* Posts by sgp

244 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jan 2015


Indian telecoms leaps from 2G, to 4G, to 6G – on a single day


Re: 6G may be

With 6G we will finally get those remote surgeries which were mentioned (with a straight face) as a reason why we needed 5G.

No, GPT-4 cannot get a computer science degree at MIT


The potential benefit is time saving: it writes eloquent text and it can write working code. But that of course only works if the user actually understands the outputs. So a "prompt engineer" role will never exist. Apart from that, the big question remains if the time saved outweigh the massive cost.

Google Lens now can spot problematic skin spots, or not


To summarize

• It will unnecessarily make users panic.

• It will falsely reassure users that have a valid reason to worry.

• Google will add health related data to the profile they have on you.

What an amazingly evil product.

GitHub accused of varying Copilot output to avoid copyright allegations


Because hype

Man sues OpenAI claiming ChatGPT 'hallucination' said he embezzled money


A good outcome

Would be an obligation for bots to start every paragraph with the words "this may or may not be true, i have no way of knowing". That way it's easily spotted in the "journalism" of the lazy reporter class. It would also clearly lay the blame with the reporter who decides to remove that phrase. And it would also make it clear to the believers that the technology is a bullshit generator with a good accuracy rate.

The FBI as advanced persistent threat – and what to do about it


Re: Assigning Traffic To A Real Person Can Be Made Difficult.....

In a whole lot of countries you cannot buy a sim card without registering your identity.

Gartner: Stop worrying and love the cloud, with all its outages and lock-in


Re: why does ANYONE listen to these morons?!

That's the magic part of the magic quadrant. All rankings based on payments.

'Top three Balkans drug kingpins' arrested after cops crack their Sky ECC chats


Great, so that's the drugs problem fixed then.

Microsoft can't stop injecting Copilot AI into every corner of its app empire


Re: “Everyone gets a bot”

Exactly, much better to rent it from one of the poor souls who didn't get that advice.

Streaming apps – and maybe even Cloud PCs – coming to electric cars


Re: "subscriptions that enhance the EV experience"

You're okay with having heated seats that do not heat only because BMW are greedy bastards? Weird.

Microsoft's Garage band offers album of experimental Excel jazz


Re: They keep tinkering around the edges with new features....

But that really is no excuse why when entering 0110 in a column that you have given data type text, it converts it to a number.

IBM shrinks z16 and LinuxONE systems into standard rack configs


They will happily license you a lift if you fork out enough dough.

Euro privacy regulators sniff Italy's ChatGPT ban, consider a pizza the action


Re: Extreme Right or Left Politicians...

You might want to read up on Giorgia Meloni

Google halts purge of legacy ad blockers and other Chrome Extensions, again


Re: user scripts, which allow the execution of arbitrary JavaScript

Indeed, I had a few of those that got rid of css paywalls.

Ex-politico turned Meta hype man brands Metaverse 'new heart of computing'


Gartner forecasts that by 2026, 25 percent of the world will spend an hour a day in this virtual world.

When was the last time they got something right?

Microsoft promises it's made Teams less confusing and resource hungry


Re: Basic UX problems

Cmd shift H

Microsoft scrambles to fix Windows 11 'aCropalypse' privacy-battering bug


Re: It beggers belief...

In Word (and PowerPoint) you are supposed to use the compress pictures tool to remove cropped parts and size them down. I actually find this useful in a text editor because it allows you to revert the crop or resize the images before finalizing the document. You can always use an image editor of course.

With respect to the first part of your comment, 100% agree.

No reliable way to detect AI-generated text, boffins sigh


Re: Just check the commas

Yes,,,,,, it's quite the conundrum.

Acer pedals into e-cycle market with AI and big data in its basket


Re: A computer IN a bike?

Your bicycle will now be out-of-support in about 2 years.

"Pedals away on his 40 year old Panasonic.".

German political parties accused of microtargeting voters on Facebook


It's no different than giving a speech in a youth community center promising this and that for young people and on the same day promising so and so for pensioners in whatever place they gather. It's a trick as old as politics itself.

Alarming: Tesla lawsuit claims collision monitoring system is faulty


Re: VW too

I had an Mk8 Golf that would slam on the brakes at the curved exit of a tunnel every single time. Turned it off as it scared the hell out of me.

Now collapsed SVB's parent files for bankruptcy as Biden calls for stiffer penalties


Re: too lazy to look

That's what Dodd-Frank did in 2010. However it was substantially reverted in 2018 under the orange clown.


Re: De ja Vue

They had no one in charge of risks for the better part of last year. They had no diversification. They did not have to invest everything into 10 year bonds. But they did because of greed. And this is the result.

Cancer patient sues hospital after ransomware gang leaks her nude medical photos



Why do you keep records on 75000 patients? There aren't 75000 patients currently undergoing treatment, are there?

Microsoft: Patch this severe Outlook bug that Russian miscreants exploited


Re: Crap Software R Us

Well a swiss cheese is a fine security model as long as the holes don't match up. Do you mean a certain swiss bank maybe?

The UK's bad encryption law can't withstand global contempt


Re: I'm more than happy for my encryption to rendered useless...

We will cut off your Johnson, we're nihilists.

Microsoft to snatch Visio app away from iOS users this summer


It's downright expense for it's limited features.

Great Graph Database Debate: Abandoning the relational model is 'reinventing the wheel'


Re: He lost me.

The same is true of unix (like) systems. The idea is that each component of that system does one thing (well). If you think of the relational database as a system of components, it's entirely the same thing. In 20 years time, graph db systems will be full of technical debt and features that almost nobody uses (anymore). But why should you care about this? This is the same kind of reasoning that leads to so many new programming languages while the same kind of features can be added to existing ones.


Except that it isn't. In your example, why would you not be able to tweak your query to not include the 9 million rows that are not needed? What kind of cost do you think is associated with that?


It's a bit of a moot argument. If you stick to the basics, relational data modelling really isn't that hard. If you can't deliver, it's probably because what you are designing is way too complex and you need an expert anyway.

Sick of smudges on your car's enormo touchscreen? GM patents potential cure


Re: Patents

If it's a land rover you're talking about, can't be worse than the ford puma disaster.

Adobe's $20b buy of Figma in crosshairs of Europe's antitrust cops


Re: if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em

It really is a nice piece of software. Ready to be butchered by Adobe.


Dylan Field would like this deal to go through and then never have to work another day in his life. Which is fine for him but also makes it clear we should not believe a word from what he is saying.

Chipmakers threaten to defect to US, EU if UK doesn't get its semiconductor plans sorted


Re: Clarksons Farm

Ever been to a hospital? Noticed how all nurses doing hard work, crappy hours, [in] nasty conditions were male?


Microsoft promises smaller Windows 11 updates with UUP – but there's a catch


I tend not to judge people by what they choose to wear. Ever seen pictures of Richard Stallman?

Intel wants another €3.2b from German gov for Magdeburg mega fab


Re: @AC

As we have so many options outside of China?

Fast-evolving Prilex POS malware can block contactless payments


Cutting the antenna loop as opposed to just disabling contactless payments on your online banking portal? Who are you, James Bond?

After less than half a year, Intel quietly kills RISC-V dev environment


6 months

Who do they think they are? Google?

WAN router IP address change blamed for global Microsoft 365 outage


Re: Waffle

Lessons were learned.

Staff was replaced.

Memory safety is the new black, fashionable and fit for any occasion


Re: Wrong

Then it should have been rejected.

Tesla eyes Nevada for Semi electric truck plant, battery factory


Re: "Center placement of the driver's seat"

The only explanation is "because they had that in Thunderbirds".

Tone deaf? Microsoft must have booked Sting for Davos because he's a good singer


Re: Jeez, this is just cringeworthy!

You expected a creative choice? From the c-level?

Self-driving car computers may be 'as bad' for emissions as datacenters


Re: Our potential future is a carbon-heavy one

Anyone who argues that there's a way in which a 1500+ Kg metal box that is used to move one person around is not detrimental to our climate, environment, safety, public finances really should come to terms with reality.

NASA overspent $15m on Oracle software because it was afraid an audit could cost more


The only organizations I know that use it are governments. Go figure.

Microsoft to move some Teams features to more costly 'Premium' edition


This "perceived" integration is a big selling point, yes. Until you realize just how badly the different products integrate. Maybe because none of them appear to be properly designed, but look more like an interns project that then got bombarded to primetime because it resembles a bad copy of a popular tool.

US schools sue Meta, Google and friends over 'youth mental health crisis'


Re: Multiple responsables

Oh so now you suddenly work there? How about sticking to the argument.


Re: Multiple responsables

This argument always pops up whenever such a scheme is proposed and it has been debunked so many times. Just stop already.

Qualcomm, Bullitt unveil satellite messaging for phones at CES


These subscription costs are below Garmin Inreach or Spot. But I suppose the crowds for those won't switch to fragile smartphones.

Adobe will use your work to train its AI algorithms unless you opt out


I'm sure there's a language in which Adobe means pure evil.

Rate of disruptive tech and science discoveries has slowed over the decades, claims study


Re: Reality check

Plus all the universities wanting to secure a better spot on some arbitrary ranking based on amount of papers produced.