* Posts by zuckzuckgo

495 posts • joined 8 Feb 2019


Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus

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Re: "An arithmetic logic unit of 32 bits or wider"

Forcing them to use 16 bit Windows 3.x would certainly qualify as a crime against humanity?

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Re: meanwhile in Russia...

All accommodations handled through ScareBnB.

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Re: composed of Transputer chips.

Certainly a drag on the economy.

Twitter shareholders to vote on Elon Musk's acquisition

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Re: "In an attempt to break the stalemate, Twitter has agreed to share ever more"

From the Twitter 2021 Annual Report:


We have performed an internal review of a sample of accounts and estimate that the average of false or spam accounts during the fourth quarter of 2021 represented fewer than 5% of our mDAU during the quarter. The false or spam accounts for a period represents the average of false or spam accounts in the samples during each monthly analysis period during the quarter. In making this determination, we applied significant judgment, so our estimation of false or spam accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts, and the actual number of false or spam accounts could be higher than we have estimated.


Twitter made it clear that they "applied significant judgment" and that the numbers could be higher. Either Musk did not bother to read the report or in his rush to save "freedom" decided to ignore the weasel words. Either way I think he is on the hook to pay penalties or complete the deal.

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope

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Re: Meteoroids are a pain in the...

Maybe Musk can figure out how to deliver some preparation-X to sooth the wounds. Seems to have been effective when negotiating other NASA contracts.

Mars helicopter needs patch to fly again after sensor failure

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> well it's way past it's warranty date...

Blame the bean counters. They were to cheap to shell out for the extended warranty plan with the onsite option.

IBM AI boat to commemorate historic US Mayflower voyage finally lands… in Canada

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Re: Look at that!!

> But don't worry IBM fans out there, here comes PR

I suspect the whole project was run by PR.

Algorithm spots 104 asteroids in huge piles of data

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The moon rotates once every 29.5 days so there is no permanent dark side. Do you mean the far side that always faces away from the earth? That will avoid earth orbiting junk but it will be sunny for roughly half of each month.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’

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Re: "Voyager 1 is now 45 years old"

And we had to walk to the terminal room, twice each day, up stairs, both ways!

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine

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Re: DRM and theft prevention

>John Deere make cruise missiles as well?

Only for their intellectual property rights enforcements.

Elon Musk flogs $8.4bn of Tesla shares amid Twitter offer drama

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We need a new icon specifically for twætter

NASA taps commercial partners for near-Earth communications network

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Re: Kuiper

They may have to rely on SpaceX in the near term but over the long term I think they don't want to be reliant on one operator. After all they could go out of business or ownership control could change.

Who knows, Elon could use Twitter to take SpaceX public through a reverse takeover manoeuvre. Then all space communications could be done by tweet.

AI models to detect how you're feeling in sales calls

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Re: a model with a modest size of 70 billion parameters,

70 billion molecules of scotch is way less then a micro litre. So that is not enough to even be considered modest.

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Re: What a _real_ AI would do.

> After all, there's no reason why the customer won't have their own AI software at their end too. :-)

Since this is a Zoom product used on Zoom calls, Zoom gets to play the roll of a military arms dealer. The seller/prospect/victim willing to pay the most get the best AI capabilities. So if you are using a free account you get to play the roll of innocent civilian.

Finnish govt websites knocked down as Ukraine President addresses MPs

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Re: re. Even if his replacement is just a Putin clone it would be an improvement.

Any Putin replacement would also control the Russian media and could claim victory in Ukraine for the special military exercise while withdrawing troops and negotiating a return to more "normal" trade relations with the west.

Within Russia any recovery in the economy could be presented as the fruits of victory. And the west - desperate for Russia's energy exports - would likely accept Putin as the main culprit rather then sufferer the economic blow-back from ongoing sanctions.

That's my 2 Rubles.

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Re: Putin is accomplishing all of his goals

Russia could become self sufficient but not likely prosperous - leading to a lower standard of living and making it difficult to maintain their defence posture. The whole point of economic trade is that both trading partners benefit from economic/production efficiency. Russia looses that benefit.

Russia would at least need China on side. China is straddling the fence now, as they would like to reclaim Taiwan, but if forced to choose I think they would maintain trade with the west over trading with Russia.

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Re: Putin is accomplishing all of his goals

What is your point? That we should not comment or complain about Russian atrocities because everyone is doing it?

So I can assume that if Ukraine or NATO starts bombing Russian civilian targets will you tell us not to complain or condemn that as well.

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Re: Amazing

>have more reason than most to be suspicious of Russian motives.

I suspect that the Finns are justifiably suspicious of all foreign motives. But Russia has now made it crystal clear which is the best choice when forced to pick between NATO or Russia.

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> but it is very far from certain that his replacement would be any warmer towards adjacent democracies than Putin is.

Even if his replacement is just a Putin clone it would be an improvement.

Putin can't be seen to back down so must either double down on the atrocities or massively repress his own people and economy. A replacement could let Putin take the blame and reopen economic connections with the west - if for no other reason then to strengthen Russia's future economic/military prospects.

This might at least stabilize the situation even if is just a return to the status quo.

Google focuses Lens on combined image and text searching

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Lately, I have had Google respond a few times with: "It looks like there aren't many great matches for your search" with no results or just a short useless list. Repeat the same search with duckduckgo and get more results with something useful in the mix.

Is Google ignoring sites that don't produce revenue?

Fujitsu claims 'major technical milestone' in quantum simulation

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To clarify my own post: The unanswered question is whether, as qubits increase, does the complexity of a quantum computer grow faster than the computational benefits.

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Directly from the article:

"IonQ noted that for a small number of qubits, a simulator can be faster than an actual quantum processor. However, the length of time and the amount of memory required for a simulator to process a quantum circuit increases exponentially with the number of qubits, while it only increases linearly for the quantum computer."

The unanswered question is whether the complexity of an actual quantum computer will also increase exponentially with the number of qubits supported. They are still working on that one.

Tomorrow Water thinks we should colocate datacenters and sewage plants

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Re: go left or right?

> it is vitally important that people can tell (smell?) one from the other.

They can be named to clearly distinguish the separate facilities. I suggest the "Number One" and "Number Two" processing centres.

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>The internet is turning to shit.

At least now it will be hot shit.

Man arrested, accused of trying to track woman using Apple Watch attached to car

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> At least the screen wouldn't have to be on.

Unless the shake to wake feature is enabled. Depends how the internal accelerator react to the g forces.

Nvidia outlines subscription-fueled journey to $1tr revenue

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Re: Have they jumped on the crypto wagon?

>The cards are already priced well above the $100/year revenue mark; Nvidia are looking at how to achieve that through provision of software services to people that didn't buy cards.

More likely they want to leverage their base of installed cards, making them essential to access future cloud services. By developing or convincing others to develop such services Nvidia can achieve higher profit margins for both.

Essentially trying to copy Apple's business model.

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Can I assume no executive bonuses until the $1tr target is hit?

Take this $715,000 and find security gaps in quantum computers, says NSF

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Re: Was Bohr a fermion or a boson?

But is he a righty or a lefty? One must know if he has the politically correct chirality.

Germany advises citizens to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus

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Re: Just don't use ANY anti-virus

> Only old, known malware will be detected by AV software.

So are you suggesting that we shouldn't be blocking old, known malware?

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Re: Just don't use ANY anti-virus

> Anti-Anti-Virusers???

You just upped the anti

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Re: This is exactly the sort of thing...

> I already have a perfectly good operating system that I don't have to pay for

No worries, I'm sure they still have a legal team somewhere in the bowels of the company working on that "problem".

Russia mulls making software piracy legal and patent licensing compulsory

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> I'm quaking in my boots... or runners, as the case may be. :)

Those runners wouldn't happen to be Russian Reebok knockoffs?

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks

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Re: Tabs are bullshit

Tabs would be a welcome feature in File Explorer so long as you still had the option to open a folder in a new window when needed with a shift-click or something similar.

AMD confirms Ryzen chips' stuttering performance on Windows 10, 11

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Re: Yuck.

A real-time system does not necessarily have to be fast but timing has to be bounded and predictable. So a system can be real-time but still to slow for gaming.

Europe's largest nuclear plant on fire after Russian attack

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Re: I know it can't be done

> Why, what would they do? Run out, get in their planes and bomb you?

No. Just get bombed.

OneWeb drops launches from Russia's Baikonur spaceport

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Re: (eventual) refund?

If the sins of the past disqualify you from saying and doing the right things now, then there is no person or country left to do the right thing. That kind of thinking leads no where that I want to go.

Your app deleted all my files. And my wallpaper too!

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Re: Concepts are hard to understand

> Best remedy: we need to eliminate the users. ;-)

And when the AI's finally take over, we will all be users.

Linux kernel edges closer to dropping ReiserFS

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Clearly your just trying to get a Reise out of readers.

JavaScript survey: Most use React but satisfaction low

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Re: "Learning how to code"

> I have now a sudent coding some stuff for me, I am more than twice his age, scary).

So your students over 30? That is scary... Now I'm feeling my age.

Beware the techie who takes things literally

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Re: In the manner of the BOFH....

Maybe that explains all those the GM Bolt EV car fires. It wasn't the batteries, just strict enforcement of an expiring trialware licence?

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Re: He protected his boss from legal problems IMHO..

>He seems to have been the type who wouldn't have listened.

Or just chose not to understand.

Apple tweaks AirTags to be less useful for stalkers, thieves

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Apple, Microsoft etc will and have fought court orders that they don't like. They have enough money and lawyers to win or at least delay ordered actions.

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Re: Fun ways to kill one.

>So you won't drive Toyota either then because their vehicles are used by the Taliban?

Toyota does not let the Taliban use MY Toyota. When criminals use AirTags to track a car it is likely using the car owner's iPhone to relay the location. It should be disabled by default with warnings about possible abuses when it is enabled.

Joint European Torus more than doubles fusion record with 59 megajoules

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Re: Idle speculation

There is active development of systems to radiate excess heat into outer space using infrared wavelengths between 8 and 13 micrometres where the atmosphere is most transparent.

Used as a roofing material it could absorb solar energy and radiate it back out to into the space, reducing the need for air conditioning.

May also be handy for space craft that have trouble getting rid of excess heat.


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I'd be satisfied if it could reliably power my coffee maker, hopefully before I am no longer able to drink coffee.

Photon fantastic: James Webb Space Telescope spies its first starlight

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Re: JWST will confirm a Steady State Universe

I don't think that the JWST will suddenly make the cosmic background radiation disappear.

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A kind of cosmic blue angel?

UK science stuck in 'holding pattern' on EU funding by Brexit, says minister

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Re: "Where does it say that's happening?"

Beside, according to the FDA, Ivermectin is ineffective in treating COVID 19 even in horses.



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