* Posts by desht

113 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Nov 2009


Rice isn't nice for drying your iPhone, according to Apple


Re: Yeah

> So water evaporates at 100F, does it?

Of course it does, and at temperatures well below that. You may be confusing evaporation with boiling.

> Shouldn't the humidity be the objective, not the temperature?

A combination of both of those factors determines how effectively water can be evaporated away from an object.

Judge crosses out some claims by writers against OpenAI, lets them have another crack at it


Re: ChatGPT copies original training text

Clearly a filter working here, but I'd argue that filtering some jokes based on the religion is *more* insulting. Filter them all, or don't filter any.

US starts 'emergency' checks on cryptocurrency power use, citing winter power demands


Re: Straw man

> Do you live without money now?

Well, you're apparently able to post without a brain, so I guess anything's possible.

Critical vulnerability in Mastodon is pounced upon by fast-acting admins


And this is why I won't trust Xitter, running on any number of servers run by who knows what kind of monkeys (with no accountability) who may or may not fix problems like this and introduce vulnerabilities that could affect me even if I'm not on their server. (There are other reasons I have no interest in it, though.)

Snow day in corporate world thanks to another frustrating Microsoft Teams outage


This cloud thing...

Bit shit innit?

Apple has botched 3D for decades. So good luck with the Vision Pro, Tim


> If Unity can't keep pace with developer needs

I think it's less that they can't keep pace, and more that they're a bunch of lying backstabbing arseholes who reneged on their pricing commitments, and suffered the mother of all backlashes (and even now haven't fully rolled back on their changes, meaning competitors like Godot and Unreal are seeing a big uptick in interest).

YouTube video lag wrongly blamed on its ad-blocking animus


Re: I can smell something... smells a lot like bullshit

I dunno, it feels more representative of whiny babies who can't take a downvote.

Fujitsu wins flood contract extension despite starring in TV drama about its failures


Re: Horizon

Have a read of this witness statement: https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk/evidence/witn00620100-david-mcdonnell-witness-statement

And then you'll realise that wasn't really designed at all, more cobbled together by cowboy developers, and defended by a bunch of management bastards who knew full well it wasn't fit for purpose.

Shame about those wildfires. We'll just let the fossil fuel giants off the hook, then?


*irony meter explodes*

I mean, you reached for the red pill, but found the thick pill instead.


> Fixed that for you.

No, you didn't. You just crossed out some words you didn't like and added one that you did like.

As for your pathetic attempt to equate science and religion - jog on, sonny. No one with more than a couple of brain cells is buying that bullshit.

Microsoft confirms Smart App issue renaming everyone's printers to HP


Re: Many years ago....

It's called Windows 11 (at the moment).

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater



Will anybody save Linux on Itanium? Absolutely not


Re: like video games localization

Ah, so Wine/Proton/Steamplay are the insole of the gaming world!

Lawyer guilty of arrogance after ignoring tech support


Re: Are you sure, this isn't the plot of an IT Crowd epsiode?

Nah, asking them is easy. The trick is getting an answer.

IBM pauses advertising on X after ads show up next to antisemitic content


Nothing like an Elon Musk article to bring the swivel eyed brigade are out in force!

World leaders ink AI safety pacts while Musk and Sunak engage in awkward bromance


Re: a job-free future

"I refer to The Expanse for a clear idea on how this could work : citizens, upon graduation, would decide if they wish to have a life defined by Basic (revenue, support, health care, etc.. I guess), or if they want to actually work for their subsistance and attain a career worth something."

As excellent a story as The Expanse is, I'm not sure I'd use it as an example of a future utopia. Billions of people living a miserable existence with just about enough money not to starve, and subject to a lifelong lottery to get a decent job (with no guarantee of actually getting one) doesn't sound great to me


Re: Timescales?

"Looks like the only jobs going will be to be hired as private security force of the ultra rich to protect them from the riots as people take to the streets to demand jobs, food, homes and money."

Nah, AI drones with poor person recognition tech will be able to handle that.

'Influencer' gets 7 months in prison for plot to interfere with 2016 US election


Re: Darwin in action

> I thought the idea was 'innocent until proven guilty',

1) It's innocent *unless* proven guilty, and 2) this case is a civil case where the concepts of guilt and innocence don't apply. Trump has already been found *liable* for fraud in the state of New York, for which he could be permanently from doing business in the state in future.

Nvidia boss tells Israeli staff Mellanox founder's daughter was killed in festival massacre


> I'd hate to be in your family

Please believe me when I say the feeling is very much mutual.


> The healthy thing to do with unpleasant feelings is to process them and move on from them.

And perhaps that's what John Doe 12 was doing, processing his unpleasant feelings by expressing his sadness here. So he doesn't really need some supercilious callous comments like yours.

Twitter further restricts free tier with option to limit replies to verified accounts


Re: X Management visualised…

That's a fair comment; Li-Ion batteries are undoubtedly a fire hazard. But a tank full of petrol isn't sweetness and light either, and even diesel (less flammable than petrol) isn't exactly 100% safe, as today's events demonstrated.

It all boils down to this: if you want the comforts of a modern hi-tech lifestyle, you need lots of energy, in one place. Any such concentration of energy comes with risks, but that's the trade-off modern society makes. Are electric vehicles more risky than fossil fuel vehicles? In some respects, yes. On the other hand, the long-term danger of continuing to burn fossil fuels to satisfy our desire for modern comforts is probably a hell of a lot more dangerous.


Re: X Management visualised…

Too hard for ya do even a basic search? Ok, then:





Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the fire at Luton Airport was thought to have started with a diesel vehicle.

“We don’t believe it was an electric vehicle,” he said.

“It’s believed to be diesel-powered, at this stage all subject to verification. And then that fire has quickly and rapidly spread.”


Re: X Management visualised…

You're aware that the fire is believed to have started in a diesel vehicle, right?

GNU turns 40: Stallman's baby still not ready for prime time, but hey, there's cake


Re: RMS contribution


Stoner Cats NFT project declawed for being an unregistered security


Re: Get Rich Quick

Just waiting for someone to mussel in here...

UK rejoins the EU's €100B Horizon sci-tech funding program


No point in arguing with DisgustingOfTunbridgeWells. As far as they're concerned, the Economist are a bunch of woke lefties too. They probably eat tofu as well, the Corbynite bastards.


> This was part of punishment beatings, not a required action.

Just to note: you're one of the swivel eyed loons that Philip was referring to. Just in case it wasn't clear to you.

Grant Shapps named UK defense supremo in latest 'tech-savvy' Tory tale


Re: Question

Is that the Penny who lied about Turkey during the Brexit campaign in 2016, and doubled down on those lies last year? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/62185058

Obscure internet boutique Amazon sues EU for calling it a Very Large Online Platform


Re: Hmm

Came to see what ridiculous anti-EU bollox choadmonkey had to offer about this article.

Wasn't disappointed!

EU tells Twitter 'you can run but you can't hide' from disinformation policy


Re: Erm

Not that bad, no. Just facetious, condescending, and a sign that the poster is a fucking twat.

Dyson moans about state of UK science and tech, forgets to suck up his own mess


Re: Really?

> New Censored Wokister

Let me guess, we all read the Grauniad and eat tofu too. You're a proper little Braverman Nat-C, aren't you?


Re: Reporting just as bad as ever in El' Reg...

> No, it isn't. Stop reading the Grauniad, and try living in, say, France or Germany for a while.

Yes, it is. From https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn02784/, for example: "Compared to the pre-pandemic level, UK GDP in Q1 2023 was 0.5% lower. This compares with Eurozone GDP being 2.5% higher than its pre-pandemic level, while US GDP was 5.3% higher.". Sources: OECDstat & ONS.

Now, what ridiculously fucking stupid thing did the UK do to itself to fuck its own economy that badly, I wonder?

Also interesting you automatically assumed anything that doesn't fit your dumbfuck Brexiloon narrative automatically came from the "Grauniad". Reality sucks, doesn't it.

> Believe me, you'll be happy to escape (I was).

I highly doubt you were ever there. Just some more bullshit you just made up.

Utah outlaws kids' social media addiction, sets digital curfew


Re: And this is why...

Have a downvote for

people like you


Windows 11 puts 'disgusting' Remote Mailslots protocol out of its misery


Re: Net Send was disgusting.

Oh, really?


How to get the latest Linux kernel on your Ubuntu box


Re: Latest Kernal

Of course he isn't. Facetious lazy regurgitated troll attempts like this have been bleedin' obvious for years.

Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed



Have an upvote for correct use of the term "So-called" there. It annoys me to no end when the media uncritically refer to web scrapers like ChatGPT or any of the plethora of asset-ripoff agents like Midjourney as AI. They're not.

Would be nice if that term became a standard prefix whenever the current generation of "AI" is referred to.

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.