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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Fuck.

This.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Re: Why wasn't he paying attention?

Things that YOU can react to faster than any computer can sense, scan, locate a match in a database, determine a Threat Level, calculate the appropriate reaction, then begin those reactions. What YOU took about a heartbeat to think "SWERVE!" might have taken the computer a second or more of massive amounts of computational grunting to come up with, so by the time it thinks "Swerve" it's too damned late.

The computer doesn't have to decide that the vehicle's about to hit a cyclist, or a child, or a duck, or an elephant, it just has to decide not to hit whatever's suddenly in front of it and take appropriate action.

In the time you took to decide what is usually the wrong course of action (swerving) and act on that decision, the computer's already stopped the vehicle. Congratulations!

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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Re: Surface Pro

At one point I thought the idea of a tablet that's also a fully featured x86 Windows device might be a great tablet, given that it can perform double duty as a tablet and a PC. The more the Surface saga goes on, the more I suspect that I was wrong.

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

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Re: But is that even useful?

He may have but that doesn't necessarily prove anything (remember what Carl Sagan said about Bozo the Clown?) A blockchain is a specific solution to a system that needs to be trustless (i.e. cryptocurrency) and is tremendously inefficient as a result. Sure, it's not widespread technology and is relatively new (although it has been in use in Bitcoin for seven years now), but it sure hasn't got off to an auspicious start...

Ethereum for example is currently a complete disaster zone as a consequence of its blockchain's programmability.

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Re: Missing the point

It can be. As far as I understand it, bitcoin's isn't, but ethereum's is, for example.

But is that even useful?

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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WTF?

Hi Curious...

...I'm Confused

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

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Re: "dowsing"

Walking up and down looking down is just trusting to luck.

Whereas dowsing on the other hand...

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If they stopped using them they would have to admit that they pissed away millions on woo...

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WTF?

See icon ->

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Oz regulator eyes broadband marketing

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A coworker of mine recently fielded a call from a well-known FTTN network owner, whose FTTN connection speed is both distance dependent (being a DSL) and capped at less than 100 Mb/s. The salesdroid claimed that its service would be faster than the (100 Mb/s FTTP) NBN connection to which they were already connected.

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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

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You got shares in Intel Joerg?

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Re: We already covered this

(The) Mythbusters were exceedingly good at busting the notion that they were any good at rocketry!

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Bob?

Thanks to Poe's law I don't know which way to vote (so I didn't).

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Re: Betteridge's Law of Headlines may apply

And those who weren't aware of the launch despite the apparent publicity probably won't be aware of the opportunity to object...

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Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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Re: Zippo computer...

Naphthalene != Naphtha

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What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

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Re: Pointless and expensive technology

It's not much of an autonomous system if it waits until a collision is imminent before throwing its metaphorical hands in the air and deferring to the driver!

The point of autonomous vehicles is that they should react far more quickly and appropriately than humans to adverse events on the road, thus reducing the number and severity of crashes. Why would this result in insurance companies increasing premiums?

As for cost, the necessary hardware is commodity tech and the software development costs will be amortised over millions of units.

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: Passive?

umpteen thousand miles up

0.256 thousand miles up!

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Creative solutions

I recently upgraded a Win7 on a spare HDD to Win10 (twice), just to see what would happen, and then blew them away. On three occasions the Win10 update app stalled at 99% and started back at 0% when it was reloaded.

So they probably counted that as five.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Problems with OneDrive run much deeper than the bait and switch marketing

Christ on a bendy bus, that's absolutely fucking ridiculous

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Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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For self-defence when the mad hatter Bob Katter comes calling? Hadn't thought of that!

(nb: self-defence is not a "genuine reason")

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In Oz, it's a 0 gun per person policy, unless you're a farmer and need to shoot roos (or other livestock threatening things).

Not quite. There are restrictions on the type*, calibre, capacity and number of firearms you can own here, while the supply, storage and use of both weapons and ammunition are are heavily controlled, but obtaining the necessary permits isn't particularly onerous for most people. You do have to have a clean past, have a "genuine reason" (e.g. hunting or target shooting) and demonstrate that you can use and store them responsibly. I'm not a shooter so there are probably gaps in that description so don't take it as read. Each of the states has its own legislation but here is the NSW act, for reference.

Most of us, however, don't see the need to own one.

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Newly spotted distant dwarf planet orbits the Sun every 700 years

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Re: 120 Earth-orbits

Well, show us your working!

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Re: A name

recent or alternative mythology

Is Lord Xenu taken?

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Linus must be running out of things to do!

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Kim Dotcom pregnant with Bitcoin's mutant offspring

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...but with bitcoin!

This guy's been rambling about bitcoin for a year or so now and still nobody knows what he's on about.

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By Jove! NASA's Juno prepares to slip into orbit around Jupiter

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Re: MON/Hydrazine

And the MON contains nitric oxide, not nitrous oxide as stated in the article. The NO is an additive in minority as a freezing point depressant and corrosion inhibitor.

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Forget YouTube – meet ChewTube: Strangers watching millennials eat

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Re: OK, we saw you eating

Or taking a piss... now THAT'S what I call "streaming" !

A certain Scotsman has already delivered. Probably NSFW.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Updates off

I have several Windows 7 & 8.1 machines and every one has updates disabled.

Seems a bit of an overreaction. You can vet updates before installing them, and...

I'm just praying that August allows security only patching again in a way that doesn't try to slip something Win10'ish into my backdoor.

Which is what it does already when the "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates" option is unchecked. Still pays to check, mind.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: But it needs to be "militarised"

Why was a toilet seat being installed in (or on) a fighter plane?

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Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

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Re: ...when it will get dropped onto the planet.

And dropped into the planet, shurely?

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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Re: “tea before milk”.

The tea goes in the cup and the milk goes on your cereal.

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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Re: No backup, no commiseration.

Maybe they were using a free Dropbox account?

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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How about passing one petrol station because I was sure the next one was cheaper and then running out halfway there?

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: I predict they write off $20 billion in value before 2020

One day Apple might have enough cash on hand to buy Microsoft.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: You need medication...

I can confirm that the ethanol content of my blood was insufficient.

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They've done what?!

This appeared in my RSS feed one line above "McDonalds says bigger fonts cooked up improved profits" and my brain combined them into "McDonalds has created its own FreeBSD." Quelle confusion!

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Speaking as a consumer ...

So what do you do when you come across a closed market where NO phones are customizable and all the existing customizable phones are hopelessly out of date?

Weep

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: F-Droid only if you can

Well requiring an open source code repository for all apps discourages the Asian scammers

But does it discourage the Russian scammers?

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Knuckling under

The solution to our energy problems is at hand and has been for decades - nuclear power.

If you think renewables are expensive...

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Australian pre-election leaders' debates take to Facebook, not telly

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"Pathetic failure"

The televised "debate" was the pathetic failure that it was because it wasn't even a debate.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

It tends to gain 3 minutes per day

Blimey! Regulate that sucker.

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Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

wonder if it would work best on a chain attached to the waist. Or perhaps on a person's wrist with a band to anchor it.

The Germans have something like that, they call it an "armbanduhr".

Not sure if it'll catch on in the Anglosphere though.

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Lights! Camera! Infraction! Filmmakers behind 117 meeellion robocalls to shift DVDs

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Re: First billion dollar fine for robocalling?

Only a billion? Try 1.9 trillion!

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Juno yields to Jupiter's gravitational embrace

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Joke

If they don't deorbit it carefully, who knows who or what it could hit!

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Re: The Future Starts Here

I think the true test of whether it's boring might be when the rapturous cheering outside SpaceX mission control, as each mission stage is successfully completed, is replaced with polite applause ala golf.

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Re: Musk's goal closer and closer

Ignoring the impracticality of the thing, seven cores and 63 engines lifting off would be something to see!

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This time they included some live onboard footage from the first stage, post-separation, which I thought was nice. We got to see the re-entry burn, before the lens got covered in what I assume was unburnt fuel and/or ice once the burn ended.

And one of the grid fins caught fire.

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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"Better chance of not being defrauded."

Now you're 100% responsible for the security of your money!

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Lost your shirt in the MtGox Bitcoin mess? Release the Kraken!

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Re: "claimants seeking exactly $2,411,412,137,427 in total losses."

According to New York Times, almost all of that $2.4 trillion was a single claim. I'm not sure why that wasn't mentioned in this article but the ¥2 trillion claim was. Assuming anyone knows what's going on here (it is bitcoin after all).

However, the remaining claims, $27 billion according to NYT, still exceed the actual losses by a factor of ~5. NYT goes on to say that $414 million worth of claims have been approved.

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Re: Get back to real distributed computing?

Unfortunately, all those ASICs that have been developed to mine bitcoins as efficiently as possible do one job; SHA256(SHA256(x)).

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