* Posts by Grikath

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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To be honest... While at Uni the math dept. there had some large boards out in the hallways on knot theory, and the Stuff on it lost me in about 30 seconds. I still maintain they had that stuff out there to ensure Peace and Quiet in their bit of the building. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment...

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Re: Technical, English and Idiot.

@ MHF Wilkinson : "management" is the fourth stage in the progression nowadays. Idiots can't help being what they are. Management tends to be deliberately obtuse.

Forcing Manglement to speak proper dutch is a neverending source of entertainment at dreary meetings.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: Burnout isn't unknown in IT

As soon as HR gets involved in engineering, ulcers are a given...

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: A real Stroustrop joke*

chris miller: "* but was he joking?"

Probably not.. In this interview he happily combines C++ and "casual users". As if that will ever happen... Yet he seriously seems to think so.

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Google cloud VMs given same IP addresses ... and down they went

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Re: This kind of incidents

Ahhhh... But by that time the Cloud is Old Hat, and the new hype will be "Decentralised Microstorage" or "Dedicated Localhosting" or somesuch. Which basically means the servers go back onsite, with a profitable remote-managing contract, of course....

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Re: I'm surprised...

Given that this Boss seems to be different from the last issues, I expect this one to have the life expectancy of a mayfly... So why bother?

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: Can't be true

"Not entirely sure what a "working prototype" of a book would be, to be honest. A plot outline?"

A bit more than that, but ..yes-ish. Rules for what will be accepted for the Slush Pile differ per publisher/editor, but you basically got to follow the same rules before you hit up kickstarter. That means a full plot outline + relevant chapters, or a full manuscript in the pre-editing stage.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Re: Another solution...

Is to simply shoot the IP lawyers.

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Low AI rollout caused by dumb, fashion-victim management – Gartner

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AI rollout......

SERIOUSLY ??!!!!!!!!

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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Re: More please

"we" already could in the 80's. Plenty of peeps who experimented with BLoS once the concept of "cruise missile" became apparent.

Sometimes we seem to want to re-invent the wheel, it seems.

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US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

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Welcome

to the new mcCarthy era.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Mission at end?

"If I were the first Mars colonist I wold reverently visit these priceless pieces of history and place markers listing their history and accomplishments. Also a sentry gun and a KEEP OFF THE ROVER sign."

We shall mark the spot where you perished with a small cairn, while repurposing your corpse and anything it is in, the rover, the plaque, and the sentry gun.

Sentimentalism is nice for armchair philosophers. It is useless in a hostile, if not deadly environment, where every scrap of material has to be imported against a huge gravity well and a rather inconvenient time schedule.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Fishkill

Damn.. overran editing time..

Judging from google maps, the original kil should still be there, with the remains of an attached duck trap. It's the double body of water between the railroad and the creek, left of Sam's Club.

Bonus points for Rapalje Road, by the way.. ( rapalje = (murderous) scum )

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Re: Fishkill

Specifically, a "viskil" is a body of water, municipally or privately owned, that is set up specifically to breed fish for consumption.

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You do realise that most, if not all the fish we like to eat are pretty much very carnivorous?

Mine's the one next to the pound bag of kibbeling.

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NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

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Re: Mars suddenly becomes interesting

" If Mars had oil then that's a game-changer."

Funny you should say that... If there was once life on Mars, and if conditions persisted long enough to let it ..breed.. there would have been a lot of organic goo on the bottom of the then-seas. Which, if properly covered up and stewed by pretty much the same processes as here on earth, should have resulted in layers rich in the stuff we call "oil".

The problem there is that those layers would be a bit deeper down than the Rovers can dig for. And exposed on the surface nothing organic lasts long in the current martian climate, so even if something eroded out, and we'd get extremely lucky in hitting upon such a layer, the Rovers would still have to dig deeper than they currently can to reach potentially uncontaminated material. ( Which is also clearly stated in the article.)

Even when the article states there is no way of knowing whether the molecules detected were made by biochemical or physical-chemical means, it also states that there's quite a bit more of it, in amount and location, than expected. Which is a very hopeful thing, even when the experiments themselves aren't even equipped to prove a biochemical origin unequivocally. You'd need to be able to prove chirality-bias for that ( for something resembling earth-type life ), and the Rovers simply aren't equipped for it.

But once it's proven life once did exist on Mars..... There should be "oil".

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Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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Re: Don't forget

@frenchie lad: Hmyeah... He's using the usual US business strongarming tactics.

Of course, one fairly predictable result of *those*, in the end, are massive layoffs for the hoi-polloi, while the ones responsible Golden-Parachute out.

Given that during his ...career... Trump destroyed far more value than he's ever created and he's basically dancing on the ashes of what's left of his inheritance, I very much doubt any good will come of his attitude. Except for him, of course.

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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Re: More FUD

Dunno about Brexit. Feels more like support for his US pals, especially in light of the recent trend to make Russia take the place of the USSR as the Big Enemy in the US. You're right about the FUD though. If there was any real, solid evidence of a sustained nation-state cyberoffensive there would have been Serious Questions all around. So far, it's always been "sponsored groups attributed to...".

Of course, Our Side is all White Hats, who would never.... etc...

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Finally, San Francisco cleans up the crap from its streets – yes, all those fscking scooters

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Doubt the things go into landfill.. Them scooters are worth far more as scrap and parts.

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Serverless Computing London: Time running out on blind bird tickets

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That...

You forgot to add: "complete dependency on 3rd parties, with no fallback."

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Usually to dissuade the local usual suspects from a quiet visit when they've a feeling you're away for an extended time.

Plenty of homebuild solutions printed in the golden days of electronics mags...

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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You mean there's still people accepting redirects from ancient web pages? In this day and age?

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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"It's a bank in absolute meltdown – they've totally lost all grip of how to respond to customers."

That right there is the biggest mistake.. Since when did banks care one whit about their customers?

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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Re: やっぱり

ノックノックジョークやバスト

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Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

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Re: Poor guy

Jake has a point..

Also.. 1000 liters ( ?! used to honey being expressed in weight..) of good quality honey translates to hmmm... 1300 kg average.... multiply by 5, allow for losses...

That's roughly 6000 liters of mead lost to our thirsty throats!!! *weeps*

Icon because...

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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

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Re: E.g. The infamous 'Compas' black box sentencing tool

Excel-fu, of course. Summarised for manglement in a pie chart during a cozy powerpoint presentation.

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What Roland6 says...

When it comes to biology , which incidentally includes the medical profession as one of the applied areas of the science, you have to rely heavily on statistical techniques and models. In a good curriculum students are taught to be very wary of the results of models, because especially in biology you can be pretty much sure you Do Not Know all the variables, and there's a good chance the one you missed will trip you up in your model. And part of the curriculum used to be set up so that you would fail at correctly analysing a setup to drive the lesson home and save you from future embarassment.

Unfortunately this practice seems to have declined, especially in the applied fields, so you get models like this, where the likelyhood/level of treatment applied per situation was omitted. You might as well start farming expecting "climate" and ignoring "weather".

Models are only good if all relevant variables, and their interdependencies, are correctly mapped and entered. And in biology, even then a butterfly need only flap its wings .....

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German court snubs ICANN's bid to compel registrar to slurp up data

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Damn..... That was fast...

ICANN just found out that european courts do not work like the US...

If it's *really* important, the courts can and *will* tell you your Hot Air is just that.... Within a week, no problem...

So... precedent set... ICANN slides to ICANN't. Done and dusted. NEXT!!

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Re: I hope ICANN loses completely.

@ the Nazz: the closest in German, when it comes to intent, would be:

Gute Krokodilsträne....aber jetzt.... Bück dich!

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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Re: Oh Lord

This sounds like it's little to do with self-driving. More with basic electronics and a potential short. That's something even wetware 1.0 will have trouble with..

mind... NOT having a single F-U Big Override button in a convenient place for said wetware seems a bit of an oversight for me....

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Re: FCC enforcement of radio spectrum usage

Powergrab or no, my guess is that the FCC simply took example from a certain fruity vendor that's notorious for spewing out "new" patents by inserting "on a phone" in existing patents.

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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Re: hang on....

About as much as the PFY, yes.....

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Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war

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Re: So STUXNET *was* an act of war by this standard.

Ah no.... That's the Good Guys™ doing it, then it's allowed because Good Guys™.

Repeat after me, Citizen: Us. Good. Them. Bad!

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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"It’s unwise to get too close to a TGF, ..."

Given that they're generated by serious bolts of lightning..... Yes, yes, I rather think that'd be a good idea...

1km sufficient to render the things Mostly Harmless? Good... That's about as close as I ever want to be to a bolt of lightning again. Thankyouverymuch.

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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"It's full of stars!"

because.

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Only Military??

Police.. maybe.. But YMMV in large parts of Europe, where quite a few officers are not ever armed with *guns*.

All the others... nope.. If you need a gun to feel "secure", *YOU* are the problem..

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It also helps that the arms of the day consisted of stuff you could possibly fire every 30 seconds, if well trained, had an accuracy of a well-aimed baseball, and a penetration power that could literally be defeated by a pack of wet paper. All the other arms were more....intimate... shall we say.

The modern stuff...... wellllll.....

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Understanding Computer Technology

of obvious fame..

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Re: We need some ...

"My experience talking with premises staff is that the most disgusting and unusual things tend to happen in the ladies toilets."

Not just yours... the Ladies..... ain't...

Mind.... if you happen to work in tech/facility and have to unplug the plumbing, a carefully calculated amount of...unLadylike... comments just loud enough to be heard clearly Outside tends to clear things up for a month or two.. Until the next batch of interns/students/cannon fodder arrive.

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Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

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Re: Tiny, really tiny

Doug, besides the pedantism..

The fact remains that when you're designing something as complicated as a modern microprocessor at that particular size, you're inviting Murphy for a couple of pints at your bachelor bash. This is still stuff we read as kids as science *fiction* , now we're actually attempting it. Not bad for bald monkeys..

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The size isn't the thing. The actual circuits, and [everything that might crosstalk/go wrong/simply refuses to work] may be an issue here...

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Very much this... This is the first of the Tick.

Anyone with sense (and a need to upgrade) waits for the Tock. So in about a year or so you can expect the Bleeding Edge stuff that'll go into gaming rigs. And another year beofre we're on gen3, and most of the niggles have been ironed out, *and* the price has dropped for my next "not-quite-budget" box.

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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Re: There is nothing like:

Proper engineering: Gaffer tape, WD 40, Percussive Maintenance.

None *should* be needed, but any, all, or either of the three are the true solution to Murphy.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Nah... people will simply ignore it, and go on as usual.

Even Joe Average has figured out by now that copyright does not exist for the benefit of the artists..

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: I understand

yeah.. That nice myth...

Except that archers were commoners ( very highly trained, but still *commoners*) , and were not much use for ransom... The end result in case of capture would have been rather more terminal, I'm afraid.

Old Will was a bit of a tosspot when it came to his propaganda skits.

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FTC names its dirty half-dozen half-assed tech warranty bandits

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heh Apple....

Apple wouldn't show up in a search like this.. When you're buying Fruity Stuff the lock-in is implied. Hell... They're even *proud* of the fact.

Apple lock-in isn't a bug, it's a Feature.

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Uranus has been proven to have farted all over the solar system already...

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Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace

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Phlogiston

'nuff said.

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Rowhammer strikes networks, Bolton strikes security jobs, and Nigel Thornberry strikes Chrome, and more

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Re: Mixed signal?

The gravy train must run, so new positions must be "found".

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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

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Re: Lightsaber.

I wouldn't even bother with patenting that particular application. Might even do the world some good to keep it open source. Plenty of Darwin Award material when idjits build their own, pretend to be a scifi ninja-monk, and remove important bits of their body.

Now the *power source* for such a gadget... That I would patent to the hilt and back.

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