* Posts by John Smith 19

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Big Pharma's trying to kill us, says man with literally millions to lose

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good looking blond x psycopathic levels of self confidence x gullible investors --> trouble.

If that sounds superficial would this have gone anywhere if proposed by some 5'4" 200lb male undergrad instead? I rather doubt it.

Instead she drops out and starts a company.

Turns out engineering stuff is harder than writing code, or learning to write code for that matter. Hence a decade later still no product, just a service.

The idea is clever (multiple tests using nanolitre sized blood samples) but implementing stuff like this is hard. Blood is just nasty stuff to handle, starting with it being a mix of multiple liquids and solids.

The loop hole in the law has stopped close examination of their hardware but personally if I were an investor or a medical care provider I would not touch them with a barge pole.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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"Believe them and...well you won't be getting what you expected."

A subject British leave voters are starting to realize as well.

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US Senator Wyden: Why I had to halt FBI's latest internet spying push

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"National Security Letters"

So how many of those cases where an NSL was issued really related to National Security?

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"The only way to deal with this is to cut their budget or develop better security for the people. "

Didn't you realize, this is always about "protecting" the public, never about letting lazy investigators go on fishing trips.

It's all for your benefit.

Allegedly.

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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I've read the paper.

There is no reference to it running on a Raspberry Pi.The learning system runs on a single desktop PC. Very interesting approach.

For those of an older generation of AI work I'd suggest it runs a multi level blackboard of fuzzy logic systems that analyse different parts of the problem.

It is also an evolvable system. The system evolves system designs (using a proprietary algorithm) to solve the problem, then the most successful of those evolve to get better by learning.

Lots of feedback with a human, lots of recursion.

But note you can't prove there is not an interaction in the system that has not been modeled which would be it's Achilles heel in combat.

Personally I'm suspicious they've inserted the proper time delays for vehicle responses and they respond like vehicles in a cheap video game IE instant turns and acceleration/deceleration

But they'll have to work hard to make it the $40m a copy that cost plus defense con-tractors like to charge.

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Deader than bubble memory.

Bubble's issues were

a) Very demanding (for the time) line widths

b) Unusual (ceramic) substrates.

c)Access times

There were developments in the pipeline at Bell Labs that would have fixed the materials issues access time problems and time would taken care of the lithography.

But time was one thing they didn't have

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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£74Bn+ wiped off the FTSE 100. Good thing no ones got any of their pension in shares isn't it?

Oh you do.

Ooops.

Still never mind.

As David Gerrold wrote "Freedom is the right to be uncomfortable."

I'm sure we're all excited by the chance for so many people to exercise this particular right.

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https://twitter.com/88MHILL/status/747015292883243008/photo/1

Thanks.

I'll be dropping that in my tool bag.

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Of course the original referendum is only "advisory" it is not legally backed.

So simple move.

Parliament ignores it.

Not like they haven't done so before. where things don't match their views.

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DARPA's 'flying wing' drone inches closer to lift-off

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Meh

actually 600lb, 272Kg, can make quite a fair sized bang

On a human scale.

Against a squadron of tanks not so much.

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Beautiful model to explain the universe to physicists

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We've come a long way since people took effort tuning a model for galaxy formation

on a PDP 11/780 to run from 1 year down to 1 day.

But we've still got a long way to go.

Mine's the one with a copy of "Programming Pearls" in the side pocket.

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Hackers peer into Uber passenger privates, find and plot trips on maps

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Dumb enough to put them in, smart enough to offer a reward to find them.

Let's hope smart enough to fix them promptly as well.

Basicall Uber is the first, last and only line of defense to ensure that the total stranger who's giving the ride is "safe" in some sense of the word.

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Lenovo Solution Center portal patched to shutter hacker god mode hole

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What an utter PoS idea.

Where OS is concerned less is more.

Below the OS less is much better.

Has to be asked who else has had this "bright" idea as well?

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Is 2% an "overwhelming" majority ? In most opinion polls that in the margin of error.

Now 10%+ indicates a definite preference.

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A simple question. How many of you actually *voted* ?

Because if you didn't you signed away any right to b**ch about the result.

About 15 million people didn't give a f**k about their countries future. They could not be bothered. It was all so difficult to decide.

They should all SFU and get on with doing what they've done so far.

Nothing relevant.

If you stand for nothing you roll over for everything. Start rolling.

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"Exit Buffoon Boris, enter Serious Boris. "

Indeed.

or to put it another way

"Time for the Cobra to rise up."

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Re: We all know what happened

"I hope you meamt baristers...."

No. I meant what I said.

"the pubs are closing too quickly for us all to be come baristas"

Exactly.

But who knows ? Maybe Dr Minford is wrong and the UK mfg won't be flushed down the toilet of history , along with every high tech development (SABRE & Skylon?, SiC power semiconductors?)

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Re: We all know what happened

But do we really understand why it happened?

Congratulations Brexiteers you got what you asked for.

Time will tell if it's what you wanted.*

And wheather there is any mfg left in the UK or it will become a nation of "financial consultants" and baristas.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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"Why not demand the return of the Empire and compulsory bunting while you're at it?"

You mean that's not what was being voted for?

Consciously or not restarting the British Empire seemed to be exactly what quite a lot of people seemed to be voting for.

I know, when you say it out loud it really does sound barking mad.

Because it is.

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Mandarins plotted to water down EU data protection regs

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the Briitsh people will keep getting the government they wanted.

Some will say it's the government they deserve.

But as others have noticed the entrenched senior civil servants have a lot to do with this.

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Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

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We're doing comments now. How nice.

"Laguna thinks that for all its faults, the superstate has done a better job of protecting data than individual states"

Pretty much tells us the authors view.

And let's recall what the UK has given the EU in return.

The EU Data Retention Directive. Written by data fetishists UK civil servants and introduced in a meeting chaired by Charles Clarke following a bomb explosion in Spain the Spanish were handling without it.

I think quite a lot of European data protection campaigners will be quite happy to see the UK "influence" on this subject end.

Too bad UK citizens can't end their civil servants involvement in their own affairs.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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WTF?

"They're also nice in a sandwich on Boxing Day too."

Can't believe you didn't post AC on that one.

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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WTF?

400 patents in 1 day?

Troll alert?

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Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight

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"it’s about the FBI not wanting to do paperwork,”

Data fetishists.

There everywhere.

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Supercomputers in 2030: Lots of exaflops and LOTS of DRAM

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What's the current estimate of the computing power of the human brain?

Maybe 10 Pefaflops?

In a 2Kg package dissipating about 400W?

The end point for Moore Observation is a 1 atom wide gate with a 1 atom thick insulator on top.

And that's it.

You want more processing power per unit area? Start stacking wafers.

Not impressed.

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

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Or perhaps get rid of the millions of junk fragments already in space?

My instinct says laser charge them, then get them to spiral through the Earth's mag field to burn up.

But that's not going to happen.

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Telco bosses' salaries must take heat for cyber attacks, says MPs' TalkTalk enquiry

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"TalkTalk's CEO Dido Harding, who earned £2.8m "

Should be

TalkTalk's CEO Dido Harding, who "earned" £2.8m

FTFY.

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'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

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I see. So use the thermostats security credentials as way into the res of your data.

The Internet of S**t

Expanding your attack surface exponentially*

*Sounded like a solution looking for a problem when I first heard of it.

Still does.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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so it' s the V8 Instruction Set that Fujitsu are using.

Which they reckon is pretty good.

Because it is?

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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"For the purist, yes I know rockets are always loaded with a slight deficit of oxidiser, "

Historically it's been the heavier propellant (which is usually the oxidizer) that's run to depletion.

Not for safety reasons as virtually all TSTO's have never come back. It's performance. Less burnout mass means more burnout velocity or more payload.

There's a chunk of maths around "propellant bias" to calculate what the optimal overload is.

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"he customer definitely does get a nice big fat discount for taking a chance... but "

IIRC SES the comm sat company are keen but they want 50% off standard, while Shotwell is saying 30%

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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"..had to teach a person.. " "..remain available for consultation... "

Should this happen to you it's time for the scorched earth protocol.

1) Accept you'd job is over as at some level the firm has become infected with a***ole management.

2) Is "training" part of your job description? If not this is an increase in your responsibilities. That means a pay rise.

3)Having management sign off on your training skills means they should now go on your CV. Coping with a non native language speaker is bonus points.

4) Make sure HR sign off on this as well so they can't pass the buck.

5) Consultation implies consultation fees, not life time technical support. Ideally leave the rate to be determined later. If they insist on a specific rat and it's too steep they will never let you leave until every last fact is pumped into the PFY's (or his foreign equivalent) head. Charge by the hour, and make sure the first hour is mandatory, so if it's an easy fix (because he doesn't know what he's doing) you don't miss out.

6) Should they ask to hire you back permanently check how many hours you've billed them and get the pay rise in writing from them before you accept. I'd also suggest you ensure they get rid of your replacement and get authority to select your own replacement.

They gamble that the job is simple enough and the newbie competent enough that they don't need your level of skills (and cost).

Accept they may be right.

Otherwise make sure they pay through the nose.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Wow. 55 is practically nothing these days.

Damm.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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the key issue is what does this do to the FH first launch and 1st Dragon to Mars.

Since it looks like they will need to divert at least some resources to deal with this.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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For b***ocks patents go for birth control pills

Natural products cannot be patented (hence the fondness for finding better than natural estrogen like compounds)

The packaging and dispensing design is a whole other matter.

I nearly went blind with the number of the damm things and how you have to fine comb the claims to identify exactly what makes this one different from the (nearly) identical dispenser in the previous patent.

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Didn't the Brexit supporting economist Minford say the UK would lose all Mfg jobs?

A price he seemed to think worth paying

I'd love to find the report.

I'm not an economist but I'm guessing something like 20% of the UK workforce becoming "economically inactive" will go a good way to starting a recession.

1 data point. IIRC after the global financial crash of 2008 it took the FTSE 5 years to recover the share prices it was showing pre crash and I think the real economy has lagged that.

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Hmmm. What to do.

Start getting the EU to look at all those BS US patents?

Delay the EU wide patent court?

Get a strike down in the EU Court to be accepted in the US, ending the BS flow at source (and opening the flood gates to counter litigation in the US from victims of the trolls) ?

Oh no that's all too much like hard work, let's leave the EU instead.

No, I think not.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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I did not know case sensitivity was a POSIX compatability requirement.

Very annoying.

But at least you've got a vendor neutral standard for a solid OS you can check features off against.

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Xerox lays out BPO breakup plan

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I still kind of like Xerox.

HP "We've got a woman CEO."

Xerox "So did we, now we have another one. But she's busy doing business."

And of course Xerox did not buy Autonomy, although I'm not sure if they were offered it.

But they didn't buy it.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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In shock news...

Ajil Pai not offered lucrative short hours job with big Telco.

We only reward our successful minions.

Now let's see how this works out in the UK.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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" it ought to be decided through public opinion and a debate in Parliament"

Instead of by what iactually has happened, basically a faceless, uneleceted group of data fetishists.

This is not the "voice of reason."

It's a (slightly) less hysterical version of the "We must hand over our right to privacy (enshrined in the ECHR) to protect our way of life" BS.

Is Mr Hague a leaver, or a starer in the EU referendum do you think?

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Boffins send encrypted quantum messages to spaaaace – and back

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That's clever.

But I'd be more interested in testing quantum entanglement.

It's not so much security in space that's the issue.

It's bandwidth at range.

It's taken a very long time for the Pluto fly by results to be downloaded at <1200bps.

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Net neut: Equal treatment of traffic doesn't mean equal service quality for users

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*Sounds* quite good

Especially the bit about "zero rating"

Do I think some ISP's and content providers will try to game the rules given any opening.

F**k yes.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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I wonder how many people realize "Ned Ludd" was just a createion?

Sort of a bot to blame the damage on .

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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Now that's what I call car crash TV

or in this case Mars smash TV.

You may not like it.

But you know I'm right.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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"to the CICS, DB2 and COBOL applications and that’s where it all breaks down,”

That's likely where all that twentysomething enthusiasm is going to come to a complete halt.

It's 2016 and somewhere out there a bunch of people are writing Accounts Receivable packages.

And at least one of them is failing.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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"The solution, I believe, is reform of the voting system "

Bo***cks.

This has nothing to do with how anyone was elected.

It has to do with a cabal of data fetishists for whom more data is always better and all data is best.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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not how *government* works. How the UK civil service works.

Seriously do you think May or any of her predecessor sock puppets Home Secretaries have a blind f**king clue what Haddoop even is?

This is again being driven by data fetishist senior bureaucrats for whom more data more cross referenced now is always better (for them) by definition.

Now some might be thinking "but it'll make it more efficient"

I say does the phrase necessary and proportionate mean anything to you?

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Is a $14,000 phone really the price of privacy?

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WTF?

Has anyone repealed THE PATRIOT act?

I smell large volumes of BS.

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Corporates can learn from criminals and spies. No, no, we're talking about OPSEC

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The fact so much is obvious says how few people do it.

Sad really.

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