* Posts by cream wobbly

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AI analysis of dinosaur tracks suggests 'predator' may have been a herbivore

cream wobbly

Re: Things that make you go "Hmmmmmmm".

> So what was the "expert" that got it 100% correct that human and machine were judged against?

From TFA:

> The authors warned "it has to be the job of the ichnologist"

It's right there, but let's rephrase so it's clearer: "it has to be the job of the ichnologist *and not the computer scientist or their fancypants script they threw together after lunch*".

I mean, they can't even make an ML algorithm that could replace a Starbuck'ses menu interpreter, never mind someone with years of experience built on decades of expertise. (I could do it in about 100 lines of bash but that's another story.)

To be fair, "ML" (particularly the image recognition part) has its place as a tool *used by* scientists and medical doctors to help highlight anomalies and consistencies. It speeds up the process of turning a hunch into a suspicion. The danger is that their higher ups start trusting sci-fi stories and imagine that they could somehow get rid of the experts.

Tesla recalls 40k cars over patch that broke power steering

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Re: Maybe the roads will last longer

The reason it's easier to turn the wheels when a car is rolling slightly forwards or back is because there's two (or three, or four) tons of steel moving with it. Turning the while while standing still is harder because you're doing all the work. Just because you can't feel it doesn't mean it's not happening. The twist forces on the road surface are the same in either scenario; more likely higher when the car is moving.

This is why cyclists and motorcyclists chow up the road surface and massive lorries don't, but they have to have their stories, don't they?

Twitter begs some staff to come back, says they were laid off accidentally

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Re: Modest proposal.

Do comments on the bottom half of articles count?

Logitech, that canary in PC coal mine, just fell off its perch

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They've been my favourite cheap and basic input device manufacturer but they stopped being cheap and basic.

I had a wireless keyboard + trackpad that was just too frustrating to use with Windows. Couldn't stop the Windows window overview view from taking over the screen randomly when all I was trying to do was look for a movie to play. Part of this is Windows's fault for not allowing the annoyance to be disabled fully, but Logitech's software also wouldn't save settings correctly.

I replaced it with a cheaper and basic-er device from a no-name manufacturer which has fewer problems included in the price.

China dumps dud chips on Russia, Moscow media moans

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Re: It's just words

Yeah but by providing a corrupt, backward, low quality economy with faulty hardware, China *is* crushing corruption, modernizing its economy, and focusing only on quality development of world-leading products. Plus, when Russia falls and is partitioned out by the UN after the war crimes tribunal in Kyiv, China will grab some territory.

Senior engineer reported to management for failing to fix a stapler

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Yes, it's also called "Permaramp" which kinda hints that it's intended to be bolted down. The spec was for a mobile ramp. (Presumably because it intrudes into work space.)

Building something that has to be self-supporting takes quite a lot more engineering.

I expect most of the cost is in certification. Workplace insurance would skyrocket (scuse the pun) if an uncertified piece of mobile safety equipment was installed.

You and your "£2500? I could do it for less!" it's exactly how managers end up outsourcing or "clouding" for bullshit reasons. You're not looking at the total costs, just the one line item.

SpaceX reportedly fed up with providing free Starlink to Ukraine

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missed the point

Here's another scenario that Musk has turned into begging for *corporate welfare*. It was an obvious bait-and-switch the moment he announced it. Every single one of his projects depends completely on government payouts. When he doesn't get them, the company is shut down, or greatly reduced to fit the size of the payout. Essentially the entire business model is to snag investment from schmucks, and the biggest rubes are a) in government spending other people's money, and b) shareholders gambling on the economy.

He keeps telling us he's the smartest guy on the planet, and reading most of these bickering comments about how "it's hard" and "charity", he's not far off.

Canonical displays controversial 'ad' in shell update prog

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uh, no

It is advertising, exactly.

Just because it's free doesn't mean it's not drawing attention to a service. If it were a free to play game for Android, would you say it wasn't advertising? Or a political candidate?

It's like those foreign kids knocking on my door debating the meaning of "NO SOLICITING". They're not selling anything, promise! It's just a free assessment to see how much I'd save with solar! So, exactly like soliciting, then.

Same here with advertising. There's no debate, don't give them a break.

Per Oxford: https://www.oed.com/view/Entry/2975

4. a. transitive. To make generally known by means of an announcement in a public medium; spec. (a) to publish information about (a person (now rare), thing, circumstance, or event) so as to attract public attention; (b) to describe or present (a product, service, or the like) in order to promote sales. Frequently with by, in, on the medium specified (as a journal, radio, television, etc.). (Now the most common sense.)

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain

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Re: Glad they didn't overthink the process....

The Presidential model follows the goals of a Monarchy in a functioning democracy, but rejects the idea of hereditary rule. Why do you think that's "far worse"?

The US has Trump for 4 years, (and though it pains me to say it), possibly 8. Big Liz the Deuce has been God-King-and-slaveowner for the better part of seven decades. At least her powers are largely ceremonial, but that's only a "Gentleman's agreement": a future monarch could quite easily restructure Parliament and the Courts on a whim, or dismiss them entirely.

In the US, allegiance is sworn to the Flag of the US. In the UK, it's to the Monarch.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

...and there's no "minimum speed 20mph" to catch the "offender" doing 15 in a 30 zone. Just a bunch of uptight lizards who don't enjoy driving anyway and should take the bus which they actually do since they bought their ComboverUtilityVehicle.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

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In context of a domain mismatch...

"I'll use a URL shortener - that's sure to clear things up!"

Apple's latest keyboard travels back in time to when they weren't crap

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Re: All hail the new MacBook Pro

I never had to replace a powerbook or ibook keyboard, but I knew I could do so very easily.

I had to replace a Macbook keyboard once. It took about 50-60 screws the size of those tiny ants, and a complete teardown. The only thing that didn't get hauled out of the case was the screen itself.

I had to replace a Macbook pro keyboard once. It took more like 80 screws, even smaller than ants. Same story with the teardown.

I have another one to do. I've been putting it off about 6 months because I need new glasses.

It'd be lovely if Apple made it so their PCs didn't require an electron microscope to do basic repairs of things that commonly fail, like keyboards.

cream wobbly

Oh great... another broken keyboard

I've replaced plenty too many of these scissor-style keyboards. At least they only fail as often as their optical drives...

You know the President is able to shut down all US comms, yeah? An FCC commish wants to stop him from doing that

cream wobbly

Re: The ultimate authority

Democracy, obviously.

We tried that. But Athens only practised it for a few decades before collapsing.

So... "Communism, obviously" then?

Same story. Every time someone tries it, you get some pudgy kid in charge spoiling it for everyone else.

Our best bet is a broken, yet resilient system; by which I mean something that is self-correcting. We've yet to discover what that is, but despite the current look of the thing, the American experiment of three bodies of government isn't faring too badly, even with Russian mobsters running rampant.

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project

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Back when the internet was good as well...

Who's that padding down the chimney? It's Puma, with its weird £80 socks for gamers

cream wobbly

Re: £80 for a pair of socks?

Still, forty quid a slipper seems a touch outrageous.

They just want to sell cheapened racing driver / climbing shoes for the same money.

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert

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Re: Lexus 430

There weren't that many cars in Blade Runner...

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Units, you nits

"a 24-inch display that would provide directions and local information, and a 165cm by 92.8cm LCD display "

Can I have that in furlongs, please?

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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Re: That's some printer there

You could add a combined 1a and 2a that people don't do a very good job of domestic medium- and long-term spending; either with the purchase itself (e.g. spending tens of thousands more on a car because it has better cupholders, radio, and never-used AWD; buying a house for cheap fitted furniture, fitted cheaply, and occasional rooms that become used as indoor sheds), or with the terms of the loan to enable the purchase.

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk

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Re: Oh, the joys

You got yourself 6 downvotes from old lady merkins!

cream wobbly

Re: Oh, the joys

Some drives supported loading the tray as well, so you could just run an "uneject" in a constant loop.

Open tray, put CD... zzzwwkdk damn

Open tray, put CD... zzzwwkdk dammit!

opentrayputcdin... zzzzww DAMN YOU! wwkdk

Open tray. ... zzzwwkdk

Open tray ... zzzwwkdk

ps auxw | grep eject


cream wobbly

Re: Oh, the joys

It's not as though you'd run a key logger. Nobody used passwords so there were none to steal, and consequently you get get into anyone's email to discover what they'd been writing. Or you could >ahem< send something on their behalf.

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras

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Black Helicopters

Re: Great

Maybe you will be lucky and the Tesla software will incorrectly classify you as a large inanimate object and see you as an obstacle to avoid...

I don't know where you get the idea that Tezzler's software wants to avoid large inanimate objects. All it does is follow the clearest lane markings. It's a slightly clever lane departure warning feedback system. It's not really engineered for other types of accident avoidance.

Here's me berating you for not stopping before you got to the unnecessary bit, and there I go and do it. I should've said:

It's not really engineered.

There. I'm happy now.

If you're going to exploit work's infrastructure to torrent, you better damn well know how to hide it

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Re: The sly devil

Yeah, not least because that was easy to put up front - book a "dental appointment" or something and stick it on the works calendar. Cancel it at the last minute if you have to.

That's not long division, Timmy! China school experimented on pupils with mind-reading tech

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Troublesome questions from pupils more intelligent than your below-minimum wage teaching interns who couldn't get a job flipping burgers? Easy! Just provide "evidence" of ADHD and have them evaluated by a friendly druggist, who will dutifully put the American on a lifetime of dependency, and if they try to wean themselves off it, risk being inserted into the -to-prison part of the pipeline?

Give me the headbands!

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Re: They care about it but do not take it as snark, they take it literally, something to be followed

Um. You're responding to this snark: "Jeez, 1984 wasn't a manual, guys!"

and saying they don't take it as snark, but literally.

Like this: "Oh, it wasn't a manual for guys? We'll use it on gals then!"

Well done.

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen

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Re: Where were you 20 years ago?

Newly minted with a BSc, planning our slightly late upgrades from 6.4 to 6.5.

cream wobbly

Re: On-call???

Well if you're somewhere north of competent, you have to grow some strong nerves and thick skin, or how do you get the "quick question" people off your back to be able to do your own job instead of the one you were promoted from?

cream wobbly

Re: Overtime

I fill in a weekly time card, which is all about accurate charging. It doesn't allow me to put in more than 40 hours per week. It also complains profusely if I put in less.

A colleague at my first IT job opined that timesheets are a work of fiction.

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months

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Re: Tie in all your services

The rest of the rhyme is particularly applicable, as a sort of mythological bait-and-switch.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, [Books! get yer luvverly books!]

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, [We do CDs and stuff now]

Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, [You want handbags? Socks? Johnnies? Bikes?]

One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne [I've got mine]

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. [speaking of lie...]

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all [the mall, haha] and in the darkness bind them [mushrooms...]

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. [I heard you the first time]

Remember that competition for non-hoodie hacker pics? Here's their best entries

cream wobbly

Re: Creating a politically correct stereotype proved daunting - too daunting, in fact.

"I think they will want to redesign Santa Claus next..."

You mean he shouldn't be that one-eyed God riding an eight legged horse getting all up in your dreams?

Or did you mean one of the later iterations of Lord Winter?

cream wobbly

Re: Creating a politically correct stereotype proved daunting - too daunting, in fact.

"Trying to make them "politically correct" it's obviously a task doomed to fail."

Since political correctness just means respectful behavior, what are you saying? Oh, you're saying:

"Trying to make them "respectful" it's obviously a task doomed to fail."

Can we not do this, please? Making something respectful really isn't hard.

cream wobbly

Re: "you all love to hate"

I like the concept of doing down the pub... At least my time there will be more productive than this sorry lot we were asked to look at today.

But here's the thing: The Matrix was one of the first pieces of popular culture that portrayed modern hacking with any remote semblance of accuracy. (Sure, sure, wardialling, and all that, but that was just phreaking.) It was still pretty poor but at least it wasn't a completely made-up interface. More recent examples have either been factual (Zero Day) therefore dull as beans, or trying too hard to make the act of hacking itself almost a character in itself (some BBC thing I can't remember the name of after reading about it just a few moments ago); therefore ... oh dear - also dull as beans.

So quite honestly, I don't mind if they continue using those green phosphor backwards kanji waterfalls. At least it's from an exciting movie that references something that references something something something.

But give me a break on the hoodies. I hate wearing hoodies.

cream wobbly

Re: Not a very strong lineup

Nah, the "my other computer" one is making a clever point, but it's still that kid off War Games. Can we not do the War Games / "script kiddie" reference?

The last one I have to guess was added for shaming purposes only. Disembodied feet and (what is that supposed to be? a what? okay, so disembodied black people's feet and ...) landmines! It took a genius, I guess.

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Re: re: As he found out they are a pain in the fucking arse.

Aren't you the party pooper?

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Re: Damning...

He would need to ask his mob owners first if he wanted to resign, and I bet he wouldn't want to go to see them anticipating a nice bit of Po tea.

cream wobbly

Re: Damning...

Yeah but can we outlaw him? (Which means remove from the protections of the law, so you could, if you were so inclined, remove certain bits without legal repercussion.)

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

cream wobbly

Re: "productivity, employee morale and retention"

There's also the fact that many of the the game dev founders, like Houser himself, started out in the bedroom dev days where they worked every waking hour with their face glued to a 14" TV, (stock still so they didn't get RAM-pack wobble).

What they don't see is that for most of their team these days, it's a job, not a lifestyle, but their only friends are also in the same lifestyle, so they don't see a problem with it. "If you don't want to live the lifestyle", they think, "you picked the wrong career".

Junior doctors work shorter hours, get paid more, and they're saving lives...

*ETA - sorry, Houser wasn't a game dev until 1999. A mere spratling.

cream wobbly

Re: "productivity, employee morale and retention"

It shows, too. I haven't bought a game in decades (plural! count 'em!), specifically because game mechanics are formulaic and offer nothing new.

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

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And to the point of the chap who started this thread with "my excuse", the difference is that a qualified GP will interpret the results differently from a casual googler. It's really not an excuse, it's an explanation. I'm not going to stop it because it works well.

* I peanut butter it for management with "consulting Stack Exchange", because that's where most of the useful results come from.

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics

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Re: A more realistic image...

See, you said "still addicted". Just as there are newer games to be addicted to, there are newer nephews to addict.

cream wobbly

Re: A more realistic image...

......fellow kids!

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Re: Wish I would wear a hoodie at work

1995? Is that back when he wasn't a steaming racist eugenicist? (Or at least before it was generally known...?)

Blackburn ain't big enough for the both of us: Mr Creamy and Mr Whippy at the centre of new ice-cream war

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Re: 30 mph?

Thing is, they don't use English measures en angleterre, they use Imperial. Americans use English units. This is why Americans have pint sized gallons, although interestingly a floz is near enough that baking recipes don't care. Both use the French billion - although they were exported at different points in history so they're off by a millionth of a milliard.

Imagine an Upside Down world where a vastly inferior OS went on to dominate... Stranger Things have happened

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The plot was good TV. The character development? Well I wish they hadn't made them all shouty and "conflict"-y. Gave me a headache, that did.

Now I'm nostalic for series 1 and 2...

Dev darling Docker embraces Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

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Re: "...obvious risks for the future of the Windows side"

... which pathetically, can be enumerated as follows: native AD and CIFS support, de facto office applications, iPod telephone support.

Is it worth the risk of such a broad attack surface?

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

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Re: Hire immediately

I cannot think of a single more fitting, nor more horrifying punishment.

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Re: Hire immediately

Mental? I'm completely off my rocker and I didn't get it.

Planes, fails and automobiles: Overseas callout saved by gentle thrust of server CD tray

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These days? There was iLO and its ilk, there was always mounting the ISO or even the physcial media drive. This was an abject failure of telling the boss "no I work in an IT organization".

Uh-oh .io: Question mark hangs over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover

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Because the payment has ... accpired ... I guess?