* Posts by BoldMan

823 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

BoldMan

Re: Credentials

I was thinking exactly the same thing - she must have very little work to do at the moment except for doodling and "blue sky thinking"... who pays her salary?

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IT resellers, this is your future: Shifting driverless cars within 5 years

BoldMan

Rearrange the following words into a well know phrase or saying

of Load bollocks old

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Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

BoldMan

Re: Beaver!

Yes we killed it several times but its loot table was rubbish :)

It was a humungous beaver/wolf cross and had an annoying habit of teleporting large chunks of the 'raid' into the lake. That zone was one of my favourites.

I was on the US Galahad server, playing a Minstrel called Kallisti - you may have seen some of my maps from back then...

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I remember hunting the Legendary Afanc in Llyn Barfog back in the old days of Dark Age of Camelot :)

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

BoldMan

Rearrange the following words into a well known phrase or saying that perfectly describes this activity

wank Load old of

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Boffins suggest UK needs an 'AI council' but regulation is for squares

BoldMan

Calling it AI is a bit premature but calling it "automated algorithmical processing of data" is a bit clumsy.

Surely this should be about being able to understand (and possibly challenge if required) decisions made by automated algorithms where the decision making process is obscured... "The computer says No" sort of thing...

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

BoldMan

Re: Now it can be told...

Swapping the left and right mouse buttons on unattended PCs is also worth a laugh

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

BoldMan

Re: What's the problem?

> Giving said employee a complement may get you fired... No thanks.

Depends on the compliment... "Nice tits!" or "i really liked that new method you added to the model"

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Re: Improve gdp?

Correlation != Causation ?

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Trump's tax tease will be a massive payday for Valley tech giants and their shareholders

BoldMan

Re: Proud American

Looks like Big John has started posting AC...

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White House staffers jabbed with probe over private email use

BoldMan

Re: Am I paranoid?

> It's golf isn't it, he plays that game a lot.

and still has to cheat!

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

BoldMan

Simples, don't let it connect to iTunes - I think my first gen iPad is still running IOS5 - the version before they dumped Google Maps. Battery life is shit though...

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

BoldMan

If there aren't enough good roads in Papua New Guinea build more fucking roads rather than give Silicon Valley twats more scope to fuck up another country's economy.

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

BoldMan

1) The moment the Sun passes from the Earth's Northern Hemisphere to the South and vice versa

2) A sadly missed science documentary program that used to be on Channel4

3) An album by Jean Michell Jarre

any more?

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

BoldMan

Re: What about Gill the ARM ?

JP wasn't a writer of what became known as 'Known Space', that was all Niven's writing (until the shared universe Man-Kzin Wars stuff).

RIP Jerry, some great books that are still on my shelves... will have to revisit them this evening

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

BoldMan

Re: Equifax?

Loved that program but of course it got sacrificed in the downward spiral of increasingly banal "science" documentaries that now require some sort of celebrity standing overlooking the Serengeti while wittering about Black Holes and saying "Brilliant" a lot.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

BoldMan

Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

or the old prank about sending the apprentice to the stores for a 'Long Stand'...

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UK.gov launches 'co-ordination hub' for driverless car industry

BoldMan

They can take their driverless cars and stick them where the sun don't shine*

*Please insert the shit-hole town of your choice at this point.

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

BoldMan

Re: So?

Which is just more bloody work that I'd rather avoid having to do when I can use a chip and pin card that doesn't leak my hard-earned cash to anyone with a scanner

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

BoldMan

Re: That's no moon!

and those were Star Destoyers in orbit around it...

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

BoldMan

Re: Lightbulb moment?

> One of the better songs on "Duke"..

That is not much of a compliment!

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BoldMan

Re: Lightbulb moment?

A human brain?

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Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

BoldMan

Will it fail the same way as the Tim Curry version which was excellent until the fucking awful monster was revealed at the end at which point everyone burst out laughing but NOT because it was a funny clown?

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

BoldMan

Re: So it's basically...

Still not quite right it should be

"All your face are belong us"

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Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

BoldMan

Re: Mirrors

Even easier it to take a mirror from the bathroom medicine cabinet and wrap it in paper but cut a circular hole in the paper. You can than hold the mirror (or attach it to a stand of some sort if you are a lazy sod) and reflect an image of the sun onto an appropriate surface.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

BoldMan

"Hey guys I've just found this weird inscription... it just says the same word three times... Hastur Hastur..."

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

BoldMan

It already has been...

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

BoldMan

So Occado's goal is to eliminate all the jobs that aren't managerial or executive...

Uber's aim is to get rid of those pesky employees who aren't employees...

Um what will all these unemployed people do? Work in fucking call centres that get offshored to India?

Autonomous vehicles will work ONLY when all vehicles are autonomous and even then the BMW and Audi ones will have driving rules that are different to everyone else...

Mr Ludd was an optimist!

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BoldMan

Splinter camo?

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

BoldMan

And then you get to read a letter about Great Aunt Agatha's trip to visit her relatives with a reminder not to forget her hair curlers.

ENCODING a message is a much more secure mechanism for communications than ENCRYPTING!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

BoldMan

Re: Bubble?

What a wise and sensible solution! I'd forgotten about bubble and squeak...

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BoldMan

Tomato has no place in a Full English - its a fruit for god sakes!!!! Or is it a vegetable? Who cares to be honest - there is a time and place for tomato and that is NOT my Full English!

Hash browns? yes please!

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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

BoldMan

Am I reading the Daily Mash? Does Simon WIlliams have an opinion on this?

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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...and yet another idiotic organisation that doesn't understand the difference between Identity and Authentication...

So how long before their biometric DB gets hacked and all those victims will need to reset their eyeballs...

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

BoldMan

Re: Talent

'Talent' is a catch-all term for those who appear in front of the camera or microphone...

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BoldMan

Re: What's interesting

Or he wasn't actually employed by the BBC but by the production company that made Top Gear. These are only the salaries of people directly contracted to the BBC so all those like Chris Evans or Graham Norton who have TV production companies as well as BC contracts are paid even more.

That said, so fucking what!

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

BoldMan

"Pardon my ignorance, but what is a rectifier supposed to be when it's not a collection of diodes, and if that's what it is, how does it prevent a major load from overwhelming an inadequate power supply?"

Its 35 years ago, I can't remember exactly what it was called now - it prevented power variations trashing the floppies is the most important thing, so yes it "rectified" the problem :)

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Way back in the dim and distant 80s, I did some work for BP Minerals who had an exploratory base-station in norther Norway, just up from Trondheim. Back then we were using DEC Rainbows to download and process magnetometer data which was then saved to 5 1/4" flooppy disks. The field crew kept reporting that their floppy disks were being corrupted and they were loosing the data. These very early PC-alternatives didn't have a hard drive, just 2 floppies - one was the system drive with a CPM disk and software we ran the other was the data drive, so loosing data meant the magnetometers became unusable as we couldn't clear the data from their pathetically tiny memories.

We thought that maybe the floppies had been corrupted by the airport x-ray machine so we put them in a metal box and wrapped them in tin foil... didn't work... So I, as the programmer of the data processing software, got sent out for a week to work out what was going wrong. This was April and the snow was still on ground and I got to rid a skiddo to the log cabin in the middle of nowhere on the edge of the arctic circle to spend a week in a log cabin with a PC and 2 Geophysicists. On the first day they went out surveying and I sat with the PC checking everything I could think of. There was an electric wall heater on a thermostat/timer and I noticed that whenever it switched on the lights flickered a bit and the fan on the PC changed pitch... Lo and behold disk errors started to appear... Quick trip back to Trondheim to pick up a rectifier and bingo no more disk errors...

From that day on it became part of the standard field kit...

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

BoldMan

Re: The worst thing in the world for Assange...

Isn't that what they've been doing for the last few years? The USA had repeatedly said they were not interested in him - the only person who keeps saying this is the twat himself.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

BoldMan

Re: Forgotten the obvious?

...and fucking THOUSANDS of flights where the pilots were not psychologically damaged nutters who managed to fool the airline HR dept.

Lets replace the HR departments with Robots - then they'll be infallible!!!

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BoldMan

Re: Bit of a vicious circle

As has been mentioned before this is a lie in the first place, what they mean sis a shortage of qualified pilots willing to work for a pittance.

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BoldMan

Re: Automated pilots?

Except when they ban tablets and make you check them into the hold...

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

BoldMan

Load of old... um... new bollocks(tm)

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

BoldMan

Well since the RN have trouble with power plants that can generate enough power for existing ships. I doubt if we'll see this for a while...

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

BoldMan

Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Repeat after me "Government finances are not the same as Personal Finances"

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

BoldMan

Re: "Sadly no black monolith found"

Better than the Rama sequels (shudder)

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

BoldMan

Re: No infrared excess

Which is why they want to capture more data during the occlusion as they may be able to detect re-emissions from what ever it causing the occlusion.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

BoldMan

Re: Ahhh lovely...

Play current chart music at me and you are 100% guaranteed to lose my business!!!

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

BoldMan

Re: Great analysis - thanks

> So the question is - why have you got several thousand W7 desktops unpatched?

Well I for one stopped allowing my Win 7 box to auto patch when Microsoft started fucking about with what was included in updates and to avoid being automatically "upgraded" to Win 10. MS have destroyed the trust that was placed in Windows Update to only update and fix problems, not push malware at us that installs OSes we don't want!!!

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

BoldMan

@big_D

> The same is true with Windows XP. They were told a couple of years ago, that if they hadn't

> moved to Windows 7 or later, they would need to pay annual support to keep Windows XP

> patched. They decided not to cough up and now they are paying the price.

They did cough up but that paragon on Ministerial competence Jeremy C-Hunt cancelled the contract to save £5 million which in comparison to the NHS budget is the loose change you find down the back of the sofa.

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