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Forum: Science 18 May 2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By Richard W
It depends whether the ice was already floating...

It depends whether the ice was already floating or not...if it falls off a glacier (over land) into the sea then the level goes up whether it melts or not, because of the displacement caused by the...
Forum: SLC 15 May 2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 449
Views: 33,506
Posted By Richard W
More of an odd thing I heard yesterday, while out...

More of an odd thing I heard yesterday, while out for a walk along the Thames. A young couple went past and the woman was telling an anecdote:

"And then it just shed its skin! Its skin split and...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 15 May 2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 859
Views: 124,357
Posted By Richard W
Not doing well this week! 1. I play enough...

Not doing well this week!

1. I play enough games that I should surely know this... er... the famous 1932 Hartford Leatherworks, makers of the PsychoKiller Sneakers I - IV series? Does the "soft"...
Forum: Rantidote 13 May 2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 814
Views: 259,330
Posted By Richard W
Which is great if the people who might be...

Which is great if the people who might be contacting you actually use those means of communication...
Forum: Rantidote 13 May 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 473
Views: 33,073
Posted By Richard W
In the EU referendum in the UK they deliberately...

In the EU referendum in the UK they deliberately excluded UK citizens who couldn't provide a registered address in the country in the last X years, even though UK citizens living abroad in the EU are...
Forum: Rantidote 13 May 2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 814
Views: 259,330
Posted By Richard W
I use mine as an alarm, but all those other...

I use mine as an alarm, but all those other notifications used to really annoy me as well (far more than the alarm) until I realised there was a "do not disturb" mode, and you can also set most of...
Forum: SLC 13 May 2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 908
Views: 61,202
Posted By Richard W
Well it certainly would be, except I scoped out...

Well it certainly would be, except I scoped out some prices for the spec I'd want as a replacement and it's £500 - £600 that I don't want to spend at the moment! A few weeks ago when I was having...
Forum: SLC 12 May 2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 908
Views: 61,202
Posted By Richard W
I'm not sure there's a way to disable the whole...

I'm not sure there's a way to disable the whole keyboard, but I just chose the option to disable the trackpad when another mouse / "pointing device" is plugged in, so I'll find out if that helps next...
Forum: SLC 12 May 2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 908
Views: 61,202
Posted By Richard W
Ha ha, it turns out that whatever's messing up...

Ha ha, it turns out that whatever's messing up the input in the password box also makes the buttons you're talking about unresponsive to clicks - unless that's just that the computer is taking five...
Forum: SLC 11 May 2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 908
Views: 61,202
Posted By Richard W
Ah, OK. Thanks. I hadn't noticed anything wrong...

Ah, OK. Thanks. I hadn't noticed anything wrong with the touchpad (I don't generally use it) but if that's something that behaves differently before logging in, then it could easily be affecting the...
Forum: SLC 11 May 2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 908
Views: 61,202
Posted By Richard W
This is a stupid question, I suppose, but needs...

This is a stupid question, I suppose, but needs some background... As I mentioned a while ago, I spilled something on my laptop keyboard which messed up the keyboard itself, so I've been using a...
Forum: SLC 11 May 2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 553
Views: 41,729
Posted By Richard W
(edited) I have no idea why I thought I was in...

(edited) I have no idea why I thought I was in stupid questions! Must have clicked the wrong link...
Forum: Rantidote 11 May 2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 662
Views: 45,976
Posted By Richard W
And yet you're doing so, so your manager might...

And yet you're doing so, so your manager might not be finding that message as clear as you think it is...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 11:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
When you ring a restaurant to make a booking, you...

When you ring a restaurant to make a booking, you ask them to agree to your terms and conditions?

As far as the new Turing test goes, today's SMBC cartoon is relevant:
...
Forum: Rantidote 10 May 2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 662
Views: 45,976
Posted By Richard W
Have you tried, "Yes madam, I know you're a...

Have you tried, "Yes madam, I know you're a privileged client and so you deserve to speak only to the owner - I'll call them now! Please wait here and I'm sure they'll deal with all your requests"?...
Forum: Business Bytes 10 May 2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 18,658
Posted By Richard W
Yes, there must be some people doing it properly....

Yes, there must be some people doing it properly. The reason that Uber and Tesla are the subjects of so much of the conversation is that they're the ones who are pushing it all out onto the roads...
Forum: Business Bytes 10 May 2018, 10:54 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 18,658
Posted By Richard W
Absolutely - you've put it more clearly than I've...

Absolutely - you've put it more clearly than I've managed to do, or seen before.

It's the same error that pseudo-scientists make when testing their "theories". It seems they've only been testing...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
Maybe this is the new Turing test - not whether...

Maybe this is the new Turing test - not whether or not you think you're talking to a real person, but whether or not you think you have a legally binding agreement with the thing you're talking to...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 10:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
That's not much more of an ethical violation than...

That's not much more of an ethical violation than any other automation technology. But on the other hand, I know exactly what you mean.

People often complain about "Luddites" objecting to...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
Yes, exactly. I really don't know why ChasFink...

Yes, exactly. I really don't know why ChasFink thinks that a human is less likely to make that mistake than an AI. I had to look up the Toronto airports to find out what he meant, and one of them...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
Ooh, I think I see a job opening! I'm going to...

Ooh, I think I see a job opening! I'm going to start selling things, and on the side I'll set up an agency for surrogate bidders in auctions. Then I'll get my bidders to bid way over the odds on...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
Even on the basic level of the robot needing to...

Even on the basic level of the robot needing to get a human to call back, that's still potentially doubling the number of calls that the human operator needs to take (assuming the worst case in which...
Forum: Techno-Babble 10 May 2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,557
Posted By Richard W
I did wonder how the robot communicated the...

I did wonder how the robot communicated the results of its call back to its "owner" afterwards. (If the owner has to listen to the whole call, it negates the point; reading a transcript might be...
Forum: Business Bytes 08 May 2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 18,658
Posted By Richard W
Uberís self-driving car saw the pedestrian but didnít swerve Ė report

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/may/08/ubers-self-driving-car-saw-the-pedestrian-but-didnt-swerve-report



Aha, this refers to the study I was talking about earlier, even though the...
Forum: Business 08 May 2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,442
Posted By Richard W
Yes, that one - I put it in the books thread. I...

Yes, that one - I put it in the books thread. I really liked it too. But don't believe what she says about beer - real ale is not the same thing as craft beer, and CAMRA had succeeded in reviving...
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