Right on. Power to the Steves.
110 posts • joined 1 Aug 2013
What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs
Mobileye's autonomous cars are heading to California. But they're not going to kill anyone. At least not on purpose
"At its heart he's denying the value of predicting the actions of others. I know I predict while driving - constantly and unconsciously, using judgements of their position speed and acceleration, but also the make and condition of the car, the age and sex of the driver, where we are."
Of course you are. The central premise of driving is that you only drive into a space that will be empty when you get there, which involves the prediction of what everything around you is going to do. If you just drive by reacting to others, then you are an accident waiting to happen. In fact, I am not even sure that is possible.
I don't particularly mind targeted ads, if they are targeted by FB (I did sign up to that bit). If an advertiser gives FB an advert for 40-50 year olds who like eating out, and FB puts it on appropriate time lines, then that is ok with me. What I really don't like is other companies being given data about me to effectively do what they like with (I didn't realise that I had signed up to that bit). That is the main reason I am trying to wean myself off FB.
People don't care
The basic problem with the surveillance society is that people don't care that they are being watched. "If you are doing nothing wrong, then you have nothing to worry about" is the quote I usually hear when discussing it. "Who is going to be interested in what we say?" was the reply when I discussed Alexa with someone. When all that most people see is a few targeted adverts, they will live with that if it means they can share photos, news and memes. I am seriously considering coming off Facebook, but I will then lose touch with many people that I do not communicate with in other ways.
Not as bad as it sounds
It won't do things automatically.
“a visitor can sit on a piece of Nattuzi furniture and tell it to turn on the TV. It will then activate the LG Signature OLED TV while the sofa and light are adjusted for the best viewing experience.”
So you have to tell it what to do. I'd still rather use a remote, though.
Re: Back in the day
In the 80s, the company I worked for set up a multi-user data prep system It ran on an IBM AT PC (with a 286 processor), had a 20 (yes, twenty) MB hard disk, and supported 6 users. If you told the kids today that they wouldn't know what you were talking about, let alone believe it.
Re: Starting on the Museum exhibits, ending on them.
"When I started learning IT at school, a lot of attention was paid to punch cards, kimball tags and other almost obsolete tech which I saw hide nor hair of when I reached work a year or two later."
When I started work, my first COBOL programs were on punched card. I even produced one with a hand punch, because the data prep department was busy.
You got one compilation run a day in those times.
Re: It's too Black and White
I can see two problems with that. The first is that most people would want a truly driverless car (not the kind where you have to pay attention to take over) so that they can drink, which they couldn't if they had to drive at both ends of the journey. The other is that the most stressful parts of a journey tend to be the town bits at the end - the motorways are relatively stress-free.
Many years ago we polled sales data from stores overnight using Kermit over a modem - I said it was years ago. We had one store that would always fail, and then work on the retry, some hours later. Eventually we put someone in to watch what was happening, and, at the time we should have been polling, the cleaner was in, and unplugged the modem to plug the vacuum cleaner in. When finished, the modem was plugged back in, hence it worked on the retry.
I really like my Kindle
It hasn't replaced books for me - I still read real books in bed, but the Kindle is great for holidays. Long battery life, plus the screen is much less tiring to read than a phone or tablet.
I can also have the Kindle app on the phone for journeys, and it stays synced with my actual Kindle.
Re: Llangorse Lake, the largest in Wales
-> No it's not. Bala Lake is a natural lake and 3 times the area of Llangorse. I am sure there are other reservoirs larger too.
Absolutely right - it doesn't even make the top 10. However, it is the second largest natural lake in Wales (after Bala) and is the largest in South Wales.
OK - here we go
Quantities up to the individual.
Bacon - unsmoked - crispy - preferably streaky
Sausage(s) - ideally Lincolnshire or Cumberland.
Fried bread - white.
Egg(s) - fried with runny yolk
Black pudding - ideally the Scottish stuff with oats in that goes really crunchy
Baked beans - Branston - not Heinz
Bubble and squeak - ideally made with leftover sprouts - cooked so that you get crispy bits in
Tea - mug of
Bread and butter to mop up the bean juice and egg yolk.
Re: Thank goodness.
"How do you send an e-mail to someone that ONLY has a landline phone, though? It could be the spouse with a sudden medical condition you're worried about (thus why you're on the flight rushing home)."
You can text to a landline. There is an automated system that reads it to you.
Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?
I flew on a 3-3-3 787 last month. Leg room was great - headroom was great, but the seats are only 17" wide. I sat next to a slightly larger gentleman (but not a porker by any stretch of the imagination), and we rubbed arms and shoulders for most of the flight. It was not ideal. 2-4-2 is much more suitable for couples (and pairs of couples).
Re: Who Else?
"Could a tag be replaced with a ruggedised, non-removable Apple Watch? This, at least, should already have most of the call-home technology required to keep track of the wearer 24/7. Add a requirement to keep it charged and they should hardly ever be able to leave their homes."
Can you recharge an Apple watch without taking it off?