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* Posts by jake

11525 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

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Re: Pressure?

Robots don't think.

How about "testing for resistance to brainwashing"?

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Re: RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

Wrong in this case is "incorrect according to the parent". Unfortunately, it would seem that the current batch of parents don't actually want to parent, they foist the job off on anything other than themselves. Thus, they are raising their children "not wrong". They are raising them "not right", too. In fact, they are raising their children. Not.

Now define "robot".

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Re: RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

Robots driving? Shit, I don't even want the computer warning me that I'm drifting out of my lane in a corner ... 99 times out of 100 I'm on the correct line, it's the paint that's in the wrong place.

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I don't think 7-9 year olds voted for/against Brexit ...

... but they sure seem to argue about it all over TehIntraWebTubes.

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Re: RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

"Read The Manual"? "Release To Manufacturing"? Shirley not "Real Time Monitoring" ...

But concur. Robots won't be useful around the house until they can dig the spuds, do the dishes, fetch me the mail and a beer and change the sprog's nappies. All in one unit, mind, most folks are still on 60 amp service.

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Re: and they say

"one of these people that blames millennial's for all of societies woes"

Methinks your apostrophe sense has atrophied. It's a millennial thing, near as I can tell.

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India's Cosmos bank raided for $13m by hackers

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Nice for a bank to admit it!

'hackers made off with $13.4m in stolen funds"

Any word on who the bank stole the funds from in the first place?

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Just a beer?

No, Jimmy. That was two separate thoughts in one comment. The useless word, and a rant about kids. So I'm no Shakespeare. I never claimed I was.

"Very nearly" and "are" aren't exactly the same thing, now are they Jimmy?

History in Internet time isn't the same as history in geologic time.

I applaud kids where they deserve it. Like this kid. I highly recommend his product.

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Re: Just a beer?

No, Jimmy, I don't dismiss it as "the kids". I dismiss it because there was already a perfectly good word that the entire connected world used to describe the device. The fact that it was a kid who invented a pointless word is ancillary.

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Re: Just a beer?

Why does the concept of history frighten you so much, Jimmy? (You don't mind if I rename you Jimmy, do you?)

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Re: Just a beer?

I wouldn't say it had a pedigree, it's more of a mutt along the lines of a labradoodle. And the point remains that the kid (from my perspective) didn't invent anything. He merely renamed something that had existed for decades[0] and already had a perfectly good name that was widely used, world-wide.

And no, the claim that so-called "emojis" are different because they are bitmaps doesn't hold. Letters on a screen are, in fact, bitmaps. And if you really insist, I can go back to PLATO III which had non-ASCII bitmapped emoticons back in the late 1960s.

[0] ASCII art started in the early 1960s, emoticons are small examples of ASCIIart. I remember sending my then girlfriend an ASCII rose in the winter of 1968-'69 (PDP-10 at SLAC).

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Re: Just a beer?

Accuracy is relative. A 30 year old still often seems to be a kid when you're pushing 60 ... not all, mind, but often enough to be mentioned.

For the record, I don't think I "grew up" until I was 35ish.

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Re: Just a beer?

Graham, you are the one who brought up millennials in this thread. I said "kids", someone else brought up marketards. To me, it was a kid who came up with "emoji" when a perfectly good word already existed. And it was definitely the marketing wing of NTT DoCoMo that heavily pushed/promoted the concept.

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Re: Its going to end badly when

Most such switches can be configured to be controlled using out-of-band signalling. HAL would have no way of even knowing they were there, much less stopping the power-off.

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Re: Just a beer?

"The word isn't invented by "millennials", is the thing."

You honestly think millennials and marketing clowns aren't world-wide phenomena?

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Odd things they do in Blighty.

"or the police offering stood in front of them!"

You lot have sacrificial cops these days? Must be getting bad ...

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Re: Just a beer?

I heard emoticon at SAIL before I saw Smiley on Usenet ... and we will all do our best not to remember the abomination known as the "bixie" ... but "emoji"? That's a bastard begat by kiddies who not only can't remember history and refuse to acknowledge that it exists, they are re-inventing it to suit themselves to shore up fragile egos.

There must be an emoticon for that ...

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Re: Just a beer?

Emojis? You mean emoticons, Shirley. :-)

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Re: Just a beer?

Cocktails come in and out of fashion. Beer is eternal.

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Re: A web power switch ?

Remote power switches are standard operating procedure around here. Most of the ones I spec can be operated over the LAN/WAN and/or via dial-up over POTS. User configurable. Hint: Don't buy the cheap ones, they tend to fail at the most inopportune time. You'll save the extra loot the first time you use it remotely in your PJs (or less ... ).

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: 1 of your 5 a day..

Depends on the size of the apple. It takes about 16 pounds of apples to make one US gallon of cider, so call it 2.5 pounds of apples per British pint. Note this is an average, some apples are juicier than others; the above is based on the yield from my Gravensteins with my old cider press. Also note there is some loss during fermentation & bottling, so as always YMMV.

Cheers!

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AC enumeration

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Re: How about a slight wrinkle in this plan?

When you consider that there is a user who snagged the actual handle "Anonymous Coward" (tsk tsk, ElReg ... roll accounts should be sacrosanct), you and I both know that the trolls will snap up aardvark, banana, custard, (and Aardvark, Banana, Custard, AArdvark, Ardvaark) etc. Time stamps are easy to implement, and I have no idea why ElReg took the option away.

Agree on proper threading. There are perl modules for that ... and of course threading with timestamps would be the best of all worlds.

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Re: How about a slight wrinkle in this plan?

What about the folks who actually have the handles anonymous aardvark, anonymous banana, anonymous custard etc.?

Far better to simply make the date & time of each post immediately obvious. Then we have AC Aug 7@12:33:51, AC Aug 7@13:03:51, etc. ... or even AC@12:33:51, AC@13:03:51, etc, given that most threads don't last more than a day or so.

Each post is already timestamped with the seconds since the epoch, so this would be a simple change for ElReg to make. Would be easy to reference particular posts from non-AC authors, too, I ain't Spartacus Tue Aug 7 14:33:51 UDT 2018.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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While we're on the subject ...

... of aging rockers, if you haven't managed to see the Rolling Stones live yet, beg steal or borrow your way into a gig (if they ever tour again). I'm not exactly a huge Stones fan, I have never purchased any of their music, never bought a T-shirt, don't own anything with a lips logo ... but I've seen 'em live a couple dozen times over the last 5 decades. Always entertaining, never boring, never the same show twice, and good old fashioned no nonsense rock & roll with a bit of the blues thrown in. What more would one want?

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Re: Care Homes had better get used to it

BOOH ... but that was MOR AOR, with a hint of glam if you squint.

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Re: About this graybeard greebos thing

Indeed. Contrary to popular belief, Waiting for God wasn't a sitcom, it was a documentary.

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A couple weekends ago ...

... one of the kids from the Barn came into my office, wondering about the "cool" music I was playing. The music server had chosen mid '70s punk. Ramones, Heartbreakers[0], New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Buzzcocks ... I might be getting older, but I ain't dead yet.

[0] No, not the Tom Petty version you heathen.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Communist leaders and their sensitivities

Dig that groove, baby.

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Re: Just to be helpful:

Hunny, Bob. He needs hunny.

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Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.

― Adam Ant

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Re: Just to be helpful:

The one with no genitalia?

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Just to be helpful:

A stuffed, furry bear with a red tank top and no pants.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: What we really need

Muphry's Law, early 1990s. There are several variations on the theme (Skitt's law, Bell's first law of Usenet, etc.). It has almost always been considered an obligation to include an error of your own when correcting another's post on Usenet, Fido, email lists & etc.

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Re: Commas (missing or extraneous) can change meaning

Aussie blokes can't shoot? That would explain lots of things.

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Facebook cracks opens its bottle of Fizz – a carbonated TLS 1.3 lib

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"Whatcha makin', boy?"

"Sodee pop? Let's shake it up and watch it fizz ... "

― F. Leghorn

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: @Prof. Tom H

Prof. Tom H, having read the material written by Messrs. Balezin, Baryshnikova and Evlyukhins, I fail to see any mention of "feed lines". Nor do they mention the finished & later dismantled ("mined") pyramid of Djedefre. In fact, about all they say is "this computer model of the Great Pyramid of Giza can resonate at certain frequencies". Which is true of all solid objects. What they do NOT say is "it wuz aliens wut dun it". They also do NOT say "it was built specifically to resonate at these frequencies for (reasons)". Nor do they say "the actual pyramid resonates at these frequencies".

Now, considering the mortuary complex built at the base of, and contemporary with, said pyramid, coupled with the cult of Khufu which used said complex to worship him for centuries after his death, coupled with a culture almost completely preoccupied with religion and the afterlife, coupled with the fact that all other pyramids (from the first rough mastabas on) were tombs (or cenotaphs, at the very least), how can the proverbial thinking man come to any conclusion other than "It was intended as a mausoleum"? ESPECIALLY seeing as there is no (that's none, zero, zilch) evidence to the contrary?

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Re: Puh!! Visit Dublin and try out their 121m whip antenna

Croc clips are just like alligator clips, only not as tasty.

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Re: Correlation, causation, and all that

You've never tried bacon‽ Well, there's your problem!

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@Prof. Tom H

The trouble with your dissertation is that most of ElReg's readership are actually interested in such things. As such, we've seen all the screw-ball theories thoroughly debunked by actual experts in the field. Besides, Occam's razor doesn't need pyramid power to hold an edge.

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Re: "building material with the properties of an ordinary limestone is evenly distributed"

"It's described as a burial chamber but there's no evidence that was what it was built for. All the burial chambers discovered before, during and after that period are quite different and none of them are pyramids."

Have you read the pyramid texts, MrReal? I rather suspect the builders had more of a clue of their intended use than you do.

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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Re: Black, Asian, White. Why didn't they include Green?

"But an old E-Type presumably has 'rights' that should be protected."

As a car guy, I disagree. I personally don't like it when somebody converts a classic automobile to a pile of trash ... BUT, if that car isn't my property, who am I to tell the owner that taking out the silky smooth V12 and replacing it with a crass American V8 is a bad idea? Or even converts it into a hearse & drives it off a cliff in Halfmoon Bay "for art's sake"? None of my business.

Likewise, if somebody wants to take a 15 pound sledgehammer to their $1000 iFad, is it any of my business? Why should I care? It's their money, not mine. Now extend that to a robot ... no matter how "lifelike" or "beautiful" it might seem, it's still a man-made machine, wholly owned by somebody. If they want to take it out and use it for target practice, it won't upset me any more than idiots wasting money on store-bought "distressed" blue jeans.

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Re: You can "dehumanize" robots?

"Which is all well and dandy if you are a white Caucasian with a native accent and name. You may "treat humans as humans", there is a small, very loud minority that don't." FTFY

And that very loud minority is pointed at by another very loud minority which claims the first minority represents the entire population ... which it doesn't. And when I point this out, the second very loud minority calls me a racist ... WTF? Talk about diluting your grievance!

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Re: Last time I checked Spain was in Europe...

I find it most amusing the way you lot ramble on about "US racists", as if we were the only country on earth with such a problem. I strongly suggest you all look within ... I've seen blatant racism in every country I've ever visited, often before setting foot outside the airport.

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You can "dehumanize" robots?

How does that work? I didn't realize they were human in the first place.

As for color, who gives a fuck? They are machines. You can paint 'em any color you like. This entire exercise is taking political correctness to absurd levels ... and is part of the reason I have no time for the politically correct. I treat humans as humans. Hopefully, they return the favor. Color doesn't factor into it.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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I'm tempted to fly down ...

... just to watch the floor show :-)

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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This is normal in every human endeavor.

Using insider knowledge to put one over on an outsider is human nature.

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Re: Duress codes

Let us know when this happens to you in the RealWorld, ok Chuck? Until then, this fantasy scenario has about as much likelihood of playing out as the plot of any given James Bond movie.

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Re: Lay off the kool aid

AC, some of us are old enough to remember when the word "hack" included physically modifying hardware. It's not our fault that the media has perverted the meaning of the word to mean "some clueless kid ran a shell script that he found online somewhere".

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Re: No need to hack anything?

I dunno 'bout you, VikiAi, but I'll take potable water before the four you mention.

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

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Re: Here's a PEP

My admittedly bad and somewhat tired[0] throw-away joke aside, I quite agree with the comp.lang.c FAQ on the subject of GOTO. See section 17:10 here.

[0] Some would say exhausted to the point of being a euthanasia candidate.

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