From the name MateBook, I assumed it was coming pre-installed with Linux Mint Mate, not Windows D:
137 posts • joined 29 Jan 2011
Re: It's not very good AI
It doesn't have to learn to be AI. And machines learning doesn't make them (actually) intelligent.
Re: How times change..
The Gnu Image Manipulation Program tells you exactly what the program is and does, unlike InkScape. It's a bit of a mouthful, though, so gets the (official?) acronym 'Gimp'.
My thoughts on this ...
1. Is Files really that bad? I've used Mac's Finder, so I know how bad things can be
2. Yes! I get to go to the sysadmins at Uni and say 'I told you so!' :-)
3. I'll be sticking with Mint and Cinnamon
Something else occurs to me (that'll probally get me a tonne of down-votes), Unity and W8 Metro were both designed to put the same interface on desktop machines and phones, right? What a stupid idea. I've also heard people say the same things about both UIs; that is, it's not so bad when you get used to it. That's not a good argument.
Perhaps it's just that I'm rapidly approaching middle-age and I don't like radical ideas anymore.
Ruinous Torys or ruined Labour?
Kick in the nuts [ ]
Punch in the face [ ]
Re: They walk amongst us
"So how come homeopathy cured the warts on my goat's teats? I find it very hard to believe that was psychological."
Really? I find it hard to believe that's NOT psychological. And anyway "homeopathy cured the warts on my goat's teats" doesn't meet any scientific rigour requirements.
I'm new to PlusNet, but I managed to squeeze an amazing full speed fibre out of them. I worked out how much will will cost me over the life of the two year deal. When that's over I'll be looking for another great deal. That'll be with PlusNet if they are willing, or whoever has the best new offer at the time. I certainly won't be going onto 'full price' after the contract has expired.
Out of curiosity, does anyone still care about landlines anymore? We had the option to keep our old number, but we declined. The new number gets pretty much zero spam calling (and we never give it out). For me, the landline/phone is an inconvenience that comes bundled with the broadband.
Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC
Re: I thought
Um ... no. I don't recall Pong phoning home, or even E.T. for that matter. [did you see what I did there?]
Even the last console I owned (PSP) had internet connectivity, but I don't think it sent info back to Sony (unless logged into PSN, I suppose)
No other option?
From Steam hardware survey:
Windows 10 64 bit -> 52.22%
Windows 7 64 bit -> 31.20%
I presume you are talking about DX12. DX12 is an improvement over DX11, I agree, but it's not a requirement.
Re: You humans think very highly of yourselves
@DropBear - There's more to juggling than muscle memory, although it plays an important part. It's hand-eye coordination that matters; just try juggling with your eyes closed. With very limited information about the trajectory of the balls, the brain can extrapolate the trajectories and move your hand to roughly where it needs to be. I think muscle memory is more inportant for throwing the ball on approximately the right trajectory in the first place.
I agree that our brains are just a bunch of specialised tools, but we can combine them to do things that we haven't actually evolved to do. We may not be fully general -- we can't learn everything. But we have a level of generality way beyond any current AI, and general AI is a very hot research area right now.
Re: You humans think very highly of yourselves
It's pretty darn general. The brain evolved for survival, but this gave us a brain that can learn lots of different skills at the same time. You can learn algebra, French, astophysics, poetry, origami ...
It can also do pretty amazing things without you needing to actually, ahem, *think* about it. A good example is juggling. I can juggle no problem, but if I was to try to work out the maths of juggling I would go mad.
You humans think very highly of yourselves
"The brain is the most powerful form of generalized intelligence in the known universe"
Perhaps that should read:
"The brain is the most powerful form of generalized intelligence known in the universe"
"You appear to be doing the thing you're complaining about." #irony #harrypotter #yougettheidea
Re: Everything is offensive to some people
I wonder how much palm oil a new £20 note has compared to a jar of Nutella (*other chocolaty spreads are available) and how many of the environmental protesters had that on their toast this morning.
Re: Strong encryption exists, and is "in the wild".
It wasn't that long ago encryption was considered a munition, but those days are long gone.
This whole thing is a farce. Apps like WhatsApp moved over to encryption *because* of the amount of snooping governments want over their (mostly) law-abiding citizens. You reap what you sow. Don't complain when your poorly thought-out, ill-conceived and utterly ridiculous plans back-fire. And don't make things worse with a knee-jerk, even more poorly thought-out and more ridiculous reaction.
Even if you could change the laws of mathematics and they get their super-safe backdoor into otherwise (practically) unbreakable encryption, what then? I would imagine terrorists and -- worse -- copyright infringers will just use non-crippled encryption, leaving LEAs across the globe spending all their time decrypting peoples' cat pictures and messages about what they had for dinner.
Re: That's not how hashes work
"The mathematical operation should produce a unique result for any given input"
Given that "any given input" is conceptually an infinite set, always expecting a unique 160bit hash is just ludicrous. The main thing with these hashes is that small changes in the code will give hugely differing hashes, making collisions rare. We all know that it is possible to engineer (by brute force) a collision, but it's a hard problem. Doing so in such a way as to be undetectable in Git is an even harder problem. Way harder. I look forward to seeing the attempts, though :-)
Define illegal. Who decides and how?
It's the most relevant pages at the top of the list. Don't try to cheat this; either be more relevant, or make the illegal download sites less relevant by targeting them and not the search engines.
I used to have a very cheap VPS hosted by a company who have since ceased trading. One day my VPS was acting up, so I raised a support ticket. The reply stated that a disk in the RAID had failed and the host had gone into read-only mode. Not to worry, the disk will soon be replaced and we'll be be back up and running in no time.
The next day the VPS was gone completely. I raised another support ticket and was told that the *wrong disk* had been replaced, losing all data.
Thankfully I take back-ups, but it was still a pain to find another provider and configure the new VPS. The offending provider did offer sincere apologies and month free, but I declined.
Have an up-vote. I came here to say pretty much the same thing. Complex AI algorithm finds optimal solutions for simple games. Wow.
Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.
I'm not claiming causation here, but 5 years does roughly correlate with the release of Windows 8.
Re: and don't take a job
Like working for microsoft? (joke icon)
But seriously - the article says the appointment was made 'involuntarily'. I mean shit! Anyone actually wanting to do this job absolutely must not be allowed to do it.
And on a related note, a very good friend of mine, many years ago, managed to get the job he really wanted - a police man. That's a job you couldn't pay me enough to do, but someone's gotta do it. After a short time in the job he was a wreck. All the horrible shit he had to deal with on a daily basis was really grinding him down. I had to remind him that most people aren't all that bad, but his job is to deal with the ones that are, giving a warped sense of reality.
He got over it by becoming a tough son-of-a-bitch.
I'm not sure what you would have to become to deal with what Soto and Blauert had to deal with.
Yep. I recently read this article on the BBC regarding dark net drug dealings and the postal service:
Summary: Buy/sell your drugs on the dark net. It's pretty damn safe.
Good work, BBC. I'm not sure that's what you had in mind when you published that article, but that's what it boils down to. They pretty much tell you how to do it. I'm surprised there weren't any links.
Knowledge ≠ understanding
We are struggling at the moment to get machines to learn some knowledge without forgetting it when it learns something new. When (if) machines actually understand that knowledge, then things will get really interesting.
Also, in pedant mode, its "forward model", not "forward mode"
Re: An overused word
I think the Irony was the price.
Re: That's quite a pro-vaping article.
I agree that citations would help the cause, but it doesn't take anything other than common sense to see that being able to feed an addiction to nicotine without burning tobacco is definitely a step in the right direction.
I agree that vapour products should be regulated, just like other nicotine products (patches, gum, etc.), but those products are allowed to be advertised and no-one is trying to get them banned. I'm struggling to see any significant difference between nicotine gum and nicotine vapour, other than vaping _looks_ like smoking.
Yes, of course. The changelog should detail all exploits fixed, so that baddies that weren't aware of the problem can exploit exactly the right versions. Good idea.
Re: Windows 10₂
I made this exact comment in the preview feedback. I was hoping not to be alone in this.
Incidentally, the fscking GWT nagware has recently reappeared on my Win7 machine, despite having done all the removals/disables/regedit shit. Take the fucking hint, Microsoft. I don't want your shit - not even for free.
Re: Some thoughts
Not to mention the US 'justice' system. Innocent people pleading guilty because they are shit scared of the ridiculous sentences they could face if they don't. Just look what happened to Ross Ulbrecht when he didn't do a plea deal. Definitely not somewhere I'd like to live.
"if I could prove my innocence"
Innocence need not be proven. It is guilt that must be proven. Please, let's keep it that way.
Re: Or a simpler (than SSH) solution
I used the trick on one of my servers. It was constantly being hit with login attempts over ssh. None ever succeed, but I didn't like it. I changed ssh port away from 22 and problem solved.
I tried denyhosts, but occasionally locked myself out trying to remember the right password. Not an insurmountable problem, but it's not (or wasn't, maybe) trivial to unblock an ip address.
My tuppence worth
I'm an unlimited data plan with Three, 4GB tethered. It used to be unlimited tethered, too, before 4G came along as a 'free' upgrade. I'm guessing the reason is that people could use it instead of home broadband, as it's probable a lot faster for some. This must have hammered Three's network, so they would have to choose between upgrading their 4G infrastructure, or limit tethered data. Guess which one they did (#makeitright my arse).
As a netflix customer, I'm happy to get lower quality on my mobile. It fits with my data plan an usage well. I'm not so happy that it isn't an optional thing.
As a Three customer, I'm not happy that the poor infrastructure means it has to be this way. Personally, I was much happier with a truly unlimited 3G plan and would choose that now if it was an option.
Re: @Dave Bollocks
@Ian Michael Gumby
"Take the top 100 potential moves"
Even if the rest of your argument was valid, how does your algorithm choose the top 100 potential moves?
Never before have I agreed with an article this much
Docker is the new VM. VMs are now pretty much ubiquitous, but this change took a while. VMs are so clumsy a solution for many use cases, so bring in the containers. As for enterprise inertia ... only force can overcome inertia.
Scared? You shouldn't be.
Where did the kick-bait headline get 'And kill you' from? The field notice linked in the article states that the symptoms are 'The switch fails to power on.' Also, the label shows 24v or 48v DC input. Still not seeing any risk of death here, even if no fuses were blown. There are models that can take 240v, but there's very little danger there either ... unless you are running one of these off a power circuit without ELCBs, in which case all bets are off.
I thought for a moment this would be something to care about.
Late to the party, but ...
I've recently discovered Groovy. OO and Functional. Oh, and scripting. I learned a lot of Haskell at Uni and the beauty of it was staggering. Its type system sublime. Groovy is a great way to add functional (and tonnes of other great) stuff to Java code. I won't harp on about it here, but it's well worth a look.
Great article, BTW.
Re: These Days...
That's a bit like saying 'try driving your manual-shift car without using the gear stick' when someone says manuals are better to drive than automatics.
I can one-up this.
I used to do freelance IT work for an SMB. A manager decided it would be a good idea to to send a charity fund raiser email to their customers (without consulting the boss). The manager did this using the company customer management system. The CMS integrated with Outlook to send the bulk email (1000s of recipients) by putting all the email addresses into the 'to' field. This caused all kinds of trouble.
First of all, the 'to' field was overloaded, so the email was malformed and should have been rejected by 1: The CMS, 2: Outlook, 3: Exchange server, 4: inbound mail servers. The exchange server got stuck in a loop constantly trying to resend a malformed email, with many of the recipients receiving the email multiple times, along with a list of everyone else's email address. Many of the email addresses were out of use or had some kind of automated response, causing a deluge of incoming mail (along side all the customer complaints and malformed email responses). That message was ridiculously hard to exorcise from the Exchange sever - it just would give up.
When the dust settled, there was much groveling to do. This was a data security company, so they lost quite a lot of custom because of this. Needless to say, said manager was out the door shortly after.
Unless the power indictor is a blindingly bright blue LED
I ain't interested.
there's just an empty space
When you're right, you're right.
But you don't need to be such a dick about it.
Woop! There it is.
The ransom demand has just been issued. Your move TalkTalk, although I don't see what good paying up will do.
There was no study mentioned in the article. Just putting processed meat on a list of probable carcinogens is fairly meaningless. Oxygen should be on that list, and that's only marginally more important than bacon. To suggest that bacon is equally as bad for you as tobacco smoke or asbestos is disingenuous, to say the least. I'm actually surprised they didn't spout some percentage of a percentage to boost the bullshit. E.g. "Bacon makes you 10x more likely to get bowel cancer (0.0001% to 0.001%)*
* All these figures are made up. I've no idea what the real statistics are, and I'm guessing neither do the Daily Mail.
Not had a Mac call yet
but the Windows ones are fun.
Them - Hi, I'm from Microsoft, and we have detected a problem with your Windows computer ...
Me - I don't have a Windows computer (lie)
Then - Oh. But we have detected an infection on your computer. If you click on the start menu ...
Me. I don't have a start menu. I don't have a Windows computer.
Them - Oh. But we have received reports of your IP address being used ...
Me - Really? What IP address is that, then?
Them - Erm.
Me - Goodbye.
The Mac ones would be even more fun. What's my name? What's my Apple ID? Which version of OSX am I running? Etc. I guess I'm not their target.
I could just sit here feeling smug, but I know people who have fallen for these scare tactics and it makes me mad.
This seems to accept bitcoin as a commodity/currency rather than an product/service.
Re: Stupid move
I don't usually go in for thew whole FTFY, but, this being the thread of 'fuck', fuck it.
"In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this DID NOT GO UNNOTICED and we are removing the check."
<dream>As a penance, they should be forced to open-source DirectX</dream>
Re: Bob Forward? Try Larry Niven
@ Mystic Megabyte
Let's worry about that when we get there.
Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her
@ Lush At The Bar
Spot on. That's the true bullshit right there. Anyone with my (or any) phone number, or one just randomly picked, can post shit and there's fuck all that can be done about it. Can she really not see the possibility for abuse here? The lawyers must be creaming themselves right now. The company and its peeple [geddit?] will hide behind the "we're just the medium" and "we have no control" lines.
+1 for 7-zip
It's on my list of windows essential programs (Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Programmers Notepad, etc.).
Plus, on the rare occasions when I have downloaded an executable file, I always ask 7-zip to take a look inside, even if I trust the source, even if I don't think it's an SXF, because just in case, you know.
I have to admit that this is where Apple's model comes in to its own. How many devices can run iOS 9, and therefor need testing, compared to Android? Google can't test them all, so it's down to the manufacturers - they get android for free, after all. The flip side of that is that there's no dodging the blame here by Apple.