"...Microsoft's relatively newfound love for open source"
'Love' as in the way a fox feels about chickens, I presume.
243 posts • joined 1 Apr 2018
I totally agree with your observations. The difference in user experience just when running the thing is dramatically worse with Windows 10.
In addition: before its imposition on the public, I used Solitaire as a comparison between Windows 10 and Vista. On the same machine I found that Solitaire used very little CPU under Vista (and nothing when idle), and 30%-40% CPU under WIndows 10 (even when idle with no input from me).
Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't find the performance hit was a very encouraging feature of Windows 10.
I have to admit that the UK's solution does reflect the typical desire of British governments to treat the general population as peasants to be controlled, but to say that the app asks for location is overstating it a bit.
It asks for the first part of your postcode when you install it - so in my case it would know where I normally reside to within around 20 miles (even assuming I gave it the right info) and know nothing about where I actually am or what I am doing.
Particularly for people who aren't technically aware enough to set up an old wireless router in bridging mode to hang off the phone's WiFi hotspot. Otherwise, the only thing that's possibly novel to me is the ability to hook up to ethernet from the phone's usb port. On that latter point, I could do that with an old shitty tablet that didn't have the power to do much, but it could connect to a usb ethernet adapter, something not all more modern devices can do.
I commented the other day on a Reg article, to say how impressed I was with the client on Linux. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the 'Login with Facebook / Google' options.
It seemed a decent alternative to using Facebook Messenger for family gatherings, but from this article and from my own attempts to find out how to opt out from data selling, I conclude that it is a worse option than using Facebook.
It seems to be another example of the ad industry or their facilitators buying directly into technology (eg system1 and Startpage) in order to suck our data blood.
zoom worked quite well for my wife and son last night, so I thought I'd download and install the client, assuming they supported linux, of course.
Normally I'm used to seeing words to the effect of "Linux? Fuck off mate". It was a pleasant surprise to find that the response was more like "Linux? Certainly sir, which flavour would you like?"
Made a nice change.
My food shopping is usually on a 'just-in-time' basis, which is fine until we have a few mm of snow and the shelves clear of milk and bread.
So weeks ago I decided to increase our current stock of such essentials to give us at least 3 days cover.
My point is that, apart from the strange compulsion to panic over bog-rolls, a significant increase in food buying might just be many people realising the same as me - JIT assumes an unaffected supply chain.
I think El Reg has done good job of sticking to the facts as they are presented without descending to the depths of true Red-Top journalism.
For my part, I found it informative about how Microsoft and Google have similar cloudy roles but are not so paranoid about eachother that a couple couldn't each be working for the other's 'enemy'.
I help out at a charity for a couple of hours of week. They have no tech support staff, and if they happen to need a new PC, I'm the one who has to set it up for them. I daren't risk fiddling too much with what has been delivered because I wouldn't be able to do a reliable enough job of tailoring the build in the short time available.
So, I settle for making sure that Windows 10 violates their privacy as little as possible and leave the Dell bloatware as is.
My ideal would be to save them money and dual-boot their old Windows boxes with Mint - so that they can keep their Word and Excel on the original OS and use Mint for anything else (including internet use) - but the culture shock would be too great.
I hated it when it came out and stuck with XP until 7 appeared. I do have cause to use it now, in a place where I volunteer and, strangely, find it reasonably OK for my purposes.
Vista did provide a positive benefit in that its demands caused a jump in PC capability, particularly to dual-core processors. So now there are a lot of PCs out which will provide a cheap home for Linux Mint.
I wasn't too happy with [1..3], though I am perhaps unusual in that I thought Jar Jar Binks was OK.
7 and 8 didn't do much for me, they seemed to be a bit disconnected from the original saga and I've pretty much forgotten what happened in them apart from the characters they introduced.
I was impressed with Rogue 1 which I belatedly watched on telly yesterday.
Today I was dragged along by my son to watch the final film in the saga and was pleasantly surprised.
For me it had a lot of what I found good in Rogue 1 and it did a good job of wrapping up the overall saga.
I'm sure I'll wake up tomorrow and think of a few plot holes that flew by me, but at the moment I'm happy with the finale.
Not really, I think. What these results seem to show is that the algorithms are at a very draft stage of development in that they only work well with a subset of the population, and are therefore useless for any meaningful work.
Of course, if they are actively used in ways that directly affect the population then their use is indeed racist or sexist, as appropriate.
I wonder if they are equally bad at recognizing faces across the range of ages that exist - are they also ageist?
In my working life I've at different times been seen as a brainbox, a nerd and in some people's eyes, a guru. But I would really have liked to be a boffin.
These words can be used in a disparaging way, but they are a pretty feeble weapon for the bully - especially as their use just emphasises the bully's own sense of inadequacy.
So now we've reached a stage of enlightenment where even 'Nerd' is seen as a positive descriptor, and what happens? Some academic comes up with a paper to tell us that it is all so very very wrong and we should stop using the terms.
I beg to differ. I think we should formalise the use of these terms as proper roles. Every successful development at some time needs nerds, brainboxes, gurus and boffins, so why not celebrate the marvellous diversity of human brains and give us the designations and remuneration to go with it?
"Cerf surprised many when he responded: “Hard to imagine that $60/year would be a deal breaker for even small non-profits.”"
I suggest you engage a few more brain cells, Mr Cerf. In the non-corrupt world, "non-profit' often means an organisation with very little income and a lot of unpaid volunteer effort.
For such organisations, any increase in running costs could be quite harmful.
I prefer a simple approach: given that the sites themselves are providing subdomains expressly for this nefarious purpose (and are therefore complicit in any GDPR breach that results), all it needs is a list of such sites. I would rather just block them and take my interest elsewhere.
That part of the definition seems curiously specific, given that they also refer to government-orchestrated abuse. Almost as if they're a bit shy about giving the real reason for getting together to provide this facility.
Whatever, it seems to be a good move so I welcome it.
I really hate that term. It implies that a decision is so obvious that the details don't need to be thought about.
The trouble is, it's the possibilities that you didn't think about that later pop up and bite you on the bum.
It's not a good decision-making method when large amounts of money are at stake.
Though I have no interest in Ubiquiti products, I've been following the complaints for a couple of days, just to see if Ubiquiti reverses course.
No sign of that yet, and the story has now hit Hacker News, Reddit and El Reg. I suspect Ubiquiti won't reveal the existence of the Rogue Engineer until they've suffered a serious dose of Twitter Outrage.
The use of ignorant in the sub-head is very apt. Human learner-drivers would be similarly homicidal but for the fact that have usually already experienced as passengers (and pedestrians) that you can't trust that a person (particularly a child) near a road will stay off the road.
"Expect the unexpected" is good advice for a driver. "Run over the unexpected" is not.
Maybe users have requested it, but Microsoft are forgetting that their customers are the businesses/organisations that employ those users. Attempting to bypass their controls on what is purchased and installed is a trifle arrogant and might backfire big time if businesses defend themselves by blocking all such purchases as a matter of principle.
The helmet keeps out noise. What noise would that be in the airless environment the suit is designed to operate in?
Or is it so that the wearer can concentrate on running for the airlock without being distracted by the blood-curdling screams of the other crew members being hunted down one-by-one by the alien lifeform that they really, really, shouldn't have brought aboard?
I must admit I'm finding it hard to see how this initiative would break down financial barriers.
The greatest barrier most people face is having the money to use in the first place - are Facebook proposing to return some of their ill-gotten gains to the masses?
It's only mildly crude, and then only if you presume that the object of the sentence isn't a donkey.
If "Perspective API" thinks that sort of thing is toxic, I'm inclined to think not of racism, but rather of a pathetically under-trained AI, and of people who are ignorant of the true state of the AI art.
You can imagine that employing such a model to screen candidates could discriminate against people that don’t necessarily act in the same manner as those in the training data which could end up being potentially disastrous.
Not as disastrous, perhaps, as actually getting the job with a company that talks a lot about 'empathy', yet interviews people by shoving a camera in their face and letting an AI judge them?
That seems to be quite clear - Oracle really need to improve their methods if they want to finger the right people.
I had a look at the linked Reddit threads and, apart from people ranting about how awful Oracle Db is (not that I disagree), the main anger seemed to be at Oracle daring to decide to charge people for Business use of the VirtualBox Extension Pack.
Why the anger?
I sort of came to that conclusion a few years ago when it became apparent that Microsoft didn't really care what people thought of Windows 10. All they cared about was getting it on as many machines as possible, by subterfuge if necessary. What we have now is a telemetry-laden data-gathering platform, and that's all they seem to have wanted.
In truth, I think Windows 7 was their last OS.
I think 'Never' is a bit strong, but on the whole I agree with your sentiments. I don't believe AIs are anywhere near being 'people', and they may never be (but if they can achieve that state then they should be allowed to join in).
Of course, that isn't the issue here as Microsoft and others who would misuse the AIs will be satisfied with something that merely passes for human in the narrow context of a comments section.
No need. The number of worthwhile uses is so low that it is safe to assume that it would be used mostly for malicious purposes.
There is no pressing need for this sort of technology in spaces where the primary purpose is for people to communicate with eachother.
One day, when an AI is sophisticated enough to be classifiable as a 'Person', then of course he/she should be allowed to comment. Otherwise, best keep them out of spaces that are already minefields of piss-poor human interaction.
Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020