I have never used Twitter / X, but I would just like to point out that "misinformation" includes anything that does not agree with the currently mandated "scientific consensus", much of which is BS.
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Having a camera doesn't make you a photographer.
To take a decent quality photo or video of a distant moving object, you need near-professional quality equipment and skills, and you need to be prepared before the object comes into view. If you don't believe me, try whipping out your phone and photographing a passing bird.
Judging by what I've seen on the internet, most people with smart phones can't take a decent picture of a cat sitting in front of them.
This is a clear demonstration of the pointlessness of testing students' ability to regurgitate what they have been taught.
Maybe it's time to start testing their ability to do something useful with what they have learned.
Unfortunately this may result in academics having to do some real work.
Death of the Dinosaurs
This is a suicide note for the Big Carriers.
If they succeed in getting Big Tech to pay for the bandwidth their customers use, Big Tech will simply build their own networks with cheaper, faster technology and put the carriers out of business. They will then buy up the assets for pennies on the £/$/€ and laugh all the way to the bank.
Re: About 15 years ago... Linux tries to become all things to all people
Linux IS "all things to all people". It currently runs on everything from the top 500 supercomputers, the majority of phones and tablets, to the tiniest of IOT devices.
The fact that one can port it and adapt it to suit one's dreams, whims, or marketing fads, (and others can embrace. adapt, or reject them) is arguably its greatest strength.
Re: Marketing Skills
The best marketing people work for marketing agencies, where they get the best paid and most interesting work. The second rank work for companies like Apple, who are noted for the quality of their products, and their advertising. Marketing people in other companies are mostly third rate at best.
Regarding IT people, I have been heavily flamed on this very site, for suggesting that their first duty is serving the company's needs, rather than to the escalation of the IT budget.
There is only one reason why a “marketing person” needs to change a product, and that is incompetence. A person with real marketing skills can sell a given product to a desired market.
The person who needs to copycat whatever is currently trendy in marketing circles has no marketing skills whatsoever.
WordPerfect was popular with two finger typists. For real typists, WordStar was the only choice. Unfortunately, most IT decision makers (ie buyers) belong to the former category, and the latter category (who are mostly female, and did most of the actual typing work) had to suffer with an inferior tool.
Re: "Linux Desktop"
Multiple distros and desktops is only a problem for the terminally (sorry!) stupid. Any sane Linux newbie will start with a quick google, which will tell him that Linux Mint / Cinnamon is the best beginner's choice. He will then download Mint and boot into it. A quick play will establish if it works with his hardware, in which case he can install it. Simples!
If you're daft enough to start with Arch, Slackware, or some hackers' favourite, you will get what you deserve.
Still No Voice Dictation
Most of the people who are smart enough to communicate with a computer directly with language, are already doing so, They're called computer programmers, and they have to be specially educated to do so. Most humans don't have sufficient grasp of the syntax of their native language to communicate clearly with one-another, let alone with a strictly logical computer.
Maybe with another 20 years of development of quantum computing and AI, we will have a computer capable of understanding typical human babble.
Fans of original gangster editors, look away now: It's Tilde, a text editor that doesn't work like it's 1976
At Essex University in the 1970's, the University proudly introduced an internal telephone system for the student residential towers. It was of course called the Towers Internal Telephone System. They didn't realise what they had done until after the directories had been printed, with very large initial capitals on the cover. Much merriment ensued amongst the students.
Crypto for cryptographers! Infosec types revolt against use of ancient abbreviation by Bitcoin and NFT devotees
Mind Your Language
Specialist terms that become known to the general public via the media WILL be corrupted. There is no escape from this. Language changes. For example idiot, moron, cretin, imbecile, spastic all started life as medical terms for specific conditions. "Paedo" has become a general purpose insult for school children. Life goes on.
BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?
Re: Beer Definition: Hops
Originally in the UK, ale was brewed from water, malt and yeast. Beer was ale flavoured with hops. Other flavourings produced ales, not beer.
More recently the definitions have become somewhat muddied. Young's, for example refer to their draught beers as "ales", while their honey flavoured product (bought in from a deceased brewery) is called a beer!
Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait
Till Death Do Us Part
The medical industry makes vast profits from treatment of illness, NOT from curing it. A patient cured is a customer lost.
This is the fundamental problem that needs to be addressed before we can expect technology to give us better health.
Meanwhile, I'm off to the pub. Got to keep my spirits up.
Global tat supply line clogged as Suez Canal authorities come to aid of wedged 18-brontosaurus container ship
NHS looks to the market for advice on one system to replace two separate, giant Oracle ERP and HR systems
What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases
Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot
Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives
Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers
Re: Of course they're still spending...
"Sure, and when Amazon is the only retailer left, come and tell us how you are enjoying their prices, once they no longer have to undercut anyone."
In business, your profit margin is your competitor’s collateral. No-one could get backing to compete with Amazon, when it had 0% profit margin. If Amazon reaches a monopoly position and hikes its prices, competitors will rapidly emerge.
Most advertisers are stuck in 1950's TV mode where you spam people as relentlessly as you can afford. This is no longer acceptable, and this is what Google is tackling. Advertisers need to recognise that targeted advertising is the only way forward. Facebook in particular has enormous capability to target ads, so that punters are unlikely to see ads for stuff in which they have no interest. Unfortunately for the advertising industry,this means sobering up and doing some work.