* Posts by Bob Whitcombe

8 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Aug 2019

FCC boss says 25Mbps isn't cutting it, Americans deserve 100Mbps now, gigabit later

Bob Whitcombe

Have not seen speeds this low since 2000

Ah, they say - "Only in America". When I was working for Intel I was in Asia twice a month, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, China. Used to get 100M Internet for $20 in Japan in 2004. And the US is still rationing Internet Bandwidth and people are fine with that? Unbelievable.

Scientists claim >99 percent identification rate of ChatGPT content

Bob Whitcombe

Isn't this the same tool that correctly identified 10 of 10 ChatGPT writings as those of AI - but erroneously identified 8 of 10 human authored works as done by AI as well? If the AI can't tell them apart and the humans can't tell them apart, seems we have passed Turning test milestone.

Intel's $2.8B Q1 loss and 36 percent revenue slide were slightly less horrible than expected

Bob Whitcombe

Relying of their Chip Chops

Sadly Intel went from being 2 generations ahead on process technology to 1.5 to 2 generations behind more advanced Semi-conductor firms like TSMC in the past decade. Oh, and isn't TSMC the world's largest third-party Foundry? Expanding operations with a Mega Factory in Arizona? I see the hand of Intel's impeccable timing once again. Just as their Crypto Chip arrived DoA due to the Crypto-Winter, Intel will have to use price to snag business from a US based TSMC operation. With what? As ex-Intel I do not blame Pat for the state of affairs Intel finds itself in today. In fact I wish him the best of luck for the future. But we need to be realistic about turn-around timing. First objective, relearn how to float.

Cash App founder stabbed to death in San Francisco

Bob Whitcombe

You really think this was a "mugging"

Not as bad as Mississippi, where a black construction worker was found decapitated with his limbs severed and strewn about after his mother got a disturbing call saying his foreman wanted him dead and the cops there found nothing suspicious about his death. At least the SFPD identified this as a murder. Have to think it was actually a hit.

Texas mulls law forcing ISPs to block access to abortion websites

Bob Whitcombe

Everything is better in Texas with Censorship

WTF - Burning, books, attacking women, forcing them to get pregnant, go to term, endure that pain and then what abandoned by the state and forced into poverty. Lovely.

Google and Microsoft's public squabble over who's the worst is giving us life right now, not gonna lie

Bob Whitcombe

Be Careful What You Ask For

While GOOG already has agreements in place and fee models with news agencies - where are the same agreements for MSFT? Ultimately - you get the price too high - they will just set the bots to making up their own news - and these days - who would know?

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

Bob Whitcombe

No 5G, Brexit - what next Coal?

It is clear that Trump will have a lovely retirement village in Brighton. Obviously if they object to pulsed microwave radiation - then neither 4G, 3GPP or 2G signals are safe. Guess then new employment model will be scribes and runners to fetch messages. Clearly Brighton will become a very safe "No Social Media Zone". Not sure what they are going to do with telly broadcasts. Take down those antennae now.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

Bob Whitcombe

But don't you have to pass a Driver's test?

While I accept that a flat panel UI does not provide the level of feedback of a haptic throttle with reinforcing feedback - these are $250M ships. Don't we train the heck out of a helmsman before they get placed in grade to helm a ship?

I saw the kind of job Sulu (John Cho) did on the Enterprise using touch screens - and actually expected to have progressed a fair way with the UI for modern subs, destroyers etc. Obviously not. But I am drawing the line at steam donkey's and cable winches.