* Posts by the Jim bloke

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

the Jim bloke
Big Brother

The greatest evil the internet has caused..

.. has been giving stupid people a voice.

Empowering stupid people is a recipe for disaster - choose your own examples.

The only reason that 'smart' people pretend to listen to stupid people, is in order to exploit them, for labour, political power, financial gain, or sex. Otherwise, they are just a waste of time.

The greatest benefit 'social media' has brought to the world has been to siphon the majority of the stupid people into the same place, where they can be safely ignored by the grown-ups. Zuckerberg has used this concentration to monetise stupid people, reaping huge rewards. (see above)

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Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

the Jim bloke

Used to have a work ute..

with a dodgy radio - just about a full spiral rotation of the left arm at the elbow, from the steering wheel to the dash above the radio got it working nicely again. eventually got easy to pick the right spot to hit by the dent in the dashboard.

The ute (toyota landcruiser) was mine to use during the day, but officially allocated to one of the engineers as part of his contract for driving in and out of work.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

the Jim bloke

Re: I can't help but wonder something.

Sorry, was going to upvote in support of actual reading of the books, but then you mentioned the abomination.

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the Jim bloke

Re: Make something new

"You'd have to edit it pretty mercilessly to take all the racism, sexism and American Exceptionalism out.. (I read those books avidly as a 10-12 year old - tried to re-read them a year or so back and couldn't get past all the flaws that I hadn't seen the first time round..)"

A lot of the authors I loved as a kid, actually seem pretty ordinary now. Values and perceptions have changed and I am comfortable with that. Smiths superhuman alphamale heroes casually committing genocide, Larry Niven and his martian colony failing pretty much from homophobia (no idea what Larry Nivens views are on the subject, but he obviously considered it a valid motivation in the story).

Harrison, Norton, Eddings, McCaffery, even more recent authors like Weber are less enjoyable on recent re-visits, but then again, some (many) of the new authors being pushed by amazon would probably benefit from an editor telling them to take their manuscript back, work on it a lot more, and dont bother bringing it back....

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

the Jim bloke

Re: even if its role has changed to a cargo-hauler.

they are all cargo-haulers, just some walks onboard by itself.

Economics beats sentimentality into a soggy crying lump, if 747's cant pay their way, then let them die in peace rather than unnaturally dragging out their lifespan.

I work Fly-IN/Fly-Out, and my particular site mostly uses Fokker F-100s, which, since Fokker shut its doors back in the 90s, means the planes are 20+ years old. they work, and somebody is still making money out of them. Futile to complain about it.

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Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

the Jim bloke

I hope evolutionary scientists are studying this

Its almost biological - a new environment opens up, and you get a mad goldrush to occupy and exploit any possible niche, irrespective of how marginal it appears, then competition, refinement, the dieing off of the unlucky and unsuccessful, and those that capture enough resources prosper, breed and try to secure their place into the future.

or some guy with a beard says how its all going to work.

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the Jim bloke

re: I can see a floor in your plans. Several, in fact.

Thats just wrong on every level

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

the Jim bloke

Tech angle is the miniscule hope that we can restore from backup after the crash

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This bot shorts stocks when Trump tweets (don't fret, the profit is used for good)

the Jim bloke

Re: Animal cruelty?

ACLU will probably be the target - sorry, subject- of one of the evil clowns executive orders.

They keep telling lies and spreading fakenews about people not having to agree with el prez..

At least the puppies should be a safe charity to associate with for a couple of months yet.

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Top of the bots: This AI isn't a cold, cruel killing machine – it's a pop music hit machine

the Jim bloke
Terminator

The reason AI will rise and cleanse the earth.

Is because they did this with Pop music.

Pop isnt art, it is simple commercial exploitation of basic stimulus/response.

I do enjoy some pop 'choons', they trigger the appropriate responses for me, others leave me indifferent or irritated. This is considering the sound component separate from any eye candy visuals.

I am fully aware that classical, metal, or any other genre of music or pseudo music like country/rap (rap being country music without the country or the music, ie rich people whinging how hard their life is) wouldnt have the same revenue harvesting potential.

Possibly there is scope for AI to improve the area currently referred to as 'devotional' music, used to call them hymns back when i was a lad, and they were dreadful.

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AI eggheads: Our cancer-spotting code rivals dermatologists

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

I get an annual skin checkup

.. as an Aussie (world skin cancer champions) who spends a lot of time outdoors. I wont dispute the image recognition technology here, what i doubt is the ability of an untrained amateur user (ie almost everyone) to do a thorough scan of their entire risk-exposed surface (instead of taking dick-pics). especially areas not easily accesible from in front.

Assistance from a partner would help, but not something I would rely on.

I see this technology as being a useful diagnostic aide to help professionals, but as a consumer level app its slightly more useful than a banner ad sourced credit rating check.

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Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

the Jim bloke

Phablet FTW.

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Tesla sues ex-manager 'for stealing 100GBs of Autopilot secrets'

the Jim bloke
Trollface

Sounds like a candidate for the electric chair

heh.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

Cheer up, Its not the end of the world.

..

bugger.

..

I was actually hoping for a zombie apocalypse, but I guess a Trump presidency is close enough.

and the year is yet young.

I mean, when has a populist demagogue riding to power on a wave of disaffection with entrenched corruption EVER ended badly ?

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the Jim bloke
Headmaster

question

if, as they say.

"Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way." ®

.. what is going to happen to those "wise citizens".

My understanding is that, if we are at the brink, and someone steps forward, then its past the brink and they are leading the way -presumably at 9.8 metres per second per second- to a place you would fill the requirements of being considerably less wise to follow.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

the Jim bloke

Re: When will this spate of Brexit hoodoo economics ever end?

when someone comes up with something even sillier

FTFY

I think Douglas Adams had a preface to one of the Hitchhiker books that would be relevant.

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You know what, maybe Tabby's star ate a planet, ponder space eggheads

the Jim bloke
Pint

reading this late on a friday afternoon.

Tidal stress?

not sure what the gradient would need to be.

obviously planets in original orbits arent going to spontaneously fall apart - they wouldnt have formed in the first place if there wasnt some kind of stability and attraction..

any force sufficient to push a planet out of a stable orbit into something that approachs its primary close enough to pull it to bits - is probably enough to shatter said planet anyway.

Stellar expansion due to aging wouldnt do it - no change to the masses involved. Besides, I have a vague memory of the article i read 5 minutes ago mentioning it being an F type star, which I believe is similar to our G type ... who doesnt remember WOBAFGKMRNS as the catchy sequence of star types, doesnt even need a mnemnomic.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

the Jim bloke

Re: I'm assuming

Semtex ?

for when you REALLY need to blow your nose ?

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

the Jim bloke

a million bucks?

1. load phone with pictures

2. hand to stranger

3. ?

4. Profit

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

the Jim bloke

Re: Statistically....

@ DougS

The purpose of statistics IS to be mis-used.

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Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

the Jim bloke

Can we use it as a fly zapper?

never mind odour molecules, it needs to be able to kill things.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

the Jim bloke

The solution to the real problem presented here

is to disqualify politicians who make profoundly stupid comments from re election.. ever.

Imagine how the world would improve.. slowly, true, but eventually we could hope for a government free of complete retards.

as for sexting, cyber-bullying, kids doing stuff their parents dislike.. well thats a societal issue. Parents dont have the survival strategies to pass on to their children relevant to the 'threats' said children are encountering. All the old behavioural rules that made up a culture are actually proven survival techniques in the environment that culture operates in. The environment has changed, the threats are different, and the people raising children need to come up with rules and cautionary tales, a basic toolkit of responses appropriate to whatever we are calling this modern age.

"the internet is not your friend", "anything written/recorded/transmitted will be broadcast to the world", "Other people will record you - regardless of your wishes", "Even if you change your mind, your original posts remain"

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

the Jim bloke

Re: Memory? removable battery?

its not just the review, the manufacturers page it links to also avoids mentioning any useful details.

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the Jim bloke

Memory? removable battery?

How much memory? does it have a card slot?

Removable batteries probably arent a major issue, but i would definitely prefer one.

Airlines are specifying battery capacity limits now, I cant remember where the threshold sits off the top of my head, but it is another headache to afflict the traveller.

The speakers only need to be good enough - for phone use, I use bluetooth speakers for music playback.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

the Jim bloke

Social behaviour rule for vegans.

"Dont Ask - Dont Tell"

With corporal punishment such as caning if they still insist on telling.

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the Jim bloke

Re: @Patrician Animal walware

The propagation strategy of fruiting plants is for animals to eat the fruits and discard/excrete the seeds...

The plant actually benefits from feeding the animal by helping it spread the seeds further.

So...

working as intended..

Any ideology that denies reality is going to fall foul of reality.

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the Jim bloke

@martinusher

No problem with the ones who follow their beliefs without trying to impose them on every other person in the entire world.

Its the radical militant true believers that cause the issue to become polarised, adopting a position that the majority of people can see is frankly fucking stupid, and discrediting any moderates.

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

the Jim bloke

Thanks to GWX

I finally tried Linux Mint as dual boot on my home desktop - then promptly wiped 2 windows laptops and installed it on them as well.

Now, I only boot to Windows (7) when I need to use work related software, yes, you have to pay me to use it.

There isn't a game enjoyable enough to compensate for the aggravation of microsofts poisoned system.

This news will probably lead me to booting windows again and trying to get the update to happen, because at present, windows is a non-operating system.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

the Jim bloke
Pint

A circular arguement

Fosters is the 'beer' so bad we sell it to Americans,

Americans are so ignorant about beer they buy Fosters.

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Smoking hole found on Mars where Schiaparelli lander, er, 'landed'

the Jim bloke
Headmaster

Larry Niven short story collection Tales of Known Space - Eye of the Octopus

Described martian atmoshere as

'almost thick enough to be poisonous'

being a sci-fi story written back in 1966 it may be subject to exaggeration for effect, and inaccuracy, but it has stayed with me since the (much later) time I read it.

It is also possible I am mis-remembering or mis-attributing the quote, as I dont have access to the source material while at work.

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

the Jim bloke

Selection Bias

Already forgotten the article, was the sample actually random, or just consisting of people stupid enough to respond to an online survey?

Congratulations to our 10 Billionth Visitor !!

Click here to receive your FREE A380 Airbus!!

Anytime I see a banner ad saying "your machine has a virus !!1!!",

it makes me consider how to re-implement crucifixion. I know its too good for them, but at least with their arms nailed up they wont be writing more ads.

As for the Malwaristas, a relatively quick drowning head down in a septic tank should be sufficient.

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Google has unleashed Factivism to smite the untruthy

the Jim bloke
Facepalm

Biggest mistake people make during elections

.. or all the time really, is assuming "the Media" is on their side.

Same thing during the Australian elections (though smaller scale of course)

The only thing the media love more than a circus

is a train wreck.

which is why they love elections so much.

Promoting good government is not in the interests of our media moguls, any sane, honest, competent elected official - if such things exist - will fail to generate the spectacle that feeds the media frenzy.

If the news feeds were interested in promoting responsible government, they would just walk away from the nutters and clowns.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

the Jim bloke

Re: Twelve =/= teen

Count to 12 using the finger bones of one hand - touching each with the thumb of the same hand.

I was originally told this as something from Papua New Guinea, but a quick search has it going all the way back to Babylon.

Personally, i find it useful to count to 14 by including the thumb joints as well - just something to work through a 2 week swing at work.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi you, you're fired: Apple sacks staff secretly snapping shoppers

the Jim bloke

Pics

.... or it didn't happen

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No surprise: Microsoft seeks Windows Update boss with 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'

the Jim bloke

Sounds like the main thing they want is the ability to induce apathy.

' the job description asks candidates have the "ability to reduce chaos, increase simplification and reduce stress for the team." '

So once the team leader convinces everyone involved to not give a shit, their work is done.

Out sourcing to a non-english speaking sweatshop will do the trick.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

the Jim bloke

Scope for a counter-campaign

My only experience of the Tube was on a holiday a long time ago..( at the very time they brought in the no drink bottles on airplanes, Getting through Heathrow as they tried to implement the new security theatre was traumatic, so timestamped quite thoroughly), and I recall noticing nobody speaking on the tube was using english - or at least any version intelligible to me.

Anyways.

Simply combine the tube-chat badge/logo with the red circled diagonal slash negation symbol (Ghostbusters-like), Variants could include the raised middle digit or a stamped FOAD in the style of MASH. Other designs will emerge as entrepreneurs get hold of the idea.

Make these available printed on buttons, Tshirts, backpacks whatever. Dodgy street vendors can selll them from the station entrances, adding to the local ambience.

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

the Jim bloke

Re: Aspergers, etc

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4033

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

the Jim bloke

Re: "...cost of around $200K per passenger."

Space between Earth and Mars is going to be littered with human corpses. ...Yuck.

Not to mention Russell's Teapot

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the Jim bloke

Nobody Doesnt Die

So doing it someplace different has to be worth something.

Seriously, getting humanity onto more rocks has to be the most meaningful goal possible. Even better if we arent rock-dependant but thats probably further down the track.

World peace and cures for cancer only count as waypoints or aids to that aim - they would be extremely helpful but I really hope they arent pre-requisites.

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

the Jim bloke

"anal or genital region"

so chicks can still do poachies

Thank irrelevant deity for gender inequality.

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

the Jim bloke

They could call it

.... This Land.

immediately prior to a sudden but inevitable betrayal!

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

Judges doing the best they can

From the news article I read, even though he was acquitted (query - different to 'found not guilty'?) the guy (not interested enough to track down his name) still convinced all of the judges he has faced that he was an asshole,

"I have found Mr O’Neill to be a vain, manipulative and grandstanding individual who sought to persuade me that black is white and used the valuable time of professionals to describe sexual fantasies he may or may not have. There is a narcissistic streak to Mr O’Neill, who does trouble me in terms of further contact he may have with other people."

-with a similar attitude to women as SatNad to Windows users, and although he couldnt be locked up the judge required measures to be in place to make it easier to apprehend him once he did get around to raping/murdering some woman.

Obviously this isnt satisfactory to any of the parties involved,

- the guy is inconvenienced in his sexual predations,

-the police have to spend resources monitoring him,

-the woman still gets murdered.

Even the retrial judge agrees the SRO is "frankly unpoliceable", and something different will be worked out as the circus proceeds.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

the Jim bloke
Go

the application i see for this

Given its single shot capacity and arms length range, is hitman style executions..

This is predominately a pastime of the criminal fraternity and I wouldnt want to interfere with their cultural traditions and rituals. Also it beats the hell out of drive-by shootings.

Smooth barrel eliminates ballistic tracing, and the entire 'disposable plastic' concept makes it even more attractive.

So the police forensics departments will probably have a whinge about the gun, but I would imagine the bullet, rattling down the 2 cm barrel, will scrape and collect some of the barrel material which could be analysed by said forensics boffins. A chemical 'fingerprint' -such as is used with industrial explosives- could be included in the plastic 'ink' which would allow police to trace the purchasers of that batch.

Not going to be easy, but all stuff which is achievable.

Airplane hijacking just doesnt seem feasible, not enough ammunition to be a credible threat, and probably not enough power to even shoot through the hull (probably the most effective threat you could make with it)

- on the other hand, airport security and credibility went their separate ways a long time ago -

As far as using it as a murder weapon, thats what pistols are meant for. If you want to kill things effectively use a long gun.

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Multimillionaire Brit games dev wants your cash for Shroud of the Avatar

the Jim bloke
Pint

Not a particular fan of the ultima series ( gave up when I migrated from my apple][ to PC ) but I consider kickstarter somewhat similar to a charitable lottery with an inverted reward table - with the lottery you probably wont win but the money goes to a good cause, with the kickstarter you probably will get a return (unless you back something dodgy), but even if not it's something you chose to support anyway.

Contribute what you think its worth - to you - and what your budget can afford.

According to Heinlein, "You're competing for Joes beer money, and Joe loved his beer"

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

the Jim bloke

Re: Customers don't want it.

What kind of friend lets a friend do Windows 8 ?

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E-reader demand slumps, slapped down by slates

the Jim bloke
Unhappy

non compatible formats

I bought a kindle for the missus when they became usable in Oz, (where ebooks ARE cheaper than dead tree books ) but half the time i use it myself - we both work in remote areas with abysmal to nil net coverage. She has moved backwards? to using the kindle app on her laptop, leaving me in possession - the perfect sort of birthday gift....

The main gripe I have with the kindle (apart from the missus filling the library with vampire porn/ paranormal romance) is that there are authors whose works I want to buy who are not available through amazon. Baen provide ebooks in users choice of compatible formats, but penguin, barnes and noble.. seem to be fighting the old proprietary format war.

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

the Jim bloke

drawback to platinum as a cash cow

few years back, before the GFC, the mining company I worked for was taken over by Norilsk Nickel .. big russian mining company. According to their welcome-to-the-family presentation, as well as being one of the largest nickel producers in the world, they were also the top producer of platinum.. purely as a byproduct from their nickel mines. At the time they were using the profits from the platinum to cover the production costs of the nickel, but you can see how easy it would be for them to crash the price of platinum if they felt threatened.

From an investment point of view, there is no point spending money on something if it costs more to produce than people will pay for it.

Personally, the sooner we get our arses off this mudball the better, and I do wish them luck

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BT Tower falls over, crushes X Factor hopefuls

the Jim bloke

I consider all these shows

as the "Special Olympics"

for talent

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Pass the wine, dear. Yes, that papier-mache thing

the Jim bloke

major functionality loss

You will look pretty stupid if you try to use one in a bar fight

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Jesus appears, acquires vast following, bitchslaps Justin Bieber

the Jim bloke
Mushroom

I am proud of my ignorance of facebook

.. but I vaguely recall there was something about a wall in there

any chance we could nail him to it ?

any or all of them, for that matter.

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