* Posts by packrat

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


linux lives

scaling starts working in AI; windows stops the search for world dominance: Linuxstarts streaming Disney for free

If you're going to train AI on our books, at least pay us, authors tell Big Tech



anti intellectual learning swarm, assemble.

silliest thing I've ever heard. Might drive a high quality AI tho.

now about the method of traning nodes...


Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux



reboot, re install and reuse. linix since95 or so.(word on emulation)

monthly refresyes and now the the practice of getting things re config'ed to a science. also have 'video on redhat' bookmarked.(and never use it)

corel linux; redhat for years. i used suse till the one-byte prob broke the partion tables. mint for the next few years, till VLC stopped.

looking for a fully functional to run and yes, i re install every few weeks. things are cleaner that way.

tried win11; it's a horror. ads, AIs and security makes it unworkable.

GIMP 2.99.8 is here but what's happened to 3.0? If only stuff would not break all the time


I love gimp, (they got in on the kaffeeklatch registration i do every decade or so.)

They got coffee money from me and i use it daily.

and I have looked thru (perl/ java scipt pythlon modules) for animation + gifs.

'couse, i'm a moron user too.

the 'made with gimp' is still there. not worried about stripped info in resizing,

as humiliating as it sounds, make-gif/ ray-trace refine (sharpen) and

use as AI model ML and training in neural net (make 3d amimation, refocus, deblur)

options that would would help? don't tell intel tho. set number of active cores? assign cores?

love gimp, they deserve a 100 registration fee.


BOFH: Pass the sugar, Asmodeus, and let the meeting of the Fellowship of Bastards … commence


Re: The weedy bloke

"But I want the job so I become not a dark lord of the robots like you, but beautiful and terrible as the storm and the lightning. all shall love me and despair!"

Needless to say neopotism and my words went far in convincing the manglement. (of her worth)

posted to tumblr...


"But I want the job so I become not a dark lord of the robots like you, but beautiful and terrible as the storm and the lightning. all shall love me and despair!"

Needless to say neopotism and my words went far in convincing the manglement. (of her worth)

I know a good idea when i steal one. however, a working kludge needs special tending; ie: the AI agent that optimizes your software setting for you when no one's looking.

being able to work the complier anyway is a noteworth steal.

Linux Foundation celebrates 30 years of Torvalds' kernel with a dry T-shirt contest


rant mode rat ra a

ah, the starfleet ac first year assignment - poster?

linix admin motto: there is ALWAYS another way and you'll need them all

don;t trust anyone over 30

this is a team and I am god

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover


sca-rface; mars scarface. shaken, not stirrups.


scarface mars face scarface. shaken, not stirrups.

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


a culture of orphan words, indeed.

advanced, are they?k

D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce



privacy, property, freedom of info (evolution.)

and you thought orphan works were silly.

Witness the fully nonfunctional witless power of a clerk without a spell checker!

bk acct AIs who'd thuink (money) velocity was so weird?

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator



ID that isn't ID.

math ed that isn't math ed

sex labels that don't.

hope you enjoyed your run Linux;

as far as I can see you're doomed by internal revolt.


AI and robotics legend Joanna Bryson to kick off MCubed


I *AM* one of those.

the hype and utopiaism types. except in SF good times are viewed rather ... badly.

sigh. the last artifical life forum I read (oh, 95 or so) had road building algorymns.

here's the sf Gunlake AI kevin williams .99 cents smashwords. com

and it's AI centric. sigh. (I'll take it out in trade here. Everything there for a sample of mine.



AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it


almost free

wanna buy some AI cartoons?

make AI sexy : https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100378461107020829233/photos/photo/100378461107020829233/6549483669147519170

and no, i don't get paid for GUNLAKE news... (title of scene)

BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back


death by pol

poltics, that is.

the mickysoft delimiter. (a)

You forgot <insert relative> here.


Honeypots: Free psy-ops weapons that can protect your network before defences fail


better yet...

honey-pot? it's called a rabbit garden.

80% of vun trace back to internal leaks. (idiot+ corrupt users)

like a firewall, better than nothing BUT...

whitelist, not black.


For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story



assume the the usual ms, google and paypal rant. The link is for short-attention-span theater.

please stand in front of the cameras, show ID and state complaint.

*please remember you ARE liable for slander. *

in a perfect world?


AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™


Re: incoherant but rel

that too.

tho a remberrant as AI creativiety is not reasuring.

robo writers, auto music,

the japan's creatives model, I'm afraid.


incoherant but rel

copied from iceland protest poster

with the government going rotten on one hand;

corps forcing vac+food garbage;

and 'way too many migrants

a tad on the passionate side;

look to your cells.

dirty, leaky, expensive.

delicate, complicated, walled,

(functional?; aid?, trap? )

Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched



anal lytics.

predictive software and the profiles on police calls get them shooting first and asking questions later.


how 'bout the number of kids gone into private schools vs girls dying blond hair black?

(canada here. RC schools, privates, publics. Or you could be a religious loon + home school.)

gigo, again. history charcter impact when the whole data-set sucks.

hot air? let us vent!


Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward


pythlon coded scripts


I had to learn python for gimp .

use it every day for idiot-work. (text, borders. poster art.)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/100378461107020829233/100378461107020829233/posts/jPkYQhoEeUf?pid=62 ( for the freebie version.)

I tried sending money their way for this program. twice.

the www , as usuakl, didn't need censorship with bad links and old info.

new packs? bio-metric AI characterization for animation, please. (HA!)

(gait+ whatnot is good ID these days.)


WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg



kind of a vicious neighbourhood, but I like trolls.

it's stuck on reply-all, tho.

Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux


Re: "Microsoft Linux" ?

again. (stack code, nt.)

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive


relax, we're the government and we're here to help.

Devs, welcome your EVIL ROBOT OVERLORDS from MIT


ha-ha-ha-ha (cough)

automated programming?

intelligent, friendly, smart (functional programming interface)

optimized (snerk: size, speed, security - cloud, eh?)

gigo AI (

[ Structure History Cause

Function Character Effect

Evolution Impact Correlation]

So cause-effect/ co relation = kinda important there )

= automated intelligent AIs.

last time I looked, the WP doesn't even self-optimize most-used modulaes loading yet.

stripping functions outta objects/ dll? fine.

lemme know when it can harden windows.


Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab


new levels of (ofistration) paper.

the conservatives here invented a new layer of goverment to help the corps out;

everything (CRTC) telecom gets an overseer com, staffed by corps.

all decesions must get vetted there.

It's one way to kill competation, rasie prices, lower standards and snoop on users.


hum, where's the spell checker gone?

Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register



way to tip-toe around the CC licensing... and what he does about scrappers making a living leeching off him...

or hitting Non-pc topics ( obama, (revenge is mine) Harper, muslims, quebec

gmos, vaccines, copyright trade treaties..


on the other hand... live casting the comet landing deserves a medal.


Fedora gets new partition manager


over 2t partions without setting up your own partion/fat/whatever?

I'm in. will it sterilze IBG's and derfag too?

plus I tend to drown in data here and can't find what I need. (rots o ruck with THAT one)

on the plus side, I'm still telling people xp/98 etc is about to fail because their smallish drives are nosey and about to go blooey. (surprising how many of them don't have backups when they do go. You can't help these people.)


Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks


ai won't

well, i got burned out of the google+ AI forums a few months ago for not doing code. /math / results.

the techies just stood and screamed "i don't understand! You're crazy!'

other than that, (expert/ neutral net / brute force) AI is till missing the dimensions of existence i consider important... and I'm a pragmatist (pierce) (object, relations, mediation ). (really old fashioned.)

brilliancy? (well, maybe a couple. Nothing got any return, so it looks dubious)

hard work?

disasters without phil's help?

it comes down to what they want to pay for these days. Putting out requests for a cherry-picking solution relies entirely on innovation that hasn't been lynched out of existence.

good luck.


e-Reader feeling empty? Top it up at El Reg's book shop



merkal: is a last name around here (ottawa and calgary) and their daughters are some of the foxiest females i've ever seen in life. same thing, according to the dictionary i use.

bred for it, apparently. Beaver not only lives, it prospers. And the girls are cute.

if yer up for tantric instead of tech, try stalking millionaires... also free..

or the Aaron+henna series. ALL disney-level, etc.

kevin williams



we the under-pub'ed need love too.

teddyhunter: The underground is FREE at smashwords, kobo, etc etc

part of a silly sf series that has someone hunting runaway teddybear robots.

plus there's more!


havva seasonal, gents. eh?

kevin williams

Googlers devise DeViSE: A thing-recognising FRANKENBRAIN



intelligence is definable.

recognition, manipulation synthesis. And a thermostat does most of that, too.

sapient and sentient are slightly different

IQ tests recognize political, academic and creative skills. (abilities) already...

BUT motor, intellectual and social skills get a higher pirority.

These NINE words won't help with a few undefined abstracts...

tactics, strategy, and a few others. (yes, i have defs, BLEAH!)

where is your problem?


Canadian comet impact fingered for triggering prehistoric climate shift


AND river mouth civilizations.

river-mouth civilizations...

and you know what comes out of rivers these days. (well, nothing much anymore for a lot of them but that's beside the point)

If i have this timeline correct: comet makes (minnie) ice-age, forcing new food chain..

ice-age lowers water levels + farming expodes in (exposed) deltas.

ice melts 1000 yrs later drowning (proto. HA!) civilizations

river valley nonsense well underway 5000 yrs later

around 1400 first global pandemics release European exploration-craze.

(china's junking around,+ puritan (hello cromwell. what else did you do?) settlements, eventually.

cute. Today's little globalization effort is a economic and not cultural rationalization?

and tin-foil hats block signals, making them illegal?

? so where are the ufo's?

drat, i was doing so well there for a moment....


WTF is... the Quantified Self?



as i age, it isn't mis adventure that's trying to kill me... (from about 20-50 yrs old it's your social life, your social life and your social life that kills most.. AIDS, work-stress and traffic accidents.)

note your father probably had smoking, drinking and being over-weight as his problems...

And this new generation of bio-feedback control sounds more than intriguing.

there are 43 different characteristics named, noted and used by the natural food freaks.. way beyond the color-control of the mid ages. (still used in coffee beans, i believe..)

this way beyond galvanic skin response.. (aka part of a lie-detector) most cells change their eletrical potential when sick, for instance.

traffic, traffic traffic. (the number, load and speed.)

i do wonder WHICH gestalt will turn out to be the most telling/useful/ stolen.

psycho-neurological advertising -wise, that is.


European revolt over ACTA treaty gains ground


region 1 censorship zone

it isn't too late to stop this idiocy. Iceland is dumping the full-payback and and socialized losses.

Monsanto is getting it's poisonous, non-nutritious and expensive food-like substances banned.

cilmate change is getting driven into some (fair thick) NA oil-slciks.

Japan's (current= 05-02-2012) flu epidemic is starting to hurt them and demonstration world-wide pollution problems.

The clerks that want to alter PI and stop evolution (The NWO is actually a couple fast steps back.)

with paperwork shuffles are getting sense beaten into them as they attack their own customers.

this might work out... if we scream hard enough.


A preview of SOPA: Web shut down before my eyes



The zone 1 censorship model is getting in place. Like modded food rules

(there are laws against gardening here in canada... apparently they can take your house for bottling dandelions these days)

it's gonna get a whole lot worse before it gets any better. Like the broadcast treatym which allows the patenting/copyrighting of 'orphan' content on the web.

like the European limitation laws, (almost a century on works public here)

like patent meds getting forced out while patented meds get ( more unlimited) monopolies

news, data sets, laws of physics (orbits), these are just a few of the things getting patented.

and now censorship on a GRAND scale. (sopa. climate change terrorists, anyone? Animal activist are on that list already)

I'd put the whole lot out to pasture, as fertilizer. (6 feet down), if i were you.


Vote compass unmasks Canadian political opinion


old method; I'VE changed

interesting. Other than screaming objections at the questions at the top of my lungs... (goes right along with the dirty looks my mirror gives me mornings)

try this.. from a author-right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrGxws0L0Ls 2d

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJpz-ufb_OM 3d

(only 3 megs?)

surprise ending. 1 minute long

All hail our cloud computing overlords


and next on the list

plus the leaky cloud will server-farm the more intense data mining.

Nice if you can render a couple hours of 1080p for pennies, but NOT worth the leaks otherwise.

wanna rebuild the chem table of the elements onna data lark for (errr, surface tension?)



EU Parliament backs ACTA with few reservations


land grab

this ACTA is the biggest land grab in history.

taxes on xeroxs for ed (just kicked up 400%)

you don't own CD, dvds, etc. NO time shifting, songs on ipods. (new copies per view, sucker)

news stories are patentable (and censored)

so are orbits, and math equations

EVERYTHING is trademarked

you're dead.

in the water.

No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed


cv and cs

graduated when GST was being done in cobal. (wend)

they took 'personalities' that 'fit' the team.

have coded in c ever since, with passing swipes at javascript, java, CSS and whatever else was necessary to debug.

with promotion hiring pratcies like these (ask nokia + the homeboys)

get used to private consulatants 'cause the hires can't.


Software freetards demand axing of ACTA


iceland, too

g-20? feeding the world on red tape.

the gimli glider revisited. Iceland? Wonderful news on freedom of press.

ACTRA? being nibbled to death by ducks. ANY travel make customs the SOLE judge, jury and collector of anything they deem noteworth.

death by red tape (worm) should be avoided at all costs.


Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat


on topic

it WOULD help if more than one line was on the headline... this is shoddy reporting, B.

e-books? lovely thought, stupid exe.

I buy dvd's at used prices instead of going to movies.

e books will wait till the deadwood has died off.. by refusing to change, as usual

evolution IS conservative, etc.


Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’



Nickloa (phone company) lost it lead when it replaced members of the tech team with local boys..

friends of mine went stateside as a result.

Welcome to the out-of-control decade


corperate goverance

(the legal structure of corperations)

is evoling.. past biz reps on the governing bodies.

here, in canada, they are regulating the bodies now. (they being the ones that are doing it to us... in this case, 'suits' or corperate executives)

the CRTC is a prime example. A brand new form of overlordship, written up, legislated and enforced.

rep by pop here? lordies and ladies in a NEW house of lords?

past dividends, the RIGHT to overlord the government agencies?


oh, and welcome to admin law. here abouts, it is NOT subject to little matters like proof.

onus (it's reversed), or appeal.