* Posts by quxinot

608 posts • joined 15 May 2016


Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Every ad shown. Period.

UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years

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Re: You want to sort

Actually we're getting there. John Deere has made their equipment unrepairable to the best of their ability. It isn't that the owner is unable to fix things, the owner is not allowed to get the specialized tools, parts diagram(s), nor the interface to reprogram the ECU on their equipment.

I'd be shopping for pretty much anything else, nyself. And if my next car is this locked down, it will be getting an aftermarket ECU right away.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Upgrading?

Which I'm running. It's excellent, and lacks the change for change's sake that seems such the fashion in some flavors.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Please stop calling them "smart".

Don't get him started about allowing a red in with the whites!

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Re: No appliance in my house

^ There's a crass joke about the wife there, waiting to be made.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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If "imbox" is 'innovation', then please keep it away from me.

And wash your hands.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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Re: Free parking for electric cars

>Iam a yank and wish we had a universal health system.

Because Medicare works so well.

Or Medicaid.

Or the VA.

California emits fine-print of its GDPR-ish digital privacy law, complete with Google and Facebook-sized holes

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It's worse than that. This sets a precedent for weak laws to be accepted on this subject, where the corporations are favored much more heavily than the citizens. So good luck upgrading to something with a bit of teeth to protect the citizen's rights.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: Load?

If you used the heating of a lake and the driving of a fan as your load, you would effectively create little but hot air.

Therefore, you will have created a hot air generator.

And we have enough politicians. Thanks, but no thanks.

Now we know what the P really stands for in PwC: X-rated ads plastered over derelict corner of accountants' website

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And this, right here, is why adblock is an absolute requirement for any internet-displaying device.

Advertisers say that they've cleaned their act up.... but if it's not every last one, with no bad actors, then they all get painted with the same brush--and for good reason.

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?

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Re: IoV

I'll cast my vote to the Chinese and Russians, given those choices.

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff

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Re: Pioneers of thrash?

>We didn't say that anywhere.

"...during the '80s, Metallica was among a clutch of influential bands that took the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound, injected it with Motörhead and hardcore punk, and sped it up to a breakneck pace, creating "thrash metal" and..."

When you say 'creating' and immediately follow with a genre, it could be interpreted as creation of the genre rather than creating music within the genre.

And no, they didn't sell out after the black album. It was during the writing of the black album. "Thrash metal" does not allow a bloody ballad to show up in the track listing--see Slayer for details.

Canada's .ca overlord rolls out free privacy-protecting DNS-over-HTTPS service for folks in Great White North

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Re: Canny Canadian

Somewhere, a subeditor is sobbing....

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: "Get used to the modern"

>That's why they're changing this. It was the equivalent of a car with imperial sized lug nuts when every other fastener was metric.<

This may not be the best place for that particular analogy. At least one of my cars needed a 19mm socket to remove the lug nuts--which is wholly interchangable with 3/4" for that application.

Nevermind things like the tires having a nominal width measured in mm and being fit to wheels measured in inches.

Signal sends smoke, er, signal: If Congress cripples anonymous speech with EARN IT Act, we'll shut US ops

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Re: I think it would be rather splendid

I don't know to upvote you for your succinct and accurate views, or downvote you for being so horrifically dystopian.

(Have an upvote, the truth is true even when unpleasant!)

Apple's latest macOS Catalina update mysteriously borks SSH for some unlucky fans. What could be the cause?

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Re: They are perfectly transparent...

Dark matter also doesn't ineract with light, and has enough gravity to suck.....


Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Bob, is that you?

America: We'll send citizens cash checks amid coronavirus financial hardship. UK: We'll offer £330bn in biz loans

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Re: Covfefe-19

Kung Flu.


Firefox 74 slams Facebook in solitary confinement: Browser add-on stops social network stalking users across the web

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Though with the amazing lack of quality that Firefox has had lately (and I'm saying this as a very hardcore FF user!), I expect the plugin won't work properly anyway.

Which is very unfortunate.

Think your smartwatch is good for warning of a heart attack? Turns out it's surprisingly easy to fool its AI

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Only could be useful if you could get the data out of the unit in a usable form, and if that form was reasonably close to a known standard EKG output. Might be a nice additional piece of telemetry when used along with a holter monitor or the like, but not as a primary data source.

Though, heart attack as listed in the title and a-fib? Kinda different things, though there's some crossover with thrombus formation tying them together.

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction

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On the plus side, the only battery likely to be inside should be fairly easy to replace, and little to no glue is involved.

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground

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Re: I don't have a problem with this

To be completely honest....

Drain the swamp. So don't elect a crook or a moron.

Who's that leave? I don't see anyone in the running at all.... at best, they're all politicians, so a mixture of both. Some more egregious than others, to be fair, but there is no 'good' choice.

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: 1000 cycles?

I'm almost a perfect canidate for an electric car. My commute is very short and I don't travel long distance by car with any frequency (highly unusual to go more than 200miles in a day).

And yet it will be quite a cold day in hell before I own one. I like to drive, and I like control. Not being fantastically wealthy, the trackday cars are priced out of my range, and every other electric car that I've seen is either a horrible economy car, or has firmware that as an owner I am not allowed to be placed in control of altering (i.e., the typical Tesla 'updates' that change behavior without my express permission).

With gasoline or heaven forbid a diesel, I have a reasonable shot at the very worse simply replacing an ECU if I can't find a way to reflash it to function in the way I desire.

It's bad enough with phones.

Keen to check for 'abnormal' user behaviours? Microsoft talks insider risk, AWS imports and compliance at infosec shindig RSA

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Re: here we go again...

She's the one in the Scunthorpe office, right?

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

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Re: It's all perfectly safe.

>not enough sex...

Goodbye cruel world.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

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Re: Something seems wonky in that sentence

That mostly just changes what pollutants you get, though. It's all a balance.

OK, which Dombås stuffed Windows 10 to bursting at Swedish flatpack flinger?

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Re: "Relationship-ending"

>Rand-McNally - the best directions I've seen for miles.

Get out. Here's your coat!

Instagram influencer fools followers into thinking Ikea photoshoot was Bali holiday

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Re: Stole my idea

I am not a carpenter and detest working with wood. But furniture made fro recycled corn flakes has no place in my home either. Been in an Ikea exactly once and I'd put it next to car shopping on the miserable experiences list.

Ever had a script you just can't scratch? Excel on the web now has just the thing

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Re: Call me a luddite and downvote me baby

All devs should be required to do testing on a computer at minimum specs, loaded with tons of resident applications trying to run in the background, over dialup (with significant packet loss).

Not only would that be a vaild worst-case test, but their work would comparatively scream in average scenarios.

Meet Clippy 9000: Microsoft brags about building Earth's largest AI language model, refuses to let it out of the lab

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Re: The awakening..

No one ever wanted Clippy to do anything but go back into its shell....

EU tells UK: Cut the BS, sign here, and you can have access to Galileo sat's secure service

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Re: foot, shot.

>Don't be silly - it is obviously nautical miles (~1852m). The ones typically used when measuring over or through fluids.<

Does that include how far you have to walk when you're clearly viewing through a haze of fluids? --->

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

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Re: If this was a car

The ideal interface for a car is one that you can interact with without opening your eyes.

Hrm. That may not be the best idea, now that I'm thinking about it...

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea

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Re: As a tax payer...

I wholly agree!

I think we should can all our other flying machines and have a fleet exclusively comprised of F35's of various sorts, none of which should be allowed to be put in the air.

Maybe then we could stop sticking our noses in the world's business! It'd be a massive cost reduction and very likely would improve the way other countries look at us.

And frankly, it seems that most places we stick our nose, we either get stomped or make almost precisely zero difference. At least in the past 70ish years.

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech

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Re: Prior art

>It did seem to be an extraordinarily expensive form of futility.

Once you say "lawyers", you will find any situation can be described as expensive futility.

MWC now means 'Mobiles? Whatever! Coronavirus!' as Ericsson becomes latest to pass on industry shindig

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Re: End of MWC?

> ...has good salespeople...<

No such animal, sorry. That's like questioning if there's such a thing as a useful HR droid--the answer is a resounding no.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

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Re: Keyboards

Beer destroys them in short order as well. They're surprisingly easy to rip to bits and run the keycaps and other bits through the dishwasher, though (don't run a cycle with extra heat, and use the area as far from a heating element as possible).

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Re: Keyboards

Microsoft products with no firmware nor software to speak of are generally excellent.

That kinda says something ugly about a software company. ...

Voyager suffers a power wobble as boffins start the final countdown for Spitzer

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Re: Yes but wow


It hasn't circumnavicated the sun anything close to 40 times, nevermind more than that. Clearly the number of years is a small one!

(Mind you, they're awfully long years!)

Will Asimov fix my doorbell? There should be a law about this

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Re: 3 laws for AI

Goddamnit Cortana I told you to be quiet!

Stupid updates must have changed that setting. Again, grrrr.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Re: Hot to the touch...

And as the extension/variant of that: Once the drive is chilled and the backups are inevitably taking bloody ages because there's nine zillion tiny files that are being copied because you're trying to get everything possible and the customer isn't quite sure exactly where/which files are needed...

Spraying an inverted can of air duster at the thing while it chugs and tries to warm up.

There are some tasks that I ensure I'm not being watched while I perform:

-Most percussion fits that bill

-Anything that looks like a pagan ritual (using a freezer while chanting [usually "Work you f@#ing thing" repeatedly], and the like)

-Doing things that are clearly not to be imitated (scraping off a "no user servicable parts" sticker off a PSU to get the top open, swapping disk drive PCB's, running a motherboard in the sink to clean enough nicotine off to catch a buzz, etc).

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

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Re: Windows 8

8 is significantly less of a wreck than 10 is. It takes an absolute truckload of time to hammer it into some semblance of shape, but 10 takes dramatically more--and then everything breaks next month and you get to do it again. At least 8 can have the updates turned off.

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

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Re: 250

Thank you.

I've had to fix too many infestations of malware from advertising that was 'hacked' (also known as "not curated because we're lazy and money-hungry"). Screw your ads.

UK energy watchdog to probe National Grid and Scottish Power over fault-plagued subsea cable

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Good job to the subheading editor today. Lovely, took me a moment. :D

Top tip: Using AI to detect alien civilizations is dangerous because if it spots anything, even just a blurry blob, people are going to go nuts

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Re: AI could easily spot things we miss

Artificial Political-Level Intelligence.

Job done.

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too

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Next time, set the pump to run at a constant rate, and the fans to reference their speed against the temperature. The pump should be basically inaudible once any air has primed out (from shipping/handling/assembling, they're often noisy for a few minutes until they settle).

Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we're tweaking it, says Google

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I want a FF plugin that blocks the entries marked as ads.

Ditto for ebay and sponsored ads there.

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft

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Re: Antitrust

Immediate flashback to the Ask Toolbar trying to get installed with...well... damn near everything downloadable for install.

Not all that different from Gator.

That being said, there's a number of monkeys that could use punched, and we'd all win...

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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Re: PL and TL

Can't get wool carpets approved because the beancounters nix.....



No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim

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I am 100% having the phone records of those who do the most damage to the population exposed.

Not terrorists or whatever. The politicians! Even a dedicated mass murderer struggles to kill more than a hundred or two people--a politician declares a military action in some backwards country and thousands of soldiers die, nevermind the non-citizen casualties.

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job

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Re: Do not use public information to test AI prediction.

There's a number of cars that use that technology. I think it first came to my attention in connection with the Nissan GTR.

The old version of a car knowing a test condition was dyno testing for emissions way back in the bad old days--if the car had a small light under the hood (bonnet) ostensibly to help you see to check the oil or something, it could just as easily be tied into the undoubtedly crude fuel injection system to make the car run cleaner, for example. Cars were emission tested on a dyno to simulate load, and invariably had the hood opened for connecting to the ignition system to measure RPM.

I think of that line of thought, I need a car that can measure when radar or laser signals are picked up in the vicinity, and slow me down enough to keep me from getting written proof of my car's performance.....



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