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

rskurat

Re: came home absolutely paralytic

One of the several hats I wear is that of tutor to University & High School/6th Form students. About a third have admitted to having two accounts on social media platforms, an 'official' one and another for a dozen friends, at most. The Kids Are All Right.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

rskurat

Re: it's like Vertu only cheaper

Don't forget kale or quinoa

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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"The real war stories end up in the comments. The article only seems to serve as an air duster to clear the mental cobwebs away."

This is true at several websites I follow: Not Always Right, Clients from Hell, Off the Menu, etc. Not unique to El Reg.

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

rskurat

Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?

Techbros live on takeaway and are baffled by cooking, as it requires the manipulation of physical substances.

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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: Riot outside my front door...

Your neighbors were the Palins, then? Pretty much anywhere counts as rural in Alaska.

I wish the US had ASBOs!

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

rskurat

Re: Not happened to me, but...

Never say "I'll ask her" within range of alexa

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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

rskurat

Re: How much does it all cost?

... as it has been contrived to do. FTFY

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

rskurat

Re: Advertising from mobile 'phones

That's what University is for: getting your own, non-parental mobile and no Mass from August to December.

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Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

rskurat

Re: and to think...

Efficiency is not the goal of any (good) healthcare system, good health is. Staffing for peak load for a time slot means you don't have gurneys in the corridors.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

rskurat

Re: Not quite IT

I hope his job is currently worthless.

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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

rskurat

Re: cellphone, mobile, handy

And Austria is part of Germany, right?

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rskurat

Re: cellphone?

I used to hear "applemac" (one word) from visiting post-docs 20 years ago, hope that's still in use.

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rskurat

Well, the suit did use 'affect' rather than 'impact' so he can't be *entirely* evil. Only 98% evil.

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AI bots suck at marking written essays, not too shabby at old Atari games, and more...

rskurat

sorry, but I have to do this . . . .

It's faze, not phase. Pet peeve of mine, I see this mistake a lot lately.

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Bill Clinton's cyber-attack novel: The airport haxploit-blockbuster you knew it would be

rskurat

wishes indeed

I had the same thought - a man can dream, can't he?

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

rskurat

You've clearly never been an academic scientist. We recently had to phase out Friday evening pizza because $60 per week was too much money. In some departments the Chair will pick up this expense, given that they're making well into the six figures. Our chair is rarely seen, and his career (i.e., personal hype) is more important than the department he governs as an absentee landlord.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: hmm

Demoting those DWP muppets onto Universal Basic Income certainly would save a pile.

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Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'

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I love how the term AI has become the new "Amen" and analytics is now the new "In the name of the Lord." These MBA types must get an email every January 1st titled Glib Gibberish Word Of The Year.

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

rskurat

Re: The problem here...

You may have noticed that our power & status is rapidly declining. I think the separate DNS system is the most likely outcome.

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I don't know how things stand in the UK or in Oz, but non-profits in the US aren't really non-profit anymore: they simply distribute the profits internally as "performance bonuses" and externally as "consultancies."

How do you rob a bank? You run it into the ground, on purpose.

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

rskurat

Re: BS Warning..

precisely: "we take this 'seriously' but he gets a slap on the wrist, nothing to see here" Why don't they just tweet a sad face emoji and save the electrons? In Larry Niven's Inferno PR people are in the Liar's Ring where the sinners' mouths have been replaced with ars**oles so every time the speak they spray shit. Sounds like an apt eternity.

Termination probably would be too strong, but a write-up about policy AS WELL AS a serious lapse of judgment is in order. I don't care if "we're all friends here" this is a workplace.

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UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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Windows

Re: Improvement Through Adversity

The joke alert icon is one of the useful ones there is

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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A family friend found a low-budget solution: prominent BIOHAZARD and DANGER - RADIOACTIVE signs placed round the building at intervals. Only one break-in in 17 years means the thieves around here have excellent vocabularies.

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Overhyping AI doctors, language translation goes open source, and new jobs on the cards

rskurat

Re: @404... Ever get the idea we're doing this all wrong?

I'm sure it's never occurred to these Hype-Meisters to incorporate Pt history into their "models." This isn't about the patients at all, and will probably lead to overdiagnosis and "bioopsies."

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rskurat

Re: Strength of GoogleFu

There was a sweet spot around 15 years ago where search engines were OK but not stellar that trained us to construct searches well. Now my 17-year-old borks searches 'cause he doesn't have the vocabulary & 70-year-old mum borks the results, also 'cause she doesn't have the vocabulary.

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NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

rskurat

Re: "main online transaction processing server"

I'm male and 45kg overweight, and I can assure you I do in fact have tits. I was not offended.

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

rskurat

Re: And that....

My "favorite" Alexa gaffe was when asking about some relatively unusual jewelry, I think it was some amber or turquoise. You would think it's optimized to sell you things, but the first half-dozen replies all had to do with "Jewry." This was shortly after it was first released so I hope they've tweaked the voice recog.

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rskurat

Re: And that....

Hadn't occurred to me, being more stoic than cynic - but perhaps the name Alexa was chosen for precisely that reason?

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

rskurat

Re: Hazard creation - ironies abound

I've had the same trouble. I think the inexpensive ones are one-size-fits-most, and I have eyes like a hammerhead shark.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

rskurat

Re: smoke, try flames

I think I've found my new Twitter tag line

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rskurat

Re: smoke, try flames

so the true meaing of the word Boffin is Idiot?

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rskurat

Re: Don't drive hi-vis either.

When I was a teenager my Dad had a Crown Vic, no spotlights or anything, but it was hilarious watching the cars in front of me scatter like mice when they saw the distinctive profile in their rear-view.

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rskurat

Re: IBM 4019

That's a big western - 2D gels?

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Re: Had the fire brigade called to a five star hotel, in Malta....

"Open the Bagel Bay doors, please, HAL"

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave"

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

rskurat

Re: Genuine Senior Management Quote

And the lost time/efficiency, no doubt, was never figured into the calculations. I need to get an MBA, almost as effective as a lobotomy.

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

rskurat

Re: USPS "will mail a letter validating the move to the original address"

Every time I've moved I've gotten a letter informing me of the address change at my old address. It may be that the post office dislikes you personally.

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rskurat

Re: more secure online I guess

right, they still have the option of a paper form at the PO, no ID required.

There are a surprisingly large number of people who have neither a credit card nor an ID. Most are elderly or living off the grid, willingly or unwillingly.

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rskurat

USPS wasn't involved. UPS doesn't read its own mail.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

rskurat

It's the good roads caveat that's going to be a big issue where I am: what with construction, bizarre AD 17NN intersections, and a not-quite-one-to-one correspondence of road to Google Maps, these cars will have meltdowns on a regular basis. Phoenix, Los Angeles, even New York maybe, but not New England.

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rskurat

Re: Wetware Drivers Are not Perfect Either

It's the test pilot that makes no sense. He's supposed to be backup for precisely this situation. And failed spectacularly.

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rskurat

Re: For God's sake, why?

The first few wrongful death lawsuits will be interesting. Are they going to charge the software with Vehicular Manslaughter? "Build 2231 got five years, the poor guy"

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Heir to SMS finally excites carriers, by making Google grovel

rskurat

Re: What did you say?

I hate the word "pivot" because it tries to make a panic-stricken company sound nimble & clever, but regarding Blackberry & Microsoft? Elephants don't pivot very well.

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Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

rskurat

implicit price-fixing

When companies fix prices or collude to set wages (explicitly) they're usually caught, eventually. But when Wall St or The City runs the show, the race to the bottom begins. And at the bottom is the captive market in labor. In my area there's a closely held supermarket chain that has low employee turnover, low prices, and hasn't posted a loss in 40 years.

There are several different "business senses," and the ones that consider intangibles (morale, customer loyalty, etc) are better. But they won't get a Fund Manager a bigger bonus and he doesn't actually care about the business at all.

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rskurat

Re: About damn time

You know someone really means it when instead of using the Caps Lock they take the trouble to hold down the shift key.

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

rskurat

Re: Protectionism...

never have, never will. Some of us value things other than money.

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Cash-sprinkler Softbank and Alphabet hand over $1.9bn to Manbang

rskurat

They merged a few years ago, it's called Grindr.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

rskurat

Having multiple meetings with their press officer and PR types hired especially for the purpose at great expense, which will be buried in the budget under a line marked "contingency."

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rskurat

usually the elected officials fire a few bureaucrats & claim the problem has been solved. Does Canada have UK-style libel/slander laws? Revenge, if possible, is sweet.

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Re: @Ole Juul

If there's anything the last couple years have shown, it's that government & police don't know squat about IT, and IT doesn't know anything about (or circumvents) law.

They'll be blaming the contractor next, and once he's been thrown under the bus, probably one or two plods.

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

rskurat

Re: We are currently experiencing large volumes of customers

no, the planning is as required my management. So is the lying.

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