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Scarlett Johansson voices anger at OpenAI's unauthorized soundalike


Re: Massively Regulated?

The problem is hard so let's not even bother trying?

Tesla misses the mark on all fronts in quarter of chaos


Musk quoted as saying "Because if you've got a sentient humanoid robot..."

The word "sentient" doing some heavy lifting there.

Mega city council's Oracle ERP system still not legally safe, compliant... 2 years after rollout


Re: Sunk Cost fallacy

I misread that as "Sunak Cost fallacy".

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


HP Lovecraft?

Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

Rancher faces prison for trying to breed absolute unit of a sheep


Re: He's lost the trust of his sheep.

I hear it has a tremendous fear of stamps.

Staff say Dell's return to office mandate is a stealth layoff, especially for women



Are you a Ferengi?

Junior techie had leverage, but didn’t appreciate the gravity of the situation


Re: Human Nature

You're assuming they even teach Physics GCSE. It's all "Combined Science" these days.

Fujitsu gets $1B market cap haircut after TV disaster drama airs


Perhaps ITV could look into making a TV program about the PPE scandal around Baroness (Michelle) Mone?

Woman jailed after RentaHitman.com assassin turned out to be – surprise – FBI


As George Carlin remarked...

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it


Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

The three groups who keep any place running are the secretaries, caretakers and IT staff.

Forcing Apple to allow third-party app stores isn't enough



> the 40% of adults who don't pay tax, and to all those children who don't either.

The people you're talking about are taxpayers too. VAT accounts for roughly 16% of the government revenues, compared to ~25% from income tax.

New information physics theory is evidence 'we're living in a simulation,' says author


Re: Problem of evil?

Indeed I might. Where do you think I got the idea?


Problem of evil?

If our universe is a simulation, there's an awful lot of simulated suffering (which feels plenty real enough to the simulated inhabitants). Would a post-human society capable of creating a simulated universe be as unethical as to allow all this suffering?

EFF urges Chrome users to get out of the Privacy Sandbox


“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.”

I know which half: it's the half of your money that the agency spent advertising itself to other potential clients and trying to win industry awards. It might be wasted in your eyes but the agency feels it's an essential part of their work.

80% of execs regret calling employees back to the office




Linus Torvalds calls for calm as bcachefs filesystem doesn't make Linux 6.5


I know, I know it's b-cache-fs not bca-chefs but my eyes just cannot unsee the latter.

No open door for India's tech workers in any UK trade deal


Re: This isn't the Brexit we voted for.

The difference is that Blair has been out of power since 2007 and the Lib Dems have never formed a government on their own (I'm half expecting a retort about the 1906 election here) but the Brexit liars are still in power now. So what is your point?

That old box of tech junk you should probably throw out saves a warehouse



A law so universal that the generalised version was in the Meaning of Liff:


Nottage is the collective name for things which you find a use for immediately after you've thrown them away. For instance, your greenhouse has been cluttered up for years with a huge piece of cardboard and great fronds of gardening string. You at last decide to clear all this stuff out, and you burn it. Within twenty-four hours you will urgently need to wrap a large parcel, and suddenly remember that luckily in your greenhouse there is some cardboard...

OpenAI's ChatGPT may face a copyright quagmire after 'memorizing' these books


Minor nitpick but...

The Lord Of The Rings isn't a trilogy. It's a single novel that is sometimes published in three volumes.

Datacenter fire suppression system wasn't tested for years, then BOOM


Re: Fool - Proof

I've posted this before, last time it got 42 upvotes which I thought appropriate:

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." ― Douglas Adams

With a mighty hand, and an outstretched arm, Musk scraps Pope's blue tick


I can't claim this idea as my own...

...but it would be funny, considering that the Pope has lost his blue checkmark, if a bishop in Avignon were to pay $8 a month...

Publishers land killer punch on Internet Archive in book copyright court battle


Re: Puzzled.

"it's not as if the publishers put in a EULA before you could buy a book"

Almost every print book I own has this or something very similar in the preamble:

"This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being placed on the subsequent purchaser."

Seems awfully like an EULA to me.

Linux app depot Flathub may offer paid-for software


Re: Linux on the desktop

I'm sure that we all know that it's "free like free speech not like free beer" but do users necessarily know that? It wasn't the users who chose to use that (potentially misleading) word. With that in mind, I don't think it's spitefulness that the typical user then turns around to Canonical (or whoever) and say "you told us it was free; why should we pay?"

User was told three times 'Do Not Reboot This PC' – then unplugged it anyway



"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools." ― Douglas Adams

Space dust reveals Earth-killer asteroids tough to destroy


"cushion-like structure"... "entirely made of loose boulders and rocks"

Not a very comfy cushion then.

Patch Tuesday update is causing some Windows 10 systems to blue screen


Is it just me?

I can't stop seeing "hidp arse".

Two signs in the comms cabinet said 'Do not unplug'. Guess what happened


As Terry Pratchett pointed out...

If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.

Elon Musk picks fight with Apple for slashing advertising spend on Twitter


Re: Give it a little more time.

It's funny that isn't it? He already owned a fair chunk (9%?) of Twitter before his $44B "offer". It couldn't be that he was trying to manipulate the stock price could it? And it backfired badly when he was forced to actually follow through and buy the thing.


Re: The Muskrat fan club seem to think he'll be releasing his own phone to destroy Apple and Google.

Those Karens could always complain to the management.

White dwarf study suggests planets are as old as their stars


Re: "The debate is essentially over ..."

I still don't think you're quite right. The legitimate debate over phlogiston is over. It doesn't exist. There is no substance of negative mass that comes off things as they burn.


Re: "The debate is essentially over ..."

Well not exactly. I doubt there's anyone still promoting phlogiston theory for example.

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home

Black Helicopters

Elon never wanted to buy Twitter in the first place

People are forgetting that Musk has form for stock manipulation via his social media accounts. He only made the original 4.4B "offer" to try to manipulate the price of twitter shares, so he could then sell the 9% of the company he already owned at a profit. Allegedly.

Of course this plan backfired and he was forced into making the purchase anyway; now he's burning the thing to the ground rather than admit failure.

IBM doesn't think Brexit is such a bad thing these days


Re: IBM doesn't think Brexit is such a bad thing these days



IBM doesn't think Brexit is such a bad thing these days

IBM didn't think the Holocaust was such a bad thing in the 1930s.


New measurement alert: Liz Truss inspires new Register standard


Trivia question for the future

I've seen it suggested on social media that "Who was PM when Queen Elizabeth II" is likely to become a standard trivia question in future decades.

It's surely the only thing Truss will be remembered for.

Canonical displays controversial 'ad' in shell update prog


"Half my ad budget is wasted, but I can't tell which half."

The half of your budget that the ad agency spent showing off to other ad agencies about how amazing they are. That's the half that was (from your point of view) wasted. Hope that helps.

UK politico proposes site for prototype nuclear fusion plant


Re: Great Britain

"Anyone who comes up with an 'acceptable to all* sides' resolution to the Northern Ireland issues will deserve a Nobel prize"

We had one. The Belfast Agreement (AKA "Good Friday agreement"). But then Brexit fucked it over.

Post-Brexit 'science superpower' UK still hasn't appointed a science minister


Public speaking is a major part of her job. Are we not allowed to criticise politicians for being unable to do their job?

Microsoft Outlook sends users back to 1930 with (very) mini-Millennium-Bug glitch


Re: Banking/Insurance

Not sure I understand why it shouldn't work for the year 4000 and after? 4000 will still be a leap-year won't it?

The crime against humanity that is the modern OS desktop, and how to kill it


Re: +1 for the Sluggard reference

Have a virtual pint for the Wyndham reference.

Cloudflare stops services to 'revolting' hate site


Re: Proud Boys = Antifa

"One of those sad bits of history that tends to be overlooked by those on the left who happily call those on the right 'racist'. It was the Dems that wanted to keep slavery and segregation after all."

So the Democratic and Republican parties are and always have been the ultimate arbiters of what left-wing and right-wing mean? Yeah, it makes perfect sense to ignore a century or more of political history during which the two American political parties swapped sides.


Re: Why "Kiwi Farms"?

The name "Kiwi Farms" fortunately has nothing to do with kiwi birds, kiwifruit, or people from New Zealand, where it has been blocked since March 2019 for providing torrents of the Christchurch shooter's uncensored livestream and manifesto.[28] In fact, the forum was originally known as the "CWCki Forums". (The CWCki, pronounced like 'Quickie', is a wiki dedicated to monitoringWikipedia the aforementioned Christine Chandler.) The site was christened "Kiwi Farms" to mock someone with a speech impediment saying the original name, struggling with its unintuitive pronunciation.[29]


SpaceX upgrades Starlink to reflect less light, can't launch without its Starship


Re: Corporate Good Citizenship?

Listening and "doing exactly the opposite of what one group of people says" are different things too.

Microsoft cloud exec accused of verbal attack on staff exits


Re: So...

"OR was it warranted because..." blah blah blah

Reducing someone to tears in the workplace is never warranted. If you think it is, you should never be allowed to manage people.

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America


Re: Delete any medical apps you have

Don't just delete the app, delete all the data, and if possible get the app-makers to delete your data.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash


Re: Sodium Ion batteries safer?

They are lithium *ion* batteries and don't contain metallic/elemental lithium. The same for sodium ion batteries.

Do you worry about sodium fires when you put its chloride on your fish and chips?

Citrix research: Bosses and workers don't see eye to eye over hybrid work


Re: Really ?

"I have in mind a saying (don't remember how it goes) about how, if you suspect someone of something, it's because you yourself are capable of it"

Every accusation is a confession.

Supreme Court urged to halt 'unconstitutional' Texas content-no-moderation law


Re: Balkenisation?

"Fact: The Buffalo shooter specifically called himself "Left Wing"!"

While you're making sh*t up... From the shooter's manifesto: "Did you always hold these views? When I was 12 I was deep into communist ideology, talk to anyone from my old highschool and ask about me and you will hear that. From age 15 to 18 however, I consistently moved farther to the right."

Note that the word "was" is past tense.

Google Docs crashed when fed 'And. And. And. And. And.'


Re: I can think of legit sentences with lots of ands together

I think you need to put some speech marks in there so that we can tell the difference between "and" and "and" and "and" and "and" and "and".