* Posts by Alter Hase

25 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Nov 2012

95% of NFTs now totally worthless, say researchers

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Shortage of Greater Fools

Obviously, there is a shortage of greater fools....

Block this: Using satellites to plaster ads over our skies could work, say boffins

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Nothing new...

Advertising in the sky is nothing new -- I am old enough to remember "skywriters" -- planes that wrote advertising messages with smoke in the sky.

In some cases a single plane performed acrobatic maneuvers to write the message, and in other cases a group of planes flew in parallel to write the message using "dot matrix" techniques.

And even today, we have planes towing advertising banners, not to mention blimps....

AMD was right about chiplets, Intel's Gelsinger all but says

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Been there, done that!

In the 1960s (yes, I am that old!), IBM used chiplets in its SLT (Solid Logic Technology) modules. Of course, a chiplet was a pair of diodes or a single transistor. But Moore's Law took care of that!

Your software doesn't work when my PC is in 'O' mode

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Re: PC

Even better is use a magnet to post a diskette on a file cabinet....

After deadly 737 Max crashes, damning whistleblower report reveals sidelined engineers, scarcity of expertise, more

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Re: Got nothing to do with self-regulation..

Having worked for IBM for 30 years as an engineer and as a manager when it was the "IBM-family" and living in Silicon Valley with many friends working for H-P in the days of the "H-P way", I can only second the comments about the new corporate culture.

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

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Re: Big wall, small red button

I was going to upvote your comment until I saw the "Go Bears"..... especially after this weekend!

Door-opening insect mega-swarm emerges in Eastern US, descends on Washington DC

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Re Sub-head -- "We're gonna need a bigger rolled-up newspaper"

With the advent of digital media, newspapers are getting smaller, not bigger....

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

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Re: Hacking is honourable

"Journalism died with Herb Caen and Stan Delaplane."

Spoken like an old-time San Franciscan, before the techies moved in.....

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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Re: Its all binary

>> As least the generic "meat pie" could be any possibility of filling.

Why does that make me think of "Sweeney Todd"?

I'll have a pint with my meet pie....

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Making eye-contact

I like the idea of autonomous vehicles on Motorways/Freeways/Turnpikes/etc, but I don't see anyone discussing human-mediated "vehicle-to-vehicle" communication. In my everyday driving on city streets here in California (Silicon Valley!), I routinely make eye-contact with pedestrians and other drivers, sometimes as simple as "I see you; you see me", or perhaps a gesture ceding the right of way.

When AI can read human intent as well as humans can (however imperfect that is), then we will have competent L5 vehicles for city streets. Until then, I will use my (future) autonomous vehicle only on restricted access roads and be happy with that.

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Is anyone analyzing the comments in this thread?

Is anyone analyzing the comments in this thread? -- It would make just as much sense as the original "study". Perhaps even more.....

For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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Fujitsu, meet HTC

It sounds like HTC could use Fujitsu's services:

"We understand the potential of digital scarcity and uniqueness. With Exodus, HTC aims to be a general blockchain asset marketplace," said Chen. "We believe there is a paradigm shift and the pendulum is swinging back to ownership and the value of content."

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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Merkle Tree

Thanks for the reference to a Merkle Tree -- it helped me understand what a blockchain represents.

My fundamental questiion regarding blockchains is "when does the cost of calculating the hash for the latest transaction in blockchain become prohibitive?"

Somehow, labeling something as blockchain-related reminds me of putting ".com" on something a few years ago....

(And has anyone note that The Register's spellchecker doesn't recognize "blockchain"? Is The Regster .trying to tell us something?)

Let's be Frank: Bloke drags Google to the US Supreme Court over $8.5m privacy payout

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Re: Distribution

Let the claimants determine the distribution of cy pres payments. The beneficiaries can be determined by crowd-sourcing amongst all claimants that choose to exercise a vote at the settlement web site. They can send most of the money to the Claimy McClaimface Foundation if they so desire...

I like it!

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: breeding ballpoint pens

In my experience, the fertile ballpoint pens fly away, leaving behind large numbers of infertile (dry) ballpoint pens.

Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: Deep Learning is the problem

>> When will it be good enough to distinguish between potential hazards and large numbers of autumn leaves either blowing in the wind or getting caught in a small (or large) moving pile in a wind vortex?

A couple of months ago, I was following a self-driving car down a street when it swerved to avoid a low pile of leaves on the roadway, low enough that I had no problem with my decision to simply drive over it.

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>> I agree that autonomous cars will be taken advantage of by peds, cyclists and kids playing games.

I live in Sillycon Valley, where I see numerous "autonomous" cars on the roads every day. But I have yet to see one interact with human beings the way many (not all) drivers do -- make eye contact, make gestures to indicate intent (hopefully not rude), and even cede the right of way.

I find the need for highly mapped roads a key shortcoming of driverless vehicles. It's not the roads that need to be mapped -- it's all the humans, both in vehicles and outside of them that need to be understood.

Additional thought: If teenagers eat dishwasher detergent packs and snort condoms, how soon before they try playing "chicken" with autonomous vehicles?

Cash-machine-draining €1bn cybercrime kingpin suspect cuffed by plod

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Re: Money Laundering

Real estate development projects with the name of a a world leader(?)

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: it is not something you do deliberately!

"My alltime favorite was a midnight special, a short but very loud trump which woke my wife to sitting position...."

As a native of the left side of the pond, I was unfamiliar with the true meaning of "Trump"....

Would-be startup crew charged with stealing employer's tech

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So what's new?

When I worked for IBM in Germany in the 60s, we would joke that, when we made an error in a design document, "That's to confuse the Russians." And in the 90s, when I was working at a small telecom equipment company, a Chinese competitor came out with an identical product, identical down to the details of the layout of the circuit board.

Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

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My non-techie wife supports elimination of net neutrality....

I didn't find my name on the NY Attorney General's list, but I did find my wife's name and our address with a comment supporting the elimination of net neutrality. Which is strange, because she has not used a computer or e-mail for over two years due to illness....

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

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Re: How long by horseback to London??

Do we have a new Register metric? How long is a standard horseback? (How many to the mile/kilometer?)

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How do we know that it wasn't a Machine that did it?

Maybe this is the start of the Rise of the Machines...

Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Where's the amusement park?

I am disappointed at our British cousins' lack of imagination -- from the title of the article, I expected something like the following:


A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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What about the IBM 1620?

The IBM 1620 debuted in 1959 and was conceived as a computer for small engineering companies. As such, it could be thought of as a small "personal" computer as it was often run by a single programmer/operator.

It was succeeded in 1965 by the IBM 1130 which could drive the IBM 2250 Graphical Display, allowing direct interaction with the user. (As a Junior Engineer at IBM in the 1960s, I developed a tic-tac-toe demo for the 1130/2250 combination.)