* Posts by A-nonCoward

73 posts • joined 15 Aug 2017


Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight


uh, the problem is not "feeding" on real artists, those with an income attaced to rightfully using that title.

Problem is the wannabees that put Apple or this kind of kit on Mum's credit card. And I have a bit of a hard time feeling sorry for them.

I do most of my "creative" on a touchscreen EliteBook 2740p, I believe 9 years old or so by now, bought on Ebay for parts adding to less than $180. 8Gb, SSD, FOSS all over. Of course I have 4-screen rig for some projects, but it's even older actually.


curious Re: Hmmmmm!

I'm curious about how much memory is needed for that kind of i-tax software

not that I would touch Autodesk or any Adobe with the the longest 10-foot pole I could find, but even my Firefox needs 3+ Gb by itself, and a decent size image in GIMP also eats some memory. Why am I reading about MS stuff? Saturday, no vulture news...

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline


It's learning...


From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Well played,sir Re: EIther way

I knew they would fail when they binned my application.

More obviously, when I didn't apply. Sad, i'nnit?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Re: LOL->malware

In software, if you make a good-enough product, you deprive yourself of the chance to sell later versions. People won't pay to move away from what works without a very good reason.

That's why malware.

"I think i need to upgrade to the newer Windows. My computer at home is running slow lately", heard from my secretary a few years ago. By that time I had learned it was unwise to predicate Linux at work - just use it, in my work computer, and at home.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want


Real editors use LaTeX

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers


Re Elite HP Re: "...it's a ticking time bomb"

allow me to confirm that fact, writing from my often hacked and reassembled EliteBook 2740p, finally with finger touch.

I studied hard, I trained for years. Yay, now I'm an astronaut in space. Argggh, leukemia!


Re: Turn an asteroid into a craft ?

The wife used to be a total NASA enthusiast.

I took her to Houston for her birthday, and, devil hands know no rest, I idly shared with her the nonsense about the expense (16,000 employees?) when anybody who knew any "Science" already was aware quite a while back that a trip to Mars was not practical, ever, due to the simple concept of the cost of lugging up enough shielding, thereabouts twice the amount of everything that has been sent to space to date. (My own fav is water - useful by itself, but why not an asteroid, if we are going for silly - hundreds of meters of rock, d'you know how much beyond calculable it would cost to power that mass into a controllable orbit? Still, cheaper than an artificial magnetosphere)

Wife wasn't pleased to have her NASA views messed up, as she got to research, and, alas, find out that this time hubby was right, even though it was obvious that these basic principles and facts were far from being published among "official" mainline "Mars Mission" websites. Giving her a vacuum as a birthday gift might have been better (a recent El Reg comment thread). The AirBNB was a disaster also, no NASA fault, that.

Of course, the pearl of the visit was watching that Russian (renter of NASA facilities?) riding with a young girl passenger one of those zillion-dollar all-wheel-control vehicles at top speed in a parking lot. How much fun. How much Science. NASA. Yay!


the obligatory Global Warming angle

The researchers are unsure why old-timers – one participant had spent a whopping 340 days in space – had stronger immune systems compared to first-timers in space.

if I get this right, "something" up there is different, worse now than it used to be in the past. Hmmm. Global warming increasing due to some space something?



viri, "men" is plural of vir.

Virus is Greek; plural is virus, or, in politically correct speech, viruses.

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual


Learn something useful in school?

I've spent most of today hunting down some old versions of a spreadsheet with certain data, that my day job has been using over many years.

I do that on a Dell laptop, VPNd, Windows 10, a couple years old. Destroys a battery per year

slow. Certainly no match for my personal Fedora machine, 8 years old.

So. Turns out that the precious creatures, 1) defecate their name-brand-spreadsheet file pretty much anywhere, 2) put the most significant data (language, version) of the file name at the very end of 40 to 60 characters of redundant nonsense that replicates the client name, year, project, purpose, that any sane individual would already find in the folder tree anyway. Yes, because the folder tree has no logic, that data is actually useful. 3) show unnatural creativity in saving a few characters. Japanese might be JP, jap, Japan... 4) older Windows let you do a search, and refine inside that search. Not any longer. Because files are all over the shared drive, "Search" over VPN is even slower than anything else.

Now, if these people, all of them with a degree, having had some kind of Comp Sci in high school, could at the very least name their files in a sane way; follow some kind of logic within their folders, or at least follow the "Best Practices" that we supposedly have for this.

I know it would be way too much to convince the company to use a real production-level operating system. Even Windows 7 was not this lame.

We don't need no educashon, right?


I am grateful I have at least this part-time job, and that I am given some real challenges to play with, otherwise life is so boring.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines



this is silly. I just read the title, as to the article, tl;dr.

Very simple, sophomoric: anything with the word spill is some attempt at a joke or satire. There are words like that. Doesn't require any AI to figure.

OK, let's assume it's a tree-hugger article. "We need to prevent oil spills". Then, perhaps it's as complicated as word-pairs: oil spill prevent good, resume, bad.

"Resume" is Good when together with positive events: study, work, effort to save the turtles.

etc. AI. Did that in the '90s. Ain't better since.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Directors - nor Profesors

Argentina also requires most users of professional titles to have the corresponding degree - not necessary to be registered, just to have received it from a degree-granting institution. "Profesor" is someone who has the degree of High School Education Teacher, or teaches High School or University. (Elementary School teachers are "Maestros") (and registration is required to actually work in many profession, example architects, lawyers, of course med doctors)

Now, "Profesor Something" is a favourite title among fortunetellers and astrologer. Alas, hava no degree, you cannot call yourself that, and police will come visit if you do

Thusly, Argentinian classifieds are full of ads by "Director Something", "Director" being a school principal, and thence obviously even better than just a lowly professor... :-)

(I know all this because I am a Profesor, a title I use to advantage in Europe because there it's supposed to be a big deal, especially Russia, Germany, while back home I'm just a worthless school teach...)

BTW, Argentina has other funky interesting control-the-idiots laws. For example, a list for what is allowed for naming a child. These lists vary by Province, so you have a tiny bit of leeway. However, if the name could be valid for either a boy or a girl, you are required to add a second name that makes it clear what gender the pup is[2]. Mexico prohibits "denigrating names", the state of Sonora includes "Harry Potter", or "Robocop" among those[3]

Argentinians wanting to go "beyond", often travel to Uruguay to spawn[4]. Which also frees a male pup from military conscription, Uruguay having been the only sane country in South America in that respect.

Icon for the nice professorial garb



[3] https://www.animalpolitico.com/2014/02/aqui-la-lista-completa-de-nombres-prohibidos-en-sonora-en-reino-unido-reclaman-por-harry-potter/


AI snaps business titan jaywalking

Big Brother

I, for one

welcome our Intelifusin DeepEye overlords

Seeing as Bitcoin is going so, so well, Ohio becomes first US state to take biz taxes in BTC


Re: Nothing says "we are a high tech state where you should base your online business"

Idiot tax they call it, uh, different company, right?


Not a good idea, Ohio

If Bitcoin and its ilk are seen as genuine business investments, instead of the hobby that they obviously are, then you don't only get to tax them: you also have to allow people to reduce their taxes by claiming a business loss, and expenses, depreciation on servers, and a lot of that kind of nonsense that makes the super rich pay no taxes at all.

Soon in a state near you: someone will set up a BitChurch to claim to be tax-exempt.

A little phishing knowledge may be a dangerous thing



OF COURSE we know that is the standard way, "We made no attempt to measure how accurately and honestly subjects filled out their demographic surveys."

Which is sad... Social numbers

It would not have been that hard to have people go directly to a survey, right from the phishing link :-)

Also, more details on the response? how long did it take those who reported to do so?

obligatory XKCD https://www.xkcd.com/435/


Re: C'mon .. it's 2018 - where do you find students with "no knowledge of phishing" today?

A multiple answer for "what is DNS spoofing" or such terms might help winnow the "I know everything" kiddies away from those who actually have some idea. Alas, expecting good methodology in phrasing research is like expecting Uni students are safe in networks (or anywhere else, really)

Good form in contemporary academic publication would share the content of the actual survey, right?

like, for replicability?

Science, do you know anything about how to do it, [1-5]

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea


Re: Bravo

"With enough variables you fit an elephant".

in the 1500s we called those "epicycles".

Yup, particle physics: if something behaves differently than predicted, there "must" be a new particle. Circles on circles, seen that.


Hear hear!

I was into AI as part of a dot-com in the '90s.

Every time I have a conversation with current devotees, it sounds like the same stuff, nothing really new. Actually, we had better, ginormously more efficient code, these kids nowadays cannot do anything low level, it seems. Makes me think on how making a cup of tea can kill the biggest processor ever - just make enough layers of interpretated code, voilà.


AI proves Creationism

If there really is any "creativity" here, it is the creativity of DeepMind researchers who devise and manage the processes that train the systems.

Yup, my point exactly. There has to be an Architect (or a pony) somewhere

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives


Michigan Re: But can I get F1 on my BT account

Ha! memories... My wife tells on how when she was 13 years old she helped her mom (a professor in Ann Arbor) navigate that. Eventually became quite adept, except for her tolerance for Windows.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do


Re: Buzzwords...

... "was a huge disappointment."

evidence: every new generation of kids, for a very long time, has placed their energy into supporting some kind of music that drew their parents, and the previous generation, totally insane with pain. Charleston, Swing, Rock, Pop (I'm jumping a few, but you get my point). What have we got, for already way too long? Rap. Techno is not it, sorry. Rap. Nothing worse has replaced it.

It's the end of times, I tell you.

(doesn't mean we all die. Well, not physically, but what's coming for us is perhaps almost worse than death. I was walking the dog the other day past a retirement home, guess what music the staff were playing? I hear that rendition operatives use Country to break down prisoners. Hmmm, those old folks there? they wish they were in an interrogation hut, I bet.)


Re: Buzzwords...

No need.

After Generation Z, it's over.

Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU



“if Microsoft screws this up, we will lose the trust of developers for a generation”

Microsoft "screw ups" are totally by design.

Real developers know that, otherwise, that "trust" (?) would have been lost a couple generations ago (am I that old? yes).

As the accountant at the school I used to work at said, "my computer is getting more and more slow, maybe I need the new version of Windows."

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat


Re: Remember the good old days?

guess who it was that didn't pay attention to the salt and vinegar advice...

there's wisdom in them playgrounds

The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human


oh, so that's what's going on

Youtube dead. ha!

Revealed in detail: World powers stuff spyware kit, how-to guides in dodgy nations' pockets


US taxman wants AI to do the security checks it seemingly can't do itself


Re: @ James 51

Uh, politician pork money would go to schools, also.

Because schools are a fabulous business, plenty, plenty profit to be made, just ask Apple, Dell, Pearson...

School administrators are generally ignorant of the Real World, and wouldn't survive were they to do something productive, they will buy any nonsense with ease. Most teachers chose that profession as it gives them essentially unlimited power to control and mess with people weaker than they. Between one thing and another, plenty room for profit, reminds me of some BOFH stories. Universities are even worse. Maybe not as much as Google, but being in the educational provisioning field has great margins, and is big, big business.


It would be nice...

if I would not get any more "the IRS has filed a lawsuit against you" phone calls.

They're getting so cheeky, they even leave that as a recorded message, with a return phone number. (yes, I know that caller ID is easy to tamper with, no, to make sure of "catching" you, they leave a call back number as part of the voice message). It would be all too easy to track back this kind of calls to the perpetrators, etc. if you wanted to. Ergo, the pooh-bahs don't... Shame.

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR


2020 !!!

uh, ain't there yet:

"This bill would enact the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill would grant a consumer a right to request a business to disclose the categories and specific pieces of personal information that it collects about the consumer, the categories of sources from which that information is collected, the business purposes for collecting or selling the information, and the categories of 3rd parties with which the information is shared. "

Big Brother


just wow!

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…


Re: Blocked by the Register ...

they use Flash . You still sure you want to be allowed to open their website?

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


low temperature alloy

says "It isn't very strong, it melts at high temperatures and it is quite brittle. "

You surely mean "(Zamak) melts at low temperatures"

Yes, indeed quite brittle

Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream


Gee required quote


Measure for measure: Why network surveys don't count what counts


now I get it

why in the US cellphone ads are all about "speed" and streaming...

and voice calls sound like a tin box...

AI boffins rebel against closed-access academic journal that wants to have its cake and eat it


weaklings, all and one, I say!

Hey, universities are funded by taxes and by making little kids get in debt for life. That's the way it has to be. Then, research is taken over by companies, as good Cthulhu made it be. Pharma, better seeds, chemistry.

Why should AI guys be free from the long reaching arm of greed? how unAmerican of them! Shame!

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Unity gone? good. Might come back to Ubuntu

was tired to jump hoops to get the "classic" look during the Unity nonsense era, went Fedora, I'm generally happy, might get the desktop running again (which I haven't turned on at least a year, the four screens make for a good place to drop my coat)

There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!


Poetry Contest, in Finnish...

"the first and oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day"

Vogons, you got it too easy, you.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security


Moto E second generation

Update level: October 2016 "your system is up to date"

quote from Lenovo website (Didn't know Lenovo had slurped Motorola?)

Security updates

This device will remain on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

This product will no longer receive security updates.


@alain williams<br>yup, no ROI on keeping us simple fellows happy.

Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb


Mandatory XKCD


Virgin spaceplane makes maiden rocket-powered flight


flight tracker of the N202VG Virgin Galactic rocket plane


User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps


cannot remember whether the first IBM PCs had the same facility or not

yes, sort of, somewhat to slow beyond some very basic stuff.

What I loved was the realization that I could peek/poke the video memory, manipulate things and load to video memory direct


Re: Ahh yes

>asked if there was anything on the keyboard.

cheers to that honest poor guy who's going nuts because he spilled coffee on the keyboard, thinking he had broken the $5,000 computer (and keyboards in those days could take a good wash and be fine after hanging out to dry. Even had to do that once with a dozen 5 1/4 floppies - with data (ahem, games) that had fallen into a puddle when running out of the rain - they all worked)

Paris Hilton

Re: Feeling Old...

Same goes for broadband speed, come to think of it...

nope, that's porn....


Re: Feeling Old...

I've always blamed the success of Windows on Solitaire.


Feeling TOO old Re: Feeling Old...

for forgetting what TSR meant. Of course I knew it, but.it.was.gone. Wjhere's my glasses, now?

1 in 5 Michigan state staffers fail phishing test but that's OK apparently


Re: I wonder about those percentages

well played, sir

Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google


I politely decline to comment


Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds


time to get the frilly frock...

and declare oneself trans?

I mean, /that/ would really hit the diversity spot...

(dreams of Mrs. Doubtfire, and Tootsie...)


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