight for the UK's Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon


Re: Still. The Farage Garage will be open for business on time.


"worlds second worst looser" [sic]

Yeah, fuck off.

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms


I can't quite decide which is funnier here, the fools trying to push these silly changes, or the gammon snowflakes exploding in predictable fury. I just wish there was a popcorn icon I could use.

UK's 'minimum viable product' for Brexit transit software will not be ready until December, leaving no time for testing


Re: Cut them some slack

33 days is plenty time for Bojo the clown to panic and delay again. After all, it's not like he hasn't spent the entire fucking year practicing his U-turns...

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes


Re: Hmm

Maybe you felt "owned", but that says more about you are your victim mentality than it does about the EU.

And way to ignore Brangdon's actual point (well, you kind of had to, because you don't have an answer to it) that the travel ban was applied to the Schengen zone, not to the EU.

Junior minister says gov.UK considering facial recognition to verify age of p0rn-watchers


With that level of abject stupidity, he'll make senior minister in no time.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians


Re: Let's fart

Fetchez la vache.

We're all doooooomed: Gloomy Brit workforce really isn't coping well with impending Brexit


Re: Repent, repent, the end is nigh

"It sort of reminds me of the gloom and doom predictions of the climate changers who switched glibly over from the 'Next Ice Age Is Upon Us', to the 'Global Hothouse is Upon Us'."

Hey look, another lying planetfucker rewriting history.

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice


Re: Danny 14

No, most people aren't like you believe them to be. I'm really sorry your view of humanity is so fucked up; you must be a pretty unhappy individual. I stand by my comment that you are messed up inside. Get help.


Re: Danny 14

"Speak for yourself. I did it to someone about 20 years ago. They deserved it and I have no regrets to this day, only a sense of satisfaction."

In other words, you've been left messed up inside.

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


Re: As the saying goes you get the government you deserve

Either you genuinely don't understand what an MP's job actually is, in which case go do some learning, or you know full well and you're being a disingenuous little populist, in which case you can go fuck yourself.

Fantastic Mr Fox? Not when he sh*ts on your lawn, kids' trampoline and your soul


Re: Pity you've a dog

Nasty, cruel, and illegal. If you're really that determined to kill a fox, shooting it dead is about your only legal option, although that won't help you in the long run.

Bulb smart meters in England wake up from comas miraculously speaking fluent Welsh


Re: English native speaker here.

"Saesneg" is specifically "English", rather than "foreign". Obviously from the same root ("saxon") as the Scots Gaelic or Irish "sasanach".

Brit consumers still holding off on buying new PCs until that Brexit thing is over and done with


Not sure if you've played with Steam on Linux much lately, but it's been making some leaps and bounds at seamlessly supporting Windows games with Proton & Steam Play. Check out https://www.protondb.com/ and see how many of your favourite Windows titles will run.

Google's Go team decides not to give it a try


Re: On error GOTO

If we're adding GOTO, then I suggest the COMEFROM counterpart is also required.


Re: panic and recover functions.

Sounds like a severe case of NIH, to be honest.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


Re: @AC

"Remoaners" ? Grow the fuck up.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow


Re: Power unchecked @scrubber

"Meanwhile I'm distressed that the single largest vote for something in UK history is being deliberately ignored and its outcome sabotaged by the MPs that are meant to represent the people that voted for it."

It wasn't a vote *for* anything, it was a vote against something, with no consideration of how the implementation was to be carried out. The outcome isn't being deliberately ignored, it's just very clear that nobody has a clue how to implement it.

And no - "no deal" is *not* a plan - it would be the catastrophic outcome of standing frozen in the oncoming headlights, no matter what the yellowjacket nihilist knobs outside parliament would like you to believe.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin


Re: Now you shall be cursed in the ancient way

An bfhuil cead agam DUL go dtí an leathras!

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Re: Yah, Yah, Yah.

" if Apple hadn't invented the smartphone"

Speaking as a P800/P900 user back in the day (5 years before the iPhone 1), I'm just going to say you're full of shit, fanboi.

Check your repos... Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)


Re: No software can be trusted

"Forgot one, commercial software has little financial incentive to include malicious intent."

Shame Sony BMG didn't get that memo. Or Lenovo, for that matter.

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


"Sorry, they are living in the real world. It's here and growing. You are the one left behind"

- said the turkey as he cheerfully marked an X beside the box marked "Christmas".

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Hey Sandy, here's one for you: how many Brexiters does it take to change a lot bulb?

17,410,742. One to promise a brighter future, one to fuck it up, and 17,410,740 to sit around on forums all day pissing and moaning about "bile and fear".

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs


Re: Shock

You Brexit, you bought it.

Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal


Re: Cant see the problem

"prove it or be nicked"

... and hope the government hasn't shredded your paperwork.


Re: "Assuming May lasts that long and we don't have another General Election first."

Don't worry, we'll have some truly epic jams around Dover soon enough.

The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club


You're making this a bit complex now.

Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today


Re: OK, that's it!

Got some evidence of malfeasance by the "trustworthy Establishment"? Or evidence that Soros meddled in anything before the referendum? I mean, I'm no fan of Cameron or Osborne, but what did they, or anyone else, do that wasn't above board in terms Remain campaigning?

By the way, I didn't use the word "racist", but you did. Nor did I say you had a FB profile, so I'm not sure what "facts" you think you're referring to.


Re: OK, that's it!

Well, we could start with Farage's good friend Robert Mercer, I suppose. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/us-billionaire-mercer-helped-back-brexit

And we know that CA did some work with Leave.EU, so there's Arron Banks potentially implicated too.

It's hilarious when Brexiteers bleat about "democracy" when it's becoming clearer by the way what a nasty perversion of the democratic process that the referendum was.

Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron


Re: Pedant alert (but this time it matters)!

Ah, you've been watching Friends re-runs too?

Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?


Re: No platform

Not just accept it but gladly pay for it too. It'll go down as the greatest scam in history.

Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested


Re: No doubt

"Muppets" is awfully polite of you. The word I was thinking of also has 'u', 't' & 's' in it (in that order), mind.

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers


Re: Default != popular

Of course GIMP isn't Paint. Who told you that? GIMP is a Photoshop work-a-like.

You're looking for something like Pinta: https://pinta-project.com/pintaproject/pinta/ - installed by default on most Linux distros. Of course, googling "linux paint apps" would have told you that as the top search result.

President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers


Re: About time

You seem to be confusing "conservatives" with "alt-right nutjobs". The former, who I usually don't agree with, at least have some sense of decency. You're one of the latter, though: a tagnut on the arsehole of humanity.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking


Re: ,So there's an online fix for not being able to get online?

"Or, you know, you could run "ipconfig /release" and "ipconfig /renew" to get back online and then download the update."

But that would require the command-line, which as everyone knows, is reserved for those weird Linux neckbeard types. Windows is far too modern to need any of that nonsense, we're told. Can't we just ask Cortana to fix it for us?

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Re: Not really much of a market

"You wouldn't refuse to go into a supermarket and buy food there simply because they also have other things on display you don't want to see on the way in and demand they only display the things you want."

Sure, but I also wouldn't shop at a supermarket whose staff stopped and lectured me for not looking at the adverts for things I don't actually want to buy.

Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

"I doubt MS care too much about ~ 1% of PCs."

Perhaps, but you're conveniently ignoring server numbers where Windows is in the small minority: http://mcstats.org/global/#Operating+System

And as you also continue to conveniently ignore, Win10/MCPE version is an irrelevance to the modding community, so even if MS/Mojang cease Java development, it won't die anytime soon. Mods add more to the game every day than the official game gets in a year and the current 1.8 platform has the potential to go for many years.

So, once again: the Java Minecraft version isn't going away anytime soon. Your precious MCPE game is fun for young kids and MS research projects (Hololens integration admittedly has a cool factor), but that's about it. Doesn't matter how well it performs or how modern its architecture is; if the game is limited to Minecraft vanilla or ends up with a crappy locked-down modding API, it has nothing on a fully moddable Java platform.


Re: Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Fine, it's not the same code line for line, but the gameplay is identical to MCPE, and it's multiplayer compatible with MCPE, and not the Java version. It's MCPE on a (Windows-only) PC for all intents and purposes.

My point, though, was in reply to your original statement of "no need for Java anymore". That simply isn't true for anyone in the very sizeable modding community that exists today, regardless of whether MS discontinue it or not. Minecraft Win10/MCPE has no modding support at all, and if it ever does get modding support, you can bet that it will be 1) a locked-down and limited API, completely incompatible with Forge, Bukkit, Sponge or any existing API, and 2) probably encourage paid-for mods via an app-store arrangement. In other words, crap. Oh yeah, and no Linux support, because, you know, this is MS we're talking about.

So yeah, there's still very much a need for Java, thanks.