* Posts by Marketing Hack

3626 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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I remember Apollo 17 returning to Earth when I was a kid.

Jeez it has been a long time since we got people out of Earth's orbit.

Nice flying, Gene!

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Weigh the coins

There are actually federal laws requiring that you take legal tender. This way there is a universal currency and you don't get screwed over by Snidely Whiplash when you hand him $3,000 in bills to pay off the mortgage on your family farm, and he refuses it and insists that he is foreclosing since you didn't give him a check/credit card/wire transfer/whatever for the amount.

That's why if you look at your $ bills, you will see an annotation saying that "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private." Policies stating otherwise are simply businesses trying to get you to surrender a legal right that you have so that they don't have to keep and secure cash on premises.

Notes are always legal, but I am not sure if paying a private debt in X thousands of coins constitutes a legal nuisance. The government, however, is required to take the currency they supposedly stand behind.

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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Re: DoE and Intelligence (Fixed it for you)

The E in DoE includes nuclear energy, including nuclear weapon design, testing, manufacturing and safeguards. So they do have their own intel and counterintel operation around those subjects.

Thanks a lot, President "Yes, we scan" Obama!! If one night you find a bag of flaming dog-doo on the porch of your new home in DC, I swear it wasn't me repaying you in kind.

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Train your self-driving car AI in Grand Theft Auto V – what could possibly go wrong?

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20 comments, and no cracks about programming the AI to run over hookers?

Has the El Reg commentariat suddenly developed a sense of propriety? I am so out of here if so!

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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Softbankment

Worstminster :)

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The top doc, the FBI, the Geek Squad informant – and the child porn pic that technically wasn't

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I'm not sure you can make the its not porn argument

It's close enough that it is suspicious, and might constitute probable cause for the search warrant that found the rest of the images. It's rather like getting a warrant based on someone having new cars and expensive things, while reporting an income of $20k a year. The mere ownership of lots of flashy items can be used by the IRS as a basis for a tax investigation if your tax returns clearly show a number that can't pay for all the stuff.

Plus a private person (the computer tech in this case) is not bound by the warrant requirements that a law enforcement agent is. A police officer can't rifle through my garbage can and pull stuff out without a warrant. However, a garbageman or passerby can see something like a woman's bloody clothing, pull that out of the garbage and go to the police with it. Then that clothing could be associated with a missing person and form the basis of probable cause enabling a search warrant to go through a residence.

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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: Frightening

Re: Winter is coming.

Somebody needs to make a meme of the GoT Nights King topped by Donald Trump's hair :)

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: How long before scammers get wise on this??

That would have been a better comment if you had used quotation marks around the description of the DHS as highly successful.

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How long before scammers get wise on this??

And start sending out their own fake "you owe Australia X, but you can settle your debt to society for .5X if you send your payment to..." notices. Sounds like it could be a plausible scam to me, because the government departments concerned don't seem to be able to track what is a valid debt to the state and what was concocted by Centrelink, so calling them to validate that the scam offer is valid is going to result in a shrug and "I guess that could be us".

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Snapchat chooses London for international headquarters

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Re: Is this a U-turn on the Silicon Roundabout?

Maybe Andrew wants to date a cheerleader?

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Because Britain needs more investment in under-resourced London

I can see why Snapchat chose London, but there needs to be more investment outside the city. About the best thing you can say is that this kind of investment will raise local prices, which will push some other activity out London to other areas of Britain.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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Because I am reading El Reg...

I know somebody is going to bring up a Clangers angle...

(Paris--because why not.)

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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In other news...

There was a sudden surge in investment in digital radio equipment providers in the Norwegian parlimentarians retirement fund.

More seriously, congratulations on saving $28M a year (maybe), but if half the cars and probably most of the portable radios in Norway can't get DAB, why push forward with removing FM? A very large percentage of these people are not going to fork out for new/converted radios and will instead do without FM/DAB programming until they get it in the next car they buy.

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

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Scumbag Olympics...

Using the population segments ID'd in this article as available dataset.

A) Gold Medal: People who ogle and molest kids

B) Silver Medal: Law enforcement who plant malware on computers, but would rather hide their sources and methods and evasion of due process than convicting A) so that they can't victimize or reward the victimization of more kids.

(And no, just because B) is better than A) doesn't make excusing B) an option.)

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NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

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I'll pay someone to refer to Dr. Levison as "Trojan Man"

Immature, but why not.

"Trojan Maaaan!!"

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Truly a hair-raising story...

On the mane, I think you'd have to be wigged-out to buy one of those.

(More seriously, I think that $200 for a brush is a sign from God that you have too much money. Plus the stupid thing will probably end up in a botnet, or targeted by a hacking group that will co-opt the device and feed you bad haircare advice that causes you to get split ends or frizzies..)

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Unfortunately...

Because the U.S. is so large, a lot of people get processed at major arrival airports then get domestic flights on to their final destination. Long delays getting through customs mean a lot of people missed their connections :(

Probably want to run updates like this through the test & dev environment a little longer before going live in production.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

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If we're talking about actual AI, the number of jobs lost is zero

Because actual AI is still pretty far away, and whatever jobs the current embryonic AI has replaced has obsoleted have probably been offset by all the people working on actual AI.

If you are talking about automation in general, then the job losses are tens of millions each year worldwide, with the real possibility that could go to hundreds of millions per year in 5-10 years.

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: Predictions ...

Have we even heard anything back fro the FAA about LOHAN, anything at all? At this pace, one can only thank God that the Wright Brothers never had to deal with the FAA, or we'd still be relying on trains and ocean liners.

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Re: I'd love to see a top 20...

A quick look at my 2016 posts:

Most net upvotes A) calling the NSA nitwits for assuring Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public that their spytools (in this case Equation Group) would never get out into the wild for use against said honest citizens and B) pointing out that to avoid having their careers and assets run through a meatgrinder, the Virgin America air crew and airline had no other real choice than threatening to divert a flight over an alledged banned Galaxy Note 7 that was onboard.

Net downvotes: A) Mentioning that McDonald's is actually France's best market per capita and the reasons why it is popular there, even though that country is famous for haute cuisine and B) The if the U.S. pulled its troops out of Europe, we'd probably be compelled to put them back in within 15-20 years

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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This would be easy to drive out of business.

Just order a bunch of stuff and refuse delivery or return to vendor when the tme comes.

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US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry

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One more reason to not buy any of this IoT gear

Amid the requests to turn off the lights or turn the thermostat to 68 Fahrenheit, the IRS can get you and your spouse talking about your income and charitable contributions as you prepare your tax return.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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A blatant attempt to work your way off the naughty list

But you're not fooling SanTux, Chris! You're getting a Linux-powered lump of coal!

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2016 just got a tiny bit longer. Gee, thanks, time lords

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Look on the bright side!

It's now that much longer until The Donald becomes leader of the free world!

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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Re: Two things

@Adam1

Also, I watched "The Lion King" twice last night, cried both times, and now I am proud to say I am totally against lion battery.

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Re: Two things

1. If you were the flight crew, would you risk getting disciplined by the airline or FAA because you let what was thought to be a functioning electronic device that had been banned by the FAA stay onboard your plane? No, you wouldn't

2. If something did happen and people were injured or killed, would the passengers, a trial jury or the FAA or National Transportation Safety Board take pity on you because you thought that the risk was insignificant? No, they wouldn't

3. If you were the airline, would you want the brand damage, damage or destruction of an airplane and all the legal liability described in 2. getting forced on you by a crew that had what to their eyes was good reason to expect that one of these devices was onboard and then did nothing? No, you wouldn't

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Re: Two things

Yes, but if the crew looked the other way and it got out, or something happened it would be a disaster for them, the airline and the passengers.

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White House report cautiously optimistic about job-killing AI

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Its not just cashiers and driver jobs that are in danger

Vinod Khosla talking about how AI can replace 80% of IT jobs through automation

https://futurism.com/80-of-it-jobs-can-be-replaced-by-automation-and-its-exciting/

My favorite part:

Khosla was quick to calm his audience, telling them not to worry because “we’re all in the other 20%, not the 80% that’s automated.”

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This is what Amazon Go stores are shooting for. You walk in, grab your groceries which are then ID'd and tallied automatically when you leave, and everything is billed to your Amazon account

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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I didn't think the CGI Tarkin, Leia and rebel squadron commanders from Episode IV were either good or bad from a technical standpoint, but I did find it kind of jarring when they appeared. I actually would mark down Rogue One a bit for that.

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Re: stormtroopers being fodder

Still doesn't explain how your galaxy-conquering army with space age armor and blasters can get beaten by stone-age teddy bears :)

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

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Re: Might want to check...

BTW, the NSA is part of the DoD and officially part of the U.S. Navy, which is why an admiral is usually in charge at Fort Meade.

"Yeah MS, thanks for the source code. Can you forward all the Win 10 telemetry to us, strictly for anonymized data modeling purposes?"

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Well, at least they admitted that encryption is vital...

The British House of Commons didn't even get that far....

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Re: Withholding the oils?

"It could have been made clearer, of course."

Now that the algal flour is gone, any further gastrointestinal effusions should of course be clearer.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Westworld!

I could go for one of the fem-bots from there, especially if it coos "Not much of a rind on you."

The whole shooty-shooty consciousness thing is a turn-off (for me at least) though.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Re: Misread the headline ...

Death Race 2000! Sponsored by Uber :)

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Good news about Uber!!

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/19/despite-china-windfall-uber-on-pace-for-unprecedented-losses-report-says.html

Hopefully these guys will finally burn out investors, their valuation will crash and we will be rid of them in 2-3 years.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Devil

Google at least used to talk about "Don't be evil", before they succumbed

But IBM on the other hand has seen a buck that they weren't willing to wipe the blood off of before pocketing it. Nazis, Middle Eastern theocracies, third-world kleptrocracies, monopolistic behavior, Stalinist and Maoist regimes...IBM loves it all

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Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

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Eh, us tax-paying citizens are much easier to surveil than the criminals and terrorists, and no doubt the cops assigned have a quote on "How many people did you track today?"

And this will probably get worse under Trump.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: The Amish

The Amish rules about use of technology are based on their local church (which is usually about 20-40 families), and not the movement as a whole. So you can have one church that allows things like bicycles and power tools, and the next church that could be just 1-2 miles down the road that doesn't allow those same things.

I remember an article from some years back where a visitor staying with an Amish family remarked on the families ownership of a toaster, to which the household patriarch said "We are of this world, and we like toast."

There is a terrific documentary about the Amish available through the U.S. Public Broadcast Service if you are interested. It is named "The Amish", and it does a very good job of humanizing a group that is often looked at as rather otherworldly.

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Significant problem with Basic Income

We as human beings seem to be wired to work or function better around those who work. If my memory serves me (unfortunately no citation) the data on achievement levels among children of parents who do not work is horrifying. "Lost generation"-level horrifying.

So I'm not opposed to Basic Income if we reach a point where large segments of the population have been automated out of work altogether, but it's kind of a nuclear option to deal with the issue. (see icon)

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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Re: Lair in Orgegon

Are there any towns out there named "Collapse" or "Flooded"?

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Elon Musk already has his own volcanic island lair...

It's just invisible....yeah, that's it, invisible

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

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I know this is an EU project...

But maybe they should contract a U.S. landing system, considering the U.S. has successfully landed 4 out of 4 drones sent to Mars, and the ESA's landing record is basically 0 for 2 now?

It's bad enough that the comparatively cheap Schiaparelli cratered, but this next probe is going to be very expensive.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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Holmes

Congratulations!

You've proven that systems can reflect the biases of those who have a role in configuring or validating inputs into said system.

In other news, another sample of young men describe grass as "rather greenish".

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

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We need to install proper defenses on these drones!

Unless a changing code is entered at recovery, the drone should start playing "The Collected Wisdom of the Dalai Lana", Falun Gong meditational chants, live news reports from Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the oral history of The Great Leap Forward.

"Yankee running dogs, we recovered your counter-revolutionary drone as favor to you! We return your noisy machine and it's lies in great spirit of brotherhood!"

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New US rules on 'vehicle-to-vehicle' communications under consultation

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Well, time to go to the Department of Transportation website and complain

So your car is basically going to connect and receive messages from any number of other sensors on the road with you? Do you know how easy it is going to be to spoof other cars and stall every car for 100-200 feet, since they all "see" a car in their path that is not there?

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Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving

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Uber are such douchebags

Don't get a permit to drive in a crowded city, and fire the drivers when things go south.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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What would I do with $7 million?

Well, I live in Silicon Valley, so for that amount I could afford a house with a swimming pool in the backyard. I might even be able to afford to keep the pool clean and heated, without having to work a second job on weekends.

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Violin Memory shares collapse as it files for chapter 11

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Well, interesting tech, but crowded market and no differentiation

This has been coming for a long time.

What do you guys think, would someone like NetApp or Cisco buy them on a fire sale flyer?

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