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* Posts by JDX

6254 posts • joined 28 May 2010

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: Meaningless.

A.I. systems used to help triage wounded would also be "facilitating conflict".

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: "Expand comment" - we're Regtards, we have attention spans

Disagree. Not every long comment is interesting even if it is cogently argued - a sub-thread on some particular point perhaps. How much effort is it to click a button to read a long comment?

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Perhaps get a job at a less gulag-esque company.

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I don't need to see it to tell you it sucks

At least that's the feedback you're going to get. Every SINGLE community website makeover I've ever been involved with has been thus - users up in arms that "it's literally blinding me", threatening to boycott the site, even creating custom scripts to recreate the old look.

It doesn't matter how brilliant the site is, in my experience. Better to set up a feedback email piped into nul.

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TalkTalk shrugs off moaning customers to claim 80,000 more

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Re: Why? Just Why?

Their main area of complaint seems to be customer service, but most people rarely need to contact CS after they get it running.

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For lots of people, getting where they're going is the only consideration, every pound spent on making that journey more comfortable is a pound they don't have to spend when they get where they want to be. I think the average Brit would accept an offer "will you sit in this cramped box for 2 hours for £100".

I guess similarly if you just want internet that does Netflix, all options look the same to a non-techy. Though I know IT people who are with TT on the basis "it pretty much is the same"

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Life imitates art

I recall a certain surly bending unit was partial to a beer or 101011

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Re: Someone has to tell you...

The home-brewing community I'm in certainly wouldn't agree that lager is inherently bad. You're just talking nonsense. But then you seem like a proper snob, looking down at 'chavs' for liking things they 'shouldn't' like.

Each to their own.

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Re: AI - Artificial Ignorance

The people making the beer don't know what you ate, how hot the day is when you'll drink it, etc, either. And yet they still try to come up with something. That's what the drunken robots are going to be trying to do.

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Re: ????

Wow, what a comedian. Tossing insults at mass-market lager... what do do you for your encore, some observational humour about how Donald Trump isn't especially popular?

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: reflecting opinions more than best practice

Flavour of the month for 15 years or so. It's been a widely used niche language for that time, widely espoused by developers as something that "should" take off more widely.

In the meantime, Ruby came as a competitor... and seemingly went.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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Re: "I don't believe a voluntary beta program like Windows Insider may help much"

One imagines MS have data gathered to tell them objectively how helpful it is.

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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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Re: Is it legitimate to ask

It is a legitimate question. On the one hand even our modern advances only highlight just how stupendously amazing the natural world is, which can invite disbelief such things could occur "at random". On the other, one can argue that our endeavours have been going on for just under 100 years whilst natural selection has been at work seemingly for over a billion years, or 10 million times longer - we simply can't think on that time-scale.

Personally I still con't comprehend it being random (disclaimer I'm a Christian) but as scientist I realise not being able to comprehend it doesn't imply it can't be true. The physical and temporal scale of the universe don't suit the human brain well!

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Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

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Orson Scott Card

I'm sure one of the later Ender books (Children of the Mind?) features an alien civilisation who communicate by sending digitally encoded DNA sequences, which the receivers are supposed to 'read' by incorporating them into their own DNA.

Tangent, but that's what this reminded me of.

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Re: @AC It's had its day.

Apple haters have been calling it a fad since iPhone 1. There's always someone who sees their mates leaving Apple as a sign of End Times for Apple.

Did you miss the part where Apple sells both the #1 AND #3 most popular phones in the world? Hardly "on the way out" now is it?

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And?

I don't think anyone, even Apple, would expect their more expensive, premium version to outsell the regular version. They launched the 8 for regular users and the X for rich users.

You might as well complain the iPad Pro undersells the iPad, as an indication it's a failure.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Re: Definitions time...

If you get the replacements free it's ok!

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: I don't

You know unless you move around for work instead of being a 9-5 permie. Lots of contractors prefer to use their own machines when on site, consultants or sales-people might want a way to demo an entire system on the move, etc.

A client of mine spent a couple of grand a few years ago doing just that, they needed a workstations-server "system in a box"

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Re: People stopped dual-booting 20 years ago.

I really hope you don't work in IT. Because in 1998 VMWare was still being founded, and Parallels only came on the scene in 2006.

Even in 2018, GPU-related things don't work well in virtualisation (Parallels doesn't support modern OpenGL). And these days, GPUs are no longer just used for gaming.

So no, dual-booting may be defunct in certain areas of IT but even outside gaming, it is required in others.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: Minor pedant

>Ellison's main involvement in B5 was in the role of the person Straczynski trusted to tell him if he thought something was shit.

Was he not on set often then?

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Trolling for comments

They didn't rename Skype. Go find some actual news to report instead of pandering to the Penguintards

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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

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Re: Phone cameras

Setting up the construction line to produce without fitting the camera costs money. Setting it up to produce different case variants costs money. Getting the "imbecile programmers" to write code that checks if the camera is there costs money. Making sure your £2/hr workers put the right cases on the right phones and in the right boxes costs money. Maintaining two versions of the phone and marketing them costs money. etc.

If you don't want a camera, put a piece of duct tape inside your case covering it.

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Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

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Re: Nominative determinism in action

I'm assuming with your cutting analytical skills you've the £millions for such projects but are sensible enough not to waste them. After all, someone who knows better than multi-billion tech companies must be in high demand BY those companies or their competitors.

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USB-C for Surface owners arrives in form of a massive dongle

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Re: Eh?

How much does the dock cost, smart guy?

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Re: Eh?

A mouse? A keyboard? A headset? All these you can get wireless versions, or wired versions for a tiny fraction of the price?

Not to mention an external hard-drive.

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Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Fairly significant

In the modern world lots of us work remotely or in distributed companies. Even if you're in the same building as other developers, the moment more than 2 of you need to talk it gets time-consuming to get in the same place physically.

So I'm fairly scuppered this afternoon. Although the football is on...

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Re: use one that you can plug into

because everyone else is using Slack. It's a bit like asking why nobody uses Google+ even though it's better than FaceBook.

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What does it take for an OpenAI bot to best Dota 2 heroes? 128,000 CPU cores, 256 Nvidia GPUs

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It's not a simple game you lame troll. Chess is a simple game. Go is a simple(ish) game. ML trounces human players and is on a par (at least) with traditional non-AI software representing man-centuries of work.

In a complex game requiring substantial strategic thinking and planning, mouse-click reactions and CPM really shouldn't be the dominating factor. I don't know if this IS the case in Dota 2 but it sounds very different to Starcraft.

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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Cynical much?

This is a major undertaking not to be done at the drop of a hat. Also, you think MS would move their platform away from their own servers just to win points from anti-MS people? I bet most people never even knew GH was using MS servers (I didn't)

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You've seen the hype. Now you're curious. Why not have a crack at AI using this online lab...

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Re: Is it just me?

We're really off to a flying start with the idiotic comments today. This is a lab for noob AI developers wanting to get some understanding, and you're complaining it's not solving formerly unsolved problems?

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>If this is AI then we have AI since the 80's.

Seriously? If a problem has already been solved by non-AI/ML means then solving it a new way is meaningless?

I hope when your kids get into coding and proudly show you their version of Pong you will tell them kindly, how useless their efforts are.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Well, it's Microsoft

That is rather the point - they are speculative R&D projects that may through out some interesting results even if the project itself is never marketable. Like concept cars.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: Disagree....

>The idea of writing a large scale system with a modern distributed architecture in C++ is ludicrous. Even if you could, what would be the point? And where would you get the developers.

What do you mean, where would you get the developers? As the dominant applications language in the recent past, there are a vast number of experienced C++ developers out there. Many of them still relatively young (30s).

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Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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Bully for you. Don't turn it on.

For me it sounds great if I can answer my phone on my PC using my headset like I do for Skype et al, rather than having to hold the phone to my face or muck about finding a hands-free kit.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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So Tesla has follow-distance control but no emergency stop? Isn't that becoming standard even on regular cars?

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Alternatives?

Oh no, flat 2D buttons. Definitely unusable now. Sheesh. And you complain Windows users can easily adapt to Linux...

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Re: You may want to read the license

You certainly used to be allowed to use VS Express for commercial stuff pretty freely, I had thought the same was true of community edition. Annoying if so... seems they keep swinging back and forth on this!

I do wish they'd stop treating it as an income stream - it can't bring in THAT much and surely more developers! developers! developers! means a better ecosystem

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Re: Alternatives?

Skype was always crap, and is a user-facing application.

MS are good at developer tools... VS is not only great but free for commercial use.

Also MS might already use Git (?) or if not, want to use it. If they are going to use it internally, it probably won't be terrible.

I'd wait a year at least before making a silly jump just because it's owned by MS.

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John McAfee plans 2020 presidential tilt

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Re: Finally!

He makes Trump look like a safe pair of hands.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: Greggs the pie shop

Really? I can't imagine any small-medium sized town doesn't have a baker and a butcher. It might be a trendy baker but round here even the larger villages still have traditional butchers. And we have greengrocers. Outdoor markets are also popular though again a bit more trendy; farm shops are also pretty au fait these days.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: UK too small

Which has been a big success

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I'm amazed that Hyperloop is still a generic term, and nobody trademarked it. How is that the case?

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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Headless man found dead

I rather think the last word is superfluous.

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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"with 64GB and no slot I'm not sure why you'd want to"

>Only the 128GB model has crept up to £519 (for 8GB of RAM). You can get one for £469, but with 64GB and no slot I'm not sure why you'd want to. Maybe you live in the cloud

Huh? Only a few years ago 64Gb was a lot. Phones didn't typically have SD back then either, and I don't think MP3 files are larger these days. And the fact is people DO use streaming music services far more than in the past.

When I got my Lumia 1020 64Gb, I am not sure anyone was selling 128+Gb back then (maybe just?)

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Mobile app devs have, oh, about 9 hours left to decide whether to stay on Google's ad platform

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Re: Facebook

I think they mean legally it's FB's issue, that's all.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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Re: Low Cost? at $499!

This puts it bang in iPad pricing... but for a full OS. The issue is if they can make that run smoothly, because iOS (with all its limitations) runs well on iPad.

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: hefty, hefty indeed

If you read the article it's clear people are paying them. This isn't for home use.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Re: Too good to be true?

Not really, it's about the same pricepoint as the OnePlus, and broadly similar specs IIRC?

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Don't try and beat AI, merge with it says chess champ Garry Kasparov

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Errata

Stockfish is not "a chess computer". It's open-source software you can install on your PC or mobile device.

On the BBC I wouldn't comment but one would hope an IT site knows the difference.

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Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft

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Re: Half solved, you mean

Don't forget the several billion you'd have to spend retraining everyone including your IT departments.

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AMD CEO Su: We like GPU crypto-miners but gamers are first priority

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Is a mining rig still worthwhile?

I'm curious about BitCoins and mining but only cursorily so and there's so much nonsense and so many scams out there. Reputable Reg friends, is it in any way worthwhile to buy a PC and stick it in the cellar 24/7 other than for heating my house slightly?

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