* Posts by kernelpickle

16 posts • joined 24 Oct 2016

Remember the OpenAI text spewer that was too dangerous to release? Fear not, boffins have built a BS detector for it


Re: A simpler solution

It’ll be labor saving for everyone but the Alex Jones types of the world. With infinitely more rabbit holes being procedurally generated, it’ll be hilarious watching them chase their tails until their heads explode!

...but maybe knowing that it’s all just bullshit written by bots will finally make them give up their shenanigans entirely?

Either way, I’m looking forward to watching the chaos!

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom


Re: We need some ...

Well done sir! The brilliant imagery you conjured with your words, has caused me to literally laugh out loud as I read your post!

Thank you for your contribution, it is greatly appreciated!

Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen


Re: Sense of humor

Oh, it's way more out of control up in Canada. Just look up Canada's Human Rights Tribunals to see what I mean--it's terrible what they're doing to people in the name of human rights because it's having a chilling effect on free speech.

The only reason I even know about their humorless culture, was because they fined a guy who was barely more than an open mic comic $15k for insulting lesbians that were heckling him on-stage. It appears that since then, it's gotten even worse, because they've done it a few more times and ratcheted up the fines considerably.

Apparently, the only place that Canadian's still appear to have a sense of humor is in Montreal, during their annual comedy festival. I can't speak to whether or not that carries over through the rest of the year, but I'm sure that the local comics performing in Montreal are already pulling punches to to stay out of trouble.

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK


Re: Perfect!

Wow--you just brought back a memory from my childhood that I'd completely forgotten about!

We had one of those KoalaPads for an old Atari 800, which I recall being pretty disappointed with by the time my Dad finally got it up and working (I must have been 6 or 7 at the time). My childhood imagination was far too much hype for that primitive little gizmo to live up to!

I can't recall if we ever had the printer hooked up to it or not, but I don't think you missed much--even if you were amazing with that thing, those 8-bit systems weren't capable of rendering very much detail back then, and most dot matrix printers were even worse!

Equifax reveals full horror of that monstrous cyber-heist of its servers


Re: And how...

Well, your silly little GDPR doesn't give you the ability to exist outside of society--and whether you like it or not, modern society has been built upon CRA's like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

If you were to allow people to apply these insane rules to every organization that they don't trust, you'll have the foil hat brigade telling the police, and other government agencies that they don't trust them--which opens a loophole for all sorts of ne'er do wells to disappear of the official radar.

What about creditors? If someone owes money to someone they don't trust, what would stop them from filing a request to effectively block them from being able to collect on debts that are owed?!

Clearly, that simply cannot be how this ridiculousness is intended to function. I don't care how progressive you Europeans think you are, there's just no way that any government, let alone all of your collective governments, would agree to give citizens the right to avoid debts and law enforcement by filing some paperwork.

It would also break the secondary market for debts as well, because if companies can't share that information, they can't sell your debts to anyone else--which is an annoying and sketchy practice to be sure, but it's big business and big business usually wins over private citizens.

If indeed you are correct in your interpretation of the law, clearly it was an oversight, and will surely break the system. It would literally plunge the EU into the dark ages, because you'll all have to live without credit and switch to using hard or cryptocurrency for any/all transactions--good luck with that!

Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly


Re: I raised this Sinclair comedy Sock-Puppets incident in another forum...

...did this "angry Alt-Right nutter" like to RANDOMLY capitalize entire WORDS, for NO REASON?!

Wait, never mind--I just re-read your post and saw that you also said "His words made sense..." so, I think we're clearly talking about a different guy.

Machines making music, translating Chinese, self-driving trucks, and more


I thought I heard some distinct Mozart influences in there, as well as the Bach--so it's sort of in between the two. More of a Mach piece, really...

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


Re: I also considered the lazy / efficient option...

"Gifted" and "given" both have the same number of syllables--so, I don't get where it takes any longer to say. I'd also like to point out that the word "give" is used in a more broad sense, to mean the transfer of something, which may or may not involve receiving something in return--but the word "gifted" often carries further implications.


something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.

So, it's all about context--in the case of a purchase, you wouldn't say that you were gifted something after handing the cashier money, because it was part of a transaction. You gave them money, and they gave you what you agreed to purchase. However, if they declined your payment, they could have gifted you with the item you desired to purchase--because it was given without expectation.

While there may be a "U" in the UK and EU, there's no "U" in Bexit--so, maybe some of those goofy French spellings will get dropped in the process?

Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear


Re: Tax on Glasses?

I used to work in one of Luxottica's retail stores one upon a time, and they do indeed make a very large number of lenses. They've also sold products made with lenses by Zeiss and Essilor (who they just merged with), but even before that there were plenty of house branded lenses being cut on-site.

It's not just LensCrafters either, they own Pearle Vision too, as well as their own vision benefits company, EyeMed Vision Care, and ridiculous number of retail outlets.

Sunglass Hut International | Apex by Sunglass Hut | Sears Optical | Target Optical

OPSM | ILORI | Optical Shop of Aspen | Laubman & Pank | GMO | Oliver Peoples

Alain Mikli | Oakley | David Clulow | Glasses.com | Econópticas | Salmoiraghi e Viganò

...and there's easily around 30 different designer brands that they either own, or manufacture frames for. Luxottica is not only the largest optical retailer in the United States, with 7.3% of US retail sales in 2015--but as of 2014, it is the second largest vision benefits company in the United States.

They're absolutely massive and they throw their weight around all the time. When they got into a dispute with Oakley, Luxottica simply dropped their frames from all their stores, and when Oakley stock tanked--Luxottica bought them up for next to nothing. Their largest competitor is Safilo, and they're only worth about a third of what Luxottica is--so it's not even close.

They are about as monopolistic as a company can get without getting sanctioned by the government.

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number


Re: Stupid

Yes, but there's still potential for enumeration in that system--albeit a lengthier, and far more annoying method.

If someone wanted to find out the phone number of a particular individual, all they would have to do is run through all the possible combinations of phone numbers, to see which ones hit. Now, if phone numbers were a purely random 10 digit number, it would be quite daunting to brute force your way through 10 billion possible numbers. Since phone numbers are generated in a predictable fashion, it's not hard to guess someone's area code--so, for any given area code, there is a range of 10 thousand to 10 million possible phone numbers, which would be far easier for a computer to brute force.

To avoid the issue of payments being made incorrectly to the wrong person, AND avoid enumeration attacks, the service would need to require that both name and phone number were provided by the sender. Then, after pressing the "Send" button, the service would need to respond to all attempts in the exact same fashion. After a several minute delay, the sender would then receive an email with either a confirmation that it was sent successfully--or a message that said that the name did not match the, and they would need to try it again.

That extra step would induce a massive delay, making any attempts to brute force the system so painfully slow, it becomes unfeasible--but it also require that someone first commit to sending cash, before it ever performs the check that would generate the confirmation message.

I'm sure that there are other folks that are much smarter that could come up with fancier ways to solve that problem, but if they're looking for a quick and dirty solution to the problem, my proposal wouldn't be hard to implement.

Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies


Re: I am confused


Value is just a construct of the mind, and is in no way related to tangibility or utility. If we all agree that something has value, then it's valuable, and subject to supply and demand like anything else.

If we were to apply your constraints [is tangible/has utility] to the labor market, then it would be literally the opposite of what it is. Folks that work hard, doing things with their hands and serving a real purpose would be paid much more than someone working in management, human resources, marketing, etc...

Once upon a time, paper money wasn't any different that crypto-currency--because we went through numerous failed currencies in the U.S. before they moved to a gold backed currency. Even though it's no longer backed by gold, the U.S. dollar still has value, because people still have enough confidence in it, to continue trading it for goods and services.

If we all agree not to use Bitcoin, and have no faith in it's value, it won't be worth anything--but the fact that there was inflated confidence is the reason why the bubble was so big. Eventually we'll all be using Crypto-currencies for everything, because it beats the system we have now where we rely upon centralized banks to move our money around for us in a purely digital realm.

When you realize just how little cash physically exists in circulation, as compared to the amount the amount actually in use, it's staggering. If everyone made a run on the banks, and called in all their debts to be paid in full, with cash, it'd be all over--the entire system would break down.

Crypto-currency beats cash, in the fact that all the digital transactions are the same has handing physical cash to someone in person, and unlike gold--could feasibly be used in direct transactions, without having to be liquidated. As it currently stands, the stuff is just too valuable to trade directly, and it's being traded more like stocks than money--hence the ICO's, but there's still potential. Also the physical space required to store it are much less cumbersome than finding a place to keep large amounts of gold.

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire


Re: Glasses anyone?

Correction--you my friend have presbyopia! Which is what happens to everyone as they age, because our crystalline lens loses it's ability to change shape, and adjust our focal depth--hence the reason for progressive lenses that correct for distance, intermediate, and near vision.


I've looked into some headsets with lens inserts, and they're pretty straightforward for folks that rely on a spherical correction (either - for myopia or + for hyperopia) to their vision, because you can get close enough with the OC height, and PD and they'll work.

However, for folks with more complicated prescriptions, it's not that easy, because there are tighter tolerances required. If you have any cylindrical correction (for astigmatism) you have the added variable of Axis to worry about, and minor changes to the OC height, PD, or angle of the lenses will produce a fishbowl effect--which can induce nausea in someone with a high enough prescription. A lens with only 0.25 correction to cylinder can be rotated by as much as 5-10 degrees without the wearer having any issues--but an RX with higher amounts of cylinder (mine I have over -3.00 in mine) can be greatly affected by changes of less than 1<5 degrees! That said, you can flip cylindrical lenses by 180 degrees and be perfectly fine.


Then there's the most complicated prescriptions, that have multi-focal correction (for presbyopia), which still requires lenses remain perfectly in position, because the seg height measurements need to line up correctly, so that the intermediate segment doesn't intrude on the distance vision and the wearer doesn't have tilt their head up drastically to see something at arms length--so a mm difference can be huge!

Basically--I'm all sorts of fucked now (as far as getting fancy lens inserts goes) and I'm only going to be more fucked as I age! So, I'm REALLY hoping that in my lifetime, that they'll be able to figure out how to interface with the optic nerve directly.

In the much nearer future, there may be some hope, because they've come a long way with implanted IOLs (used to repair cataracts) and now they're not only able to correct any refractive errors (including astigmatism) but the latest technology are accommodating IOLs that are able correct presbyopia! They're obviously not quite perfect yet, so you wouldn't want to get them if you didn't already have cataracts--but it seems like we're closer to making the technological advances needed to create a mechanical (or even a bio-mechanical) solution to the problem.

Hortonworks takes ex-sales manager to court over non-compete allegations


It's a sad state of affairs that we allow, disgusting behavior like this is allowed to continue, completely unchecked by the government!

It's absolutely sickening, that we even allow a scenario where an innocent person like Hortonworks, would even be in a position to get abused by scumbags like this Ben Rudall! For God's sake, Hortonworks is ONLY 6 years old--doesn't anyone ever think of the children?!

Clearly, we're not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable among us, from such rampant greed! Companies have tried forcing employees to sign employment agreements that contain non-solicit, non-compete, and mandatory arbitration agreements in the past--but it hasn't been enough on it's own. Even when you've thrown in right-to-work, and at-will employment laws, people still act like the company owes THEM something!

The time has come to stop coddling these people, and it's time start getting rid of ridiculous laws that protect whistle blowers, or force corporations to pay for healthcare or taxes! #MAGA

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm


Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"

Apparently you've never flown over an ocean, or had a delay or layover that's lasted more than a few hours.

When you've easily got that kind of time to kill, and have a hard time falling asleep on a plane--a device that can play streaming or downloaded content for that long is invaluable!

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US


Re: Timely advice

Don't worry about our special relationship, things have just gotten a little more special--now that a little bit of digital penetration has been brought into the mix! ;-)

Just to be clear, I'm referring to BOTH kinds of digital penetration here... We promise to warm you up slowly, by deeply probing into all the digital bits stored inside of your electronic devices, and hopefully dig up anything naughty that you've been up to. Once we've gotten over some inhibitions, we'll REALLY start digging deep--by using several digits to meticulously probe around inside of your naughty bits, to look around for any devices that may be stored up in you!

I realize that you many not be initially on all the changes we've been making to our arrangement after so many years, but I think that we can both admit that we've simply lost some of that spark between us. This is just something new that we've decided to try out, because we really feel like it's going to help spice things up a bit! :-P

Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit


Re: Die Hard VII: Sysadmin

...direct deposit!

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