* Posts by BoldMan

800 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

BoldMan

Re: So it's basically...

Still not quite right it should be

"All your face are belong us"

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Amazon recalls dodgy solar eclipse shades that offer no eye protection

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Re: Mirrors

Even easier it to take a mirror from the bathroom medicine cabinet and wrap it in paper but cut a circular hole in the paper. You can than hold the mirror (or attach it to a stand of some sort if you are a lazy sod) and reflect an image of the sun onto an appropriate surface.

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

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"Hey guys I've just found this weird inscription... it just says the same word three times... Hastur Hastur..."

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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It already has been...

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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So Occado's goal is to eliminate all the jobs that aren't managerial or executive...

Uber's aim is to get rid of those pesky employees who aren't employees...

Um what will all these unemployed people do? Work in fucking call centres that get offshored to India?

Autonomous vehicles will work ONLY when all vehicles are autonomous and even then the BMW and Audi ones will have driving rules that are different to everyone else...

Mr Ludd was an optimist!

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Splinter camo?

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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And then you get to read a letter about Great Aunt Agatha's trip to visit her relatives with a reminder not to forget her hair curlers.

ENCODING a message is a much more secure mechanism for communications than ENCRYPTING!

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Bubble?

What a wise and sensible solution! I'd forgotten about bubble and squeak...

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Tomato has no place in a Full English - its a fruit for god sakes!!!! Or is it a vegetable? Who cares to be honest - there is a time and place for tomato and that is NOT my Full English!

Hash browns? yes please!

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You need to assemble a crack AI team: Where do you even start?

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Am I reading the Daily Mash? Does Simon WIlliams have an opinion on this?

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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...and yet another idiotic organisation that doesn't understand the difference between Identity and Authentication...

So how long before their biometric DB gets hacked and all those victims will need to reset their eyeballs...

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

BoldMan

Re: Talent

'Talent' is a catch-all term for those who appear in front of the camera or microphone...

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Re: What's interesting

Or he wasn't actually employed by the BBC but by the production company that made Top Gear. These are only the salaries of people directly contracted to the BBC so all those like Chris Evans or Graham Norton who have TV production companies as well as BC contracts are paid even more.

That said, so fucking what!

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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"Pardon my ignorance, but what is a rectifier supposed to be when it's not a collection of diodes, and if that's what it is, how does it prevent a major load from overwhelming an inadequate power supply?"

Its 35 years ago, I can't remember exactly what it was called now - it prevented power variations trashing the floppies is the most important thing, so yes it "rectified" the problem :)

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Way back in the dim and distant 80s, I did some work for BP Minerals who had an exploratory base-station in norther Norway, just up from Trondheim. Back then we were using DEC Rainbows to download and process magnetometer data which was then saved to 5 1/4" flooppy disks. The field crew kept reporting that their floppy disks were being corrupted and they were loosing the data. These very early PC-alternatives didn't have a hard drive, just 2 floppies - one was the system drive with a CPM disk and software we ran the other was the data drive, so loosing data meant the magnetometers became unusable as we couldn't clear the data from their pathetically tiny memories.

We thought that maybe the floppies had been corrupted by the airport x-ray machine so we put them in a metal box and wrapped them in tin foil... didn't work... So I, as the programmer of the data processing software, got sent out for a week to work out what was going wrong. This was April and the snow was still on ground and I got to rid a skiddo to the log cabin in the middle of nowhere on the edge of the arctic circle to spend a week in a log cabin with a PC and 2 Geophysicists. On the first day they went out surveying and I sat with the PC checking everything I could think of. There was an electric wall heater on a thermostat/timer and I noticed that whenever it switched on the lights flickered a bit and the fan on the PC changed pitch... Lo and behold disk errors started to appear... Quick trip back to Trondheim to pick up a rectifier and bingo no more disk errors...

From that day on it became part of the standard field kit...

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UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism

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Re: The worst thing in the world for Assange...

Isn't that what they've been doing for the last few years? The USA had repeatedly said they were not interested in him - the only person who keeps saying this is the twat himself.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: Forgotten the obvious?

...and fucking THOUSANDS of flights where the pilots were not psychologically damaged nutters who managed to fool the airline HR dept.

Lets replace the HR departments with Robots - then they'll be infallible!!!

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Re: Bit of a vicious circle

As has been mentioned before this is a lie in the first place, what they mean sis a shortage of qualified pilots willing to work for a pittance.

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Re: Automated pilots?

Except when they ban tablets and make you check them into the hold...

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Load of old... um... new bollocks(tm)

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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Well since the RN have trouble with power plants that can generate enough power for existing ships. I doubt if we'll see this for a while...

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Repeat after me "Government finances are not the same as Personal Finances"

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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Re: "Sadly no black monolith found"

Better than the Rama sequels (shudder)

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

BoldMan

Re: No infrared excess

Which is why they want to capture more data during the occlusion as they may be able to detect re-emissions from what ever it causing the occlusion.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

BoldMan

Re: Ahhh lovely...

Play current chart music at me and you are 100% guaranteed to lose my business!!!

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: Great analysis - thanks

> So the question is - why have you got several thousand W7 desktops unpatched?

Well I for one stopped allowing my Win 7 box to auto patch when Microsoft started fucking about with what was included in updates and to avoid being automatically "upgraded" to Win 10. MS have destroyed the trust that was placed in Windows Update to only update and fix problems, not push malware at us that installs OSes we don't want!!!

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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@big_D

> The same is true with Windows XP. They were told a couple of years ago, that if they hadn't

> moved to Windows 7 or later, they would need to pay annual support to keep Windows XP

> patched. They decided not to cough up and now they are paying the price.

They did cough up but that paragon on Ministerial competence Jeremy C-Hunt cancelled the contract to save £5 million which in comparison to the NHS budget is the loose change you find down the back of the sofa.

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> - You could do it with the support agreement you buy with the kit.

Yup and then you get a moronic Minster for Health some years down the line who cancels the support contract to save a minuscule amount of money in comparison to the overall budget and then you are back to square one and screwed.

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All very well in theory but when the vendors of the bespoke software have been acquired by multiple orgs and their inept management don't even know what they've bought (not as unusual as you might think) and decide to shitcan these products you rely on...

Being able to upgrade your drivers between versions of operating systems would be a marvellous ability but the upgrade path from Win XP just doesn't work for many hardware and software solutions.

Isolating the Win XP off "the net" would be a nice option except of course the x-ray machine needs to send its output to a server and the lack of IT resources means the simplest solution is to keep it connected rather than come up with a bespoke air-walled solution...

The real world is much more complex than all these "simple" solutions everyone keeps coming out with can handle.

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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Re: They could do a real brexit tour

> Which basically means that 28% didnt care and which ever way you swing it, over half the country

> didnt vote for one or other of the options.

Or more likely were not allowed to vote because they were a furriner (aka EU citizen residing in the EU, ie someone most likely to be affected by any chance), similar to how no UK citizen living in the EU were allowed to express their preference...

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Another AI assistant... It's getting crowded in here, isn't it, Siri?

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Typical bit of marketing fluff that doesn't understand the difference between AI, Keyword scanning, machine (not)learning and a load of bollocks.

Next they'll be talking about neural nets...

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Google Maps/Streetview - Westminister Bridge.

If you go back to the map view and click on the little man, you see what routes have been mapped by their camera car and across the bridge there is only one route - they obviously haven't mapped it in both directions because what is the point? However their cars have had to negotiate the different lanes at either side of the bridge, so you get multiple pathways through the junctions. Not really suspicious, just Google mapping bollocks.

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: @TRT - New technical terms.

You forgot the reciprocating trunion that helps avoid sinusoidal depleneration...

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This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels

BoldMan

Re: Cows/Cowes, IOW?

One of Hello Cheeky's finest!

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Amazed this pointless bit of fluff hasn't got the "First published in The Conversation" tagged on the end...

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

BoldMan

Re: personal system

2 minutes? how quaint! Ad breaks nowadays seem to go on for about 10 minutes, then you get 5 minutes of programme and then another 10 minute break!

...and don't bother switching to another commercial channel because pretty much all of the show ads at the same time now! I never watch live commercial channels anymore if I can help it, always record and watch later, makes Agents of SHIELD much more palatable :)

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Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m

BoldMan

Re: Card counting

They still have a better chance of calcualting the odds vs a human player.

The usual mantra when playing poker is "Play the Player, not the hand" - Poker is a game of psychology so how can the humans stand a chance when their most important skill has been nullified by a computer screen?

Its why online poker is a mugs game.

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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Re: Quality of Service is probably more important to me

The problem is those sorts of outcomes are unpredictable. You were fortunate to have the connection improved but it could quite easily have been worse. The focus is always on line speed, but not on reliability and latency.

Changing ISPs is pretty much pot luck and in my mind not worth the hassle. The customer service is crap whoerver you go with anwyay!

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You know what, maybe Tabby's star ate a planet, ponder space eggheads

BoldMan

Re: Why not..

Oh in that case it must be Kimball Kinnison's fault...

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The Raiel have found some more Motiles!

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

BoldMan

Re: And of course...

Damn you got there in one step! Good play!

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Peace-sign selfie fools menaced by fingerprint-harvesting tech

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This boils down to the difference between identification and authentication.

Fingerprints can IDENTIFY you but shouldn't be used to authenticate you.

Authentication ie can this person do this thing should not rely simply on identification, there should be a secondary token for authentication.

Your fingerprints are essentially your Username but you still should need a password to get into a system.

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Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter

BoldMan

Re: Hmmmm....

Close, they were the Skesies

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IBM filed another 8,000 patents in 2016

BoldMan

Re: "...machine learning in response to freeform verbal questions posed by humans"

> Let's see how it answers "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

The question you mean is "When did you stop beating your wife?"

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Tesla set to up prices by 5% in new year because of 'currency fluctuations'

BoldMan

Re: 5% is bad 25% is worst, no control is worst yet.

Who the hell negotiated that deal for you? Whoever it was needs to be shot!

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US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

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So why does healthcare in the US cost so much? Could it be that someone is being ripped off?

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Interesting that everything is "Obamacare's" fault and not the fault of profiteering insurance companies that are able to screw the entire population of the USA and the Federal budget without a peep from the Republicans yet when someone tries to do something to benefit the people rather than the instuance corporations, its branded evil, traitorous and Socialist!

Unbelievable!

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Weightlessness does not negate friction. Friction is the interaction between two surfaces - if you didn't have friction you wouldn't be able to hold your knife and fork!

What weightlessness does do is eliminate GRAVITY-based friction, ie something sitting on a table held against the surface by gravity and subject to friction because of the force of gravity pressing the two surfaces against each other.

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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Nobody mentioned Arkham Asylum yet?

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

BoldMan

Re: FTLparticles

"Gravity" doesn't travel at the speed of light - it doesn't travel at all. "Gravity" is caused by a distortion in space-time caused by a nearby mass => aka General Relativity

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