* Posts by BoldMan

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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Re: Hmmmm....

Close, they were the Skesies

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IBM filed another 8,000 patents in 2016

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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'

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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

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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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CERT tells Microsoft to keep EMET alive because it's better than Win 10's own security

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Re: Not secure

Caer Boldiam was always my favourite castle to hold in Dark Age of Camelot :)

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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

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Re: Actually a quantum leap will not be enough

But we don't want Quantum computing as that will disturbe The Strange and attract Planetavores!!!!

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Well they aren't travelling JUST 250 miles are they - at 17,000 miles an hour, there is a LOT of catching up to do - an Earth orbit every 92 minutes, they are going to need quite a few orbits to catch up and that takes time without making the occupants suffer multi-G accelerations for long periods..

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UK PM Theresa May's £2bn in R&D still a drop in the ocean

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How much will be lost because of Brexit?

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Wow and article from The Conversation that wasn't total waffle and bollocks! One for the diary then!

There are so many things wrong with the idea of autonomous vehicles, from the economic one of how many jobs will this tech destroy to the rules problems brought up in the article. You cannot force pedestrians to follow the Highway Code as that would mean you'd need to have a "Pedestrian Test" to be allowed to leave the house which is utterly ridiculous. People will always behave unpredictably from a machine's point of view but other humans will be able to predict just because we are better at understanding random human behaviour, we can read imperceptible body language signals without even thinking.

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Nah, that was totally predicable as a transverse loop slide.

The obvious counter would be... oh no I'm not going to fall for that one... I'll go Whitechapel instead!

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Hmm, in that case The Angel Islington...

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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Re: As for that time...

Click on the link to the Beeb and you can see a video of the solution...

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Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

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What a Heel!

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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What was the add on supposed to be doing?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Angel Interceptors...

SIG!

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October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

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"traffic acquisition" so they are buying traffic? Must be truly desperate if they need to do that!

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Sky’s CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference

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How about you define the term "MVNO" in your article?

Sure I can google it, but a good journalist defines his abbreviations at the start of the article so that the non-experts among us stand a chance of understanding what you are blathering about!

Oh hang on this was originally written by consultants so they probably don't know what it means either, sorry I mistook this for proper journalism...

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Re: OTOH, back in the Real World

Bot Alert!

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Brexit hasn't "caused a disaster" because IT HASN'T FUCKING HAPPENED YET!!!

What we are currently seeing is the wobbles that just talking about Brexit are causing. Gods preserve us what will happen when the deed is actually done!

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Pound falling, Marmite off the shelves – what the UK needs right now is ... an AI ethics board

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> "industrial waste" too good a title; have you actually tried eating Marmite?

Yes, once and NEVER again, hence my original comment!

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In other words its industrial waste...

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Dump it and get some reliable old fashioned devices. Leave the bleeding edge technology to idiots with more money than sense...

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: How?

At what point does the USA refusing to cooperate with UK law enforcement means that a case is unenforceable and the perp goes free? If the US authorities refuse to cooperate that is their problem, not ours. We shouldn't be handing over our citizens to a barbarous legal system that has lost the ability to dispense justice.

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Add 'fattism' and hacker stereotyping to the list of Donald Trump's list of non-PC positions

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Re: Books

> I would not be surprised to learn that Donald Trump has not read all the way through ANY book

FTFY

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Cosmology is safe and the Universe is one giant version of the Barbican

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Re: Pity...

I remember that - I had a little corner of that universe for my own, The TriClonic Gerontocracy :)

It was an early attempt at a mass participation universe creation project, pity it never really went anywhere and the novels were a bit crap.

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