* Posts by MaddMatt

16 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Jul 2015

Tesla's Cybertruck may not be so stainless after all


Re: Stainless?

A good pint. Or to point out what I was told asking the question as a child - Stainless is two words. It doesn't mean that it will be stain free, rather that it will Stain Less than normal steel and other materials. But it will still stain (and corrode depending on how it is composed. handled, used, what it comes into contact with, etc.).

Restaurant hired 'priest' to extract workplace confessions from staff


Re: Priest For Hire

In Other Words:

"He's making it up"

Or his own church


Is Neuralink ready for human brain implants? Allegedly so


Re: MoreLeft Pondian references

Just gave me the surreal image (a bit like the valve logo) but of a head with a coin slot...


MoreLeft Pondian references

As a supporter of the official Reg Standards, i have one issue with this article:

WTF is a Quarter - no idea how big this is, not i suspect to anyone not Left-Pondian.

If we are talking length - then Linguini or something more universal is there for the using. Area is an issue though a the Nano Wales is a little too large still.

How about the Pepperoni - specifically the one typically on frozen pizza - about 30mm across. (or an inch and a bit in good old British Imperial units - thanks to the US for maintaining the last bit of our empire).

(Edited to remove typos)

RIP Gordon Moore: Intel co-founder dies, aged 94


Re: Has anyone ever wondered

“There were more old people. The world was full of them,' said the wizard.

'Yes, I know. And now it's full of young people. Funny, really. I mean, you'd expect it to be the other way round.”

― Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

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


The Function to remove the cropped out portions of "cropped" images still exists - "Compress Pictures" on the picture format ribbon. Has anyone checked it works as intended?

Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed


I think it lacks proper training data

I suggest we point it to all of Amanfrommars's posts and see what happens to its replies.


Prove its not yet fit for real work (it isn't, for those who haven't realised this yet) and persuade it to start telling people that, for example, the team who are responsible for it are a secret society planning to disrupt world stability by manipulating the content of the web.

Humans strike back at Go-playing AI systems


Reminded me of this one


Take the blue pill: Keanu Reeves has had enough of AI baloney



Contrast with the Butlerian Jihad in the Dune series: the prohibition "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind,"

There was a general distrust of Computers (electronic brains) in the 50s/60s and a lot of Sci-Fi painted it as anti human.

Used to be amusing - now looks a bit more prophetic.

What's up with IT, Doc? Rabbit hole reveals cause of outage


D*mned Wabbit

Happened to me quite a while ago

Mid game on a ZX spectrum on the family TV (with the speccy on the floor in front)

Sisters pet rabbit lopes past, sniffs the (low voltage) cable near the back of the computer, and then snips through it and buggers off.

It looked like some reflex to do with clearing roots - it tried to toss the wire away before leaving.

I did get to add an on-off switch at the cut -something which the ZX range was missing.

Surely you can't be serious: Airbus close to landing fully automated passenger jets


Re: Just one question...

I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

Twitter set for more layoffs as Musk mulls next move


Re: Closed my twitter account today

Dont forget to mention the Diesel emissions scandal...

Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?



I think the steamnote is a little incorrect.

The regulator is a throttle, you open and close it to control engine speed overall.

The description in the steam note relates to the Valves, opening for a short time, determined on some engines by a variable cutoff adjustment (e.g. a great big lever on a steam locomotive).

This then allows the steam to expand, expending its energy pushing down the piston.

Brit 'naut Tim Peake tucks into space bacon sarnie


As i said to the kids

As soon as he reached orbit is went "PEAAAKS IN SPAAACE".

Then had to explain miss piggy, the muppets and the pigs in space sketch to the kids...

Old jet bits, Vader's motorbike gear, sonic oddness: Hats off to Star Wars' creative heroes


Old car parts too

First time I saw the phantom menace, I noticed the switches that Anakin keeps toggling to relight his engines during the podrace were the light control from a Mk1 FIAT UNO...Always a danger where parts are re-used for their original function.

Unlock and start General Motors cars with a $100 box of tricks – hacker


looks like a single-board computer

As far as I can tell, its a Raspberry PI B or B+.

Hurrah for the British ingenuity. It really can do anything.