* Posts by find users who cut cat tail

285 posts • joined 15 Mar 2016


Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 now includes AMD options for biz customers, boasts up to 19 hours of battery life

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Re: Square screen, central touchpad. Nice.

> no numberpad to give a central touchpad


My NB has numeric keypad (which I use) and central touchpad (which – like all touchpads – mostly just gets in the way and gathers dust and grime and crumbles).

Atheists appeal to higher power for intercession over alleged sins against privacy

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Re: I wonder what the split was over.

If the organisation's goal is to ‘demystify atheism’, which I am pretty sure is oxymoron, why not have a schism while you are at it…

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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Re: I suppose this was inevitable

The reason is always the same: You would install those more mature technologies intentionally and persumably have some control over their use. Whereas with this you will have little choice as WiFi is ubiquitous.

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Re: Blankety Blank

Can we please not?

It is easy to open any link you want in a new tab. Just use the middle mouse button (or whatever works in your browser).

It is rather annoying when links open in new tabs and you do not want them to.

Linus Torvalds worries kernel 5.12 might be ‘one of those releases’ that lands a tad late

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Re: So what?

Distribution kernels may or may not be LTS kernels. For instance your 5.8 is not LTS (regardless of how long the distro intends to support it).

What's in Fedora 34? GNOME 40, accelerated Wayland, PipeWire Audio, improved Flatpak support, and more

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Re: bloatware like Wayland

Sure, X11 carries lots of baggage – show me Wayland after 35+ years and then we can compare.

Also, one reason why it is smaller (beside X11 containig lots of stuff quite irrelevant nowadays) is that pretty much everything X11 does is against the Wayland philosophy – forwarding, making screenshots, programs positioning their own windows, … Yes, I am aware that many of these things can actualy work in Wayland. The developers are not completely Poettering-level insane. Fortunately. But anyway…

X11/Xorg has shown its strength by integrating lots of things no one even dreamed of in the 80s. Sometimes seamlessly, sometimes less. I am looking forward to its 40 year anniversary.

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Re: GNOME 40?

It is the percentage of features left (i.e. not removed yet) compared to GNOME 2. Also apparently the padding of every GUI element – in olympic size swimming pools.

'Business folk often don't understand what developers do...' Twilio boss on the chasm that holds companies back

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The business folk often don't understand…

Make it a full stop.

I am not even judging. It is just how it is.

GitLab latest to ditch 'master' as default initial branch name: It's now simply called 'main'

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Re: Aargh...

→ minecrafts person

That's what I read on the first pass anyway…

FYI: A smart-speaker box can monitor your heartbeat using high-pitch beeps and a pinch of algorithm – study

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One more reason

One more reason to avoid smart speakers as hell.

If a person is confined to the space covered by ultrasound emitted by smart speakers, they can monitor the heartbeat. What is the utility? Don't know, probably none. What happens when someone takes it seriously and tries to ‘make it work’ in practice? Disaster. All kinds of. The best possible outcome is that it will not work. Of course, the Googles and Amazons will see another data stream to record and keep, so they will grab it anyway. They always do.

India's demand to identify people on chat apps will 'break end-to-end encryption', say digital rights warriors

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Re: Strictly speaking nobody's anonymous

> Requiring people to idenitify themselves would go a long way to restoring civility on the 'net.

That is the old theory, and it could even be true some time ago when people still could be ashamed or afraid of consequences or something. Not any more. Now you double down – the more outrageous things you say, the more important it is to do so. And it works.

I have watched the real-name policy applied by some news sites here (or “news” sites – though not consipracy theory pedlars, just news somewhere on the tabloid spectrum). The result is that all the insane crap in discussions continues happily, now just labelled with real names and towns.

Half a million stolen French medical records, drowned in feeble excuses

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Re: Alistair, you have my sympathies

500 ml is a medium size tea mug. I need about 5-7 per day. Beside other things I drink (see icon). And that is in winter. In summer the intake goes up and becomes mostly water. Drinking a 1.2 litre jug in one go means I am just momentarily thirsty. I must be a different species…

The perils of non-disclosure? China 'cloned and used' NSA zero-day exploit for years before it was made public

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Re: TL/dr

I refuse to learn from the 60s. Can I have them back now?

Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack

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Re: How many of those fingerprints

Microsoft probably needs 100+ people to produce Hello world.

Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg

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Re: And what about Huawei?

> Presumably Huawei probably doesn't install NSA back doors to let the US spy on Chinese citizens.

They can't. There is no space left. Already too many Chinese backdoors there…

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks

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Re: This is weird

If you could actually make Google completely delete your account this way, I would probably call it an improvement.

UK.gov awards seats on £2bn 'digital outcomes' framework to suppliers – one of which doesn't even have a website

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Re: So..

And yet absolutely bananas.

Salesforce: Forget the ping-pong and snacks, the 9-to-5 working day is just so 2019, it's over and done with

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WFH = never leave work

That is what it is all about.

Location tracking report: X-Mode SDK use much more widespread than first thought

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…we do not categorize all usage of trackers as malicious…

We do.

Maybe the entity with malicious intent is the app developer, maybe not. But there is always one, somewhere.

ADT techie admits he peeked into women's home security cams thousands of times to watch them undress, have sex

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Re: impossible to access by anyone else..

> You trust the company and all of its employees to respect your privacy and protect your belongings.

Even it you happen to do, it is not enough. You also need to trust the manufacturers of all involved equipment to not put any stupid backdoors there and support it the entire lifetime and fix bugs when they are – inevitably – found. You need to trust the company to not be hacked or just acquired by another company. You need to believe the backdoors that were installed upon requests from three letter agencies to be not misused. Etc.

Once something is digital, it will leak. The only exception is precious data you did not back up – then it will become corrupted and you will find the entire multiverse does not contain another copy.

Top engineer who stole trade secrets from Google's self-driving division pardoned on Trump's last day as president

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Not if used in ways we, as a society, mostly agree with.

No need to take it personal…

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

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Re: Won't somebody think of the ducklings?

Sledgehammers work just fine for cracking nuts, especially the smaller ones (larger ones can be unwieldy I'll give you that).

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself

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Although in special relativity space and time are [kind of] the same thing and they say “time is money”, I am not sure about the exact process which transmutes space to money…

Supreme Court mulls whether a cop looking up a license plate for cash is equivalent to watching Instagram at work

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Declaring ‘things must/must not happen – let the courts find some such things later’ is not a reasonable legislative approach. This is exactly the statement expressed by the lawyer.

Mysterious Utah monolith mysteriously disappears without trace

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Re: Monolith?

Please also tell us about how it's insulting to do lithography with metal plates instead of stone…

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped

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> landlines will one day soon be a relic

Landlines are how you make a call to a specific place, and they have always been. If I call for example the grant office, the phone will ring there, will be answered by someone from the grant office, and that is the point. You are right that landlines may be someday replaced anyway – by immobile mobile phones.

What's that about Apple hardware? Pfft, says Intel as it intros magical self-healing PC

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Re: Buzzwords

Blockchain has been a buzzword for too long and is no longer catchy. They need to rename it.

Apple cracks down on iOS terminal apps because they can download code

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Re: Apparently, they've backtracked on this

Until the next time, anyway.

Google reCAPTCHA service under the microscope: Questions raised over privacy promises, cookie use

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Re: reCAPTCHA only issues

It's obviously a parasite using crowd funding to train so called self driving carsGoogle killer robots.

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This explains why I tend to get those terrible CAPTCHAs. I can tick more or less everything on your list.

For some of them I actually have no idea what it wants from me – like ‘store fronts’ (is this one an office or a store… and this one looks like laundrette…) or ’vehicles‘ (sure, kick scooters, skateboards and wheelbarrows are all vehicles, but is this how the machine sees them?). Several times I just gave up after getting an apparently endless stream of cropped ambiguous poorly shot rubbish in poor light to identify.

Bitcoin value jumps as PayPal says it will accept cryptocurrencies... once it has the kinks worked out

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Re: Only one good thing to come from this

> I expect PayPal to not put extortionate costs on transactions

Really. Well, in such case you might be also interested in this very fine bridge…

Linux 5.10 to make Year 2038 problem the Year 2486 problem

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The way we're screwing up the planet, we will fry everything in no time.

Microsoft builds image-to-caption AI so that your visually impaired coworkers can truly comprehend your boss's PowerPoint abominations

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Re: Meh

> don't allow blank Alt-Text…

A great way to ensure lots of crappy alt texts ranging from irrelevant to annoying.

For instance: A section title describing a program function also contains the corresponding icon. The section title already is what any screen reader needs to read. Not allowing blank alt text on the icon means it will at best contain something like ‘icon of Section-Title-Repeated-Verbatim’. How is that going to help anyone (as oppose to hinder)?

Has Apple abandoned CUPS, the Linux's world's widely used open-source printing system? Seems so

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I print often. Proofreading and corrections suck on screen. YMMV.

Another reminder that bias, testing, diversity is needed in machine learning: Twitter's image-crop AI may favor white men, women's chests

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Re: It is a difficult task, it needs and will be addressed but it will take time.

Even if the system was developed by aliens who have never heard about human races, its performance in poor light conditions (backlight, low light, …) would deteriorate quicker for dark skin faces. That's just how optics works.

Frist you have to admit this. Then we can talk about what to do about it. Shouting racism does not help anyone.

Classy move: C++ 20 wins final approval in ISO technical ballot, formal publication expected by end of year

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Re: Object

Design of algorithms, data structures, numerical methods, … – intellectual activities.

Programming – making things that do something. This goal can coexist with others, but you are always building a thing that does something.

Google Chrome 85 to block ads that hog power, CPUs, network: Web ads giant will black-hole 0.3% of web ads

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How can an ad need 60 seconds of CPU time? I happen to be running some image analysis on fast camera data now – and 60 seconds is enough to process 10+ GB video on a normal PC. Or almost enough to start Acrobat Reader…

Sorry for asking such a dumb question, I have not seen on-line ad for years.

What's 2 + 2? Personal info, sniffs Twitter: Anti-doxxing AI goes off the rails, bans tweets with numbers in them

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Re: The Solution is Simple

Fortunately, the nice people developing what3emojis have aleady thought of that.

I didn't know such thing existed before reading your post. But a few seconds after saying ‘now we just need a way to encode addresses using emojis’ I realised this is so silly that it must exist. And sure it does…

No Google Play, no problem: Huawei pinches global phone sales crown off Samsung

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Re: "or 30 per cent fewer phones"

If you read the entire paragraph, it's clearly:

Huawei down 5%

Samsung down 30%

It does not compare them. But I was originally a bit confused too…

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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Re: The complaint seems confused

Then if you misidentify a significant proportion of users and serve them the wrong content your advertising is likely to be less effective than when you serve neutral or random ads - a lot of folk might be a bit sensitive about having their gender misidentified


If you serve random ads then half of the time people will see ads for the wrong sex (gender, whatever). If the thing works then this ratio will be [considerably] lower – by definition.

Google extends homeworking until this time next year – as Microsoft finds WFH is terrific... for Microsoft

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> the lack of distracting colleagues

Even though colleagues can be sometimes distracting, most people here – including me – prefer to work at work because there is much less distraction there than at home. The only thing the pandemic did was to accentuate the difference.

From Accompli to Microsoft to Google: G Suite chief Javier Soltero chases the 'complete collaborative experience'

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Axiom of choice

‘Survive the axiom of choice’?

I mean, the axiom of choice is a strange one and can be difficult to deal with, with all the non-constructive proofs of existence of counterintuitive objects and stuff. But it does not tend to be life-threatening…

You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'

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Re: Statistics

This all depends on how you define the baseline…

If your baseline is close to non-stress environment, then stress-free tests show results closer to true skill and stress environment shows the effect of stress. This is probably a reasonable baseline – and the conclusion would be then that even though the women were in fact more skilled they performed worse under stress. You can also choose the baseline differently. The only objective conclusion is the relative shift of performance when the amount of stress changes. In other words, women's performance was more sensitive to stress.

But unless you think stress the work environment should be as large as possible, it is kind of difficult to argue that removing stress disadvantages someone.

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Re: but this can't be true

Sure, and why you had to write in weight?

Because no one says just ‘a kilo of apples and a kilo of gravel are equal’. The reaction to that would be ‘WTF?’ – and rightfully so.

Equal without qualifies means equal in all aspects that could be considered. Equal with qualifies limits the equality to some aspects. The qualifiers can be implicit – you might not have to always add ‘under the law’ if it there is enough context to make clear you mean this kind of equal. But your kilo example is just silly.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Where will this end....

Next? They find out maths exists and demand that ‘perfect number’ must be replaced because it imposes an unrealistic standard of beauty…

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

As I was recently at the receiving end of data provided in Excel, with same data each time organised differently in a dozen ways, I'd say that versatility comes at a cost…

Wanna be a developer? Your coworkers want to learn Go and like to watch, er, Friends and Big Bang Theory

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Do you want to render the Mandelbrot set or solve Sudoku? Use SQL[ite]!

Yes, the examples are ‘outlandish’ and typical SQL usage looks a bit different. But shell is undeniably a programming language – even if most of the time we use it to run simple commands.

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS

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> Inertia is a powerful thing. People are lazy and afraid of change.

That's why you need the everyone uses Inkscape, it's the default for vector drawing approach. You will get nowhere with the inferior replacement for program X mindset. And around here it's true that basically everyone uses Inkscape. Some creative types may do some weird things on their Macs. But it has always been so (and is not going to change), so they don't matter.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: Are there no other people of colour that read this rag?

No. That would be denylist (single word like blacklist) and it would at least make some sense. There are about six ways to parse phrases like

What most deny lists then become…

I'm doing this to stop humans ripping off brilliant ideas by computers and aliens, says guy unsuccessfully filing patents 'invented' by his AI

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> What happens when a highly advanced extraterrestrial civilization visits Earth?

They may laugh, shrug or puke and leave as fast as they can…

What they will not do? Fill USPTO patent applications.



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