* Posts by LybsterRoy

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Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing

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Re: Looks like exactly the sort of failure you'd expect from beta firmware

-- One, this was a deliberately structured test that was designed for the car to fail, on camera. --

and the problem with that is? I can see something of the sort happening in real life.

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Re: Comparison

-- edge cases like going around a bend and being blinded by sunlight affect us, I don't expect an AI to fare much better. --

Personal favourite - a guy at the company I worked for had just bought a Porche. A bunch of us were going out for lunch and I was "volunteered" to go in the Porche. Everything was fine until we wizzed round a corner straight into the back of a car waiting at roadworks - poor Porche <G>. There had been no sign roadworks were being carried out.

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Re: Comparison

Neil, from your comments I wonder if you've ever bought a car. When I've done so I might read the manual AFTER I've bought the car and if I'm feeling bored or want to find out what a specific feature does, but probably not. There should be no need to do so.

Another fun fact - the vast majority of the human race (those not in IT) would be unlikely to have any idea that BETA meant not ready for use.

Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists

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-- consumers would demand fuel efficiency remain high. --

Only because fuel prices would refuse to go down.

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Is that FREE like wind?

One way Bitcoin miners can make money: Selling electricity back to Texas

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Re: Nice power grid you got 'ere, Guv

Why are you not standing for leader of the Conservative Party?

It's on: Twitter vs Elon Musk trial to start October 17

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-- And finally.. May they both burn in Hull- --

Excuse me. As a bona fide ex-pat Hullensian I strenuously object to that. As anyone should know the phrase “From Hell, Hull, and Halifax, Good Lord Deliver Us.” comes from the fact that in Hull the condemned were tied to a stake in the Humber and left to drown as the tide came in. Halifax introduced a guillotine and who knows why Hell was besmirched.

So they could not burn in Hull!

Software issues cost Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess his job

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Re: This article is a great piece

But we keep getting told that the German union approach is the right one and we should copy it here in the UK.

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Re: Agile, no?

Whilst I agree with your post it seems to suffer from the assumption that agile is a good way of doing things.

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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I have a suggestion - rather than passing bills to alter GDPR lets just have a bill that requires all browsers to implement "I Don't Care About Cookies" with an on/off switch.

I've been fired, says engineer who claimed Google chatbot was sentient

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Re: Seven basic plots...

The Silver Eggheads

Your job was probably outsourced for exactly the reason you suspected

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As an old fart born in 1951 I was taught in the incredibly old fashioned way. I'm feeling extremely baffled by this thread (obviously not as much as Mr. Lipvig - hi there Moist) so I'd like to ask what to me is a fairly fundamental question.

How does phonics (I assume derived from phonetic spelling) help with vocabulary and understanding the meaning of words - parrots can quote some words but do not understand them. I have a sneaky suspicion that being able to sound out a word does not enhance ones ability to understand its meaning.

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Or as someone once sort of said - I recognise and understand all of the words individually but I cannot understand the sentences.

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--only a common spelling--

Well sort of or are you ignoring the existence of American English vs English?

India's central bank calls for cryptocurrency ban

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-- And the utility value of BTC comes in the form of the freedom to make mostly anonymous financial transactions. --

Anonymous? Did I hear someone say blockchain?

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Re: It is no use as a payment if you have to invest to pay.

If its science it isn't settled.

That tends to be one of sciences defining attributes.

Science also tends not to make predictions several hundred years into the future so it can't be tested. That's called fortune telling.

Is it really 30 years since the hockey stick lies?

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze

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Re: I am misunderstanding something (please dont shoot)

I wonder what the "assets" are?

Back when I were a boy the company's assets were mainly actual physical things (OK there was "goodwill" as well) and if a company went under you could take a good guess as to how much these things could be sold for, and had a fair chance of selling them.

So if a lot of these assets are crypto currency whose value wobbles alarmingly who decided they had 4.3 billion of assets? Who is going to buy wadges of crypto, and with what?

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons

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WOW! A week and a half.

Errr - what's Twitter?

Union tells BT: Commit to pay rise talks next week or else

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Re: Proposal for a New Law

I've upvoted you (especially for the Gerald Ratner comment) BUT as is sort of pointed out elsewhere in these comments all to often directors are given bonuses when the company performance is nosediving or when very easily achievable targets are met.

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Re: Profit

Reading Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" should be compulsory for union and political leaders. Reading his defense of paying less but buying more with the lower wage was brilliant.

I'd also add Charles Dickens' "David Copperfield"

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six , result happiness.

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery”

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Re: Profit

Better still just get stopped in the many roadworks occasioned by Openreach putting fiber in the ground <G>

Actual quantum computers don't exist yet. The cryptography to defeat them may already be here

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-- resistance is highly necessary --

Whilst I agree with your statement I feel that we have more chance of success if we concentrate on the appropriate items to protect (eg stop them nicking my money) rather than everything in sight (eg eye colour)

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

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Re: Interesting Tool

--Is to lock the UI developers in a room and not let them out until--

I'd end that with "they give us back dialog boxes where you can tell where the dialog box ends and the rest of the screen begins"

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Almost the same here apart from the fact that I'm not looking for a new computer yet. Since I don't play games my i7-4700MQ 16GB RAM 1x128GB SSD 1x1TB SSD is still plenty good enough for me.

Unless someone can tell me why I need more speed / ram / storage

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made

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Re: Scheme

Interesting that people are downvoting. Years ago I was a member of one of those groups (bit like LinkedIn) can't remember its name but get together for lunch and help each other, I was also invited to another one that I didn't join. Most were there trying to sell themselves to the other members or get leads for business. Most were extolling the work from home approach. Most didn't have much work. They didn't like my viewpoint that managing people working from home on a none piecework basis was hard.

Piecework is fine - you know what you're paying for and what you've got.

Piecework is rarely possible with standard office jobs. Coding might be different but how many, especially of the downvoters, would be prepared to negotiate a price for a piece of work AND then deliver it for that price?

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Re: "The office"

Obviously another old fogie like me who happened to work in the manufacturing sector rather than one of these new fangled "its all on the internet" types.

I often wonder how much more productive companies are with all these "secondary , support , admin / parasites" staff.

UK govt promises to sink billions into electronic health records for England

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Re: "backed by £2 billion [..] in funding"

I wondered how far down the comments I would get before someone remembered NPfIT. Must be a lot of very youngsters on here today :)

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools

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Re: I like 7Zip.

-- maybe we can get Amanfrommars to talk to them. --

I'm not sure invading a country and killing a few thousand innocent civilians merits that sort of response.

Back-to-office mandates won't work, says Salesforce's Benioff

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OK - are you giving up your London weighting or allowance?

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OK and just how does WFH fit in? Why does WFH work if the H is in the UK and not in India?

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I'm astounded that the readers of this forum can downvote such questions. Obviously reality is overruled by desired narrative!

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Question: how did the programmers obtain "domain knowledge" was it implanted as they joined the company or was it acquired over years?

Another question: what stops programmers working from a distant country for a fraction of your wage acquiring the same knowledge as someone working from home in the UK?

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-- Because ultimately you are paying for skills. --

I think you're underestimating the quality of the potential staff in Elbonia.

--I don't believe that programmers are fungible, that's a whole load of nuance that would need quantifying before you can go down the "programmers are interchangeable cogs in a production line" (which is the ultimate expression of what you've said).--

I think you're sort of right, but you've obviously never worked on a production line -it takes time for the cogs to learn the skills appropriate for their new place of work, just as it does programmers.

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--I hope people vote with their feet.--

Yup, but as so many have pointed out and been upvoted - its the domain skill that's important NOT the programming skills. So you can only use your feet if the company you walk to does exactly the same as the one you're walking away from.

Oh yes, I never realised that people working in London doing the same job as people in Hull get paid the same, or that people working for an over profitable company with money slushing everywhere gets paid the same as someone in a company that's not doing so well.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Re: Straightforward solution

-- A big part of the problem is that the average ordinary Joe doesn't understand what the implications of accepting or rejecting these different "flavours" of cookie will be. --

Fully agree - neither do I and I've never seen any one of these security and privacy spell it out in terms that might be understandable. Ooooo they'll collect your browsing data and monetize it - yeah what does that ACTUALLY mean to me - does it put up the cost of a loaf of bread or what?

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Re: Straightforward solution

Over the years one of the worst things I've encountered is techies proposing techie solutions with not a thought in their heads about what the poor long suffering user wants.

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Re: Straightforward solution

When I exit my browser it zaps cookies. I can't ask it to remember things (eg logins) when I then tell it to forget things.

People (lazy sods that they are) want the computer to do the work for them. Most don't care about cookies, don't care about their web activity being tracked, and see the popups asking "will you accept cookies" as an annoyance.

What you, and a lot of the others on this forum seem to want is "remember things that make it easier for me and forget the rest" but the problem comes from the fact that the computer has to remember what to forget - woops.

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Wow - 30 people so far like clicking on "accept all"

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Re: Will this current government's blatant corruption ever cease?

I installed "I Don't Care About Cookies" but Amazon have changed how their's works, and the beeb has an annoying "please sign in" pop over after reading the news site for a while.

Have about ten thousand extra upvotes

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

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

I'll bite - what is the historical significance of the Mona Lisa? Its an old painting - anything else?

Japan makes online insults a crime that can earn a year in jail

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Re: I approve

I think its because it improves the crime clear up rate vis-a-vis real crime

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Re: Freedom of speech means that the government should not regulate it.

The two articles you quote seem to contradict each other a bit....

--nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.--

If someone claims the earth is flat I should have the right to call him a moron, idiot, nutter etc

Article 19 seems to give me that right

-- Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;--

Which article wins?

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Re: I approve

--If your "jokes" can be shown to be amusing to a court then i'm sure that they'd take them in the spirit they were intended.--

Robin Hood Airport

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Re: I approve

You may have some sort of point BUT how dare we always assume the complainee is correct?

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Re: I approve

We seem to be trying to.

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Re: I approve

--For certain in the UK it is absolutely normal for friends to throw the most offensive stuff at each other--

For those not in the UK I quickly point out that the stuff "thrown" has all the reality and potential for physical harm of an NFT

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Re: I approve

Whilst I agree with you I'd just like to point out that, in general, the people I insult are right there in front of me, or at least well know. On the internet all to often its people you don't know that are being insulted.

However, I do claim an exception for any and all Reg readers for bi-directional insulting!

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Re: Maybe treat mental instead of hiding

I feel that your reaction to the comment is justification for making it. Essentially you have two options:

1. stop everyone from saying anything that someone else may find hurtful

2. protect those who are not robust enough to shrug off the "insults"

The comment was option 2. Where your interpretation comes from I fail to understand.

Giant outsourcer keeps work from home, loses tax breaks. Government says 'good riddance'

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I just had a thought - rare but it happens every now and again - all this homeworking is liable to increase a divide between factory floor (or anything that needs a physical presence) and office staff. Telefactoring is liable to arrive about the same time as the flying cars and fusion power.

The PainStation runs Windows XP because of course it does

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I think Retief is brilliant - my best memory of him is having to punch his way out of a wet paper bag.

Thanks for the link

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