* Posts by Thesheep

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Hacker data dumps scrape to make huge grey marketing database

Thesheep

Just because you scrape it from the web...

...it doesn't give you the right (ethically or legally) to use it. I predict a metric shitstorm of legal challenges in a variety of jurisdictions, unless he can clearly demonstrate the consent of the end user and the agreement of the owners of the scraped websites.

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

Thesheep

Re: Bloody replicants getting everywhere

Doesn't make any difference what desert... its completely hypothetical.

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Bloody replicants getting everywhere

You're in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a...

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Teradata bulks up its universe, joins data warehouse to data lake

Thesheep

Re: Optimistic trend line?

Ignoring data that you don't like seems an interesting approach...

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

Thesheep

How would the animals perceive the robots? This claims to be from an 'experiment', but I think it's someone messing around with Aibo cruelty... http://www.maniacworld.com/AIBO-vs-dog.html

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

Thesheep

Quay Valley?

... this is more a Shelbyville idea. It put North Haverbrook and Ogdenville on the map.

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Online retail giant Amazon GOES TITSUP ACROSS EUROPE

Thesheep

Fire TV

And I was trying to watch Bosch too... I might have to read the bloody books again at this rate. On the Kindle. Damn.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

Thesheep

An upvote

For referring to the Great British/Brazilian space opera...

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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Coat

Good old Hadoop...

Running on commodity hardware like this.

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IBM hastens END OF HUMANITY with teachable AI 'brain'

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Paris Hilton

I for one welcome our wobbly overlords

So we're in jellyfish range then. Not long until we hit the number of neurons in a might leech.

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

Thesheep

Re: Could you refuse...

I think you'll find that that is data about your water/electricity/gas meter, and therefore not personal information as defined under the DPA. And in any case this would fall under the remit of 'data required to carry out a business function'. Nice try though.

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Makers of Snowden movie Citizenfour sued by ex-oil exec

Thesheep

Good news everyone! I've solved Russia's financial crisis!

Putin sues the makers of the Hunt for Red October... Yesh!

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Thesheep

Minus £20

I originally forked out just £9 for my daughter's Hudl due to a bit of a voucher order cock-up which gave me far more that I deserved. The charging port was pretty poor (hope they've really improved that!), and we went through two in a year.

The positives, not only were Tesco great with no-questions-asked replacements, but by the time I did the last replacement they'd dropped the price, so I got a £20 refund!

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Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

Thesheep

Re: Jaguars are astonishingly awful in the snow

Agree they are awful in the snow. But one month a year? Where do you live? Perhaps one day, and frankly the problem will be that the roads will be blocked by people who overestimated their snow/road skills anyway. Best to stay at home, or if you really worry invest in either snow tyres or chains.

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HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Coat

Re: Back to the drawing board

STOP! HAMR time!

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

Thesheep

Re: Weigh the bloody thing

I guess any such devices would need to be robust enough to stand the considerable load during landing, though...

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Holmes

Re: "Soon"

I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it. Old Assange did it in less than twenty.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

Thesheep
Holmes

The polluter pays...

Interesting approach.

So if I point out (or provide an index to) crap floating in a stream, I should pay, on the grounds that you might not have smelled it otherwise?

Or perhaps if I tell you who has broken the DPA, for example if I was the Office of the Information Commissioner, and you wouldn't have noticed otherwise, I should pay the fine?

To be clear, I'm not saying that Google shouldn't clear things up - but the analogy being used is pretty poor.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

Thesheep
Coat

I'll get my toga virilis...

Latine loqui potest?

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

Thesheep

Interesting*

*by which I mean "wrong".

As always these composite indicators are determined by the choice of the input data. And as is often the case they have chosen things that are easy to measure... A great example (which explains, in part, why Cambridge does so well) is the presence of a University. And another is the academic ranking of its Computer Science degree. And another is the number of citations coming form the Computer Science department. Good news that only CompSci counts for innovation in IT.

There are some interesting network metrics, but it seems they are based on things like joint patents and company ownerships - neither of which reflects startup innovation (it takes years to be granted patents, and usually you get bought up after you have innovated things, not before).

It would also have been nice to know what time period the data reflected, not just when the report covered...

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

Thesheep

False needles

Unfortunately, given that the 'needles' that the NSA are searching for are vanishingly rare, most of what they will find are going to be false positives. Which is going to be worse than useless. And of course the NSA has no role or authority to catch criminals: they are tasked with security and intelligence.

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Go

Re: "GCHQ has far fewer tentacles wrapped around the worlds communications"

So the Laundry turns out to be history, not fiction! Tentacles!

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

Thesheep
Big Brother

Don't be fooled

By the 'lone gunman' theory. There will be many, many more.

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Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

Thesheep

Re: Loophole?

Excellent, he can relocate all his profits there, where he can spend them on dust*.

*or cheese, if the Gromitarians are to be believed.

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Bitcopocalypse! Top crypto-currency can be HIJACKED, warn boffins

Thesheep

Re: Increasing difficulty of mining Bitcoin

But unless you can buy electricity with Bitcoins then the tipping point is also determined by the exchange rate. If fewer coins are produced but demand stays high then the rate should rise, delaying or preventing the tipping point. Other events, such as US authorities taking Bitcoins out of circulation, should also help...

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Leveson: My Whingers' Charter™ is PERFECT, you impudent MPs

Thesheep

Not even saying sorry...

It would appear they think that the right response to printing lies, hacking phones etc is to attack anyone who says "perhaps you should say sorry?".

After all, if we disagree with you in any way whatsoever we must hate Britain and be as bad as Stalin and that German bloke.

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Thesheep

Re: The sad thing is..

Cylons. Bloody cylons.

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Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders

Thesheep

As a shareholder

He probably isn't interested in turning the company around, just making money - any way he can.

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Shopping list for Tesco: Eggs, milk, bread, tablets (the £60 7in Android kind)

Thesheep

Re: A bit late to the party arent they?

Even more pedantic note: 60 notes = £300. Unless they phase out the £5 note half way through...

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Paris Hilton

Interesting

If you don't think of the camera as a device for taking photographs, but instead think of it as a barcode scanner, then it starts to make sense. MyFitnessPal relies on entering calories, and the easiest way to do this is by scanning the barcodes on the packet. Doing that without having to find the phone seems a useful and convenient feature.

Also interesting is the price point Samsung have chosen. To me it seems high (twice the price of pebble). Presumably they've done their research though.

My final thought is that they seem to be visibly disagreeing with some of pebble's key design constraints: 7 day battery, small enough to be a watch (not a phone with a strap), waterproof...

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Pulsars: the GPS beacons of the cosmos

Thesheep

Re: @jake

Wasn't an SX with a maths coprocessor the same thing as a DX?

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

Thesheep

Re: ROFL

I'm on a six digit pin for my iPhone... so not on mine.

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Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

Thesheep
Facepalm

Hey need better copywriters...

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus

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Russian Zuckerberg to Snowden: 'Come work for книга лиц  VKontakte'

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Mushroom

Re: What more could a guy want?

Russian Standard is both a vodka and a bank. I'm sure they could use a programmer/systems administrator...

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

Thesheep
Paris Hilton

The stars have spoken...

Clearly an event of this significance can only mean that today one was born who shall become King!

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Scientist seeks smartphone snappers to scrub satellite searches

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Worldwide smartwatch shipments predicted to top 5 million next year

Thesheep

500k for this year

...seems entirely plausible. Pebble are claiming 190k direct pre-orders (plus Kickstarter ones this equates to about 275k shipping in 2013 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android/posts/536005). They are also selling through BestBuy in the US.

5 million next year though? If a big company gets involved and spends big marketing dollars (and has a product in the right price range) then it's possible. Otherwise it's going to be tough.

Full disclosure: I have a Pebble, and I love it.

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JPL wants to fire a laser at MARS!

Thesheep

"providing precision improvement well above three orders of magnitude over the current RF techniques"

They're suggesting that the new measurement will be millimeter accurate and three orders of magnitude better than existing methods... surely the whole thing could be thrown out by the rover standing on a rock.

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Of mice, the NSA, GCHQ and data protection

Thesheep

But the NSA can't...

...use that exemption from oversight by UK authorities, such as the ICO, if they are breaching UK data law. In fact if they are collecting data in the UK (or possibly UK data held under safe harbour) then they may be acting as a data processor or controller. Parliament should call the head of the NSA to testify... And if they won't come voluntarily then it would be a great test of the mutual extradition treaty we allegedly have.

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

Thesheep
Holmes

Oh no he isn't...

The flight is filed to capacity with thirsty journos, but no Snowden: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/edward-snowden-booked-on-plane-from-moscow-to-havana-live-coverage

Does El Reg have someone on board?

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

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Alert

NASA computers...

...still seem to be using a terrible greenscreen UI, with an annoying typewriter animation. Perhaps they could use some of their budget to buy something a bit less 1980s?

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Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

Thesheep

Kodacell

...it was all foretold. (Apart from the bits he got wrong)

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Spotting a Big Data faker as you set up Big Data for someone

Thesheep

Re: whats big?

Anyone who gives an answer to that question would clearly be a faker.

And I'd also kick out anyone who mentioned the 3 Vs.

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Is UK web speech regulated? No.10: Er. We’ll get back to you

Thesheep
FAIL

Any thought gone into this article?

Or did you just reprint all the mashed up crap regurgitated by the vested interests of the Murdoch (and other) empires, nicely aided and abetted by their friends?

What happened to journalists looking to source facts? Other than an Index of Censorship press release where is your evidence for "300 years" of freedom.

For completeness sake you could at least have included the rest of their arguments, and added some ad-hominem attacks on Hugh Grant and a mention of Hitler...

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Facepalm

Re: I can think of few people

I can: the bungling, incompetent, thieving (stolen data), liars in the press. Oh, and the PCC.

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Googlification of Britain: Forget 'IT worker', we're all just 'digital' now

Thesheep
WTF?

Is this the 80s????

Digital? I mean, come on. Are there still pockets of analogue computers out there that I haven't noticed? Perhaps it's time for me to throw away the 8 track.

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Hey, software snobs: Hardware love can set your code free

Thesheep
IT Angle

The depressing state of coding...

...is that all you expert coders have never managed a piece of code that you couldn't have improved if you tried. At least that's what I'm taking from your comments. Unless you mean it's just other people who are writing useless code?

So if you assume the code is efficient, and the problem still can't run in a reasonable time, what other option do you have than 'throwing' hardware at it?

I remember doing data mining on a 386, and waiting hours. Along came a mighty 486 and a whole range of things that were un achievable could now be done...

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Big Data about to bottom out, says Gartner

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Facepalm

The Gartner Hypecycle....

... Has now reached the trough of disillusion.

Seriously, it makes Magic Quadrants look sensible.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

Thesheep
Linux

Hacked

Is there no limit to what geeks will do?

http://scanlime.org/2012/11/hacking-my-vagina/

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IBM begs Britain's new top cops: C'mon, set up pre-crime units

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Stop

This is not the software you're looking for...

Forget buying software - the best investment would be in people who can ask the right analytical questions. After that go out and use R, or one of the other open source data-mining tools, or go to one of the excellent specialised UK companies that produce stuff that is fit for purpose.

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