* Posts by Buttons

22 posts • joined 14 Jun 2014

Almost 1 in 3 Brits think they lack computer skills to do their jobs well


Re: Training

My skill set is a mixture of company training and self attainment. I benefited from both and I hope the companies I worked for did too. I imagine that it is rare for someone to have the exact same skills needed to push a business forward, so some training would be required, although I've seen people required to take on roles that they were not competent at without training. The last company I worked for recruited web developers from within the business. They were trained and had to show a level of competence before being allowed to work in their new role.

DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google


Might be lawful but . .

I have learned to be very concerned when I'm told something is treated or done lawfully. It invariably means that they have a loophole and that they think they have permission to do what they like, without the inconvenience of morality or whether its appropriate. The law is a double edged sword.

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018



For some reason I confused Moore's law with Murphy's law. My bad.

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'


Isn't that a bit of Adam Smith mumbo jumbo?


Re: It appears from the article that Mr. Wolmar is a railway enthusiast...

I tend to agree with this in principle. People I know in London don't have a car because of good public transport and restictions on the motor vehicle. In Brum the transport system is rubbish but a subcription service to Amazon or whoever, "Alexa take me to the Bull Ring" seems viable to me. If the big tech companies provide these vehicles on demand you could just hire one at will. I imagine it would bring all sorts of problems if it took off like, who pays the road tax if no-one owns cars? who is responsible for the insurance? How do we stop someone like Amazon monopolising the transport system and make them pay their taxes? What do we do with all those drives laid to concrete on our front lawn? Will we still have a street parking problem? If people cannot get a driving job, what else will they do? How do we avoid the AV that was used in last nights home from the pub run? I'm pretty certain that AI and all that stuff is not designed to be useful to anyone but a few profitable organisations in the long run. I still wonder who it will serve when everything is entirely AI and no-one is earning any money for lack of job prospects. Universal credit isn't doing so well.

Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time


Good Job!


Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick


I was going to . .

. . watch it when its out on Netflix anyway. Oh wait!

Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear


Re: "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

Just saw it at BFI iMax on Sunday. Quality.

For once, Uber takes it up the tailpipe: Robo-ride gets rear-ended


I'm not trying to be picky.

. . . but I'm pretty sure that my driving instructor advised me to slow down in anticipation of the lights changing, demonstrating control of my vehicle and awareness of my surroundings. I don't remember being told to accelerate across traffic lights. That was a long while ago however, so times may have changed.

Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?


Spam all the post boxes!

I got one of these letters and I live in Northamptonshire! Is it just Warwickshire and Coventry that's doing this I wondered? Can't say I'm entirely convinced that they know how to look after my personal data or that they won't make claim to it and use it for commercial purposes. The whole thing read like a marketing interns effort at fluffy platitudes to pull the wool over the eyes of the proles. I just made sure my GP understands that I control my records. They sent me an option out form. The rules should be that you're out untill you opt in, but then a lot of these harebrained schemes woudl'nt work, would they?

We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer


1st thought . .

was, how is it possible to model a infinite thing?

2nd thought, off to play Elite.

Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course


Vox Pop

I asked my better half if she would fly on a pilotless airliner.

"F*ck no!" she said.

Also if pilots are in short supply, why don't airlines train more?

Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF


Re: Work longer? ... Honestly I'd rather sign up to:

I'm at that age where I am unemployed but have to work another 5 years before I collect a pension, if there is one. Ageism exists, at least where I live, but one gets by.

At the rate things are going, see latest Conservative manifesto, I would not be surprised if the solution they come up with works like this:

1) Raise retirement age to 150 years, therefore no pensions pay out until genetics catches up, which will be for well off people anyway.

2) Put old people into workhouses /privatised care homes.

3) Old people contracted to work in workhouses /privatised care homes, producing goods for tokens.

4) Tokens pay for health care and basic living necessities, like food, clothes, rent, prescriptions etc. I seem to remember someone saying prisons work like this.

5) Any excess wealth accrued over lifetime pays for health care and basic living necessities.

6) When money runs out, implement euthanasia clause in contract to prevent them becoming a burden on society

7) When too frail to work, implement euthanasia clause in contract to prevent them becoming a burden on society.

8) Sell body parts for recycling (Soylent green was people, you know) and collect whatever is left of lifetime wealth.

9) Have a great slogan outside each institution saying something like "Work sets you free"

This way old people will be able to make a contribution into their old age without being a burden on the rest of society. The will pay their own way and the demand on the NHS will be reduced. Win, Win.

Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land


Linux is a viable alternative for a range of uses these days.

I've been toying with various Linux distro's for years but never really settled on any one in particular.

Recently my elderly neighbour wanted a computer just to surf the internets, pick up webmail and do a bit of buying and selling online. I enabled them by giving them an old Dell box with Zorin OS and a single icon on the desktop for Firefox.

I've recently installed Linux Mint (Mate) for a business user who did not want the expense of a W10 upgrade after a hardware refresh. They previously used W7 and Office 2013 with Outlook installed locally. They can scan and print to Canon and Brother devices, also connect to a NAS for file sharing using Mint. A lot of their work is internet based and as a Firefox user in Windows there was no transition training needed to allow them to access their various web apps when using Firefox for Linux.

They are a wary of Libre Office ( They don't want a learning curve) and feel more comfortable with MS Office apps, especially Excel which they use a lot and can access through their Office Live account. There was no need to install Office locally and they can connect to their remotely stored documents from any location with various devices if required.

Mint has been installed three weeks now without a problem and the user tells me they are working just as well, if not a bit faster. When they have reported issues its been to provide a missing facility which they had used previously within windows, like scanning to a Brother printer. I have not had any problems (so far) in being able to provide for their requests.

I've given someone a working option to their Windows installation at a reduced cost. I am by no stretch of the imagination a whizz at his sort of thing, so I'm doubly pleased.

Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over


Don't make it shit, please don't make it shit.

I've got a Nextcloud calendar linked through my NAS updating three LAN based devices, PC, tablet and phone, Thunderbird calendar on the PC works really well. As an email client its a brilliant alternative to Outlook for my purposes.

Hopefully the project will continue successfully, I'm planning to move my domains completely away from a web based email client and thunderbird seems to be the only contender so far. Really dislike web interfaces and I'm not so sure about web technology and how that would be used as an mail client interface. Would security be an issue?

Support the idea of bringing it into Open or Libre Office, I think mail client integration would be a useful facility.

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


What to do with the unemployed?

I often wonder what they'll do with the 7 billion + humans when the majority is out of work.

Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK


I wonder how long . . .

. . it will be before my neighbours drop off a brace of drones instead of a brace of Pheasants

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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We notice you're running an ad blocker . . .

Nope, not at all. It ruins immersion. Its the same with TV, so I avoid ad channels if I watch anything at all.

Why would I fight through several layers of ads to get to content? Similarly with TV, why would I get hooked on a drama just to have the immersion spoiled by some needless snack advert that has nothing to do with the item I'm watching? I exercise choice and leave it out.

Restricted by blocking ads? Not really. I can't read the whole internets in a life time and there is plenty content to see elsewhere so I don't find its that restricting.

The upside of blocking is the total lack of malware alerts.

PS - I have tried to run a browser without ad blocking, its a waste of life, pointless if you want to do anything useful.

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time


I live next to the XM655 in Warwickshire, not airborne yet but they're hopeful it may be one day.

For the last two weekends running both XM655 could be seen an the ground with the XH558 flying over head! brilliant! and a once in a lifetime experience I fear.

We have often had flypasts from not only XH558 but also other wartime aircraft, Now andd again I've seen old bi-planes, a Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang and a Lancaster, Wellesbourne Airfield where the XM655 stands used to be used an old training airfield for Canadian bomber crews.


Citrix says reports of XenServer's death are greatly exaggerated


vGPU eh?

Does this mean I'll be able to play games on it? Not that I'm interested, just curious in a detached sort of way .....

Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?


I love my filter coffee maker

It smells wonderful and sounds brilliant. The coffee delicious. @ Ole Juul - Here's to you and tradition!

VMware: Amazon's cloud calculator a load of flatulant FUD


Re: Shocker

Yes. I cannot imagine that a marketing department from any organisation would be accurate factual or truthful. Gotta work it out for yourself if you can find a way through the obfuscation.

It would be a shocker if one or the other actually agreed with the competitions findings as a result of the application of scientific methodology. "We tested the claims and we have failed to find a flaw in the data, they are correct and we cant beat that"

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