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Also, this was via live chat. They were then surprised when I disconnected.

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I noticed that my monitor "pings" quite a lot when it warms up/cools down. Contacted Samsung support to check whether this is normal - they told me to turn my PC off and on again 🤦‍♂️

Even weirder, it looks like the corruption is being compressed suggesting it's being corrupted pre-encode. Have YouTube been reencoding all their content lately and something broke? Have the originals been corrupted?

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Video corruption, naked mechanical keyboards 

Has anyone else noticed that some youtube videos are slightly corrupted? It's across multiple channels, multiple encodings.

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When AI sees a man, it thinks “official.” A woman? “Smile”

Men often judge women by their appearance. Turns out, computers do too.

Oh, comme c'est bizarre. Les programmes sont à l'image de leurs programmeurs...

Eco-guilting users into not using technology isn't the right answer. Building technology that is efficient and genuinely sustainable is.

A kid getting this for Christmas would be today's equivilent of my Grandad giving me my first Amiga 1200. It even costs about the same!

Congratulations everyone, we have irradiated chin flu! Maybe we should give COVID a go now ?

AI racial biases 

Turns out that AI being racist isn't just a theoretical problem who'd have thought it. Oh, wait, loads of people.

Conspiracy: the reason the RTX 3080 went out of stock instantly is that there is a superhuman level AGI that is either in the phase of resource acquisition or is a gatekeeper AI that’s trying to prevent another AGI from being developed.

Currently amused at the irate people on Birdsite accusing PC component retailers of “price gouging” when they raise the prices on their RTX 3080 when it flies off the shelves. At what point did a high end graphics card become a necessity? Nobody is forcing you to buy it - and you don’t need it to live. If the price is too high, don’t buy it.

I got a bit worked up about the scary mini industry of unofficial "data migration" tools for WhatsApp data from Android to iOS so I blogged about it (because that's what noughties kids do when they get angry)

There are several YouTube channels that have posted “tutorials” - sometimes several - showing you how to use these apps. They must be getting a commission for this surely. And the apps aren’t cheap! $29.99 per year for one! To move your data!

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Turns out that the inability to transfer WhatsApp chat history between android and iPhone has spawned a super weird, shady, potentially unethical market in third party “transfer” apps being marketed HARD on YouTube. It’s really interesting because that app would have access to all of your chat history, which is probably the most sensitive data most people have! And yet it appears all over the Internet people are trusting these apps with it without thinking

Just got a Google Nest Mini and I have to say, the sound quality is incredible for the size. Blows the echo dot out the water...

I've been informed that this is likely because the driver doesn't have great line of sight to the signal from that position due to the curved platform, so the DRA is particularly important here

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So, whilst I support the message of Visa's "shop local" campaign, I can't help but notice that small businesses pay much higher transaction fees than big ones - so it's entirely rooted in self interest. Plus it's easier to endorse an unknown quantity of "local" businesses without I'll effect, rather than one of your big customers.

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The small pieces of plastic (reminder appliances) which go over buttons on NX panels have laws attached to them. Failing to put them over certain buttons at certain times leaves a signaller open to prosecution should there be an accident as a result. These are very important pieces of plastic.

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