* Posts by ArrZarr

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Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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Re: What is Razer thinking ?

High end cards are only taxed if you're playing the latest games at eye-watering quality settings.

If you're not playing something highly taxing then all that GPU power is going to waste. Cutting an FPS of 300 down to 60 isn't going to make a difference on a 60Hz screen.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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It's weird, once you start getting silly numbers of zeroes involved, the actual unit starts getting less important, although 10 Gigagrams would probably be the most relevant SI-ish term...

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

Libertarian =/= Bob.

Libertarianism simply means that you believe people should be free.

Bob appears to believe that governmental sadism is defendable.

On the matter at hand, if the big ISPs can't compete with a government IT project, then they don't deserve to stay in business.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: Oh good

For now, humans are the gold standard of driving quality (let that terrifying thought sink in for a moment...) so having the AI work towards human equivalence is the best we've got for the weird situations that will always crop up.

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Devil

Re: Simple questions

It doesn't need to work 100%

As soon as it's at the same level as your average human, it becomes safer for 50%* of drivers to have it drive them.

We also don't have any data for the number of accidents avoided by self driving cars at this point due to the things that self driving cars are much better than humans at which, generally speaking, is the majority of situations. The point of this article is that the situations you need a human for are rare enough that we just don't have sufficient data - something telling in itself.

*50% defined by ability, not by how good people think they are

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Boffin

Clarification for those not in the business -

PPC (pay per click) links are the sponsored links at the top of the page, managed through adwords; have the bejesus tracked out of them.

SEO (search engine optimisation) links are put there by the algorithm that Google obfuscates to stop SEMs (search engine marketers) gaming the system too hard.

For the sake of completeness, Google Shopping is PLA (product listing ads) or LIA (local inventory ads) and also paid but, certainly where I work, are treated as distinct entities for the different knowledge required in managing the adwords accounts.

For the sake of further completeness, these are entirely seperate again to the banner and video ads that we all know, love and block.

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Thumb Down

No, you see, if it weren't a different company, then Google wouldn't have to pay Apple to be the default search engine.

By your logic, Google and Microsoft are the same company because of the payments necessitated by the patents Google used in the Android OS.

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Windows

If only one system relies upon the certificate, and that isn't something checked by another system to inform other systems (or even people) of the failure, then that system can grind to a halt without anything else caring.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Big Brother

Five great charters knit the land

Together linked, hand in hand

One in the people who hold the power

Two in the folk who heal the sour

Three and Five became the civil service

Four engineers this endless circus

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Devil

Re: If only...

I think you'll find that they work perfectly in abort mode. The difficulty is getting the cars to turn abort mode on automatically.

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Boffin

Re: An optimistic cynics take

At a guess, giving the fairings a saltwater bath and picking them up from a ship already in close vicinity isn't too bad as you can get them out of the ocean and take preventative measures (many paper towels) sharpish, Catching the fairing before its bath just prevents the paper towel bit.

To take the cue from XKCD though, we should probably call the fairing "the box that falls off to protect the bit that you want to go to space today"

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Happy

We are moving towards a point where we can call them spaceports, which is pretty swish by anybody's money.

Estonian ex-foreign sec urges governments: Get cosy with the private sector on cybersecurity

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Re: In Order to Capture the Caress of AlMighty Core Forces with Perfect Resources Use Heavenly Amm0

You're losing your touch, it almost does make sense.

And that last paragraph is even recognisable English. You feeling okay?

How the mighty have fallen: Anglian Water knocks Google off perch as UK's best workplace

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Coat

Re: SAP and Salesforce?

So, you're asking an El Reg journo to go from biting the hand that feeds IT to biting the hand that feeds it?

Mine's the one with a note in the pocket to say that the joke only works if I use the gender neutral pronoun.

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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Happy

Re: I have friends in Hull

I used to live in Hull.

Now I live south of the Humber and cross the bridge every workday.

Partly the mortgage is cheaper, partly I can be with Zen internet.

Well worth the bridge toll.

Consumer group attempts to lob Safari workaround sueball at Google... again

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Trollface

Re: Who had the loss?

It's Google destroying the last vestiges of a free society? I thought the government could be trusted to do that without supervision. Guess the govt. screwed that up as well then.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Happy

Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Any device in the 17" Screen range will definitely have a numeric keypad due to the extra real estate necessitated by matching the larger screen.

What you've got to watch out for more is the keyboard layout (ANSI vs ISO). The different enter key will drive you wild if you make a mistake.

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Same deal for payment with me, but the vast majority get paid this week rather than last week hence the different dates.

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Boffin

Cyber Monday and Manic Monday are slightly different things (right-pondian marketing speak)

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday

Manic Monday is the Monday after November Payday when everybody comes into the office and starts buying stuff online.

They can fall on the same day depending on when Black Friday sits but this year they are a week apart

A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors

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Boffin

Gravitons

"What goes up...better doggone well stay up"

- Morgan Gravitonics company slogan.

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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Re: Dusty

Chrichton - protagonist of Farscape - "Have we sent the standard message of 'Don't attack us, we're pathetic.'?"

Kryten - android on the crew of Red Dwarf - "Then where do all the calculators go?"

Confused the bejesus out of me for years.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Joke

Re: Not an Apple strong point

English, of course, also being wonderfully adaptable to still make sense to anybody reading it even when distorted far from The Queen's English.

cus 't wudn,t b ye populistic vocabulation uf teh woild uderwise.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Meh

Re: Lame duck.

I fear he's wrong as well, but I also suspect that 2025 is outside of the current administration's scope even if 2020 doesn't see a new resident of the White House.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Starship

Could be worse, they could have asked the internet for names.

Personally I'd have taken a cue from XKCD and called it the Big Up Goer.

@Arthur When dealing with rockets, RUD is referred to as a "Hard Start" according to John Clark

French president Macron insists new regulations needed to protect us all from Facebook's claws

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Unhappy

Re: maybe the REAL problem

It needs to start with parents, but the problem with parents is outlined in one of Sir pTerry's quotes:

“Sometimes I really think people ought to have to pass a proper exam before they're allowed to be parents. Not just the practical, I mean.”

― Susan Sto Helit, Thief of Time

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

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Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !

@Not Spartacus

Is the British based backup tea based?

Could it be an attempt to make a really fresh, *hot* cup of tea as a source of Brownian motion?

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Pint

Re: Talk about the gates of Hell !

The article mentions getting repeated gravity assists from Venus. Rich Purnell probably designed the orbits so that a small amount of fuel delta-V used near perihelion triggers a larger drop of delta-V due to the Venus flyby.

Really smart way of doing it if you ask me so Rich gets a pint.

NHS*IT: Welsh system outages put patients at risk

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Happy

"based on software that hasn’t been supported by Microsoft since 2014."

To take a wild stab in the dark, is this XP we're talking about?

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Happy

'Cause this is Cheddar

Cheddar night

And no one's goanna save you

From the dreams about to strike

You know it's Cheddar

Cheddar night

You're fighting for your life

Inside a Cheddar nightmare tonight.

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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FAIL

Count yourselves lucky.

You changed the ringtone.

Assange catgate hearing halted as Ecuador hunts around for someone who speaks Australian

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Childcatcher

Re: It's simple...

Ever since the news reporter got his name wrong, I've stopped reading it as Jeremy Hunt and have always needed to do some quick translation between brain and mouth.

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web

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Re: safe surfing

3. avoid surfing the web from windows, if possible

That'll do a pretty good job of saving you from this particular 0-day as it's windows specific.

HP says: Like, comment and subscribe to our beastly workstations

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Happy

If you have Excel, everything looks like a spreadsheet.

Show me somebody who knows everything about Excel and I'll show you somebody who doesn't know anything else.

People get really down on Excel but there is nothing out there that accessibly solves more problems save getting your hands dirty with Python, JavaScript or some other loosely typed (read: vomiting onto a keyboard) scripting language

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Meh

Re: Pfffft.

I only have one thing to say to that --->

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Happy

I, for one, am glad that Norman is undertaking efforts that put him in a similar light as the Académie française rather than putting his copious free time to use in some field that might hinder progress to have some stuck-up traditionalist clinging to the arbitrary rulebooks provided. He doesn't work in the public sector, does he?

In the case of our wondrous mongrel tounge, the rulebooks were generally dreamed up in the 18th and 19th centuries by prescriptivist linguists who appear to have had very little basis for most of the rules they created and whose main objective appears to have been getting the English language to be neat and tidy rather than the ability to express ideas and have conversations.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Headmaster

Re: Ghost in the machine

Whenever I'm answering those, I always end up putting a story together in my head about the "Happily street" or "Quickly Rainbow", usually focused on setting up some contrived situation in which it becomes grammatical English.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone

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If you use your phone as a kindle more than as a phone, a large screen is better.

If you use your phone to read & send email more than as a phone, a large screen is better.

If you use your phone to catch up on Social Media while on the bus, a large screen is better.

If you use your phone a lot and desire a huge battery, a large screen allows for more real space.

If you use your phone as a phone but don't want to always put your glasses on first, a large screen is better.

Only the first affects me, but there are many reasons that people desire large phones with large screens.

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Childcatcher

Re: I'm still amazed

Hold on, are you suggesting that a world with minimal human contact is a bad thing?

NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Pint

Kepler One

Orbits there alone, the end is nearing

All systems no go, goodbye there

Control is not convinced

But the computer has the evidence

We need to abort

Hibernation starts

Watching drowsily, the 'scope is certain

Nothing left to chance, all is working

Trying to relax, orbits round the sun

"Send me up a drink", jokes Kepler One

The count goes on

4, 3, 2, 1

Sol below us

Drifting sleeping

Floating weightless

Calling calling home

All the fuel is out, we're now adrift.

Stabilizers off, reactions still

Finished collecting, requested data

What will it effect, when all is done

Thinks Kepler One

Back at ground control, there is a problem

Rouse from hibernation, not responding

Hello Kepler One, are you receiving

Wake your sleep-filled head up, we're standing by

There's no reply

4, 3, 2, 1

Sol below us

Drifting sleeping

Floating weightless

Calling calling home

Across the solar wind

A final message, "use my data well"

Then nothing more

Far beneath the probe, the sun is burning

They don't realize, he's alive

No one understands but Kepler One sleeps

Now the light commands, this is my home

I'm staying home

<repeat chorus>

One for all the scientists who worked on this -->

That syncing feeling when you realise you may be telling Google more than you thought

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Unhappy

Re: Shrug

In my experience, Chrome is a superior browser - RAM hogs aren't an issue if you've got stacks of RAM. The UI doesn't do backflips every other week that requires extensive effort to get back to the way you had set it up, and it's more stable. Before you get your pitchforks and torches out, this is my experience. YMMV.

Frankly, if there's one company I trust to not lose my data or spaff it all over the interwebs, it's Google - I know exactly what Google are doing with my data - trying to make money from me. If I view everything Google serves with the level of black cynicism that everything on the internet requires, then they're not doing a good enough job.

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Meh

Re: Shrug

Frankly, I accepted a long time ago that using Chrome meant that Google could see whatever I was doing. When I'm watching something on Youtube in the evening and decide to go to bed, finishing watching whatever it is on my laptop without having to keep track of where I was is handy.

Buying stuff and online banking is done in Firefox.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Mushroom

Because it's not an example of two equivalently powerful entities from recent years deciding to get along, this is a team member rage quitting and then getting roundly beaten by the rest of the team as per the contract.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: You're too old, Mr. Dabbs...

I'm going to take issue with this, good sir - these are designed by middle aged managers who want to appeal to millennials. Any millennial worth their salt would take one look at this and recognise it for the pointless gimmick that it is.

Then the millennial would get their phone out and look at everything through the camera app.

Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Facepalm

Aren't you looking forwards to the News organisations attempting to force Google to show their links?

I'm on a diet so somebody else will have to enjoy all the popcorn being prepared.

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Re: Why do we have to keep paying for something, time after time after time?

You make a table.

You sell the table.

Assuming you designed the table, you have a copyright for that exact table design.

Another carpenter thinks your table is pretty swish, he buys a copy of the design from you and you provide it accepting that he will make more. He now has a license to use your copyright.

A second carpenter also thinks your table is pretty swish but reverse engineers your table and makes his own set of plans that are an identical copy of your table design. If he makes any tables to your design, he is in breach of copyright.

This table was really swish, however, so a third carpenter makes his own set of plans that are based on your table but modifies certain elements. He (probably) isn't in breach of copyright* as he's not directly copying your design.

I'm also going to put the words 'patent' and 'trademark' in this paragraph, separate from the rest of the comment as they are different ball games but played on the same pitch.

*Depending on whether enough was changed from your design

Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Happy

Re: If it's snappy on old kit...

Fun fact - many old games counted CPU cycles or some other trickery and timed their AI speed to that - the original Command and Conquer does this I'm told. That's one situation where DosBox's random maths feature comes into its own - otherwise the AI player just magically gets an enormous base.

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Re: If it's snappy on old kit...

At a guess? Either not noticeably faster than a standard OS or even potentially worse. Assuming it's 64-bit (initial release was 2005 so this may be stretching matters) then the main benefit to running it over, say, Win10 is that it won't try to think for itself when you're trying to work on it.

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

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Mushroom

The cycle continues

Every year more chat apps are flung out into the market. These chat apps don't talk to each other and everybody requires an ever expanding list of applications to keep in touch with everybody. Way back when, there was Aim. Then there was Microsoft Messenger. Then there was Skype. Then there was Facebook Messenger. Then there was WhatsApp. Now there is discord. Soon, something else will come along and take the market by storm.

Every one - a different set of logins, a different application, another database to be hacked into by ne'er do wells. Every one another program to figure out how to stop it beeping at you whenever you get a message. Every one making life more complicated.

I'm drawing the line here. No more will I have an array of disparate chat apps bulging under the weight of Franz - I will get a myspace page and people who want to talk to me will have to trek over there. Hopefully not too many will.

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Re: So pleased my house heating runs on oil...

I'm pretty certain that the majority of people who work at Capita are competent at their job.

I'm also pretty certain that they are hamstrung by the manglement.

It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

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Boffin

"A trivial task for humans"

Not really, we spend years learning how to pick stuff up, just like how we spend years learning our first language or to just walk.

And the above is within a system where the generic feedback loop of failure and success is a solved problem unlike in the field of AI.

Picking up a cup of tea is surprisingly difficult when you look at all the actions required.

1. Move your arm to exactly the right place - one inch any way and you're either missing the handle or knocking over the cup.

2. Figure out how many fingers will be comfortable in the cup handle and insert them into the hole - often there's much less than a centimetre of leeway.

3. Exert the right amount of pressure between fingers in the handle and below the handle to keep the cup balanced and level while it makes the perilous journey between mat and mouth.

This is only possible due to how astoundingly complicated and sensitive our nervous system is as you have a good idea where any part of your body is even if you can't see it due to the stresses and strains on the rest of your body which your brain then interprets.

That's not to say those pulling all nighters via egregious use of coffee can't do all these actions on autopilot, but it did take literal years to get the ability to figure out all the steps for themselves.

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