* Posts by cNova

14 posts • joined 19 Oct 2018

Microsoft to staff: We remain locked and loaded with US military – and will keep adding voice to AI ethics debate


Re: We can’t expect these new developments to be addressed wisely...

"Ironically, the way the US is most likely to be attacked on its home turf is through cyberwarfare."

A war that doesn't cost a trillion dollar in military hardware is a war that's not worth fighting.

Amazon's neural net offer to border cops, Waymo charges fares, the first AI portrait sold at auction, and more


Elementary School, My Dear Watson

To be fair, Watson can beat cancer patients at chess nearly every time.

Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch


I killed a spider with a blow-torch last night...

...How he got the blow-torch I'll never know.


Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs


For their Mobile App? Seriously?

Needing AI to find and "suggest strategies" to patch bugs in your mobile app isn't something one should brag about.

Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot


I guess now that they have some pocket change, they won't need desperately to trick me into getting Prime.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt


Re: I get it, but isn't it better to vote with your wallet !

Hmmm? Apple in the 70's & early 80's built their cred on being easily expandable/modifiable/repairable. This was perhaps the single biggest advantage the Apple II had over systems from Atari, Commodore, Radio Shack, TI, etc.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


My favorite thing about Windows 7 Search...

...Is that even if you turn the option off, specify that it search no locations, and delete that index dbs, the service will still randomly start and churn away on your drive FNAR, it just won't store what it finds (as you've deleted the dbs).

To truly kill it, you have to disable the service, which will either vanish the search box on the Start Menu plus the upper right of Explorer hence making built-in searching impossible; OR it will have no obvious effect other than making search faster and more accurate than with the indexer running.


It's slippery, yet they've managed to gain traction and run downhill at a rate that puts gravity to shame.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Re: I stopped right here...

"QA still exists and is still important, but it performs end-user style 'real world' testing, not programmatic automated testing. This testing has been successful for Bing, improving the team's ability to ship changes without harming overall software quality,"

Yeah, well, Bing aside, they've got it precisely backwards. They should ship software that increases software quality without introducing changes in either UI, functionality or "features", especially when the "features" are less useful than a break-dancing poo emoji, (coming soon, exclusively for enterprise!).

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Call me PC if you will

But I prefer coworkers who don't sound like Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket.

A DeepMind library to help build reinforcement learning bots, and how Google's Pixel 3 cameras handle zoom


Re: The title is too long.

Does this mean Ann-Margret's not coming?

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday


Re: well

My oldest application still running was:


20 GOTO 10

On my high school's 1970's HP 1000 teletype. That is, unless it's run out of paper by now.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s


I'm glad I live in the era of silent laser printers that sound nothing like a combination of the Tardis and the squeeky gate on aunt Polly's fence.

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app


An unexpected load killed my keyboard...

...and my smart bidet died so I wasn't able to wipe my own ass all day.


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