* Posts by mix

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NFT vending machine appears in London



The recent London NFT event was a shambles, they charged a fortune for a ticket (not just a place in the queue ;) ), hardly anyone attended and the show itself had more speakers than attendees. These are not the people to represent this new technology. Vending machines for NFTs are a bit of a joke in the community.

Bill Gates has also famously made mistakes with his technology crystal ball and if he has only had a cursory glance at what some NFT projects are doing and innovating, he may change his mind. I'm not telling anyone here to go and buy an expensive monkey jpeg, sorry a place in the queue to look at one. (Also an incorrect analogy in this instance.) But you might want to research what else is happening in the space.

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out


Let's barter with some shells shall we?

Digital currency is happening in our lifetime. Our children will be the first true users as they will accept it as the norm, there are already "stablecoins" which are designed to stay at the same price as the currency they replicate. The innovation in the space is revolutionary and extends much further than Bitcoin. Yes, there are pitfalls but who remembers the early internet, it was a mess.

We are now ten years into a digital currency revolution, major banks and corporations are doing their best to understand it and catch up. The truth is, it's too late to stop it. Reading a lot of comments in here proves that the majority of people still don't fully understand the sea change that is happening. This is like the early internet where people didn't quite "get it" and there were very few users. Jeff Bezos had to explain the internet to his prospective backers.

Whether you like it or not, this is the future. Simple example, when the human race gets adept at interstellar travel, what will be the store of value? Moving/mining precious metals? Highly speculative and expensive to transport. You'll be able to send digital currencies via most networks.

Pentagon beams down $10bn JEDI contract to Microsoft: Windows giant beats off Bezos


Stop Start

"oh my god, I need to stop the missile launch, how do I stop the missile launch?!?"

PFY "Ok, you need to press the Start button..."

Bloke who claimed he invented Bitcoin must hand over $5bn of e-dosh in court case. He can't. He's waiting for a time traveler to arrive


I believe him

Not about the Satoshi part, that's obviously rubbish. But I do believe that he and his partner shared keys and planned giving them to each other in the event of one or the other's death. I believe he was telling this story long before the court case even happened. It could be that the courier is tied to his partner's estate and legally binding but you'd think there'd be some documentation to back it up.

Either way, it's a great story to follow.

Lab grown stem cells emit brain waves like newborns – and boffins build robot worm to slither through heads



Love the technology and science but the peurile nature of my mind immediately leapt on this: "The stem cells grown in a lab at the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD) were encouraged to become cerebral cortex cells."

Visions of scientists going, "Oh please be a brain cell, those other cells are boring.".

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin


Paradigm shift

It's not that long ago that we wrote cheques by hand. It's not that long ago that we were having our VISA cards pushed through a machine to create an invoice to sign. It's not that long ago that we ran them through a machine to create a digital transaction. It's not that long ago that we press them against something for small amounts of money to create the transaction. It's not that long ago that we could add these cards to our smartphones and bop that against somerthing to make the same payment.

The Cryptocurrency change is happening, it reminds me of the beginnging of the internet where simple creation of digital information and transactions created a shitstorm of terrible websites and services. A few rise to the top and create something that is so intuitive and convenient and obvious that we all start using it and wonder how we lived without it. Crypto will make currency decentralised, as the internet made information and services decentralised. Some of these will become the De Facto way to store wealth and make international payments. That's why the centralised banks and governments are starting to worry. Think about why you trust a bank with your money. Think about why banks were invented. Think about why money was invented. The cream will rise and it won't be this generation that accepts it. It will be the next generation, because for them, it will be the norm.

It's more expensive to take gold into space than it is to send bitcoin.

Good news, Man City fans: You can watch your team lose the title in on-demand 3D


It's the way it's going...

As the technology gets better it's not stretch to believe that one day even the players will be wearing a camera for "player's view". The ref's will likely get it first.

TV piracy ring walks the plank after Euro cops launch 14 raids and shutter 11 data centres


Nothing on...

Reminds me of the Springsteen song about 57 channels...I think when I first heard that song we had four channels in the UK. Most of the time there was very little to watch so we did other stuff instead. The ability for people to lose themselves in entertainment is a much wider issue.

I tend to watch my team in the pub to support that dying industry, I go to watch a more local team to support grass roots and I pay nothing to Sky/BT anymore because they do not deserve the business. It's their ridiculous bidding wars which have created this monster, they should die with it.

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins



The earth is flat and space is just a projection to keep us apes entertained.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that


Common courtesy

No matter how angry you are, no matter how much you've been messed about other times, when you call a support line asking for help, you treat that person with the common courtesy which they deserve.

If they're then useless feel free to ask to be passed to someone with a clue. :)

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: Price?????

Office 97 was pretty much all you needed if you "had" to buy MS. Everything else since then, most users don't care about.

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more


More reasons to not leave the house.

I have a PoE outdoor cam pointed at my drive from the front door. It's on my internal network and I have a phone app which connects to the camera and shows me who rang my ordinary doorbell. I use my brain to decide whether I take action or not.

Why do I need a third party checking out my visitors?

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone



I don't get it and I love gadgets. Who will actually buy one of these?

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud


I'd heard...

That Detroit was a big toilet.

NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars



Won't the rotors blow the dust away?

The secret to good cloud is ... research. Detailed product research


Money well spent

These Gartner guys earn their money.

"Do thorough research before investing in a technology."

Wish I'd thought of that.

Google founder Sergey Brin promises to protect humanity from AI



Machine learning, artificial intelligence are all the latest IT gravy train buzzwords, used in marketing materials and CIO in-flight magazines designed to make them feel behind the curve and get their wallets out. When the only intelligence they should be concentrating on, is the people in their organisation.

The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that



Anyone know the reason why their patent failed?

An excellent story, bravo.

Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted


Unless it fits on a floppy disk...

it ain't lean.

How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync


Connecting a phone to a computer

How quaint.

Buggy Verge crypto-cash gets hacked, devs go fork themselves, hard


Welcome to the wild west of crypto.

XVG prices were soaring recently due to rumour of a partnership with a major retailer. They've kept a large part of that value despite a major programming flaw which was then corrected and effectively hard forked their codebase. Which was subsequently put back the way it was and users were told it would be fixed after the developers had slept...doesn't sound like the sort of blockchain technology I'd be backing.

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters



You're a sexist, racist pig Dave.

2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century


Re: In dreams...

That's so weird as I own only that book in the series...


In dreams...

I went to bed thinking I could do with watching 2001 and 2010 again as it has been so long. Then I wake up to this article... these kinds of coincidences happen often in my life. Happy to hear any explanations. I'm sure I've not read about 2001 anywhere else recently.

No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse


The eye of the beholder.

"the idea of a relationship between the universe and the sapient life observing it."

Whether inside or outside. Maybe we're just a part of a universe blockchain.

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around



My experience of this with the old dock and with various flavours of tablet/2 in 1 recently is that I carry a bag full of dongles and adapters. It's a great idea that is crying out for peripheral (mainly display) standards.

The comment around having a terminal session available to do other stuff is also relevant. But I personally believe that Android will eventually replace Windows as a business OS and that will change. No preference for either but Windows as a Service...is currently painful.

Hey Alexa, Siri and Cortana: Cisco says you’re bad at business


Late to a party that didn't happen?

Me too, me too shout Cisco, except it's different for the bit the others didn't think about, that no-one wants anyway...Mention AI that'll get the CIO wallets out...

Alibaba fires up a cloudy quantum computer



Is this the day where I stop understanding IT? It had to happen eventually.

Drones replace models on Dolce & Gabbana catwalk



I assumed the drones had a clothes hanger on them with clothes on it, that would have been much more interesting and controversial. They missed a trick there, it might have even made mainstream news.

Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing


Edge for Android

Would be interesting to see if Google spotted the problem via checking Edge code for Play store approval.

'No evidence' UK.gov has done much to break up IT outsourcing


"A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: A Cabinet Office spokesperson said"

PC grammar edit or someone relating something, someone else said?

Anywho, the problem is that no-one in their right mind would not go to one of the major players due to the whole "no-one got fired for buying IBM" syndrome. There's too much risk at play. I'm not saying it's correct behaviour just expected behaviour.

Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket



Rubbish idea gets large corporation lots of media coverage. a.k.a. Free advertising...

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang


Evolved ape scientists trap particles using science, wonder how science managed to trap similar particles in a Universe...

Is that pretty much the gist?

Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover


Another major technology vendor is investing heavily in IoT and people are talking about the deer analogy?

It can only be good for this emerging technology, they make it work, improve lives, hooray, they fail miserably, the technology platform fails, everyone moves along to the next gravy train. At least Mr. Dell is using his own money and not shareholders'.

Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing


Han shot first.

Interesting that I can't see the third trilogy getting amended. The prequel trilogy needed to have some of the Lucas "magic" removed to make it more enjoyable but getting hold of these mystical fan edits is very tricky.

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars


"Broadly, US men are more enthusiastic about flying cars than women"

I'd rather have the woman.

Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto


Time to die...

The best thing he could contribute to society right now is to turn the whole thing off and let humanity find something else to occupy its time, like solving world problems.

Mars isn't the garbage wasteworld you think it is: Swirling polar ice cap photographed


The Grand Tour

Looking forward to Clarkson et al setting up their tent on Mars and challenging themselves to drive to the Mars Pole, Clarkson and May sat on a rover and Hamster on a sled pulled by martian microbes.

Sony takes $1bn writedown: Streaming has killed the DVD star


Follow the stream

If I want to watch something nowadays I usually do the following:

Search Amazon Prime/Netflix/Now TV.

If not available, search Amazon for Blu-ray.

If Blu-ray not extortionate or not available search Kodi.

The bottom one is the reason the entertainment industry is mostly terrible. I think a lot of people skip to the bottom option/torrent.

Cinema? A film would have to be genre-defining or rated extremely highly for me to be subjected to 30 minutes of adverts before I can watch it in a dark room with loads of noisy strangers...

Meet Hyper.is – the terminal written in HTML, JS and CSS


"it offers innovative features like the ability to load websites from the command line"

start chrome {insert url here}


Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS


Re: Related because I'm nursing a headache

Cheers for that rabbit hole time eater... :D

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab


Better use it while I can...

Would you Adam and Eve it? (This cockney rhyming slang may have borrowed time.)

Scientific and replicatable proof of evolution still not enough for blinkered masses.

Amazon's Netflix-gnasher to hit top gear In December


So I bought a new house last year, got lots of CAT6 cabling throughout, didn't bother with a satellite dish and got fibre, netflix, already had amazon prime and a NowTV entertainment subscription. Saved me a fortune and I'm yet to find some content that I've not been able to watch, in my own time, with very few adverts and the whole family can stream anything they want to whichever room they happen to be in at the time. (If I want to watch Live footy, there's always the pub. :) )

It's the future, or technically.. the present.

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit


Re: Work the problem?

The thumbs up and down look like the vote results... :D


My point was rather than a collective responsibility for the vote and its repercussions, many are happy to point at and blame the leave voters for every doom-mongering brexit story. We had a split vote, and we now have a split society when at this time, we should be rallying around each other more than ever.

Blaming someone never solved a problem. (Awaits exception to the rule.) :D


Work the problem?

I'm really tired of the doom-mongering for every possible brexit backlash. Another US conglomerate decides to hike its prices and everyone immediately blames the brexit voters, looking for a scapegoat.

Seems to me that every company trying to make a buck out of this opportunity should be met with a "no thanks." whilst we buy/use something else. There is a solution to most problems, we just need our country(ies), its government and its people to stand up and make the decision work in the best interests of our country(ies).

Linux for all I say. :)

Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC


"Lambhorguni buyer"

Damn Chinese with their knock off supercars...

Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver


Can they be folded into amusing things though?


Ooh missus, get a grip on my notifications


My friend once received a SMS from their mother which read:

"Nanna passed away last night. LOL"

I'm not so sure as to whether I was more shocked that they got the LOL so amusingly wrong or that they sent a text with such shocking news...bit impersonal.

China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs


I think they have released this on purpose to give the west a false sense of security; whilst in a secret volcano lair they are developing T2000s.