* Posts by ciaran

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Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all

ciaran

Phase 1: fact-checker AI

AI will take over government this way...

Phase 1: TV journalists will ask an AI's opinion about a debate or a political campaign rally, to get an "objective opinion".

Phase 2: Politicians will use AIs to help them prepare for debates and to build their plans...

Phase 3: we vote for the AI directly.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

ciaran

Re: I'm not so pessimistic

The fully antonymous case will have a "manual mode", with a stupid tiny joystick and a 10kmh speed limit. Its an obvious solution. Personally I'm perfectly fit and I would easily pay an extra 3Keuro even for just an "autonomous mode". However the "not quite autonomous" mode of the Tesla autopilot scares me. I want the one that will safely stop and beep at me to resolve the problem.

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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

ciaran

Or an anti-matter beam!

My favorite plan for asteroids is to fire anti-matter at them.

Like anti-protons for example. Expensive to generate, and you'd have to do it on the moon, but easy to shoot and 100% of the incoming energy would be absorbed by the asteroid. If it was taken over by a mad scientist they could only attack earth's satellites, an anti-matter beam wouldn't make much of an impact on the atmosphere and would only create some gamma radiation. Same thing if the beam missed the asteroid or was dispersed.

The effect of the beam on the asteroid would be to generate thrust, and should work even if its spinning. So it should be able to deflect the asteroid minutely. You'd have to start early, its not a quick process...

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The FBI lost this round against Apple – but it aims to win the war

ciaran

Re: Interesting question for USAians

If there is a legal backdoor for one country, then surely there must be a legal backdoor for all countries. That was the problem with the "Clipper chip" - it only worked for the US. I don't see Germany or France accepting devices sold in their home countries where they can't use the backdoor controlled by the US government.

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

ciaran

Surely Ergonomy is more important than Security?!

Bad ergonomy, everyone has an excuse for going around it.

Great ergnomy with appropriate security, you teach the right way and everyone helps convince the newbies that its the easiest way.

Also you can get compliments about how you're making everything work easily.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

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Happy

Re: Orwell said it (more or less) ...

This is mine: We're all equal, but we're all different.

I think the one place where there should be a strict 50-50 share is in elected bodies. For every seat there should be a male and female representative.

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IBM open sources its blockchain code – the non-crazy part of Bitcoin

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WTF?

What the RFID?

I fail to see why an article about blockchain technology keeps bring RFID technology into the discussion. Blockchain is purely virtual, RFID is mostly a mistake^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H a physical implementation. Yes an integration could link them, but certainly there are no RFIDs used in the healthcare industry...

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Buy a voucher for personal home support in the supermarket

Carrefour (in france) is selling a voucher (about 80 euros) for someone to come to your house and have a look at your problem. I didn't look at the details, but its definitely an interesting product.

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All Systems z are Go: IBM ports Google language to mainframes

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No sign of Go for AIX yet, which is a pain.

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Qualcomm, Nvidia are driving us nuts – with silicon-brains-for-cars

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Re: I guess I am going to budget for a few more years on my current fleet

That's the wrong question, I think.

Sure, computers make mistakes, always have, always will.

But once the self-driving car makes significantly less mistakes than a human it should be accepted and used, no ?

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We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

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Re: I used to love technology

Car technology really sucks and its getting worse. So many options, the integration is awful. I have a Renault, I can't turn off the radio without turning off the GPS, and the "mute" function on the radio also mutes the GPS. On another car I've played with you just can't turn off the radio/media player at all, and there's no mute button.

I really want my self-driving car, but I know its going to suck too.

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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Re: Keybord passwords

I do that in work, since Active Directory insists that a password goes stale after a few months. Unfortunately my office keyboard and my mobile device keyboard don't have the same layout - it can be difficult logging back into my work email to get me hotel reservation number on the rare occasions I have to travel....

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Most developers have never seen a successful project

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Nuclear Power Stations

There are project fails in the realm of civil engineering too. From bridges being built before the road that never appears to cost overruns and leaks on chemical or nuclear plants. The ITER project is currently exceeding its budget, the US F35 is a laughing stock, etc.. The software industry shouldn't be singled out.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

ciaran

Eventually the insurance costs will go to zero..

Eventually everyone involved - insurance companies, governments, manufacturers and users - will understand that on average there are less accidents and less costs with driverless cars. Eventually there will be a big cost incentive to buy a car without a steering wheel. At that point the insurance companies might well have a problem if the government decides to just levy a tax to cover liabilities...

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Herbie Goes Under Investigation: German prosecutors probe ex-VW CEO Winterkorn

ciaran

When was he was unaware of the "defeat device"?

Surely the question is not "if", its "when"? Obviously he knew before he resigned. The question would be if he knew, for example, before the car was commercialised in the US.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

ciaran

007

Bond, will you please pay attention!

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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

ciaran

Re: The email dilemma

In France if you ban webmail then the work mail becomes "private", you're not allowed to monitor it.

Webmail is good, it helps enforce the separation between work and play.

Also, for email addresses, doesn't everyone use Trashmail?

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Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)

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Not good for NVMe then?

Only 16 PCIe lanes from the chip itself. So the NVMe drive has to go on the chipset. So its not good for my new high performance machine that I'm looking to build. Next!

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Pray for AMD

ciaran

Re: Radeon Fury

Yes, plus a NVMe SSD sitting directly on the CPUs PCIe lines - so that's going to be an i7 5960X. More money than I've ever spen on a PC..

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

ciaran

Re: on target

Casualties do not come from inaccurate wepons - at least not any more.

Today casualties are almost always from incorrect information - firing on the wedding party because you've assumed that only terrorists would group together at that place and time.

Incidentally, that's not supposed to happen according to the Geneva conventions, which makes each mistake a war crime...

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Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

ciaran
WTF?

Missing the standard quote...

"This level of sophistication is normally associated with a state sponsored cyber attack"...

The Sony attack was a state operation but this was a gang of criminals? Somebody's jerking us around.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

ciaran

Every engine the same, but different

I saw in a different forum what the installation problem was.

Its a problem with the motors. Depending on where they're attached to the wing they have to behave differently. You have to first install the software and then add the settings. If you mix them up its very difficult to detect it on the ground. Once in the air its difficult not to notice.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

ciaran

Re: Good news / Bad news

I read it as even worse - current users of iPhones are staying away in droves.

Or perhaps the group "users of smartphones" can be broken down into "15% iPhone, 85% android", of which they all have an equal propensity to refresh their hardware and have no brand loyalty?

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

ciaran

Lawyers in the US already had a hard time getting work

The US overproduces Lawyers in abundance - that's why so many end up "ambulance chasing". So this is going to make student debt harder to pay off. On the up side in-house lawyers for big companies may feel empowered to not use "outside council". If the big lawyers loose out it might make the US a more livable society...

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

ciaran

I don't have any dollars

So if you think it'd help I'll agree ;)

If there was a way I'd give all my tax money to SpaceX.

The Airane 5 is a bit boring. The new "Vega" launch vehicle is a bit exciting. Nothing in Europe has an exciting vision for space, and there's no money going that way either. The Kourou launch site is excellent, SpaceX should ask for a launch pad there...

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

ciaran

Who actually told Kim about the film?

I'd never heard of "The Interview" before the attack. If you were a quaking servant to Kim, and you'd found out about an upcoming file by secretly surfing IMBD, would you tell him? So who did? Maybe Sony sent a personal invite to the premier ? Bullshit on max, I agree.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

ciaran

Absolutely

Self declaration is the basic principle of taxation since the beginning.

Then you get audited and if your declarations are incorrect, you're screwed.

Personally I think tax auditors should be freelance and they should get a percentage of any extra revenue they extract from their targets. They would target the big fat estates and leave us little buggers mostly alone.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

ciaran
Stop

Israel has the resoureces

If Israel wanted peace, they would have made it happen. They have complete logistic and economic control of the Palestinian proto-state. On the Palestinian side they have no reserves, no way to move back on one axe and move forward on another. However the Palestinians have tried, and each time Israel has taken what they've given up but returned nothing.

Specifically Israel doesn't want peace because they would have to give Palestinian the fair share of the fresh water the Israel is currently using for farming.

Hamas is the elected government of the Gaza strip. Therefore they are a state militia, not a terrorist organization. Any media blandly declaring them to be terrorists are accepting the Israel worldview as the only one possible.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

ciaran
WTF?

Politicians are corrupt - by definition

We live in a capitalist society. Our society believes that each individual benefiting themselves will benefit society. And then we vote for a politician and expect them to work selflessly for the good of the whole without benefiting themselves? Really?

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

ciaran

The whole article is rubbish

The author starts by saying that rent limits, an economic term, is bad. Then he generalizes from there to any sort of rent limit. A rent contract does contain limits - is that bad? In Ireland around the time of the famine they discovered that letting owners jack up the rent whenever they wanted was bad. So laws controlling rent increased and eviction were passed. Is that a limit? In France when you build 100 high-price buildings you also have to build a percentage of rent-controlled accommodation, does that break the free market?

As for housing, the author is looking for some sort of building anarchy - if I can build it I should be allowed to build it. No planning for roads, sewage, emergency services. That planning is necessary is obvious, that a town plans in little bits is common sense. If economics says something that is the opposite of an obvious common sense approach, then its broken.

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Google could be a great partner for Iliad in its quest for T-Mobile

ciaran

Free mobile doesn't use WiFi

I live in france. I use Free for both my home ADSL and for my mobile phone. Its true that Free offers a FemtoCell for the ADSL line which boosts the mobile phone reception inside the house. However the idea that the pre-existing ADSL deployment was a major part of the Free Mobile deployment is completely wrong. Free stared in the ADSL business by giving a highly automated service that was better and cheaper than the existing operators. They had a one-price-fits-all strategy, but they gave little or no assistance if you had a problem. When they became a mobile operator they promised that they would halve average prices, and registered a competitor's price list to prove it.

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Spin doctors crack 'impossible' asteroid hurtling towards Earth

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Boffin

Antimatter

The problem with most asteroid defense schemes is that the person in control could turn around and threaten the earth with the system that they're supposed to use on the asteroid.

My proposition is to use a beam of anti-particles - because that would be cool, but also because an antiparticle would never be able to penetrate the atmosphere.

Apparently there are pockets of antiparticles generated by the sun and captured by the earths magnetic field... just saying !

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

ciaran

Re: DARPA: The Better To Murder You With, My Dear

Well we already have precision guided wepons. Funny thing, if a precision guided wepon hits a civilain, you can't say it was a mistake - you deliberetly aimed at an objective and then killed a civilian. That's a war crime. So maybe a sniper is happy to have the excuse of saying "I was aiming at something in fromt of the civilian and the shot veered off...", which is not a war crime...

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Help us out readers: How would you sniff and store network traffic?

ciaran

Re: span port or inline will be needed

Ntop is great. Span port can suck as configuration goes, and I would't want to configure one remotely. Inline configuration is good - particurlarly combined with the NAT and a Firewall. An ethernet tap is great, but I've never tried it with Ntop. An ethernet tap is a small hardware contraption that seperately splices into the "in" and "out" stream of an ethernet link. So you need a box with 2 ethernet ports to record the trafic from each direction. Plus a third to actually communicate.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

ciaran

What about the smell

Generally they test anything they send to space to make sure it has no smell. Which generally means it has no taste either. Half the attraction of express is the aroma. Nice in the morning, but you probably wouldn't want it to hang around all day.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

ciaran

Hey, is he putting Ireland into "internal communications" ?

I'm Irish. I learned in school that "British Isles" is a geographical term that includes the island of Ireland. So he's NOT spying on the Irish? Ridiculous, the nearest source of seasoned ex-terrorists being ignored !

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

ciaran

It only exists to let BAe be a player

The UK and French have agreed to work on a new combat drone. BAe wants a big slice of the cake, and rolls out the advertisement. On the other hand the French worked on a similar drone called the nEUROn (with crazy spelling). For the first flight they simply invited the press. Much more credible.

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JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

ciaran

This Javascript tutorial

almost tempts me to lean a new language

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/A_re-introduction_to_JavaScript

But my normal language is Perl, and my trade is mostly quick-and-dirty...

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Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

ciaran

CO2 vs dust!

In your notes you mention CO2, which is a variable that is monitored and that could have a greenhouse effect. I think that atmospheric dust has also been identified as a variable of similar importance to the greenhouse effect. Many sources of man-made dust have been massively reduced over the last 20 years as oil has become more expensive and as clean air laws have come into force. More could be done quire cheaply. So I really don't get the general obsession about CO2.

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

ciaran

Its like when you have proof that a politician is lying...

Everybody thinks that politicians lie about anything they think they can get away with. But when you catch one making an outright lie, should they be punished ?

I think they should. And in the same logic I think the US should be punished for having a spy agency that's out of control.

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Exciting MIT droplet discovery could turbocharge power plants, airships and more

ciaran

Re: Nothing will make airships viable.

Why not use a vacuum? Or a partial vacuum.

Holding a vacuum is only a materiel science problem, its not difficult.

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French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

ciaran

Mostly seems a good set of reccomendations

I live in France, so I read the 3 pages in French.

Passwords: they didn't say "use a separate password for each application". Changing every month is stupid, that's been debunked many times. Changing every 6 months is probably about right.

The papers distinguish between secret and confidential. Secret get its own treatment. For confidential, use a landline. You don't need to encrypt on a desktop PC - its not mobile. But you must encrypt on anything that can be lost or stolen. Lots of organizations should have that rule !

Don't plug anything mobile into your desktop box, even just to charge it. Says a lot about the chaos you can do to a PC if you can corrupt someone's smartphone...

Generally I would say that the memo is basic common sense.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

ciaran
Black Helicopters

Buzz on a frech forum about a secret video

There's a lot of huffing and puffing on a french aeronautic forum about a video showing the Rafale doing a "gun kill" on a F-22. Apparently someone is looking for a way to publish without leaving any fingerprints. Might be some connection to whatever the Register has gotten their sticky hands on...

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Seven all-in-ones that aren't the Apple iMac - and one that is

ciaran
Linux

I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!

I currently have an older iMac all-in-one, 27 inch I think. I was expecting to buy a new one soon, until the silly-slim iMacs appeared without an optical drive.

I don't want touch, I don't want Windows 8, I do want a "suspend" that works as well as the current iMac.

I searched for All-in-ones on the Ubuntu compatibility list, the only one had a restriction on power management.

So I'm stuck :(

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Holly(oaks) talking head is FUTURE of face messaging, claims prof

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This reminds me of "Box" from Star Cops?

I think Star Cops is still very technologically accurate. Apart from the space bits ;)

Star Cops had a digital assistant called "Box". Apparently the original idea for Box was that it would use the voice of the owner, although that was dumped during filming.

So the original Box idea was that it should ring someone and basically impersonate their owner.

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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So this looks like Nylon ?

Nylon started the plastics revolution. It was the first easy to produce long-chain polymer, from what I remember.

If this can be industrialized it certainly will be a game-changer. But is there a risk of it becoming the next Asbestos ? Its built of individual microscopic fibers, if they became disaggregated and then airborne it would be bad for the lungs... So it might be reserved to special uses until the safety aspects are verified...

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

ciaran
WTF?

So should I endorse back?

I've also seen endorsements arriving, and I've ignored them like I ignore everything from Linkedin (why can't I stop it sending me emails?).

But if someone endorses you, should I endorse them back? By ignoring the endorsement, am I ignoring the person? If they're looking for an endorsement, are they looking for a job? So many stupid questions from a worthless feature!

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NASA: 'Those life-on-Mars rumors? Chill, dudes and dudettes'

ciaran

Plastic!

http://nasaupdatecenter.us/press.html

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Scientists find safer way to store hydrogen

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Boffin

Re: True Cost/Efficiency

I agree, Hydrogen is a way of storing energy, and a poor one compared to petrol. What we need is an energy store that's as easy to use as petrol but that's easy to produce. I vote for Ethanol.

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