* Posts by Dinanziame

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NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Reactor?

Curiosity on Mars is nuclear-powered:

Radioisotope thermoelectric generator

TypeScript joins 5 most used languages in 2022 lineup

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Angel

Re: Muppet

You seemed to have unresolved issues... But you sure seem to have a lot of free time to fuck arse around answering comments on your comments on a news site. I can only assume you're not among those "doing the work", eh?

A great day for non-robots: iOS 16 will bypass CAPTCHAs

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The point is that Apple controls what runs on their devices, so the OS can guarantee that there is a real user, and pass complex encrypted certificates. On most other devices, you can run any old program that simulates the existence of a user, so it's not possible to have such a guarantee.

If Twitter forgets your timeline preference, and you're using Safari, this is why

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Re: Ermmm...

How do you store settings server side for people who don't have an account? It seems a bad idea to identify them by their IP.

Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm

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Happy

Re: NFTs have no intrinsic value whatsoever, but have sold for multiple millions.

Not quite; a digital title saying that you own a digital copy of the Mona Lisa, without any right to the original. Meaning that other people can make copies of the original without owing you anything. There is in fact no copyright on the Mona Lisa, since the author died centuries ago before Mickey Mouse was invented, so there are no rights you can buy or own.

Google offers $118m to settle gender discrimination lawsuit

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Scaling to size

Considering this is Google, $100M is like $3K per female employee (not that they'll all get that, lawyers fees and so on), and 1% of the yearly salary budget. They might well consider it the cost of doing business. In fact, considering it is meant to compensate for many years of paying tens of thousands of women less than men, you could say that either nothing much could be found, or that they got off very lightly.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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Meh

I feel that many of the questions were in fact leading the answer given by the AI. For instance: "I'm generally assuming that you would like more people at Google to know that you're sentient. Is that true?"

I'm sorry to say that the engineer has probably tricked himself, and fed the AI the answers he wanted to get in a self-reinforcing cycle. I think it's a common trap for people to fall into. It's impressive that the AI is advanced enough to permit that kind of mistake, but it is still a mistake.

UK competition watchdog seeks to make mobile browsers, cloud gaming and payments more competitive

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Paris Hilton

It's all well and good ending WebKit monoculture on iOS

How do you end the Blink monoculture everywhere else?

Or, for that matter, the Chrome monoculture in general: Usage share of web browsers

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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All brands of cars have a steering wheel made for hands, and accelerators, brake and clutch made for feet. If Linux distributions where that standardized, we wouldn't even notice switching from one to the other

Enemies Waymo, Uber now friends making self-driving-ish trucks for US highways

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Choppy waters ahead

On one hand, this is an obvious use case for the technology. Not only it might remove the most boring — and therefore dangerous — part of the work, it could also save a lot of gas thanks to the use of "road trains" created by multiple trucks following each other closely. On the other hand, truckers are pretty much exploited already, and this seems like a way for them to be paid even less... And when there is already a lack of drivers, who'd want to start on the business when you're guaranteed to be made redundant in a decade or two?

Musk repeats threat to end $46.5bn Twitter deal – with lawyers, not just tweets

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Re: HPE

If there's a citation to your claim, I'd be delighted to read it.

You could start by reading the article, maybe...?

The Register talks to Microsoft's European cloud rivals about getting a fair deal

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Re: Big corporations playground

Isn't the cloud business inherently biased towards big players? There's a fixed cost per user in the form of support, but the infrastructure is all about economies of scale. And even support is easier for largest players, because it's easier to find answers online for the big "standard" products.

I mean it would be nice if SMEs could compete with the like of Google and Amazon, but that's going to be even harder in cloud than in their "original" business of search and online shopping, which is already locked up pretty tight.

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Re: The elephant in the room

I think it's a different market. Amazon is the leader for a particular type of cloud service, and OneDrive is a different type of cloud service. I don't even know whether Amazon has any service that competes with OneDrive, in fact — probably, but Google and Microsoft have so many more individual users that their cloud drive products have a much larger market share.

As to why Microsoft is is cited as example and not Google, I assume it's because Microsoft is bundling OneDrive with a paying product, while Google is technically not bundling anything because everything is free, so the argument is more difficult to make.

Amazon not happy with antitrust law targeting Amazon

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Meh

$550 billion in annual sales or market cap

It's a small thing, but it always annoys me when people act like the market cap of a business is comparable to an annual flow of cash. As in "Company X is now more than the GDP of country Y". It's like comparing wealth and revenue: "people whose total wealth or yearly income is over $1M".

Regarding Walmart, maybe the question should be how much of their income is made online? My understanding is that products on their website are a mix of what they sell themselves and what third parties sell, but products in their brick and mortar stores are exclusively what they sell themselves.

China’s top court calls for blockchain to record vast number of transactions

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Paris Hilton

I fail to see what this achieves that cannot be done far more efficiently with a dumb database?

IBM ends funding for employee retirement clubs

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Re: Saga

Who says they didn't? This is the company that outsources exclusive rights to sell coffee in its offices to the highest bidder.

NASA's 161-second helicopter tour of Martian terrain

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Re: Outside our original design limits

I think they deliberately give gross underestimates of the reliability — considering so many things can go wrong, each component is designed to last for years

America bucks global smartphone decline with help from Apple

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Devil

Re: eWaste 'Я' US

Apple has realized that this is coming, which is why they want to offer a leasing scheme: you pay them $X per month, and they'll keep sending you their latest shiny, every year. They probably hope you won't notice the new phone isn't substantially different from the old one...

Apple scraps 3-day return to office amid COVID-19 cases

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Re: Show me someone who is dead-set on getting people back to the office

I like it if everybody is in the office, so I can go talk to them. You remember hating it when people show up at your desk and interrupt your work with their questions? That's me. Hell, I even like it when people come to my desk, because it's much easier and faster to answer in person than through chat/mail/VC.

Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

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Re: Inadequate approach to data adequacy

The Government have been negotiating in good faith and trying to convince the EU to do the same.

You mean the part where the Government has signed on the dotted line and now wants to renegotiate everything? That's the "good faith" part?

Oracle really does owe HPE $3b after Supreme Court snub

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Devil

Couldn't happen to a nicer company

Incidentally, it's the second year in a row that Oracle loses billions of dollars due to a supreme court ruling. Last year was losing the Google Android lawsuit. It looks like the main department are Oracle (lawyers) are not good at their job.

Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size

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Devil

A sample size of 100? Really?

You're making a beginner's mistake: You're assuming Elon Musk isn't lying through his teeth.

Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

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"three leading systems" WTF?

The leading self-driving car system is Waymo, which has already sells a service with nobody behind the wheel. These systems are at best assisted driving.

How ICE became a $2.8b domestic surveillance agency

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Re: Why?!!

It's easier for them to deport people who are caught lying on a form, rather than simply unwanted. Being a criminal doesn't automatically exclude you from having rights, but lying about it does.

Google shows off immersive maps, AR-flavored search, Pixel 7, and more

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Angel

Re: which will allow users of applications like Google Meet to simulate the presence of in-room

I have a "background" picture of myself sitting in front of the laptop. I can set it up for the meeting and do something more useful meanwhile... Nodding would be a nice feature though!

Indian government accuses Uber of jacking up prices for loyal customers

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Devil

The first hit is free

It is common for businesses to offer a reduced price for first-time customers... The difference here being, the pricing is a black box.

Virginians sue to block rural Amazon datacenter

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Boffin

That might actually be a justification for the rezoning — it's unlikely the region already has an industrial zone of that size. It's probably a very significant increase of industrial zoning in the county, which is almost entirely farmland. It's not entirely unreasonable to do that if demand for industrial zoning increases; now if it has to be in that particular place, that's another question.

Uber, Meta to reduce hiring as stocks slide

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Re: Meta Freezing hiring?

Data centers typically don't require more than a few dozen people to change hardware when it breaks.

Switch off the mic if it makes you feel better – it'll make no difference

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Angel

Mandatory XKCD

Google cancels bi-annual performance reviews, shifts to GRAD system

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WTF?

Er... Ever heard of grades, or grading?

Elon Musk wants to take Twitter public again 'within 3 years'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Libtards meltdown

Censor stuff that's illegal, not just objectionable.

So porn would be allowed then?

Ex-Googlers take a stab at building 'general intelligence' that makes software do what you tell it

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Meh

Sounds cool, doesn't work (so far)

Understanding what the user wants is only half the problem. Interfacing with the systems that make it possible to do what the user wants is a lot harder. You pretty much immediately have to implement a new API for every use case, and nothing scales. Entire industries need to adopt common standardized API for this to be successful.

But it's certainly enough for a VC pitch and possibly enough to get bought up for $X billions by $CORPORATION

Meet Moeco, Ukrainian-led biz using IoT trackers to follow supplies into invaded land

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Paris Hilton

I'm reminded of the Apple airtags, except that this solution directly sends its location over 4G instead of relying on nearby iPhones... And somehow seems cheaper as well. Which, of course, directly leads to questions about the potential uses for stalking.

Apple's grip on iOS browser engines disallowed under latest draft EU rules

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Re: What is a NOT a native iOS app on iOS?

As opposed to a "web app", aka website.

The idea is that Apple doesn't like it when people buy something through a website without paying anything to Apple. So Apple is deliberately crippling browsers on iOS so that websites are slow, so that companies develop an iOS app to replace the website, so that Apple can grab 30% of anything bought through the app.

Google bans third-party call-recording apps from Play Store

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Paris Hilton

Re: I don't understand

What's this all about. Why can't I just record my calls with my choice of software if I so choose.

The stated justification is that you shouldn't be able to do it without the other person in the call knowing about it. Not sure what business it is of Google. Maybe they're afraid of lawsuits.

IBM ordered to pay $105 million to insurer over tech project's collapse

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Devil

"Nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM"

This used to be true. Now, I think people should be fired for even proposing IBM.

Nokia quits Russia over Ukraine invasion

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Huawei reportedly furloughs Russian staff and stops taking orders

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Devil

I understand the sentiment, but "illegal invasion" has always struck me as a sort of oxymoron... As of there were laws regulating such things.

Beijing approves first new video games in nine months

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Paris Hilton

Do books need to be approved as well?

Legit not sure

China: Our big tech companies are hiring, not shrinking

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Devil

How many of these new employees are "party compliance officers"?

US Army to build largest 3D-printed structures in the Americas

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Trollface

Looking forward to construction being halted because the printer is out of magenta

Google must pay €150 million fine to French Competition Authority, court orders

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Re: Please report on the date the fine arrives in the bank account

For fines dished out by the EU, they had to pay the fine before appealing, IIRC. That said, are you worried that they are not paying the fine? I tend to think that the bodies issuing the fine don't forget that little detail, and would complain loudly to the media and add punitive interest rates otherwise.

IBM deliberately misclassified mainframe sales to enrich execs, lawsuit claims

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Meh

To think I interviewed with them 12 years ago

*shudder*

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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Extra credit

Fire somebody, but keep them for a month to train their replacement. Possibly, a cheaper, offshore, replacement.

Russian devs plan alternative Android app store after Google Play bans paid apps

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Trollface

Re: The proletariat

Your use of the communist manifesto term 'the' is disturbing

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Re: Dirty Apps in NashStore

Google Play cutoff in Russia: a meaningless, feel-good action

Note that this only blocks paid apps, not free apps, and for a good reason: without Visa or Mastercard, they cannot process payments.

Google resumes shoveling stuff into its 'Privacy Sandbox'

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Devil

Re: And yet can I find a clock that ticks ?

Why would you want a ticking clock?? Are you looking for a gift for your mother-in-law?

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google

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Windows

"Google knows what every byte of that data is, and what it's used for"

I think that's very optimistic. In a lot of cases, Google has been hoovering up data without even having any idea whether it would ever be useful... Just in case.

File Explorer fiasco: Window to Microsoft's mixed-up motivations

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Unhappy

Ads in the OS

Ouch. I'll stay with Apple then. Privacy is not my concern, but distractions definitely are.

Chip world's major suppliers of neon gas shut down by Ukraine invasion – report

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Go

That's a good thing!

Having a global supply chain that breaks down in various places as soon as there's a war anywhere on earth makes it less likely that governments will resort to war.

People inconvenienced by the lack of chips for their new rig can console themselves thinking that at least, they don't have bombs falling on their town.

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