* Posts by VikiAi

155 posts • joined 31 Jan 2018

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Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Trollface

Re: Theft

Yes, they should be chasing down anyone wearing them.

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Re: Theft

Well, it doesn't fly, for a start.

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Unhappy

Re: Human Error, eh ??

See my comment on an article a few days ago regarding undergrads and contoured camera batteries which it is only possible to insert one way.

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Trollface

Re: R2-D2 it is not!

So you're a muffin guy!

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Facepalm

Re: Not user error

One of my uni lecturers (about 20 years ago!) once sheepishly admitted that he had spent several minutes that morning wondering what was wrong with his mouse before realising it was up-side-down.

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Facepalm

It is likewise possible for an undergraduate uni student to fit a LP-E6N battery in the camera the wrong way around.

...

Getting it out again requires a technician, though. And some long-nose pliers and a strong grip.

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Re: Power to the people

Just a few months back, I received a non-starting LCD TV from another section of where I work that was hoping I could fix it (I pull a lot of monitors and TVs from e-waste, about half of which just need new power supply capacitors, so have that reputation). When I benched it ready to unscrew the back and check the caps for obvious bulges, I noticed there was a rocker switch under the bottom of the bezel. In just the right place so that if the TV was placed on the floor without its stand (such as when getting ready to wall-mount it), it would sit on the switch and flip it off. The switch turned out to be a secondary hard power switch (presumably to save power-conscious people the trouble of reaching behind to the power point). In fairness to my colleagues, the switch was quite discrete, and I only noticed it once I had the TV face down on the bench with the bottom of the bezel towards me.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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Happy

Oh, what a world! What a world!

I'm melting! Melting!

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Trollface

Yes, they are going to give the aliens entirely the wrong impression of humanity!

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Boffin

Re: It's 2018

There is often no need to be computer literate, and I am certainly not advocating everyone should need to be an engineer to use one, however, people claiming (or being assumed as having) computer literacy because they know how to post comments in a web form is a bit much for me.

You certainly don't need to be a mechanical engineer - or even a motor mechanic - to drive a car competently. But you definitely do need to have put some effort into acquiring driving skills.

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Teachers that show aptitude in those areas are either unusually dedicated to education to stay in it, or quickly find a job with better pay and benefits and less stress outside the classroom. (My brother represents the former, I the latter).

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Boffin

Re: It's 2018

Or a University!

It depends on your definition of 'use a computer', of course. Pretty much everyone these days knows how to log into something and post in a web form. Doesn't make them in any way 'computer literate' though - I have plenty undergrads in a 'digital media' stream who can't handle differentiating between a media codec and a media container. And as for navigating a filesystem....!! Not to mention the senior professor in the same field who was frankly shocked that the HDMI output port on his MacBook couldn't also be used as a HDMI input (after hitting the expensive glossy sales brochures for a bunch of equipment on the assumption that that was the case)!

And don't get me started on people who think plugging in a graphics card means they 'built their computer'. Nope, if you didn't solder the chips on the board, you assembled a computer (which is a fine thing in itself so qudos, but I grew up in the days of 40pinDILs on a protoboard).

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Re: I spent two years in tech support

The button formerly known as 'start'.

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Re: Priceless!!

Yes! A definite twelve-o'-clock flasher there!

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

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Happy

Re: How long before.....

National ID cards are great! I have several, all with my name spelled slightly differently. Confuses the hell out of the machine at the dole office, but it still coughs out all the cash for each one!

- from a comedy skit on the telly back when the 'Australia Card' was first proposed.

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Go

Re: Bill Posters Is Innocent!!!

So are the sheep dogs. But we still have trials for them!

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Unhappy

Re: Australia is doing a favor to the world

Don't feel sorry for us (as a group). We (as a group) elected individuals of this ilk and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the future.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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Black Helicopters

Re: The War on Drugs

I believe it is called LARPing. With a James Bond theme. On the public dime.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Go

Re: I understand for the Coprophilia forums,....

I dunno. I guess it was fine for shits and giggles.

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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Go

Re: Show me your STDIN

Ewww. That sounds like something you get for not using a proper wrapper on your pipe!

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Re: weirdly...

My mum is like that. The home help likes her because they only have to /clean/ rather than tidy, then clean.

Meanwhile most of the students here where I work seem to think the cleaner's job is to pick up their chip packets and empty coffee cups (it isn't - their job is to clean grime and spills and such normal detritus of everyday living, not to clear tables of litter!)

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

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Go

I think he is just jealous.

Not of the content, just that they have a better looking display than he could manage.

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Happy

Re: "It's deeply offensive" says 53 year old man

He said 'deeply'. In this context. Hyak hyak hyak.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Black Helicopters

Re: Or are we planing for a War with one or, both of these powers?

We have always been at war with [ the US / Russia ]

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Go

It's all those nature documentaries with mating practices uncensored and breathy commentary.

Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Not to worry

It's only Spendmass - By March most of the spying will be on cockroaches in landfill sites anyway.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Flame

Re: How they test matters

Also, it only has to survive the folding and unfolding long enough for the warranty period to be over. Then when it breaks, it is the opposite of their problem.

Like most things today, it is designed to be sold, not to be used.

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

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Go

I generally respond to such things along the lines of "The very idea that anyone would be offended by such a thing is something I find quite offensive!"

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Re: I think "death", as it were, is one central component missing in capitalism

I believe the original idea of public companies did involve forming a company with a stated goal (to achieve something outside government remit and too big for an individual citizen or private company), and when that goal was achieved, the company was to be disbanded, assets and results of its work sold off, and the rewards split up among the investors. Something changed quite early along the way, though.

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Re: Interesting point about Twitter

Subjecting AI to Twitter users is how the justified extermination of humanity begins!

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Go

Re: And now for A Walk in the Black Forest.

Boom...!

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Facepalm

They did. Right into DC.

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Happy

Re: Like Boiling Frogs

The thing I like most about the 'Slowly Boiling Frog' urban myth is that, contrary to the popular version, the frog is well aware of the water temperature rising. It just lacks the intellectual ability to act on that information in any meaningful way. So reality is an even better metaphor than the myth!

Australia's national broadband bet shirk: NBN write-down not on the cards – chairman

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Facepalm

Down in the boondoggles

Lawd have mercy on a poor Govt. from down in the boondoggles.

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

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Headmaster

Re: Buzzwords...

Generation and, since '&' used to be the 27th letter of the alphabet (back when I was a wee lass!)

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Boffin

Re: The evolution of ass

It depends. At low latitudes, pigment is a pro. At high latitudes, its absence is advantageous (fancy that!). Post-technology, the pro/con effects are pretty easy to eliminate on both sides, though.

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Alert

Re: The evolution of ass

Well, in the US, every time they coin a new word for people of high UV resistance, 2 weeks later it has become a highly offensive slur. I gave up trying to keep up with that one!

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Trollface

Re: Just curious...

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Error: iteration stack too deep.

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Megaphone

Re: Sometimes "offensive language" should be used.

I very very very rarely swear in front of other people (at technology technology is another matter entirely). So when I do swear in front of people, they really really really take notice! Which is, of course, the intended effect of my very very very carefully chosen words of castigation.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Meh

Re: anti-crime, breaking and redecorating

I've seen plenty of redecorating that /should/ be a crime!

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

My own ring tone is carefully selected to be a tune i like that starts off fairly quiet and increases in volume after the 5 second mark.

Oz intel committee: Crypto-busting is only bad if you're a commie, and we're not by the way

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commies?!

I knew I should have packed that sports almanac before going back to the 20th century!

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Go

Re: Idiocracy 2050

We need someone's kids to send down the coal mines.

Oh wait....!

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Trollface

We should only carry if we exceed our numeric base.

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Go

Re: Babylon 5 photo with Star Wars references...

BOYS FROM THE DWARRRRRRF!

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Joke

Re: Stay away!!

* wayward4now returns from his surface walk with notable laser burns on his/her suit. "That wasn't a small Martian Steak-tree. It was a Martian Ham-bush!" *

---> Icon because I am stretching the definition of 'joke' a bit, I thinks! :-P

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Headmaster

Re: Planet IX

According to Douglas Adams, it is a name meaning "boy who is not able satisfactorily to explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should choose to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven". :-D

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Pirate

Re: Planet X?

It's where the space pirates buried their space treasure. That's why everyone is so eager to find it!

....

Historical Note: Only two actual pirates ever really buried their treasure. In both instances someone else found and took it almost immediately afterwards.

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Re: Do you add or multiply the evil?

I think you use an exponentiation.

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Facepalm

Re: "interesting to take overseas"

We don't do basements around here: high water table on a shallow soil base over solid bedrock.

And I have lived away from home (often other-countries away) for 30 years now (since my first job fresh out of technical school at age 18, about 1000km away from my parent).

While by no means wealthy or a genius, am financially successful enough to have the luxury, and intelligent enough to have the desire, for exploring new ideas and expanding my mind for my own amusement.

Furthermore, Nah Nah Nah. :-P

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