* Posts by Chris G

3447 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007

Capita: We are seeking staff to join our board. Just two please

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If

I was eligible, I would apply and do it fo the money, on condition they didn't tell anyone my name.

I do have some pride!

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Czech yourself, Russia! Prague says its foreign ministry was hacked for more than a year

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I love the indignation that accompanies these revelations, when a lot of thr responsibility is is down to poor security practices and training in addition to the fact that most governments are doing or at least are trying todo the same thing.

When successful, hacking other countries must be the best value for money intelligence gathering there is

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FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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Re: Not actually immortals

I don't think governments or the planet in general relly need or want 7 bilion breeding immortals. If it ever becomes a real possibility, only the most special or richest and most powerful will get a look in and it will be kept as secret as possible. Such a ythin needs population control to be addressed first.

Much more interesting is the Bennu project, this is real space exploration that will help to lead to greater things, pity we don't really have alien technology such as an inertaless drive.

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I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods

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Re: What a knob

That was probably his point; why shouldn't there be more women in F1?

If they have the interest and can drive well enough or engineer they should have a chance.

At club level I have seen a couple of bike racers who could ride better than I can, why not F1 as well?

On a different note, having driverless F1 would be the nail in the coffin for it, its already bland enough, taking the personality out of the cockpit would be a step too far.

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Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Screwdriver? Try a spanner!

As a bit of a spanner wielder (welder?) myself, I should point out that M10 refers to shank size, so an M10 bolt will require a 17mm spanner and a 10mm spanner will be used on a 6mm bolt and it's nut.

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Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Meanwhile in western France...

Similar thing here; no Viernes Negra just Black Friday.

I had to go shopping for timber to build a new work bench in my workshop both Leroy Merlin and Brico Depot (AKA B&Q) were deserted, as far as I'm concerned every day can be Black Friday here if it makes shopping that easy.

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Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Porcine aviation

'Yeah let's leave the EU an' everything will be great again!'

That was really well thought through wasn't it?

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Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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All inclusive exclusion

I'm happy to say that I don't have Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa; Assistant is disabled, I have never felt the need for the other two or any other eavesdropping technology.

I have a smart tv somewhere that I have had for a few years, so far I have yet to plug it in as I have a life and interests that don't require an endless stream of 'reality' shows, dumbed down history and geography and propaganda.

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Capita, Serco, Sopra Steria to write cheat-sheets for UK.gov in case they collapse

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I don't suppose

All of these outsourcers could write documents on how to get things done when they fail to do them on time, within budget or correctly.

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Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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Cancer and Mental Health

It looks as though the NHS is going to get the cancer that is Google and Facebook massaging their patients data and they have always prioritised spending on really mental health schemes.

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Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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At 118 Metres

I would call it the Long Shot.

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Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?

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Another brick in the wall

The wall is in a cellar, behind the wall is a coffin that is having the final nails hammered in; inside the coffin is privacy.

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The Quantum of car lists: Storage firm drives into autonomous vehicle data logging

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Re: So thinking ahead to what is happening in the printer market...

Wot 'e said above but include the likelihood of the police requiring access for anything more than a routine stop and consider a system like this opens the door for a pay/tax per mile revenue system for road use.

There will still be plenty of room for other authoritarian abuse.

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Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Re: Bah!

"Then, a special team of fur-work experts can spirit the cat to a secret location where it can be plied with tuna, shrimp, long pieces of string and all the catnip mice it can sniff in an effort to loosen its tongue."

The above probably would not work with this cat; it has clearly been sold a duff villain when it would have been expecting to have the run of a hollowed out volcano and a tank full piranhas to taunt.

Embassy cupboards would not rate that highly as a des res for a cat.

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Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker

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Re: After the Google acquisition, it completely clammed up

"Google Assault Bots" GAB for short, " Disable that Ad Blocker immediately!"

"You have 5 seconds to comply!"

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Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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"It's outrageous that leprechauns and Lilliputians are treated in this way"

You are forgetting the Elves; it is, after all called the elf service!

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Google's secret to a healthy phone? Remote-controlling your apps

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Google is your best friend

It stays very close to you and spends a great deal of time looking concernedly over your shoulder.

Another thought occurs to me, does the Zuckerborg empire have similar protocols to justify inserting itself more deeply into your life?

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Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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I like all Christmas trees

That is, the ones I cut into 50cm chunks and load into my woodburner, toasty!

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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@ Commswonk "It's quite amazing how non - technical friends will interpret "basic engineering principles" as a branch of black magic and general wizardry,"

It's also amazing how such friends will often think it's beyond you if your job description doesn't match that of the crappy installer.

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ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Whereas the "Remain" campaign

@ Peter2, you must stop pointing out the truth, at least 3 people don't like it.

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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The government should do something!

And that something will involve Blockchain AIs with algorithms done by people who can write code.

So everyone can relax and stop worrying now!

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Re: "Listsicle?"

The Internet is full of people posting listicles, many of them need a kick in the listicles.

The web is a bit like a child; you can guide it's education and create guidlines for its activities, but eventually it matures enough that it takes its own direction.

At that stage you have no more control snd can only attempt to guide it.

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Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Excellent

The best article on AI since I got my degree in robotics in '85.

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Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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Maybe

They need a 5Kg percussive maintenance application directed at the PHB.

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: Commander-In-Chief to blame

It may help to wonder where the $3.7 billion spent on 'lobbying' in the US last year was actually spent,

and that's only the official reckoning.

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: country & western singers

In the interests of lengthening the list as well as helping to conserve world resources, I feel futurists and TED talkers ought to be added to the list.

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Swedes grumbling about Apple Store in their park are lucky – in Toronto, Google eats all your data

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Toronto

In Google's 'Data driven utopia' do they have marching bands playing the Radetzky March continuously?

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UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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Re: USA & Safe Harbour ?

You should be aware that a budgie when roused can give quite a nasty peck.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Hynogogia

Amithyst sounds as though she has a classic incubus syndrome, where she can't separate the hypnogogic semi- waking dreams from reality so she is attributing sleep arousal to spirits'.

I dislike the way newspapers and morning TV type shows encourage people with these problems to profit from increased views while laughing at them behind their backs, they should at least encourage help for them.

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It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Re: £380,000?

In the UK that figure would probably only represent the cost of tea, biscuits and a couple of hours of consultation with someone who can explain blockchains in language fit for a primary school classroom.

Several million more would be needed to arrive at an inconclusive result followed by a purchase that would never work properly in spite of a decade or two of money and 'consultants' being thrown at it.

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UK.gov should spend more on AI, bleat VCs and consultants. Oh? Why's that then?

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Re: Disappointed

@Nick Ryan

Now you've gone an' been an' done it, the Intertubes are going to be full of Blockchain AI (BAI) as the ultimate answer to everything in spite of the fact that everyone knows it's 42.

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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Wood floats...

There are quite a few types of wood that have an SG higher than 1.0; Ipe, Elondo, Quebracho and a lot of Acacia and Eucalyptus plus many more.

I suppose the same logic dictates that steel boats don't float?

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Silly first name.

Why should English speakers who are not Scots or Irish and don't speak Gaelic, know how to spell the name using Gaelic spelling rules or know how to pronounce a name written by the Gaelic rules?

Or are we all obliged to us Cyrillic when using a Greek or Russian name, or pin yin when communicating with a Chinese person .

I live in Spain name of Chris is almost never used but lengthened to Christian, which I am emphatically not, generally I will ansewr to anything that is not rude.

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UK.gov teams up with Five Eyes chums to emit spotters' guide for miscreants' hack tools

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Presumably, the tools the Five Eyes use are better than those listed and harder to detect.

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

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I would love to see the figures for who is hacking what in China , Russia etc.

I notice a lot of spurious stuff comes from i.o. Now who has a cyber base in Diego Garcia?

I think there are a lot of pots complaining about kettles.

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Store to landfill

How many times since the '70s have companies tried to introduce some kind of ' one unit to rule them all'?

Only now it not only plays multi media but tries to sell you stuff while stealing your personal details and selling those to others.

I suppose eventually reality will catch up with sci-fi and everyone will be a part of the IoT from birth when they are fitted with their personal (surveillance) chip, fortunately I doubt I will live to see it.

Until then these things will not really take off, particularly at the moment as more and more people are becoming aware of what companies are doing with their data.

It seems to me to mostly be the middle aged who embrace this crap and have no clue about what is going on.

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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The alleged perpetrator was last seen driving away in a Cadillac Escalade with blacked out windows.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: "Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls,"

But Alexa probably can!

One should ask the question; 'Why has Zuckerborg gone for Alexa?'

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Re: common place

From the Which website; "Which? test labs

Every product we test and score at Which? goes to our independent test labs to put be through its paces by qualified and experienced experts. This ensures that everything is tested fairly, impartially and consistently, so that we can continually offer the best advice to consumers."

It looks as though they need someone to test their testers.

Personally I have never been that impressed with a lot of their recommendations.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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The cardboard boxes are usually on top of an air mattress that has vents in it, they allow the air to escape at a rate that helps to decelerate your falling body. The cardboard boxes do the same thing by crumpling the way a car body in a crash would. I used to do Western re-enactment, one of our stunts was being shot off a cabin roof, I can tell you it works well, unless you miss the centre!

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Spooky

"Not sure why it needed to be called the "Presidential" warning test. That part is kind of spooky."

It's part of a new Whitearse project to extend Tweeting to all phones in the US and no, opting out won't be an option.

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Location, location, location... technologies under the microscope

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Re: BlueTooth? No Thanks

I literally only use Bluetooth to interrogate my solar power system, before that was installed a few weeks ago I had never used it and don't need it for anything else.

NFC= No Fecking Cash, for me cash is king, if I don't have the cash for it in my pocket, I'm not buying it.

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I think I prefer an irritating shop assistant over a system like that, in fact I even prefer the shop assistants who ignore you over yet another dumb tracking system.

At one store I used to use frequently, to get to shirts and trousers from the entrance, meant passing through the lingerie section. This was deliberately designed so that you would have to meander past the maximum number of stands, I wouldn't appreciate ' targetted ads' for lady's lingerie.

I prefer my lingerie with a girl in it.

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Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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"The machine can recognise and steer towards the nearest person, but

the weapon system is currently being debugged.

As soon as it is ready we are offering 'Termination as a Service'™

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New theory: The space alien origins of vital bio-blueprints for dinosaurs. And cats. And humans. And everything else

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Re: Never make assumptions

Or maybe it was a long-term investment by a bloke in an invisible suit, starting up new hunting grounds.

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Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Re: I'm torn here

"On the other hand, for frak's sake why does advertising always seem to start with "hey, we can use a girl !""

Because advertisers all know sex sells, they are too lazy most of the time to try to think of anything else and most of them have the mentality of a teenaged boy (at best).

I think advertisers belong in the same slimy, stagnant pool as lawyers; they over charge, are frugal with or misrepresent the truth and have inflated opinions of their worth.

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Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Re: Canadians

@AC, I was thinking the same, Oz tends to follow the States like a brown nosed puppy, Canada is a bit brighter and has little to gain by disguising protectionism as security issues.

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How do some of the best AI algorithms perform on real robots? Not well, it turns out

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"All of these things are still just statistical models."

Exactly! and any of them that have a useful function, in real terms is a simple tool, when you compare the usefulness to say, a screwdriver, without which getting a screw into a piece of wood, would be next to impossible, then, the current applicability of most AIs is not that great. The alternative to a screwdriver would be a hammer, cruder and likely to cause damage, whereas the alternatives to most AI uses so far are often better, quicker and more efficient.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: The UK Tax Code is hideously over-complicated

They will never simplify taxation. If everything is laid out simply and clearly they will have no cover for their mistakes when they make them (not if).

Complexity is the civil servant's friend.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Made in the EU

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