* Posts by EarthDog

313 posts • joined 30 Dec 2014


Boeing's Starliner capsule corroded due to high humidity levels, NASA explains, and the spaceship won't fly this year


Re: an issue with the spacecraft’s valves

I don't recall rust as a problem in the 60s. There were other problems, but somehow humidity was not one of them.

Devuan debuts version 4.0 – as usual without a hint of the hated systemd


what's wrong with job security

Nine floors underground, Oracle's Israel data centre can 'withstand a rocket, a missile or even a car bomb'


yet. over time your enemy will evolve.


Re: can withstand a rocket direct hit

I'd seal off the entrances and the air intakes.

Brit builders merchant Travis Perkins opts for Oracle after ERP disaster with Infor


Never under estimate celllotape and elastic bands.

Or duct tape/gaffers tape.

And for god's sake don't lay off experienced staff part way through the process. Losing hundreds of years, or more, of knowledge will screw you over.

Former SAP leader's lawsuit claims she was canned for pushing corporate diversity


Re: "Nothing to stop them"

There are many things wrong about your comment.

1) You ignore the potential impact of culture. If you are socialized into reading "girlie" things you will. Women who do conform to that standard femininity are often punished for it.

2) In this day of modern equipment there less of a need of muscle mass in construction. But women heavy equipment operators don't seem to be common.

3) You make the assumption that diversity and excellence are at odds with each other. There is no evidence for it. This is a glaring bias.

4) Women forced to take time off is a failure of policy. Bias against people who take time off for family or health reasons is a social problem.

5) IQ tests tend to be biased to upper and upper middle class men as that is who conceived of the concepts in the test and wrote them.

6) Do I need to mention the wage gap? Women are clustered in helping professions which pay less. Meanwhile scams such as investment banking, which produces nothing, are higher paying and male dominated. Preparing the next generation or helping the sick is seen as lesser value.

Anecdote. When I started in the IT and Software at the Uni in the 80's our classes and the first few years after graduation the numbers were close to 50/50 male to female. Something happened to skew the numbers. It wasn't due to lack of ability.

Anecdote: a freind of mine was hired into a company to do GIS development. She had an MS, her name on a couple of papers, wrote several chapters in a text book, and quite frankly was the smartest person in the room. Eventually she was forced into field support and then quit due to being frozen out and given only grunt work to do. I doubt it was due to ability.

Firewalls? Pfft – it's no match for my mighty spares-bin PC


Re: executive assistance can sometimes be a good thing.

IIRC Dilbert once referred to support teams as "Denial of Support Teams". Your issue will be ignored in a random manner.


So basically the conversation should go like this:

You: we need hardware and software for a mission critical reasons.

Manager: oh, we don't have a budget for that.

You: I can lash together something from my personal kit.

Manager: Great!

You: Since it is my kit I'll have to have you sign a contract where you indemnify me and hold me blameless and a monthly lease of BIGNUM money.

Manager: How much money do you need in that budget?

Square-shaped hole in workers' wallets after payment system fails at peak tip time


Re: I never get tired of saying it

"Great, thank you. Saved millions over the years."

Got metrics to prove it?


We're sorry

Square says. Very very sorry. So very sorry. You have our sympathies. SO we're sorry. Saddend, yes we are also saddened. Very saddened.. SO we are sorry. SO very sorry.

It's bizarre we're at a point where reports are written on how human rights trump AI rights


Re: A Fate Destined to Be, or Not To Be Considerably Better than Death ‽

badly written AI comment?


AI rights are property rights'

And far too many peple see property rights trump human rights. At least in the mind of many. It needs to be made clear that Human Rights come first with no half measures.

Technology does widen the education divide. But not always in the way you expect


They went from "tech is fun" to burnt out cubicle worker in about 1 year. So much for getting everyone to program by High School.

Boffins say Martian colonists could pee in buckets, give blood if they want shelter


Re: Crap science and crap science journalism

the best use for human waste is fertilizer


The logistical problem is huge. Assuming the water and other critical materials are found on Mars, there is a boot strap problem.

You need to get enough people, equipment, building materials, etc to Mars to boot strap the process in the in the first place. SO for years you will have to supply the colony long enough to the point where thay can grow enough food, mine enough water, mine enough construction materials, set up workshops and factories so they can repair and/or manufacture all the building materials and machine parts they need to hit the critical self supporting point.

People make is sound so easy; we mine then asteroids, send them to Mars. THen we take the water from the moon ad send it to Mars. We set up a colony and Bingo! We are living on Mars.

We should just sit back and work on transporters ala Star Trek and get those working and and hey! Problem solved ;)


Re: $2M bricks

there's not a construction worker shortage. There's a shortage of workers willing to do the ob for the wages and benefits they are offering.


Where do you get the water for the blood?

OK, so we use bodily fluids. Including blood. Assume we can recapture a fair bit of water from urine or blood, but some will still be contained in the material matrix. It is likely to be bound up for a long time. SO replacement water will be needed from somewhere. Either Martian or from Earthian. so we're basically back to where we started.

AI caramba, those neural networks are power-hungry: Counting the environmental cost of artificial intelligence


Re: Human alternative

But of course the human brain is doing much more than that at any one moment; processing visual light spectrum data, maintaining gase exchange processes, pumpumping and monitoring nutrition and waste products throughout the human, processing sound waves, building planning maps of futures events (I'll get done with this and have then have a pint), etc.

I don't think there is a machine yet that could approach this amount of tasking in 20W. You'd basically have to run a the giant factory with thousands of subsystems 24/7 on 20 watts to match the human brain.


More data !=better models

Dirty and biased data will lead to a bad model. Adding more dirty and biased data does not help at all. Meanwhile a smaller data set of clean and representative data will give better results.

It also looks like they just are discovering the concept of parameter sensitivity analysis. If a parameter doesn't cause an appreciable change to a model either throw it out or stop training it.


Re: "we're not doing enough to make AI more energy efficient"

Most programmers I've met have been really sloppy. Now imagine if you will layers upon layers of sloppy code from firmware level, to frameworks and libraries, to the actual AI implementation...


Re: a hotdog shaped van



Re: machines and entropy

evolution has already optimized Beast Machines

Ghosts in the machine learning pipeline will be impossible to exorcise


Re: For Whenever Taking a Walk on the WWWild Side of Life .......

Upvote this post. If you downvote it you will be teaching to become better. (And that is how you break algorithms and training).

Biggest takeaway from pandemic lockdowns for Microsoft? Teams stopped talking to each other


Re: Worked for us

how did you measure productivity?

Imaginary numbers help AIs solve the very real problem of adversarial imagery


Re: Can't resist...

root out the negativity

Adding AI to everything won't make sense until we can use it for anything


Re: 25 years in IT has made me increasingly cynical about AI ...

Like usuable nuclear fusion, AI has always been 20 year away.


All data suck unless it is carefully reviewed and vetted. Which is impossible. The data stream is hopelessly polluted, once a bad datum enters cleaning the data stream is impossible. This can be unintentional (typos happen), a bug in the system (Buttle can become Tuttle), intentional (I often use false DOB or other information when I am forced to sign up for something) or malicous.

We then use those data to "train" AI. Of course the AI is going to suck. At worst, when used in state security, military, or other life critical applications, it will be deadly.

AI shouldn't be unless 1) it is a non-critical e.g. suggesting movies or 2) in a well constrained environment where data can be vetted, e.g. space exploration.

Remember children, GIGO.

British naval food doesn't look half bad... so we're going to try it out for ourselves


Re: Join The Navy, See The World

Don't forget the fresh fruit every day. WHich can be in short supply on longer cruises.

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


They asked what the user wanted

But didn't ask what needed change or to be taken away.

Bumble fumble: Dude divines definitive location of dating app users despite disguised distances


Re: Tipping point

Given the misogyny in the tech field there going to be a larger overlap between Joe Stalker and Joe Random Hacker than there w/ Joe Average


Re: Optional ize

I tend to keep location turned off except when using a specific app.

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


Re: Only 10% effective?

Or doesn't get reported because they don't trust the cops.

38 million records exposed by misconfigured Microsoft Power Apps. Redmond's advice? RTFM


Re: ""To secure a list, you must configure Table Permissions for the table ..."

That's one of the reasons I like PostgreSQL. It comes out of the box paranoid

So the data centre's 'getting a little hot' – at 57°C, that's quite the understatement


Re: That reminds me...


US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons


Re: Self sustaining

"Operation invade south east asia so they immediately roll over and become Capitalist and return the French their colonies"



You have made 9 volt batteries.


Re: "a key aim of the NIF is researching the design and maintenance of thermonuclear weapons"

More about a massive obsession with over kill. As in "Massive overkill is almost enough". See also Curtis Lemay.


Re: I guessing ...

I think that was in the 1960's

Good news: There's a slightly increased chance of asteroid Bennu hitting Earth. Bad news: It's still really slight


I doubt it. But WiIlly Nelson is certain to be there.

Google: Linux kernel and its toolchains are underinvested by at least 100 engineers


Re: Fool

your statement strikes at the heart of Economics. It creates externalized costs, in other words freeloading which causes most Economic models to fail as it creates an unmeasurable part of the economy. You can't do policy with those models.

It also suppresses wages. I don't care if you are donating part of your wages. But if in the process you you suppress mine I do mind.

On this most auspicious of days, we ask: How many sysadmins does it take to change a lightbulb?


fair question actually

NoSQL Couchbase launches schema-like features to take on the transactional databases of the relational world


We support SQL transactions

Said the NoSQL database vendor.

Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations


Re: As a Californian, all I can sat is "Who cares?".

I hear TX is a libertarians paradise.You might move there. No earthquakes either...

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell


Re: That Meme

Keep them around for a reduction in head count.

Former ad exec sticks Steve Jobs' 1973 job application in a scanner for physical-versus-digital NFT auction


the perception of doing something is of higher value that that of actually doing something. This comment is a perfect example.

You're not imagining it. Amazon and AWS want to hire all your friends, enemies, and everyone in between


Re: "talent Hoover."

Never let morals get in the way of a p3n1s measuring contest (in reference to billionaires in space...)

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse


Aleays remember

agile is an adjective


Re: Empty coffer

though in the US I was paying 25% of my monthly take home pay for health insurance.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast


Re: Or.

Frozen hash browns are filth. If you want potatoes slice and fry the evening before with w/ onions, black pepper, and then salt to taste. Cook to desired crispness. Let the flavors meld over night then heat and serve in the morning. The only sauce they need is the egg yolk.



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