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Wells Fargo fires employees accused of faking keyboard activity to pretend to work

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Re: Whatever happened to measuring output?

Ah, the so-called perverse incentive, or the "cobra effect". TL/DR: Cobra snake population was too high, so people were given a bounty for each one killed. People bred them to claim many bounties. Result: cobra population increased.


Wikipedia describes this as an example of unintended consequences of economic simulation. But I prefer to see it as the majestic inventiveness of human beings to get round a system, sometimes expending more effort than it would have taken to do the thing in the first place.

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Re: Whatever happened to measuring output?

That was my first thought too. But there isn't much detail of actual events in this report or other news outlets covering this story either. It could be that the staff were already under investigation for being rubbish, which then uncovered the activity faking systems. That's more newsworthy than a long drawn out and very dull application of a corporate performance management process.

That's what happened where I worked once. A staff member was being rubbish and just not getting stuff done. As part of the eventual investigation, IT produced their laptop logs (basically just the windows event logs) and we saw that their laptop just wasn't turned on for long enough for them to meet their mandatory hours. That was just one piece of evidence that supported their dismissal and as I retell it now, it's the most newsworthy one.

Another time, I got a message from IT about someone's laptop being used at stage times of the night. They had spotted the network activity and just wanted to check that it hasn't been stolen.

Disenchanted Windows user? Pop open a fresh can of Linux Lite

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"People coming from Windows are generally going to want all the bells and whistles -- they aren't going to be satisfied with a bare-bones distro"

I came to Linux from Windows, didn't want all the bells and whistles and I am perfectly satisfied with a reasonably bare bones distro. Which was the whole reason for moving away from Windows - it had too many things built in that were useless to me and got in the way.

And this is exactly the point lglethal was making with their "boy do you Penguinistas not make this easy" comment. This thread is now showing signs of becoming a classic desktop flame war. Liam Proven had it spot on earlier with their "There. Done." comment. Install Linux (mint if you want me to point you to an easy one just to get you started). You don't need to care about desktops or distros at this stage, just dip into it and splash around for a bit to see how it feels (run it "live" from a USB stick if you don't want to actually install anything yet). If it's ok, take the next step and install it alongside your existing windows. If after a few months you think it's not for you, you can try a different distro and/or desktop or just walk away. By then, chances are you'll be a bit more confident about understanding what different distros offer and whether you care.

Linux for the first time is like learning to drive a car. You just get into whatever car is in front of you and learn. You don't wait until you've got that flashy shiny all bells and whistles car you might want in the future before getting behind the wheel for the first time.

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"However, I'm not going to lie, everytime I start reading one of these articles, my eyes begin to glaze over, flatpak, gnome, distros, zzzzzzzzzz.... Eventually, I'm going to have to try to pay attention, pick a package and give it a go... But boy do you Penguinistas not make this easy... ;)"

Same here. I was a regular Linux user over 15 years ago. Whilst I forgot most of it, I'm still happy in a command line rather than a GUI so was eager to go back to Linux for some time my while laptop running win 10 was grinding to a halt.

I'd recommend Linux mint and just ignore any mention of distros, flatpack etc. The official instructions from the main download page were easy enough, even how to create a new partition and have windows/Linux dual boot. Flatpak is over complicated, to the user its just a version of an application manager that some software uses and some doesn't. It just works.

Only decision I had to make when installing was which version of the desktop to choose, between three versions depending on how powerful your computer is. I went for the middle option on my 7 year old laptop that wasn't top end even then, it works fine. Also, the mint online forum is pretty good. Just ignore the jerks on there who won't say anything helpful until you've posted a full description of your system and taken their criticism at you for running some random bit of software that isn't the latest version, and you'll be fine.

Tesla's Autopilot false advertising tussle with California DMV must go to trial

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Re: "Autopilot is proving to be a headache for Tesla"

"It is high time a liar was sent to jail, especially when his lies have actually killed people."

This guy got sent to jail. Don't know if anyone died but in short, he faked test data about kit he was selling to the Risk Navy, causing financial loss.


BT chief blames regulations for UK lagging in next-gen network rollout

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Re: Out in the sticks

Where I live (edge of a small town), all the streets around us were fibred up several years ago using a combination of existing underground conduits, above ground poles and new poles, but not our postcode. I have contacted Openreach several times but no response. Their website says to contact your ISP, all the ISPs say to contact Openreach. Openreach's own data says that for our area their build is finished. So no fibre for us.

Boeing's Starliner makes it into orbit at long last – with human crew aboard

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Well I've learnt something there. I did not know that.

Study finds 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects

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Re: Correlation or causation?

"customer deciding when enough is done in place of a fixed budget"

One software project I was on had the customer deciding when enough was done _because_of their fixed budget. It was awful. I was on the project as a kind of reviewer, technical friend to the customer and technical reviewer to the contractor. I spent most of my time telling the contractor that the customer's requirements were rubbish and how did they ever expect to deliver against them. Contractors response was typically "we know but the customer keeps changing their mind so we keep starting again". The other times I was telling the customer that despite them telling the contractor to use Agile (I think the customer had been on a course) they weren't doing Agile. Customer's response was "I didn't mean Agile,I meant agile, fail fast". I really wanted it to succeed but when the customer declined to continue paying for our services (because we kept telling the customer what they needed to hear not what they wanted), I didn't cry too much.

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Impartial study or not?

Don't forget that this 'Agile is rubbish' survey was for a book extolling the benefits of a methodology that "offers ... proven strategies for successful personal and business transformations" (quote from the book's website). A book produced by the very same organisation that commissioned the study in the first place.

Also, I wonder if the selection of Agile and a project's failure are down the same reasons, rather than the former driving the latter. ie if a project looks doomed from the start, someone might be more inclined to use Agile as a futile attempt to save it.

'Building AI co-workers going to be largest opportunity of tech in our lifetime'

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co-worker, exactly how I use it at work

This is exactly how I use LLMs where I work - as a coworker. More specifically, something I can delegate tasks to, such as writing summaries of long documents, coming up with key points from brainstorm notes or meeting minutes. Luckily, we have our own garden-walled LLMs so I can feed in corporately sensitive stuff safe in the knowledge that it won't ever get out to where it shouldn't.

And before anyone asks, I never use the LLM output without reviewing it thoroughly myself. I find it most useful for rewriting existing stuff that I feed it, not for coming up with new stuff in the first place, so the "LLM Hallucination" issue is a small one and easy to deal with.

Screwdrivers: is there anything they can't do badly? Maybe not

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Re: Screwdrivers can be used for anything

Screwdrivers can do anything

I once read (pre internet days and can't find an online reference today) an article that said screwdrivers were invented before the screw. The first guns were held together with nails and frequently needed dismantling for repairs. Someone had the idea to cut a slot across the top of round headed nails and used a "turnscrew" in the slot to loosen the nail to make it easier to remove.

If true, then more support for the notion that a modern screwdriver has many uses beyond driving screws.

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Re: Excessive force

My story is one of cables surviving what I though would be excessive force.

I was working on a ship once in the science lab. One of the team failed to secure down a monitor to a bench. Overnight we hit some rough weather and in the morning I entered the lab to see a big CRT monitor having fallen off the bench and now swinging by the monitor cable, somehow still attached and still working.

The Reg builds official Lego Artemis and Milky Way sets

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Re: Obligatory Owld Git Comment

"The only custom pieces in my Big Bag of Lego were wheels (fun), roof tiles (not fun), and windows (also not fun)."

I remember loads of custom parts in my old Lego boxes. Doors, minifigure body parts, propellors, gears (not technic, just regular Lego offset gears at the correct angle for enabling vehicle steering wheels on a single specific kit), windscreens, dumper truck shovels and buckets. I remember having a small dumper truck kit where the whole chassis was specific to that kit.

I've made my fair share of custom Lego kits as an adult with lots of parts that I would consider custom. But when my kids break them down and play with them, it turns out they aren't as custom as I thought, it's my lack of imagination that has grown over time, more than the proportion of custom Lego parts.

'Little weirdo' shoulder surfer teaches UK cabinet minister a lesson in cybersecurity

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Re: Pride

In the UK, protest votes or spoilt ballots certainly are counted but they don't count for anything.

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Re: Pedantry alert

We don't even elect a party. You vote for your local MP and and if they win, whichever party they belong to gets a point in the ruling party race.

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Re: Pride

My only issue with mandatory voting is what if you don't think any of the candidates is worthy? Mandatory voting only if there is a binding "none of the above" option. If "none of the above" wins then the vote is rerun with none of the previous candidates allowed to stand.

A democratic vote is a precious thing and no-one should be forced to give theirs to a candidate they don't think is worthy.

Tape is so dead, 152.9 EB of LTO media shipped last year

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Re: Broader issues to consider

Physical longevity is an issue but so is software longevity. Essentially being able to decode the bits into the original meaningful information. And then the compute hardware to run that software on.

I am reminded of the challenge in writing warning signs to protect future civilisations from the dangers of say, buried radioactive waste. Producing a sign that will still exist in a million years is one thing, but coming up with images or language that will still make sense then is a whole other challenge.

Giving Windows total recall of everything a user does is a privacy minefield

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Re: How come this is GDPR "compliant" at all ?

But what if your computer has a user account for someone else to use. If recall is putting their personal information on your computer, does that make you the data controller in accordance with GDPR? Come to think of it how is that any different to the situation today with any multi user computer?

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How much data stored?

With a fairly modest 1600x 1200 screen, I presume the screen capture will need to be fairly good quality to be useful, so assume 100kB per screen. Every 3 seconds, that's about 1GB for only 8 hours of use. That'll take quite a while to fill a decent hard disk, but it still feels like a total waste of storage - this recall feature I mean not Windows generally... or do I?

Ok so probably plenty more compression that could be done to squeeze it down a fair bit more.

Scarlett Johansson voices anger at OpenAI's unauthorized soundalike

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"Here’s a serious question… If someone has a voice which is very much like Scarlett Johansson’s and then licenses their voice for use in OpenAI… Can she still sue?"

Enter the lawyers. But that well put question is I think, the crux of this whole issue. I would guess that if someone has a similar voice and licences their voice specifically because of that similarity (without her permission), then they would be guilty of exploiting Johansson's likeness, which her lawyers would argue is part of her brand and should be protected.

The counter argument could be that the actress simply possesses a generic "Hollywood actress" style voice, that just happens to sounds like Johansson, because she is also a generic Hollywood actress.

Feels a bit like the recent court case where Ed Sheeran was accused of copying a particular song (without permission). Shereen claimed that the bit he was accused of copying was in fact a generic and commonly used melody. I think he won.

An attorney says she saw her library reading habits reflected in mobile ads. That's not supposed to happen

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Re: Can the game access the tablet's microphone?

Doesn't need to be anything that complicated. The game app just reads the data stored on the phone by the audiobook app and then it's got playlists and everything. Or the audiobook app company simply sells the user's data and the advertising company that serves ads to the game app buy that data.

Yes, there are all sorts of privacy policies and app permission settings meant to prevent this, but I don't trust their effectiveness, or their honesty.

Tax helpline callers left on hold for nearly eight centuries

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Needs a landline...

Someone I know who calls HMRC often has retained their landline at home purely for this. The wait times are so long that a mobile phone will drop the call before coming off hold.

Aghast iOS users report long-deleted photos back from the dead after update

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Not surprised.

I've always assumed that deleting photos from your cloud storage merely hides them from your view, but Apple still keep them as training datasets.

Buried in the ts&cs I would expect to find some clause to the effect that Apple have perpetual rights to keep and use anything you upload for "service improvements" or some other legal term. You marking a file for deletion doesn't revoke those particular ts&cs or actually delete the file, just revokes your access to it. Plausible then for an access control bit to be mistakenly flipped by some 15 year old piece of code that everyone forgot about.

UK opens investigation of MoD payroll contractor after confirming attack

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Re: The Government Value Cyber Security

If that's the same job that was highlighted here in march 2023, then it's not what it seems. Despite the grand sounding title, it's just the lead of a team (of 2!) cyber analysts within a larger security group of about 40 people. Definitely not what I would call head of cyber security.

Council claims database pain forced it to drop apostrophes from street names

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Tractor's Turning

I often see signs like this that look wrong, but I like to imagine how they could be right. "Tractor's Turning" could be a warning of a single tractor that is turning. Niche, but possible.

A town I used to live in had a convenience shop called "EAT'S AND TREATS". A friend once explained how he knew the owner (a lady called Eileen Allen Turner) and that despite appearances, the grammar in the shop name was correct.

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New name: St Mary%27s Way

Aaaarrghhh, that gave me horrible flashbacks. Where I work, our corporate IT is woeful at handling links between email, file explorer, instant messaging, our internal social media etc. Cutting 'n' pasting a link from one to another invariably adds superfluous prefixes like "file" and countless slashes of both forward and backward types. Often, all spaces are converted to "%20" which of course the receiving system won't understand. Our IT rules say to not use spaces in file names. One system always insists on opening links in a web browser, whatever they are links to. Sigh.

And our IT people wonder why so many of us email files to each other instead of sharing links.

Miss your morning iPhone alarm? It's not just you, and Apple is looking into it

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Re: Being retired

Bladder training worked for someone I know who had bladder cancer. The treatment meant they spent a long time with a catheter in their bladder, so they didn't wee in the usual way. Once the catheter was removed they did bladder training to get their body back to being used to detecting a full bladder again, rather than sending those "need to wee" signals all the time.

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Graham Obree, the Scottish cyclist used that trick once. He was attempting to break a track cycling record and had the track (and all the attendant officials and timing kit etc.) booked for 24 hours. He failed in his attempt, but realised he still had the track booked until 9am the next day so fancied having a another stab at it first thing in the morning. The officials thought he was mad but humoured him anyway (also, it was their job to be there). So he went to bed that night, drinking lots of water to make him wake up every few hours. Each time he woke he would stretch and exercise, go to the toilet and drink more water before going back to sleep. This meant he was up early in the morning not feeling sore and achey, but probably still not exactly in the best state due to lack of sleep. He broke the record (which was broken by someone else a few weeks later, which he then bring back, etc. etc.)

Samsung shows off battery tech it says will see you gone in nine minutes

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Re: So much battery and charging bullshit

"I cannot be the only person feeling a little apprehensive about the prospect of manhandling a 100kW or more power source in a rainy garage forecourt. When it's 10 years old and looking a little ragged round the edges"

Me too. I once had a job that involved operating and looking after about 200kW of amplifier system. Imagine a PA system but not exactly standard though as it was only 4 channel with 50kW per channel, and yes we did run it at full tilt most of the time. Each channel had its own transformer from the main power supply but all the actual amplification was done with switched mode amps. That was fun

I'm just glad that there are better electrical engineers than me who are working all this stuff out, designing hopefully robust enough connectors etc. And as someone else here has pointed out, we've learnt to safely operate petrol pumps chucking out many megajoules per second of highly flammable stuff. I'm confident that safe high power charging can be done, somehow.

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Re: So why does everyone...

"You need to look at the West, which, quite honestly, is where most of us live, and the trends for your own country, which are masked by the East."

Well, I was deliberately considering the global picture but that's a fair challenge. UK sales of EVs (strictly registrations, but I'm assuming they are pretty much the same) have at least stayed steady and slightly increased. The graph here shows cumulative numbers, so the difference from one year to the next is what is needed to get the actual yearly registrations. There appears to be a dip in 2024 because that is 2024 year to date compared with 2023 full year, so incomplete.


The source for that (an industry body) says that comparing January 2024 to January 2023, there was a 21% increase in battery EV sales, but it didn't go back any further so it doesn't show any long term trend. https://www.smmt.co.uk/2024/02/uk-reaches-million-ev-milestone-as-new-car-market-grows/

Other websites are citing a reduction in battery EV market share as doom and gloom for EVs, but I think that's simply reflecting that sales of hybrid cars has increased by more than any other category of car, so that doesn't give the full story. Market share not being the same as absolute numbers of course. This is all for the UK. https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-13271207/Electric-car-sales-falter-drivers-turn-hybrids.html starts with "Although electric vehicle registrations grew by 3.8 per cent in March, they made up a smaller percentage of all car sales compared to the same month a year ago"

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Re: repairability

Blimey, that was a harsh downvite from someone.

Yeah, wings. It's what us Brits call the body panels on each corner, that incorporate the external parts of the wheel arches.

Or, it's a British conspiracy to withhold the fact that we have had true flying cars for over 50 years, but nobody knows because the cloaking devices work so well and I've just accidentally let it slip and I'm trying to cover it up again.

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Re: repairability

I think that's just a trend in all car manufacturing over the years. Long gone is the ability for a home mechanic to replace a wing for example following a scrape, now that they form part of the chassis. The denser packaging of engine bays and electronic components, extensive sensors in and around the car, integrated "entertainment" systems, CAN bus wiring, etc. etc.

The same is true in other consumer goods as well. Mobile phones (fixed batteries), computers (soldered in processors, integrated network controllers vs swappable PCI cards), all harder to modify or repair than they used to be. That said, I've repaired our boiler and washing machine by swapping the whole controller board in one operation so maybe not everything is getting harder. I was once not impressed by the cost of a plastic injection moulded part for the washing machine, epoxy resin was a lot cheaper.

A friend of mine once had a minor paint scuff on the rear wing of his expensive car, enough to need it respraying. The insurance bill for just the labor was about £5k because the design was such that the rear side window couldn't be masked off, it had to be removed. It was built by fitting the window from the inside to keep the aesthetics of the car looking good. So the first job was to remove the leather interior to get the window glass out. This was about 10 years ago, and not an EV.

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Re: Great news

I had a car (ICE) written off once not because of chassis damage or anything like that but because the collision was enough to trigger all the airbags and seatbelt pretensioners. It still drove, but the cost of replacing all the pyrotechnics and related parts was too much.

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Re: So much battery and charging bullshit

I can't fault those calculations, but is anyone actually claiming this charging rate at home? I presume anything charging at higher than a few kW would always have to be at a specialist charging station, probably at very high voltages (what's the highest voltage an EV can charge at?)

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Re: "anode-free"

"They only need a cathode because they can use a single bi-directional power cable"

Is that a reverse power flux coupling?

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Re: So why does everyone...

"Demand for all new vehicles is falling. EV or not"

Not sure if by "all new vehicles" you mean commercial vehicles as well, but for just cars, demand is increasing.

This market report from last month says "Global new car sales grew by almost 10% after remaining stable in 2022"


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Re: So why does everyone...

"equate a Musk-y reality check with a decline in demand for EV's?"

Quite right. I love the economic fascination with actual numbers and the subsequent higher derivatives of them (rate of change, rate of rate of change etc.).

Demand for EVs certainly isn't declining. Data on sales of EVs from https://www.iea.org/data-and-statistics/data-tools/global-ev-data-explorer shows that sales of battery EVs has increased by double digit percentages every year but one (between 2018 and 2019 when growth was only 7%) since 2010. From 2020 to '21, annual sales went up by 135%, 55% the following year and then "only" 30% last year.

EU duties might not be enough to hold off flood of Chinese EVs

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Re: Protectionism is not the way to get more EVs on the roads

"EV sales in the US look to have peaked and seem to be declining"

I have read that several times lately and I don't know how that is being reported. The actual data shows that EV sales are still going up every quarter. The industry website below says:

"...each company [in the US] except Ford sold more EVs in the first three quarters of 2023 than they did in all of 2022. Furthermore, each company shown sold more EVs in Q3 2023 than they did in Q3 2022."

It goes on to say "although Ford and General Motors are scaling back near-term production because of slowing demand relative to previous forecasts, both companies still plan on selling more EVs than ever before and remain committed to an electric future.” Maybe that is where the "EV sales are declining" messages are coming from. Basically Ford and GM over estimated the growth, but they and everyone else is still selling more and more EVs in the US every quarter.


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Re: I'll stick with diesel if it's all the same to you

"I've got a small 15 year old petrol car. Don't drive much, and it's perfectly adequate. How is it "green" to throw away cars after 8-10 years?"

In your case, it's not very green. You've already made the bulk of the environmental impact in the production and long running of your existing car - keep doing what you are doing and only replace your perfectly adequate car once you have to (ie it is beyond reasonable repair). Replace "car" with "stuff" in that last sentence and the old hippy in me is summing up a lot of what he thinks is wrong with the industrialised world today, sigh.

However, once you are at that state of needing to replace it, that's when it's worth making the decision between what type of car, trading off things like the relative environmental impact of initial production, long term running, your own likely mileage etc. And it's not a simple consideration as many of those environmental impacts are different and can't be easily compared. For instance, how different is the impact of mining the lithium for your new EV from the CO2 emissions over the lifetime of an ICE vehicle? One form of habitat damage Vs another, so which is your preference?

A few years ago, I think it was jaguar who ran some adverts saying that the CO2 emissions from building their EV was about the same as from 50k miles of driving their ICE version. Even if that figure was accurate, it was only one aspect, didn't account for the impact of refining the oil to burn, the mining of the materials for the battery, recycling of the vehicles etc.

OpenAI slapped with GDPR complaint: How do you correct your work?

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Re: Good luck with that

"Many of us have based our careers on trying to do as good a job as possible. Getting things right is something on which we place value"

I am one of those people - always tried to do as good a job as I could and get it right. Over the years I have learnt that this is the wrong approach. I wish I had learnt a lot earlier that the most important thing is to do a job as well as it needs doing, and get something "right enough". Of course, the definition of "right enough" is hard to find and could in itself be very long winded and recursive depending on what you actually want to achieve. E.g. consider writing some code: do you just do the minimum to achieve what your boss has asked, or do much testing and documenting so it's easy to change maybe in future, make it shiny and slick so it impresses and you can show off your skills (you want promotion), make it unnecessarily slick and shiny so you get that practise in GUI design you've always wanted to try, just do what you want to get some job satisfaction, etc. etc.

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irrelevant minutia like a wrong birthdate

I suspect the number of downvotes was due to the suggestion that a birthdate is irrelevant minutia -it isn't. A person's birthdate is personal information and so is covered by GDPR. OpenAI are allowed to hold that personal information (and comply with their GDPR obligations of course), but if the person in question requests it to be corrected or deleted, OpenAI must do so.

OpenAI can't challenge that on the basis of any belief that such information is irrelevant or even in the public domain. Information being in the public domain does not excuse anyone from obligations under GDPR. Being public domain does not mean information is not personal and hence covered by GDPR.

I'm speculating now, but OpenAI might claim that chatGPT doesn't store that information, it just goes and find it every time it wants it. I suspect that isn't the case though. Similar to the challenges Google had years ago when it was clear they were trawling the web and storing search results preemptively, not finding them on the fly whenever requested.

Cops cuff man for allegedly framing colleague with AI-generated hate speech clip

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Re: Darien = scumbag

Was he on the run? The article just said he was boarding a flight and was stopped because his firearm was improperly packed (whatever that means). I'm assuming this could be perfectly innocent activity in the US and when security stopped him about the firearm, they did the background check as a matter of routine, then discovered the outstanding arrest warrant.

I'm surprised the arrest warrant didn't crop up otherwise at the time of booking, checking in etc.

Help! My mouse climbed a wall and now it doesn't work right

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Re: Wow

I'm pretty sure that some (maybe all?) Mechanical mice used an optical sensor to sense the roller rotation. The light would shine through shots in a disk attached to the end of the roller.

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Re: Wow

"I think the last mechanical mouse I used was over twenty years ago"

Me too. And yet, the muscle memory from all those occasions of twisting open the ball cover and scratching away the congealed fluff on the rollers is still fresh as ever. It was most satisfying when I could clean each roller in only three nail scratches. If it was clean in two, then it was too easy a challenge. Four was always a disappointment.

Strong electric car sales expected for 2024, but charging grid needs work

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"If someone builds a *cheap* "small city car " that's electric, it will sell like hot cakes"

Vauxhall e-corsa. Full electric, decent enough. Starts at £27,000. £27k for what is only a Corsa! So that fails on the cheap criterion. Add stuff beyond the base model and you can spend over £38k, for a Corsa!

Microsoft really does not want Windows 11 running on ancient PCs

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"Windows 11 should be fine[*] with a couple of registry edits at install time"

I've given up on Windows. I've been burnt too many times by 8 then 10 waiting until your back is turned and resetting all my registry and setting changes back to the crippling form they were before. I will not be using win 11 outside of my employer's corporate mandation.

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Re: What happens when

"Those it does affect can turn off updates, install win 10 or some flavour of Linux."

I was on Win 10. It was sort of, barely, ok. But the update cycle started really annoying me. Rather than doing security updates quietly in the background, it's the whole taking over of the machine at inconvenient times to do them that started to grind my gears. I spent plenty of time inside the registry and disabling certain update related services, only to find them reinstalled and reactivated a few weeks later. On each (mandatory, non negotiable) "update" the laptop would get slower and slower. I stopped short of installing more software that claimed to really stop the updates, thinking that if I'm getting into that game of installing multiple bits of software to watch them fight each other, I might as well go the whole hog and go back to Linux (not used Linux in 10 years). It's been great and I've been reminded of how much you can do with a few lines of bash instead of installing bloaty 3rd party software. Incremental backups for example are essentially a single rsynch command now.

Snowmobile, Amazon's truck-powered migration service, reaches the end of the road

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"That's a shame, I'm in the middle of studying for my AWS Cloud Foundations cert and just learned about Snowmobile this morning. How else are you supposed to "FedEx a shoebox full of hard drives" on petabyte scale now? :'("

Snowball still exists. It's just the snowmobile service Amazon are dropping. "Migrate petabyte-scale data to AWS with Snowball" according to https://aws.amazon.com/snowball/