Yes, nowadays companies are very socially aware and concerned primarily with the well-being of all individuals around them.
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Another example, if you are properly trained in firearms (as are all firearms owners in Canada) you learn to always point it in a safe direction and always keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to shoot. This is true even if you have just confirmed that the firearm is clear of ammunition.
If you always point in a safe direction, you can't make a mistake about whether the firearm was loaded and do something bad.
We sell a device, which I will call a potato in the interest of obscurity.
The previous version was referred to as a "smart potato", which made sense because it was a potato that could run Windows or Linux onboard.
The new version, which is essentially the same product with better specs, is a "Deep learning edge IoT device". Evidently the fact that it is a potato is no longer relevent.
Turns out there is something everyone may agree on in Congress: Let netizens use mostly algorithm-lite apps
'Father of the Xbox' Seamus Blackley issues Twitter apology to AMD over last-minute switch to Intel CPUs
Microsoft actually got punished for this; one of the major exploits used to access the XBOX bootloader depends on memory address wraparound behaviour of the intel CPU, which the AMD chip didn't have. If they had stuck with the AMD chip, it's likely that the XBOX wouldn't have been hacked so early on.
Fatal Attraction: Lovely collection, really, but it does not belong anywhere near magnetic storage media
Re: Good to see
Regression testing on "any supported Ryzen CPU" is not difficult to achieve.
I would also say that testing many configurations is not difficult for Microsoft. I work for a massively smaller company, and we have strategies for continually stability and regression testing a wide range of HW that are fairly effective. For example, whenever a dev PC is retired it gets sent down to the SQA basement and gets hooked up to the SQA cluster. We also buy newer machines, for example because we need to do tests with a new x86 extension.
I'm sure Microsoft can do a lot better than that.
Re: Ask the dog - it has an 80% success rate
For a while I started writing out what I wanted to talk to people about before I spoke to them, to save the embarassing "oh, now that I've explained it it's obvious" moment. I've found that I don't actually need to do this all that often anymore, since I've sort of trained myself to naturally perform this exercise.
What would <FellowEngineer> do...
Re: me too
And obviously adjusting the volume with a single knob was far to easy to do by accident. The solution of having this function require a modifier key and an F-key that you will need to hunt and peck for every single time it is needed...that is pure genius.
Never again will somebody accidentally quickly reduce the volume when some jackass has decided that their youtube video about how to fix a door handle needs to have maxxed-out raging death metal played over it.
A man spent a year in jail on a murder charge that hinged on disputed AI evidence. Now the case has been dropped
After reportedly dragging its feet, BlackBerry admits, yes, QNX in cars, equipment suffers from BadAlloc bug
If I understand correctly, the memory safety in Rust comes primarily from static analysis mandated by the standard (outside of explicitly specified "unsafe blocks"). So if there is a memory allocation bug in a runtime library, no amount of safety built into the language is going to help right? After all, in the end the compiled code is still just pointers and offsets (with all the usual lack of safety guarantees).
Microsoft fiddles with Fluent while the long dark Nightmare of the Print Spooler continues for Windows
So the thing is...I've done this by accident when I was living in the middle east. Yes, it blew out the fuse on the 110 circuit. But what I found in my case was, the 220v circuit still worked fine (for many years in fact). So if you are in this situation, it's worth checking...not that one should give a customer a computer like that.
What I meant was this: there is a philosophy (to which I prescribe) that software development is 100% a design exercise. When you write code, you are really specifying a program design to be executed by the computer. You must "design" a program that implements the requested UI.
Thus is laid bare the logic of my original statement.
We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools
Would you rather people hide away their racism, or talk about it? You can't effectively argue against somebody who doesn't have a voice. I believe that racism as a guiding principle is truly wrong; I therefore do not fear people expressing racist opinions, because I believe that I will be able to effectively argue against them.
I don't know if this essay was in earnest (or wasn't a bit nuts), but surely it is a good thing to be hearing people say such things? Role models for the capacity of the individual to discard bigotry? To acknowledge that the values they were raised with might be wrong?
To me, this man is just an abstract concept who might as well not actually exist. Those words are very real though. I will therefore judge the message rather than the man, and the message sounds pretty good.
Re: Connecting a PC to a reactor
TMI did fail safe. It was a financial disaster, but there was no human or environmental cost. It was just very expensive. It didn't even affect ongoing operation of the other reactors at that site.
Fukushima is obviously much worse, but I would argue that Fukushima is an example of how good Nuclear safety is. Considering how many things went wrong and the circumstances they were under, the harm was remarkably light. If the comparison is to fossil fuels...deepwater horizon is comparable IMO.
Chernobyl: Soviet Russia. Nuff said.
Re: Why the obsession with MP?
The small size of the image sensor and lack of an adjustable aperture are also big problems. The circle of confusion doesn't go away just because you have a lot of pixels, nor does the amount of light hitting the sensor somehow magically increase. There is also a huge restriction on what kinds of photos you can actually take because a phone does not have aperture adjustment; this is of course irrelevent because most phonetographers don't know what that means.
The software seems to be pretty good at giving people "the photo they want, not the photo they took" which is fine if you are not really interesting in photography.
I do wonder if the aperture problem is going to be partially solved using IR cameras. One could judge the depth of each point in the image, then apply blurring to simulate different DoF. I would be surprised if we don't see that soon (or it isn't being done already).