406 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007
only thing wrong with the internet
The people running it
and the people using it..
.. only two things wrong with the internet
The people running it
and the people using it
and the companies dominating it,
.. there are only three things wrong ....
Ahhhh ... flashbacks to a holiday in France,
Definitely recognising the train bits.
As a solution to the wrecking-ball tablet, bit late for Dabbsy but maybe useful for other readers, try shortening the lanyard by tying a knot in it...
have you considered
That perhaps the reason older iPhones hold their value - is because they are better than the latest offerings?
It is certainly a recurring theme on the pages here
Re: Please return to your houses
Battlefields can actually be much less complex than roads..
.. is object 'friendly' > yes > ignore / dont shoot
> no > is it 'dead' > yes > no problem
> no > make it dead
This logic goes all the way back through military history, articulated by some roman or other with the "make a solitude, and call it peace" line.
its not the fully autonomous hunter killer death machines I worry about
..its the strategic weapon packages with password "admin123"
...its not the ones you dont see you have to worry about... or possibly not.
Re: Doubling down on stupid prices too
only if the shark stays within 2 metres of the surface, and not submerged for longer than 30 minutes.
Flying sharks should be ok, as long as the impact of re-entering the water isnt too great.
The laser beams are neither energetic nor particularly noticeable - otherwise the 'duckface unlock' feature would be far more amusing.
Attachment to the shark can be achieved using a range of adhesives, strapping, or my personal favourite, a nine inch railway spike driven by a sledgehammer - although this may cause some discomfort to the shark.
Some previous article on AI
The AI experts interviewed were waxing lyrical on the glories of AI populating ToDo lists for you " to save you the trouble of doing it yourself.."
put on your best Dalek voice find a dalek ringtone that goes
YOU WILL OBEY
and trigger it every time you access the ToDo list
workable Artificial intelligence to screen content is probably more achievable than the real solution.. which is User intelligence
Re: Spokesperson was telling the exact ruth
We're sorry to hear about this... so go away and stop bringing your miserable little lives into our happy world.
Re: How much should a cable cost?
If its round the corner... apple think they own it
Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it
When someone throws out the "how long is a piece of string?" line, I respond -"the cumulative sum of the vectors perpendicular to the short axes".
It generally shuts them up, but I suspect there is a more precise answer available
"We’ve built Android 9 to learn from you—
that's what they built all the preceding Androids for as well...
Another potential extreme-lefty grouping, at least from the vilification from some rightys, would be the transnationalists.
No real idea how much traction they get, as I have only encountered the term as villains in fiction, promoting the evil agenda of bureaucratic world government.
Re: Shivaun Albright
Appears to be a phonetic attempt to recreate the name Siobhán, without knowing the traditional spelling..
As such it is worthy of comment, even if the Shivaun spelling has completely separate origin.
According to a very cursory google search, Shivaun is one of the more popular anglicisations so its as legitimate as any other cross-cultural appropriation.
worthy of 5 minutes internet effort
Re: One little pill?
Alcoholism = Drinking more than your doctor does
Re: The problem
I heard someplace that the largest population of 'English' users are actually in Asia.
For this to be correct on a user-population count, it would need to be correcting grammar into Engrish.
" At least we know it would probably make it all the way to Mars, but we're not sure if it'd make it back,”
Especially not if they carry out the traditional Lithobraking maneouver...
not letting the thread die in peace
Two completely unrelated points.
1. The "security experts" obviously felt happier not sharing their room with the stuff overnight.
2.One of my favourite lines from "Good Omens" - probably wrongly remembered - from the
Pestilence Pollution horseman of the apocalypse... Plutonium may last ten thousand years, but Arsenic is for ever ...
What we need is a 'subscription-paid-in-arrears' arrangement, where the user agrees to pay for a service but can cancel if the provider fails to comply with the conditions they initially stated.
Its basic contract law.
The providers will fight against this to the bitter end, for obvious reasons.
Re: Predictive Fuckups
"Microsoft seemingly can't win..."
They arent SUPPOSED to "win"
They are supposed to provide an operating system that enables "users" to do whatever the "users" - who to one extent or another PAID for the machine - require their machine to do.
Microsoft have adopted the attitude that for them to 'win', their customers must lose...
Nostalgia aint what it used to be
Microsoft continually making the "good old days" out of whatever isn't their current product.
Are they going to use an animated paperclip to provide the "nudges"?
Back in the day..
before all this automation and on-board processing malarkey, mine surveying used to involve a person at a fixed point throwing a laser beam at a person at the work location - who would bounce it back, and by various arcane mathematic and mechanical rituals, useful information would be derived. As the fixed point and work location could be up to a kilometer or even more apart, a 2-way radio ("walky-talky" for people who like to talk like children) was an essential part of the kit.
All the 'laser' controls were set up for right handed control, on the other end the laser-bouncy stuff pretty much required being managed by your dominant hand - so the 2-way was held in the left.
Which is why I talk left-handed.
....I want a derail/off-topic icon...
......is it even possible to go off-topic from Dabbsy comments ?
AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning
web cartoon I cant remember the address of
Engineer: "Perhaps we should consider shutting down our animal testing program"
Manager: "Why ? Cosmetics companies use it all the time"
Engineer: "Yes, but we make hammers.."
Safest place of all would be in a document called EULA
Re: "once you've spent the time getting the aerial in the right spot"
the train wont move much
the supposed advantage of beam lasers vs pulse lasers
(from my gaming youth..)
With a beam laser, first you fire.. then you aim..
Does the UK have any sort of "proceeds of crime" laws
Where the police get to confiscate stuff they think you shouldnt have, used in Australia against drug dealers etc, and in the USA against tourists, out of towners, and anyone the local cops think cant object.
If these things ride lightning storms and cross oceans - I have seen other articles mentioning them found on ship sails mid-ocean -
.. why are they only "native to North America.."
the other article I read, cant remember where, did point out the "survival rates were low.."
Spiders on the storm,
into this house we're born,
into this world we're thrown..
Like a dog without a bone
What do they mean by "fake astroturf groups"
a) only pretending to be artificial while actually using real grass
b) green painted concrete,.. the original low-maintenance lawn replacement option.
.... just the thing for sporting arenas where the players are getting a bit 'precious'
"It always has been. There's nothing special about this generation's young in that regard."
One of the aspects in which millennials are like every other generation is how they think they are something special.
What may actually be special about them is the sheer volume of people trying to exploit them by telling them how special they are.
This is enabled by the work of the preceding generations.
Re: He was the top salesman in the group
Who - apart from our government /public sector - will engage a supplier who is "not afraid to try and fail..."
Anyone providing business critical services who isnt "afraid to fail" is either criminally irresponsible or terminally stupid.
Maybe thats the attraction of employing millennials.
Re: So we've started downvoting amfm
I actually thought this post was a bit .. I dont know,. tired and uninspired ? Not up to previous standard ?
Potentially even comprehensible ? although I stopped trying to parse amfm posts and just read them for the immersion.
A downvote (wasn't from me) under these circumstances could be an artistic criticism and not something hostile.
Our family doctor when I was a child had the name Dr Deith.
He had changed it after leaving Germany.. from Todt
This was all a very long time ago, and I am reconstructing a fair bit.
Re: What measure of 'drink' did these Americans use?
..only if your russian.. ? .. does what ?
What exactly are we talking about your russian doing?, and how did you come to possess a russian..
This would be a different situation if you ARE Russian, but that involves a somewhat different wording..
Re: what flavours do they come in?
Lick them to find out
Re: Speaking of which,
The software I rely on thrashes the mousewheel/middle button.. bought a replacement after the middle button started bouncing/echoing, after a month or two the replacements wheel decided to intermittedly reverse direction (effectively, guessing its loose contacts)
Solution.. plug the original into a spare USB socket, and have one mouse for clicking and the other for scrolling..
I will eventually get to a place where I can get a third mouse, whereupon the two cripples will be put back into reserve.
How about some facts ?
Shirley the figurehead of the NBN would have some actual numbers to wave around, to prove he isnt a completely useless ignorant money sink?
I am aware that I personally know very little about networking and multiplayer coding, but I do believe there is a fair bit of work to keep the data at a minimum. The e-sports spectator TV mode may be shifting imagery rather than code, but even that would be trivial amounts compared to HD TV.
The obvious consumers of bandwidth are the video streamers, but for a political appointee to cast aspersions at mainstream public is completely taboo. Far more acceptable to blame some non-trendy minority.
Could be interesting to see what this does to my kindle library ..
Do I actually continue to 'own' the 'products' I have paid amazon for ?
Will it simply fork, and all future purchases only available from the piss-poor range that amazon.au carries - if that is the correct term for digital stock - ?
Will prices for ebooks jump up to match the dead tree book price we enjoy in Oz (very likely outcome)
On the bright side, this may scrape off most of the kindle "sponsored" and "prime" faeces that infest the main web shop... The modern equivalent of the discount bins of unsellable rubbish from the supermarket era.
real world considerations
Some industrial / mine sites have "no mobile phones" policies (actually "management mobile phones only"), due to truck drivers running into each other and similar incidents.
a robust dumb watch is necessary while at work, - and left on the dresser when I am not.
re: if it was mains powered
I am seeing both benefits and disadvantages to hooking up the external door(s) to mains power...
Re: I'll be dead first.
Technology thats come into fashion over the last few years are things called CORS.. Continually operating Reference Stations, which are GPS base stations .. continually operating, and sending their correction messages out via phone and internet. Its subscription based (that I am aware of), a bit slower and less precise than your own dedicated base station, but saves you from having to set up your base in urban areas where anything shiny and unattended has a lifespan under an hour.
These CORS networks are becoming more prevalent though still not everywhere, the biggest problem with satellite based driving would be obstructed views of the sky.
Re: Validation Vs verification
There was a writer churning out stories for amazon, apparently completing books in a couple of days - was entertaining for the first few but lost its appeal pretty quickly..
anyway, his vampiric elder could avoid all threats of harm by becoming "insolvent"
Never realised bankruptcy was that potent..
I think the program managers have achieved one objective
" in anticipation of a visit by Khosrowshahi. It had hoped to prove that the program was something he should get behind; ..."
Your life is worthless if you're in front ...
The only thing they could have done to make it worse
is include an obnoxious intrusive "assistant" ... unless there was one there but the reviewer couldnt get to it because of the user interface ?
Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is
You and I can say whatever we want
and the celebrities can say whatever their handlers tell them, but behind all the outrage and the posturing, the politicians and regulators will be hearing that FB or Google or the russians used this data to intervene in politics AND IT WORKED.
They are incapable of ignoring that, and the possibility that their opponents ( who are functionally indistinguishable from outside their own grubby little corner ) would use it and gain an advantage.
Re: Meter GPS no big deal?
When your bum is being kicked for 100 mm discrepancies that shouldnt be there, and your daily workload is increased with an extra half hour to an hour of quality assurance checks and verification
- I say crucifixion is too good for 'em.
Re: High tech for the sake of high tech
"I mean seriously, how often do people get killed by random strangers on a bus?"
Anyone else having flashbacks
to the "studies" declaring computer keyboards were less hygienic than toilet seats - sponsored by cleaning product manufacturers ?