* Posts by John Smith 19

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If you're going to protect people's privacy, protect our profits, too – US broadband biz to FCC

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"Netflix et all, I think we can safely say goodbye to commercials during programming."

Hahhahahahahahahahaha

Wait.

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Under what circumstances *would* they deem it unlawful?

Because they sound like a rubber stamp body to me.

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PGP Zimmermann: 'You want privacy? Well privacy costs MONEY'

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"Nobody pays for rights. Ever. "

Wrong.

No one gives you rights because there is always someone who reckons they can get more money/power/land/whatever from disregarding or ignoring yours.

The English Civil War was fought to end the absolute power of the monarch to do WTF they liked WTF they liked.

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"Privacy.." " It's something we should expect to get for free "

Ever hear the phrase "Freedom is not free" ?

Or "The price of freedom (from mass surveillance) is eternal vigilance" ?

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

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Smells like the usual suspects want a clean load for a cradle to grave surveillance system.

And I thought these vermin were mostly in the Home Office.

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"Camerons reign seems even worse than the blair years.." Note the timing

This is another charming part (along with the massive GCHQ data slurping) of Blair's "legacy.

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No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

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"treats innocent people going about their daily lives as suspects"

That doesn't look like a side effect to me.

That look like a goal.

If the rational course is to do less bulk collection and the person in front of you still wants bulk collection what does that say to their world view?

The people behind May areobsessed with bulk data collection. This is not a rational policy. It's an illness.

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Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

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"Kim Jong-un fears his father may come back as a zombie."

The Great & Glorious Leader (or heyyoufatboy to his intimates) fears no man

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Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

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BTW if this works on other organs then lack of matching organs could be over

Just store and thaw when a recipient come up.

Astonishing progress.

Of course still fails to answer the important question.

Do they still taste as good when lightly fried with a little olive oil and garlic?

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Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

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The oversight body, code named

Chocolate Teapot.

Having read the Interception of Commnuications Commissioners report he seemed most eager to encourage more snooping under RIPA.

I wonder if the cabal behind May will help her writer her answers or will they just let her sink and wait for the next sock puppet Home Secretary to come along to "brief" into submission.

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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IoT --> IoS

Yes that sounds about right.

Lots of downside from higher initial costs and likely more batteries needing to be replaced to multiple security holes and reload procedures.

Upside.

Looks pretty.

Allegedly more convenient.

BTW I've been seen stories about spread spectrum light switches in PopSci dating from the 80's.

That's 30 years and counting.

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Making the major buyer of this stuff the most vulnerable then.

Which country would that be?

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Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier

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I've wondered if this was even *possible*

Turns out it is

But boy is it slow.

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Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

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Sounds like bu***hit

Is bu***hit

Bottom line.

"We have the disk to store that many numbers and we want to."

Data fetishism.

Still looks like a mental illness to me.

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New AI chip from MIT gives Skynet a tenfold speed boost

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Re: what is deep learning?

"The "deep" bit of "deep learning" normally refers to the fact that you have multiple layers of neurons between input and output."

Pretty much what I thought.

I'm aware there is a step change between 1 layer and multilayer NN's

But I'm not sure what it results in could be called "deep" in the sense of understanding

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OMG processors mixed with memory. Chapel Hill NC 1977?

Whatever will they think of next?

Again.

Let's see if this this effort makes it out of the labs.

TBH I've no idea what this "deep learning" they speak of is.

Multi layer neural nets like real human brains have?

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Remember

It's not nice to mock the fat kid in class.

One day.....

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Foxconn to slurp Sharp for US$5.6 BEELLION

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Tend to associate Sharp with displays

How the world turns.

Once the US feared takeover by Japanese Corp.

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

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Materials wise getting there.

Still a long way to go.

OH well, maybe next decade?

<sigh>

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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"I am a f**king genius" as one of my co workers liked to proclaim regularly

And to prove it "upgraded" the software on the PC's running the night shift reporting functions.

Which prompted f**ked up that night reports.

No, he wasn't.

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Simple, yet subtle.

Very neat

And pretty worrying.

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German Chancellor fires hydrogen plasma with the push of a button

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Is pulse operation a design "feature" of Tokamaks or just what you can do so far?

Enquiring minds.

If the exact details of the Stellarator path are critical to its function I'm not surprised it didn't work in the 1960's.

Wheather it's "better" will remain to be seen.

It's certainly cheaper than ITER.

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"And all this for the price of a couple of community catalyst catapults "

Or not even half a UK banks bonus budget.

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

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Perhaps there is hope...

"You can’t perform keyword arbitrage, "

But what if you could?

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US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

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too bad it wasn't in place before the OPM had all it's files copied

Oh, it was.

I wonder if it spotted anything?

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Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'

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So was the DWP what it knows from the Committee

Or does it in fact have no idea how much overdue and/or over budget it's going to be?

BTW Due to the nature of government (Budget, Statutory Instruments etc) any government specific system should have flexibility built into it from day 1 because in government things always change.

IE scheduling rules in files, not hard coded into the software.

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13 CubeSats to ride mighty US lifter

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"Do they really know what this will be used for?"

In a word. No.

So far they've got 4 flights which are basically Orion shakedowns with maybe an asteroid meeting

the whole lot (including the preeeding CxP) programme currently probably tops $20Bn with 1 launch (that of the Ares 1x upgraded SRB + dummy 2nd stage) to show for it.

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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Dilbert does not mock TMMM

That is exactly how a PHB would view the situation.

100% of the data

180deg away from the correct conclusion.

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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

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So De-dupe does not work well with most of Microsofts Enterprise products.

Meaning you'll fill it up faster than if Microsoft ware did support dedupe properly.

You can't imagine how surprised I am at that.

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Socat slams backdoor, sparks thrilling whodunit

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Interesting point.

A pretty big number.

Not obvious.

Privacy & security is tricky.

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Brit boffins get green light to edit human genome

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The "subtle" advantage of Sickle cell trait is enhanced Malerial resistance

Sickle cell is an interesting philosophical one for gene therapy as a radical interpretation (the sort of thing usually promoted by people who don't have it) is that it could be depriving people of African origin of their genetic heritage.

From my awareness of the symptoms I think most sufferers of the condition would say "F**k that, I've never been to Africa." Then again maybe some people might feel that life threatening (and often extremely painful) random blood clots are their birthright.

Now things get very murky if someone says "I'd like my sickle cell gene to be enhanced to give me the Malerial resistance without the random blood clots."

Another interesting one (courtesy of Vernor Vinge) would be if you could have the obsessive focus of autism on demand? Controllable by you and capable of being turned off.

I think most genetic diseases are just that. Defects that most people would want removed from their genome.

But such choices will come.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

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Re: Credibility. Does May have any left?

So what if she doesn't?

The group behind this will simply tell the next sock puppet the same story, which they will be either unable or unwilling to call "bu****it" on.

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So with *all * that time to prepare and the whole of the Home Office to help her out.

This is what she produces.

1 "sort of" terrorist

1 already known paedo buying it from a web site.

This is it.

This is the best she can come up with justify universal data collection of every email, txt and web site's meta data (where "meta data" includes a shedload of stuff like user passwords) visit in the UK

Lame.

It would seem the civil servants contempt for parliament has rubbed off on her.

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"Now, tell us how many innocent people are getting surveilled, "

You're not thinking like a data fetishist.

To these people there are no innocent people.

Only ones they haven't found something out about that can be used.

No that doesn't make sense to a normal person.

But these people are not normal.

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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

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Why send you're own drone when you can piggy back the feed from some else?

Of course the Israeli's will be p**sed.

Although unlike the American people they can probably do something about it.

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

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Childcatcher

a portmanteau bill for measures such as child protection, broadband,and

and damm thing we want to drop in there"

And remember if you don't support this bill you're probably a money laundering paedo terrorist

Signed

Ed "Royston" Vaizey.

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30 years on from Challenger, NASA remembers the fallen

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I would suggest it is the *second* worst space disaster in NASA's history.

You'd think after that there could never be another Shuttle accident.

Yet in 2003 they did it all over again.*

*Although in fact a study by The Aerospace Corp reckoned NASA would lose 3 of it's 4 Shuttles eventually.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Re: @ John Smith 19 Try it this way.

"Joseph Wambaugh"

True. I went from memory on that one.

The quote (IIRC) is from the film version of "The New Centurions."

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Try it this way. Top cop wants to make his life easier. Invokes "4 horseman of the infopocalypse"

But as Joseph Wambaum (who was a street cop) wrote.

"Police work is only easy in a police state."

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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Re: Truer words have not been spoken

"With very few exceptions, AWS & Azure are more secure than on-premise machines at 90% of all companies."

Except that while the THE PATRIOT Act is still in place all your data belong to the USG on request.

No warrant required.

No probable cause required.

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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

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Wow. Editing full screen video on a thin client is difficult and slow

Seriously.

No one thought this would be a problem?

In other shocking new water is wet.

I don't think that most people should be surprised an awful lot of routine stuff can be done on a thin client and in an ideal world would be.

Including most of senior managements.

Getting senior management to accept that is of course another matter.

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Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

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"..in the old days," "..optimised for reducing Mean Time Between Failure [MBTF]. "

From the head of MS Developer Studio.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

"..optimised for reducing Mean Time To Market" maybe

"..optimised for getting developers hooked on cheap tools that are inadequate for large scale development definitely

Yes, I think I'm starting to calibrate my DevOp BS detector quite well.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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*Still* not using encrypted drives?

In 2016.

Unimpressed.

But as others have noted this won't really change till senior people start going to jail.

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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

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"If Governments create legal loopholes, "

But they don't.

The "Advisors" they get from the big 5 UK accountancy firms do that when they are "revising" those laws.

I'd guess the same "advisors" advise on the chances of prosecutions of large tax dodgers avoiders being successful.

Surprise.

They don't think the chances of a successful prosecution are usually very high.

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BTW HMRC rules tend to be devised by people seconded *from* the big 5 Accountancy firms

Surprise.

The rules are complex.

And when they go back to the firms they advise their clients on the "latest" rules they have helped draft.

Can you say "conflict of interest"?

Senior HMRC officials were (and AFAIK still are) rated up for the "good" working relationship they have with "clients."*

*Because at this level they are not mere "tax payers."

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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Re: IDK. Maybe tools that show programmers why there cherished code idion is dumbass?

"Actually this sort of thing exists in Clang, it will say this is a better ways to do it, and can in some cases rewrite the source code for you. "

My point was that while making it easier to write the next generation of code is good most of the grief is being caused by problems in existing code, which really needs some tools to run over it to find (and maybe fix) issues.

We've seen issues with code that's been open source for twenty years and no one spotted a bug which was likely found by the NSA sometime in the mid 90's.

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IDK. Maybe tools that show programmers why there cherished code idion is dumbass?

So they might change it.

Or at least know when they are being a dumbass?

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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

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Meh

I'm sure Rolls Royce would rather the Chinese military had this info than the US government,

That said last time I checked Jet engine EMU's were running on things like Z80's and M68K's.

Not exactly cutting edge.

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Folk shun UK.gov's 'expensive' subsidised satellite broadband

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"[Ed Vaizey's] super-slow broadband crawl-out."

Nice turn of phrase.

Scheme is still s**t.

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Murderous necrophiliac kangaroo briefly wins nation's heart

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It's called "Disney",

Although interestingly Disney have never tried to do one on the South African honey Badger.

Sounds cute.

Isn't.

Although the honey Badger does answer the question "What would a weasel on crystal meth look like?"

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