* Posts by John Miles

437 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Jan 2007


AI might be coming for your job, but Sam Altman can't go on dinner dates anymore

John Miles

I suspect they will replace me with AI successfully

about the same time as I have any sympathy for Sam Altman about any of his job related issues.

What's with AI boffins strapping GoPros to toddlers? We take a closer look

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Re: Yeah that is bound to work

Speaking of the good old days - I can relate to this

Tesla devotee tests Cybertruck safety with his own finger – and fails

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Re: Can only be closed by the button or an app on the phone?

Funny enough you can open some BMWs boots/trunks that way (well almost) - part of the comfort access has a sensor under the rear bumper, wave your foot there (with key in close proximity) and it will open

Musk axes two more senior Tesla leaders, guts public policy team – report

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Re: Strategy has worked so well at Xitter

There maybe a case of both defying and showing off happening. As to the unhealthy - it's not healthy for a company to lose such key parts.

Tesla misses the mark on all fronts in quarter of chaos

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Re: Dominate

A touchscreen isn't a problem for doing things when the car is stationary, e.g. configuring settings, checking service dates etc. For doing anything when driving no I don't want to use it either.

As for range - cars have significantly improved in efficiency since I brought my first one - I suspect we'll see similar improvements in EV over the next decade.

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Re: Dominate

Yes the long journeys and those without suitable off street parking are waiting for the "quick and ubiquitous charging stations"

But for families with two cars available and suitable parking - having an EV instead of a small petrol/gas for local runs is a something to consider

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Re: Dominate

One advantage of an EV - no particulate filter or issues with short journeys where engine doesn't have chance to warm up.

I'm not sure we necessary need EVs to match current vehicle's range, just have a reasonable range and quick and ubiquitous charging stations.

I'm looking at a new EV similar to my current car - range is about 50% of my current one, but that just means need to recharge every week rather than visit fuel station every two weeks (I'd much rather just plug in at home rather than visit fuel station)

BOFH: Smells like Teams spirit

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I've stopped replying (or at most send question mark back) to most people until they've asked the question

Musk moves Tesla's goalposts, investors happily move shares higher

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Re: My Bullshit Meter Just Exploded

Or at least some people believe others will believe him so the greater fool game can continue.

If Britain is so bothered by China, why do these .gov.uk sites use Chinese ad brokers?

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Re: They were not worried, absent any evidence

and in the news today - Four injured after runaway military horses bolted in central London (hope all are recovering)

Copilot auto-launch bug now takes flight in multiple Windows Insider channels

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AI following Sci-Fi

I don't want to worry anyone. but it sounds like Clippy has got Ideas from Star Trek - the one where The Ultimate Computer decides not accept being shutdown

US Air Force says AI-controlled F-16 fighter jet has been dogfighting with humans

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Re: war still primarily consists of human attrition one way or another until one side gives up.?

Star Trek also gives us a few examples of where AI warfare may lead

Prototype (Star Trek: Voyager) (When the two planets called a truce and attempted to terminate the robots, the robots destroyed their creators out of self-preservation and continued their war)

The Arsenal of Freedom (Star Trek: The Next Generation) - When a weapon sales AI doesn't take "no thanks" for an answer

and The Doomsday Machine (Star Trek: The Original Series)

Torvalds intentionally complicates his use of indentation in Linux Kconfig

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Re: Semicolons and curly braces, forever.

Most Editors and IDEs I've used have a view "White Space Option" or similar, in Notepad++ go to "View -> Show Symbol -> Show Space and Tab", normally they'll be shown as a dot for space and arrow for a tab

CISA in a flap as Chirp smart door locks can be trivially unlocked remotely

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Re: I actually wouldn't worry all that much about this

The sad fact is this has been going on for at least 12 years - back in 2012 it was BMWs going awol, if you got access to the inside of the car you could plug into the ODBC and program car to accept another key pretty quick. A particular weakness was for right had drive vehicles where the alarm sensors didn't cover the area around the port or drivers window and putting a screwdriver in the lock and twisting it hard would wind the windows down - so easy access.

Feline firewall woke developer to declaw DDoS disaster

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Re: Vardøgr

What you were hearing from FM radio was the pulses of signal the phone uses for talking to the tower, these will be picked up by the audio circuits and amplified - giving the noise you expect. Phone signal strength has reduced as technology improves and new radios are better designed to reject the noise

Cat's hear frequencies well above humans - it is likely when screen switches on it will make noise the cat hears we don't or may just be the light flashing

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Cat's mind

Magic box that slave seems to think of even above me has made a noise, probably set to remind him to feed me and he's missed it - try waking him gently so he remembers to feed me.

Alternative - drat magic box woke him from my mind control experiments, though I'm losing faith there is a mind to control.

Post Office slapped down for late disclosure of documents in Horizon scandal inquiry

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Re: her credibility for preaching & giving sermons on Christian values

She'll fit right in with a lot of top clergy, same mode of operation - demonise the victims and those who dare stand against the church to keep the flock in line, then protect the guilty at all costs.

Tech titans assemble to decide which jobs AI should cut first

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Re: AI actually does anything properly

AI aka. Machine learning, has been doing things properly for quite a while - but they've been focused on one thing to aid rather than replace workers - then along came ChatGPT and the mba's hallucinations of computers replacing everyone started.

Execs in Japan busted for winning dev bids then outsourcing to North Koreans

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He was working for Verizon - article:Security audit finds dev outsourced his job to China to goof off at work

Sounds like he was doing a better job at getting quality work than most Outsourced stuff I've seen

Uncle Sam's had it up to here with 'unforgivable' SQL injection flaws

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Re: Coders vs Developers

and when you have them trained use parameterized statements, next thing you find is they are building xml/json by string concatenation (though I suppose should give them marks for using string builders) and passing those in as a string to stored procedure and processing that in the proc.

Security is hard because it has to be right all the time? Yeah, like everything else

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Re: I disagree - a reliability incident is temporary, a security incident is permanent

Reliability issues will generally have users complaining (though not always), you can even automatically monitor system and have it email when things go wrong, running late etc.

Security issues will generally only have people complaining when the attacker makes a move at which point it is too late. For security you can't let your guard down, you need to monitor logs and ensure the system logs them, look for the unexpected/out of place and verify them.

But above all for security you need people who understand how things work in depth and not just following a script.

Are you ready to back up your AI chatbot's promises? You'd better be

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Being pedantic

I'd expect the computer to calculate "£500 * 20 / 1+(20/100)" to be £10,000.20

ANZ Bank test drives GitHub Copilot – and finds AI does give a helping hand

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They'd like people to infer there is that there is a 40% improvement - but that would suggest coding is analogous to "short algorithmic coding challenges" that have been done before and consumed by the LLM.

Then there is the fewer code-smells issues, that suggests they aren't using code scanning tools in IDE or CI/CD pipelines (or ignoring them) which would highlight such things.

Developer's default setting created turbulence in the flight simulator

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May have been, my memory is a little hazy half a century later

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For those who confused because they didn't spend Saturday mornings in 70s watch wrestling on ITV - Shirley Crabtree

We put salt in our tea so you don't have to

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I did know someone that would sprinkle salt in his tea - he said it made it taste sweeter, but there was lots of bemused looks around the table the first time we saw it happen.

I didn't verify whether that was true as I can't stand Tea.

The Post Office systems scandal demands a critical response

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Re: It's still happening

I'm not sure it is a modern myth - I was told by by a manger that nearly 40 years ago, needless to say when he was let go by his employer a few decades later he never found anything comparable

UK public sector could save £20B by swerving mega-projects and more, claims chief auditor

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Re: A plan to

Well if HMG went and started using competent companies it would make the auditors work look unnecessary

Microsoft pulls the plug on WordPad, the world's least favorite text editor

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Re: Word Processor?

Its predecessor, Write would not only open binary file, but it would save them again - there was a trick where you could load the Flying Windows Screen Saver, change the windows symbol character and save it again - then have whatever wingdings character you wanted flying at you

How the Xbox Series X fridge chilled our holiday spirits

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Re: Thermoelectric fridges

and after many hours on CAD/Modelling system, several redesigns to make it printable and test prints to only realise you've overlooked something - you decide to start something else

Navigating the truth maze in a world of clever machines and cleverer marketers

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Re: Truth is a function of time

I suspect it will be here to stay but, like a lot of hyped things, not in the ways it is being hyped - e.g. I don't recall Java being thought of as a back-end language when it hit hype mill - more an applet language which would change the way we saw applications

How do you teach a robot dog new tricks? Throw it a string of hex, a crayon, and a canvas

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Re: when somebody shows her an XY plotter.

or even an XYZ plotter - i.e. 3D printer

Here's who thinks AI chatbots will eventually be smart enough to be your coworker

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Re: wasting an enormeous amount of time with meetings-that-should-really-be-emails.

Now add wasting time with emails that shouldn't exist or at very least to much more focused recipient lists.

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I guess someone has met some of my co-workers

as I think chatbots of last decade can be more useful than them

Infosys loses ten-year, $1.5 billion contract announced just three months ago

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Re: They might as well give the contract to Timmy.

Is that Timmy from the Famous Five, i.e. the dog - probably do less harm

Windows 12: Savior of PC makers, or just an apology for Windows 11?

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Re: Why the hell does a TV need anything related to AI?

So it can automatically skip/hide adverts - though I doubt they go for that

BOFH: The Christmas party was so good, an independent inquiry is required

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Re: Three point one pints please

It's called plausible deniability - we thought we'd ordered enough for people to relax not get rat-a****d, but it looks like someone forgot to convert percentages to a fraction

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Re: Three point one pints please

Lets see - 20 people, 2 glasses of wine each average and 5 glasses of wine per bottle - so that is 40% * 20 = 800 bottles

similarly 20 people, 3 pints - 60 pints or approx 50% * keg

Something nasty injected login-stealing JavaScript into 50K online banking sessions

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HSBC - despite the logon always encouraging the changeover

There was a tick box available the other day to say don't show this again (I don't recall that before)

Japanese brewery using generative AI to dream up new beverages

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Soon it will be a Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser

Made by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation - just make sure you don't use it to make Tea when visiting Magrathea

'Wobbly spacetime' is latest stab at unifying physics

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TODO found in universe source code

Fix discrepancy between quantum mechanics and general relativity before any species evolve sufficiently to detect it

40 years of Turbo Pascal, the coding dinosaur that revolutionized IDEs

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Re: It forces the developer to start with the UI.

Believe me, some developers will still try and force something completely different and incompatible into the mix, I've had to fix Delphi Apps where they started with a state machine and hammered the UI onto, rather than use natural state flow a Delphi UI would give you.

Elon is the bakery owner swearing in the street about Yelp critics canceling him

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Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells on Wiki, though I would normally expect the stereo-typical "Disgusted" to be writing to complain about Musk's profanities

AI threatens to automate away the clergy

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Re: that would be evidence enough for me

Or maybe evidence things like transporters and replicators or even just holodeck technologies from Star Trek were real.

I'm not sure there is anything that could prove the entity demonstrating they were God couldn't be they just have very much more advanced technology available to them.

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Musk relocates Xitter HQ to Mars

and goes himself, offering free trips to anyone paying for Blue check marks

Attack on direct debit provider London & Zurich leaves customers with 6-figure backlogs

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Judging from FAQs linked

They don't know if any the customer's customers data has been accessed

Suits ignored IT's warnings, so the tech team went for the neck

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Re: I can remember SuperCalc!

I can recall rebooting PC because I could workout how to exit Supercalc

Major telco outage leaves millions of Australians disconnected

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Not quite to same scale

But there was a school in UK shut because their internet was down and it took everything needed to operate safely, including fire alarms, out

BBC Link

Shock horror – and there goes the network neighborhood

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Re: The secret to successful lying to to make yourself look at complete idiot.

Once had a discussion with a supervisor about the difficulty in sacking someone who was very unreliable. He'd put stuff on his self certificated sick form like "had to go shopping", "couldn't get be bothered to get up" - for a while it worked as Personnel said we can't sack him as is obviously isn't firing on all cylinders, he was eventually dismissed.