* Posts by Blank Reg

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Re: Wait a second!

I expect boring a 200+ mile tunnel through such a densely populated area would easily cost in excess of $100 billion USD. And it would likely take many years just to complete all the geological and environmental assessments needed before the plan is ready.

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

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Re: my relocation bundle

I've never been to Seattle yet I get contacted by Seattle recruiters, and I'm thousands of miles away in another country. I think some just go after any living being in the hope they might find someone.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: At that temp, marshmallows will melt!

As Trump actively works to accelerate the stupidifcation of the US, it may not be long before there just aren't enough people left with sufficient intelligence to operate any power plant using technology more advanced than that found in the Victorian era.

That's how he'll bring coal back.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: An investigation is needed

Why waste any resources on any sort of capsule? I though NASA were working on some sort of railgun for launching satellites, I think he would make a great candidate for the first test launch. We should just make sure his tinfoil hat is made nice and pointy for reduced drag.

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Re: Calling Captain Video...

Oh really?

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/politics/donald-trump-praises-9-11-truther-alex-jones/index.html

And

http://www.thewrap.com/trumps-relationship-to-alex-jones

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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She lied to us? I'm shocked. Next you'll be telling me those jade eggs that I've been keeping in the "incubator" aren't going to hatch into jade chickens.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Re: @MiguelC -- Hook, line, and sinker!

The difference is that the punk kid would probably make a better president.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Re: Reg commentards claim software not to be trusted

Even if all cars were automated, they still have to deal with pedestrians, cyclists, animals etc. that are not automated.

The only way to be 100% certain would be to only run these vehicles in a controlled environment where nothing else could interfere and there is no chance of unpredictable situations.

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Re: NOTHING is foolproof.

And we seem to keep making ever "better" fools..

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Uber, er, taxi for the 20-plus bros booted out of upstart for harassment

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Re: The fish rots from the head down

Their entire business requires ignoring laws and regulations. If they had to actually act lawfully then they might as well shut down.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Re: So....restore from backup

This seems to be an all too common problem. Too many small companies say they can't afford backups and backup validation, I guess their data isn't all that important then.

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Bank of Canada finds flaws with current blockchain solutions

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Re: cough

Yup, everyone is jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, but it wouldn't be the first bandwagon to break a wheel after a few years.

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

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Re: There is nothing wrong against proper old guard

One way to get rid of this short term thinking by upper management is to radically alter the way they are compensated.

Executive pay should be split into base pay and then some form of bonus/options based on the performance of the company in the future. Keep base pay at something like $250k, a good salary but not excessive. Then all those extra millions that they are used to making are deferred 3-5 years.

So if your actions as CEO only cause short terms gains but set the company up for failure in the future, then those options are going to be worthless by the time you are allowed to exercise them.

I'm sure such a compensation structure would have a big impact on how companies are run. But I'm also sure it won't happen.

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The only real innovation in the original iPhone was that you were required to have a data plan. Everything that the iPhone could do was already available for years on feature phones, it's just that most people didn't bother paying for a data plan.

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

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Re: Sour grapes

It seems this company is run by asshole frat boys

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: Regardless of Hillary

Could he maybe work on helping you with your spelling and grammar first?

Sorry, I forgot who we're talking about here, he'd first have to learn how spell himself. So I guess you're on your own.

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Re: Comey was a coward for not throwing Hilldog under the bus

Those alleged misdeeds were all made up by the republicans that knew they had enough simpletons listening to them that if they just repeated the allegations long enough that some people would believe them.

It didn't matter that they spent years and 100's of millions of YOUR money on investigations that were unable to prove a single thing, there are enough stupid to believe them regardless.

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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Forget about doctors and lawyers, when can we get AI Politian's? We can't be too far off from computers being smarter than the average politician, and they will be far less likely to engage in the typical government shenanigans.

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Re: One size fits nobody.

Another problem is that too many of these companies that want butts in seats are also going with open plan offices, which I find are the opposite of productive.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/30/google-got-it-wrong-the-open-office-trend-is-destroying-the-workplace/?utm_term=.0763b68f18e4

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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Re: Festering swamp rats!

Well SCOTUS got it wrong, there is no need to change the constitution, it's only the interpretation that is wrong.Who in their right mind would believe that when the constitution was written that they intended corporations to have the same rights as actual people?

And while some would argue that limiting contributions infringes on their free speech, it can also be argued that allowing unlimited contributions impinges on the free speech of those without the means to buy politicians.

Despite the second amendment, you can't go out and buy your own nukes, surface to air missiles etc. There are reasonable limitations for the greater good. There is no reason the same thinking can't be applied to campaign contributions.

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Re: Festering swamp rats!

The root of the problem is two fold, no term limits and the ruling that corporations are people too.

No term limits means you have lifers in government with no real skills, so their only goal is to get re-elected, if they happen to achieve something useful along the way that's purely by accident.

The second one though is the bigger issue. Campaign funding is out of control. Corporations and individuals dumping millions into the pockets of legislators under the excuse of "free speech" can only lead to corruption and cronyism. Outlaw corporate donations, do away with super pacs and all the other ways they use to funnel money into campaigns. Limit each registered voter to a maximum $1000 donation per election, that's it. no more, no back door financial shenanigans. The benefits would be "yuge"! Elections wouldn't last 2 years because no one could afford it, and corporations and lobbyists would have greatly reduced influence over government.

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Re: The real message is...

Just put VR in your company name and you're good to go. I'm working on VR at the moment so I get to claim all kinds of toys as legitimate expenses

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The name is all that matters

Most people will only see what the bill is called and will never read the contents. The fact that the contents are the opposite of what is implied by the name is irrelevant.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Re: Least disliked

His "extreme views" are only extreme by wacky right wing American standards. In the rest of the world he's a centrist, or slightly left of center at best. What you call extreme views are just common sense, something obviously not so common amongst US voters.

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Re: @MD Rackham Comey was required by Congress to inform Congress

Years of investigations, 100's of millions of dollars wasted and they couldn't pin a single thing on her.

Either she's innocent, a criminal mastermind, or the Republicans are incompetent beyond belief

No matter which it was, she would still make a better president than the insanely corrupt clowns currently running the circus.

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Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz

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Re: Which numbers are we looking at?

Read all the way to the bottom

"This would imply full fiscal 2017 revenues of $18.98bn, which compares to last year's $13bn"

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Re: I'll never buy Seagate again

Same here, EVERY drive failure that I've ever had since the beginning of time was a Seagate.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: Another day

I'm running the creator update and Edge right now on a Dell e7440, not at all the latest and greatest of machines. It's been flawless, and Edge with no ad blocker runs plenty fast, faster than the resource hog that Chrome has become. I've installed the creator update to a 6 month old high end desktop with all the bells and whistle, and a 5 year old desktop and neither had any issues.

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Re: Power

Chrome has become my browser of last resort. It has become a flakey bloated resource hog that often claims to have run out of memory, I now use Edge 90% of the time, it's faster and rarely runs into problems.

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: as an American sailor-wannabe

The winner was not at all decided in advance the last time around

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/sailing/2013/09/25/oracle-team-usa-beats-new-zealand-americas-cup/2871027/

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Really?

And in Canada chip and pin has been available for years, as has tap and pay with no pin at all, and yet the card holder is not liable for fraud.

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Re: How the mighty have fallen

When you lay off so many of your experienced staff it's hard to keep innovating. All those cheap, new offshore staff will take years to come up to speed.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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There's plenty of abuse of the visa system, and they should definitely raise the minimum salary, but I think Trump's action regarding visas and immigration will only lead to more hiring outside the US. Most of the big tech companies have development centers around the world where they can hire more staff if the government makes it too difficult to bring people to the US.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Another idiot republican politician

Do you have to be a complete moron to run as a republican or do they just learn on the job?

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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Re: A Lesson from History

Though Vimes also explained that this was one of the reasons why the rich stayed rich and the poor stayed poor.

The rich would buy one pair of good boots that would last a lifetime, meanwhile the poor could only afford cheap stuff that had to constantly be replaced and end up costing more than the good boots in the long run.

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Re: A Lesson from History

Similarly seeing "made in china" on items didn't get people to buy locally made products.

Most people will just go to Walmart and buy their disposable crap products rather than spend a little more on something that will last 10 times longer.

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Google's video recognition AI is trivially trollable

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Troll Detector

"AI to spot trolls is easily defeated by typos, deliberate misspellings of offensive words, or bad punctuation"

So how about marking the posts with typos and bad grammar as trolling. Maybe then people will be forced to learn the difference between their, there and they're.

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There's already more than enough real stupidity in the world, no need to go creating synthetic versions.

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Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC up M12 big iron

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Re: Liquid to vapor cooling

We can use that steam to run a small steam engine to then power the system. I'm sure we can get some investor interested in a startup for self powering servers. There have been dumber ideas funded and not everyone believes in the laws of physics, though ignorance of the law doesn't mean it doesn't apply to you :)

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Re: Oreos

Oreos are over 100 years old, I'm impressed that a centenarian is posting on a tech site :)

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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This is why they have had so many high profile projects fail over the last few years. They have lost millennia worth of cumulative experience, you can't make up for that with volume.

1000 plumbers can't do the work of 1 neurosurgeon, not unless you're willing to wait until they complete a decade or more of education and experience. And most won't succeed.

IBM doesn't have a decade to wait for their new staff to acquire the knowledge and experience they've lost. They won't survive that long.

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Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

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Re: jobs aren't entitlements

The automation will continue, you can't stop it. At some point there just won't be enough work to do, no matter what retraining you do.

The only solution that will work in the long run is higher corporate taxes, maybe especially high for those with the highest level of automation, and with that money provide a minimum basic income. That will never fly in the US of course, at least not until things hit rock bottom.

But corporations that aren't short sighted should be on board with this plan. You can't have a successful company without customers. And you can't have customers when they don't have any money.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Re: "We are now constantly connected and hungry for data..."

That's so complicated, I just read the list and memorize it. No need for silly gimmicks

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Guns...

"(pellet and BB guns would work, too, but with somewhat limited range"

There are 50 caliber air rifles that can take down a deer, they will easily take out a drone if your aim is good enough. But you'll still get busted for discharging a firearm within city limits.

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Re: It's too bad

I expect you'll be able to take it down with a transmitter spewing garbage at the appropriate WiFi frequencies and attached to a high gain directional antenna. Most drones will just land if they lose connection for too long. That will put it in range of your melee weapon of choice.

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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If you are entitled to passports from multiple countries then go ahead and get them, it can save you some hassles. And when traveling to the middle east, ask them not to stamp your passport, they can staple in a new page for the stamp that you can then remove after you leave the country.

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

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Re: Politicians know what to do

I've been expecting the plummet in US bound tourism since the orange moron was elected. And early indications are that intention to travel to the US is already down around 20-25%.

So much for creating jobs, Their idiocy will kill plenty of jobs, and plenty of people as well due to their other stupidity around healthcare.

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Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud over $170m IT upgrade shambles

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Re: IT project failure is now structural

Well, this is the 3rd major IBM project failure that I can remember from the last year or so, They screwed up something with the census in Australia, they screwed up a payroll system in Canada and now this.

They excel at colossal project failures, they have the best failures :)

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

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Re: Simple answer

First, downgrade all software to the least secure version that still contains the necessary functionality. Then make sure Anonymous and other suitable groups know about it. Then you can quit.

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Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: How many of you do this sort of weekly maintenance??

In over 30 years of having cell phones, I've never done such a cleaning. The most they get is a wipe with the back of my hand to get the smudges off the screen. And I have yet to have a phone fail on me apart from some prototype phones.

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