* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Amazon delivery staff 'denied bonus' pay by AI cameras misjudging their driving

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Re: AI driving assessment

"So there ought to be an effective appeals process."

It's Amazon. Appeal is futile.

Ever try to deal with them outside of their script, like you ordered one of something but 4 showed up? They have no mechanism to return the 3 you don't want. None. Nada. Because their algorithms say it can't happen. Even when it does.

I'm the one with $200 of Amazon stuff I didn't order, wasn't charged for, and can't return because there's isn't a mechanism to even report to them that it happened. (If they only sent two when I ordered one, I could return one for credit and keep the other for free.)

Don't touch that dial – the new guy just closed the application that no one is meant to close

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Re: As a young broadcast engineer, unschooled in IT at the time

All this "who me" does is show that the organization had shiity practices including shitty training for new employees. Yes, the PA should have asked for clarification of where the logs were, but in my experience organizations with such poor practices generally have a culture that makes it impossible for newbies to ask for help.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou admits lying about Iran deal, gets to go home

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They won't get any traction

Any more than suing China for their hostage taking would.

BTW, she admitted to criminal behavior. The Canadians did not.

Edge computing has a bright future, even if nobody's sure quite what that looks like

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What's old is new again

Only the buzzwords change.

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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It points out it has not fired a shot in anger for decades

They are right. The Tiananmen Square massacre was 32 years ago.

Only 'natural persons' can be recognized as patent inventors, not AI systems, US judge rules

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What happens when a highly advanced extraterrestrial civilization visits Earth?

The last thing they will care about is patent systems of the primitive natives who are technologically centuries if not millennia behind them.

Might as well ask how the East India Company adopted the governence systems of the natives. They didn't. They enslaved them.

Cryptocurrency world must protect itself from 'low-quality patents' says Square lawyer as biz joins Open Invention Network

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What we need

Is the patent offices to do their jobs and block patents that are trying to patent prior art. Prior art is anything that has been publically disclosed anywhere whether on purpose or not, including papers, presentations, videos, other patents or patent applications (and applications are published by the patent offices 6 months after the applications are filed).

I have to deal with IP issues as part of my job and it's amazing how many patents are of things that should have been rejected due to the prior art. We just file that all away in case the patent that came to our attention comes knocking on our door. I recently had a EU patent germain to our products cross my desk that was of something patented in 1979 and expired in the late '90's. Neither the "inventors" nor the EU patent office bothered to look that far back I guess. But the Korean patent office did, and bounced it as they should have.

Facebook building 'on-demand executable file format' that self-inflates using homebrew compression

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Nothing to see. Move along...

As usual, there's nothing original in what Facebook is doing.

In Windows, compressing dll's and putting the compressed result in an executable's resource area has been around almost as long as Windows itself. Used more back in the days of floppies when space was at a premium. When the exe starts, inflate the embedded compressed dll's in the exe's local directory, and when the exe finished, delete them. Allows you to still architect using custom dynamic-link libraries yet give the appearance of the program being only a single exe, and more importantly, saves space on the media. Only penalties are the main exe has to contain the decompression routine (or calls to Windows Compression API if Win 8 or later), which isn't a big deal, and the program temporarily will require room for the decompressed dll's.

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils

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Posse Comitatus Act

Maybe Britain needs one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

Elizabeth Holmes' Theranos fraud trial begins: Defense claims all she did was fail – and that's not a crime

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Re: "... failure is not a crime"

Name anyone who received 10 years for their sedition on January 6, 2021?

You can't. 8 months is the longest so far.

"638 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far. This searchable table shows them all."

https://www.insider.com/all-the-us-capitol-pro-trump-riot-arrests-charges-names-2021-1

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Re: LOL no

What happened to her "blame the Indian guy" defense? Or is that "Plan B"?

ProtonMail deletes 'we don't log your IP' boast from website after French climate activist reportedly arrested

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Tor

Pretty much reinforces that if one wants to be difficult to track down, you'd probably be wise to put Tor between yourself and protonmail. (Or anything else.)

Better yet, don't use the Internet.

Crypto-coin startup said its bot could generate huge profits from your Bitcoin. It was a scam, says SEC

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Re: I an offer

"Kumbhani’s current whereabouts, however, are unknown."

Maybe I am being presumptuous, but I would hope someone is looking for him and some mobsters haven't already ripped him off and left him in a shallow grave.

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Re: I an offer

But but but...

They were told it used AI, so it must be magical.

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Re: "All investors had to do was hand over their Bitcoin..."

It's like the Sharecropper Economy of Uber, Airbnb & Lyft. Having your sharecroppers shoulder all of the Capitalization and Operational burdens & risk while you just skim the cash flow is just great. For you.

Trial of Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes begins: She plans to say her boyfriend and COO Balwani abused her

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Et tu, Samsung? Electronics giant accused of quietly switching SSD components

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Re: So, WD, Crucial and Adata, and now Samsung

I work at a company that builds it's own servos and control systems. If you know what you are doing, you don't want someone else's gerber files and such. What you want is proper chip data sheets and a stable supply chain. We presently have suppliers quoting over 70 week lead times on some FPGA and SOC chips. SSD's are pretty simple circuit-wise, which is why if you look at one there's not much to it. The firmware which handles wear leveling and self-encryption and the like is where DYI SSD's would probably have an issue trying to do it right..

Cops responding to ShotSpotter's AI alerts rarely find evidence of gun crime, says Chicago watchdog

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Re: And we're surprised?

The fact that the system initially reported the location as being a mile away from the "corrected" location says it all about "accuracy" in this case. The only objective data they had to base the "correction" on was the presence of a dead body a mile away that was dead due to a gun shot, and no closer "event" near the right time in the ShotSpotter system. That is the very definition of fudging the data.

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'

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Microsoft should just bundle Open Shell with Windows and let every user have configuring it (or not) as part of every new account first open experience.

Brit says sorry after waving around nonce patent and leaning on sites to cough up

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Obligatory Animal House quote

"So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken." - Mayor Carmine DePasto (Animal House, 1978)

More Boots on Moon delays: NASA stops work on SpaceX human landing system as Blue Origin lawsuit rolls on

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Re: The next deadline for Blue Origin is 3rd September...

Claiming Bezos has send payloads to space and back with New Shepard is true only in the same up & down sense as the July manned space flight made it past the 100km mark. It's a far cry from putting anything in orbit, much less taking humans to the ISS, much less beyond Earth orbit, which SpaceX has also demonstrated.

The bottom line is Bezos isn't competitive against SpaceX for a contract for boots on the moon. And no amount of lame excuses is going to change that.

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Re: LMWakipediaTFY

You seriously think 16 flights that didn't even achieve orbit makes Bezos competative against an organization that has laumched over 800 metric tons into orbit or beyond? Falcon 9 has had well over 120 launches alone, 26 in 2020 alone.

So what lame Bezos shill PR firm do you work for?

A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped

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Re: Only in Chicago

I have family in Chicago & I agree. But I'd say it's not only in Chicago. Police departments and prosecutors all over the world use rubbish forensics like this all of the time. In 2015 the FBI stopped using bite marks, microscopic hair analysis, etc after it turned out to be rubbish. Just because CSI shows make something look Scientific does not mean it is.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fbi-overstated-forensic-hair-matches-in-nearly-all-criminal-trials-for-decades/2015/04/18/39c8d8c6-e515-11e4-b510-962fcfabc310_story.html

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2015/04/fbis-flawed-forensics-expert-testimony-hair-analysis-bite-marks-fingerprints-arson.html

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Trust Facebook to find a way to make video conferencing more miserable and tedious

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Re: VR meetings with an EULA and TOS

This just underscores that no one at Facebook actually does anything productive, so they don't have any concept of what it takes for a meeting to be of value.

Japan's aerospace agency hooks up with Boeing to make planes quieter when they land

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Re: Why not go the whole hog

Why land at all? Just drop the passengers out the back by parachute at altitude, and land the plane at some airport out in the sticks.

Boots on Moon in 2024? NASA OIG says you better moonwalk away from that date, because suits ain't ready

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Re: One BEEELION dollars

They should hire SpaceX. Half the cost in a fraction of the time.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

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What could possibly go wrong?

All you need to know about AI:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/0-tom-gaulds-attempts-to-create-a-sarcastic-ai-are-really-genius/

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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Re: 90's

And you'd have been wrong. Very very wrong.

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90's

The Apple suit against was entirely a Steve Jobs Ego driven suit & had it been successful, simply would have been Apple shooting itself in the foot.

I was working in SV at the time with a lot of friends working at high levels at both Apple as well as Xerox PARC. Xerox sat back and watched it play out in the courts on Apple's dime, as they knew that if Apple won their case that the Windows GUI "copied" the Lisa/Mac GUI and it was protected IP, that would have made themselves mincemeat as Xerox would have then gone after Apple for the Lisa/Mac GUI "copying" the Xerox Dynabook/Alto GUI based on Apple establishing the legal precedent & it was already quite public that the Lisa/Mac GUI came about after (and whose development was motivated by) Jobs saw a demo of the Dynabook/Alto GUI on a visit to Xerox PARC. Since Apple lost, no point in Xerox going after Apple.

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why

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Re: This months of work from home showed too....

Wired my house a few years ago with cheap singlemode SC fiber from Amazon & never looked back. WiFi, on a VLAN isolated from "the computer stuff", is used for IoT. Entertainment on a hardwired VLAN isolated from "the computer stuff".

Amazingly inexpensive.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072J39LLQ/

Even armored outdoor singlemode fiber is cheap, about $1 per meter.

http://www.ecablemart.com/outdoor_drop_cable/outdoor-drop-fiber-cable-scapc-scapc-9125-g657a1-singlemode-simplex-35-m-p-123717.html

Hong Kong working to share its digital IDs with mainland China

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Re: If You Have Done Nothing Wrong

Until we change the definition of "wrong" and apply it retroactively.

FIFY

With a straight face, Putin agrees to do something about ransomware coming out of Russia, apparently

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A cut

"Putin agrees to do something about ransomware coming out of Russia"

He'll take a cut, like he does of eveything else.

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles

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Should have SpaceX do it

It will cost less and look cooler.

That time a startup tried to hire me just to push clients' products in job interviews

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Re: "Fronking "

The big scam these days are the companies conducting personality tests on applicants. My company used them for a while until we back analyzed everything and found zero benefit. But the testing companies got boat loads of innocent folks personal info.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU

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Re: Irrelevant

"While the insistence on TPM is understandable to a certain extent..."

No it's not.

Flexispot Deskcise Pro V9: Half desk, half exercise bike, and you're all sweaty. How much does it cost again?

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Re: What - no generator?

The whole product looks like a solution in search of a problem.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: What is an OS for?

"I can still watch movies, play games, use Office tools -- all at zero cost." - RegGuy1

If you had a job, you'd know it's a Microsoft Office universe. It just "is". No one cares if I like it. My job requires reality based thinking and a lot of collaboration.

Toshiba engulfed by scandal again — and the prime minister is implicated

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Re: Sell the shares.

You'd be surprised at how many people don't have a clue that the share price only indirectly affects the company, if at all, and can even help the company if, for example, it has a buy back program.

Three million job cuts coming at Indian services giants by next year, says Bank of America

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Re: Predictions are like arseholes...

I've come across a lot of customer service chat bots quite as capable of wasting my time running in scripted circles no different than outsourced to India customer service drones. That is why in the US, so many companies advertise that their useless customer service is based in the US.

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

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Re: There still remains......

I own a Chevy Bolt EV. I have only seen as high as Level 3 chargers, and those are 35kW. My Level 2 at home (or Chargepoint at work) is 7kW. The Level 1 that I carry in the car is about 1.5kW.

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Re: There still remains......

A present day Level 3 charger is only about 0.035MW (35kW). Replacing gas stations with facilities capable of charging say, 10 cars at something like 10MW per car is beyond what the present grid can handle. That's 0.1GW per gas station equivalent.

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Re: There still remains......

Just the power transfer is an issue. When you are pumping gasoline into your gas tank, the energy transfer rate (which is power) converted to watts is about 13 megawatts if it takes 10 seconds to pump a gallon of gas, which is the standard for gas pumps in the US.

That is precisely why it only takes a few minutes to put 300 miles of range into your gasoline powered car.

Amazon exec's husband jailed for two years for insider trading. Yes, with Amazon stock

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Re: Being a high-roller is a lot of fun

All financial institutions in the US, including brokerages, require your Social Security number (or EIN number if you are claiming to be a business) and report everything to the IRS. The only way you could attempt to hide these types of shenanigans would be to enlist other people to open brokerage accounts in their own names (and pay taxes on those gains) and give you a cut of the net profits in cash. The bottom line is even if you are completely amoral, the risk/reward usually doesn't work out in your favor and a smart person would conclude there are better legal ways to make money.

Oracle hits UK reseller with lawsuit for allegedly reselling grey market Sun hardware

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Re: Out IBM'ing IBM

And yet Oracle isn't suing eBay. Go figure...

https://www.ebay.com/b/Sun-Microsystems-PC-Desktops-All-In-One-Computers/179/bn_732028

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

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Allow one to disable a core

One band-aide would be to simply stop using a core found to be mercurial, ideally by switching it off, less ideally by having the OS avoid using it.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Not a library csrd

Apparently you neither know how to read nor drive.

Surprise! Developers' days ruined by interruptions and meetings, GitHub finds

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Re: Two meetings a day? That's still crazy.

Just use "Where's My Cellphone". You can program it to call you up to 5 minutes ahead.

http://www.wheresmycellphone.com/

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Re: FIFY

So Microsoft tried to determine if people preferred fewer interruptions by pestering them multiple times a day with stupid questions.

Why am I not surprised?

Patch me if you can: Microsoft, Samsung, and Google win appeal over patent on remote updating

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It expired in 2015

One would have thought it was a steal in 2014.

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