* Posts by Sampler

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

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As someone who's day job it is to keep an eye on such things, I'm deeply saddened by the progress.

I work at the tech side of market research and having computers read and categorise lengthy human comments is a goal of our companies, as our competitors offer it, only, our competitors use the tools available and not one of them, in my view, is capable enough to do this accurately enough for me to be comfortable selling it, but they don't care, as the old adage in market research goes "everyone lies, but it doesn't matter, because no one is listening".

I was hoping from the article headline we might be a step further, appears we're a step to the side instead..

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Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

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In defence of the sub-title

I do get 100 Mbps down and 40 Mbps up, but then I live in the city (well, Surry Hills) so should expect to get good performance.

So far it doesn't crap out during peak hours either, so, that's a plus..

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Private submarine builder charged with murder of journalist

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Re: WTF???

Maybe he stabbed a hole, then poked the hole, would that satisfy your query?

Now I'm going to go have a quiet word with my mind on how it works and the inventful ways it resolves problems put before it, replete with images, even when it wasn't asked to do so...

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Make it sew

Isn't this what Fove were supposed to be doing to distinguish themselves in the VR space, I recall reading it a while back and being the only VR headset I was interested in, before I lost interest in having a VR headset..

Kickstarter snakeoil? www.getfove.com

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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One would assume that's on the lan side, for devices the chromecast will be connecting to for casting from, judging by the wording of the article, the phoning home will be a different flood of packets as it sends back everything it's recorded whilst "asleep" (in terms of Google Home devices).

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Re: slang v gospel

@StargateSg7

of unwanted data attacking your network ontop of b.a.u?

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Re: Not panicked yet

I do the same, however, I do the same workload with my AU team of three (well, 2.5 as one only works half a week) who take a full lunchbreak, leave on time and have some good office banter compared to the UK team of twelve fulltime staff, who are hurried, stressed, work late and eat at their desk.

I've tried to introduce the UK to my way of working, however, automation requires a lot of setup, bug testing and a little getting your head around a few apps that will save you so much time. They're too busy to make this investment, so never have time.

So, there is some truth to the article, if I can reduce a workforce by a quarter within my own company right now (and I'm no specialist in the field, just hate doing repetitive tasks) then I imagine there will be some job reduction in the future from AI, in the terms of algorithms, not actual AI.

I mean, I'll be fine, others, not so much, because they thought working harder was the right thing, rather than being lazy and getting the computer to do it for them.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Not usually one for pedantry

But isn't thermite an incendiary, not an explosive (ie, it burns very hot, very well, but doesn't actually explode)?

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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ID 10T?

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Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

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Great

Where can I get a few of these, for when the machine uprising kicks in and I can be safely identified as a toaster and carry on my daily business..

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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KAISER?

I predict a riot...

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Not applied to Government, of course

Can't ban Trump, no one would visit the failing platform anymore

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No one saw it coming: Rubin's Essential phone considered anything but

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Re: No accessories

To be honest, I'm not sure the point of Motorola's, a battery - I have a USB pack that I can lend to my girlfriend who has a different phone (and manufacturer as she sips the Apple koolaid), or charge my action cam, or the next item, a speaker - similar to my jbl, that I can also hookup to my laptop at work and listen to the radio, or my tv at home when my housemates aren't asleep, that's loud enough I can chuck it in my pannier bag and still enjoy tunes on the cycle to work..

There doesn't seem to be much benefit over these proprietary mods that generics don't meet and then surpass in they're not tied to a device or even platform.

Even camera's have been done, though, Sony don't seem to be pursuing there's anymore, which is a shame, as I kinda fancy one to use for a week and then leave on a shelf to gather dust..

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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And the other way

But, the other way around, when the value increased before they cashed in, presumably Steam just pocketed the difference?

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We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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Re: Uber...

Could get it delivered by UberEats...

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Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

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Apple

I.T just works..

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nbn™ pauses hybrid fibre-coax build and will fix current connections

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I for one..

Welcome a return to all fibre, if that's what they're saying here (rather than simply replacing the copper with "better copper").

In saying that, my flatmate upgraded our connection to NBN and a speedtest showed 93.21mbps/38.15mbps at peaktime whilst my other three flatmates used it, so happy with the service they provide in Surry Hills at least.

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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

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same same

Same happened with desktops, where this years chip offered no tangible difference to the OS usage feel and only high end processes were aided, motherboard upgrades the same, where much of a muchness with new connectors, throughput or bus options, memory improvements marginal, ssd's, so a new PC every year became two, became three, current build is getting on for four and I could replace it, but wouldn't notice anything but a hole in my wallet (and it's only a $500 AUD build to start with).

Then we moved to laptops, smaller, lighter, better battery, better graphics, higher res screen, now they two are much of a muchness.

So too with phones, the annual upgrades not delivering anything new in terms of battery life, camera, cpu/memory, my note 4 still does me well, it's thin enough, fast enough to do everything I need (plus I can still replace the battery and add an SD card). Yeah, a note 8 looks nice, but no, I don't feel compelled to upgrade as what I have will do, even with the built in obsolescence of turning off updates, when that happens (as I'm still getting them, but when) I'll just switch to one of the many open source, I know as I'm more technical then most others won't, but a wedge will sit without updates or noticing/caring, so only a small percentage will upgrade then.

We've reached peak phone, without something radically new (strapping to your face for poor mans VR or this year's hype wagon of AR don't count) they've progressed themselves into a corner.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Re: What if ...

What if you know someone is stupid enough to have one of these, you know there work hours or they're away. You order something crap off amazon, next day, to their address.

Wait for the delivery dude to rock up, flood the network let him leave, let yourself in.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Interesting

But, I'd like to see a model without the bulk of the speaker to reduce package size (and save some of the battery for more projecting) I already have a bluetooth speaker so running that discreetly will do. So 5.5"x5.5"x3 for instance, would be a lot more appealing as I could conceivably fit that in my day to day bag.

Also, not really fussed about having the apps on the device, so long as it dnla's then the netflix/youtube/etc can stay on my phone.

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: Pixies?

I was thinking, fifteen years ago when I assisted the third line and infrastructure support guys, all the servers had iLO's in them, so, why would you need to build it into the chip for sysadmins when the chips go into a lot of other machines?

Allow those that want to put iLO's into the devices, the rest of us that don't need one, can skip, makes the silicone cheaper, so more profit for intel, that point, right there, concerns me, why aren't Intel maximizing their bottom line?

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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

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So that's where those came from

I've had them based on Elizabeth Street (the Domino's nearest my former work) and Glebe (the Domino's nearest my last but two residences) and did wonder where they got the location data from, sadly it was on my junk account so that email address had been signed up to waay too much stuff to be able to pinpoint.

Nothing from the last two places I've worked near though, so appears it affects only up to March this year when I moved across the city for both work and home.

Not that I eat a lot of Domino's, but five bucks for a filling lunch ain't bad at months end..(now six, and smaller, so Thai takeaway it is)..

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Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

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Re: It'll be be blocked...

Why not make it opt-in? Set a cookie, usual ads disappear, mining comes in, hell, you could have a volume slider for the amount of threads it spins up.

If possible, log work by each user and have a reward for whoever generates the most each month.

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Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing

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Re: Meh

With that sense of optimism have you thought of a career in IT?

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

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Re: 'Redmond's not-at-all creepy service'

No it's German, The Microsoft THE!

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Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

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Re: Stonecrest, Georgia?

Spoiler alert, it won't..

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Yeah, you're right, you are old and miserable..

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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May I recommend WeWork Pyrmont?

Having bounced around a few offices in the city (started at Market Street, been in the Rocks, Surry Hills and now Sussex Street) I found WeWork Pyrmont to be rather nice, price wasn't too bad for the co-hab spaces (I ended up with a dedi-desk as I didn't fancy moving all my crap everyday in the freerange desks).

They have ping pong tables, lots of cool meeting rooms that scale to your needs and, oh yeah, free beer on tap..

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

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Until..

They get hacked and taken down with less fancy strategies and the cargo snatched, at which point they'll be relegated to moving cheap tat no one would worth stealing, like your macca's lunch...

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

You kid, but I wrote a website (still have all the code floating around on an old disk somewhere) that transformed closed nit group forum software into a more open and shared experience, allowing direct messaging and self profiles where you can share details of yourself and pictures.

We know a similar thing today as Facebook.

I am not suing Facebook, many people have similar ideas, those that press on with them, preserve and build the monoliths are welcome to the fruits of their labours, whilst me dicking around with a few mates online can disappear into the obscurity where it mostly lived..

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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It's a grammar joke Blake St. Claire - as in they were long-defunct when they bought it, not now.

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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pandemic, inoculate your golf buddies and thin out the herd...

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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

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Re: Age discrimination?

http://imgur.com/Zr8zeiI

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

"not in active development anymore" - you mean it has been in active development for the past however many years since Windows 7 and not changing one iota - wow, wish I was on that team

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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The image showed a bridge camera, not a dslr - which are a bit smaller and lighter (and shiter)

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The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

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Re: PC technology?

A raspberry Pi has an hdmi and four usb ports (for the B versions since the plus) so could easily be a Pi in a shiny box - which would also allow them to hit the deadline, as all the work is done in the design end.

I'd be keen on a steam machine that looked like that (the pc technology bit got me hopeful) but it's doubtful they'd go that route.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Re: Other people's money

Hey, let's run an online company and headoffice in some of the most expensive physical locations for no real reason...that's one way to burn through a ton of cash!

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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12k is pretty good, I got £500 to relocate from the UK to Australia and had to pay for my partners flight myself (which was over that £500) = (

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Look forward to this

My colour passport is good, but a bit of a pita to use.

Would this work for TV's too, to give accurate colour reproduction depending on if the curtains or if the big light is on..

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Re: Did he get the tattoo...

I was going with some good old fashioned Ridley Scott face-rape, but, whatever's your poison..

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Did he get the tattoo...

..when he realised he was going to end up in jail and turned himself in?

I mean, it's the only reason I can think of getting a face tattoo, at least they'll leave him alone inside now as no one wants to have to look at that even if you are making them your bitch...

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Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

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Because of, doubt it, in-spite of? Most users..

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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

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Re: Good article

Is that the same office 2007 that's now no longer supported (and something I raised at the company I just merged into).

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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

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And of course, who needs and interconnect anyway when you have bluetooth and wifi, this chap makes some very good points:

https://youtu.be/CcQxdjHlKO4

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A bespoke interconnect you say? I can see that working well.

What's wrong with making it usb-c and therefore more appealing to the mass market and more likely to gain traction and adoption, see Motorola mods for what not to do.

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Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

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Do people really do that?

I mean, if you're stupid enough to think the cheap plastic on your arm is as good as a lab in terms of accuracy and you use it to say "I've walked five km so I can now have a doughnut" then I'm guessing you're going to have a lot more problems in life then a few extra calories..(such as what to do with your collection of bridges)..

Precision in these devices is not needed, they're to show trends to promote action - oh, I've not had enough steps today, I should go for a walk.

There should be a body that independently verifies these things, just so consumers know at least the level of inaccuracy to go with - I also question how many devices were used from a provider in case they got the one made on a friday arvo.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: This guy is about to become a legend

Director's already on board: https://twitter.com/JamesGunn/status/864605865701146624

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Interesting...

Especially if the microsoft remote desktop app works well, making the phone a dumb terminal to one of the many desktops I rdp on a daily basis will completely remove the need for my laptop..

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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Re: And all the students that get stuck with Windows S!

Should make the maths homework fun!

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