* Posts by EmilPer.

70 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Dec 2012


Videoconferencing fatigue is real, study finds


"hours of videoconferences"

"hours of videoconferences" ... "hours" is the important part, not "videoconference"

Humans are weird that way, we get tired even when doing nothing productive simply by being awake ... I guess that's news for that research team.

How do you solve the problem that is Twitter?


Re: Unpopular opinion incoming...

the online campaigns against Musk started like 2 years ago, and they are relentless :-)

Musk: Twitter will have 1 billion monthly users inside 18 months


Re: One billion users?

Twitter had very bad performance outside US and Europe.

If he fixes that there might be more 1 billion _extra_users that will have a look, at least for a while.

Did not use twitter much in the past because the default page is a den of sin and iniquity, but then I was told about the option to see only the people you actually follow, and that is much better.

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


so they're making remote calls,

... only not RPC (technically that is something special), they're doing lots of GraphQL calls :-)

... and none mentioned profiling results pointing to the places that are slow, only blaming former management ;-)

Self-imposed climate change may have killed Martian life


almost twice as far as Earth from the Sun

and certainly Mars being almost twice as far from the Sun as Earth is did not help at all

there is no need for extraordinary claims about planetary warming/cooling ...

Reds on the beds: Putin's war sparks Chinese chip boom, starting with electric blankets


electric blankets and blackouts

... I wonder how will the electric blankets work when there is no electricity

I bought a -10C sleeping bag.

EU semiconductor investment not nearly enough, warns chip boss


the chips that are missing right now are old

The chips that the car industry and others can't find right now are old and very old generations, you don't need a 5nm chip to drive the door window motors or to run the windshield wipers or push gas into the cylinders.

Old generations of chips are used in computer motherboards too, and in most electronics.

Amazon accused of singling out, harassing union organizers


Re: In todays headlines..

unions are megacorporations too

I wonder why they're bothering with Amazon, the employees don't make enough to afford the union fees

Draft EU AI Act regulations could have a chilling effect on open source software


"be transparent about risk and data use in clear technical documentation"

what is wrong with that ?

This should apply to all software, open source or not.

Microsoft warns of bugs after nation pushes back DST switchover


Why is DST still a thing ?

I currently live in UTC+2/UTC+3 but I could not care less if the Sun rises at 5 or at 7 or at 12 as long as I don't have to be jetlagged twice a year ...

Kill DST, please.

Open source databases: What are they and why do they matter?


Re: Free is, well, free

I guess you have not used Oracle, else you'd know about the extra expenses with trained DBAs: Oracle has horrible usability and primitive auxiliary tools.


it is not about open source, it is about usability

Oracle is a horrible beast to use ... had it been free I'd still go for MySQL or Postgresql ... hell, I'd expect to be paid to use Oracle, it is that unpleasant to work with

AI detects 20,000 hidden taxable swimming pools in France, netting €10m


"30 per cent error rate"

the tax lawyers love this technology

Dev's code manages to topple Microsoft's mighty SharePoint


microsoft documentation used to be better

... last time when I dealt with MS libraries I noticed my code was doing nothing, so I went into the debugger, and there is was: "ExceptionNotImplemented" or somehting like that was triggered when calling documented methods ... had to go to the old COM libraries to get screenshots of Office documents

Climate model code is so outdated, MIT starts from scratch


students can't learn Fortran ?

students can't learn Fortran ?

... what do they do to them at the university these days ? lobotomy ?

I know python is bad but not that bad

French court pulls SpaceX's Starlink license


Re: French court freezes out non-French competition

maybe they're squeezed by the government and favoured corporations that they don't care anymore what damage they do themselves


I blame the attrocious SF we have today

and science teaching in schools ... "e=mc^2" is not science, learning to design an experiment is science

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



the commute is often the problem, not working in the office

Australian regulator finds Google dominates adtech, seeks powerup to fight back


dominates, but add relevance is going worse

google adds were more relevant 10 or 15 years ago, now it is like in the 1990s, they seem random and totally irrelevant

Hellfire and damnation: Two French monks charged over 5G mast arson attack


... now if had they complained about the maintenance costs and the energy consumption ...

... they might have sparked a debate

Plot twist! South Korean telco uses 5G to fight coronavirus via hospital-patrolling robot

Black Helicopters

misleading title

I thought the robot would be shooting lasers at viruses, or at least watch for virus load in the air and use UV light where appropriate ...

Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'


wix commercials

Relentless Wix commercials on Youtube made me get a premium account. Also extremely creepy.

US govt indicted me because I make privacy tools, says crypto-chat app CEO accused of helping drug smugglers


Re: So tomorrow Signal, Telegram?

"iPhone, Google Pixel, Blackberry, and Nokia handsets" ... "The phone was sold or given to a drug dealer. That's not an assumption, that's a fact."

So, are Apple, Google, Blackberry and Nokia being indicted or something ?

SAP boss Christian Klein's pay cheque is considerably lighter after 2020 woes wiped €28bn off company's value


is anyone using SAP voluntarily ?

Is anyone actually using SAP voluntarily ?

Not being snarky, really want to know because like 5 years ago I have heard about companies pushing their data to a SAP instance only for compliance.

Big Tech workers prefer 3 days at home, 2 in the office. We ask Reg readers: What's your home-office balance?


don't see "from home" or "from office" as relevant

I don't care about "from home" or "from office" as long as I work on the same code with more than one other person. Having insightful chats with other people around the watercooler did not happen unless we were already on the same team and had access to the same information, else there were NDA etc. and even when smoking outside in the rain/sleet each group found its own spot to shelter from the wind.

During the previous contract I had a long interval when I worked with people all over the world, most of them resentful that I stole a US job and it was not a good experience since there was no communication except the minimum to get the tickets progressed. Then I got a friendly trainee and basked in the certainty that there is a second pair of eyes looking at my code and telling me when I'm being stupid. Being in the office or not did not matter a bit.

Survey: Techies reckon open sourcery has better prospects than familiarity with a single vendor's cloud wares


Re: single vendor cloud wares ...

you are correct, open source in itself is no guarantee, but at least you have a chance if you have access to the sources


single vendor cloud wares ...

... had to deal with $title, they were extensively documented, every minor version had its own page, every option named etc., but no story to tie them togeter, no clue about how to actually use in a real life scenario

got the paid help and got it working, turns out some concepts were called using two different terms, and some different concepts were called using the same term in different contexts

on top it off there was very little information about failures on the net, even on stackoverflow

opensource might not be perfect but at least I can read the source when I don't understand the docs

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify


Re: Professionals built the titanic... Teignmouth Electron

"Teignmouth Electron" ... the boat survived, the error was in between the rudder and the chair, not in the boat design

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


Lithium-ion phosphate

Is that LiFePo ?

If it is it I don't see how it makes for cars, high endurance but low voltage.

UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs


the trouble with the network

"I WANT real true broadband! ... what ? what are you doing to my driveway ? Get off, get off with your jackhammer, my driveway is sacred, and cables in the trees are ugly"

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines


Re: Sounds Fishy

yes, they were the service providers outsourcers

Labor watchdog accuses Google of illegally firing staff in union-busting push – as AI ethics guru Dr Timnit Gebru is pushed out


evil corp vs evil identity activists

evil corporation vs evil identity activists ... I wish gladiatorial combats were allowed, and they chose to go to the arena to settle their disputes

Google Nest server outage leaves US, European smart homes acting dumb


so sad

... so sad to see Google becoming stupid before becoming evil ...

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS




YouTube thinkfluencer Siraj Raval admits he plagiarized boffins' neural qubit papers – as ESA axes his workshop


500 ?

"limited to 500 pupils to guarantee he’d have time to provide sufficient support for everyone"

how about 25 if you want to have time to provide sufficient support for everyone, for a generous value of "sufficient"

I'd say 15 would be best, and that is based on my experience teaching evening classes, where I had in one group only 15 students and you actually could communicate with them, instead of talking _at them_ the way it happened with larger numbers.

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms


"will recoup £1.2bn a year by 2023" ... and lose the same amount or more when collecting other taxes

... payroll taxes and VAT and excise taxes and others compete over the same pool of money, you increase one the others go down

Ow-wei, says Huawei as Chinese giant admits US sanctions smacked it right in the phone biz


Amercian ?

"though he gave Amercian suppliers"

Not a death spiral, I'm trapped in a closed loop of customer experience


proof of address and why I love HMRS

"they demand a proof of your new address. This turns out to be closed loop."

was caught in this while livingin in London: can't rent officially without a bank account, can't get a bank account without an address, can't get paid without a bank account

I phoned HMRS and asked them to send my tax details to the new address which they did and this unlocked everything because I could use their letter as a proof of address, so I could make my contract official, get a bank account etc.

It would have worked as well if the employer had sent a letter to my address with the work contract but the HR person told me they wanted a proof of address too and they only sent it by email, which I printed then was treated like I was a potential criminal by the banks etc. until I got the HMRS letter.

Google engineering boss sues web giant over sex discrim: I was paid less than men, snubbed for promotion


9+ levels of hierarchy ?

not sure the Roman Church has such a deep hierarchy

maybe Google is ready to go the way of the Dodo if they can afford nine levels plus of miscommunication ?

Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords


Re: "If you want the economy to be strong, STEM subjects are a must."

all subjects are a must, unless you think you can sell anything without marketing and copywriters and graphic designers and talking heads that can actually talk and people who can explain how at least three generations in your prospective markets think and what not to say at informal gatherings if you want them to place orders etc.

The problem with education is not that it is under-financed, the problem is that on one hand it became so fractured and so abstract that most graduates can't see how to apply what they learned once they leave school, and on the other hand it stopped being about education or research and it became about publishing articles in "peer reviewed" journals and scoring points.

There was a time 20-30 years ago when even "gender studies" studied gender, as in look at what makes genders behave differently instead of preaching, and before 1900 one studied literature in order to be able to write well and be able to convey his point of view when he left school and went into business or into politics, and one studied math in order to know how to make things with that knowledge.

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


Re: "productivity, employee morale and retention"

they don't care about productivity either, after two weeks of 80h/week productivity goes below what you could achieve in 20h/week

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs


Re: How many constitutional rights were violated ?

>> "I honestly wonder about her skin pigmentation. My guess is "off-white".

>> Your guess is wrong.

her skin pigmentation was "poor"

UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped


Re: Marriot fine

"hurts those at the bottom way more than it hurts those who made the decisions"

aren't the decision making managers fined too usually ?

That's a sticky Siemens situation: Former coder blows his logic bomb guilty plea deal in court


not sure we're getting the whole story

Why would Siemens use password protected Excel files written by a third party and how come that third party kept the copyright ? What were the terms under which they were using the files ? ... this story is very strange

that guy must be a future seeing genius if he wrote Excel files which survived from the early 2000s until now with only his logic bombs preventing them to work

were they right after an Office upgrade when the files stopped working ?

my guess is the guy had a check to see if the file was not copied, and the rest of the failures were due to upgrades of Excel, and they sued him to get the IP and be rid of him

most DRM software works like code bombs anyway, I guess when it comes to going to jail it matters more if you're Johnny Public or BigCorp Inc.

It's a fullblown Crysis: Gamers press pause on PC purchases, shipments freeze



everybody waiting for the Ryzen 3000s?

Bollocks or brutal truth: Do smart-mobes make us grow skull horns? We take a closer look at boffins' startling claims


the Neanderthals had them too

... must have become extinct because of all that texting

Tech jocks tell Trump: Tariff tiff with China will not achieve what you think it will achieve


what is EU slapping currently on imports from China ?

I attempted to buy a few components from China last year (a lcd screen controller) and had to pay like 26% tax ?

Barbie Girl was wrong? Life is plastic, it's not fantastic: We each ingest '121,000 pieces' of microplastics a year


how about the billion pieces of silica ?

How about the billion pieces of silicates we ingest every year, or the billion pieces of NaCl we inhale every day when going to the sea side, or the billion pieces of various organic fibers etc. ?

Former unicorn MapR desperately seeking cash as threat of closure looms


the 122 staff ...

... will need like 2 weeks to find new jobs

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn


why not strip the weapons and upgrade them

.. to a research/cable laying or monitoring/prospecting role ?

I have no clue about nuclear submarines, just asking.