* Posts by seldom

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We never agreed to only buy HP ink, say printer owners

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Re: Never buy HP anything.

I wouldn't even let my enemies do it

Cisco is a fashion retailer now, with a spring collection to prove it

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Re: Finally

The Oracle lube bottle?

Incoming wave of AI is making buying PCs riskier for businesses

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Re: Nobody needs to buy an AI PC

Mine is still running my NAS. It's a bit power hungry for what it does but the six WD Red 3TBs are worse. I just keep hoping that they will die (one at a time) so that I can replace them with SSDs.

IT body proposes that AI pros get leashed and licensed to uphold ethics

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Will Ethical Computing have problems with non-binary entities?

Would by any chance the CEO bonus be dependent on revenues?

Would the accreditation be based on any technical standards or simply ethical?

I nearly destroyed my keyboard as I was drinking coffee when I read the last bullet point.

"The UK government should aim to support organizations to set world-leading ethical standards."

Why do IT projects like the UK's scandal-hit Post Office Horizon end in disaster?

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I was drinking with a chap who was a salesman for a major printer manufacturer. Suddenly, he started panicking.

"Get me out of here", he whispered.

I took him out the backdoor and into another pub and asked him "What was the problem?"

He told me that he had just closed a multi-million euro deal based on a product that was barely in Alpha so that management were driving the engineers so hard that their eyeballs were bleeding.

Those engineers had just walked into the first pub.

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G. B. the financial genius who sold half of Britain's gold reserves for >10% less than the historically low price gold was at because he anounced the sale date in advance.

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Re: Building software is hard...

So, you defined the manager. What is the solution?

Excel recruitment time bomb makes top trainee doctors 'unappointable'

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Re: Excel for dodgy databases

SAP is not designed to migrate correctly.

The consultants would lose millions. After our botched migration most of the people involved left the company and are now working for SAP or the consultants that helped us through the (trivial) process changes.

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Re: Excel for dodgy databases

SAP speak:

All your data is in silos if it's not in SAP (Even if you can access it from almost any interface known, ever)

If your data is in SAP anyone can access it at all times.

Unless they are not using SAP.

It's not a silo it's SAP

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Re: Excel for dodgy databases

It's great for presenting data, BUT it's a terrible idea to use it to store data. Just do not do it.

No more Mr Nice DoJ: Tesla gets subpoenas over self-driving software claims

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Re: At any normal company

Maybe he owns his company, try it sometime. ;-)

Microsoft to shield paid-up Copilot customers from any AI copyright brawls it starts

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Re: This is why…

LOL

International Criminal Court hit in cyber-attack amid Russia war crimes probe

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How International is international

The US doesn't recognise it, Russia doesn't recognise it, China doesn't recognise it, India doesn't recognise it. That covers a lot of the world's population.

Getting to the bottom of BMW's pay-as-you-toast subscription failure

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Re: Bolted Horses

Shocked;

A: People on this website actually watch sky

B: If they really want to watch it, they pay for it.

BOFH: WELCOME TO COLOSSAL SERVER ROOM ADVENTURE!!

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Re: I miss Infocom...

Anyone remember Star Trek on the Uni Birmingham's or Warwick's mainframes.

Spot the dog? No, we couldn't either because Spot is a robot employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

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Re: History repeating itself?

British Government cluelessness is a huge problem for Britain.

Sadly everyone else just laughs.

Is it a drone? Is it a balloon? Whatever it is the US warns locals not to let them fly in Iran

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Re: Beware drones carrying genies

Don't transport water anywhere near Americans!

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/us/politics/afghanistan-drone-strike-video.html

Election Excel blunder declared a 'low point' for Austrian social democracy

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It did work for Dubbya.

BOFH: Ah. Company-branded merch. So much better than a bonus

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Re: When do people understand that cash rules?

Were you at Dovecliff Grammar too?

It was a simple mistake that could have happened to anyone who wasn't really listening to the teacher properly.

I'm really sorry about that.

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Re: Acronym-Ignorant

On the other hand, I was taught English under a system that percieved grammar as a crypto-fascist system to force young minds into a rigid authoritarian mindset.

It drove our French teacher mad as we had no concept of, or the vocabulary of, grammar. It was also a bit of a bastard when I got to Germany where they take their grammar seriously.

We also never learned to avoid creulty to the common comma.

Cheapest, oldest, slowest part fixed very modern Mac

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So you knew Ron H. too

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Re: Bridge technologies

Sorry for the downvote but you mentioned the Zip drive. I still have nightmares about trying to get my data off the fuckers. It was not a SCSI problem *Rant for 10 minutes* .

Those things cost me more money than my Credit Suisse Investment Counsellor.

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Re: Its always the simple things

Please don't feed the Troll, damn Tooooo late

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Re: Its always the simple things

Make sure that you invite the local fire fighters round for a barbeque or two.

I've heard that it helps with the insurance claims.

Open source AI makes modern PCs relevant, and subscriptions seem shabby

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Re: costs

I bought a bandsaw because I want to make some toys in wood for my niece's children.

I'm in my fourth week of experimentation and the system is still not delivering the the results I'm looking for.

On the plus side, I still have all my fingers, and I am enjoying the learning process.

Sometimes the journey is more valuable than the destination (Grasshopper).

US chip sanctions may push Brazil, others right into China's arms

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Re: Lula is bad for business.

Look into why he was released. It turned out the State Department had framed him so that Bolsonara could win.

UK consortium bid for NHS data platform falls at first hurdle

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Re: "Unless the conservatives finish hollowing out and selling off the NHS by January 2025"

Are these doctors old enough to have been working before Blair started to to destroy the NHS in earnest?

A lot of experienced doctors left the NHS after his first round of "improvements" and one of them told me that his policies made Thatcher look like a fairy godmother (unless you were a Consultant).

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Re: "Unless the conservatives finish hollowing out and selling off the NHS by January 2025"

The power of the Labour movement has always been used to be about the strength of powerless working people in large groups. All that this infighting does is split the large group into multiple small ones, rendering it powerless. It's almost as if Keith is a Tory like His Tonyness stooge. FTFY

What if someone mixed The Sims with ChatGPT bots? It would look like this

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Re: Just try it

Sounds like they based it on my last manager

It's this easy to seize control of someone's Nexx 'smart' home plugs, garage doors

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You forgot the troll icon.

Smile! UK cops reckon they've ironed out gremlins with real-time facial recog

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Where are they getting all the personel?

In most areas there are not enough police resources to show up for a burglary or minor assault.

So, if the FR flags a criminal where are the police people coming from?

Cisco Moscow trashed offices as it quit Putin's putrid pariah state

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Re: putin's 3̶ 406 day battle plan for absolute success :))

So it's fine to invade non-neighbouring countries.

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Haven't you noticed El Reg is not what it was (British).

ChatGPT, how did you get here? It was a long journey through open source AI

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Re: Open or Closed...

Sounds like it was created for HR bods or CEO's

Terran 1, world's first (mostly) 3D printed rocket, lifts off ... and fails to reach orbit

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Re: Are we having fun yet?

It's disruptive, so it must be worth Beeeellions

I can't do that, Dave: AI drowns top sci-fi mag with story submissions

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Thought it was "There 's a burger bar around the corner where the meat you get is skimpy. That's the way the world will end. Not with a bang but a Wimpy."

Core-JS chief complains open source is broken, no one will pay for it

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The poor guy

Oh my god, that all happened to him, the poor guy. Where did you hear this? I missed it on the BBC, can you give us a link because I'm sure the BBC would have reported it.

Smart ovens do really dumb stuff to check for Wi-Fi

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Re: Baked

In Germany the AEG acronym was popularly expanded as Auspacken, Einschaten, Gutschein (verbatim as unpack, turn on, refund).

Fat EVs may cause 'more death on our roads' – watchdog

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Re: Weight is relative...

Especially if you're wearing stilettos.

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Re: More mass = more energy, right?

Where I live in Switzerland, the local area voted to only use hydro (there are a couple of big rivers here). This means that we've been paying a slight premium for our electricity for the last 10 years.My car is a hybrid with roughly 50km electric range. Unless I'm going on holiday or to a distant client with no remote log-in the car is driven purely electricly for 10 months of the year. Due to regenerative braking my alloy rims stay clean and my brake pads last forever(ish). I love the combination of short/long distance practicality.

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Re: Weight is relative...

Have you ever heard of regenerative braking?

Bringing cakes into the office is killing your colleagues, says UK food watchdog boss

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Re: What a load of cobblers

If (Doughnut freshly fried)

{

While (not cool enough to to eat without burning mouth)

{

wait 5 seconds

}

eat

If Ask ("Do you have some alcoholic drink to give me?")

{

Reply("Best friend forever")

}

else

{

Reply("Thanks for the doughnut, now fuck off because some of us have work to do and can't get paid for handing out doughnuts and alcohol free drinks all day.")

{

{

else

{

Ask ("Why don't you have proper doughnuts?")

If Ask ("Do you have some alcoholic drink to give me?")

{

Reply("I'll forgive you for the shitty doughnuts.")

}

}

Raspberry Pi hires former spy gadget-maker who baked devices into surveillance ops

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Joke

Re: It's not gone well for them

Lord of the Files?

Palantir's Covid-era UK health contract extended without competition

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Re: I feel all warm and fuzzy now I know the Americans have access to my health data ...

Upvoted because I'm in Switzerland and I feel warm and fuzzy because even though I pay a fortune (£500/month family of 3 with paying all costs up to £2200/year per person and after that 10% of all costs) for my health care, my data is safe.

Should open source sniff the geopolitical wind and ban itself in China and Russia?

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Simon just don't drink the kool-aid

Sorry, Simon just stop drinking the kool-aid.

An IT emergency during a festive visit to the in-laws? So sorry, everyone, I need to step out for a while

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Re: Inheriting tech teams

Downvote for "world class team" hitting my buzzword bingo parser from 1999

Why would a keyboard pack a GPU and run Unreal Engine? To show animations beneath the clear keys, natch

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Re: Bit of a gimmicky letdown with squandered potential

What ever happened to the optimus maximus?

US chip war could hurt the West as Beijing moves to ramp up its own industry

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Ha ha

If your company has even seen a dollar from a distance or one of your shareholders is an american citizen then you are subject to american law. Not to mention third party sanctions.

Epson zaps lasers into oblivion, in the name of the environment

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Re: Oh sure, inkjets are "green". Pull the other one, it has bells on it.

I'm dreading the day when my Samsung 3010nd dies

Block Fi seeks bankruptcy protection as 'shocking' FTX contagion spreads

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Re: Hard Currency

Governments like the Weimar Republic, Zimbabwe, Argentinia,Venezuela,US where money is/was simply printed to solve short term problems?

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