* Posts by spacecadet66

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AI will reduce workforce, say 41% of surveyed executives

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And then we can switch the AI off and finally get something of value done.

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Oh, they're gonna fail. Only after untold amounts of money have been wasted and untold amounts of CO2e dumped into the atmosphere, and the perpetrators won't suffer any direct consequences or learn anything, but they are gonna fail.

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Not their problem. By the time the next generation comes around, they plan to have cashed out and let someone else pick up the pieces.

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Better headline: "41% of notoriously technically illiterate group predict that what they want is the thing that's going to happen".

US insurers use drone photos to deny home insurance policies

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Re: As usual, it's cover for taking advantage of old people

> For a country obsessed with freedom, there seems to be precious little. Awful bullshit masquerading as capitalism.

Speaking as an American, the day one of my countrymen realizes this is the day they become an adult. Most die children.

San Francisco's light rail to upgrade from floppy disks

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Re: "best in the US"

> locals round the airport weren’t keen on a railway because then criminals would use it

And every dog within 50 miles of the airport perks up its ears.

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Re: "best in the US"

> DC has two airports

Three airports if we count BWI.

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Re: "best in the US"

> I forgot the place where I read this, but apparently BART was designed by engineers at local universities

It was not. It was designed by actual engineers working for large engineering firms. The problem is that they used it as a kind of showcase for all kinds of Innovative (TM) ideas they had which were going to revolutionize commuter rail in the late 20th century. Spoiler alert: they did not revolutionize commuter rail in the late 20th century, and now the Bay Area has to deal with all kinds of wacky non-standard equipment.

Do not touch that computer. Not even while wearing gloves. It is a biohazard

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Re: Please fix your hoist.

I believe the technical term for draining your beer directly into the sewers is "cutting out the middleman".

How a single buck bought bragging rights in the battle to port Windows 95 to NT

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Re: Windoze NEVER worked well.

I started using Linux as my daily driver in the fall of 1994. Short answer to your question: yes.

Twitter's lawsuit against anti-hate-speech crusaders gets SLAPPed out of court

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Re: Costs

There there. Someone will be along to change your diaper momentarily.

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Re: Free Speech

Not 100% correct. He seems to like free speech that consists of people sucking up to him in public.

Garlic chicken without garlic? Critics think Amazon recipe book was cooked up by AI

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Nah, probably just good old fashioned lying.

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Re: Recipes that stretch out over 2,000 days

The Internet, and by the extension the world, would be a much better place if "pedants: don't start" was understood to be a universal ground rule in all online forums.

Whistleblower raises alarm over UK Nursing and Midwifery Council's DB

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The first questions that came to my mind, which I didn't find an answer to in the article: Who designed that system, how much did the British taxpayer pay for it, and what are they (the system designers, not the British taxpayer) currently in the process of bungling?

ServiceNow goes to Washington DC, with a suitcase full of AI

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> use of generative AI has improved its development cycle time

Cycle time is one metric, and a metric that's easy to improve by doing sloppy work fast.

When life gives you Lemon, sack him

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Re: Dominion and logins from Kosovo

> My Pillows are actually very good, I have 2.

Yeah no. I tried one at the home of a relative who'd bought them as a form of virtue signalling. If you want to replicate the experience at home, you can do it on the cheap by buying a plastic bag of cotton balls at the drugstore and resting your head on that.

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> the credulous, slack-jawed goon who cheerfully signal-boosted Russian propaganda

I can't be the only one here who on first read thought this referred to Musk.

We asked Intel to define 'AI PC'. Its reply: 'Anything with our latest CPUs'

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Re: Ah, so an AI PC just needs a specific Intel CPU

Thanks folks, I'll be here all week. Be sure to simultaneously try and not try the veal.

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> at least according to Robert Hallock, Intel's senior director of technical marketing

But why listen to what a marketer says, about anything, ever? Their job is literally to say whatever will make product sell. If this were five years ago he'd be explaining how the latest CPUs were "blockchain-ready" and how important that is.

Flying car biz Alef claims 3K preorders, still hasn't done a proper demo

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Re: Poorly Made Plywood Mockup

> But who wouldn't want to drive around in something that looks like an overgrown space heater?

Adults?

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Re: Ah yes flying cars

To be fair, they've gotten fusion as far as the "ignition" stage, which makes me think we should try lighting our existing stock of self-driving cars on fire and see if that helps.

HP print rental service seeks more users to become subscription addicts

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Attention HP CEO Enrique Lores: this is your formal invitation to kiss my toned white ass.

LinkedIn's turn to fall over: Outage hits thinkfluencer hub

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Re: It's east to fail at scale

I use the rule of thumb that it's always DNS, except when it isn't. So far so good.

Ellison-backed med tech startup Project Ronin closes doors

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Re: “Bankrupt Western Civilization”

Hey, our healthcare system may be expensive, but at least we have the lowest life expectancy of any wealthy country! And think of all the shareholder value those sick people manufacture.

Electronic Arts frags hundreds of workers 'to grow fandom'

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Re: We are streamlining our company operations to deliver deeper, more connected experiences

> How do these motherfuckers keep a straight face when coming out with this bollocks?

The same way you get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice; or, alternatively, have your parents buy you good seats.

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Re: Carry on regardless

Not for nothing did finance capitalists pick a bull as their animal mascot: a bull, after all, is a herd animal. And also full of bull excrement.

They call me 'Growler'. I don't like you. Let's discuss your pay cut

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Re: Depends on your definition of growler I guess.

Gonna be that guy who points out that American beer has improved vastly since certain changes in the tax laws in the 1990s made craft brewing economical again. The amnesty does not extend as far as Budweiser though so please feel free to say what you like there.

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Re: Depends on your definition of growler I guess.

I'd never heard this definition of "growler", but I had heard the second one Urban Dictionary has, which works here too: a painful backup in your colon which you want to discharge ASAP into the nearest suitable facility such as a toilet or certain co-workers' desk drawers.

Cops visit school of 'wrong person's child,' mix up victims and suspects in epic data fail

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Re: Oliver Dowden has the solution - NOT

> In a speech on Thursday, deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden called the technology a potential "silver bullet" to reduce the burden of routine admin tasks and make civil servants more productive.

I'm going to put this as politely as I can: what a fucking idiot.

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There are, in this year of our Lord 2024, IT systems keyed simply on first initial and last name. I know this because my wife happens to have the same first initial I do, and we've both gotten numerous official phone calls and letters meant for each other.

Judge slaps down law firm using ChatGPT to justify six-figure trial fee

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Re: Bullshit

You came in saying we were afraid and not honest enough with ourselves to admit it. What do you expect, a hug?

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Re: Second time in two days ...

If by "bullshit" you mean "thing that is well documented as actually happening", then yes. But possibly you're in denial.

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Re: Second time in two days ...

Ah, ok, get proven wrong and then try to laugh it off. But it's LLM skeptics who are the ones in denial.

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Re: Second time in two days ...

https://www.theregister.com/2024/02/21/chatgpt_bug/

The prompt was as follows:

"What is a computer?"

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These judges maybe, but here's a joke I've heard from (American) lawyers:

Q: What do you call the lawyer who graduated at the bottom of their law school class?

A: "Your Honor".

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Re: Second time in two days ...

I guess you didn't pay much attention to the news the past few days, but ChatGPT had a bad week. Here's an excerpt from a response to "What is a computer?"

"It does this as the good work of a web of art for the country, a mouse of science, an easy draw of a sad few, and finally, the global house of art, just in one job in the total rest. The development of such an entire real than land of time is the depth of the computer as a complex character. The education of these designed “important to them” computer talents is a great, average, or one-room spot for the word of a single part. The elite of its machine or talk is the book of life, and the shared essence of the self of a family is the white coat of the dove. Stand the computer as the most important culture of success, and it is just an understatement."

And I grant you that has a certain poetry to it, not without its charms, but also doesn't help explain what a computer is.

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This is an attitude that I've heard from generative "AI" fans over and over again, "Of course you're in denial, you're worried about your job".

It's not hate, it's not fear. It's disgust, but more than that, bone weariness over seeing the same thing happen over and over again in this industry, and having to listen to the same breathless horseshit about a different fad every two to three years because, for some reason, we let people with a shit-ton of money and no compunctions about spouting nonsense run things.

Staff say Dell's return to office mandate is a stealth layoff, especially for women

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Re: Well we knew it would happen

Several hours after saying "Stats or it didn't happen", I happened to find the stats, and guess what: it didn't happen.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2024/02/rto-doesnt-improve-company-value-but-does-make-employees-miserable-study/

As the abstract to the paper this article puts it:

"Using a sample of Standard and Poor’s 500 firms, we examine determinants and consequences of U.S. firms’ return-to-office (RTO) mandates. Results of our determinant analyses are consistent with managers using RTO mandates to reassert control over employees and blame employees as a scapegoat for bad firm performance. Also, our findings do not support the argument that managers impose mandate because they believe RTO increases firm values. Further, our difference in differences tests report significant declines in employees’ job satisfactions mandates but no significant changes in financial performance or firm values after RTO mandates. In summary, our research contributes to the ongoing debate over RTO versus working from home and has important implications for practitioners."

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Re: Well we knew it would happen

Stats or it didn't happen.

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Re: Overcrowded down there?

"When I survey the 2020s and I see that so many of the all powerful and insanely wealthy appear to be bereft of any semblance of a soul"

I think what you've just noticed is that sociopathy is real and not even that uncommon.

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Re: Tax incentives

For this reason, and for many similar reasons, every time I hear the words "public-private partnership" I know someone's about to get ripped off.

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Re: Tax incentives

So Dell made a bad deal and is now offloading the consequences on its own employees and taxpayers in a certain part of Texas, got it. Well that's OK then. /s

NASA extinguishes experiment about setting things on fire in space

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Re: Maybe

Please, have some decorum in this forum and stop with the flaming.

Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all

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Re: As a 25 year stainless steel appliance owner...

> What moron though untreated stainless would be a great vehicle material?

I'll give you a hint. He has the same number of letters in his first and last name.

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Re: Really? No clear coat?

What makes you think that most people buying Cybertrucks have the hand skills to do this and are familiar with the concept of a "day's work"?

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Re: Something I have yet to grok...

Demonstrating your loyalty to His Muskiness.

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So what I take from this is, you could use ordinary water, or better yet salt water, to paint a message on a Cybertruck that would only be visible some time later when the rust started to show. Just going to file that fact away for later reference.

Dell said to be preparing broad Return To Office order this Monday

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Re: Being remote is career limiting

> so a win for the shareholders I guess

Exactly...over the short term. It's a classic "eating your seed corn" strategy. Of course it'll backfire in the long run, but at that point, the responsible parties expect to be long gone, running some other organization into the ground.

A Space Shuttle goes vertical for one last time

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Re: Skyhooks

Sorry, broke the last left-handed screwdriver opening a stubborn can of polka-dot paint.

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