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I'm going through my list of possible answers. Humorous, serious, philosophical, ...
It's hard to even talk about consciousness in a system containing both humans and machines, and hard to grade consciousness of an algorithm. Furthermore, consciousness is not required for evolution.
I don't think the machines are particularly conscious in this area. They are just minimizing a cost function, that is minimized if people can be supplied with a smaller number of sizes of clothing, fewer music choices, fewer retail options, etc. Sure it sucks for a few people if they cannot find the extra-large, extra-tall or whatever unusual size they need in the store, but what matters is minimization of cost. In the long run, these people will look silly in clothes, so they won't attract mates, won't reproduce, and will be removed from the gene pool until we are all of uniform size.
How lovely it will be when all humans fit into airplane seats without complaining.
In case you haven't guessed, for the whole conversation.
My cohort has created some reports and datasets in SSRS 2016 on her computer and asked me to post them on the server. No problem, we've done this many times with SSRS 2012/14, piece of cake...except it's never that easy is it?
Uploading the datasets worked fine, but all three reports fail with an error (something about compiling expressions) that it can't find a file from the temp folder. ...in each case, the file extension is .vb!
Her suggestion is for me to send screenshots so that she can find the missing temp files on her laptop and assuming they are still there, send them to me so I can put them in the server temp folder and get the reports loaded. Oh well, here goes nothing...
Btw, googling for the error doesn't show too many results. Is everyone staying on 2014? Also, yes, I already tried rebooting!
We use SSRS here, and I can't say I've ever seen that error. It sounds more like your SSRS server is borked, if it can't compile the expressions in the report. Or, perhaps that the reports are written for a newer version of SSRS than you have on your report server, and the report is using some operator or function the server doesn't recognize. (Remember, MS error messages are disingenuous at best, and outright lies at worst...)
To answer your primary question though, yeah, SRRS uses VB. A quick look at the expression editor makes it pretty obvious (the Operators->Logical/Bitwise list is 'And', 'Not', 'Or', etc, instead of '&&', '!', '||', and so on...)
Best of luck resolving your issue. In my experience, SSRS can be a bit of an elephant to get fixed when it decides it doesn't want to work properly...
So, we are currently staying in the camper at my mother-in-laws while visiting her; her house isn't big enough for everyone.
Last night, something scared a skunk as it passed by and the skunk sprayed. We woke up about 3:00 AM and starting shutting windows to lessen the effect on us; it mitigated it, but didn't stop it.
About an hour later, nature called; I was able to leave the camper and find a handy tree.
My wife, however, chose to wait until full daylight when she could go into the house safely to use the facilities.
Now is it bad enough that you let somebody else kick your butts without you trying to do it to each other? Now if we're all talking about the same man, and I think we are... it appears he's got a rather growing collection of our bikes.