* Posts by quartzz

140 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Jan 2019


'I’m sorry for everything...' Facebook's Zuck apologizes to families at Senate hearing


look on the bright side - Musk chickened out of the cage fight, at least Zuck is hammering something

Elon is the bakery owner swearing in the street about Yelp critics canceling him


maybe that forgotten about cage fight will happen after all

Musk tells advertisers to 'go f**k' themselves as $44B X gamble spirals into chaos


gets paid


Re: Why so much Musk hate?

a world without the companies he owns, not a world without Musk

you never drive a car and think "if the Arabs had more personality, this would be better to drive"

Google Drive misplaces months' worth of customer files


what's wrong with a usb drive?

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers


broadband is the enabler for software then you don't own, you rent (Office 365)


Re: "Our Creators"

"creators" is a term invented by the tiktok generation who think that having an upload button = should get paid for it

the BBC uploads content to youtube

should the BBC get ad revenue to help them grow their business?


the world of "having an upload button = should get paid for it"


can someone please tell youtube that the most contribution to a sub optimal viewing experience, is 50% of the cr** posted to youtube

UK won't rush to regulate AI, says first-ever minister for digital brainboxes


Re: UK won't rush to regulate AI

because the government doesn't know what it is, so having a minister for it allows them to pretend that they do


when was the last time a politician had no idea what they were doing?

apart form Boris. Nadine. Barclay. etc. of course

IBM pauses advertising on X after ads show up next to antisemitic content


Re: Narcissism wins

if he was running x in a civil manner, it wouldn't be called x


this makes me want to buy IBM

and the same might apply to other companies

that's a hint

X looks back at year of so-called 'engineering excellence' under Musk


Re: He's hopeful

what a rosy, retarded and realistic future


Re: He's hopeful

the one thing I want from a financial company, is a telephone number with a human on the end

cannot seee that ever happening from tw tter

Meta's fix for teen online mental health? Hold Apple and Google responsible


the BBC have an article about this - non commentable

my first thought "Meta decides to hold someone else responsible for stuff"

Wanted: Driver for rocket-powered Bloodhound Land Speed Record car


really efficient innovative vacuum cleaners from Dyson?

I think we should make a lot more of the fact that the UK was the first to break Mach 1 on land


Re: Dumb Project

someone mentioned this a few years ago. but all you'd have is the Brits going "but we did 350 mph using the wheels, that's propperr" and the States would go "yeah dude, we used a jet. and we got 700 mph". and the rest of the world would go "700 mph"


you could say the longer the record stands, the better value it is, and that it would be bad value if you had to do it every few years


this would be the best £12 mill ever spent, especially from the government

US actors are still on strike – and yup, it's about those looming AI clones


maybe A-list actors aren't really worth what they're currently being paid, and don't need half a dozen houses

Musk's first year as Twitter's Dear Leader is nigh


it's telling that meta is run by such a child, he can't even utilise the chaos at twitter to promote threads. but that's social media (well, meta and twitter). run by children

GitHub alienates developers by force feeding them AI recommendations


very slighty off topic apologies, but is this a place to say that "ai" could kill the net? false positives kicking people off their social media accounts (instagram), generating useless "for you" feeds

I reckon ai could even generate "pretend" comments, so if no one is seeing your (instagram?) content (now that the search feature has been removed), you'll get pretend comments from ai, so you'll think they are..

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done


Re: Hope he's bet the company on this idea


Snail mail would be a fool-proof way to inform patients about plans to slurp GP data, but UK govt won't commit


we'll (we have already) only send out paper mail, when we want you to vote for something

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death


Re: re: And people say 'there is no justice'....... They're right!

(sarc, not irony)

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far


settings menu's seemed to be 2 or 3 columns (grey background, white box), which was fine. chrome and firefox now seem to have a single setting on each row. which to me wastes a lot of horizontal screen space, and the colour scheme is light grey on white. which sort of sux. maybe you're not meant to change the settings

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


trump's gold dust for data harvesting. it's a case of "can we get away with unbanning him"

just a pesky nucular button


it isn't freedom of speech though....it's freedom of broadcast


Re: There are two possibilities on how it turns out.

more Do 'J'ness

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all: El Reg takes Twitter's anti-mean algorithm for a spin


freedom of speech... - - - freedom of broadcast

The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software goes offline for good


Re: One of those programs cast a long shadow

I do know that in about 94 I attempted a backup of some files using MS backup to floppy. they spanned about 14 disks. one of the disk reads failed and I lost the entire lot.

I did learn things from that

a friend also did a hard drive backup in about 2010. he had two identical model and capacity disks, and he picked the wrong one to write to, and lost everything on that disk. X-s. I learnt things from that too - having different manufracturer hard disks can help you choose the right one


maybe slightly relevent, not myself, but s.w.i.m. might have had the *cough* only illegal thing he ever downloaded to his PC, in the form of the t3rr0r1sts h4ndbook, in about '94, from tucows? or somewhere else. s.w.i.m. can't really remember

One careful driver: Make room in the garage... Bloodhound jet-powered car is up for sale


do we want something that is 'world beating' or not?

innovstion. new boundaries. new science. going where no previously-RAF pilot has gone before


hope this can continue

Showering malware-laced laptops on UK schools is the wrong way to teach them about cybersecurity


Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't

without reading the details, one scan of an up to date malwarebytes?


Re: Rotten at the Core

yeah to all of that.....

I mean also, someone who was 'tech admin staff' in an army barracks once told me officers were proud of not being able to use technology - cos they drive ships and captain planes. that's what they're proud of

I recently had some (totally inneffective) dealings with the police (someone committed something against me). the police were a.b.s.o.l.u.t.e.l.y u.s.e.l.e.s.s. and the officer who was "dealing" (h-a-h) with my case, declared loudly "this isn't my area of expertise" (in response to question about recommended CCTV).

any companies that deal with things that aren't tech-related (which is most of them, because tech is the specialised subject), appear to be loud and proud that technology isn't their subject

does this have to change? (does this have to change?) (does. this. have. to. change?) more, more, more, more subjects, technology is becoming *core and integral* to the job description


the only thing people can really do, is vote. and by vote, I mean spoil their vote, and if the entire country spoils there vote, see what happens.

and if the entire country spoiling their vote means the same political circus party remains in power, that confirms that the voting system is corrupt

and that's great

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed


Re: Screwed the pooch and knows it

focussing on the comment about the government regulating soc/media

you can guarantee, that the reasons and the outcome that governments want "regulation" to have, are not the same reasons/outcome users want it to be regulated


ah...what's going on here. mho on something which has lots of angles...

soc/media is un policeable....

why was the most powerful man in the world making announcements on twitter anyway (because it's unfiltered thoughts)

is this proof that the big names combined, "are definitely" more powerful than governments. which we sort of knew......

twitter (and fb) was loving it. priceless publicity, priceless attention

if your average user gets banned, they get annoyed

if the guy with his hand on the nuclear button (or a crazed republican following) gets banned, it's 3...2...1...


Re: Non of us get to judge him now

you don't want to upset someone who can blow up the world tho - via nukes, or followers (followers who have guns - not soc/med followers)


Re: "a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation"

during the past 18 months, twitters alexa rank has gone from about 12, to about 40

daily users from about 4 million to 2 million

whatever twitter is doing, it isn't really working.

(whether the user number landslide is because people have lost the phone number they use to get access to their account and "appeals" doesn't reply, I don't know)

personally...I think all social media has become one big algorithm database experiment. the big names know they have enough users they can lose a few with a few wrong algorithms

Study: AI designed to detect diabetic eye disease blinks in the real world, makes more work for doctors


"It's better to be safe than sorry" - this phrase is being used to say "false positives" are ok. no they aren't. false positives can be just as negative as missing the real thing.

it's like email security*. keeping the right people out is just as harmful as letting the wrong people in. no.....false positives aren't good enough. great for capitalism, but not for that diagnosis.

*I can't let this one slide without mentioning instagram. who are currently/last few weeks locking loads of peoples accounts under the guise of "security", when it's actually under the guise of "your aren't uploading enough profit for us, so we're locking your account out". you know. pandemic. more people online. facebook wants more profit. (this is why your insta stats have gone down - cos other ppl have got locked out)

You've got to be shipping me: KatherineRyan.co.uk suggests the comedian has diversified into freight forwarding


Davetv channel has been about the same since 2016


tenuous link alert, but @Davetvchannel has sort of kill'd my enthusiasm for the half dozen or so staple diets of the channel. (seeing the 50th repeat of Rob Beckett or Jon R'son has sapped my 'want' to see any of their (new?) material

Google Chrome's crackdown on ad blockers and browser extensions, Manifest v3, is now available in beta


m.o. on chrome is it's horrible. it's got nasty config screens (what happened to white checkboxes on grey backgrounds (aka xp style) - works for anything else), one of it's main functions appears to make it harder for you to delete specific parts of your history. (tbh, even if a browser/application did allow you to delete individual history (firefox - also very rubbish cookie control in chrome compared to firefox), there's no guarantee that the only person who was losing access to the data you were deleting is you) - your "deleted info" might still go back to the large mirrored buildings, or buildings shaped a bit like circular radiation signs.


the advertiser will look at their bank balance, if it's going in the right direction, they'll think "he knows our product name, even if it's to avoid it. good enough for us"



and I say this from a "here's the solution, before I don't use the proposed solution"

if a webpage forces me to watch ads, with no way of disabling via ad blocker (eg, origin). I won't go on that page.

Cops raid home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard


the only thing Elysium (the film) was inaccurate about, were the special effects.

'We've heard the feedback...' Microsoft 365 axes per-user productivity monitoring after privacy backlash


Re: Weird metrics

it's quite likely that Microsofts new ideas that they sell to your company, are designed to make them (Microsoft) money, not your company money[?]