* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Re: Ethics

Obviously, since only terrorists use encryption, non-encrypted sites can't be terrorists and so http is the perfect way of el'reg going under GCHQ's radar

How else to keep the plans for the post-pub nosh fuelled intercontinental ballistic bofh secret ?

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Re: Spook feel bite of general lack of cyber talent in UK – sources

Only in a special secret security area - such as the whole of London or anywhere near a policeman or politician.

It may be an offense to inquire about the location of special secret security areas.

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The security services have always relied on people willing to give up the money to do the job for love of country.

Admittedly the country in question was normally the USSR - but you can't have eveything

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Re: And another thing ...

I think that is one of the recruitment issues.

Many of the cyber-security graduates they interview aren't able to conjugate latin verbs sufficiently to pass the civil service entrance exam.

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Re: Spook feel bite of general lack of cyber talent in UK – sources

...... against the same man.....

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Re: Spook feel bite of general lack of cyber talent in UK – sources

The police have just announced that they are planning to deal with drug violence here by:

Introducing a zero tolerance policy (where they arrest youths of a certain skin color for walking on the cracks in the pavement) and simultaneously "earning the trust of the community" to get people to help them by turning in the naughty people.

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Re: Bottom line: It's a civil service job.

The sort where you are paid £X irrespective of how good you are or what you do.

But after 3 years you can be promoted to Intermediate Science Officer ( lower grade ( type B ( sub section III)) [class 2b] and receive a 3% pay rise, unless a future government introduces a pay freeze.

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Deep Learning?

Deep learning is simple.

Here is an equation describing the answer you should get for a bunch of input parameters.

Tell me the parameters that give me the best answer - you don't need to show your working.

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Re: Great if you've got a suitable problem

But what if you were looking for a single bit of chicken feed in 1024 fields ?

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Why is it...

>Why haven't GCHQ and the NSA been all over this for years?

Because along with terrorism you also need to fund counter insurgency and freedom fighters.

Like those muslim chappies in Afghanistan fighting the Russians, and those similar chaps fighter Sadaam and Assad. Not to mention all the devout anti-communist regimes in S America and those loyal gentlemen in Northern Ireland.

If you get up the bank's nose too much they could "leak" everyone's account.

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Re: Given the scarcity of items on our cousins in the material released...

>> despite the Putin link being nowhere near as strong as, say, David Cameron's.

Dog bites man != news, man bites dog = news

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Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids

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But if we allowed encryption then the easter bunny terrorists would ... something ... something .... Therasa May .... Daily Mail headline ...

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Brexit: Leaving the EU could trigger UK science patent law rejig

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>If our future trading is with the Far East why isn't it currently?

There must be a reason that Germany has a trade surplus with China and sells it all the robots used to make iPhones. While Britain has a trade deficit and buys all the iPhones.

It's probably because of immigrants/unions/red-tape

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Re: Brexit bites

Currently going through FDA approval for a product by comparison Eu approval was a breeze

If we had to do the same level of FDA for a single country it wouldn't be worth it for the UK. We just wouldn't sell there.

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SEC chair blasts Silicon Valley for its hokey valuations

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Re: Here here

The price is set by wealthy investors, you aren't even allowed to put money into the funds unless you are a multi-millionaire.

Perhaps the SEC could have done a better job protecting the pensions and savings of ordinary people who put their trust in safe reliable companies like GM.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: 198,000

Appeal is the same as a BMW, not exactly rare.

I'm guessing Tesla has been taking a lot more sales from BMW / Audi than from Leafs, Volts and Priuses

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China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

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Re: and verify it

So with 200M called Wang and another 100M called Zhang. I can see a small chance of a Tuttle / Buttle mixup.

Perhaps, in honour of Mr Gilliam we could start calling this a Brazillian ?

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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> deployed in Scotland.

Hopefully they are deployed in Russia (well more specifically hopefully they aren't deployed)

de·ploy

dəˈploi/

verb

move (troops) into position for military action.

bring into effective action; utilize.

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Air gapped ?

Obviously tricky to operate a nuclear submarine without a permanent internet connection - how else are the crew going to be able to tweet about where they are and what they are doing ?

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Military intelligence, AI style: MoD cosies up to Massive Analytic

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Or the first chatbot that communicates entirely in banter ?

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Re: mass data!= good data

You have the GIGO principle wrong when it comes to internaltional geo-politics.

It will decide to attack somewhere and then calculate the required evidence to justify that decision. Afterwards it will delete the evidence.

To be honest we shouldn't have given it so much real-world training data

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Re: its Innovation Warehouse in Farringdon

Not scurrying, They have produced a breakthrough AI which can wear a brown coat and sit in an office drinking tea while denying that an urgent delivery has arrived - when you can see it sitting on the counter.

It is believed to be the first AI to pass the Turing test, or the first warehouse man to fail it - the philosophers are still debating.

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: Maybe the lazy in us expects...

>It is probably better to just "copy" these functions to your own private space,

And when a vulnerability is found in one of them, you update all the local copies on all the machines you have ever used it on?

Within a coupe of seconds?

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Re: "Absolutely no one can make sense of the United States' infatuation with firearms."

If I lived in Australia I wouldn't want at least a thermonuclear device to protect me from the local wildlife

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Re: Top Gear

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms - need we say more ?

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Re: Urrmm...yeah, but....

So the solution to the whole problem would be for everyone to carry a phone that looked like a gun!

Probably an assault rifle so there are no "I pointed the phone at my ear and pressed the answer trigger" incidents

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Re: Excuse me, I have to take this

> but people studied the deaths, looked for patterns and then found ways to reduce the death toll.

By drive-by shootings of bad drivers ?

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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Re: AC above

Simple solution - go back to journals being published by institutions.

Then the Proceedings of the University of X or the Royal institute of Y can be peer reviewed and prestigious and edited and appear on their website for negligible cost to the institution.

The only reason publishers got in on the act was that it became too expensive for an individual university dept to print and mail physical paper - we don't need to do that anymore

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Pothole campaigner sprays Surrey street with phallic paintings

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But they do provide excellent cheap housing for an entire family

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: Ouch!

>Why oh why we didn't build nuclear carriers

We, or at least the companies building them, intend to make lots of profit from selling copies of the carriers to TPL3WD after we, the tax payers, have paid for all the design cost

Making them nuke powered limits the range of tin-pot-little-3rd-world-dictators you can sell them to.

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Re: WaitWhat? Affordability challenges?

It was a brilliant plan.

We need a high performance interceptor.

Which also needs to be stealthy

But able to carry lots of external ordnance as a bomber

To be cheaper than the planes it is replacing

And be strong enough to land on a carrier

And have VTOL

And have lots of revolutionary, never tried before, high tech

But have nothing secret so we can sell it to lots of "allies" and be compatible with all their systems.

And it has to have a human pilot because no way are we getting approval for anything this expensive unless we can sell the TopGun/Battle of Britain bit.

But it needs to have an in-service life of 40years so we can make the cost look good.

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And they'll be the only ones that can afford the rent

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Re: A boondoggle through and through and now ejection seats are also a problem?

The seats are fine. That you have to eject with a desktop computer and a couple of 17" CRT balanced on top of your head is an issue.

It is a concern though, how will the Royal Navy deal with the threat of attacks by Al Queda submarines in Afghanistan

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HP Inc won't shake you down for ink in 3D printer era, says CTO

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Re: When ever any Exec/VP/C?? ...

Disruptive and change the industry = Like a wrecked oil tanker does for tourist beaches

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Re: Great, but I don't trust them

But doing all that would require engineering effort. HP got rid of all its engineers about 4 strategic re-orgs ago.

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Clear April 12: Windows, Samba to splat curious 'crucial' Badlock bug

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Re: OSX?

If Microsoft is also working on a fix it is presumably a flaw in the protocol rather than the SAMBA implementation

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It's the end of the world....

>Engineers at Microsoft and the Samba Team are working together

It wasn't too long ago that Microsoft were bragging about having an entire team dedicated to frustrating samba. And Andrew Tridgell replying that he thought it was fun and a challenge

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: Sugar Free Raspberry Pi

Anyone remember this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Versatile_Laboratory_Aid

We had one hooked up to a BBC micro in college to plot a waveform - so we had a DSO in schools in the late 80s. I only had an analog storage scope with a polaroid camera doing a PhD 10 years later !

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Re: Bah!

Design your own amplifier did you? Or just slavishly copy the layout in the magazines.

Mashing up other people's work to create something different, and possibly better, is what we call progress.

The nice thing about this otherwise fairly useless gadget is that you DO write a program from scratch. Yes you drag and drop rather than typing linker commands in the console but you understand algorithms, functions, things happening as a response to other things. Much better than being sat down in front of an IDE and told to copy 100 lines of initialization boiler plate without understanding it, and without getting a single character wrong, just so you can get a blank window to appear.

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Re: I was a bit skeptical at first

Except you need a Windows PC to program this

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Re: ...there are only 583,212 Year Sevens in the UK, why make a million?

So one set of deliverables that the education dept manage to make on time every year !

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Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit: A timeline

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Re: Interesting coincidence with him resigning right when the docs were to be published

Or he generated a few 1000 low paid installer jobs and a few 1M/year bonuses for chums at the usual suspects.

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Re: A word to chill those who lived through the 80s (and 70s)

Based on an airframe that was taken over by the government when it disastrously failed as a commercial project so it didn't look like a complete failure.

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Re: IDS finds ejector button. Presses PIP.

IDS is a secret militant agent. Recruited at Cambridge by shadowy agents of the TUC to undermine the establishment from within and bring about the Bennite cause of exit from europe.

Now that would make a movie.

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Re: existing system and new idea

A whole sheep?

Bloody scroungers, not prepared to do a decent months work for a decent days pay.

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'Contractual barriers' behind geo-blocking could breach EU rules

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Re: I'm not selling abroad vs. my suppliers don't let me sell abroad

Because the same comp[nay that claims it has the right to licence a work for different rates in 20 different Eu countries - then also demands that it can register for tax in one of them and operate in all the others.

You don't offer flat deals across the Eu? Fine - but every Eu country gets to charge whatever import tarrifs it wants on your business.

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

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Re: Google Play Services

But you are in a public place and chose to have a phoen - so it's really no different from having a team of special branch following you around 24x7 noting where you go, who you talk to and what news you read.

And who could possibly object to that ?

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