* Posts by grimmriffer

11 posts • joined 5 Sep 2019

Buzz kill: Crook, 73, conned investors into shoveling millions into geek-friendly caffeine-loaded chocs that didn't exist. Now he's in jail


The big question is...

...how much did HPE invest...?

Google ex-employees demand retribution for Thanksgiving massacre


There are ways to do things...

If you think your company is acting illegally, there are whistle blowing procedures.

If you just don't like what you're company does, leave.

If you think your company's treatment of employees is illegal, there are whistle blowing procedures.

If you just don't like how your company treats employees, leave.

Organising creepy stalking of employees and disruption of business that you consider "not woke enough", that gets you fired.

All of that is doubly true for a young, fortunate, skilled up, silicon valley tech type.

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors


Ton of paperwork...

My mum used to work in civil service, they once called a courier to move "a ton of paperwork". The guy turned up on a motorbike.

Trouble is, it really was a ton of paperwork.

The lesson is, when the civil service says "paperwork" and "ton", assume an underestimate.

Uncle Sam prepping order to extradite ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch from the UK


Sounds like Lynch has nothing to worry about...

Even if he is extradited and hauled to the US chained to a burly FBI agent, ICE will just deny him entry and send him back...

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


For a given value of "free"

Everyone will be saved 30 quid a month broadband subscription by our free to use nationalised industry! And your tax burden will only go up by 60 quid a month to cover it.

Nothing's ever free, it's just paid for through different routes.

Uber CEO compares pedestrian death to murder of Saudi journalist, saying all should be forgiven


Re: Premeditated

The staggering thing with the car crash is not the failure to recognise a jay walker.

The staggering thing is the assumption that when there's an unknown object in the road you should just keep driving at it.

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers


I've never worked in AI in any form...

... So here's how I think they ought to do it.

Treat unknown objects as a dispersed cloud of stuff. If the cloud impinges on the vehicle's path, respond. If the cloud grows toward the vehicle's path, assume it might continue to do so and respond. Etc etc.

But it's probably not that easy.

The Outer Worlds: Ever wished Fallout 4 was more like New Vegas? Here ya go... in spaaace


Re: *capitalist* nightmare...?

It was the American right (to which I fail to belong on two counts) who first deliberately, and maliciously, conflated any attempt at welfare with Socialism, in order to discredit state welfare. But they are not the same thing, even though folks on both sides of politics now use the two terms interchangeably, through ignorance, laziness, or political motive.

But just as in engineering there are terms that mean very definite things, so too in economics.

Volts are not watts, power is not torque, redistribution and welfare is *not* Socialism.


*capitalist* nightmare...?

One all powerful "board" with "a stranglehold on almost every facet of life in the colony" and which "owns literally everything, including all the corporations".

Oppressive superstate, which owns and runs all the industry, no freedom or property rights.

That's not capitalism. That's, ya know, the other thing. Begins with "S".

Looks like a cracking game though.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'


Electric isn't the only game in town

I seem to recall that a diesel engine running natural gas produces 75% less CO2. But the environmental lobby don't like that because "loads less" isn't "zero", and so that would be "carrying on the same" (slightly odd use of the phrase "the same", if you ask me).

Oh, and they don't like fracking because of the earthquakes almost as strong as "someone walking through the room".

I swear, if it wasn't for environmentalists we'd have cracked the whole issue by now...

Q. If machine learning is so smart, how come AI models are such racist, sexist homophobes? A. Humans really suck


Who trains the trainers...?

To sum up:

Machines trained by watching the seething mass of humanity pick up undesirable biases.

We know this cos a small group of good people trained some more machines to find said biases.


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