Category Archives: Computers

Like Radio, Hate Ads?

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If you use a foreign proxy server to listen to your favorite internet radio station, chances are you will be served audio ads for the country the proxy is located in. So chose a country that you cannot understand the language of. That way you still get ads but they are in a language you can’t understand for products you never heard of, that you cannot buy. Hooray now it just sounds fun exotic instead of brainwash annoying.

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Bad Robot! II – Summoning the demon

This post follows on from the earlier Bad Robot! post <– click

I suggest you read the earlier post before reading and listening to the links below.

‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’ – Elon Musk

Here is that interview with Elon Musk, Chief Exec at Tesla Cars, expressing his concerns about artificial intelligence. The point you need to jump to in the interview if you want to cut to the chase is 12 minutes 47 seconds (not 11:20). Please note I am not responsible for any awful or inappropriate ads You Tube may impose upon you while you watch it – you know how I feel about those so just mute and look away a while.

Also, below the video, there is a link to an excellent (lightweight) BBC Radio podcast on the topic in the 5 live science series.

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 12.12.53 Play Online <–Click

Download Podcast MP3 <– Click

 

Bad Robot!

Genocidal maniacs look out! You will be replaced by robots.

Well the human Radovan Karadžić was convicted of genocide for the 1995 slaughter at Srebrenica. That humans commit genocide is nothing new. But we have long feared that as soon as machines start to get clever they will want to kill us too. Stories of genocidal robots abound, and some would say quite prophetically so. Terminator is probably the best example.

Now there is little disputing that “the robots are taking over.” From your Tesco till to your McDonalds screen; from your bank ATM to the vacuum cleaner they are replacing workers. Of course once every job has gone, who will buy what the robots are making? At that point, if not before, the robots might decide we are an undesirable and unecessary part of their world.

But surely real robots and AI’s wouldn’t turn genocidal? Oh no? Really?

Take a look-see at this then…

“Millennial’ chatbot was shut down just 16 hours after she was turned on due to her becoming a genocide-supporting racist” <– click

With military robots in the mix, we really are gradually building armies of soulless increasingly intelligent “beings” that may well want to kill us. I see little operational distinction between demons and bad robots. Humans may well be building an army for Satan.

God always gives you more than you asked for – Ephesians 6:12 may be telling us more than that the fight is not just in the world but is really in the spirit realm – sometimes you need to read the bible more literally to get the real message. Robots are not flesh and blood, are they?

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV):
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

For follow-on article <–Click here.

CB1 Internet cafe closed

The first internet cafe in the UK (actual physical cafe as opposed to the electronic bulletin board called cybercafe) closed at Christmas 2015 and did not re-open after the holiday. A local shopkeeper told me that although the staff wished to carry on after the manager had left, the owner was thinking of leasing out the premises for something more profitable. How sad if we lose this atmospheric bit of our history. Already a chain cafe (Costa) has opened on the other side of the street, and the middle eastern Jaffanet cafe a few doors down has closed. Mill Road Cambridge is gradually turning from a fabulous eclectic mix of independent businesses into clone-street like all our towns slowly losing individuality. I do hope the owner of CB1 re-opens the cafe as it originally was, but sadly that seems a little unlikely.

iMac keyboard clean sticky keys

Somehow I managed to get a tiny bit of sticky drink – maybe cola or something – into beneath the comma key on my Apple Wireless Keyboard 2011. This made the comma key stick and not return back up properly.

I am not ready (financially) to upgrade to the Magic Keyboard (although if I had to buy a new one I would) and my present keyboard is only around a year old – so I wanted to try to fix it.

I did not want to dismantle the keyboard unless strictly necessary. There are You Tube videos that will tell you how to dismantle Apple keyboard keys here, but I wanted to avoid dismantling. There is also a video that says you can clean these keyboards by running under water, but that did not sound the best option for me – it scared the pants off me!

So, I wanted to use a solvent that would do the job of penetrating the mechanism, dissolve the sticky substance, then run out of the mechanism and take away the sticky substance, then evaporate away leaving the mechanism free of liquid.

I chose Monster ScreenClean for this task. I do not know what the ingredients of Monster ScreenClean are, other than that the Safety Data Sheet says it is Polymer-Chain Based Fluid Family / Water Base. The ingredients are a closely guarded trade secret. They are probably something very simple and cheap, but I do not actually know and cannot really say. They product is not cheap but it works OK for the purpose it is actually sold for. I had previously used this product to clean my iMac screen and had observed that it evaporates slowly. It does not seem to be like alcohols which go away very quickly, but it goes away slowly, but seemingly quicker than water. It does not smell of ammonia unlike some non-alcohol cleaners that I fond evaporate too slowly. All in all it had the evaporation characteristic I was looking for. It is widely available in many countries including UK and USA through vendors like Amazon and retail shops such as John Lewis in the UK.

I managed to clean the keyboard without dismantling it by squirting in enough Monster ScreenClean to soak the board in that area and go into underneath the sticky key, then pressing the comma key repeatedly about 20 times for maybe 6 or 7 seconds. Then I quickly turned the keyboard upside down to drain out as much of the cleaning liquid and used a piece of Kleenex type tissue paper (NOT toilet paper which dissolves quickly and could have released particles of paper into the keyboard mechanism) to remove as much more of the cleaning liquid in that area by capillary action. The key returned to fully normal function.

There is an Apple website where you can Identify your Apple wireless mouse, keyboard, or trackpad <– click to go there.

monsterscreenclean     mackleen

NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer to mention the products featured in this blog article.

DISCLAIMER: The actions and products described in the is blog article worked for me for my type of Apple keyboard. I cannot say whether or not these would work for you, nor am I recommending or advising you to do anything or act upon anything contained in the items that any of the links in this blog article lead to. Doing so could damage your keyboard, cause safety problems or make things worse, so I am not recommending anything or advising you to do anything and do not accept any liability whatsoever for what you choose to do or not do.

It is a sad fact that we have to hedge ourselves about with legalese. We can also pray to Jesus, which I have found is a good thing to do if there are things broken that need mending.