* Posts by Named coward

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: "some people rely on their computers"

If your only options for a life-critical application are windows and a generic *nix one, someone had no idea what they were doing

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Trollface

Alternate explanation

The Tesla saw the barrier, realised it had no time to stop or evade, and tried to accelerate to 88mph...

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Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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Re: New phone

Nokia 8 64GB costs about 100€ less from a popular online retailer...

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Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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Re: Red Snow

I agree that the snow is meant to be reddish. But not about "far from ideal lighting" - That's golden hour lighting, it can hardly get any better.

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Under-Growing the market?

I was going to write a rant about the obnoxious terminology, but see icon

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

"Thankfully the Norman French influence on English didn't land us with "quatre-vingt" and "quatre-vingt-dix" - respectively "four-twenty" = 80 and "four-twenty-ten" = 90."

"4 score and 7 years ago..."

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Re: Worse to come

I doubt self-printed bricks would be cheaper than the mass produced injection-moulded ones. Not to mention looks (polishing) and strength

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Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

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Legal Costs

I'm surprised no one has yet commented about the 20K in legal costs. How is this calculated? Is it actual costs for Intel's lawyet? In that case it's incredibly unfair - get a team of top notch lawyers and the prospect of having to pay legal costs is enough intimidation for the other party to drop the case?

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Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

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We entered these in our own spreadsheet – how stupid is that?

Very much, given you can download a csv data dump and import that into your spreadsheet.

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Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

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Re: Something's amiss

The ones who assaulted the farting man and their companions(?) were escorted off the plane. Not the farter himself

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: I said bye to an employee recently

You were deputising for a day and fired someone?

Couldn't make it up indeed.

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Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

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Re: "It is a pity Microsoft won out on this one"

Borland vs Lotus is not a binding precedent since it was in another circuit, and at the supreme court it was an even split so it doesn't set precedent

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Galaxy S9 Lite

Like a Galaxy A9? Just like the A8 is to the S8?

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Size matters

International flights require "international" airports due to customs and immigration facilities and personnel

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Dinosaurs gathered at NASA Goddard site for fatal feeding frenzy

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Re: My eyes are the age of that slab...

This doesn't upset the 5000-year-old-earth believers since they think it's all fake

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So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...

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DON'T PANIC

If you have a GUI that has 2 options: "test warning" and "real warning", and you always test the "test warning", how can you be sure that the "real warning" actually works?

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Did they miscalculate and store the wakeup/startup date as 2015?

It was a 2-year mission that lasted 5 years before it went silent

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

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Trollface

Re: Thought experiment

Definitely - because as a hiring manager I'd be convinced that my company is so good that no one could possibly think that way about us!

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Re: anti-collision - avoidance

@The Nazz "I'm mystified why the car didn't just floor it and steer away from the Firetruck?"

Because Tesla doesn't have an autopilot, it has driver assistance - the driver is supposed to see the stationary fire truck on the highway and make the necessary adjustments themselves

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Tax Google and Facebook for a job subsidy scheme? Sigh

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Re: Legitimate News Organisations

I'd say make it publicly accessible. There's no need to restrict this to news organisations - legitimate or otherwise

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Re: Nice report

You don't have to give any of the information to Samsung. Even better: install lineage and get rid of the Samsung stuff (and get Android 7)

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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14cm per year only makes 70cm over the course of 5 years. Probes need plenty of adjustments on the way. For instance, for the 2nd Venus flyby, cassini fired its rockets for 90 whole minutes. Rosetta's initial trajectory was only accurate to about 100km at launch and needed adjustments as it got closer...

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Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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"Insects like the locust are just land bound arthropods similar to prawns etc., so why not eat them here in the affluent west? ...."

I look at that from another angle:

Prawns etc are just sea bound arthropods similar to locusts, so why on earth eat them here in the affluent west?...

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Re: Crickets taste & crunch ...

One can make any food palatable by making it spicy enough, assuming one can handle the heat

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Today in bullsh*t AI PR: Computers learn to read as well as humans (no)

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Re: "to artwork-creating robots, "

@John Smith: The plural of thesis is theses, whether you're writing in english or trying to use the latin plural

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Seek shelter

Is there a state-level plan which all hawaiians know about and regularly practice as to WHERE one can seek shelter from a ballistic missile attack?

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Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett

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Unless the only thing produced in the Netherlands is electricity, the GDP is not based on the amount of electricity. The 140 Terawatthours mentioned in the article would cost a few hundred million euros.

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If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

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Re: I did wonder about cause and effect

Why is it such a big leap to imagine that these Birds are intelligent enough?

Known Fact: we can carry sticks (we do build nests that way)

Observation 1: The bright thing that we don't get too close to (hot) drives all our food crazy and makes for easy catches

Observation 2: The bright hot thing also tends to get bigger

Observation 3 : We can get close to the edge (especially a receding edge) of the bright hot thing without much issue

Conclusion: If we carry a stick that has the bright hot stuff to another place it will also get bigger and provide more food

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Open-source civil war: Olive branch offered in trademark spat... with live grenade attached

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Re: The most disturbing thing...

"Certainly you understand the risk to facebook.com in there being a faecbook.com"

...or facetime ?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

The only official IAAF run which is measured in miles is the 1 mile race - that's the aberration. A marathon is 42.195km - metric! Or White City Stadium to Windsor if you prefer.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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Re: Having their cake and eating it

"join the queue for Eu and jump the queue for joining the Eu"...Spain would have Veto rights, so if Catalonia were to Exit the EU there would be no realistic way for them to get back in

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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which lane

Don't all GPS units and phone software already have lane assistance? It doesn't need to know which lane you're on to tell you which lane you're supposed to be on

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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felt poorly for a year, coughed up some very nasty stuff and so visited a respiratory clinic.

He felt poorly and coughed up nasty stuff for a whole year before visiting a clinic?

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AWS can now bill us if you read this far. This bit will cost us, too

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Re: "AWS can now bill you for reading this far."

"You agree to the terms and conditions of this contract by flushing this paper down a drain"

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Just saying

Being locked with a bunch of people for a long time, knowing that, push comes to shove, you can get out of it any time, is not the same as being locked with a bunch of people for a long time, knowing that whatever happens, you have no way out until the mission is over

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Astroboffins map 845 galaxies in glorious 3D, maybe dark matter too

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Re: 97% of the Universe is composed of math particulates and hyperdense equations....

Earth is in the centre of the "observable" universe. Beyond that we cannot see...we might be in the centre or in the edge of the actual universe which might be bigger or even smaller than the region which we can see...From a scientific point of view, there's not much point in even discussing this, since it cannot be tested

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

In the normalised scores the median is 100, but the raw scores have actually been increasing...

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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define famous

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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the F-35 has a cannon as well...

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Roland McGrath steps down as glibc maintainer after 30 years

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Diocletian

He retired because he was sick (and possibly coerced), and after he retired his system collapsed...hardly a great example

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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Glue instead of screws, soldered components instead of connectors etc can be acceptable if they provide a better/cheaper design and if that is what the customers want.

Using some funky screw (pentalobe), fusing the digitizer to the actual LCD so that breaking the cheap digitizer means you also have to replace the LCD, and similar shenanigans should not be acceptable.

The guarantee extension while in repair part, or the right to choose a third party repair shop, as well as the general availability of spare parts, I'm all in for.

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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Re: Hypervelocity...

momentum relative to the speed ?

They are travelling at some speed greater than the escape velocity of the Milky Way at their location, relative to the milky way rest frame. The speed relative to the Sun (or earth) can be greater or lesser than this speed, depending on their location and direction. So you can say they are traveling very fast. You can also say they are slow (compared to, say, the speed of light)

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Has the trolley problem actually ever manifested itself in real life? We tend to over-complicate things. If you are driving and see an obstacle in your way, you brake. It might mean that the asshat tailgating you ploughs right into you...tough luck. Sometimes you might even need to swerve. If, by swerving, you find yourself in a new collision path, you try to avoid that as well, and hope that if it's a car its driver will also be trying to avoid the collision. Accidents happen and will always happen...instead of wasting processor resources trying to figure out who to drive over, those same resources should be engaged in trying to avoiding any collision

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Re: Confused

It's simple:

A Kilobyte is 1024 bytes, unless you're talking about network speed ( where 1 Kbps is 1000 bits per second) or hard drive capacity (1 Megabyte = some random value close to, but probably under, 1 million bytes) .

A Kibibyte is...no.

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Big question: Who gets the blame if a cyborg drops a kid on its head?

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Re: We're overthinking it folks ....

What you describe: passing exams, or even always getting full marks in exams, is easily achievable by computers. Computers and robots can even perform better than humans in many tasks (be it chess, go, building cars, or simple mathematics). But that's not the Turing test. To pass the Turing test, a human being cannot be able to identify if he is interacting with a machine or another human

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Next, apply the technology to ...

The main noise coming from a gun is that of the propellant gases expanding

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Genoans flout terror ban with bumper basil hand baggage policy

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Re: I wonder

Cutting instruments are not a threat to an airplane

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Walmart tells developers to stay away from AWS

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Re: Can't wait until google gets into the supply chain...

(Jeez - can't we just have one spelling for ther?)

Theiyrè ?

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Coat

Re: Apple's Playbook?

Chuck Norris can cut farts with a roundhouse kick...

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Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

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Re: But Angela has a working brain...

"a high enough level of mathematical understand to grasp concepts such as factoring and coefficients"

an idea of what factorization is: probably

how that is even related to encryption: such optimism

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