* Posts by Chris G

2735 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: What language?

In view of her ' develop the technology' , I expect she thinking AI/algorithms 'cause it's just like pulling a rabbit out of a hat isn't.

Maybe she could try pointing a little stick and shouting ' expelliamos jihadis', just as likely to work.

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Ban them!

When dropped from 5.5metres a drone can cause injury so ban them, alo g with anything else that can be dropped from a similar height; boxes of bananas, babies, bowling balls, anvils or politicians, they can all e dangerous.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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White hats

Are not the optimal people to test to destruction, for, hat you need children from age three up to high school age. If there is a way to break it or hack it one of them will find it.

Kids are not constrained by adult preconception they are far more novel and creative in their destructive processes.

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Spare

I believe that if Britain has a spare fairly lightly used Digimin in good condition, Tristan Da Cunha doesn't have one.

Perhaps a 'digi' export opportunity there?

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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National security

Shirley running all of or much of the UK's tax system on a foreign OS that is known to phone home a great deal is a national security risk ( In the vein of US vs Kaspersky)? Or does MS promise not to do anything naughty with whatever it slurps from HMRC?

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: Their s**t don't stink?

They have been doing it for well over a century Christoph.

Have a look at the Mexican -American war where Texas was annexed in 1845 in a similar move to that of the Crimea more recently .

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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" But what is there now that we will be able to say to our kids "Eee, lad, that were great British engineering, that were!".

Better save some Colin Furze videos!

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

"Does anybody know if someone has tried to use an under water propeller for traction and steering of a hovercraft when on water? "

An interesting thought, something like a retractable jet ski ducted prop would definitely make a difference to steering. Retractable for when on land obviously.

I remember in the early '60s seeing the SR-N1 on the back of a Scammell, stuck on a roundabout on the A3 near Guildford, my Dad told us it was on it's way down to the Solent so the Duke of Edinburgh could play with it.

I am fairly sure the Israelis bought a couple of the same model the Royal Marines used, for a Naval Rapid Response Force and the Yanks have this ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVYhu8M2y18

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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allthecoolshortnames, Or one of these http://www.damngeeky.com/2013/04/15/10517/weaponize-your-iphone-with-these-cases.html

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Re: Journalistic bias

In addition NASA's flagship was a collaboration with ESA and the Italian Space Agency.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: More spying?

My laptop camera is only enabled when I am actually going to use it, otherwise who knows who could be watching me fire up the communicator to the mothership?

Nice to see openware for Windows (Floor to ceiling edition) back in use, especially as there seemd to be no gingernuts on offer with the tea.

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Scientists produce a map marking water hotspots on the Moon

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Re: about time we got another person on the moon again

Lunar golf course ? You are going to need bigger balls, assuming you can really plant your feet, I am guessing you will be able to hit about 6 times farther than on Earth, if you think 200 yds is doable for most reasonable golfers then trying to see where the ball went when it's approaching the 1200 yd mark will need bigger brighter balls or a tracking device. Plus without air resistance, 6 times may be conservative.

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Both would be good but an extended mission for one or more rovers possibly with differing arrays of sensors and experiments would really help pave the way for some kind of permanent station on the moon.

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Pint

I have a copy of ignition backed up in several places, great read.

Watching those stages land on the barge in a reasonably lively sea is impressive, of course less fun than rapidly self disassembling rockets but either way a pint for Iron Man!

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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Might I suggest that as a company logo, they adopt a Beagle?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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I'm flying backwards for the aaarmy

Across the Irish Sea

I'm flying backwards for the aaarmee

It's the only thing for m....splat gurgle.....

With thanks to Spike Milligan.

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Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

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Re: Oh sh*t

There are many examples of connected items that pre date the IoT acronym, I was working on and trying to develop a market for water treatment equipment at, he turn of the century. For industry it is an important game changer and will become an essential part of industr if it isn't already but for the domestic markets, much of what is being touted is gimmicky crap that is often unnecessary as well as being almost criminally insecure.

I have no problem with genuinely useful IoT items but I do object to poorly designed and thought out rubbish being pushed onto a largely ignorant population.

I have yet to hear of any connected thing that will make me part with my money and not expecting anything soon.

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Re: Oh sh*t

2000 sqare ft homes are not uncommon in the States so uptake for this technology is likely to occur for domestic IoT at least as much as for market gardens. No matter what the target market is initially if there is money to be made from a technology it will be.

Perhaps you should gain a better understanding of market forces?

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Ground Ice

Can they detect traces of mint? Because it sounds like someone up there has a penchant for mojitos.

It does seem logical that at least some of the water on Earth would originate from comet or asteroid strikes if there are icy rocks out there now, there must have been a lot more of them when Earth was forming so a fair few must have been swept up by Earth.

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Not only the fuse

If you're going to change the fuse AND the resistor you are going to need a sparks, so you had better add another million for callout and maybe an extra half a million for the sharp intake of breath when he gets there, looks at the job and says he has to go back to the van to get a different screwdriver.

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Re: Almost there

If they can produce a double bass mutation will it have double lasers?

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: unless retention is necessary for a policing purpose

Exactly my thinking, that phrase leaves a bloody great door open for the ingress and egress of abuse.

I still have a feeling that another bout of ID card foisting M/may be around the corner, the fuzz are just making an early start on collecting the photos so thay can cross check if you are still the same person you were before.

They probably don't care or don't want to understand about false positives.

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Weird white dwarf pulsar baffles boffins as its pulsating pattern changes over decades

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Re: a teaspoon ... would weigh 15 tons.

Weigh is the wrong word, especially here. It should be 'has a Mass of 15 tons' mass doesn't need a gravity well, weight does.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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"So if you travel to the US" Don't! There's a whole world out there,hopefully there are still bits of it that respect individual rights. So far where I live is still fairly easy going.

I have friends in the States but if I decided to go visit I think I would buy a cheap phone when I get there rather than take any of my electronics with me, (and maybe put one of my sims in a sock!).

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Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

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Bye and thanks for all the Science

I remember even before Cassini was launched, watching Heather Couper on The Sky at Night and how excited she was about the mission, every episode she appeared in she would explain about the many things expected of Cassini. It seems that excitement was not misplaced, Cassini has done all that was promised and set the scene for so much more that we need answers to. Another explorative mission that has done so well .

Definitely Beer o Clock for the team, Congratulations!

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Kaspersky shrugs off government sales ban proposal

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In the UK , the government loves you and is doing 'it' for your own good.

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In terms of liberty and freedom of speech, it appears that western governments are a more imminent threat to me than any of the current Eastern bogeymen.

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Bosch wants crowdsourced data for future connected cars

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Re: Low accuracy?

I shouldn't worry on the score of accuracy, Bosch has been making pick &place and packaging robots for some time. Pick & place robots usually work to fractions of a mm, it's the feedback to identify it's start point that is crucial though.

Overall it doesn't look as though, they are doing anything particularly new, just developing and applying some of their robotics knowhow to cars.

I just wish they like the rest of the marketing world, his wife and his bloody dog, would stop calling any of this stuff AI, there are dicky birds in the trees in my garden who are way smarter and more intelligent than a Bosch/Tesla ( in fairness though even the magpies can't drive).

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Re: Semiconductors are getting hard to fill

Babel fish are worth a punt. If everyone understood each other it would improve not only research but a lot of other aspects of commerce. Now, where do we start?

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Monkey selfie case settles for a quarter of future royalties

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Ook!

I am undecided on the issue.

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The bigger the drone, the bigger the impact

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Any idea of the energy cost ratio per kilo/Km for somewhere like New Guinea?

In the rest of the World if drones mean the dispersal of city populations, then I am against them.

There are already too many green welly wearers who think the countryside is a big park for their benefit.

Townies stay home!

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Scientists, free software bods still worried about EU copyright proposals

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The problem with many of these initiatives is that it is often being pushed by one individual or a small group who are often poorly informed by others with a vested interest.

Once they are under way even if they find they are wrong they are reluctant to admit it so they push through.

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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Here's looking at you (Maybe)

"From this list, nine of them are temperate and have sizes similar to Earth, but none are considered to be habitable."

How accurate are these assessments of exoplanets considered to be?

I have read a lot of descriptions of gas giants and rocky planets and the scientists looking at them seem to be making more and more detailed descriptions. How good are they?

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Giving them Ideas

I remember myself and others making jokes in these columns about Patch Tuesday regarding the F-35,

I'm quite dismayed that it has more or less become reality and that anyone should think that is a valid way to sell the most expensive non-functioning warplane ever.

All I can imagine is the team of pond dwelling lawyers that wrote the contract for Lockheed Martin are the best pond life out there.

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Re: Vehicle efficiency

If efficiency is measured as a percentage it would be fairly obvious to most that achieving better than 100% efficiency is not possible, it's called 'Over Unity', you are breaking laws of physics at the very least.

Even 100% efficiencyis unlikely because that would assume perfect engineering zero friction, no need for cooling only 100% work done relative to energy in.

My point was that in considering a high level civilisation, balancing the ecology to limit say, the carbon footprint while important is not really thinking it through, waste energy which is a pollutant in it's own right would be a significant part of a highly developed civilisation, how that energy is produced or gathered and how well it is utilised is important not just sustainability .

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Equally as important as ecologically sound practices, is the need to generally improve on the efficiency of energy use. For example , cars have come a long way since they were invented but if they continue with fossil fuels they would need to improve a hell of a lot more. Instead of pouring money into oil profits.?

Perhaps a measure of civilisation is how far beyond consumerism they are.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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I have come across a few student nurses and doctors who would investigate any cavity in the interests of advancing medical knowledge, though as far as I am aware they stopped short of inserting music media into cavities.

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Re: Error 524

I am certain it was the Norks, it has their fingerprints all over!

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Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

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Re: If I was paranoid

If I was paranoid, I would believe the alpha-bettys are gonna spy on me anyway.

It's just better that they know I object.

Terrorist event?Are you suggesting another one where all the perps (who were previously known to the police/security) get shot immediatly after and one leaves his passport behind?

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Re: Cough

Mr Jeltz. Isn't there a name for your response?

Overeaction, I think.Nobody is suggesting that all CCTV cameras should go, only that there are too many of them and there is an over-reliance and an attitude that CCTV is some kind fo public cure all, along with facial recognition etc.

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Re: Cough

@ Tom38

In that area, I am sure the standing police presence was enough to ensure that 999 was redundant and that at least one cop was reporting before anyone could discern what was happening via CCTV.

Once a report was received then I am sure the relevant camera output was being studied but I really doubt that there are enough staff to view even high risk London sites in real time, if somebody was watching at that moment it was coincidence.

As for using 'AI' algorithms maybe soon but not quite yet.

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Re: Cough

Ah! But AI........

My feeling is that no amount of privacy invasion can be a good thing, government should be there for the benefit of the people not the other way around. IoT may make the authorities' job easier but it must be balanced by the the genuine advantages to the people. If the overall quality of life and freedom of the people is not significantly improved it has no place.

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Thousands

You can deduct me from the 2 billion and you can also deduct me from any of Microsoft's cloudy offferings, including the Outlook bits like driveby or whatever it's called.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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One of the old fellers should accidentally bump into the cabs while driving and shouting at a cloud.

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Re: Smacks of this

The genius of Douglas Addams.

No matter how many,times this is posted as a comment to an article it is always relevant and makes me laugh.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

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Re: Where Do I Find These Lawyers

A total lack of self reflection is by no means a monopoly of American lawyers, particularly in the music business I have seen a couple of real prizes in the UK and Europe.

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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Pot, meet kettle

What really makes me laugh is how indignant people are about someone trying to influence 'their' elections. Have a look at KQED the Lowdown a history of US meddling in foreign elections. This is a major part of US psyops.

Of course it is not only the US and Russia that plays these games, the UK, France and Germany do too amongst many others.

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Violent moon mishap will tear Uranus a new ring or two

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Re: Well, i hope it happens ...

I wonder how many surfer dudes on the West coast of the States and the East coast of Oz will be hanging around to catch ' the wave to end 'em all ' ?

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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Re: Damn

You would see a lot of angry tweets threatening sanctions and military action against twitter and the norks.

The norks because they must be involved somewhere along the line.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: "though she did not specify precisely what weapons"

Considering the current area of operations, as back up they could use trained African Swallows carryiing

Coconut bombs.

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