* Posts by Petalium

68 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Aug 2011


'AI divide' across the US leaves economists concerned


How many AI:s do you need to have in a company to keep them fully occupied by only sending pointless messages to each other? If I remember correctly, the number of humans is 200.

China – which surveils everyone everywhere – floats facial recognition rules


Re: "help police crackdown on criminals and improve security"

After, but the relatives gets a 10% discount on the bullet

China succeeds where Elon Musk has failed with first methalox rocket


Size matters

Whip it out boys, XJP, Musky and Zuck in a three way competition!

Astroscale wants to be the world's friendly neighborhood space garbage collector


Obvious solution is to put a small moon/massive asteroid in LEO, this will clear a path through the debris. See Saturn rings for POC….

How to finance such an operation? AI,mumble mumble ,blochain, something something quantum.

BT is ditching workers faster than your internet connection with 55,000 for chop by 2030


À C-level AI would probably be indistinguishable from an 8-ball, or a can of beans. Or maybe an empty can of beans, since the make more noise.

EU passes world's first regulatory framework for cryptocurrency


The money laundering excuse again, the only thing it accomplishes is the to make it harder to move legal money around.

I recently moved 300k euros from an Asian country to a European country, legal , taxed money. One of the banks where I’ve been a customer for 50 years flat out refused to do it, didn’t even wanted to tell me what their requirements to allow is. My other bank required a lot of paperwork including a personal letter from the manager of my Asian bank, with a verified translation and the complete transaction history. I bet if I was a billionaire drug runner it would have been much easier…

Astronomers say they've seen the largest explosion yet – and we just had to talk to them


Re: The future is only Science Fiction

The normal state of the universe is very lonely black holes quietly evaporating away in an ever expanding universe. It just looks a bit busy now because we are witnessing the birth so there is a bit off a mess at the moment.

Florida folks dragged out of bed by false emergency texts


First time I lived through an alert was 3 in the morning: A very loud siren in the apartment followed by a recorded message through a speaker in the apartment. The message was in Chinese, I had no idea there was a speaker inside my home and I don't speak Chinese.... It however became apparent what was happening a few seconds later when the bed started shaking.

Exactly what I should do with a four second warning when I live on the 11th floor remains unclear, wake up and kiss your ass goodbye?

Pentagon advised to get agile if it wants to keep up with evolving threats


I don’t think you want your military to fail fast...

Besides the requirements for military gear tends to be rather well known, based on doctrine. The doctrine might be wrong though, cough “ Jeune École” cough.

Cardboard drones running open source flight software take off in Ukraine and beyond


Flat pack, paper, hmm when will IKEA release their version? Bönk, the anti tank UAV?

If scammers use your AI code to rip off victims, the FTC may want a word


For audio, label it Justin Bieber.....


Just put a mandatory H on the forehead of all generated characters

DigitalOcean waves goodbye to 11 percent of staff


Managed services, always a race to the bottom. There are always someone who is prepared to do it cheaper

Musk says he ain't going anywhere as Twitter CEO until at least late 2023


Re: He sure does talk some tripe

New superconductor company in 3,2,1....

Chinese surveillance balloon over US causes fearful gasbagging


Re: Why not shoot it down ?

Not only the ballon, the bullets used can cause some damage when they reach the ground, (and they can travel quite far)

China unveils massive blockchain cluster running homebrew tech


Re: Small question...

Blockchain is the new monorail!

Meta axes two Danish datacenters amid shift to AI infrastructure


Just shut down all FB bit barns, euro energy crisis solved!

NASA's Orion Moon capsule to splash down this Sunday


Is the Reg making a subtle joke with the unit conversions ? Or have they hired a liberal arts student to write this?

I especially like the “ Slowing down from km/s to m/s” forcing me to some math in my head to get the scale right.

I’m on vacation damn it, yes that’s my brain floating in the gin and tonic, please don’t take it away my dear waiter.

Google's Dart language soon won't take null for an answer


Re: NULL is just the pointer analog to NaN

That’s a problem with the language you are using, not the DB. If you don’t want nulls reaching your code it’s trivial to write your queries so they don’t return null.

And in real implementations there will always be data that is unknown, hence Null, how else would you distinguish between a real value and an unknown value? Using some “placeholder” value like -1 for integers? What if your integer can be negative? For strings?

You would have to make assumptions about what value will be stored and handle them individually for each field, and that, imho, is more error prone than a consistent handling of null values.

Microsoft: Whoops, Patch Tuesday might screw your database connections


Re: After

Now, now, take your frog pills and calm down, if they started to pay for QA, how could they afford mood managers and mindfulness coaches?

TSMC triples spending on Arizona advanced chip site with extra 3nm fab


That was in the local elections and they are all about local issues, the current president made a big tactical error and tried to make it about international politics. KMT may want to reunite with mainland China, but they most certainly don’t want to do it on Xi:s terms ( and they mostly want to hang the communists in the nearest lamp post)

China reminds world shock and ore can hurt tech supply chains


Re: An interesting game of tug-of-war has started

There is no lack of rare earth material in the rest of the world, it's just cheaper to buy it from China. China has been dumping the prices (and polluted the environment https://hir.harvard.edu/not-so-green-technology-the-complicated-legacy-of-rare-earth-mining/ ) making it unprofitable to mine and refine it in the rest of the world. Worstall wrote about it in a column in this very publication https://www.theregister.com/2015/09/02/western_worlds_only_rare_earth_mine_closes/

Microsoft highlights 'productivity paranoia' in remote work research


Simple solution:Fire the managers, insecure, paranoid snowflakes can’t possibly be good for any company...

GitHub's AI code assistant Copilot takes flight. And that'll be $10 a month, please


Re: Competition

The AI =Anonymous Indian , the Mechanical Turk of the 21st century

China details relocation plan for up to five million datacenter racks

Big Brother

Re: Rubbery figures?

With the amount of data they collect on their citizens and probably on foreigners, expect the number of racks to double in five years:)

New submarine cable to link Japan, Europe, through famed Northwest Passage


Re: Avoiding NSA tapping?

They should ask the big snoopers for financing for the cable and let them install their equipment from the beginning, cheaper for everyone!

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria


Re: Technically fantastic but...

200k might be cheap.If the drone was capable of doing damage to personnel and property or being capable to gather intel that would lead to to such damage it might even be a very good deal.

UK Space Agency wants primary school kids to design a logo for first Brit launches


Yellow stars in a circle on a blue background would be nice

Computacenter, one of Europe's largest resellers, struggling with data centre kit, up to 6-month lead times


Maybe time to look at optimising the existing resources instead of installing more hardware?

Efficient code, store less data and use better communication protocols?

Added benefit: less energy used, reduced shipping and reduced use of raw materials

Engineers work to open Boeing Starliner's valves as schedule pressures mount


I bet there is an accountant being very pleased with himself having saved 10 cents/valve.

-Look same spec but cheaper, let’s buy from Wish!

Ever wondered how much data web giants generate? Singaporean super-app Grab says 40TB a day


When there is a SPAC involved, there is something fishy going on....

Funny how Sir Tim Berners-Lee, famous for hyperlinks, is into NFTs, glorified hyperlinks


Re: Nothing Fecking There

Oops I lost the USB stick, better call the insurance company and make a 69 million $ claim!

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'


Re: Master and Servants

Grace Jones reintroduced it in 1985 with “Slave to the Rhythm"....

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


Re: Maybe

>Crowds are as intelligent as the least among them

Divided by the number of people in the crowd....

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps


10 Print getrandomstreetname()

20 goto 10

AI isn’t what it was promised to be....

Cisc-o-no! 'We’re being uninvited to bid' on China deals admits CEO as Middle Kingdom snub freaks out investors


Re: The Great Wall of "Thanks, but no thanks. We're good."

I live in Taiwan....

China is a real danger, everything that can be done to remove the current dictatorship is greatly appreciated.

Reducing china’s economic power is a good start.

Humans may be able to live on Mars within halls of aerogel – a wonder material that can trap heat and block radiation


So, what will happen when you put the aerogel in a vacuum?

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook


So a videophone, like in the 70s....... and we all remember what a hit that was.

NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump


Scott Manley on a possible cause of why reaction wheels fails


How do some of the best AI algorithms perform on real robots? Not well, it turns out


Thats artificial procrastination.

Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China


So why do you call Taiwan “Taiwan, province of China” when you select a country on the profile page. Hypocrites!

Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)



So they have discovered boredom! Where any sandwiches involved?

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins


Re: Using the Sun to navigate...

Agree with you about Taipei, live here now and I constantly get lost, never happens to me in Europe.

Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'


Re: Hmm "the Nad men"

I use one. Best phone I ever owned. Problem now is that no new apps are developed anymore. So next phone will be the choice of being taxed by Apple or spied on by Google...

Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now


Dr Dr

-Dr, it hurts when I pee

-You're holding it wrong!

Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile


Mandatory Reading

"Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty " by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

"Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). "

CERN boffins see strange ... oh, wait, that's just New Zealand moving 2m north


CERN Shrugged

CERN caused the earthquake. It is obvious that the CERN is a weapon and THEY* are testing it on a remotely located island…..

* Insert your favorite value for THEY here

Microsoft patent filing confirms existence of 3D Jedi gesture phone



I just don't get the disdain for windows phones. I have iPhones and android phones, but the only phone that works consistently without any hiccups is my windows phone. No restarts no frozen UI just works...

Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet


Advertising on television was forbidden so when satellite broadcasting was becoming mainstream, companies set up shop abroad in order to send adverts to the Swedish public.

Gambling is heavily regulated and almost a monopoly for the government. If I remember correctly only half of the income is returned to the gambling audience as winnings, so quite a substantial margin.

There is of cause quite a substantial number of politicians that is convinced that gambling is bad for the populace, and therefore should be banned.

The same breed of politicians also wanted to ban satellite dishes, Internet and all other means of getting information that was not approved by the government, all in the name of keeping swedes pure of thought. The same politicians usually keep North Korea and Cuba in high regards.