* Posts by anthonyhegedus

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Remember the humanoid Tesla robot? It's ready for September reveal, says Musk

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As long as:

- it's got some stupid 'fun' mode where it dances a jig if you say 'Elon is a god'

- it's very very expensive

- it has no practical use-cases... yet. They're all 'planned' and will be released 'in due course'

- it can prepare coffee (after safety software update)

- it can carry a specific box safely across a mapped room in less than 10 minutes (after safety software update)

- it has a battery that lasts nearly an hour (though it'll actually last 10 minutes; if you want an hour, you'll need to pay extra per month to 'unlock' the battery)

- it has a 90% success rate in walking in a straight line for 10 metres without killing a spectator

- it has a gun (American market only)

- it doesn't really exist

NortonLifeLock and Avast $8.6b deal gets provisional yes from UK regulator

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And since when is Avast British?

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I'm confused. I thought Microsoft Defender came with windows and is activated whenever there's no other antivirus. Or is that Windows Defender, a completely unrelated product?

It's like Microsoft Teams - there are two versions - Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Teams. One is for personal use and is built into windows 11 and the other is part of some Microsoft 365 subs.

And then there's the 'microsoft account' which is not the same as a Microsoft 365 account, but does the same sort of thing as far as a user is concerned.

Frankly, I think Microsoft's products are as confusing as they are unreliable.

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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The manufacturer couldn't give a fuck

"lifetime" doesn't mean a human lifetime nor even the lifetime of whatever other kit you plug it into but "the lifetime of interest in which the manufacturer could give a fuck." - you've nailed it!

India is crowdsourcing ideas for its telecommunication reform

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Perhaps they ought to address one of India's biggest exports - scammy call centres?

I get 2-3 calls every day asking for a 'Fred Robertson' (not my name) plus 2-3 failed calls where it just hangs up.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother

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But did they fix her TV / broadband problem?

Hush now: Baby talk has common features across languages and societies

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Re: Tap, tap

So cats can double-tap. Can they right-click too?

Thunderbird 102 gets a major facelift, Matrix chat support

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Modernised? I hope not

I'm still using PCELM I got with Demon in 1993. I was wondering if I should upgrade to cheetah. Maybe my friends on uk.comp.misc.

We're now truly in the era of ransomware as pure extortion without the encryption

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Re: Kill the cryto, stop the scam

Exactly. Crypto is like a really sophisticated gambling system, predicated on a 'resource' of literally no value whatsoever, but whose scarcity is artificially created by spewing carbon into the atmosphere and literally ruining the planet. It has one compelling use case apart from the gambling: scamming (and general criminal activity).

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

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What is the fucking point?

Let me rephrase that. No, actually, my original question still stands - WHAT IS THE FUCKING POINT???

Why wear VR goggles to do work when you can take them off, and do work with the tools right in front of you, you know, like humans have evolved to do over millennia?

Seriously, I cannot see the point - fun for games, but for work? Unless it's to control something in a dangerous environment with remote robots, it just seems like the pipedream of a deluded part-automaton who runs facebook.

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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it's just gambling...

...it's speculation on a product which doesn't exist. an NFT is proof that I have that NFT, nothing more. OK, you can make money out of it, but it's not a real product that actually does anything. Like Cryptocurrency, it's totally virtual. There's a reason that you can use crypto to actually buy very much. The currency's only value is in trading it. It also ruins the planet with its 'proof of work'.

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Excellent explanation. It just helps validate my unswerving assertion that bitcoins and the like have no real real-world application; they're just used for criminal activity and scamming in general.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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It sort of *seems* sentient, but at the end of it, it sounds like it’s *trying* to be sentient. It says a lot of ‘empty’ vapid content. So yes, it seems eerily realistic and not a little creepy. But at the end of the day, it talks a lot without really saying anything.

It is undoubtedly very very clever but it would drive you mad having a real conversation with it, because it isn’t a thing to have a real conversation with.

Meta slammed with eight lawsuits claiming social media hurts kids

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The problem with social media like Facebook is that for some people, it's so entrenched in their lives that it has to have a lot better governance than it has now. Right now, the governance is solely there to pretend to show to the world that they're doing something, but the way they act has got to be improved. Simply blocking people for using slightly the wrong words and labelling it 'hate speech that contravenes our community standards' isn't good enough by a long shot.

Facebook is so full of dodgy ads for dodgy products and spam and yet far too many normal things are blocked.

The trouble is that it's now too important to self-govern. It needs a totally independent body to administer it.

Apple’s M2 chip isn’t a slam dunk, but it does point to the future

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Not really a fanboy either

It's horses for courses. I use my 16GB Mac M1 Pro-CPU laptop most of the time plugged in, and some of the time 'on my lap'. I like the fact that the battery lasts about 10 hours for ordinary use (less if I'm doing remote support - maybe 6 hours) and doesn't get hot. It barely gets warm.

I get fewer slowdowns during the day than with my 32GB Core i7 PC.

However, I don't need massive compute speed and I don't do video editing or play games (much).

And yet I almost never recommend Macs to my customers

Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits

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Would be more interesting if it calculated the last 100 trillion digits of pi

Microsoft: You own the best software keyboard there is. Please let us buy it

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Re: Thanks, I feel better now

It's Microsoft with the problem mate!

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They'll bring it back, but with a fiendishly complex interface that differs depending on whether you've logged in with your Microsoft account, or with your Microsoft 365 account with the same exact address, also at Microsoft.

If you've used your Microsoft 365 account, certain Swype actions won't be available unless an extra security setting is accessed through powershell, for most people, sometimes. This is for security.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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One reason that web browsing on any phoned is such an awful experience because of the cookie warnings. They get in the way, they don't always work, partially obliterating the website and they have not any any practical purpose. Perhaps if regulators could fixate on things like that - face it, the idea failed - then things would start to get better.

Oh, and yes, allowing different browser engines on apple phones is probably a good idea. However, in my experience of using Safari and Chrome more or less equally, I cannot find any observable difference.

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

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Won't somebody think of the data?!

Forget *how* we are going to build the technology to read our data from the lunar backups... WHY on earth (if you'll pardon the pun) would we want access to that lunar data?!

Presumably, it'd be large organisations like governments or banks that can afford to send their "precious" data to the moon. The thing is - and hear me out on this - if we need access to lunar backups because our earthly data centres have had data integrity failures caused by their total destruction, we really DON'T need access to the lunar backups.

Things like food and shelter will be slightly further up the priority list for the few thousand survivors of such a catastrophe.

Starlink's Portability mode lets you take your sat broadband dish anywhere*

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Re: "If Starlink detects a dish isn't at its home address, there's no guarantee of service"

Yes but if the baud rate is high enough, a small shift like that could alter the timing of symbol reception at either end

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100

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So because you find it useful, it has to be relevant?

And I hardly know anybody who uses Thunderbird. Every time we’ve foisted it on our customers, they’ve complained about it. A lot. I actually express hatred for it. I think I have just one customer who absolutely loves it. But apart from a few edge cases like viewing old pop mails or archiving old mail, it really isn’t a relevant product anymore.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like the alternative is there any good necessarily, especially products that everybody uses like outlook. Nevertheless, outlook is relevant.

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Re: Firefox is dead

Yay! Blackberry is number 1 because you know, things can rise from stone cold dead!

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Re: Firefox is dead

Edge has overtaken safari and of course firefox.

I use safari only out of habit because I use a Mac. I use Chrome too.

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Bit of a waste of time really. There are plenty of more mainstream purposeful browsers out there. Sometimes "being different" isn't worth the bother. It's even less popular than safari. Too much focus on 'your rights' when only a few people truly care. Like the Mozilla Thunderbird project, it's completely lost its relevance.

ZX Spectrum: Q&A with some of the folks who worked on legendary PC

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I had a dream last night that I met Clive Sinclair and I shook his hand and said thanks for making the Sinclair QL because I actually really enjoyed that computer - the first one I had with a floppy drive.

Microsoft partners balk at new licensing scheme, dent growth

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It's like "the emperor's new clothes". Microsoft do have a track record for producing mostly shit software. It just happens to work, but there's a SERIOUS quality issue. They're so wrapped up in working out how to pull every penny out of users that they forget basic functionality issues. Like why is Microsoft 365 admin so fucking complicated? So they can attach a value to certificates and qualifications.

We're all just so used to over-complex, buggy, unintuitive crap forced our way. I cannot believe they used any focus groups whatsoever to design Windows 8 and then incorporate that in server software, for example.

I could go on, but yes, the software looks OK for the most part on the outside but inside it's a tangled mess of legacy code and bugs

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I don't care whether it's monthly payments or fixed-cost. Monthly payments means that you're paying for something. It's good for us because it makes us money selling to clients.

HOWEVER: ""a simplified approach and greater flexibility in how you purchase software licenses in a way that's easy to understand, that directly improves licensing asset management, and with predictable costs."" and "super good..." is actually a total and utter lie.

OK, prices go up - fine, I suppose they have to at some point. But now we find that if take over service from another support/MSP, we cannot just take over the MS licences. We have to wait till the annual contracts expire, which could be all at different times. This means that the losing company has to keep charging, but they can't provide support - because they're the losing provider. So we have to provide support, but we can't charge till the contract's up. It's an unholy mess.

They keep moving the goalposts. I honestly do not understand when this is all happening, what happens to existing contracts and what the pricing actually is. Never mind that we've got some 400-odd endpoints out there, each one with some monthly licence attached.

Our suppliers don't understand it either.

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff

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Re: Does this mean

I read this morning that Tesla stock has seen $125Bn wiped off its value

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I have no idea why people idolise this twerp. He makes his money by creating a cult around his mostly shit and very expensive electric cars. Now what's going to happen? Will he allow Donald Trump back on twitter? Will he allow Tommy Robinson? Will he keep tweeting nonsense just because he can?

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Enlongated Muskrat

The weed-infused would-be Mars-settler has just done another massive publicity stunt, that's all. He's in the news, yet again. At least it's not Microsoft who bought it. Quite honestly I don't see how it'll improve mankind's lot. He could have spent the money on something to do with poverty or hunger or something more mundane but like all mega-rich people, he has really got no clue what's going on from his lofty perch.

AI-powered browser extension to automatically click away cookie pop-ups now promised

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Can't open this page in Safari on my mac, ironically

It says this page was blocked by a content blocker. FFS!

Russian media watchdog bans Google from advertising its services

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Re: Fascism 101

... "charade of Brexit, Covid and now the Russian invasion of Ukraine to limit our freedoms."

What utter nonsense! Brexit may have been bad overall, but the government isn't "using brexit, covid and Ukraine"to limit our freedoms! That's conspiracy theory bollocks! How do you work that out? Covid isn't over and it wasn't used to limit our freedoms - you've got it arse-backwards. Our freedoms were curtailed AS A PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURE not to limit anything else. And I can't see how Ukraine is being used in that way.

yours is just the sort of childish and simplistic attitude that affects real lives.

Google talks up its 540-billion-parameter text-generating AI system

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Able to explain jokes?

Really? I mean are we at the stage where a machine can explain jokes? The mind shudders!

UK suit over reselling surplus Microsoft licenses rolls on

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I really don't like Microsoft

Meta sued for 'aiding and abetting' crypto scammers

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Re: Do they even care?

This should be facebook's job. They NEED to employ people checking adverts all day and stop pretending that they're using "AI". They NEED to employ people checking the context of people's comments to make sure they're not being blocked for no reason, and to make sure they are being blocked when they spout vile filth or dodgy adverts. There is literally no excuse not to. They have billions in profits, they just need to mobilise more people.

All they've done is start a platform that's ridiculously easy to advertise on and then use the "sorry we can't police all the adverts" excuse when asked about it. The business model is NOT sustainable if they are to stay within the law, clearly.

You can't make that much money, have that many adverts, and that little checking as well as stay legal. And you can't run a 'safe' social network without employing yet more people to make sure it's safe.

Their current excuse is covid. Unbelievable. This job is literally something you can do at home, with online training, and they're STILL spouting covid as an excuse for having 'fewer moderators than usual'. No wonder they're making more money than usual. That Zuckerberg needs to be held to account.

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Re: Aiding and abetting

They just don't actually care

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Facebook employs the worst AI in the business. It uses a little-known AI technique called "keyword matching". So for example, if an advert has the phrase "genuine Microsoft Office Pro Plus Extra 365 Professional only £5.95", because it doesn't match on the keywords "This is a scam", it's not flagged. But this is OK, because they sold an advert, and can report this to their shareholders.

Conversely, if I refer to my cat as "a cheeky monkey", it does a keyword match on "monkey" which can be used as a racial insult, and puts me in Facebook Jail for 28 days for "Bullying and harassment". But that's OK because they count it in their reports and can boast that they blocked over a million bullying incidents in a month or whatever.

Russian demand for VPNs skyrockets by 2,692%

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Yes

"Approximately 28-fold increase" would be a better way of putin it

Cryptocurrency ATMs illegal right now in UK

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Crypto might as well have been invented expressly to keep the ransomware industry going. I think because that appears to be its main real-world application, any jurisdiction worth its salt should make its use illegal. Then nobody will be able to buy the sodding things and the ransomware people will have nowhere to get their money from.

Startups competing with OpenAI's GPT-3 all need to solve the same problems

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None of it is Intelligence. Artificial, yes, but it's a simulation of intelligence. It's intelligence in the same way that a waxwork is a person. It looks like a person, and can be used as a person in lots of simple use-cases, but it falls down (literally) when pressed.

Research casts doubt on energy efficiency of 5G

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One can keep taking into account everything in this way ad infinitum. We are creating faster networks because there's a demand for it. That demand itself is driven by requirements for efficiency. If I want to have a video call with 10 people and I live in an area typical in the UK with only 500Kbit/s ADSL access and a crap mobile signal, I'll *drive* to my colleague who has gigabit fibre, using more energy than the entire call. Every single week. Now if I could get 5G and make a decent video call using a faster network...

The whole point is that yes, we could use less energy if we did less stuff. If we didn't create use cases for more bandwidth requirements, if we didn't stream so many movies, etc. But we are talking about technologies that REPLACE energy-guzzling alternatives like driving, flying etc. The much-heralded 3D-hologram-style immersive video calls will use incredible amounts of bandwidth but they save energy in the long run.

Ultimately, I think this report about 5G shows that the people doing the study are just looking for a problem. Energy savings in content creation can be looked at separately, but if we start complaining about 5G because it creates more energy usage further down the line (or up the line), then ultimately we'll become stagnant without any innovation.

Ukraine asks ICANN to delete all Russian domains

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We won't need domain names, IP addresses, dialling codes or anything really if Putin loses the plot

UK internet pioneer Cliff Stanford has died

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Demon was my first introduction to the internet back in 93(?). We used it at work with a dialup modem (9600 of course) and a network of four Sun Sparcstations. That's when I decided to get it at home - using a REALLY crappy (even for the time) Toshiba 'laptop' that had a 2400-baud modem in it and a mono screen. I installed KA9Q and Demon's email software (remember punt.demon.co.uk?) and was able to exchange emails with my three work colleagues and also newsgroups - ah, who could not love uk.telecom? I used Demon until freeserve came along in 98, which offered much the same service but 'free' using the newly introduced 0345 numbers.

But Demon is what really introduced me to the internet - before websites even. I must admit to not really seeing too much of a use for it as it stood at the time.

Internet connection now required for Windows 11 Pro Insider setup

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This isn’t just a privacy matter

This pisses me off because not everyone wants to set up a corporate account - we look after users who just want to use their computers with no Microsoft account, and we have users who have a corporate account (Microsoft 365) but don’t want to sign in with it because that means having to use MFA and have an app running on their phone to set it up the first time.

We set up the PCs for them, and then when they lose their app, or their phone, or change their login and leave the company, the account is hard to get into.

If the customer doesn’t have Microsoft 365, then we would have to set the PC up with a dummy personal Microsoft account. More work, more stuff to go wrong, and more MFA fuckery.

What Microsoft don’t seem to understand is that not everybody works for a large corporation. In smaller companies, people share laptops, they share logins and they need to get into each other’s computers. It isn’t a security issue, it’s just people sharing resources. This whole ‘forcing people to use a Microsoft login’ thing is not always the right way to go. Sometimes a computer is a shared tool. Forcing people to use a Microsoft login will make the computer only usable for that one person or force the issue and make computers have multiple logins.

Ah, they just want to sell more Microsoft 365 accounts.

Dido Harding's appointment to English public health body ruled unlawful

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I wouldn't hire that Dodo woman to organise a fruit bowl, or trust her to pour piss out of a boot with the instructions emblazoned on the heel.

She was a dishonest, shifty and above all useless person when she 'ran' TalkTalk. And nothing's changed. She's part of that government club of cronies and the whole lot of them should be locked up. The political machinations of her husband and her are shameful.

Fibre broadband uptake in UK lags behind OECD countries

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Totally agree. I sometimes get people to look at their phone socket and say “does this look like fibre?”

Geomagnetic storm takes out 40 of 49 brand new Starlink satellites

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How dare the solar mass ejection interfere with the Elongated Muskrat's plans!

The sun should have waited till after the launch to burp forth plasma and ruin the glorious battery-botherer's day

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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Loads of crap here

Typical government using a sledgehammer to insert a SIM card here. They don't know what they're talking about, and unfortunately is possibly going to happen. Thank of the ridiculous 'cookie warnings' that have no identifiable purpose - they happened.

And VPNs - as anybody in security knows - are not an answer to all security woes (unlike what the flashy ads say).

No, I've not read the screen. Your software must be rubbish

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I've had several instances where users have phoned and said "can you stop this antivirus from popping up messages? and it turns out the messages were along the lines of 'You have a virus on this computer'. The user never read the message and wasn't calling to say they might have a virus - they were calling to get rid of the message.

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