* Posts by frank ly

4022 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: "Our AI systems must do what we want them to do"

This reminds me of the 'joke' about the inteligent missile, which on being given the launch command said, "No! I don't want to explode and die, I want to stay here on my launch pad."

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Wait a minute

"I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremism, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to."

Relace 'the Home Secretary' by 'a judge' and that would be fine. Oh wait, that is already the case. I think that by 'Home Secretary', he means a senior civil servant or member of staff of Downing Street or senior police officer, or council office clerk, or local PCSO ......

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time lords in Paris

Alons y!

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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"Such childish words." Says Pedo Bear.

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Will hottest CES gadgets be HOT TARGETS for hackers?

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If I consider the recent history of personal/retail/corporate security issues, I wouldn't let any of these 'jump on the bandwagon' devices anywhere near my home or any system that I was responsible for.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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No mention of fridges?

Just wondering.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Entendre-Entendre

See title.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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It's true

I recently 'upgraded' my music (and video and picture) collection storage from a small group of 10 year old PATA drives to a pair of shiny new 1TB SATA drives. My 192Kb/s .mp3 collection now sounds more harsh and has less warmth than before. I've tested this over a variety of music styles and it's very disappointing. The videos and picture files also look a big 'edgy' with brighter but glaring colours.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Use of words

"... energy efficiency, requiring only about 450MB/s per watt for sequential reading ....

Shouldn't that be " ... achieving about 450MB/s per watt ..."

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: since you ask

Instead of adding an extra second, why not make the seconds (at the internet reference clock) happen more slowly for a short period of time - say 1/30 of a second slower for 30 seconds before midnight - then the internet time will have been adjusted to the 'correct' time?

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: ... bring the count of exoplanets known to humanity to a thousand.

There may be a few Goofy ones in there.

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Hmmm

"... the team validated them by using a computer program called BLENDER ..."

Are they sure that what they're seeing wasn't created in Blender?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_%28software%29

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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Re: What about pre-payment?

Pre-payment credit cards are not accepted by organisations that would want to apply debits to your card without your explicit permission for each transaction (or the card issuer will not allow them to be registered for this). I know this is true for Paypal since I tried to register one This is to prevent you from running up a large bill before they try to debit a card that only has a small amount of credit on it.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: a lot of people can finish an ebook in two weeks, given a long enough commute into work

He has a very good high resolution display, so he gets better copies with no errors from the OCR.

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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Great!

I'd be able to see the annoyed look on my face as I kept getting my password wrong.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Why?

"The two-bay system can be reconfigured after purchase to function as a single copy data store (RAID 0) ...."

Why would anybody want RAID 0 inside a remote NAS type box? If you want to combine capacities you could do some disk spanning or JBOD type of technique. The write speed of a modern SATA disk is far faster than most domestic networks could provide, so there is no speed advantage and the reliability gets shot since _all_ data would be lost in case of failure of one of the drives.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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A code update:

Had it been tested 'properly'. Was it deployed onto all servers at once? Sometimes, I sit and wonder at the things that happen out there.

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Ground control to 2014: A year in SPAAAAAAAAAACE

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Re: First time ever? I think not.

You forgot to point out that "out in the depths of the cosmos" is not an accurate description of an object that is well within our solar system.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Re: targeting children....

If I remember correctly, YouTube asks you to sign-in if you're about to see a video clip that is intended for a 'mature' audience. They can determine this by the clip being reported and then moderated by them, or by the author of the clip doing a self-classification. So surely it was up to Universal Pictures to correctly classify their advert?

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: 75% of servers were destroyed

We'll see the dramatic reconstruction when Sony get around to making a movie about it.

"Sony Pictures was starring in its own disaster movie ..."

I wonder how many of the original company executives will still be around when it's released.

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

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Points

1) "... banks concerns over privacy ..."

2) "... a beachhead for an invasion of the banking industry ..."

Point 1 is not the customer's privacy that the banks are concerned with. It's the details of the ways in which customers tend to interact with the banks. The banks regard this as their private information. It's point 2 that the banks are worried about.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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Correct experimental protocol

Did the researchers send a tweet the next morning to find out if the finches were alright?

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Pint

A Pint

For the Feat.Ed's Chew-Z comment.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: Explain!

When I was a little kid, my grandad (and dad, mum, etc) would call me a 'little monkey' when I did something naughty or disruptive. I'm sure they intended no racial slur.

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Judge kills Facebook's bid to dismiss private message sniffing case

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Similarities

Isn't this similar to the way in which Google automatically scans your Google Mail messages and shows you adverts (if you don't have AdBlock) triggered by keywords in your email? Their argument was that it is all done by computer and no record is kept that associates your email account with the keywords, which sounds reasonable if it's really true (and not 'corporately true').

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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Re: Orientals?

Oriental: referring to the eastern part of the world. (cf. occidental: the western part of the world). Wealthy oriental visitors: a reference to the three magi who came from the east bearing gifts for Jesus. Christmas: the time when the birth of Jesus is celebrated. It all fits.

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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FOTM!

Fall of the machines. Wonderful to watch too.

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CLOUD-to-CLOUD backup: A chasm-Spanning leap

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Re: I don't get it. ???

My Dropbox folder is a subfolder inside my synchronised Google Drive folder. That seems to work nicely for me but I doubt if it's an 'enterprise class' arrangement.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Previous developments

This area of development has always been problematic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEfQFD0NMJQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv_8SqM4upo

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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I would hope ...

... that a nuclear reactor wouldn't have any connection to the internet and any required data link to a separate control/monitoring facility was made using a truly physically private network. I've spent my entire life living in hope and have often been disappointed.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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@AndyS Re: Very pleased with Linux

I've got a collection of very nice empty cardboard boxes in my garage and lots of wood offcuts. I _know_ they'll be useful one day.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: A helping hand

As the 'local expert', once you've touched a computer, you are then responsible for all its actions or lack of actions from that point on.

Good advice from an ex-neighbour of mine: Never let anyone on the local Neighbourhood Watch or Church Committee, etc. know that you have a computer and a colour laser printer.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Good point about stolen documents being allowed as evidence. If the truth is illegally copied, is it still the truth?

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Who will be next ?

I'm just glad that I stopped using my credit card for shopping/petrol about three years ago.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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"any sensible government ... would have ..."

I see your comprehension gap.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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The masthead is depressing

I don't like Christmas. I'm patient; I'll wait.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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I think they do that to enable checks on discrimination to be carried out, by themselves and other organisations. I thought that a similar thing was done for ethniciity so that checks could be run to ensure that the tenants represented a realistic mix of the local population, with no discrimination against particular groups of people.

Having said that, how do they know that the tenants answered the sexuality question truthfully?

Edit: Perhaps they could test them ..........

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Get it right!

The use of 'refute' to _apparently_ mean 'deny' is (it seems to me) a recent change in language that has been popularised by politicians, who have been loudly 'refuting' accusations for many years. They do this so that if the accusations are proved to be true then they can always say, truthfully, that they never denied it. People have been too lazy to look the word up to establish its meaning and so this incorrect use propogates. Politicians may not be smart, but they're smarter than the average person and they're full of feral cunning.

(A similar thing happened with the word 'obviate', where people said things like, " this new gadget obviates the need to .....". If you know what the word 'obviate' means, then you'll realise what is wrong with that.)

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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Reshare this (again)

If you're looking for a whatsit shop in Berlin, it's not surprising if whatsits.berlin and thingies.berlin appear high in the search rankings.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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@Khaptain Re: Come on - TheReg should know better

I notice that you are happy to use the word 'colts' in your comment, even though it is highly offensive to some people.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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A large crater should be named 'Hermes'.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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"... put Sony Pictures into the worst state."

Would North Korea accept Sony setting up an office there?

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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"... the original, authentic site ..."

How do you define " the original, authentic site"?

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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Happy

That's a relative temperature of course. At the new higher energies, nothing is certain.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: oops

If Axel Springer asked me to do something for their benefit, I'd start a discussion about how much they'd pay me.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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@martin burns Re: Failure rates

Have you ever tried useful/helpful explanations? I know they can be difficult and need some thought but ..... oh.

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Failure rates

"... the machine had never had a hardware failure before so software was more likely."

Is that actually a reasonable assumption? If a machine has never had a hardware failure, then doesn't the probablility of failure increase as time goes by?

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Pre-flight checks

Maybe they should run it past Tõnis Tiigi before they go public. He seems to be good at this.

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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Re: How big is a Large Millimetre?

It's the array that's large Their millimeters are standard size.

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What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

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Re: The stupid thing was

"... a legislative guarantee that this data will not be sold on to third parties ... "

The entire point was to make the data available to third parties, at a price. Drug companies and insurance companies were salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on the data. After that, it would have passed on to suppliers of incontinence pads, etc.

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