* Posts by Uffish

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Prior use ?

Ezra Pound (Lustra, 1916):

Winter is icumen in,

Lhude sing Goddamm,

Raineth drop and staineth slop,

And how the wind doth ramm!

Sing: Goddamm.

Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,

An ague hath my ham.

Freezeth river, turneth liver,

Damm you; Sing: Goddamm.

Goddamm, Goddamm, 'tis why I am, Goddamm,

So 'gainst the winter's balm.

Sing goddamm, damm, sing goddamm,

Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

(a parody of the the 13th century song "Sumer Is Icumen In").

And all sing "Goddamm, DAMM the fartwits at HBO".

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: "a cylinder"

I thought that Apple decided that inward facing offices were very much higher status than outward facing, and that all the windows were curved in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

Ahh, donuts !!!

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Re: Finally

So the security services have a law which sets out what they are allowed to do (you know, licensed to kill etc). No doubt it is the bare minimum of what the security services really, really need to keep this country safe (with bulging dossiers supporting each and every claim, all secret of course).

The only good point is that it presumably makes pulling the wool over the Minister's eyes a little harder.

Of course, whether it has that effect or not is a secret.

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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President elect Trump

If Trump succeeds and, (speaking as a non-American), doesn't indulge in huge abuses of American power as GWB did - what is to worry about. So far his electioneering seems to have been unconventional but reasonably honest, if a bit brutal.

If he truly is an incompetent, he will be assigned a team of minders and the political establishment will set like rock around him - so we should survive the one term he will be allowed.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

If I order some fish and chips and eat a few of the chips whilst waiting to pay, the notes I pull out of my wallet and hand over are likely to end up carrying more than trace amounts of oil, and my preference is for chippies that use beef dripping. I would imagine that cotton/linen notes would soak up more oil than plastic notes.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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Working on a plane

I was never able to get a good look at both the screen and the keyboard of my laptop (I can't touch type). Usually had a much better view of the top of the head of the passenger in front. This was true for both economy and business classes. On the rare occasions of first class travel I was too busy scoffing the delicious nibbles and drinks and multi-course meals ever to think of working.

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: The Universe has Always Been Here?

The universe didn't exist before I was born. It evolved a bit during my childhood but more or less settled down during my middle age. I have no proof of anything more than this. It may, or may not, outlast me, I don't know.

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New state of matter discovered by superconductivity gurus

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Re: Advanced science or gibberish?

@cuddles

Thanks for the explanation, much appreciated. Specialist jargon can sometimes be completely impenetrable without a bit of help.

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Sequence Reversal not Time Reversal

Thank you for that idea, I shall cling to it like Linus to his blanket, or a different Linus to his swear words.

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Re: "breaks time-reversal"

To the Editor,

Sir, one of your journalists has left the phrase "the new phase enters a completely different structure that breaks time-reversal" in an article with no other comment or explanation.

Will you please see to it that some explanation in the most prosaic and banal terms is introduced as soon as possible since I am very much afraid that otherwise my brain will explode.

Yours truly,

Perplexed of Tunbridge Wells

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AI is all trendy and fun – but it's still a long way from true intelligence, Facebook boffins admit

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Re: "their own intelligence"

My take on the subject is that intelligence is the result of natural selection, good or bad luck in choosing one's parents, good or bad luck as a foetus, nurture, environment and choice.

"Random undirected changes over millions of years" is an intentionally misleading phrase.

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More money than sense.

"Researchers at Facebook have attempted to build a machine capable of reasoning from text".

That says it all really. Cretins.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Luddite

A middle eastern office loo - standard row of standard cubicles. A bit too skimpy-USA-style for my liking but needs must when nature calls - and it was, urgently.

Sat down, reset the intestines to factory fresh and looked for the loo paper - there was none, not even an empty holder. There was however a standard shower attachment on a flexi-pipe with hot and cold taps. I had one, slightly used, paper tissue in my pockets.

You don't have to be a luddite to long for home comforts.

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Wire is good

"my smartphone and my tablet don't work" . They make little gadgets for situations like that. Of course if you want secure communications you probably wouldn't be using a smartphone or tablet.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

They're a couple of cool cats. (Useless at high voltage engineering, but cool).

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Re: Casting pearls before swine.

That would be the New Testament.

The Old Testament is full of advice against arguing with fools but doesn't openly call them swine.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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Re: Cue another over hyped exploit....

There is only one way to find out - please, very very pretty puleeeeze !

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Re: French Speaking Philips

Brussels is bilingual (French and Dutch) so they wouldn't need to.

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Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard

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Re: Cruft

I think we are misunderstanding the word "cruft". Let me explain, some years ago I was talking to some TV engineers not long after a transmitter breakdown. They said that it wasn't that big a problem because they only lost two minutes. I said I thought they were off air for a quarter of an hour at least. Yes, they said, but we only lost two minutes of adverts.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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The innocence of Americans ...

Years of watching Hollywood movies, TV series, "choose the right answer" school tests, all-you-can-eat food outlets and all the other dumbed down aspects of US life have nearly wrecked a great country.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

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Re: "why do you have a phone?"

I have a phone to make phone calls, receiving them is incidental.

( Yes, I do lead a rather quiet life now, why do you ask? )

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NASA's asteroid orbit calculator spots a hot rock zipping past

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Re: "fighting each other over nothing"

If only it were so simple. The rest of your comment is probably true.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: RICO charges

I had to look it up, my best guess based on newspaper column inches, was Ridiculously Intricate Comb Over.

He may, or may not, be innocent of consorting with crooks but he's guilty as hell on the hair.

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Re: What's truly important here...

What's truly important here is ... how the information got out - who is leaking what. I predict a "gotcha" moment in a private ceremony in the White House in the not too distant future.

Of course, like all my predictions this one is worthless.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: There may be trouble ahead ...

Why does your merry quip remind me of the euphemism for being hung "to dance upon nothing".

Brexit would be a blessed relief from the bureaucratic quagmire that is the current EU if it didn't have all the slow motion horror of a train crash.

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

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Crypto ?

I read it as Alice and Bob managing to communicate despite the disruptive effects of having K thrown at them. Eve doesn't suffer from constant k attacks and just thinks they are talking gibberish.

Or am I being too anthropomorphic?

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See that red spot on the chart? Sail over it and you'll find a Russian sub

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Catching up with history

The Royal Navy used to be pretty hot on getting up to date and accurate charts."Up to date" just got updated.

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'Biggest ever' Linux release

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Re: "commit the noun"

The word 'commit', used as a noun, should have been committed a long time ago, but sadly it's too late for that now.

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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Re: persuading

Easy - get a large slice of the market to outlaw the sale and use of insecure products and enforce the ban. Shortly afterwards there will be secure Golden Chrysanthemum gadgets on sale - at the appropriate price.

Legislation that is enforced is the key - it's not Happy Panda's problem, it's ours.

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Re: Standards Bodies need notice

I put something like €50 of diesel into my car when I fill it up. The diesel fuel meets several standards that protect me but also specifically protect the population at large (sulphur content etc). The sale of non-standard fuel is illegal.

Either you enforce some sort of legislation that makes IoTs less vulnerable or you live with an internet with the quality of service of Southern Rail.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: " those cars had almost no trunk space..."

Some time in the early 1970's I and my future wife were youth hostelling around Italy and were waiting at a bus stop for the Pompei ruins. A kindly couple in a real, original, Fiat 500 stopped, and offered us a lift. They were peasant shaped and sat in the front, we were somewhat slimmer, in those days, and sat in the back with our two large rucksacks.

No problem - a fast and comfortable ride. They don't make cheap iconic cars any more.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Re: "This progress must be ..."

We all want progress (I think) but please, don't test out your algorithms on the roads I drive on. Where I drive the slow, ultra-safe Google cars would be a public nuisance and the Tesla cars wouldn't have the needed reactivity.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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"That's called business, by the way" - D. Trump

I just hope that the NHS buyers are as well trained and hard working as the medical staff.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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Re: Utility Patents

There was a retired UK Patent Office examiner who obtained a whole string of fatuous but totally legal patents* because he knew the system.

He is not the only one to know the system.

*My favourite is UK Patent No. GB1047735

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Mysterious algorithms, black-box AI recruiters are binning our résumés

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Re: Good scanning system

And there I was wondering how to staple a PDF to a sheet of paper, wouldn't get the job I suppose.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: "more oppressive here"

Surveillance in the UK is probably more pervasive than most countries but, speaking personally, it has not been oppressive.

The UK has been a master of the intelligence business for centuries and I don't think that anyone has come up with an alternative form of security, so I guess the spooks will be spooking for some time to come.

A comprehensive paper trail for spooking activities, including asking a 'friend' to lend a hand in the spooking, is the best we can hope for in terms of democratic control.

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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Re: "workers, farmers and artists"

Artists maybe but the brush is a writing instrument.

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

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Alt. Astronomy

Look, it's complicated enough already doing the maintenance on the giant universal orrery in the sky without having to have a separate gear ratio for every bleeding star in a galaxy!

It's only there for the aesthetic anyway so stop doing all the fancy maths.

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True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

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Prior Art

If you push down the telescopic antenna on a portable FM radio you may well find that it goes silent because of insufficient received signal level. Touch the antenna however and the program comes back. That's a full stereo signal at around 100 MHz mind you, not a couple of dozen bits per second.

I have also noted, with much discomfort, that the human body can conduct signals at 50Hz.

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EU turns screws on Android – report

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Re: Slovenian

I would imagine that a lot of people would be very happy to have a Slovenian search engine, it would probable be easier to search for Slovenian things in a Slovenian way (eg maybe Slovenians treat 'š' differently from 's').

Sure, if you want to find out more about USA cooking, for example, Google works well for pizza recipes - but if you want to find out about non-USA pizza, it doesn't.

Similarly, if I want to find info on a British topic, googling from France, Google is an annoying waste of time.

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Microsoft inserts 'new kind of computer ... into our cloud' for speedier Azure services

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"...it’s a new kind of computer that’s been inserted into our cloud. That layer can do networking, it can do AI, it can do other things".

Microsoft script writers seem to be Terminator fans.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: Fragile evidence...

... hence the 'price' of $1M on the FBI crack. "No-one else could have cracked the phone m'lud, it cost the FBI $1M to get a solution ..." Now of course the defence lawyer will say "Anyone could have cracked the phone m'lud, the solution only costs about $100".

The FBI has about $999,900 worth of egg on its face.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

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Re: "The judge doesn't prove anything"

Literally, of course, you are right - but it is the judge's court and he would detail and explain all relevant points to the jury before they decided on a verdict.

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Divide and Conquer

You can bet that the 'lobbyists' will be out in force throughout Europe picking and scrabbling at any and all signs of unity.

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

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Re: "dark matter"

I know that you were just simplifying current ideas but you do realize that your statement also perfectly describes 'nothing at all'.

I shall try the idea of 'Dark Money' on my bank manager.

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Re: just a horizon.

I think of it as a bit more than just a horizon. It's the point where you shriek "Belgium" with your last breath in this universe.

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Re: Roundabouts...

What you have to understand is that the Arc de Triomphe roundabout has a different rule than most, but not all, roundabouts in France. It's the old rule, superseded for most but not all French roads - 'priorité à droit'. That and not loosing your no claims bonus.

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North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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Re: Only 50 odd years behind the curve

Taken from a random French ski accessories website "Fart de base liquide pour le fartage..." and "VOLA Fart rouge 200 g. Pour les skieurs recherchant une optimisation du fart..."

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: "The problem..."

You might also wish to have your cake and eat it too.

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Re: Afghans.

"They won't be losing any rights." So you say, and in an ideal world that is what would happen.

It would be wise to remember that Britain is geographically an integral part of Europe and economically, culturally and politically always has been. All European nations have schemed against and fought with other European countries and all European countries think that they are 'special' and not like the others.

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