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    • in reply to: Intel rebrands #2568063

      I guess you could say that Intel is keeping an “i” out for us.

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    • in reply to: No NumLock key? Problem solved! Here’s the fix. #2561163

      I’ve been using WinCompose (https://github.com/samhocevar/wincompose), which has many intuitive features, both portable and installer modes, and an assignable compose key (default is the right <Alt> key).  However, this looks like it might be easier to use, especially as I am familiar with AutoHotKey — thanks, Brian!

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    • in reply to: All in on AI #2559745

      I use Edge for testing and for having another option when having issues with specific web pages or links.  I have set Edge up so everything (or so Micro$oft says) is deleted when I close it–browsing history, download history, cookies, cached files, passwords, autofill, site permissions, all data from the previous version, media foundation data–for “All time”.  I also turn off all the services (especially the “follow creators” BS), “diagnostic” data,  and everything that looks like it might be related to telemetry.

      No doubt there’s a back door somewhere that allows M$ to eavesdrop, but I feel a little better using it this way.

    • in reply to: The right to be sued #2557785

      Thank you, Max Stul Oppenheimer for another stimulating article.  As he states at the end:

      … Imposing liability for damaging falsehoods might be the incentive required to build more reliable AIEs.
      Sometimes responsibility is a good thing.

      Along similar lines, lawyers for public (and various) figures are claiming that any evidence against their clients could have been faked through AI.  NPR has a good article about this trend.  Elon Musk & Tesla are being sued by the family of a man who died while using the self-driving feature of his Tesla.  Video evidence shows Musk saying that autonomous self-driving is safer than driving the car yourself.  According to the judge in Huang v. Tesla Inc., 19CV346663:

      “What Tesla is contending is deeply troubling to the Court…Their position is that because Mr. Musk is famous and might be more of a target for deep fakes, his public statements are immune… In other words, Mr. Musk, and others in his position, can simply say whatever they like in the public domain, then hide behind the potential for their recorded statements being a deep fake to avoid taking ownership of what they did actually say and do.”

      This also means that anyone who can afford the lawyers, can use the deepfake defense to drag out proceedings and make it impossible for a not-rich individual to win a lawsuit, since trying to get to the bottom of such garbage will be prohibitively costly.  Perhaps the answer here, too, is to impose liabilities.

      What a virtual can of virtual worms is this thing called AI!  This seems to be true for all its aspects.  For example, medical companies say brave new medicines can be designed more easily with AI.  But, so can biological and chemical weapons… and on and on.

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    • Same here!  It has all the features I need (and more) and it’s free, with no nag screens or ads.

    • in reply to: Opal — Now I need a nap #2551335

      Thanks, Deanna, for another great suggestion!

      I only wish this were available for Android.  My phone is my alarm clock, and it would great to program sounds for falling asleep, with this amount of detail and control.

    • in reply to: The Three Laws of Robotics #2551332

      Here is a different perspective on responsibility & morals as it pertains to AI, and how it will probably be affecting us in the very near term:

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    • in reply to: Your call is very important — to you #2551314

      The FTC commissioners are not unanimous in their support for the proposal. A dissenting statement argues that the proposal goes too far… The dissent quarrels, not with the seriousness of those problems, but with the scope of the FTC’s authority. In Commissioner Christine Wilson’s dissenting view, the transaction’s terms extend only to the terms by which the transaction is entered and by which it may be terminated — all else is “marketing.”

      Not very surprising, given that Christine Wilson is an anti-regulation Republican appointed to the FTC by Donald Trump. She believes that competition, not regulation, is the best protection for consumers.  Hah! Who is she kidding?  The current situation, where consumers are tricked into subscribing to a service, publication, or product, and are then unable to unsubscribe without paying penalties in time and/or money, is a direct result of competition without regulation. As Max Stul Oppenheimer notes, the FTC proposal is very limited and covers only negative options marketing, yet represents a “big step forward.”

      Some good news: Christine Wilson’s term was to run to 2025, but she submitted a letter of resignation on March 2, and quit the FTC on March 31, 2023 to protest against the actions of FTC chairperson Lina Khan and the Biden administration.

      So perhaps the proposal has a chance. I feel it doesn’t go far enough. If some feel that the FTC should not have powers to prosecute corporations, I suggest they can use a carrot instead of a stick. They should reward companies that practice transparency, by creating a “Certified by the FTC” sticker or category that companies can put on their products or services.

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    • in reply to: Finding a good keyboard #2549813

      I’ve just discovered this thread, and surprised no one mentioned Matias. I use a Matias Pro 4, and OK their keyboards are not cheap, but I can see mine lasting 20+ years, no problem.

      Thank you, thank you, @<span class=”bbp-author-name”>WSbxcfilm</span>!  I work on sit-stand hardware, and the ones I use have pretty small spaces for the keyboard & mouse.  My solution has been to get tenkeyless keyboards, but the only decent mechanical ones I’ve found are for gaming.  I’ve never heard of Matias (https://www.matias.ca/products/); they have a gamut of mechanical keyboards, including “quiet” tactile versions, and several tenkeyless-type designs.  I’m going to try one out.  And they’re made in Canada!  What could be better?

    • in reply to: What’s wrong with OneNote — and what you can fix #2547446

      Thanks for the informative article, and the tip about the Onetastic addin!

    • in reply to: You’re fired if you don’t know how to use GPT-4 #2547156

      According to OpenAI’s report, GPT-4 did better than 90% of human test-takers on the US Uniform Bar Exam. It outscored 93% of them on the college-admission test known as SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (EBRW).

      I’m not surprised.  I have worked in a university setting in one job or another for over 40 years, and conclude that the writing skills of college students have significantly deteriorated.  I notice that current students are used to talking to their devices, not writing on them.  When searching for information to learn skills, most prefer to view a video rather than read text (of course, this might be the wise choice, since most people seem unable to write useful instructions).  Is it so unexpected that a machine has better writing skills?  Research shows that writing and speaking are supported by quasi-independent parts of the brain.  To use a simple metaphor, the writing “muscle” for most people needs to be exercised more.

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    • in reply to: Tooling around with laptops and other useful gear #2544065

      For working on laptops, tablets, phones, etc., I use the Pro Tech Toolkit from iFixit. It has a lifetime guarantee: “If something breaks, we’ll replace it—for as long as you own the toolkit.” Pricey, but excellent quality. I decided I should pay them back for all their videos I’ve watched over the years. They have a myriad teardowns and repair guides, often for the specific model I’m working on.

      For USB-A/B/C external drive enclosures and adapters, my go-to vendor is Other World Computing. They started out as a Mac shop (you can tell from their URL), and have been around a LONG time. The quality of the hardware they sell is very good, as is the customer support. They have started to sell their stuff on Amazon, which is really convenient if you know what you want and have a Prime account.

    • in reply to: How to set up a local account in any edition of Windows 11 #2525049

      Not only cart-before-the-horse, but also a security issue.  I don’t like having a network connection open before I can set up my firewall and anti-malware software!

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    • in reply to: Microsoft Insider: Pros, and the many cons #2503652

      I wrote an article abut three methods of killing Clippy back in 1999; it was described as “There’s no better homicidal how-to on the Web.”

      That reminds of one of my favorite “Wait, wait, don’t tell me” radio episodes, the famous “Clippy must die” exchange, where Clippy is taken for a ride in a car:
      (the part you want starts about 2 minutes into the youtube audio)

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    • in reply to: How to get out of Windows’ Automatic Repair loop #2487144

      Thanks @Randy McElveen!  Your columns are insightful and an educational experience for me.

      I have a question.  Is there any particular reason you do the “chkdsk /r” repair first, and then the “chkdsk /f” repair?  I’ve always done it the other way ’round. My rationale is that if the issue is only with the logical file structure, I’ll be up and running much more quickly.  If the “/f” switch scenario takes a lot of time, and/or a bunch of errors are found and can’t be fixed, then I would run the “/r” switch.  I am curious to know if I’ve been doing it in the wrong order and the reason(s) why.

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