* Posts by Triggerfish

2389 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing


Re: You're supposed to keep your hands on the wheel and be able to take over at any time.

I was just about to same the same, pretty sure I read of one major crash where the aircraft went it's yours now all of a sudden and in the ensuing confusion as they tried to get their bearings on the situation it was all to late. If that's happening with a proper trained crew then us normal folks are probably not going to do better.


Re: Comparison

Musk is Tesla marketing, he is one of the more powerful social media influencers out there.

China's 7nm chip surprise reveals more than Beijing might like


Re: Ours

There should be some sort of 'shoehorn politics' award, where someone just finds some reason no matter how tenuous to bring up their own personal politics.

Nancy Pelosi ties Chinese cyber-attacks to need for Taiwan visit


Re: China's just testing the waters

Oh I wondered as well when they said that, after all the Quing dysnaty )Opium Was) ended before that, But apparently Moa is credited with helping end the opium problem.



Re: China's just testing the waters

Yeah pretty much any place that became a power, didn't do it by being nice all the time.


Re: China's just testing the waters

Oh give you that he helped eradicate the opium problem, increased literacy etc. But there's quite a bit of bad attributed to him and the cadres that followed him also. A lot of peasants died also. It's almost like both of them were more complex than the soundbite.

All I was trying to say was if you are pointing out that the founders of Taiwan now were bad, and that apparently the end result was a slavers paradise. While also thinking that Mao was unaccountably brilliant, and the end result of the CCP is a party of freedom of speech and thought, with a right to protest without tanks rolling over you etc.

I think that's a weird thing to compare and imply.


Re: China's just testing the waters

If that is a response to me, I was literally just comparing the two leaders and the end result. If your going to point out the rebel who went to Taiwan was a bastards (which fair enough sounds a bit of one with things like the white terror, most countries who have done well have plenty dirty pasts, not excusing this), then look at the end result democracy (instead of white slavery as claimed by the poster).

Then it's worth comparing what China ended up with Mao, the great leap forward (several million peasants probably didn't enjoy that bit of how it was done from what I understand), suppression and the like also, with the end result of a less democratic government.

Just seemed a bit weird to say the democracy would have ended up a slavers paradise (which AFAIK it isn't unless I am missing something current in the news), while ignoring the reality of China's CCP.


Re: China's just testing the waters

Instead China got Mao and ended up with the CCP. Not sure it was a better outcome tbh.

Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols closes hailing frequencies


Re: UK Born in 1966

George Takei is still going and staying feisty also.

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy


Re: I think this gives too much credit to metaverse

One thing to think of regarding hotels and shops IMO, is that seemingly rival brands may be ultimately owned or part owned by one company. I can think of a few who own a good dozen rights in some way with various hotel brands and whole bunch of retail together.

Now if your EULA at the end says I am giving my data to company x which is the parent company...


Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

People are individuals, but if you have a large enough group of people over time you can discern patterns that show grouping by type also.

It's just sample size really, there are lots of big data companies in smart environment tech and a lot of retail stores count as smart environments nowadays.

I saw a demo oh three four years back, That would track a person by what they were buying and looking at then send a message to a sale person voice message keying them with their likely interests. All done in the cloud with ML, including the mesaaging.


Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

I think pulse rate if the device is close enough to the eye is doable. But eh give a good marketing team five minutes and pretty sure they can come up with a way to sell why it should monitor your heart rate or be linked to a wrist device. Gaming for exmaple.


Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

There's been digital display boards with built in cameras for years doing things similar.

Gaze tracking, pupil response, emotional response, (important to advert makers) now that's hard to crack with a camera that's at a distance.

When they do gaze tracking with test groups they have to do some of it with headsets....

Edit shot comment too soon someone has already mentioned in a demo they showed gaze tracking.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller


Re: Where does it all come from?

Yeah I have had the biscuit thing.

Some places are starting to, compared with a few years back there certainly seems less plastic. More...(hipster isn't the right word and hippy isn't either) fashionable.. These places are starting to use non plastics but it's such a small percentage. It's going to take a good generational shift or two IMO. Not lots of environmental news, especially if it effects industry.

Half the people in the cities it seems are from the country side, go out to their home towns and its like a free survival course on what you can eat etc in the local forest. They have a very practical view of what the environment is there for. It's like us lot a few years back I guess we got rich food wise, resource wise enough to have time to care about this shit.

Some of the bigger concerns are probably some of the biggest culprits at for example at some point economy of scale says its cheaper to go disposable plastic and stop washing glasses, and some of the street food can be very environmentally wrapped in banana leaves say, you still get it packed in a plastic bag though.

Plastic recycling tend to happen this way for example, you chuck all your rubbish together in a bag, then someone comes along at night who really needs the cash digs through your rubbish and sells it on to someone.

There's lots of new stuff and old ways of doing things, they're all developing countries in that area at varying stages. A rural area in Thailand or Vietnam might have 4g while people go out and hunt food with traditional wooden crossbows or muskets and then sling it on the back of a Honda. Plastic is useful as hell, but the disposal of it, and the sheer usage without education of what happens the next year is not sunk in yet in any meaningful way.


Re: hype

A lot of small sea life, baby sea life will use it as shelter they sort of do this thing naturally anyway with other floating wreckage, trees etc. But its only temporary anyway the wreckage sinks and sometimes there's no cover and pelagic species get a meal (some will follow floating wreckage).

Right now if they are using plastic for cover, then its also a hunting ground for larger species and its also getting in the food chain.

So the loss of cover IMO is probably not as bad as taking it out, getting the plastic out of the food chain, letting the Oceans get cleaner long term is probably the better option. You see all this sort of crap get stuck to reefs etc as well and as much as there are issues with bleaching, netting and stuff like that over a reef can trap a whole area of sea life and just kill it fish, inverts the lot, corals underneath as well.


Re: Where does it all come from?

Here's how it sort of works, at least in Thailand and Vietnam.

You go to a shop, I buy something from the fridge, may come in its own container and be fine, it goes in a small plastic bag, i buy some stuff lose it doesn't need to go in a plastic bag, it goes in a small plastic bag, eventually this collection of things in small plastic bag goes in a carrier bag...

Or you go and get coffee, half the places don't want to clean glasses, so you get your coffee at the shop it comes in a plastic cup.

Straws come with everything.

There's just so much plastic being casually used there, if you are not that careful you end up with so much plastic waste in a week that it is more than what you might generate in the UK being careful in a month.

It's an education thing as much as anything, but so many places plastic bags, straws, and the like are just done automatically its just not easy to get around.

Tropical island paradise ponders tax-free 'Digital Nomad Visa'


Re: Recipe for resentment?

Following a digital nomad forum, I get the impression quite a few would be happy to pay some taxes in return for a better visa status.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio: Too edgy for comfort?


Re: 1.8kg is heavy?

Weight as a laptop is fine, weight when trying to use it as a tablet its unwieldy.

Tim Hortons collected location data constantly, without consent, report finds


Re: Tim Hortons

*They plot your route and use it to increase advertising in high traffic areas.

Actually some of the latest systems will look into your demographics, what purchases you may have made, run it past stores that they think are in your demographic pattern and allow them to target the advert directly as you come near to the advertising board.

Also I have seen a demo of a set up that would look at what you were shopping (this was in a DIY store), and infer what you might want to buy next (looked at worktops, looked at taps, now off to the sinks - maybe you are doing a kitchen remodel) and then route a salesperson keyed with this information to you.


Re: Tim Hortons

They will use it for last mile analytics.

Where is the customer coming from?

How did they get here?

All this sort of stuff is actually useful data to retailers and urban planners.

The ethics of how they are collected is sometimes questionable.

France levels up local video game slang with list of French terms to replace foreign words


English tends to be fulfilling that role to some degree.

The problem with trying to achieve true commonality IMO is you have to have a homogeneous culture to understand all the naunces and references. There are sayings in some languages that just don't make sense even if translated, and slang throws things right out.

Amazon investors nuke proposed ethics overhaul and say yes to $212m CEO pay


Re: And next week

Why is it, in a free society not acceptable to have an organisation that protects workers rights?

The actual laws on their powers could be agreed upon by a court of law and championed by democratically elected people on both sides of the coin.

Putin reaches for nuclear option: Zuckerberg banned


Re: Might as well add me.

Parts of SEA as well, Thailand and Vietnam get a few Russian tourists. Although there was something like 6K of them stuck in Phuket a few weeks back.

Microsoft brings Cloud PCs and local desktops together in Windows 365


Re: New, new, new!

Doesn't show much faith in their teams and yammer offerings IMO.

Why Nvidia sees a future in software and services: Recurring revenue


Re: turn on car features, such as driver assistance, through subscription services.

The cyberpunk future we dreamed of turns out to be people running Russian Black ICE against their coffee machines and cars just to use the bloody things.

Good: People can spot a deepfake video. Bad: They're not so hot with text


POEs law

Visually, there are always things like the uncanny valley to aid us.

Text wise, there's enough crazy stuff posted by real people on the internet that we have a law named after it. Rogue AI texts may even seem sensible in comparison to Humans.

Ukraine hit by DDoS attacks, Russia deploys malware


Re: Bomb the crap out of him

One does not simply walk into Moscow.

A few people have tried it, and its not always gone well, and that was before we had WMD to add into the fray.

Not saying there is an easy solution, but a hot war between superpowers at that level risks becoming buckets of sunshine hot.

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars


Re: There goes the business case - not like the Sci Fi

When its non consensual.


Re: There goes the business case - not like the Sci Fi

Recently reread Snowcrash (which was apparently a FB management must read at some point), and thinking of that and other authors who works touch on VR and cyberspace.

I realised none of them talk about the biggest problem when creating VR, its not the massive computing power, or making sure avatars don't break into corporations and stuff.

It's perverts.

UK government responds to post-Brexit concerns and of course it's all the fault of those pesky EU negotiators


Re: .....but in the "sunny uplands" this sort of c**k up never happens, does it?

"I am pointing out the bald fact that participation in the initial procurement programme, and its successors was, and is, optional for individual member states."

In theory with zero demonstration in practice.

"Hungary's opting-out demonstrates this, and demonstrates that the ability to not participate was not a benefit of Brexit."

Hungary didnt opt out of the initial phase. They complained the EU was slow then opted out.

So they were allowed to opt out then? How does this reconcile with zero demonstration?


Why would a Mag that is based on IT and technology, be pivoting to become a student newspaper?


Sorry I am a little confused, are you saying that if a problem is mentioned and not fixed it shouldn't be mentioned again?

Love to see your support ticket queue.

Back to school for Microsoft as it prises apart the repairable Surface Laptop SE


Re: Good as far as it goes

Did the same with my laptop l, similar chip, bigger faster ssd and from 4gb to 32gb. It's given it a few more years of life.

China puts Walmart in the naughty corner, citing 19 alleged cybersecurity 'violations'


Re: Now the question is...

To some degree I am also of the opinion its up to us. If there is no demand from consumers there is no reason to stock a supply, and if the trigger for no demand is: Where was this manufactured? Or how was it manufactured? Then there is no reason to stock the goods.

As much as we talk about companies showing questionable ethics by worrying about their bottom line, we also enable it if we do not become more discerning ethical shoppers. (I'll admit this is not always easy).

Heart attack victim 'saved' by defibrillator delivery drone*


Re: I can see the UK implementation now

There's actual shifting response times, heart attacks, unconsciousness etc gets bumped right up to the top of the queue.

Have given first aid a few times at the side of the road, and I thought they were very quick.

US Army journal's top paper from 2021 says Taiwan should destroy TSMC if China invades


It strikes me they destroy all their chip manufacturing and they lose the reason countries may be interested in defending them.

East Londoners nicked under Computer Misuse Act after NHS vaccine passport app sprouted clump of fake entries


Rabies vaccine, you have it prior to being bitten to buy time. Doesn't stop it, still may save your life.


BCG vaccination given to babies and young children provides consistent protection (up to 80%) against severe forms of childhood TB, such as TB meningitis. It can be less effective against TB affecting the lungs in adults.


More than half of UK workers would consider jumping ship if a hybrid work option were withdrawn by their company


Quite interestingly at the moment the gov has been doing a big push on rejuvenating Town Centres (lots of funding out, reclaim high streets etc). If office space drops and people end up staying in these Towns more to work, then this could be a big thing that helps.

Just a pure throwing out there bullshit level hypothesis,

If you start taking all the towns that became run down because of no work and hard commutes, and they become more attractive (i.e rejuvenate everything, schools, shops, infrastructure), and enough people started taking up the thought they ca now work from home and they'd rather raise their kids in a small nice Town than say centre of a London suburb that isn't so nice. You might get people migrating back out of cities like a reverse industrial revolution.


@ DrSyntax

I agree, all those old factory and industrial buildings its just ripe for repurposing them into a more modern usage.

It could be interesting to see what happens land values wise in the next few years. I think there's a possibly a tipping point or ratio that may emerge, where land that might be considered prime now, such retail space for convenience supermarkets as right near a train station in a city, drops in value depending on commuter usage vs retail space for the same in smaller towns. Office space in cities may go the same way. (Not saying it's going to crash completely but I think it's not going to be as valued for sure).


Depending on hows its done, it could actually be made somewhat of a boon for nature. If you take a brownfield site and you are say using a mill, yeah that gets done up and also the car park, but there is on some of those sites a fair bit of just empty space also,if planning is done right you turn that into a nature space, there's probably no reason to build extra buildings. If it's redeveloped for housing it's usually maximize all available sqm of land space and best you get is a thin strip of grass.


i disagree there, some people definitely get more from working together and work better doing so. Our office is sort of split with some of us being happy to work fully remote and others finding they get better work done as a team across a table. But yeah some people as well just don't have the luxury of an actual workspace at home and for them an office is probably essential to being able to work comfortably also.

The idea of hotdesking though is something you may start seeing changing a bit. As someone who has top look into these sort of developments, there is a few property developers looking at the workspace solutions being not the traditional areas (for example a WeWork in the middle of a city prime location) but instead in more suburban areas so as to mean there is no commute, and a few mixed usage building and residential developers starting to think of putting the same in their new developments.

Hybrid WFH is probably going to be the prevailing model for most companies though IMO.

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future


Re: Oh noes..

i was on a webinar a year or two ago, with some big name companies talking about doing business in China, and the conversation about holding the passwords to systems came up, and that it was responsibility of employees there to make sure they were not handed over, which lead to the RIPA act and what is China's version of it and what risk there is to employees.

The main gist I got was well it's not ideal, but were not going to be the people on that front line.

You couldn't pay me enough.

Robotaxis freed to charge across 60km2 of Beijing


Not sure about traffic in China, but when a robo-cab manages the flexibility to master traffic in India or Vietnam, we may be near true AI.

Samsung releases pair of jeans that can't do anything except cover your legs and hold a Galaxy Z Flip 3


Looks like a pickpockets dream TBH

That's not going to keep your phone for long, but you'll be able to find it again in the local pawnshop at least.

Reg scribe spends week being watched by government Bluetooth wristband, emerges to more surveillance


Re: What do you want from your surveillance state?

COVID-19 isn't the big one, though, it's just a wake-up call.

When you look at something like SARS, with an estimated fatality rate of around 14%, and in over 64s at 50%, that's really scary numbers. SARs was prevented by fast action in the large part and some luck by a sharp eyed doctor. But it pretty much ended up in Hanoi with a sealed hospital and it was a grim story




I also think nowadays with modern tech being a surveillance state is easy really, we all carry phones and it's easy enough for authorities to leverage that, facial recognition, card spending, habits and so on, to build a pretty good surveillance picture if they wanted to (and the laws allowed). Going off grid is hard.

With current technology I think it's definitely becoming, how much do you trust your government? Not do they have the capability.

Facebook far too consumed by greed to make itself less harmful to society, whistleblower tells Congress


Re: "US senators are the only ones who are going to feel a revelation here."


Just the declared lobbying, apparently you can have lobbyist that don't technically fall under the definition so that's cool, just like brown envelopes don't I guess.

Pyjama bottoms crew, listen up: In 2022 we'll still be at home


Re: Be careful what you wish for

Yep I moved quite a large distance away from my home office. I can't think of the last time I had to dial in on a vpn, couple of years at a guess.


On this one I'd say they are probably on the mark. This is a hugely discussed topic nowadays and even if you ignore gartner surveys you can get an idea of which ways the wind is blowing.


Re: Workday

I've recently gone through various reports such as Mckinsey, PWC and so on doing a bit of research into this. A lot of them point to there being a bit of a disconnect between workers and CEO level for WFH.

It's worth saying there are some reasons to have people in an office at times. But not all the time, a hybrid WFH is probably going to be the most common model IMO.


Re: Thing of the past

Some large real estate companies in the EU. And USA are starting to look at mix use buildings like you see in Asia for development. I could easily see space being reserved in them for some co-working offices.

More than half of companies rethinking back-to-office plans amid variant uncertainty and vaccine mandates – survey


Re: Be careful what you wish for

It may not be easy for all companies to offshore people, you start taking on tax liabilities etc from running foreign offices, yes you can hire companies aboard that do the work - like call centres and tech support companies do now. But the average member of office staff or admin may be more work than its worth for many smaller companies.


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