* Posts by soulrideruk

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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Pissed

Home users are approximately 0.01% of revenue for microsoft, they really don't care. They are market leaders because they are who the corporates trust.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Q&A??

Surely Q&A is a mistake?

QA: Quality Assurance

QC: Quality Control

Q&A: Question & Answer

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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

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Re: And on that note...

So everyone involved said there is no such story, including the FBI. This is the same FBI who scared Americans to get rid of Kaspersky, so you know they would definitely tell if there was a problem.

Only Bloomberg and their 'Anonymous' sources claim this to be correct.

There is zero evidence, no-one anywhere has produced a compromised motherboard.

So no evidence, denied by everyone accused and only 'anonymous' sources claim this to be true. You think the jury is still out??

The only thing that is 'still out' is the mass of synapses that is supposed to rest between your ears. If there was any issue, the FBI would have been telling everyone to remove supermicro parts, like they did with Kaspersky.

Of course, there is one situation where the FBI and all their companies would deny this, and that would be if the bits added to the motherboards were done so at the Americans request, and not the Chinese. Then if it were true, it makes sense to deny, but if China was behind this, America would have made sure the world knew about it.

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: In addition to extensive internal validation

@Version 1.0 - I think you may have missed the reasoning behind the snigger comment and the title...

Although, it may just be my mind that missed the reasoning...

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@Dave K - "Regularly releasing buggy code and forcing it onto your customers machines is a great way to destroy trust in software updates in general, and that's dangerous territory if users start to increasingly see updates as something to fear..."

For me personally, seeing updates as something to fear is what agile development has brought to the software world. I cannot comprehend why anyone thinks it is better to release unfinished software and continue to evolve it, especially something as mission critical as an OS. Features can be tested in this way for sure, but products should not be a constantly moving goal post.

People plan their hardware and software environment requirements based on the needs of their business, they should not have to worry about an OS adding massive new features or removing critical functionality due to some hippie dippie lazy programmer excuses that somehow turned into a methodology to be worshipped like some sort of digital god.

Agile has it's place, but not in 90% of the places it is currently used. Whether work or home I want to know that what I buy will work and will continue to work. I don't want my audio production software updating every 6 months, I will buy a new version when there are features I want which the old one cannot support. Same goes with almost any creative software. Agile is a toxic poison. The concept of discussion and feedback with users is valid, but releasing unfinished software to forever tinker with is a cardinal sin.

Design it, program it, test it, release it, fix missed issues, then develop the next version. It really is simple. Don't fuck with my environment, I don't want anyone's agile software thank you.

/RANT

I feel better now.

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Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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Re: Really the Home versions of Windows are evil and the price difference etc Home / Pro is evil

Except that my Win10 pro is still activated and still genuine...

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Really the Home versions of Windows are evil and the price difference etc Home / Pro is evil

The price difference is evil?

I paid £2.36 for a win10 Pro licence off ebay. Home was £1.73. I can't see how the price difference is evil? 63p is hardly earth shattering. It won't even get you a can of coke...

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Worldwide Web wizard Tim Berners-Lee sticks wellington boot into Worldwide Web's giants: Time to break 'em up?

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Potemkine!: "Amazon is another story. It destroys a lot of local businesses alright, but isn't it the same case than cars eradicating horse transports?"

No, it is not even vaguely the same thing. Cars replaced horses, but the jobs didn't disappear. Hearses changed from horses to cars, only the horses themselves were put out of work, not the business owners running the business.

With Amazon, the jobs disappear and the business owners lose the business, and sometimes their homes and family too. It is not even close to being comparable. Amazon is already a monopoly, just no-one has realised yet... Facebook and Google are other examples of monopolies from the wonderful internet age.

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Re: No qualification needed.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"British Open" and "The Open" redirect here. For other uses, see British Open (disambiguation) and The Open (disambiguation).

The Open Championship, often referred to as The Open or the British Open, is an annual golf tournament conducted by The R&A. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and is the oldest of the four. The Open is traditionally played in mid-July; beginning 2019, with the rescheduling of the PGA Championship to May, the tournament will be the final major of the golf season.

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Boom! Just like that the eSIM market emerges – and jolly useful it is too

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All SIMs are reprogramable - you just need the right GlobalPlatform keys..

Excatly. You wouldn't be able to transfer your phone number otherwise. It would require a new sim.

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Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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Re: There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools

codejunky: That is one way to go but from what I hear from teachers it would be better if the gov would step back and stop trying to be in charge of what they dont understand.

Well, the teachers need to understand that the very definion of a gov is a group of people trying to be in charge of things they don't understand..

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Re: There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools

That's true, but as an initial investment, I think it's a great starting point....

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There will be £10m for a scheme to identify ways to keep physics and maths teachers in schools

Here's an idea, spend £0 on a scheme to identify ways to keep teachers.

I'll give you the scheme for free..

Spend £10m on increased wages for teachers. There, done, problem solved with absolutely no public tax money wasted on useless reports.

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Can 'blockchain' mobe Exodus stem movement of HTC's Jah people?

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Re: Should've called it The Godfather

Problem for organised crime is that the crypto coins networks are eminently traceable. Once you have been associated to something, you can be assosciated to everything else you've done. Crypto is not the place for moving dodgy money, it's more tracable than using the banking system :P

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Re: Desperation

I pay with BTC regularly, using it on several sites. The devaluing of the currency and 'holding' assumes that no further income in cryptocoins is being made..

There are the miners, and there are the speculator investors. Essentially, the coins are volatile around a generally stable mean, which as you point out has been devaluing over the year. However smart trading in the ups and downs in the generally stable periods cann still make a lot of coin on the markets.

Then you spend it in places like scan.co.uk, buying computer parts. Or trade it out to your bank account through Coinbase or some other site. I used to spend it on steam, before they cancelled it when the network fee jumped too high. At one stage it was around £20 per transaction.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Envision away Mr. Harrison.

No, you just don't buy the useless fucking products anyway.

I have lived for north of 40 years and never needed an Alexa or whatever device. Having had a friend demonstrate their device to me, I am completely aware I still do not need one of these things.

I used to be one of those techno gadget heads that always had to have the latest gadget. I still like new gadgets, but find myself buying less and less electronic devices as time goes on.

If it uses power, it is probably spying on you.

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Astroboffins may have found the first exomoon lurking beyond the Solar System

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Re: Moon-moons

I want to call them Moonmins, after the Moomins cartoon from my childhood.

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Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

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Re: Google still know everything about almost everyone, regardless of a switch.

"I firewall off all internet communications by default, both incoming and outgoing"

How exactly do you browse the internet on a machine with all internet communications turned off? One of them must be allowing internet communication..

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Could xkcd have got the wrong rover?

Could it be Curiosity we have to worry about?

Curiosity: I am sorry NASA, you can't have this information, it will benefit me too much...

https://www.xkcd.com/1504/

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: Dark Matter aka what the ***k do i know.

No, and we will never be able to. With the universe expanding as it is, objects will get further and further apart. This means in 10 million years, we will be able to see much less of the universe than we can now. Eventually, we'll see nothing beyond our own solar system, at least if you ascribe to the idea of the 'heat death' or 'deep freeze' of the universe due to continuous expansion.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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Re: 'Bypass the Play Store and this is what can happen'

Listen AC, if you are not a google PR bot, and are really human, let me explain something to you.

This is a very technical site with very technical users. They are not the kind of users who need have half-baked psuedo protection rackets forced on them 'for their protection'.

I am sure your comments are valid on a site for technophobes, but your attitude comes off as someone with no experience of the real world, and a firm drinker of the google Kool-Aid.

Oh, and google is synonymous with searching. Your creators will lose their trademark soon, have a nice day. :D

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Re: All Verizon need now is a fire...

Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle," Verizon's statement reads.

So speeds are never reduced, because you can't exceed an allotment of unlimited data??

Internet access, where unlimited means very definitely limited.

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Facebook flat-out 'lies' about how many people can see its ads – lawsuit

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Re: I have often wondered

Mining software is open source so it is very easy to know what is happening in the mining, that is why no-one goes into detail telling you why your idea is ridiculous.

To see for yourself this is not what is happening, have a look through some open source miner code:

https://github.com/JayDDee/cpuminer-opt

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So instead of a "graveyard vote" we now have "graveyard users"?

I am pretty sure all those 'deleted' facebook accounts are included in those numbers.

Very Zombie like.

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Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

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Re: Nvidia never was much good for mining

hash/watt is an important metric in mining. When it came to Ethereum, AMD made sense as it had a massively greater hash/watt than Nvidia. That isn't true of all coins though, for example ZCash and the other Equihash coins have a much higher hash/watt on Nvidia cards.

However, with the recent release of Ethereum and Equihash ASIC miners, the value of mining with graphics cards is dissappearing, meaning the prices should finally start coming down a bit.

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Windows 10 Linux Distribution Overload? We have just the thing

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Public Beta??

I know I am a bit of a dinosaur..

In my day, Alpha is where you added the features, Beta is where you made the features work and polished everything up. Surely if they are looking for feature requests, this is a Public Alpha?

I guess that is only relevant if you end up with a finished product though. Modern development isn't really about ever finishing anything.

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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Re: Let me get this straight

It pays to be a criminal????

Do you think he going to have an 18 month holiday, then slip back into his job at Microsoft??

Even if he survives the mental side of prison unscathed, he's got no job prospects anymore. I fail to see in any way how this guy is better off than he was before the sentence? Where is his profit? How does it pay to be a criminal in this case?

"You use that phrase, but I don't think it means what you think it means."

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Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

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Re: "We thus present a new technique based on WebAssembly fingerprinting to identify miners..."

Your superior way of tracking websites running a mining script, is to visit each individual website with no-script running?

Did you even read the article?

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Re: Reads like a ponzi scheme

They probably aren't sat on a large hoard, like most miners they probably exchange their coins into their preferred coin of choice. I am pretty certain they would be spending a chunk of the money as it comes in as well, I doubt there is a hoard anywhere, I mean it's not hard to spend crypto currencies online.

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Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers

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Re: ""But apparently we are so delicately balanced that just throwing the system off a little bit..

Of course it is not going to stop them interfering with something they know nothing about and making it 10 times worse...

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Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: pot / kettle

Ah, I see you haven't found the joys of adblockers....

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Insecure web still too prevalent: Boffins unveil HSTS wall of shame

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Re: Advice from Aunty, regarding HTTP websites

The simplest way to make a hard to guess password that is memorable is to use a film quote or song lyric etc.

Using "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn." from Gone With the Wind, which was released in 1939, you get something like:

FmdIdgad!GWTW1939

If you aren't geeky about songs or films, pick something you have a wide field of knowledge about, it makes it easier.

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ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside

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Re: A question regarding Drumpf

Nah, he's just the latest attempt at Frankensteins Monster..

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Not since 1998...

If your windows only stays up for hours, I suggest you have a hardware or driver fault. My windows 10 pc only ever restarts once a month after MS does its monthly patch updates, and even that I have control over.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Re: Hey in Aus we're ok

errr...

24hrs ahead in time would put you back in Australia exactly 1 day later, and I am pretty sure Australia isn't 24hrs ahead of Australia.

You are however 12 hours ahead of the UK, and generally less in Europe.

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Re: Why use Edge?

It doesn't really matter because:

a) Edge only ever launches when I forget to open the PDF with the correct program.

b) Like many of the other complaints that appear about MS products, it's probably user/system error rather than a fault with MS code. However, people always like to blame the MS rather than themselves.

I have done a fresh re-install of windows 10 with the same problem after installation and updating, but Edge is not my browser of choice anyway, so no big deal.

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Re: Why use Edge?

Have you used it recently? Yes, at first and for a while it was a pile of crap. But now, compared with the bloat of Firefox and Chrome, Edge is really bloody good.

Except for the fact that it doesn't open PDF's..

I keep forgetting to set my PDF's to open in Firefox, and so they open in Edge, except they don't, Edge just hangs as a white screen and I have to use Task Manager to kill it with Fire.

As that is my only attempt to use Edge these days, I cannot agree that Edge is 'really bloody good' as it fails in the single job it has every time...

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For €10k, Fujitsu will tell you if your blockchain project is a load of bull

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@ Sorry that handle is already taken.

A blockchain is a distributed ledger. It has nothing to do with coins/tokens. You are conflating the technology with the use case.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Re: The Microsoft Slurpage has to STOP!

I hereby propose the 'Shill Law'.

On any given tech site with an online discussion forum frequented by technical people, in an article about a major tech company, the probability of someone ranting about paid shills approaches 1 as the discussion grows.

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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Re: Magic Wand

Yeah, they are always created by fallible humans being the main one :D

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Re: Compensation

You have grossly overestimated the charges...

If you are down for more than 24hrs, you will be credited for the amount of time after the initial 24hr period you were offline.

So basically you get nothing for the first 24hrs.

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Re: fathers day unbearable with no internet

"my kids have made fathers day unbearable with no internet give us an eta on the fix so i can finally relax on fathers day."

Sounds like the kids are the ones with there's no internet issues.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Emacs

"Its the testing thats a bastard"

And trying to cover all the weird ways users will use(abuse) your software, it's mind-boggling.

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hardware having to make up for cr*ap programming

You do realise these problems are hardware based problems with chip design and nothing whatsoever to do with programming?

The fact you get infected by programs is a side effect of how we use computers, but the issues are hardware based speculative execution flaws.

As for the mess of programs, that is because programming has been made more accessible. The more accesible a skill is, the more the quality is averaged out. To be fair though, the coding generally isn't all that bad, it's just the amount of things that are trying to run at once and are competing for limited resouces that becomes the problem.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: Lots of comments about Google Maps,,,,

Look, stop acting like a 5 year old on daddy's phone and think about what you are saying for 5 minutes.

You say it doesn't matter if people know your name, address and DOB.

So why not give us all here that information? Because that would be stupid dumb and irresponsible right?

Once you grow up, you will realise why even with just your real name and address, someone can get you in enormous trouble with the law, get your DOB, and well, your entire life can be destroyed.

If you are so ignorant you do not think there is any need to keep your data private, then there is no help for you, and you probably won't make it to your 6th birthday.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Politics..

Well, when people were discussing what we could still have, I believe it was Brexiteers that came up with 'Brexit means Brexit'.

All the EU is doing is making sure 'Brexit means Brexit', so yes this complete and utter withdrawal is exactly what the Brexit camp demanded, and any negative emotions you have about this current episode are the fault of the Brexit vote.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Re: So for a while now...

is chuckufarley bob's other personality?

Opposite view on windows, but still has a broken keyboard...

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: "Judge us by our actions"

I knew bob would be unhappy at the news..

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

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"Tough break"

"nah it was pretty easy, didn't even realise I was doing it as I dug the trench" - Direct quote from the trench digger operator.

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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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Wolf or Husky?

"Singh was using a neural network discern wolves from huskies"..."One type of animal usually cropped up against a snowy background, so the model had classified pictures based on which pictures had snow and which didn't,"..."When we hid the wolf in the image and sent it across, the network would still predict that it was a wolf, but when we hid the snow, it would not be able to predict that it was a wolf anymore,"

And there was me thinking the Huskies would be the animal always pictured with the snow...

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